Genesis 29:30-35Contemporary English Version (CEV)
28-30 At the end of the week of celebration, Laban let Jacob marry Rachel, and he gave her his servant woman Bilhah. Jacob loved Rachel more than he did Leah, but he had to work another seven years for Laban.
31 The Lord knew that Jacob loved Rachel more than he did Leah, and so he gave children to Leah, but not to Rachel. 32 Leah gave birth to a son and named him Reuben,[a] because she said, “The Lord has taken away my sorrow. Now my husband will love me more than he does Rachel.” 33 She had a second son and named him Simeon,[b] because she said, “The Lord has heard that my husband doesn’t love me.” 34 When Leah’s third son was born, she said, “Now my husband will hold me close.” So this son was named Levi.[c]35 She had one more son and named him Judah,[d] because she said, “I’ll praise the Lord!”
29.32Reuben: In Hebrew “Reuben” means, “Look, a son!”
29.33Simeon: In Hebrew “Simeon” sounds like “someone who hears.”
29.34hold me close. . . Levi: In Hebrew “Levi” sounds like “hold (someone) close.”
29.35Judah: In Hebrew “Judah” sounds like “praise.”
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