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A name (meaning “son of my sorrow” or “son of my strength”) given by Rachel to her second son. Jacob later changed his name to Benjamin (Gen 35:18).
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BEN-ONI (PERSON) [Heb ben-ʾônı̂ (בֶּן־אֹונִי)]. The name given by Rachel at the moment of her death to her newborn son (Gen 35:18). Jacob later changed the name to Benjamin, “son of the right hand,” which can also mean “son of good fortune” (Westermann Genesis 12–36 BK, 555). Though the meaning of Ben-oni
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