23:6 “Listen, sir, 1 you are a mighty prince 2 among us! You may bury your dead in the choicest of our tombs. None of us will refuse you his tomb to prevent you 3 from burying your dead.”
30:8 Then Rachel said, “I have fought a desperate struggle with my sister, but I have won.” 4 So she named him Naphtali. 5
1 tn Heb “Hear us, my lord.”
2 tn Heb “prince of God.” The divine name may be used here as a means of expressing the superlative, “mighty prince.” The word for “prince” probably means “tribal chief” here. See M. H. Gottstein, “Nasi’ ‘elohim (Gen 23:6),” VT 3 (1953) 298-99; and D. W. Thomas, “Consideration of Some Unusual Ways of Expressing the Superlative in Hebrew,” VT 3 (1953) 215-16.
3 tn The phrase “to prevent you” has been added in the translation for stylistic reasons.
4 tn Heb “[with] a mighty struggle I have struggled with my sister, also I have prevailed.” The phrase “mighty struggle” reads literally “struggles of God.” The plural participle “struggles” reflects the ongoing nature of the struggle, while the divine name is used here idiomatically to emphasize the intensity of the struggle. See J. Skinner, Genesis (ICC), 387.
5 sn The name Naphtali (נַפְתָּלִי, naftali) must mean something like “my struggle” in view of the statement Rachel made in the preceding clause. The name plays on this earlier statement, “[with] a mighty struggle I have struggled with my sister.”