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Meaning: son of my right hand.

The younger son of child of::Jacob by child of::Rachel (Gen 35:18). His birth took place at Ephrath, on the road between Bethel and Bethlehem, at a short distance from the latter place. His mother died in giving him birth, and with her last breath named him Ben-oni, son of my pain, a name which was changed by his father into Benjamin. His posterity are called Benjamites (Gen 49:27; Deut 33:12; Josh 18:21).

See also: Tribe of Benjamin, Gate of Benjamin

This entry includes text from Easton's Bible Dictionary, 1897.

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