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By Jeff A. Benner

The name Simon is the Greek transliteration of the Hebrew name שמעון (shimon, Strong's #8095). This name is also the name of one of the sons of Jacob.

And she again conceived and she bore a son and she said, "because YHWH heard that I was hated, he gave to me also this one," and she called his name Shimon. (Genesis 29:33)

The name שמעון (shimon) is derived from the verb שמע (Sh.M.A, Strong's #8085) meaning to "hear" and the name שמעון (shimon) means "hearer." Notice that both of these words (the name and the verb) appear in the passage above. Leah named her son "hearer" because YHWH "heard" her.

We find this same name and verb relationship in the book of John in the New Testament for the Apostle Shimon.

That disciple whom Jesus loved said to Peter, "It is the Lord!" When Simon Peter heard that it was the Lord, he put on his clothes, for he was stripped for work, and sprang into the sea. (RSV, John 21:7)

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