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By Jeff A. Benner

And Leah said, God hath endowed me with a good dowry; now will my husband dwell with me, because I have borne him six sons: and she called his name Zebulun. (ASV, Genesis 30:20)

The Hebrew word זבלון, pronounced zeh-voo-loon, means a "resident" and comes from the root זבל (zaval, Strong's #2082) meaning "to reside" and is translated as "dwell" in the passage above. Hebrew nouns are commonly formed by adding letters to the root. In this instance, the suffix ון (un) is added to the root זבל. Nouns with the ון ending generally mean "one who does the action of the root" and in this case, "one who dwells."

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