Simeon was the secondborn of the sons of Jacob. He was born to Leah and Jacob. Simeon means “The Lord hears”. He was so named by his mother who felt that the Lord had heard that she was not loved (hated) by her husband.
Points to ponder:
God hears the cries of man, and his ears are attentive to the cries of the righteous (Psalm 34:15). God heard the groaning of all of his creation (Romans 8:22) brought about by the sin of man and sent his Son Jesus. When God identified Jesus to be his son, he not only expressed his pleasure in his son by stating that God was well-pleased in Christ Jesus but God also commanded that we all listen to Him. (Matthew 17:5). God heard us and expects us to hear him. Do you hear God?
Genesis 29:33 (KJV)
33 And she conceived again, and bare a son; and said, Because the Lord hath heard I was hated, he hath therefore given me this son also: and she called his name Simeon.