New American Standard Bible
3 “Reuben, you are my firstborn;
My might and (A)the beginning of my strength,
[a]Preeminent in dignity and [b]preeminent in power.
4 “[c]Uncontrolled as water, you shall not have preeminence,
(B)Because you went up to your father’s bed;
Then you defiled it—he went up to my couch.
5 “(C)Simeon and Levi are brothers;
Their swords are implements of violence.
New International Version
3 “Reuben, you are my firstborn,(A)
my might, the first sign of my strength,(B)
excelling in honor,(C) excelling in power.
4 Turbulent as the waters,(D) you will no longer excel,
for you went up onto your father’s bed,
onto my couch and defiled it.(E)
- Genesis 49:5 The meaning of the Hebrew for this word is uncertain.