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Genesis 49:3-5 Common English Bible (CEB)

Reuben, you are my oldest son,
    my strength and my first contender,[a]
    superior in status and superior in might.
As wild as the waters, you won’t endure,
    for you went up to your father’s bed,
    you went up[b] and violated my couch.
Simeon and Levi are brothers,
        weapons of violence their stock in trade.

Footnotes:

  1. Genesis 49:3 Or first of my power
  2. Genesis 49:4 LXX; MT he went up
Common English Bible (CEB)

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