“Reuben, you are my firstborn;
My might and (A)the beginning of my strength,
[a]Preeminent in dignity and [b]preeminent in power.
[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.

(C)Simeon and Levi are brothers;
Their swords are implements of violence.

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Footnotes

  1. Genesis 49:3 Lit preeminence
  2. Genesis 49:3 Lit preeminence
  3. Genesis 49:4 Or Boiling over; lit Recklessness

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