32 Leah became pregnant and gave birth to a son.(A) She named him Reuben,[a](B) for she said, “It is because the Lord has seen my misery.(C) Surely my husband will love me now.”

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  1. Genesis 29:32 Reuben sounds like the Hebrew for he has seen my misery; the name means see, a son.

14 These were the heads of their families[a]:(A)

The sons of Reuben(B) the firstborn son of Israel were Hanok and Pallu, Hezron and Karmi. These were the clans of Reuben.

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  1. Exodus 6:14 The Hebrew for families here and in verse 25 refers to units larger than clans.

The descendants of Reuben,(A) the firstborn son of Israel, were:

through Hanok,(B) the Hanokite clan;

through Pallu,(C) the Palluite clan;

through Hezron,(D) the Hezronite clan;

through Karmi,(E) the Karmite clan.

These were the clans of Reuben; those numbered were 43,730.

The son of Pallu was Eliab, and the sons of Eliab(F) were Nemuel, Dathan and Abiram. The same Dathan and Abiram were the community(G) officials who rebelled against Moses and Aaron and were among Korah’s followers when they rebelled against the Lord.(H) 10 The earth opened its mouth and swallowed them(I) along with Korah, whose followers died when the fire devoured the 250 men.(J) And they served as a warning sign.(K) 11 The line of Korah,(L) however, did not die out.(M)

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