Then she said, “Here is Bilhah,(A) my servant.(B) Sleep with her so that she can bear children for me and I too can build a family through her.”(C)

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22 While Israel was living in that region, Reuben went in and slept with his father’s concubine(A) Bilhah,(B) and Israel heard of it.

Jacob had twelve sons:

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Turbulent as the waters,(A) you will no longer excel,
    for you went up onto your father’s bed,
    onto my couch and defiled it.(B)

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30 A man is not to marry his father’s wife; he must not dishonor his father’s bed.[a](A)

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Footnotes

  1. Deuteronomy 22:30 In Hebrew texts this verse (22:30) is numbered 23:1.

Reuben

The sons of Reuben(A) the firstborn of Israel (he was the firstborn, but when he defiled his father’s marriage bed,(B) his rights as firstborn were given to the sons of Joseph(C) son of Israel;(D) so he could not be listed in the genealogical record in accordance with his birthright,(E)

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