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

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  1. Genesis 49:3 Lit preeminence
  2. Genesis 49:3 Lit preeminence

17 But he shall acknowledge the firstborn, the son of the [a]unloved, by giving him a double portion of all that [b]he has, for he is the (A)beginning of his strength; (B)to him belongs the right of the firstborn.

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  1. Deuteronomy 21:17 Lit hated
  2. Deuteronomy 21:17 Lit is found with him

22 “The Lord possessed me (A)at the beginning of His way,
Before His works [a]of old.

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  1. Proverbs 8:22 Lit from then

(A)All things came into being through Him, and apart from Him nothing came into being that has come into being.

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18 He is also (A)head of (B)the body, the church; and He is (C)the beginning, (D)the firstborn from the dead, so that He Himself will come to have first place in everything.

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Then He said to me, “[a](A)It is done. I am the (B)Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end. (C)I will give to the one who thirsts from the spring of the (D)water of life without cost.

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  1. Revelation 21:6 Lit They are

13 I am the (A)Alpha and the Omega, (B)the first and the last, (C)the beginning and the end.”

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