“Reuben, my ·first son [firstborn], you are my strength. ·Your birth showed I could be a father [L …and the first of my virility/vigor]. ·You have the highest position among my sons [L …excelling in pride/rank/authority], and you are the most powerful [L …excelling in power].
Reuben, you’re my firstborn, my strength, first proof of my manhood, at the top in honor and at the top in power, But like a bucket of water spilled, you’ll be at the top no more, Because you climbed into your father’s marriage bed, mounting that couch, and you defiled it.
Reuben, my first begotten son, thou art my strength, and the beginning of my sorrow; thou oughtest to be the former in gifts, the more in lordship (thou ought to be the first in gifts, and the greatest in power, or in authority);
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