“But unstable and reckless and boiling over like water [in sinful lust], you shall not excel or have the preeminence [of the firstborn], Because you went up to your father’s bed [with Bilhah]; You defiled it—he went up to my couch.
But your passion was like a flood you couldn’t control. So you will not remain my most honored son. You climbed into your father’s bed and slept with one of his wives. You brought shame to my bed, to the bed you lay on.
But you are ·uncontrolled [unstable] like water [C often a symbol of chaos or evil], so you will no longer ·lead your brothers [L excel]. This is because you got into your father’s bed and ·shamed me by having sexual relations with my slave girl [L you defiled it by going up on my couch; 35:22].
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.
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