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Genesis 49:3-5 Christian Standard Bible (CSB)

Reuben, you are my firstborn,
my strength and the firstfruits of my virility,
excelling in prominence, excelling in power.
Turbulent as water, you will not excel,
because you got into your father’s bed
and you defiled it—he[a] got into my bed.

Simeon and Levi are brothers;
their knives are vicious weapons.

Footnotes:

  1. 49:4 LXX, Syr, Tg read you
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Genesis 49:3-5 New International Version (NIV)

“Reuben, you are my firstborn,
    my might, the first sign of my strength,
    excelling in honor, excelling in power.
Turbulent as the waters, you will no longer excel,
    for you went up onto your father’s bed,
    onto my couch and defiled it.

“Simeon and Levi are brothers—
    their swords[a] are weapons of violence.

Footnotes:

  1. Genesis 49:5 The meaning of the Hebrew for this word is uncertain.
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