Reuben

Reuben (Roo´bin)

The firstborn son of Jacob by his wife Leah and the ancestor of the tribe that bears his name (Gen 29:32; Gen 35:23; Gen 46:8; Gen 49:2-3; Exod 1:1-2; Exod 6:14; Num 26:5; 1Chr 2:1; 1Chr 5:1; 1Chr 5:3). Because Reuben has intercourse with his father’s concubine, Rachel’s handmaiden Bilhah, after Rachel’s death (Gen 35:19-22), he forfeits his privileges as firstborn (Gen 37:21-29; Gen 42:22; Gen 42:37).

Gen 29:32

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Gen 35:23

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Gen 46:8

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Gen 49:2-3

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Exod 1:1-2

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Exod 6:14

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Num 26:5

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1Chr 2:1

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Gen 35:19-22

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Gen 37:21-29

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Gen 42:22

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Gen 42:37

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