Simeon (Sim´ee-uhn; Heb., “to hear”)

1 The second son of Jacob and Leah (Gen 29:33). Simeon and his brother Levi massacred the men of Shechem to avenge the rape of their sister, Dinah (Gen 34). Simeon was later held hostage in Egypt when Joseph sent the other brothers back to Canaan for Benjamin (Gen 42:24). In Jacob’s blessing, Simeon was rebuked because of his actions at Shechem and was told his descendants would be divided and scattered (Gen 49:5-7). 2The tribe of Simeon was given an allotment within the tribal territory of Judah in the southernmost region of Canaan. Beyond a mention in (Judg 1:3-17), the tribe’s history is shrouded in silence until the time of Hezekiah (1Chr 4:41-43). Reckoned among the ten tribes belonging to the Northern Kingdom (1Kgs 11:30-32; 1Kgs 12:20-23; 2Chr 15:9), it is not mentioned after the exile (586 BCE). 3 An ancestor of Jesus according to Luke’s genealogy (Luke 3:30). 4 A devout man of Jerusalem during the days of Herod who was looking for “the consolation of Israel” (Luke 2:25-35). He had been promised by the Holy Spirit that he would see the Messiah before he died. Simeon recognized the infant Jesus as the Messiah when Jesus’s parents presented him at the Temple. 5 The Hebrew name of Simon Peter (2Pet 1:1; Acts 15:14). 6 A Christian at Antioch with prophetic and teaching gifts who served the church there together with Barnabas and Saul prior to the latter’s first missionary journey (Acts 13:1). His surname, Niger (Lat., “black”), suggests that he was an African.

Gen 29:33

33She conceived again and bore a son, and said, “Because the Lord has heard that I am hated, he has given me this son also”; and she named him Simeon.

Gen 34

The Rape of Dinah
1Now Dinah the daughter of Leah, whom she had borne to Jacob, went out to visit the women of the region.2When Shechem son of Hamor the Hivite, ... View more

Gen 42:24

24He turned away from them and wept; then he returned and spoke to them. And he picked out Simeon and had him bound before their eyes.

Gen 49:5-7

5Simeon and Levi are brothers;
weapons of violence are their swords.6May I never come into their council;
may I not be joined to their company—
for in their ang ... View more

Judg 1:3-17

3Judah said to his brother Simeon, “Come up with me into the territory allotted to me, that we may fight against the Canaanites; then I too will go with you int ... View more

1Chr 4:41-43

41These, registered by name, came in the days of King Hezekiah of Judah, and attacked their tents and the Meunim who were found there, and exterminated them to ... View more

1Kgs 11:30-32

30when Ahijah laid hold of the new garment he was wearing and tore it into twelve pieces.31He then said to Jeroboam: Take for yourself ten pieces; for thus says ... View more

1Kgs 12:20-23

First Dynasty: Jeroboam Reigns over Israel
20When all Israel heard that Jeroboam had returned, they sent and called him to the assembly and made him king over a ... View more

2Chr 15:9

9He gathered all Judah and Benjamin, and those from Ephraim, Manasseh, and Simeon who were residing as aliens with them, for great numbers had deserted to him f ... View more

Luke 3:30

30son of Simeon, son of Judah, son of Joseph, son of Jonam, son of Eliakim,

Luke 2:25-35

25Now there was a man in Jerusalem whose name was Simeon; this man was righteous and devout, looking forward to the consolation of Israel, and the Holy Spirit r ... View more

2Pet 1:1

1Simeon Peter, a servant and apostle of Jesus Christ,
To those who have received a faith as precious as ours through the righteousness of our God and ... View more

Acts 15:14

14Simeon has related how God first looked favorably on the Gentiles, to take from among them a people for his name.

Acts 13:1

Barnabas and Saul Commissioned
1Now in the church at Antioch there were prophets and teachers: Barnabas, Simeon who was called Niger, Lucius of Cyrene, Manaen a ... View more

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