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

32Leah conceived and bore a son, and she named him Reuben; for she said, “Because the Lord has looked on my affliction; surely now my husband will love me.”

Gen 35:23

23The sons of Leah: Reuben (Jacob's firstborn), Simeon, Levi, Judah, Issachar, and Zebulun.

Gen 46:8

8Now these are the names of the Israelites, Jacob and his offspring, who came to Egypt. Reuben, Jacob's firstborn,

Gen 49:2-3

2Assemble and hear, O sons of Jacob;
listen to Israel your father.
3Reuben, you are my firstborn,
my might and the first fruits of my vigor,
excelling in rank a ... View more

Exod 1:1-2

1These are the names of the sons of Israel who came to Egypt with Jacob, each with his household:2Reuben, Simeon, Levi, and Judah,

Exod 6:14

The Genealogy of Moses and Aaron
14The following are the heads of their ancestral houses: the sons of Reuben, the firstborn of Israel: Hanoch, Pallu, Hezron, an ... View more

Num 26:5

5Reuben, the firstborn of Israel. The descendants of Reuben: of Hanoch, the clan of the Hanochites; of Pallu, the clan of the Palluites;

1Chr 2:1

The Sons of Israel and the Descendants of Judah
1These are the sons of Israel: Reuben, Simeon, Levi, Judah, Issachar, Zebulun,

1Chr 5:1

Descendants of Reuben
1The sons of Reuben the firstborn of Israel. (He was the firstborn, but because he defiled his father's bed his birthright was given to th ... View more

1Chr 5:3

3The sons of Reuben, the firstborn of Israel: Hanoch, Pallu, Hezron, and Carmi.

Gen 35:19-22

19So Rachel died, and she was buried on the way to Ephrath (that is, Bethlehem),20and Jacob set up a pillar at her grave; it is the pillar of Rachel's tomb, whi ... View more

Gen 37:21-29

21But when Reuben heard it, he delivered him out of their hands, saying, “Let us not take his life.”22Reuben said to them, “Shed no blood; throw him into this p ... View more

Gen 42:22

22Then Reuben answered them, “Did I not tell you not to wrong the boy? But you would not listen. So now there comes a reckoning for his blood.”

Gen 42:37

37Then Reuben said to his father, “You may kill my two sons if I do not bring him back to you. Put him in my hands, and I will bring him back to you.”

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