Genesis 35:22
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New International Version
While Israel was living in that region, Reuben went in and slept with his father's concubine Bilhah, and Israel heard of it. Jacob had twelve sons:

New Living Translation
While he was living there, Reuben had intercourse with Bilhah, his father's concubine, and Jacob soon heard about it. These are the names of the twelve sons of Jacob:

English Standard Version
While Israel lived in that land, Reuben went and lay with Bilhah his father’s concubine. And Israel heard of it. Now the sons of Jacob were twelve.

New American Standard Bible
It came about while Israel was dwelling in that land, that Reuben went and lay with Bilhah his father's concubine, and Israel heard of it. Now there were twelve sons of Jacob--

King James Bible
And it came to pass, when Israel dwelt in that land, that Reuben went and lay with Bilhah his father's concubine: and Israel heard it. Now the sons of Jacob were twelve:

Holman Christian Standard Bible
While Israel was living in that region, Reuben went in and slept with his father's concubine Bilhah, and Israel heard about it. Jacob had 12 sons:

International Standard Version
But while Israel lived in that land, Reuben went inside his father's tent and had sexual relations with his father's concubine Bilhah, and Israel heard about it. Now Jacob had twelve sons.

NET Bible
While Israel was living in that land, Reuben had sexual relations with Bilhah, his father's concubine, and Israel heard about it. Jacob had twelve sons:

GOD'S WORD® Translation
While Israel was living in that region, Reuben went to bed with his father's concubine Bilhah, and Israel heard about it. Jacob had 12 sons.

Jubilee Bible 2000
And it came to pass when Israel dwelt in that land, that Reuben went and lay with Bilhah, his father's concubine, and Israel heard of it. Now the sons of Jacob were twelve:

King James 2000 Bible
And it came to pass, when Israel dwelt in that land, that Reuben went and lay with Bilhah his father's concubine: and Israel heard it. Now the sons of Jacob were twelve:

American King James Version
And it came to pass, when Israel dwelled in that land, that Reuben went and lay with Bilhah his father's concubine: and Israel heard it. Now the sons of Jacob were twelve:

American Standard Version
And it came to pass, while Israel dwelt in that land, that Reuben went and lay with Bilhah his father's concubine: and Israel heard of it. Now the sons of Jacob were twelve:

Douay-Rheims Bible
And when he dwelt in that country, Ruben went, and slept with Bala, the concubine of his father: which he was not ignorant of. Now the sons of Jacob were twelve.

Darby Bible Translation
And it came to pass when Israel dwelt in that land, that Reuben went and lay with Bilhah, his father's concubine; and Israel heard of it. And the sons of Jacob were twelve.

English Revised Version
And it came to pass, while Israel dwelt in that land, that Reuben went and lay with Bilhah his father's concubine: and Israel heard of it. Now the sons of Jacob were twelve:

Webster's Bible Translation
And it came to pass, when Israel dwelt in that land, that Reuben went and lay with Bilhah his father's concubine: and Israel heard it. Now the sons of Jacob were twelve:

World English Bible
It happened, while Israel lived in that land, that Reuben went and lay with Bilhah, his father's concubine, and Israel heard of it. Now the sons of Jacob were twelve.

Young's Literal Translation
and it cometh to pass in Israel's dwelling in that land, that Reuben goeth, and lieth with Bilhah his father's concubine; and Israel heareth.
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

35:21-29 What a sore affliction Reuben's sin was, is shown, and Israel heard it. No more is said, but that is enough. Reuben thought that his father would never hear of it; but those that promise themselves secrecy in sin, are generally disappointed. The age and death of Isaac are recorded, though he died not till after Joseph was sold into Egypt. Isaac lived about forty years after he had made his will, chap. 27:2. We shall not die an hour the sooner, but much the better, for timely setting our hearts and houses in order. Particular notice is taken of the agreement of Esau and Jacob at their father's funeral, to show how God had wonderfully changed Esau's mind. It is awful to behold relations, sometimes for a little of this world's goods, disputing over the graves of their friends, while they are near going to the grave themselves.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 22. - And it came to pass, when Israel dwelt in that land, that Reuben went and lay with Bilhah his father's concubine: - an act of incest (Leviticus 18:8) for which he was afterwards disinherited (Genesis 49:4; 1 Chronicles 5:1) - and Israel heard it. The hiatus in the text and the break in the MS. at this point may both have been designed to express Jacob's grief at the tidings. The LXX. add feebly καὶ πονηρὸν ἐφάνη ἐναντίον αὐτοῦ, which surely fails to represent the mingled shame and sorrow, indignation and horror, with which his eldest son's wickedness must have filled him. Now the sons of Jacob were twelve - a separate verse in the LXX., which is certainly more in accordance with the sense than the division in the text.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

And it came to pass, when Israel dwelt in that land,.... In that part of it near Bethlehem:

that Reuben went and lay with Bilhah his father's concubine; his concubine wife; she was the maid that Rachel gave him, and this added to his affliction, and made it double, to lose Rachel by death, and to have her favourite maid, his concubine, defiled by his own son, and whom it is highly probable he abstained from hereafter. This, though a very heinous sin of his son's, yet might be suffered as a chastisement to Jacob, for making use of concubines:

and Israel heard it; though the crime was committed secretly, and was thought it would have been concealed, but by some means or other Jacob heard of it, and no doubt severely reproved his son for it; and though nothing is here related, as said by him on this occasion, it is certain it gave him great offence, grief and trouble, and he remembered it to his dying day, and took away the birthright from Reuben on account of it, Genesis 49:3; an empty space here follows in the original text, and a pause in it, denoting perhaps the amazement Jacob was filled with when he heard it; and the great grief of his heart, which was such, that he was not able to speak a word; the Septuagint version fills up the space by adding, "and it appeared evil in his sight":

now the sons of Jacob were twelve; who were the heads of twelve tribes, Benjamin the last being born, and Jacob having afterwards no more children, they were all reckoned up under their respective mothers, excepting Dinah, a daughter, from whom there was no tribe, in the following verses.



Genesis 35:22 Additional Commentaries
Context
The Sons of Jacob
22It came about while Israel was dwelling in that land, that Reuben went and lay with Bilhah his father's concubine, and Israel heard of it. Now there were twelve sons of Jacob-- 23the sons of Leah: Reuben, Jacob's firstborn, then Simeon and Levi and Judah and Issachar and Zebulun;…
Cross References
Genesis 49:4
Turbulent as the waters, you will no longer excel, for you went up onto your father's bed, onto my couch and defiled it.

1 Chronicles 2:1
These were the sons of Israel: Reuben, Simeon, Levi, Judah, Issachar, Zebulun,

1 Chronicles 5:1
The sons of Reuben the firstborn of Israel (he was the firstborn, but when he defiled his father's marriage bed, his rights as firstborn were given to the sons of Joseph son of Israel; so he could not be listed in the genealogical record in accordance with his birthright,
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And it came to pass, when Israel dwelled in that land, that Reuben went and lay with Bilhah his father's concubine: and Israel heard it. Now the sons of Jacob were twelve:

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Genesis 49:4 Unstable as water, you shall not excel; because you went up to your …

Leviticus 18:8 The nakedness of your father's wife shall you not uncover: it is …

2 Samuel 16:21,22 And Ahithophel said to Absalom, Go in to your father's concubines, …

2 Samuel 20:3 And David came to his house at Jerusalem; and the king took the ten …

1 Chronicles 5:1 Now the sons of Reuben the firstborn of Israel, (for he was the firstborn; …

1 Corinthians 5:1 It is reported commonly that there is fornication among you, and …

Now the sons. In the Hebrew text, a break is here left in the verse, opposite to which there is a Masoretic note, which states that 'there is a hiatus in the verse.' This hiatus the LXX. thus supplies: [kai poneros ephane enantion autou] 'and it appeared evil in his sight.'

Genesis 35:18 And it came to pass, as her soul was in departing, (for she died) …

Genesis 29:31-35 And when the LORD saw that Leah was hated, he opened her womb: but …

Genesis 30:5-24 And Bilhah conceived, and bore Jacob a son…

Genesis 46:8-27 And these are the names of the children of Israel, which came into …

Genesis 49:1-28 And Jacob called to his sons, and said, Gather yourselves together, …

Exodus 1:1-5 Now these are the names of the children of Israel, which came into …

Exodus 6:14-16 These be the heads of their fathers' houses: The sons of Reuben the …

Numbers 1:5-15 And these are the names of the men that shall stand with you: of …

Numbers 1:20 And the children of Reuben, Israel's oldest son, by their generations, …

Numbers 2:3-33 And on the east side toward the rising of the sun shall they of the …

Numbers 7:12 And he that offered his offering the first day was Nahshon the son …

Numbers 26:5-51,57-62 Reuben, the oldest son of Israel: the children of Reuben; Hanoch, …

Numbers 34:14-28 For the tribe of the children of Reuben according to the house of …

Deuteronomy 33:1-29 And this is the blessing, with which Moses the man of God blessed …

Joshua 13:1-21:45 Now Joshua was old and stricken in years; and the LORD said to him, …

1 Chronicles 2:1,2 These are the sons of Israel; Reuben, Simeon, Levi, and Judah, Issachar, …

1 Chronicles 12:23-40 And these are the numbers of the bands that were ready armed to the …

1 Chronicles 27:16-22 Furthermore over the tribes of Israel: the ruler of the Reubenites …

Ezekiel 48:1-35 Now these are the names of the tribes. From the north end to the …

Acts 7:8 And he gave him the covenant of circumcision: and so Abraham begat …

Revelation 7:4-8 And I heard the number of them which were sealed…

Revelation 21:14 And the wall of the city had twelve foundations, and in them the …

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