These were the sons of Reuben the firstborn of Israel. Though he was the firstborn, his birthright was given to the sons of Joseph son of Israel, because Reuben defiled his father's bed. So he is not reckoned according to birthright.
Cross ReferencesGenesis 25:31
"First sell me your birthright," Jacob replied.
And Leah conceived and gave birth to a son, and she named him Reuben, for she said, "The LORD has seen my affliction. Surely my husband will love me now."
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 twelve sons:
And now your two sons born to you in Egypt before I came to you here shall be reckoned as mine; Ephraim and Manasseh shall be mine, just as Reuben and Simeon are mine.
Then he blessed Joseph and said: "May the God before whom my fathers Abraham and Isaac walked, the God who has been my shepherd all my life to this day,
Uncontrolled as the waters, you will no longer excel, because you went up to 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,
Chapter Outline1. Judah and Joseph preferred before Reuben, who forfeited his birthright.
3. Ruben's descendants; some of whom vanquish the Hagarites.
11. The chief men of Gad, and their habitations.
18. Ruben, Gad, and half of Manasseh, obtain a victory over the Hagarites.
23. The habitations and chief men of that half of Manasseh.
25. The captivity of the two tribes and half, for their sins.
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