Deuteronomy 33:6
New International Version
"Let Reuben live and not die, nor his people be few."

New Living Translation
Moses said this about the tribe of Reuben: "Let the tribe of Reuben live and not die out, though they are few in number."

English Standard Version
“Let Reuben live, and not die, but let his men be few.”

Berean Study Bible
Let Reuben live and not die, nor his men be few.”

New American Standard Bible
"May Reuben live and not die, Nor his men be few."

King James Bible
Let Reuben live, and not die; and let not his men be few.

Christian Standard Bible
Let Reuben live and not die though his people become few.

Contemporary English Version
Tribe of Reuben, you will live, even though your tribe will always be small.

Good News Translation
Moses said about the tribe of Reuben: "May Reuben never die out, Although their people are few."

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Let Reuben live and not die though his people become few.

International Standard Version
"May Reuben live and not die, though his numbers are few."

NET Bible
May Reuben live and not die, and may his people multiply.

New Heart English Bible
"Let Reuben live, and not die; Nor let his men be few."

GOD'S WORD® Translation
"May the tribe of [Reuben] live and not die out, though their people are few in number."

JPS Tanakh 1917
Let Reuben live, and not die In that his men become few.

New American Standard 1977
“May Reuben live and not die, Nor his men be few.”

Jubilee Bible 2000
Let Reuben live and not die, and let not his men be few.

King James 2000 Bible
Let Reuben live, and not die; and let not his men be few.

American King James Version
Let Reuben live, and not die; and let not his men be few.

American Standard Version
Let Reuben live, and not die; Nor let his men be few.

Brenton Septuagint Translation
Let Ruben live, and not die; and let him be many in number.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Let Ruben live, and not die, and be he small in number.

Darby Bible Translation
Let Reuben live, and not die; And let his men be few.

English Revised Version
Let Reuben live, and not die; Yet let his men be few.

Webster's Bible Translation
Let Reuben live, and not die; and let not his men be few.

World English Bible
"Let Reuben live, and not die; Nor let his men be few."

Young's Literal Translation
Let Reuben live, and not die, And let his men be a number.
Study Bible
Moses Blesses the Twelve Tribes
5So the LORD became King in Jeshurun when the leaders of the people gathered, together with the tribes of Israel. 6Let Reuben live and not die, nor his men be few.” 7And concerning Judah he said: “O LORD, hear the cry of Judah and bring him to his people. With his own hands he defends his cause, but may You be a help against his foes.”…
Cross References
Genesis 49:3
Reuben, you are my firstborn, my might, and the beginning of my strength, excelling in honor, excelling in power.

Genesis 49:4
Uncontrolled as the waters, you will no longer excel, because you went up to your father's bed, onto my couch and defiled it.

Numbers 1:5
These are the names of the men who are to assist you: From the tribe of Reuben, Elizur son of Shedeur;

Treasury of Scripture

Let Reuben live, and not die; and let not his men be few.

Genesis 49:3,4,8
Reuben, thou art my firstborn, my might, and the beginning of my strength, the excellency of dignity, and the excellency of power: …

Numbers 32:31,32
And the children of Gad and the children of Reuben answered, saying, As the LORD hath said unto thy servants, so will we do…

Joshua 22:1-9
Then Joshua called the Reubenites, and the Gadites, and the half tribe of Manasseh, …







Lexicon
Let Reuben
רְאוּבֵ֖ן (rə·’ū·ḇên)
Noun - proper - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 7205: Reuben -- 'behold a son!' oldest son of Jacob, also his desc

live
יְחִ֥י (yə·ḥî)
Verb - Qal - Imperfect Jussive - third person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 2421: To live, to revive

and not
וְאַל־ (wə·’al-)
Conjunctive waw | Adverb
Strong's Hebrew 408: Not

die,
יָמֹ֑ת (yā·mōṯ)
Verb - Qal - Imperfect Jussive - third person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 4191: To die, to kill

nor
וִיהִ֥י (wî·hî)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Qal - Conjunctive imperfect Jussive - third person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 1961: To fall out, come to pass, become, be

his men
מְתָ֖יו (mə·ṯāw)
Noun - masculine plural construct | third person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 4962: An adult, a man

be few.”
מִסְפָּֽר׃ (mis·pār)
Noun - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 4557: A number, definite, indefinite, narration
(6) Let Reuben live, and not die.--"'Live' in this world." says Rashi, "and 'not die' in the world to come." That his misdeed should not be remembered (Genesis 35:22). Rashi also notices the juxtaposition of this record with the sentence, "the sons of Jacob were twelve." Reuben was not cut off, but he was disinherited (1Chronicles 5:1), and his father's blessing had so much in it of disapproval, that Moses' prayer for him was not unnecessary.

And let not his men be few.--The sentence is difficult. The LXX. insert Simeon, "let Simeon be many in number." But there is no need for this. The most terrible destruction ever wrought in Israel by the word of Moses came on Dathan and Abiram (who were Reubenites), when "they and all that appertained to them went down alive into the pit." We cannot say how far the tribe was diminished by this terrible visitation and the plague that followed (Numbers 16), but the fighting men of the tribe had slightly decreased in the second census (Numbers 1:21; Numbers 26:7), and only two of all the twelve tribes had a smaller force than Reuben

at this time. It seems best, therefore, to take the whole verse as applying to Reuben, and the negative in the first clause as covering the second clause also. "Let not his men be a (small) number." The omission of Simeon may be accounted for by his coming within the inheritance of Judah, in Canaan, and enjoying the blessing and protection of that most distinguished tribe. Rashi also takes this view.

Verses 6-25. - Blessings on the tribes individually. With these may be compared the blessing which Jacob pronounced on his sons as representing the tribes of which they were the heads. The two resemble each other in many points; the differences are such as naturally arose from the different relations of the speakers to the objects of their address, and the changes in the condition and prospects of the tribes which during the lapse of centuries had come to pass. Verse 6. - And let not his men be few. The negative, though not expressed in the Hebrew, is to be carried into this clause from the preceding. Though the rights of primogeniture had been withdrawn from Reuben, and Jacob had declared that he should not excel, Moses here assures the tribe of continuance, and even prosperity. Their number was not to be small; which was, perhaps, said to comfort them, in view of the fact that their numbers had greatly diminished in the course of their wanderings in the desert (comp. Numbers 1:21 with Numbers 26:7). At no time, however, was this tribe numerous as compared with the others; nor was it ever distinguished either by the enterprise of its members or by the eminence of any of them in the councils of the nation or the management of affairs. 33:6-23 The order in which the tribes are here blessed, is not the same as is observed elsewhere. The blessing of Judah may refer to the whole tribe in general, or to David as a type of Christ. Moses largely blesses the tribe of Levi. Acceptance with God is what we should all aim at, and desire, in all our devotions, whether men accept us or not, 2Co 5:9. This prayer is a prophecy, that God will keep up a ministry in his church to the end of time. The tribe of Benjamin had their inheritance close to mount Zion. To be situated near the ordinances, is a precious gift from the Lord, a privilege not to be exchanged for any worldly advantage, or indulgence. We should thankfully receive the earthly blessings sent to us, through the successive seasons. But those good gifts which come down from the Father of lights, through the rising of the Sun of righteousness, and the pouring out of his Spirit like the rain which makes fruitful, are infinitely more precious, as the tokens of his special love. The precious things here prayed for, are figures of spiritual blessing in heavenly things by Christ, the gifts, graces, and comforts of the Spirit. When Moses prays for the good will of Him that dwelt in the bush, he refers to the covenant, on which all our hopes of God's favour must be founded. The providence of God appoints men's habitations, and wisely disposes men to different employments for the public good. Whatever our place and business are, it is our wisdom and duty to apply thereto; and it is happiness to be well pleased therewith. We should not only invite others to the service of God, but abound in it. The blessing of Naphtali. The favour of God is the only favour satisfying to the soul. Those are happy indeed, who have the favour of God; and those shall have it, who reckon that in having it they have enough, and desire no more.
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