Genesis 49:6
New International Version
Let me not enter their council, let me not join their assembly, for they have killed men in their anger and hamstrung oxen as they pleased.

New Living Translation
May I never join in their meetings; may I never be a party to their plans. For in their anger they murdered men, and they crippled oxen just for sport.

English Standard Version
Let my soul come not into their council; O my glory, be not joined to their company. For in their anger they killed men, and in their willfulness they hamstrung oxen.

Berean Study Bible
May I never enter their council; may I never join their assembly. For they kill men in their anger, and hamstring oxen on a whim.

New American Standard Bible
"Let my soul not enter into their council; Let not my glory be united with their assembly; Because in their anger they slew men, And in their self-will they lamed oxen.

King James Bible
O my soul, come not thou into their secret; unto their assembly, mine honour, be not thou united: for in their anger they slew a man, and in their selfwill they digged down a wall.

Christian Standard Bible
May I never enter their council; may I never join their assembly. For in their anger they kill men, and on a whim they hamstring oxen.

Contemporary English Version
I never want to take part in your plans or deeds. You slaughtered people in your anger, and you crippled cattle for no reason.

Good News Translation
I will not join in their secret talks, Nor will I take part in their meetings, For they killed people in anger And they crippled bulls for sport.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
May I never enter their council; may I never join their assembly. For in their anger they kill men, and on a whim they hamstring oxen.

International Standard Version
I'll never join their council; I'll never enter their assembly. In their anger they committed murder and lamed cattle just for fun.

NET Bible
O my soul, do not come into their council, do not be united to their assembly, my heart, for in their anger they have killed men, and for pleasure they have hamstrung oxen.

New Heart English Bible
My soul, do not come into their council. My glory, do not be united to their assembly; for in their anger they killed men. In their self-will they hamstrung cattle.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Do not let me attend their secret meetings. Do not let me join their assembly. In their anger they murdered men. At their whim they crippled cattle.

JPS Tanakh 1917
Let my soul not come into their council; Unto their assembly let my glory not be not united; For in their anger they slew men, And in their self-will they houghed oxen.

New American Standard 1977
“Let my soul not enter into their council; Let not my glory be united with their assembly; Because in their anger they slew men, And in their self-will they lamed oxen.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Let my soul not enter into their secret; nor let my honour join their assembly; for in their anger they slew a man, and in their own will they dug down a wall.

King James 2000 Bible
O my soul, come not into their secret; unto their assembly, my spirit, be not united: for in their anger they slew a man, and in their self-will they dug down a wall.

American King James Version
O my soul, come not you into their secret; to their assembly, my honor, be not you united: for in their anger they slew a man, and in their self-will they dig down a wall.

American Standard Version
O my soul, come not thou into their council; Unto their assembly, my glory, be not thou united; For in their anger they slew a man, And in their self-will they hocked an ox.

Brenton Septuagint Translation
Let not my soul come into their counsel, and let not mine inward parts contend in their conspiracy, for in their wrath they slew men, and in their passion they houghed a bull.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Let not my soul go into their counsel, nor my glory be in their assembly: "be- cause in their fury they slew a man, and in their selfwill they undermined a wall.

Darby Bible Translation
My soul, come not into their council; Mine honour, be not united with their assembly; For in their anger they slew men, And in their wantonness houghed oxen.

English Revised Version
O my soul, come not thou into their council; Unto their assembly, my glory, be not thou united; For in their anger they slew a man, And in their selfwill they houghed an ox.

Webster's Bible Translation
O my soul, come not thou into their secret; to their assembly, my honor, be not thou united: for in their anger they slew a man, and in their self-will they digged down a wall.

World English Bible
My soul, don't come into their council. My glory, don't be united to their assembly; for in their anger they killed men. In their self-will they hamstrung cattle.

Young's Literal Translation
Into their secret, come not, O my soul! Unto their assembly be not united, O mine honour; For in their anger they slew a man, And in their self-will eradicated a prince.
Study Bible
Jacob Blesses His Sons
5Simeon and Levi are brothers; their swords are weapons of violence. 6May I never enter their council; may I never join their assembly. For they kill men in their anger, and hamstring oxen on a whim. 7Cursed be their anger, for it is strong, and their wrath, for it is cruel! I will disperse them in Jacob and scatter them in Israel.…
Cross References
Joshua 11:9
Joshua treated them as the LORD had told him; he hamstrung their horses and burned up their chariots.

2 Samuel 8:4
David captured from him a thousand chariots, seven thousand charioteers, and twenty thousand foot soldiers, and he hamstrung all the horses except a hundred he kept for the chariots.

1 Chronicles 18:4
David captured from him a thousand chariots, seven thousand charioteers, and twenty thousand foot soldiers, and he hamstrung all the horses except a hundred he kept for the chariots.

Psalm 64:2
Hide me from the scheming of the wicked, from the mob of workers of iniquity,

Treasury of Scripture

O my soul, come not you into their secret; to their assembly, my honor, be not you united: for in their anger they slew a man, and in their self-will they dig down a wall.

O my soul.

Judges 5:21
The river of Kishon swept them away, that ancient river, the river Kishon. O my soul, thou hast trodden down strength.

Psalm 42:5,11
Why art thou cast down, O my soul? and why art thou disquieted in me? hope thou in God: for I shall yet praise him for the help of his countenance…

Psalm 43:5
Why art thou cast down, O my soul? and why art thou disquieted within me? hope in God: for I shall yet praise him, who is the health of my countenance, and my God.

come.

Genesis 34:30
And Jacob said to Simeon and Levi, Ye have troubled me to make me to stink among the inhabitants of the land, among the Canaanites and the Perizzites: and I being few in number, they shall gather themselves together against me, and slay me; and I shall be destroyed, I and my house.

Psalm 5:10
Destroy thou them, O God; let them fall by their own counsels; cast them out in the multitude of their transgressions; for they have rebelled against thee.

Psalm 26:4,5
I have not sat with vain persons, neither will I go in with dissemblers…

secret.

Deuteronomy 27:24
Cursed be he that smiteth his neighbour secretly. And all the people shall say, Amen.

Psalm 26:9
Gather not my soul with sinners, nor my life with bloody men:

Psalm 94:20
Shall the throne of iniquity have fellowship with thee, which frameth mischief by a law?

honour.

Psalm 16:9
Therefore my heart is glad, and my glory rejoiceth: my flesh also shall rest in hope.

Psalm 30:12
To the end that my glory may sing praise to thee, and not be silent. O LORD my God, I will give thanks unto thee for ever.

Psalm 57:8
Awake up, my glory; awake, psaltery and harp: I myself will awake early.

a man.

Genesis 34:25,26
And it came to pass on the third day, when they were sore, that two of the sons of Jacob, Simeon and Levi, Dinah's brethren, took each man his sword, and came upon the city boldly, and slew all the males…

digged down a wall.







Lexicon
May I
נַפְשִׁ֔י (nap̄·šî)
Noun - feminine singular construct | first person common singular
Strong's Hebrew 5315: A soul, living being, life, self, person, desire, passion, appetite, emotion

never
אַל־ (’al-)
Adverb
Strong's Hebrew 408: Not

enter
תָּבֹ֣א (tā·ḇō)
Verb - Qal - Imperfect - third person feminine singular
Strong's Hebrew 935: To come in, come, go in, go

their council;
בְּסֹדָם֙ (bə·sō·ḏām)
Preposition-b | Noun - masculine singular construct | third person masculine plural
Strong's Hebrew 5475: A session, company of persons, intimacy, consultation, a secret

may I
כְּבֹדִ֑י (kə·ḇō·ḏî)
Noun - feminine singular construct | first person common singular
Strong's Hebrew 3519: Weight, splendor, copiousness

never
אַל־ (’al-)
Adverb
Strong's Hebrew 408: Not

join
תֵּחַ֣ד (tê·ḥaḏ)
Verb - Qal - Imperfect - third person feminine singular
Strong's Hebrew 3161: To be united

their assembly.
בִּקְהָלָ֖ם (biq·hā·lām)
Preposition-b | Noun - masculine singular construct | second person masculine plural
Strong's Hebrew 6951: Assembly, convocation, congregation

For
כִּ֤י (kî)
Conjunction
Strong's Hebrew 3588: A relative conjunction

they kill
הָ֣רְגוּ (hā·rə·ḡū)
Verb - Qal - Perfect - third person common plural
Strong's Hebrew 2026: To smite with deadly intent

men
אִ֔ישׁ (’îš)
Noun - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 376: A man as an individual, a male person

in their anger,
בְאַפָּם֙ (ḇə·’ap·pām)
Preposition-b | Noun - masculine singular construct | third person masculine plural
Strong's Hebrew 639: The nose, nostril, the face, a person, ire

and hamstring
עִקְּרוּ־ (‘iq·qə·rū-)
Verb - Piel - Perfect - third person common plural
Strong's Hebrew 6131: To pluck up, to hamstring, to exterminate

oxen
שֽׁוֹר׃ (šō·wr)
Noun - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 7794: A head of cattle (bullock, ox, etcetera)

on a whim.
וּבִרְצֹנָ֖ם (ū·ḇir·ṣō·nām)
Conjunctive waw, Preposition-b | Noun - masculine singular construct | third person masculine plural
Strong's Hebrew 7522: Goodwill, favor, acceptance, will
(6) Their secret.--The word sod used here is literally the little carpet, or cushion, upon which an Oriental sits. Consequently, for two persons to sit upon the same carpet marks a high degree of friendship and familiarity. It would therefore be more exactly translated alliance, or intimacy.

Unto their assembly, mine honour, be not thou united.--For assembly (Heb. congregation), see Genesis 28:3; Genesis 35:11. It means here their union, or confederacy. In the first clause Jacob bids his soul, his true self, not to enter their alliance; here, after the manner of the parallelism of Hebrew poetry, he intensifies the meaning. For by mine honour, he signifies all that gave him dignity and worth in the sight of God and man. And this nobleness would be degraded and lost by union with men banded together for evil.

In their self-will they digged down a wall--Self-will is worse than anger, and signifies that arrogant temper which leads on to wanton cruelty. The last words mean, they houghed an ox. The Vulgand Syriac took it as our version does, and understood it of making a breach in the walls of Shechem; but they had a different reading, shur, whereas the word in the Hebrew is shor, an ox, and it is so rendered by the LXX. The ox was in old times the symbol of majesty, and thus bulls are put for princes in Psalm 22:12; Psalm 68:30. Thus, then, the meaning is, "In their anger at the wrong done to their sister they slew Hamor, prince of Shechem, with his people; and from wanton cruelty, without any just cause for indignation, they hamstrung the noblest of their brethren, not killing Joseph outright, but disabling him by selling him into slavery, that he might there perish."

49:3-7 Reuben was the first-born; but by gross sin, he forfeited the birthright. The character of Reuben is, that he was unstable as water. Men do not thrive, because they do not fix. Reuben's sin left a lasting infamy upon his family. Let us never do evil, then we need not fear being told of it. Simeon and Levi were passionate and revengeful. The murder of the Shechemites is a proof of this. Jacob protested against that barbarous act. Our soul is our honour; by its powers we are distinguished from, and raised above, the beasts that perish. We ought, from our hearts, to abhor all bloody and mischievous men. Cursed be their anger. Jacob does not curse their persons, but their lusts. I will divide them. The sentence as it respects Levi was turned into a blessing. This tribe performed an acceptable service in their zeal against the worshippers of the golden calf, Ex 32. Being set apart to God as priests, they were in that character scattered through the nation of Israel.
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