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1 Chronicles 5:1-2

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Reuben’s Descendants

5:1 The sons of Reuben, Israel’s firstborn –

(Now he was the firstborn, but when he defiled his father’s bed, 1  his rights as firstborn were given to the sons of Joseph, Israel’s son. So Reuben is not listed as firstborn in the genealogical records. 2  5:2 Though Judah was the strongest among his brothers and a leader descended from him, 3  the right of the firstborn belonged to Joseph.)

1 sn The phrase when he defiled his father’s bed refers to Reuben having sexual relations with his father Jacob’s concubine Bilhah. This incident is recorded in Gen 35:22.

2 tn Heb “and not to be listed in the genealogical records as (having) the right of the firstborn.”

3 tn Heb “and [one] for a leader [was] from him.” This probably refers to the Davidic king.



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