Parallel Verses

King James Version

Reuben, thou art my firstborn, my might, and the beginning of my strength, the excellency of dignity, and the excellency of power:

New American Standard Bible

"Reuben, you are my firstborn; My might and the beginning of my strength, Preeminent in dignity and preeminent in power.

Holman Bible

Reuben, you are my firstborn,
my strength and the firstfruits of my virility,
excelling in prominence, excelling in power.

International Standard Version

"Reuben, you're my firstborn, my strength, and the first fruit of my vitality. You excel in rank and excel in power.

A Conservative Version

Reuben, thou are my firstborn, my might, and the beginning of my strength, the pre-eminence of dignity, and the pre-eminence of power.

American Standard Version

Reuben, thou art my first-born, my might, and the beginning of my strength; The pre-eminence of dignity, and the pre-eminence of power.

Amplified

Reuben, you are my firstborn, my might, the beginning (the firstfruits) of my manly strength and vigor; [your birthright gave you] the preeminence in dignity and the preeminence in power.

Bible in Basic English

Reuben, you are my oldest son, the first-fruit of my strength, first in pride and first in power:

Darby Translation

Reuben, thou art my firstborn, My might, and the firstfruits of my vigour: Excellency of dignity, and excellency of strength.

Jubilee 2000 Bible

Reuben, thou art my firstborn, my might, and the beginning of my strength, principal in dignity, and the principal in power.

Julia Smith Translation

Reuben, my first-born, thou my strength, and the beginning of my strength, the abundance of elevation, and the abundance of might

King James 2000

Reuben, you are my firstborn, my might, and the beginning of my strength, the excellency of dignity, and the excellency of power:

Lexham Expanded Bible

Reuben, you [are] my firstborn, my strength, and the firstfruit of my vigor, excelling in rank and excelling in power.

Modern King James verseion

Reuben, you are my first-born, my might, and the beginning of my strength, the excellency of dignity and the excellency of power.

Modern Spelling Tyndale-Coverdale

"Reuben, thou art mine eldest son, my might and the beginning of my strength, chief in receiving and chief in power.

NET Bible

Reuben, you are my firstborn, my might and the beginning of my strength, outstanding in dignity, outstanding in power.

New Heart English Bible

"Reuben, you are my firstborn, my might, and the beginning of my strength; excelling in dignity, and excelling in power.

The Emphasized Bible

Reuben, my first-born, thou, My vigour, and the first-fruit of my strength, - Pre-eminence of elevation and pre-eminence of power:

Webster

Reuben, thou art my first-born, my might, and the beginning of my strength, the excellence of dignity, and the excellence of power:

World English Bible

"Reuben, you are my firstborn, my might, and the beginning of my strength; excelling in dignity, and excelling in power.

Youngs Literal Translation

Reuben! my first-born thou, My power, and beginning of my strength, The abundance of exaltation, And the abundance of strength;

Interlinear

English(KJV)
Strong's
Root Form
Definition
Usage
ראוּבן 
R@'uwben 
Usage: 72

thou art my firstborn
בּכור 
B@kowr 
Usage: 117

my might
כּוח כּח 
Koach 
Usage: 126

and the beginning
ראשׁית 
Re'shiyth 
Usage: 51

of my strength
און 
'own 
Usage: 12

of dignity
שׂאת 
S@'eth 
Usage: 14

Context Readings

Jacob Blesses His Twelve Sons

2 Gather yourselves together, and hear, ye sons of Jacob; and hearken unto Israel your father. 3 Reuben, thou art my firstborn, my might, and the beginning of my strength, the excellency of dignity, and the excellency of power: 4 Unstable as water, thou shalt not excel; because thou wentest up to thy father's bed; then defiledst thou it: he went up to my couch.


Cross References

Deuteronomy 21:17

But he shall acknowledge the son of the hated for the firstborn, by giving him a double portion of all that he hath: for he is the beginning of his strength; the right of the firstborn is his.

Genesis 29:32

And Leah conceived, and bare a son, and she called his name Reuben: for she said, Surely the LORD hath looked upon my affliction; now therefore my husband will love me.

Psalm 78:51

And smote all the firstborn in Egypt; the chief of their strength in the tabernacles of Ham:

Psalm 105:36

He smote also all the firstborn in their land, the chief of all their strength.

Genesis 46:8

And these are the names of the children of Israel, which came into Egypt, Jacob and his sons: Reuben, Jacob's firstborn.

Genesis 48:18

And Joseph said unto his father, Not so, my father: for this is the firstborn; put thy right hand upon his head.

Numbers 1:20

And the children of Reuben, Israel's eldest son, by their generations, after their families, by the house of their fathers, according to the number of the names, by their polls, every male from twenty years old and upward, all that were able to go forth to war;

Numbers 26:5

Reuben, the eldest son of Israel: the children of Reuben; Hanoch, of whom cometh the family of the Hanochites: of Pallu, the family of the Palluites:

1 Chronicles 2:1

These are the sons of Israel; Reuben, Simeon, Levi, and Judah, Issachar, and Zebulun,

1 Chronicles 5:1

Now the sons of Reuben the firstborn of Israel, (for he was the firstborn; but, forasmuch as he defiled his father's bed, his birthright was given unto the sons of Joseph the son of Israel: and the genealogy is not to be reckoned after the birthright.

1 Chronicles 5:3

The sons, I say, of Reuben the firstborn of Israel were, Hanoch, and Pallu, Hezron, and Carmi.

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