Parallel Verses

New American Standard Bible

"Uncontrolled as water, you shall not have preeminence, Because you went up to your father's bed; Then you defiled it--he went up to my couch.

King James Version

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.

Holman Bible

Turbulent as water, you will no longer excel, because you got into your father's bed and you defiled it-he got into my bed.

International Standard Version

But you're as undisciplined as a roaring river, so eventually you won't succeed, because you got in your father's bed, defiled it, and then approached my couch."

A Conservative Version

Boiling over as water, thou shall not have the pre-eminence, because thou went up to thy father's bed, then thou defiled it; he went up to my couch.

American Standard Version

Boiling over as water, thou shalt not have the pre-eminence; Because thou wentest up to thy father's bed; Then defiledst thou it: he went up to my couch.

Amplified

But unstable and boiling over like water, you shall not excel and have the preeminence [of the firstborn], because you went to your father's bed; you defiled it -- "he went to my couch!

Bible in Basic English

But because you were uncontrolled, the first place will not be yours; for you went up to your father's bed, even his bride-bed, and made it unclean.

Darby Translation

Impetuous as the waters, thou shalt have no pre-eminence; Because thou wentest up to thy father's couch: Then defiledst thou it: he went up to my bed.

Jubilee 2000 Bible

Unstable as water, thou shalt not be principal because thou didst go up to thy father's bed; then thou became defiled, going up to my couch.

Julia Smith Translation

Vain glorious as water, thou shalt not be preeminent; for thou didst go up out of thy father's. bed; then didst thou defile, going up to my couch.

King James 2000

Unstable as water, you shall not excel; because you went up to your father's bed; then you defiled it: he went up to my couch.

Lexham Expanded Bible

Unstable as water, you shall not excel [any longer], for you went up upon the bed of your father, then defiled [it]. You went up upon my couch!

Modern King James verseion

Unstable as water, you shall not excel, because you went up to your father's bed; then you defiled it. He went up to my couch.

Modern Spelling Tyndale-Coverdale

As unstable as water wast thou: thou shalt therefore not be the chiefest, for thou wentest up upon thy father's bed, and then defiledest thou my couch with going up.

NET Bible

You are destructive like water and will not excel, for you got on your father's bed, then you defiled it -- he got on my couch!

New Heart English Bible

Boiling over as water, you shall not excel; because you went up to your father's bed, then defiled it. He went up to my couch.

The Emphasized Bible

Boiling over like water, thou mayest not have pre-eminence, Because thou didst mount the bed of thy father, - Then, wast thou profane - My marriage-bed, he mounted!

Webster

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.

World English Bible

Boiling over as water, you shall not excel; because you went up to your father's bed, then defiled it. He went up to my couch.

Youngs Literal Translation

Unstable as water, thou art not abundant; For thou hast gone up thy father's bed; Then thou hast polluted: My couch he went up!

Interlinear

English(KJV)
Strong's
Root Form
Definition
Usage
פּחז 
Pachaz 
Usage: 1

thou shalt not excel
יתר 
Yathar 
Usage: 107

because thou wentest up
עלה 
`alah 
Usage: 890

bed
משׁכּב 
Mishkab 
Usage: 46

it he went up
עלה 
`alah 
Usage: 890

Context Readings

Jacob Blesses His Twelve Sons

3 "Reuben, you are my firstborn; My might and the beginning of my strength, Preeminent in dignity and preeminent in power. 4 "Uncontrolled as water, you shall not have preeminence, Because you went up to your father's bed; Then you defiled it--he went up to my couch. 5 "Simeon and Levi are brothers; Their swords are implements of violence.


Cross References

Genesis 35:22

It came about while Israel was dwelling in that land, that Reuben went and lay with Bilhah his father's concubine, and Israel heard of it.

Deuteronomy 27:20

'Cursed is he who lies with his father's wife, because he has uncovered his father's skirt.' And all the people shall say, 'Amen.'

1 Chronicles 5:1

Now the sons of Reuben the firstborn of Israel (for he was the firstborn, but because he defiled his father's bed, his birthright was given to the sons of Joseph the son of Israel; so that he is not enrolled in the genealogy according to the birthright.

Genesis 46:8

Now these are the names of the sons of Israel, Jacob and his sons, who went to Egypt: Reuben, Jacob's firstborn.

Numbers 32:1-42

Now the sons of Reuben and the sons of Gad had an exceedingly large number of livestock So when they saw the land of Jazer and the land of Gilead, that it was indeed a place suitable for livestock,

Deuteronomy 5:21

'You shall not covet your neighbor's wife, and you shall not desire your neighbor's house, his field or his male servant or his female servant, his ox or his donkey or anything that belongs to your neighbor.'

Deuteronomy 33:6

"May Reuben live and not die, Nor his men be few."

1 Corinthians 5:1

It is actually reported that there is immorality among you, and immorality of such a kind as does not exist even among the Gentiles, that someone has his father's wife.

James 1:6-8

But he must ask in faith without any doubting, for the one who doubts is like the surf of the sea, driven and tossed by the wind.

2 Peter 2:14

having eyes full of adultery that never cease from sin, enticing unstable souls, having a heart trained in greed, accursed children;

2 Peter 3:16

as also in all his letters, speaking in them of these things, in which are some things hard to understand, which the untaught and unstable distort, as they do also the rest of the Scriptures, to their own destruction.

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