Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

Summary

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.

Thou shalt not excel

Bible References

Unstable

James 1:6
But he must ask in faith without doubting, for the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed around by the wind.
2 Peter 2:14
Their eyes, full of adultery, never stop sinning; they entice unstable people. They have trained their hearts for greed, these cursed children!
2 Peter 3:16
speaking of these things in all his letters. Some things in these letters are hard to understand, things the ignorant and unstable twist to their own destruction, as they also do to the rest of the scriptures.

Thou shalt not excel

Genesis 46:8
These are the names of the sons of Israel who went to Egypt -- Jacob and his sons: Reuben, the firstborn of Jacob.
Deuteronomy 33:6
May Reuben live and not die, and may his people multiply.

Because

Genesis 35:22
While Israel was living in that land, Reuben had sexual relations with Bilhah, his father's concubine, and Israel heard about it. Jacob had twelve sons:
Deuteronomy 5:21
You must not desire another man's wife, nor should you crave his house, his field, his male and female servants, his ox, his donkey, or anything else he owns."
Deuteronomy 27:20
Cursed is the one who has sexual relations with his father's former wife, for he dishonors his father.' Then all the people will say, 'Amen!'
1 Chronicles 5:1
The sons of Reuben, Israel's firstborn -- (Now he was the firstborn, but when he defiled his father's bed, 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.
1 Corinthians 5:1
It is actually reported that sexual immorality exists among you, the kind of immorality that is not permitted even among the Gentiles, so that someone is cohabiting with his father's wife.

General references

Leviticus 18:8
You must not have sexual intercourse with your father's wife; she is your father's nakedness.
Numbers 1:20
And they were as follows: The descendants of Reuben, the firstborn son of Israel: According to the records of their clans and families, all the males twenty years old or older who could serve in the army were listed by name individually.
Deuteronomy 27:20
Cursed is the one who has sexual relations with his father's former wife, for he dishonors his father.' Then all the people will say, 'Amen!'
Deuteronomy 33:6
May Reuben live and not die, and may his people multiply.

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