Parallel Verses

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!

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 reckless and boiling over like water [in sinful lust], you shall not excel or have the preeminence [of the firstborn],
Because you went up to your father’s bed [with Bilhah];
You defiled it—he went up 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.

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.

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, my first-born, thou, My vigour, and the first-fruit of my strength, - Pre-eminence of elevation and pre-eminence of power: 4 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! 5 Simeon and Levi, are brethren, - Instruments of violence, are their agreements:


Cross References

Genesis 35:22

And it came to pass while Israel inhabited that land, that Reuben went and lay with Bilhah his father's concubine; and Israel heard of it. And so the Sons of Israel came to be Twelve.

Deuteronomy 27:20

Cursed, be he that lieth with his father's wife, because he hath turned aside his father's coverlet. And all the people shall say - Amen.

1 Chronicles 5:1

And the sons of Reuben the firstborn of Israel, for, he, was the firstborn, but because he defiled the couch of his father, his birthright was given to the sons of Joseph son of Israel, - and he is not to be enrolled in the place of firstborn,

Genesis 46:8

Now, these, are the names of the sons of Israel who came into Egypt - Jacob and his sons, - the firstborn of Jacob, Reuben:

Numbers 32:1-42

Now, much cattle, had come into the possession of the sons of Reuben and of the sons of Gad, an exceeding mighty number. And when they saw the land of Jazer and the land of Gilead, lo! the place, was a place for cattle.

Deuteronomy 5:21

Neither shalt thou covet thy neighbour's wife, - neither shalt thou desire thy neighbour's house, his field, or his servant, or his handmaid, his ox or his ass, or anything that is thy neighbour's.

Deuteronomy 33:6

Let Reuben live and not die, - Nor his men he easily counted.

1 Corinthians 5:1

On all hands, there is reported to be among you - fornication, and such fornication as this - which, not among the nations, is found , - as that one should have, his father's wife: -

James 1:6-8

But let him be asking in faith, nothing, doubting, for, he that doubteth, is like a wave of the sea, wind-driven and storm-tossed, -

2 Peter 2:14

Having, eyes, full of an adulteress, and that cannot rest from sin, enticing unstable souls, having, a heart trained in greed, - children of a curse, -

2 Peter 3:16

As also, in all letters, speaking in them concerning these things, - in which letters are some things, hard to be understood, which, the uninstructed and unstable, wrest, - as also the other scriptures, - unto their own destruction.

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