Parallel Verses

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 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.

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, outstanding in dignity, outstanding in power. 4 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! 5 Simeon and Levi are brothers, weapons of violence are their knives!


Cross References

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 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.

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.

Numbers 32:1-42

Now the Reubenites and the Gadites possessed a very large number of cattle. When they saw that the lands of Jazer and Gilead were ideal for cattle,

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 33:6

May Reuben live and not die, and may his people multiply.

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.

James 1:6-8

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.

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