Genesis 49:3

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

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

Reuben, thou art my first borne, my might, and the beginning of my strength, the excellencie of dignitie, and the excellencie of power:
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

"Reuben, you are my firstborn; My might and the beginning of my strength, Preeminent in dignity and preeminent in power.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

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.
- American Standard Version (1901)

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

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

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

Reuben, you are my firstborn, my might, and the beginning of my strength; excelling in dignity, and excelling in power.
- World English Bible

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

Reuben, thou art my first-born, my might, and the first-fruits of my strength; the excellency of dignity, and the excellency of power.
- Jewish Publication Society Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Genesis 49:3


49:3 Reuben thou art my first - born - Jacob here puts upon him the ornaments of the birth - right, that he and all his brethren might see what he had forfeited and in that might see the evil of his sin. As the first - born he was his father's joy, being the beginning of his strength. To him belonged the excellency of dignity above his brethren, and some power over them.


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