Genesis 49:5

“Simeon and Levi are brethren; instruments of cruelty are in their habitations.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

Simeon and Leui are brethren, instruments of crueltie are in their habitations.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

"Simeon and Levi are brothers; Their swords are implements of violence.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

Simeon and Levi are brethren; Weapons of violence are their swords.
- American Standard Version (1901)

Simeon and Levi are brothers; deceit and force are their secret designs.
- Basic English Bible

Simeon and Levi are brethren: Instruments of violence their swords.
- Darby Bible

Simeon and Levi are brethren: instruments of cruelty are in, their habitations.
- Webster's Bible

Simeon and Levi are brothers. Their swords are weapons of violence.
- World English Bible

Simeon and Levi [are] brethren! Instruments of violence -- their espousals!
- Youngs Literal Bible

Simeon and Levi are brethren; weapons of violence their kinship.
- Jewish Publication Society Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Genesis 49:5


49:5 Simeon and Levi are brethren - Brethren in disposition, but unlike their father: they were passionate and revengeful, fierce and wilful; their swords, that should have been only weapons of defence, were (as the margin reads it) weapons of violence, to do wrong to others, not to save themselves from wrong.


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