Parallel Bible VersionsHebrew Bible Study Tools

Genesis 37:21 [study!]

American Standard Version (ASV 1901) [2]
— And Reuben heard it, and delivered him out of their hand, and said, Let us not take his life.
King James Version (KJV 1769)
— And Reuben heard [it], and he delivered him out of their hands; and said, Let us not kill him.
New American Standard Bible (NASB ©1995)
— But Reuben heard [this] and rescued him out of their hands and said, “Let us not take his life.”
Webster's Revision of the KJB (WEB 1833)
— And Reuben heard [it], and he delivered him from their hands: and said, Let us not kill him.
Darby's Translation (DBY 1890)
— And Reuben heard [it], and delivered him out of their hand, and said, Let us not take his life.
Rotherham's Emphasized Bible (EBR 1902)
— And Reuben heard it, and rescued him out of their hand,—and said—Let us not smite him, so as to take his life!
Young's Literal Translation (YLT 1898)
— And Reuben heareth, and delivereth him out of their hand, and saith, 'Let us not smite the life;'
Douay-Rheims Challoner Revision (DR 1750)
— And Ruben hearing this, endeavoured to deliver him out of their hands, and said:
Original King James Bible (AV 1611) [2]
— And Reuben heard [it], and he deliuered him out of their hands, and said; Let vs not kill him.
Brenton Greek Septuagint (LXX, Restored Names)
— And Reuben{gr.Ruben} having heard it, rescued him out of their hands, and said, Let us not kill him.
Full Hebrew Names / Holy Name KJV (2008) [2] [3]
— And Reuven heard [it], and he delivered him out of their hands; and said, Let us not kill him.

Strong's Numbers & Hebrew NamesHebrew Old TestamentColor-Code/Key Word Studies
And Rvn רְאוּבֵן 7205
{7205} Prime
רְאוּבֵן
R@'uwben
{reh-oo-bane'}
From the imperative of H7200 and H1121; see ye a son; Reuben, a son of Jacob.
heard 8085
{8085} Prime
שָׁמַע
shama`
{shaw-mah'}
A primitive root; to hear intelligently (often with implication of attention, obedience, etc.; causatively to tell, etc.).
z8799
<8799> Grammar
Stem - Qal (See H8851)
Mood - Imperfect (See H8811)
Count - 19885
[it], and he delivered 5337
{5337} Prime
נָצַל
natsal
{naw-tsal'}
A primitive root; to snatch away, whether in a good or a bad sense.
z8686
<8686> Grammar
Stem - Hiphil (See H8818)
Mood - Imperfect (See H8811)
Count - 4046
him out of their hands; 3027
{3027} Prime
יָד
yad
{yawd}
A primitive word; a hand (the open one (indicating power, means, direction, etc.), in distinction from H3709, the closed one); used (as noun, adverb, etc.) in a great variety of applications, both literally and figuratively, both proximate and remote.
x4480
(4480) Complement
מִן
min
{min}
For H4482; properly a part of; hence (prepositionally), from or out of in many senses.
and said, 559
{0559} Prime
אָמַר
'amar
{aw-mar'}
A primitive root; to say (used with great latitude).
z8799
<8799> Grammar
Stem - Qal (See H8851)
Mood - Imperfect (See H8811)
Count - 19885
Let us not x3808
(3808) Complement
לֹא
lo'
{lo}
lo; a primitive particle; not (the simple or abstract negation); by implication no; often used with other particles.
kill 5221
{5221} Prime
נָכָה
nakah
{naw-kaw'}
A primitive root; to strike (lightly or severely, literally or figuratively).
z8686
<8686> Grammar
Stem - Hiphil (See H8818)
Mood - Imperfect (See H8811)
Count - 4046
y5315
[5315] Standard
נֶפֶשׁ
nephesh
{neh'-fesh}
From H5314; properly a breathing creature, that is, animal or (abstractly) vitality; used very widely in a literal, accommodated or figurative sense (bodily or mental).
him.
Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Commentary

[[no comment]]

Matthew Henry's Commentary

See commentary on Genesis 37:12-22.

John Wesley's Explanatory Notes

Genesis 37:21

And Reuben heard it — God can raise up friends for his people, even among their enemies. Reuben of all the brothers had most reason to be jealous of Joseph, for he was the first — born, and so entitled to those distinguishing favours which Jacob was conferring on Joseph, yet he proves his best friend. Reuben's temper seems to have been soft and effeminate, which had betrayed him to the sin of uncleanness, while the temper of the two next brothers, Simeon and Levi, was fierce, which betrayed them to the sin of murder, a sin which Reuben startled at the thought of. He made a proposal which they thought would effectually destroy Joseph, and yet which he designed should answer his intention of rescuing Joseph out of their hands, probably hoping thereby to recover his father's favour which he had lately lost; but God over — ruled all to serve his own purpose of making Joseph an instrument to save much people alive. Joseph was here a type of Christ. Though he was the beloved Son of his Father, and hated by a wicked world; yet the Father sent him out of his bosom to visit us; he came from heaven to earth to seek and save us; yet then malicious plots were laid against him; he came to his own, and his own not only received him not, but consulted, This is the heir, come let us kill him. This he submitted to, in pursuance of his design to save us.

Geneva Bible Translation Notes

[[no comment]]

Cross-Reference Topical ResearchStrong's Concordance
Reuben heard:

Genesis 35:22 And it came to pass, when Israel dwelt in that land, that Reuben went and lay with Bilhah his father's concubine: and Israel heard [it]. Now the sons of Jacob were twelve:
Genesis 42:22 And Reuben answered them, saying, Spake I not unto you, saying, Do not sin against the child; and ye would not hear? therefore, behold, also his blood is required.

not kill him:
Heb. nephesh,
Joshua 10:28 And that day Joshua took Makkedah, and smote it with the edge of the sword, and the king thereof he utterly destroyed, them, and all the souls that [were] therein; he let none remain: and he did to the king of Makkedah as he did unto the king of Jericho.
Genesis 9:5 And surely your blood of your lives will I require; at the hand of every beast will I require it, and at the hand of man; at the hand of every man's brother will I require the life of man.
Matthew 10:28 And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.
Random Bible VersesNew Quotes



Chain-Reference Bible Search

Gn 9:5; 35:22; 42:22. Jsh 10:28. Mt 10:28.

Newest Chat Bible Comment
Comment HereComplete Biblical ResearchComplete Chat Bible Commentary
Please post your comment on Genesis 37:21.
Name:

WWW Chat Bible Commentary

User-Posted Comments on Genesis 37:21


Recent Chat Bible Comments