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The name Reuben in the Bible

Reuben is the first son of Jacob (Genesis 29:32). His mother is Leah. Reuben forfeits his position as first born when he sleeps with Bilhah, the mother of Jacob's sons number five and six (Genesis 35:22). Reuben's progeny, the ראובני (Reubenites; Numbers 26:7) becomes one of the twelve tribes of Israel.

'...and [Leah] named him Reuben, for she said, "Because the Lord has seen my affliction..."' (Genesis 29:32).

After the conquest of Canaan, the leaders of the tribe of Reuben chose their territory east of the Jordan, together with the tribes of Gad and Manasseh (Numbers 32:33). That forced them to invade the lands of the Ammonites and Moabites and later exposed them to the forces of Assyria (1 Chronicles 5:6, 5:26).

The name Reuben appears only once in the New Testament, in the paragraph in Revelation that deals with the 144,000 sealed Israelites (spelled Ρουβην, Rhouben; Revelation 7:5).

Etymology of the name Reuben

The name Reuben is a combination of two words:

The first part comes from the verb ראה (ra'a) meaning see, look:

Abarim Publications Theological Dictionary

The second part of the name Reuben is the word בן (ben) meaning son, offspring:

Abarim Publications Theological Dictionary

Reuben meaning

NOBSE Study Bible Name List and Jones' Dictionary of Old Testament Proper Names agree: The name Reuben means Behold A Son. Still, the name Reuben also means Son Of Vision, or Son Who's Seen.

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