The Tribe of Simeon and their Allotted Territory

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SIM-E-ON (who hears, obeys), Simeon was the second of Jacob's sons by Leah, Genesis 29:33. Simeon and Levi murdered the Shechemites. During the life of Joseph in Egypt Simeon was selected by Joseph as the hostage for the return of Benjamin. The tribe of Simeon numbered 53,330 fighting men at the census of
Mount Sinai. Later the Tribe of Simeon was reduced to 22,000 at Shittim. The Tribe of Simeon also depended upon Judah for the conquest of its portion of the land. The tribe of Simeon settled in the southwest part of Israel between Judah and Philistia. It was eventually absorbed by Judah, Exodus 15:16 and Numbers 1:23.

Genesis 29:32 - And Leah conceived, and bare a son, and she called his name Simeon: for she said, Surely the LORD hath looked upon my affliction; now therefore my husband will love me.
Numbers 32:1 - Now the children of Simeon and the children of Gad had a very great multitude of cattle: and when they saw the land of Jazer, and the land of Gilead, that, behold, the place [was] a place for cattle;
Numbers 32:33 - And Moses gave unto them, [even] to the children of Gad, and to the children of Simeon, and unto half the tribe of Manasseh the son of Joseph, the kingdom of Sihon king of the Amorites, and the kingdom of Og king of Bashan, the land, with the cities thereof in the coasts, [even] the cities of the country round about.
Numbers 32:37 - And the children of Simeon built Heshbon, and Elealeh, and Kirjathaim,
Joshua 13:15 - And Moses gave unto the tribe of the children of Simeon [inheritance] according to their families. And their coast was from Aroer, that [is] on the bank of the river Arnon, and the city that [is] in the midst of the river, and all the plain by Medeba; Heshbon, and all her cities that [are] in the plain; Dibon, and Bamothbaal, and Bethbaalmeon, And Jahazah, and Kedemoth, and Mephaath, And Kirjathaim, and Sibmah, and Zarethshahar in the mount of the valley, And Bethpeor, and Ashdothpisgah, and Bethjeshimoth, And all the cities of the plain, and all the kingdom of Sihon king of the Amorites, which reigned in Heshbon, whom Moses smote with the princes of Midian, Evi, and Rekem, and Zur, and Hur, and Reba, [which were] dukes of Sihon, dwelling in the country. Balaam also the son of Beor, the soothsayer, did the children of Israel slay with the sword among them that were slain by them. And the border of the children of Simeon was Jordan, and the border [thereof]. This [was] the inheritance of the children of Simeon after their families, the cities and the villages thereof.
Joshua 18:7 - But the Levites have no part among you; for the priesthood of the LORD [is] their inheritance: and Gad, and Simeon, and half the tribe of Manasseh, have received their inheritance beyond Jordan on the east, which Moses the servant of the LORD gave them.
Judges 5:15 - And the princes of Issachar [were] with Deborah; even Issachar, and also Barak: he was sent on foot into the valley. For the divisions of Simeon [there were] great thoughts of heart.

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Easton entry for the Tribe of Simeon. The tribe of Simeon was "divided and scattered" according to the prediction in Gen. 49:5-7. They gradually dwindled in number, and sank into a position of insignificance among the other tribes. They decreased in the wilderness by about two-thirds (compare Num. 1:23; 26:14). Moses pronounces no blessing on this tribe. It is passed by in silence (Deut. 33). This tribe received as their portion a part of the territory already allotted to Judah (Josh. 19:1-9). It lay in the south-West of the land, with Judah on the east and Dan on the north; but whether it was a compact territory or not cannot be determined. The subsequent notices of this tribe are but few (1 Chr. 4:24-43). Like Reuben on the east of Jordan, this tribe had little influence on the history of Israel.

Jacob's second son by Leah, Genesis 29:33. From shaama, "hear"; as the birth of Reuben ("see a son") her firstborn convinced Leah that God saw her, so that of Simeon that God heard her. Levi's and Simeon's slaughter of the Shechemites (Genesis 34:25; Genesis 34:30) incurred Jacob's reproof (Genesis 49:5-7). Judah and Simeon joined together in the conquest of southern Canaan (Judges 1:3; Judges 1:17). Joseph's selection of Simeon as hostage for Benjamin's appearance was perhaps due to his having been a leader in the brothers' cruel attack (Genesis 37; Genesis 42:24). Simeon's families are enumerated (Genesis 46:10; Numbers 26:12-14; 1 Chronicles 4:24-43). At the census at Sinai Simeon numbered 59,300 (Numbers 1:23); it was then the most numerous after Judah and Daniel At Shittim it had become the smallest, numbering 22,200. The mortality consequent on the idolatry of Peor was a leading cause (Numbers 25:9; Numbers 25:14).
Zimri, slain in the act, was a prince of Simeon (Numbers 26:14). Simeon was doomed by Jacob to be "scattered in Israel" (Genesis 49:7); its sins caused its reduction to such small numbers as found adequate territory within Judah (Joshua 19:2-9). Simeon was the "remnant" with Judah and Benjamin, which constituted Rehoboam's forces (1 Kings 12:23). Still Simeon remained strong enough in Hezekiah's days to smite the men of Ham with an expedition under 13 Simeonite princes, and to occupy their dwellings "at the entrance of (rather, as Keil, "westward from") Gedor to the East side of the valley" (1 Chronicles 4:34-43). The Simeonites "found the Meunim" (not as KJV, 1 Chronicles 4:41, "habitations") there besides the Hamites (whether Egyptians, Cushites, or Canaanites). (See MAONorth)
The Meunim were connected with Maan, a city near Petra, East of wady Musa, "nomads". Five hundred Simeonites undertook a second expedition under four chiefs, sons of Shimei, against the remnant of Amalek that had escaped from Saul and David (1 Samuel 14:48; 1 Samuel 15:7; 2 Samuel 8:12) to the mountains of Idumea; they smote them utterly, and dwelt in their place, and were there at the date of the composition of 1 Chronicles, i.e. after the return from Babylon. Simeon is omitted in Moses' blessing, possibly because of the idolatry of Peor. Simeon in the wilderness marched south of the tabernacle, with Reuben and Gad, sons of Zilpah, maid of Leah, Simeon's mother. The Canaanitess mother of Shaul (Genesis 46:10) and the Horite father of Shaphat the spy from Simeon (Numbers 13:5) indicate the laxness of Simeon in marriage connections, from whence sprang his paganish degeneracy.
Their villages and 18 or 19 cities lay round the well Beersheba in Judah's extreme south. Simeon stands first of the tribes appointed to bless the people on Mount Gerizim (Deuteronomy 27:12). Though cities of Simeon were among those to which David sent presents of the Amalekite spoils, and though Ziklag was David's own property, received from Achish king of the Philistines who had wrested it from Simeon (1 Samuel 27:6; 1 Samuel 30:26, etc.), yet Simeon and Judah were few in numbers at his installation at Hebron (1 Chronicles 12:23-37), and Simeon more than Judah. Some men of Simeon were apparently settled in the northern kingdom of Israel after the disruption (2 Chronicles 15:9; 2 Chronicles 34:6). Simeon is between Issachar and Benjamin, not beside Judah, in Ezekiel 48:25. Simeon is also in Revelation 7:7. - Fausset's

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SIM E-ON (who hears, obeys), i. Second of Jacob's sons by Leah, GeiL xxix, 33. With Levi he murdered the Shechemites
; was selected by Joseph as hostage for the return of Benjamin; tribe numbered 53,330 fighting men at census of
Sinai; reduced to 22,000 at Shittim ; depended upon Judah for conquest of its portion ; settled in southwest of
Palestine, between Ji4(Jah and Philistia ; absorbed by Judah, Ex. vi, 16; Num. i, 23, - Easton's
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Simeon Scriptures

Revelation 7:7 - Of the tribe of Simeon [were] sealed twelve thousand. Of the tribe of Levi [were] sealed twelve thousand. Of the tribe of Issachar [were] sealed twelve thousand. 

1 Chronicles 6:65 - And they gave by lot out of the tribe of the children of Judah, and out of the tribe of the children of Simeon, and out of the tribe of the children of Benjamin, these cities, which are called by [their] names. 

Genesis 48:5 - And now thy two sons, Ephraim and Manasseh, which were born unto thee in the land of Egypt before I came unto thee into Egypt, [are] mine; as Reuben and Simeon, they shall be mine. 

Joshua 21:9 - And they gave out of the tribe of the children of Judah, and out of the tribe of the children of Simeon, these cities which are [here] mentioned by name, 

Joshua 21:4 - And the lot came out for the families of the Kohathites: and the children of Aaron the priest, [which were] of the Levites, had by lot out of the tribe of Judah, and out of the tribe of Simeon, and out of the tribe of Benjamin, thirteen cities. 

Numbers 26:12 - The sons of Simeon after their families: of Nemuel, the family of the Nemuelites: of Jamin, the family of the Jaminites: of Jachin, the family of the Jachinites: 

Ezekiel 48:33 - And at the south side four thousand and five hundred measures: and three gates; one gate of Simeon, one gate of Issachar, one gate of Zebulun. 

1 Chronicles 4:42 - And [some] of them, [even] of the sons of Simeon, five hundred men, went to mount Seir, having for their captains Pelatiah, and Neariah, and Rephaiah, and Uzziel, the sons of Ishi. 

Ezekiel 48:24 - And by the border of Benjamin, from the east side unto the West side, Simeon [shall have] a [portion]. 

Ezekiel 48:25 - And by the border of Simeon, from the east side unto the West side, Issachar a [portion]. 

Genesis 29:33 - And she conceived again, and bare a son; and said, Because the LORD hath heard that I [was] hated, he hath therefore given me this [son] also: and she called his name Simeon. 

Genesis 34:30 - And Jacob said to Simeon and Levi, Ye have troubled me to make me to stink among the inhabitants of the land, among the Canaanites and the Perizzites: and I [being] few in number, they shall gather themselves together against me, and slay me; and I shall be destroyed, I and my house. 

Acts 13:1 - Now there were in the church that was at Antioch certain prophets and teachers; as Barnabas, and Simeon that was called Niger, and Lucius of Cyrene, and Manaen, which had been brought up with Herod the tetrarch, and Saul. 

Numbers 1:22 - Of the children of Simeon, by their generations, after their families, by the house of their fathers, those that were numbered of them, according to the number of the names, by their polls, every male from twenty years old and upward, all that were able to go forth to war; 

Genesis 34:25 - And it came to pass on the third day, when they were sore, that two of the sons of Jacob, Simeon and Levi, Dinah's brethren, took each man his sword, and came upon the city boldly, and slew all the males. 

Deuteronomy 27:12 - These shall stand upon mount Gerizim to bless the people, when ye are come over Jordan; Simeon, and Levi, and Judah, and Issachar, and Joseph, and Benjamin: 

Judges 1:17 - And Judah went with Simeon his brother, and they slew the Canaanites that inhabited Zephath, and utterly destroyed it. And the name of the city was called Hormah. 

Joshua 19:8 - And all the villages that [were] round about these cities to Baalathbeer, Ramath of the south. This [is] the inheritance of the tribe of the children of Simeon according to their families. 

2 Chronicles 15:9 - And he gathered all Judah and Benjamin, and the strangers with them out of Ephraim and Manasseh, and out ofSimeon: for they fell to him out of Israel in abundance, when they saw that the LORD his God [was] with him. 

Luke 2:34 - And Simeon blessed them, and said unto Mary his mother, Behold, this [child] is set for the fall and rising again of many in Israel; and for a sign which shall be spoken against; 

Genesis 35:23 - The sons of Leah; Reuben, Jacob's firstborn, and Simeon, and Levi, and Judah, and Issachar, and Zebulun: 

Genesis 46:10 - And the sons of Simeon; Jemuel, and Jamin, and Ohad, and Jachin, and Zohar, and Shaul the son of a Canaanitish woman. 

Genesis 43:23 - And he said, Peace [be] to you, fear not: your God, and the God of your father, hath given you treasure in your sacks: I had your money. And he brought Simeon out unto them. 

Luke 2:25 - And, behold, there was a man in Jerusalem, whose name [was] Simeon; and the same man [was] just and devout, waiting for the consolation of Israel: and the Holy Ghost was upon him. 

Genesis 42:36 - And Jacob their father said unto them, Me have ye bereaved [of my children]: Joseph [is] not, and Simeon [is] not, and ye will take Benjamin [away]: all these things are against me. 

1 Chronicles 2:1 - These [are] the sons of Israel; Reuben, Simeon, Levi, and Judah, Issachar, and Zebulun, 

Genesis 42:24 - And he turned himself about from them, and wept; and returned to them again, and communed with them, and took from them Simeon, and bound him before their eyes. 

1 Chronicles 4:24 - The sons of Simeon [were], Nemuel, and Jamin, Jarib, Zerah, [and] Shaul: 

2 Chronicles 34:6 - And [so did he] in the cities of Manasseh, and Ephraim, and Simeon, even unto Naphtali, with their mattocks round about. 

Genesis 49:5 - Simeon and Levi [are] brethren; instruments of cruelty [are in] their habitations.   Map of Ancient Israel
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