Notes for Simeon:
His name in Hebrew is: שמעון Shim’ôwn (shim-ōne’) Strongs #: 8095; hearing. His
name in Greek is: Συμεών Sumĕōn (soom-eh-one’) Strongs #: 4826.
Jacob, Simeon’s father was 85 when Simeon was born.
Jacob had already been living in Haran for eight years when Simeon was born.
At the age of 12, Simeon left with his family to return to where Jacob came from
and met with a few hardships along the way. (1)
The place of abode upon arriving in Canaan from Haran was outside the town of Shechem
where they stayed 18 months. (2)
Upon the kidnapping of Simeon’s sister, Dinah, Simeon and his younger brother Levi
laid Shechem to waste on account of their sister.
It looked like Simeon would be going to his first battle at the age of 13, but it
turned out that the Canaanites decided that it wouldn’t be a very good idea. If
two can take a city, then an army of 112 would be devastating. (3)
At 14, Simeon and his family moved to Bethel for a six month stay.
At 15, his Aunt Rachel died at childbirth while bringing Benjamin into the world.
At 20, Simeon and his family came again to Shechem but their arrival made headline
news amongst the Canaanites since they didn’t want to lose their city again. This
time war was inevitable!
The armies of the seven Canaanite kings came against them, but to make a long story
short, Simeon and his brothers destroyed the kings as well as seven cites, although
it took several days to do it. (4)
Simeon’s mother, Leah died when Simeon was 21, and it was after that time that his
half-brother Joseph started making a nuisance of himself. Although Joseph ranked
himself better than his brothers, Father Jacob still loved the brat so much that
Jacob made a colorful coat for him with long sleeves. (5)
What was the most annoying were Joseph’s dreams, and since Simeon had the gift of
interpreting dreams it made him dislike his brother all the more! (6)
The only relief from Joseph was to look after the cattle with his brothers in Shechem
(they had been dwelling in Hebron with Grandfather Isaac), but Joseph still found
his brothers even when Simeon moved with his brothers 15 miles north to Dothan.
Even before Joseph arrived at the camp, Simeon immediately planned to kill Joseph,
but Reuben wanted nothing to do with the plan, so Joseph was placed in a pit so Reuben
could secretly let Joseph return home.
While Reuben was away from the camp, Simeon and his brothers sold Joseph to the Ishmaelites
for 20 pieces of silver, but Simeon later regretted it.
With Joseph being sold to the Ishmaelites and taken to Egypt, Simeon and his brothers
took Joseph’s coat, tore it and dipped it in the blood of a goat and delivered it
to Jacob. (7)
Twenty years later at the age of 43, Simeon was sent to Egypt with his brothers (except
Benjamin) to buy corn since there was a severe famine in Canaan.
Upon arriving in Egypt, the brothers met with Zaphnathpaaneah, the stern governor
of Egypt who accused the brothers as being spies. Then Simeon was bound in prison,
and the brothers were instructed to bring their youngest brother Benjamin with them
on their next trip to prove that they weren’t spies. (8)
Simeon’s brothers had to return home, leaving Simeon behind in the prison, but as
soon as his brothers were gone out, he was released and was treated with kindness.
Upon Simeon’s brothers return back to Egypt fourteen months later, troubles began
after Simeon and his brothers had dined with the governor, and that was when Benjamin
was accused of stealing the Governor’s cup. However, the excitement didn’t really
begin until the governor said that he would use Benjamin as a slave in his house.
This act grieved Simeon and his brethren, but it wasn’t until the governor saw that
the brothers were willing to fight for their younger brother that he reviewed himself
to them that Zaphnathpaaneah was actually Joseph.
This act both gladdened and frightened Simeon.
Simeon was able to return home with all his brethren telling Jacob the glad tidings
in which they made the trip back to Egypt with the whole family, and was able to
witness the joyous reunion of father and son in Egypt. (11)
Seventeen years later, when Simeon was 62, his father died and requested to be buried
in the Cave of Machpelah, but the funeral procession was halted for short time while
by Simeon’s Uncle Esau. (12)
Because of the battle at the Cave of Machpelach, another one ensued with the Edomites
in which some Edomites were taken captive and taken to Egypt. Having captive Edomites
in Egypt for slaves to the Israelites was considered a shame to the Edomites, so
war was waged against the Children of Jacob as well as the Egyptians, but the Edomites
ended up losing the battle the third time. (13)
After Simeon had lived in Egypt for 75 years, he died at the age of 120. (14)
More About Simeon:
Burial: 1387BC in Mauda, Canaan