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Kitto's Popular Cyclopedia of Biblial Literature


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Le´vi (a joining), the third son of Jacob and Leah, born in Mesopotamia B.C. 1750 (). No circumstance is recorded of him save the part which he and his full brother Simeon took in the massacre of the Shechemites, to avenge the wrong done to their sister Dinah (). This transaction was to his last hour regarded by Jacob with abhorrence, and he failed not to allude to it in his dying declaration. As Simeon and Levi were united in that act, so the patriarch couples them in his prophecy: 'Accursed be their anger, for it was fierce; and their wrath, for it was cruel! I will divide them in Jacob, and disperse them in Israel.' And, accordingly, their descendants were afterwards, indifferent ways, dispersed among the other tribes; although, in the case of Levi, this curse was eventually turned into a benefit and blessing.





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Kitto, John, ed. Entry for 'Levi'. "Kitto's Popular Cyclopedia of Biblial Literature".

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