was "divided and scattered" according to the prediction in Genesis 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 Numbers 1:23 ; 26:14 ). Moses pronounces no blessing on this tribe. It is passed by in silence ( Deuteronomy 33 ).
This tribe received as their portion a part of the territory already allotted to Judah ( Joshua 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 Chronicles 4:24-43 ). Like Reuben on the east of Jordan, this tribe had little influence on the history of Israel.
M.G. Easton M.A., D.D., Illustrated Bible Dictionary, Third Edition,
published by Thomas Nelson, 1897. Public Domain, copy freely.
[T] indicates this entry was also found in Torrey's Topical Textbook
Bibliography InformationEaston, Matthew George. "Entry for Simeon, The tribe of". "Easton's Bible Dictionary".