Simeon [N] [H] [S]


  • The second son of Jacob by Leah ( Genesis 29:33 ). He was associated with Levi in the terrible act of vengeance against Hamor and the Shechemites ( Genesis 34:25 Genesis 34:26 ). He was detained by Joseph in Egypt as a hostage ( 42:24 ). His father, when dying, pronounced a malediction against him ( 49:5-7 ). The words in the Authorized Version ( 49:6 ), "they digged down a wall," ought to be, as correctly rendered in the Revised Version, "they houghed an ox."

  • An aged saint who visited the temple when Jesus was being presented before the Lord, and uttered lofty words of thankgiving and of prophecy ( Luke 2:29-35 ).

  • One of the ancestors of Joseph ( Luke 3:30 ).

  • Surnamed Niger, i.e., "black," perhaps from his dark complexion, a teacher of some distinction in the church of Antioch ( Acts 13:1-3 ). It has been supposed that this was the Simon of Cyrene who bore Christ's cross. Note the number of nationalities represented in the church at Antioch.

  • James ( Acts 15:14 ) thus designates the apostle Peter (q.v.).

    These dictionary topics are from
    M.G. Easton M.A., D.D., Illustrated Bible Dictionary, Third Edition,
    published by Thomas Nelson, 1897. Public Domain, copy freely.

    [N] indicates this entry was also found in Nave's Topical Bible
    [H] indicates this entry was also found in Hitchcock's Bible Names
    [S] indicates this entry was also found in Smith's Bible Dictionary

    Bibliography Information

    Easton, Matthew George. "Entry for Simeon". "Easton's Bible Dictionary". .