Simeon Facts for 9-13 Year Olds

Categories: Jacob, Joseph

  • Simeon is the second son of Jacob and his first wife, Leah.
  • The name Simeon means, “God has heard.”
  • Simeon was also the ancestor of the Tribe of Simeon.
  • Simeon has two big stories in Genesis.
  • In Genesis 34, he and his brother, Levi, conquer a city to rescue Dinah.
  • Jacob gets really angry and is worried that the neighbors will retaliate.
  • Simeon defends his actions as being necessary.
  • The second story happens in Egypt.
  • Ten of the brothers go to Egypt to buy grain, and they stand in front of Joseph, their brother.
  • Joseph gives them grain but wants to see his youngest brother, Benjamin.
  • He puts Simeon in prison to wait for the brothers to bring Benjamin to Egypt.
  • Eventually the brothers bring Benjamin, and Simeon gets out of jail.
  • Simeon and his sons go to Egypt with Jacob.
  • Simeon has six sons.
  • On his deathbed, Jacob says Simeon is to be scattered.
  • When the tribes of Simeon get land, they are only given a few cities.
  • The tribe of Simeon only survives a few generations.
  • One legend states Simeon dies at the age of 120.