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[sim-ee-uh n] /ˈsɪm i ən/
a son of Jacob and Leah. Gen. 29:33.
one of the 12 tribes of Israel traditionally descended from him.
a devout man of Jerusalem who praised God for letting him see the infant Jesus. Luke 2:25–35.
Compare Nunc Dimittis (def 1).
a male given name: from a Hebrew word meaning “harkening.”. Unabridged
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  1. (Old Testament) the second son of Jacob and Leah
  2. the tribe descended from him
  3. the territory once occupied by this tribe in the extreme south of the land of Canaan
(New Testament) a devout Jew, who recognized the infant Jesus as the Messiah and uttered the canticle Nunc Dimittis over him in the Temple (Luke 2:25–35)
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Word Origin and History for Simeon

masc. proper name, Biblical second son of Jacob and Leah; also a tribe of Israel; see Simon.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Simeon in the Bible

hearing. (1.) The second son of Jacob by Leah (Gen. 29:33). He was associated with Levi in the terrible act of vengeance against Hamor and the Shechemites (34:25, 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." (2.) 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). (3.) One of the ancestors of Joseph (Luke 3:30). (4.) 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. (5.) James (Acts 15:14) thus designates the apostle Peter (q.v.).

Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary
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