a. In the text, Simeon and Levi are grouped together and it begins with a mention of their violence. This is an obvious allusion back to Genesis 34 of the story of Levi and Simeon destroying all the males of the city of Shechem. At the time, Jacob protested against their actions but now we see the consequences of their bloodshed. Though they would be next in line, both Simeon and Levi would be passed over in preeminence. Jacob promises that they would be divided and scattered. After Joshua, the tribe of Simeon virtually disappeared. As for Levi, they became the priestly tribe. The tribe did not have a possession in Canaan and were scattered in cities amongst the tribes.