The sons of Jacob’s second family had little respect for their father.
- Dinah, their sister, went into town to visit some of her girl friends. While she was there, she met Shechem, the prince of that land. Dinah loved Shechem and they lay together. When Jacob’s sons heard about this, they lied to Shechem and his father in order to get them to become circumcised. When they were sore with pain, Simeon and Levi, Dinah’s brothers, killed all of the men including Shechem. (Genesis 34:1-31). Jacob later identified the ones that killed Shechem in greater detail, Jacob talked about how they killed Shechem, the man that their sister loved. (Genesis 49:5-7)
- Reuben, Jacob’s oldest son with Leah, went and lay with Jacob’s concubine, Bilhah. (Genesis 35:22)
- Jacob’s sons with his second wife wanted to kill Jacob’s firstborn son with Jacob’s first wife, Joseph. Reuben, Jacob’s oldest son, suggested that they not kill Joseph.So Jacob’s sons from his second family abandoned Joseph in a pit which led to him being taken as a slave to another land. They put goats blood on Joseph’s coat of many colors and told their father that Joseph had been killed by a bear. (Genesis 37:1-36) Their father mourned for a very long time for his beloved son, Joseph.