The third son of Jacob by Leah. The origin of the name is found in Leah's words (Genesis 29:34), "This time will my husband be joined [Heb. yillaveh] unto me." He is mentioned as taking a prominent part in avenging his sister Dinah (Genesis 34:25-31). He and his three sons went down with Jacob (Genesis 46:11) into Egypt, where he died at the age of one hundred and thirty-seven years (Exodus 6:16).
The father of Matthat, and son of Simeon, of the ancestors of Christ (Luke 3:29).