Why does the Torah see fit to mention that Reuven was the firstborn of Yisrael?


Seforno: To teach us that, in spite of his sin, due to the fact that he did Teshuvah, be'Dinei Shamayim, 1 Reuven retained his status of Bechor. 2


Seforno: Even though be'Dinei Adam, he lost it (Perhaps that is why the word "Bechor" is missing a 'Vav').


Seforno: As the Torah already hinted in Bereishis 35:22 & 23.

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