Gather yourselves together , and hear , ye sons of Jacob; and hearken unto Israel your father.3Reuben, thou art my firstborn, my might, and the beginning of my strength, the excellency of dignity, and the excellency of power:4Unstable as water, thou shalt not excel ; because thou wentest up to thy father'sbed; then defiledst thou it: he went up to my couch.5Simeon and Levi are brethren;instrumentsa of cruelty are in their habitations.6
O my soul,come not thou into their secret; unto their assembly, mine honour, be not thou united : for in their anger they slew a man, and in their selfwill they digged down a wall.7Cursed be their anger, for it was fierce; and their wrath, for it was cruel : I will divide them in Jacob, and scatter them in Israel.8Judah, thou art he whom thy brethren shall praise : thy hand shall be in the neck of thine enemies ; thy father'schildren shall bow down before thee.
9Judah is a lion'swhelp: from the prey, my son, thou art gone up : he stooped down , he couched as a lion, and as an old lion; who shall rouse him up ?
The sceptre shall not depart from Judah, nor a lawgiver from between his feet,untilShilohcome ; and unto him shall the gathering of the people be.
11Binding his foal unto the vine, and his ass'scolt unto the choice vine; he washed his garments in wine, and his clothes in the blood of grapes:12
His eyes shall be red with wine, and his teethwhite with milk.13Zebulun shall dwell at the haven of the sea; and he shall be for an haven of ships; and his border shall be unto Zidon.14Issachar is a strongass couching down between two burdens:15
And he saw that rest was good, and the land that it was pleasant ; and bowed his shoulder to bear , and became a servant unto tribute.16Dan shall judge his people, as one of the tribes of Israel.17Dan shall be a serpent by the way, an adderb in the path, that biteth the horseheels, so that his rider shall fallbackward.18
I have waited for thy salvation, O LORD.19Gad, a troop shall overcome him: but he shall overcome at the last.20
Out of Asher his bread shall be fat, and he shall yieldroyaldainties.21Naphtali is a hind let loose : he givethgoodlywords.22Joseph is a fruitfulbough, even a fruitfulbough by a well; whose branchescrun over the wall:23
The archershave sorely grieved him , and shot at him, and hated him :
But his bowabode in strength, and the arms of his hands were made strong by the hands of the mighty God of Jacob; (from thence is the shepherd , the stone of Israel:)
Even by the God of thy father, who shall help thee; and by the Almighty, who shall bless thee with blessings of heavenabove,blessings of the deep that lieth under, blessings of the breasts, and of the womb:26
The blessings of thy father have prevailed above the blessings of my progenitors unto the utmost bound of the everlastinghills: they shall be on the head of Joseph, and on the crown of the head of him that was separate from his brethren.27Benjamin shall ravin as a wolf: in the morning he shall devour the prey, and at night he shall divide the spoil.