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Genesis 49:2-27 (New American Standard)

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2 "Gather together and hear, O sons of Jacob; And 1listen to Israel your father. 3 "Reuben, you are my firstborn; My might and 2the beginning of my strength, aPreeminent in dignity and bpreeminent in power. 4 "cUncontrolled as water, you shall not have preeminence, 3Because you went up to your father's bed; Then you defiled it -he went up to my couch. 5 "4Simeon and Levi are brothers; Their swords are implements of violence. 6 "5Let my soul not enter into their council; Let not my glory be united with their assembly; Because in their anger they slew dmen, And in their self-will they lamed eoxen. 7 "Cursed be their anger, for it is fierce; And their wrath, for it is cruel. 6I will fdisperse them in Jacob, And scatter them in Israel. 8 "Judah, your brothers shall praise you; Your hand shall be on the neck of your enemies; 7Your father's sons shall bow down to you. 9 "Judah is a 8lion's whelp; From the prey, my son, you have gone up. 9He gcouches, he lies down as a lion, And as a hlion, who idares rouse him up? 10 "10The scepter shall not depart from Judah, Nor the ruler's staff from between his feet, jUntil Shiloh comes, And 11to him shall be the obedience of the peoples. 11 "k12He ties his foal to the vine, And his donkey's colt to the choice vine; 13He washes his garments in wine, And his robes in the blood of grapes. 12 "His eyes are ldull from wine, And his teeth mwhite from milk. 13 "14Zebulun will dwell at the seashore ; And he shall be na haven for ships, And his flank shall be toward Sidon. 14 "Issachar is oa strong donkey, 15Lying down between the psheepfolds. 15 "When he saw that a resting place was good And that the land was pleasant, He bowed his shoulder to bear burdens, And became a slave at forced labor. 16 "16Dan shall 17judge his people, As one of the tribes of Israel. 17 "Dan shall be a serpent in the way, A horned snake in the path, That bites the horse's heels, So that his rider falls backward. 18 "18For Your salvation I wait, O LORD. 19 "19As for Gad, qraiders shall raid him, But he will raid at their rheels. 20 "s20As for 21Asher, his tfood shall be urich, And he will yield royal dainties. 21 "22Naphtali is a doe let loose, He gives beautiful words. 22 "23Joseph is a fruitful vbough, A fruitful wbough by a spring; Its xbranches run over a wall. 23 "The archers bitterly attacked him, And shot at him and harassed him; 24 But his 24bow remained yfirm, And z25his arms were agile, From the hands of the 26Mighty One of Jacob (From there is 27the Shepherd, 28the Stone of Israel ), 25 From 29the God of your father who helps you, And aa30by the bbAlmighty who blesses you With 31blessings of heaven above , Blessings of the deep that lies beneath, Blessings of the breasts and of the womb. 26 "The blessings of your father Have surpassed the blessings of my ancestors Up to the ccutmost bound of 32the everlasting hills; May they be on the head of Joseph, And on the crown of the head of the one distinguished among his brothers. 27 "Benjamin is a ddravenous wolf; In the morning he devours the prey, And in the evening he divides the spoil."
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