Then Jacob called for his sons and said: "Gather around so I can tell you what will happen to you in days to come.12
"Assemble2 and listen, sons of Jacob; listen to your father Israel.33
"Reuben, you are my firstborn,4 my might, the first sign of my strength,5 excelling in honor,6 excelling in power.
Turbulent as the waters,7 you will no longer excel, for you went up onto your father's bed, onto my couch and defiled it.85
"Simeon9 and Levi10 are brothers-- their swordsa are weapons of violence.116
Let me not enter their council, let me not join their assembly,12 for they have killed men in their anger13 and hamstrung14 oxen as they pleased.
Cursed be their anger, so fierce, and their fury,15 so cruel!16 I will scatter them in Jacob and disperse them in Israel.178
"Judah,b18 your brothers will praise you; your hand will be on the neck19 of your enemies; your father's sons will bow down to you.209
You are a lion's21 cub,22 O Judah;23 you return from the prey,24 my son. Like a lion he crouches and lies down, like a lioness--who dares to rouse him?
The scepter will not depart from Judah,25 nor the ruler's staff from between his feet, until he comes to whom it belongsc26 and the obedience of the nations is his.2711
He will tether his donkey28 to a vine, his colt to the choicest branch;29 he will wash his garments in wine, his robes in the blood of grapes.30