Jacob Blesses His Sons

1 Then Jacob called for his sons and said: “Gather around so I can tell you what will happen to you in days to come.
2 “Assemble and listen, sons of Jacob; listen to your father Israel.

References for Genesis 49:2

3 “Reuben, you are my firstborn, my might, the first sign of my strength, excelling in honor, excelling in power.
4 Turbulent as the waters, you will no longer excel, for you went up onto your father’s bed, onto my couch and defiled it.
5 “Simeon and Levi are brothers— their swordsa are weapons of violence.

References for Genesis 49:5

    • į 49:5 - The meaning of the Hebrew for this word is uncertain.
      6 Let me not enter their council, let me not join their assembly, for they have killed men in their anger and hamstrung oxen as they pleased.
      7 Cursed be their anger, so fierce, and their fury, so cruel! I will scatter them in Jacob and disperse them in Israel.

      References for Genesis 49:7

      8 “Judah,b your brothers will praise you; your hand will be on the neck of your enemies; your father’s sons will bow down to you.

      References for Genesis 49:8

        • İ 49:8 - "Judah" sounds like and may be derived from the Hebrew for "praise."
          9 You are a lion’s cub, Judah; you return from the prey, my son. Like a lion he crouches and lies down, like a lioness—who dares to rouse him?
          10 The scepter will not depart from Judah, nor the ruler’s staff from between his feet,cuntil he to whom it belongsd shall come and the obedience of the nations shall be his.

          References for Genesis 49:10

            • ı 49:10 - Or "from his descendants"
            • IJ 49:10 - Or "to whom tribute belongs" ; the meaning of the Hebrew for this phrase is uncertain.
              11 He will tether his donkey to a vine, his colt to the choicest branch; he will wash his garments in wine, his robes in the blood of grapes.
              12 His eyes will be darker than wine, his teeth whiter than milk.e

              References for Genesis 49:12

                • ij 49:12 - Or "will be dull from wine," / "his teeth white from milk"
                  13 “Zebulun will live by the seashore and become a haven for ships; his border will extend toward Sidon.

                  References for Genesis 49:13

                  14 “Issachar is a rawbonedf donkey lying down among the sheep pens.g

                  References for Genesis 49:14

                    • Ĵ 49:14 - Or "strong"
                    • ĵ 49:14 - Or "the campfires" ; or "the saddlebags"
                      15 When he sees how good is his resting place and how pleasant is his land, he will bend his shoulder to the burden and submit to forced labor.