Genesis 49:1-6 NIV

Jacob Blesses His Sons

49:1-28Ref -- Dt 33:1-29

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.1

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2 "Assemble2 and listen, sons of Jacob; listen to your father Israel.3

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3 "Reuben, you are my firstborn,4 my might, the first sign of my strength,5 excelling in honor,6 excelling in power.

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4 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.8

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5 "Simeon9 and Levi10 are brothers-- their swordsa are weapons of violence.11

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    • a 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,12 for they have killed men in their anger13 and hamstrung14 oxen as they pleased.

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