Genesis 49:2-27 NRS

2 Assemble and hear, O sons of Jacob; listen to Israel your father.
3 Reuben, you are my firstborn, my might and the first fruits of my vigor, excelling in rank and excelling in power.
4 Unstable as water, you shall no longer excel because you went up onto your father's bed; then you defiled it—you a went up onto my couch!

References for Genesis 49:4

    • ę 49:4 - Gk Syr Tg: Heb [he]
      5 Simeon and Levi are brothers; weapons of violence are their swords.
      6 May I never come into their council; may I not be joined to their company— for in their anger they killed men, and at their whim they hamstrung oxen.
      7 Cursed be their anger, for it is fierce, and their wrath, for it is cruel! I will divide 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; your father's sons shall bow down before you.
      9 Judah is a lion's whelp; from the prey, my son, you have gone up. He crouches down, he stretches out like a lion, like a lioness—who dares rouse him up?
      10 The scepter shall not depart from Judah, nor the ruler's staff from between his feet, until tribute comes to him; b and the obedience of the peoples is his.

      References for Genesis 49:10

        • Ě 49:10 - Or [until Shiloh comes] or [until he comes to Shiloh] or (with Syr) [until he comes to whom it belongs]
          11 Binding his foal to the vine and his donkey's colt to the choice vine, he washes his garments in wine and his robe in the blood of grapes;
          12 his eyes are darker than wine, and his teeth whiter than milk.
          13 Zebulun shall settle at the shore of the sea; he shall be a haven for ships, and his border shall be at Sidon.
          14 Issachar is a strong donkey, lying down between the sheepfolds;
          15 he saw that a resting place was good, and that the land was pleasant; so he bowed his shoulder to the burden, and became a slave at forced labor.
          16 Dan shall judge his people as one of the tribes of Israel.
          17 Dan shall be a snake by the roadside, a viper along the path, that bites the horse's heels so that its rider falls backward.
          18 I wait for your salvation, O Lord.
          19 Gad shall be raided by raiders, but he shall raid at their heels.
          20 Asher's c food shall be rich, and he shall provide royal delicacies.

          References for Genesis 49:20

            • ě 49:20 - Gk Vg Syr: Heb [From Asher]
              21 Naphtali is a doe let loose that bears lovely fawns. d

              References for Genesis 49:21

                • Ĝ 49:21 - Or [that gives beautiful words]
                  22 Joseph is a fruitful bough, a fruitful bough by a spring; his branches run over the wall. e

                  References for Genesis 49:22

                    • ĝ 49:22 - Meaning of Heb uncertain
                      23 The archers fiercely attacked him; they shot at him and pressed him hard.
                      24 Yet his bow remained taut, and his arms f were made agile by the hands of the Mighty One of Jacob, by the name of the Shepherd, the Rock of Israel,

                      References for Genesis 49:24

                        • Ğ 49:24 - Heb [the arms of his hands]
                          25 by the God of your father, who will help you, by the Almighty g who will bless you with blessings of heaven above, blessings of the deep that lies beneath, blessings of the breasts and of the womb.

                          References for Genesis 49:25

                            • ğ 49:25 - Traditional rendering of Heb [Shaddai]
                              26 The blessings of your father are stronger than the blessings of the eternal mountains, the bounties h of the everlasting hills; may they be on the head of Joseph, on the brow of him who was set apart from his brothers.

                              References for Genesis 49:26

                                • Ġ 49:26 - Cn Compare Gk: Heb [of my progenitors to the boundaries]
                                  27 Benjamin is a ravenous wolf, in the morning devouring the prey, and at evening dividing the spoil."