Genesis 49 CSB/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 Then Jacob called his sons and said, "Gather around, and I will tell you what will happen to you in the days to come. 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 Come together and listen, sons of Jacob; listen to your father Israel: 2 "Assemble and listen, sons of Jacob; listen to your father Israel.
3 Reuben, you are my firstborn, my strength and the firstfruits of my virility, excelling in prominence, excelling in power. 3 "Reuben, you are my firstborn, my might, the first sign of my strength, excelling in honor, excelling in power.
4 Turbulent as water, you will no longer excel, because you got into your father's bed and you defiled it-he got into my bed. 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 knives are vicious weapons. 5 "Simeon and Levi are brothers-- their swords are weapons of violence.
6 May I never enter their council; may I never join their assembly. For in their anger they kill men, and on a whim they hamstring oxen. 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 Their anger is cursed, for it is strong, and their fury, for it is cruel! I will disperse them throughout Jacob and scatter them throughout Israel. 7 Cursed be their anger, so fierce, and their fury, so cruel! I will scatter them in Jacob and disperse them in Israel.
8 Judah, your brothers will praise you. Your hand will be on the necks of your enemies; your father's sons will bow down to you. 8 "Judah, your brothers will praise you; your hand will be on the neck of your enemies; your father's sons will bow down to you.
9 Judah is a young lion- my son, you return from the kill- he crouches; he lies down like a lion and like a lioness-who wants to rouse him? 9 You are a lion's cub, O 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, or the staff from between his feet, until He whose right it is comes and the obedience of the peoples belongs to Him. 10 The scepter will not depart from Judah, nor the ruler's staff from between his feet, until he comes to whom it belongs and the obedience of the nations is his.
11 He ties his donkey to a vine, and the colt of his donkey to the choice vine. He washes his clothes in wine, and his robes in the blood of grapes. 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 are darker than wine, and his teeth are whiter than milk. 12 His eyes will be darker than wine, his teeth whiter than milk.
13 Zebulun will live by the seashore and will be a harbor for ships, and his territory will be next to Sidon. 13 "Zebulun will live by the seashore and become a haven for ships; his border will extend toward Sidon.
14 Issachar is a strong donkey lying down between the saddlebags. 14 "Issachar is a rawboned donkey lying down between two saddlebags.
15 He saw that his resting place was good and that the land was pleasant, so he leaned his shoulder to bear a load and became a forced laborer. 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.
16 Dan will judge his people as one of the tribes of Israel. 16 "Dan will provide justice for his people as one of the tribes of Israel.
17 He will be a snake by the road, a viper beside the path, that bites the horses' heels so that its rider falls backwards. 17 Dan will be a serpent by the roadside, a viper along the path, that bites the horse's heels so that its rider tumbles backward.
18 I wait for Your salvation, Lord. 18 "I look for your deliverance, O LORD.
19 Gad will be attacked by [marauding] bands, but he will attack their heels. 19 "Gad will be attacked by a band of raiders, but he will attack them at their heels.
20 Asher's food will be rich, and he will produce royal delicacies. 20 "Asher's food will be rich; he will provide delicacies fit for a king.
21 Naphtali is a doe set free that bears beautiful fawns. 21 "Naphtali is a doe set free that bears beautiful fawns.
22 Joseph is a fruitful vine, a fruitful vine beside a spring; its branches climb over the wall. 22 "Joseph is a fruitful vine, a fruitful vine near a spring, whose branches climb over a wall.
23 The archers attacked him, shot at him, and were hostile toward him. 23 With bitterness archers attacked him; they shot at him with hostility.
24 Yet his bow remained steady, and his strong arms were made agile by the hands of the Mighty One of Jacob, by the name of the Shepherd, the Rock of Israel, 24 But his bow remained steady, his strong arms stayed limber, because of the hand of the Mighty One of Jacob, because of the Shepherd, the Rock of Israel,
25 by the God of your father who helps you, and by the Almighty who blesses you with blessings of the heavens above, blessings of the deep that lies below, and blessings of the breasts and the womb. 25 because of your father's God, who helps you, because of the Almighty, who blesses you with blessings of the heavens above, blessings of the deep that lies below, blessings of the breast and womb.
26 The blessings of your father excel the blessings of my ancestors and the bounty of the eternal hills. May they rest on the head of Joseph, on the crown of the prince of his brothers. 26 Your father's blessings are greater than the blessings of the ancient mountains, than the bounty of the age-old hills. Let all these rest on the head of Joseph, on the brow of the prince among his brothers.
27 Benjamin is a wolf; he tears [his prey]. In the morning he devours the prey, and in the evening he divides the plunder." 27 "Benjamin is a ravenous wolf; in the morning he devours the prey, in the evening he divides the plunder."
28 These are the tribes of Israel, 12 in all, and this was what their father said to them. He blessed them, and he blessed each one with a suitable blessing. 28 All these are the twelve tribes of Israel, and this is what their father said to them when he blessed them, giving each the blessing appropriate to him.
29 Then he commanded them: "I am about to be gathered to my people. Bury me with my fathers in the cave in the field of Ephron the Hittite. 29 Then he gave them these instructions: "I am about to be gathered to my people. Bury me with my fathers in the cave in the field of Ephron the Hittite,
30 The cave is in the field of Machpelah, near Mamre, in the land of Canaan. This is the field Abraham purchased from Ephron the Hittite as a burial site. 30 the cave in the field of Machpelah, near Mamre in Canaan, which Abraham bought as a burial place from Ephron the Hittite, along with the field.
31 Abraham and his wife Sarah are buried there, Isaac and his wife Rebekah are buried there, and I buried Leah there. 31 There Abraham and his wife Sarah were buried, there Isaac and his wife Rebekah were buried, and there I buried Leah.
32 The field and the cave in it [were purchased] from the Hittites." 32 The field and the cave in it were bought from the Hittites. "
33 When Jacob had finished instructing his sons, he drew his feet into the bed and died. He was gathered to his people. 33 When Jacob had finished giving instructions to his sons, he drew his feet up into the bed, breathed his last and was gathered to his people.