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Genesis 49 BBE/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 And Jacob sent for his sons, and said, Come together, all of you, so that I may give you news of your fate in future times. 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 near, O sons of Jacob, and give ear to the words of Israel your father. 2 "Assemble and listen, sons of Jacob; listen to your father Israel.
3 Reuben, you are my oldest son, the first-fruit of my strength, first in pride and first in power: 3 "Reuben, you are my firstborn, my might, the first sign of my strength, excelling in honor, excelling in power.
4 But because you were uncontrolled, the first place will not be yours; for you went up to your father's bed, even his bride-bed, and made it unclean. 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; deceit and force are their secret designs. 5 "Simeon and Levi are brothers-- their swords are weapons of violence.
6 Take no part in their secrets, O my soul; keep far away, O my heart, from their meetings; for in their wrath they put men to death, and for their pleasure even oxen were wounded. 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 A curse on their passion for it was bitter; and on their wrath for it was cruel. I will let their heritage in Jacob be broken up, driving them from their places in 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 To you, Judah, will your brothers give praise: your hand will be on the neck of your haters; your father's sons will go down to the earth before 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; like a lion full of meat you have become great, my son; now he takes his rest like a lion stretched out and like an old lion; by whom will his sleep be broken? 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 rod of authority will not be taken from Judah, and he will not be without a law-giver, till he comes who has the right to it, and the peoples will put themselves under his rule. 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 Knotting his ass's cord to the vine, and his young ass to the best vine; washing his robe in wine, and his clothing 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 will be dark with wine, and his teeth white with milk. 12 His eyes will be darker than wine, his teeth whiter than milk.
13 The resting-place of Zebulun will be by the sea, and he will be a harbour for ships; the edge of his land will be by Zidon. 13 "Zebulun will live by the seashore and become a haven for ships; his border will extend toward Sidon.
14 Issachar is a strong ass stretched out among the flocks: 14 "Issachar is a rawboned donkey lying down between two saddlebags.
15 And he saw that rest was good and the land was pleasing; so he let them put weights on his back and became a servant. 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 be the judge of 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 May Dan be a snake in the way, a horned snake by the road, biting the horse's foot so that the horseman has a fall. 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 have been waiting for your salvation, O Lord. 18 "I look for your deliverance, O LORD.
19 Gad, an army will come against him, but he will come down on them in their flight. 19 "Gad will be attacked by a band of raiders, but he will attack them at their heels.
20 Asher's bread is fat; he gives delicate food for kings. 20 "Asher's food will be rich; he will provide delicacies fit for a king.
21 Naphtali is a roe let loose, giving fair young ones. 21 "Naphtali is a doe set free that bears beautiful fawns.
22 Joseph is a young ox, whose steps are turned to the fountain; 22 "Joseph is a fruitful vine, a fruitful vine near a spring, whose branches climb over a wall.
23 He was troubled by the archers; they sent out their arrows against him, cruelly wounding him: 23 With bitterness archers attacked him; they shot at him with hostility.
24 But their bows were broken by a strong one, and the cords of their arms were cut by the Strength of Jacob, by the name of the Stone 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 Even by the God of your father, who will be your help, and by the Ruler of all, who will make you full with blessings from heaven on high, blessings of the deep stretched out under the earth, blessings of the breasts and of the fertile body: 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 Blessings of sons, old and young, to the father: blessings of the oldest mountains and the fruit of the eternal hills: let them come on the head of Joseph, on the crown of him who was separate from 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, searching for meat: in the morning he takes his food, and in the evening he makes division of what he has taken. 27 "Benjamin is a ravenous wolf; in the morning he devours the prey, in the evening he divides the plunder."
28 These are the twelve tribes of Israel: and these are the words their father said to them, blessing them; to every one he gave his 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 And he gave orders to them, saying, Put me to rest with my people and with my fathers, in the hollow of the rock 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 In the rock in the field of Machpelah, near Mamre in the land of Canaan, which Abraham got from Ephron the Hittite, to be his resting-place. 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 There Abraham and Sarah his wife were put to rest, and there they put Isaac and Rebekah his wife, and there I put Leah to rest. 31 There Abraham and his wife Sarah were buried, there Isaac and his wife Rebekah were buried, and there I buried Leah.
32 In the rock in the field which was got for a price from the people of Heth. 32 The field and the cave in it were bought from the Hittites. "
33 And when Jacob had come to the end of these words to his sons, stretching himself on his bed, he gave up his spirit, and went the way of 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.