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Genesis 49 NCV/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

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1 Then Jacob called his sons to him. He said, " Come here to me, and I will tell you what will happen to you in the future. 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 Israel, your father." 2 "Assemble and listen, sons of Jacob; listen to your father Israel.
3 "Reuben, my first son, you are my strength. Your birth showed I could be a father. You have the highest position among my sons, and you are the most powerful. 3 "Reuben, you are my firstborn, my might, the first sign of my strength, excelling in honor, excelling in power.
4 But you are uncontrolled like water, so you will no longer lead your brothers. This is because you got into your father's bed and shamed me by having sexual relations with my slave girl. 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 who used their swords to do violence. 5 "Simeon and Levi are brothers-- their swords are weapons of violence.
6 I will not join their secret talks, and I will not meet with them to plan evil. They killed men because they were angry, and they crippled oxen just for fun. 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 May their anger be cursed, because it is too violent. May their violence be cursed, because it is too cruel. and scatter them through all the tribes of 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. You will grab your enemies by the neck, and your brothers 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 like a young lion. You have returned from killing, my son. Like a lion, he stretches out and lies down to rest, and no one is brave enough to wake 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 Kings will come from Judah's family; someone from Judah will always be on the throne. Judah will rule until Shiloh comes, and the nations will obey 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 grapevine, his young donkey to the best branch. He can afford to use wine to wash his clothes and the best wine to wash his robes. 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 dark like the color of wine, and his teeth are as white as the color of milk. 12 His eyes will be darker than wine, his teeth whiter than milk.
13 "Zebulun will live near the sea. His shore will be a safe place for ships, and his land will reach as far as Sidon. 13 "Zebulun will live by the seashore and become a haven for ships; his border will extend toward Sidon.
14 "Issachar is like a strong donkey who lies down while carrying his load. 14 "Issachar is a rawboned donkey lying down between two saddlebags.
15 When he sees his resting place is good and how pleasant his land is, he will put his back to the load and become a slave. 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 rule his own people like the other tribes in Israel. 16 "Dan will provide justice for his people as one of the tribes of Israel.
17 Dan will be like a snake by the side of the road, a dangerous snake lying near the path. That snake bites a horse's leg, and the rider is thrown off backward. 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 "Lord, I wait for your salvation. 18 "I look for your deliverance, O LORD.
19 "Robbers will attack Gad, but he will defeat them and drive them away. 19 "Gad will be attacked by a band of raiders, but he will attack them at their heels.
20 "Asher's land will grow much good food; he will grow food fit for a king. 20 "Asher's food will be rich; he will provide delicacies fit for a king.
21 "Naphtali is like a female deer that runs free, that has beautiful fawns. 21 "Naphtali is a doe set free that bears beautiful fawns.
22 "Joseph is like a grapevine that produces much fruit, a healthy vine watered by a spring, whose branches grow over the wall. 22 "Joseph is a fruitful vine, a fruitful vine near a spring, whose branches climb over a wall.
23 Archers attack him violently and shoot at him angrily, 23 With bitterness archers attacked him; they shot at him with hostility.
24 but he aims his bow well. His arms are made strong. and his strength from 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 Your father's God helps you. God Almighty blesses you. He blesses you with rain from above, with water from springs below, with many babies born to your wives, and many young ones born to your animals. 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 are greater than the blessings of the oldest mountains, greater than the good things of the long-lasting hills. May these blessings rest on the head of Joseph, on the forehead of the one who was separated 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 like a hungry wolf. In the morning he eats what he has caught, and in the evening he divides 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 this is what their father said to them. He gave each son the blessing that was right for him. 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 Israel gave them a command and said, "I am about to die. Bury me with my ancestors 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 That cave is in the field of Machpelah east of Mamre in the land of Canaan. Abraham bought the field and cave from Ephron the Hittite for a burying 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 Abraham and Sarah his wife are buried there. Isaac and Rebekah his wife are buried there, and I buried my wife 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 bought from the Hittite people." 32 The field and the cave in it were bought from the Hittites. "
33 After Jacob finished talking to his sons, he lay down. He put his feet back on the bed, took his last breath, and died. 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.