"Assemble and listen, O sons of Jacob, listen to Israel your father.
"Reuben, you are 1
my firstborn, my might, and the 2
firstfruits of my strength, preeminent in dignity and preeminent in power.
Unstable as water, you shall not have preeminence, because you 3
went up to your father's bed; then you defiled it--he went up to my couch!
"Simeon and Levi are brothers; weapons 5
of violence are their swords.
Let my soul come not into their council; 6
O my glory, 7
be not joined to their company. For in their anger they killed men, and in their willfulness they 8
Cursed be their anger, for it is fierce, and their wrath, for it is cruel! I will 9
divide them in Jacob and scatter them in Israel.
your brothers shall praise you; 11
your hand shall be on the neck of your enemies; 12
your father's sons shall bow down before you.
Judah is 13
a lion's cub; from the prey, my son, you have gone up. 14
He stooped down; he crouched as a lion and as a lioness; who dares rouse him?
scepter shall not depart from Judah, nor the ruler's staff 16
from between his feet, until tribute comes to him; and to him shall be the obedience of the peoples.
Binding his foal to the vine and his donkey's colt to the choice vine, he has washed his garments in wine and his vesture in the blood of grapes.
eyes are darker than wine, and his teeth whiter than milk.
"Zebulun shall dwell at the 19
shore of the sea; he shall become a haven for ships, and his border shall be at Sidon.
"Issachar is a strong donkey, crouching between the sheepfolds.
He saw that a resting place was good, and that the land was pleasant, so he bowed his shoulder to bear, and 21
became a servant at forced labor.
"Dan shall 23
judge his people as one of the tribes of Israel.
shall be a serpent in the way, a viper by the path, that bites the horse's heels so that his rider falls backward.
wait for your salvation, O LORD.
"Raiders shall raid 27
Gad, but he shall raid at their heels.
"Asher's food shall be rich, and he shall yield royal delicacies.
"Naphtali is a doe let loose that bears beautiful fawns.
"Joseph is 30
a fruitful bough, a fruitful bough by a spring; his branches run over the wall.
The archers 31
bitterly attacked him, shot at him, and harassed him severely,
his bow remained unmoved; his arms were made agile by the hands of the 33
Mighty One of Jacob (from there is 34
the Stone of Israel),
by the God of your father who will help you, by 37
who will bless you with blessings of heaven above, blessings of the deep that crouches beneath, blessings of the breasts and of the womb.
The blessings of your father are mighty beyond the blessings of my parents, up to the bounties 39
of the everlasting hills. May they be 40
on the head of Joseph, and on the brow of him who was set apart from his brothers.
"Benjamin is a ravenous wolf, in the morning devouring the prey and at evening 42
dividing the spoil."