"Reuben, my first-born, you are my strength And the first child of my manhood, The proudest and strongest of all my sons.
You are like a raging flood, But you will not be the most important, For you slept with my concubine And dishonored your father's bed.
"Simeon and Levi are brothers. They use their weapons to commit violence.
I will not join in their secret talks, Nor will I take part in their meetings, For they killed people in anger And they crippled bulls for sport.
A curse be on their anger, because it is so fierce, And on their fury, because it is so cruel. I will scatter them throughout the land of Israel. I will disperse them among its people.
"Judah, your brothers will praise you. You hold your enemies by the neck. Your brothers will bow down before you.
Judah is like a lion, 1 Killing his victim and returning to his den, Stretching out and lying down. No one dares disturb him.
Judah will hold the royal scepter, And his descendants will always rule. Nations will bring him tribute And bow in obedience before him.
He ties his young donkey to a grapevine, To the very best of the vines. He washes his clothes in blood-red wine.
His eyes are bloodshot from drinking wine, His teeth white from drinking milk.
"Zebulun will live beside the sea. His shore will be a haven for ships. His territory will reach as far as Sidon.