Jacob called for his sons and said, "Come here, and let me tell you what will happen to you in the days to come.
"Gather around and listen, sons of Jacob. Listen to your father Israel.
"Reuben, you are my firstborn, my strength, the very first son I had, first in majesty and first in power.
You will no longer be first because you were out of control like a flood and you climbed into your father's bed. Then you dishonored it. He climbed up on my couch.
"Simeon and Levi are brothers. Their swords are weapons of violence.
Do not let me attend their secret meetings. Do not let me join their assembly. In their anger they murdered men. At their whim they crippled cattle.
May their anger be cursed because it's so fierce. May their fury be cursed because it's so cruel. I will divide them among [the sons of] Jacob and scatter them among [the tribes of] Israel.