Ya`akov called to his sons, and said: "Gather yourselves together, that I may tell you that which will happen to you in the days to come.
Assemble yourselves, and hear, you sons of Ya`akov; Listen to Yisra'el, your father.
"Re'uven, you are my firstborn, my might, and the beginning of my strength; The pre-eminence of dignity, and the pre-eminence of power.
Boiling over as water, you shall not have the pre-eminence; Because you went up to your father's bed; Then defiled it. He went up to my couch.
"Shim`on and Levi are brothers; Weapons of violence are their swords.
My soul, don't come into their council; My glory, don't be united to their assembly; For in their anger they killed a man, In their self-will they hamstrung an ox.
Cursed be their anger, for it was fierce; Their wrath, for it was cruel. I will divide them in Ya`akov, Scatter them in Yisra'el.
"Yehudah, your brothers will praise you: Your hand will be on the neck of your enemies; Your father's sons will bow down before you.