Genesis 49

Israel's Prophecy concerning His Sons

1 Then Jacob summoned his sons and said, "Assemble yourselves that I may tell you what will befall you 1in the days to come.
2 "Gather together and hear, O sons of Jacob; And 2listen to Israel your father.
3 "Reuben, you are my firstborn; My might and 3the beginning of my strength, Preeminent in dignity and preeminent in power.
4 "Uncontrolled as water, you shall not have preeminence, 4Because you went up to your father's bed; Then you defiled it -he went up to my couch.
5 "5Simeon and Levi are brothers; Their swords are implements of violence.
6 "6Let my soul not enter into their council; Let not my glory be united with their assembly; Because in their anger they slew men, And in their self-will they lamed oxen.
7 "Cursed be their anger, for it is fierce; And their wrath, for it is cruel. 7I will disperse them in Jacob, And scatter them in Israel.
8 "Judah, your brothers shall praise you; Your hand shall be on the neck of your enemies; 8Your father's sons shall bow down to you.
9 "Judah is a 9lion's whelp; From the prey, my son, you have gone up. 10He couches, he lies down as a lion, And as a lion, who dares rouse him up?
10 "11The scepter shall not depart from Judah, Nor the ruler's staff from between his feet, Until * Shiloh comes, And 12to him shall be the obedience of the peoples.
11 "13He ties his foal to the vine, And his donkey's colt to the choice vine; 14He washes his garments in wine, And his robes in the blood of grapes.
12 "His eyes are dull from wine, And his teeth white from milk.
13 "15Zebulun will dwell at the seashore *; And he shall be a haven for ships, And his flank shall be toward Sidon.
15 "When he saw that a resting place was good And that the land was pleasant, He bowed his shoulder to bear burdens, And became a slave at forced labor.
16 "17Dan shall 18judge his people, As one of the tribes of Israel.
17 "Dan shall be a serpent in the way, A horned snake in the path, That bites the horse's heels, So that his rider falls backward.
18 "19For Your salvation I wait, O LORD.
19 "20As for Gad, raiders shall raid him, But he will raid at their heels.
20 "21As for 22Asher, his food shall be rich, And he will yield royal dainties.
23 "The archers * bitterly attacked him, And shot at him and harassed him;
24 But his 25bow remained firm, And 26his arms were agile, From the hands of the 27Mighty One of Jacob (From there is 28the Shepherd, 29the Stone of Israel ),
25 From 30the God of your father who helps you, And 31by the Almighty who blesses you With 32blessings of heaven above *, Blessings of the deep that lies beneath, Blessings of the breasts and of the womb.
26 "The blessings of your father Have surpassed the blessings of my ancestors Up to the utmost bound of 33the everlasting hills; May they be on the head of Joseph, And on the crown of the head of the one distinguished among his brothers.
27 "Benjamin is a ravenous wolf; In the morning he devours the prey, And in the evening he divides the spoil."
28 All these are the twelve * tribes of Israel, and this is what their father said to them when he blessed them. He blessed them, every one with the blessing appropriate to him.
29 Then he charged them and said to them, "I am about to be 34gathered to my people; 35bury me with my fathers in the cave that is in 36the field of Ephron the Hittite,
30 in the 37cave that is in the field of Machpelah, which is before * Mamre, in the land of Canaan, which Abraham bought along with the field from Ephron the Hittite for a burial site.
31 "There they buried 38Abraham and his wife 39Sarah, there they buried 40Isaac and his wife Rebekah, and there I buried Leah -
32 the field and the cave that is in it, purchased from the sons of Heth."
33 When Jacob finished charging his sons, he drew his feet into the bed and 41breathed his last, and was 42gathered to his people.
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