|Gen 49:1 Then Jacob summoned his sons and said, "Assemble yourselves that I may tell you what will befall you in the days to come.|
|Gen 49:2 "Gather together and hear, O sons of Jacob;
And listen to Israel your father.
|Gen 49:3 ¶ "Reuben, you are my firstborn;
My might and the beginning of my strength,
Preeminent in dignity and preeminent in power.
|Gen 49:4 "Uncontrolled as water, you shall not have preeminence,
Because you went up to your father's bed;
Then you defiled it --he went up to my couch.
|Gen 49:5 ¶ "Simeon and Levi are brothers;
Their swords are implements of violence.
|Gen 49:6 "Let 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.
|Gen 49:7 "Cursed be their anger, for it is fierce;
And their wrath, for it is cruel.
I will disperse them in Jacob,
And scatter them in Israel.
|Gen 49:8 ¶ "Judah, your brothers shall praise you;
Your hand shall be on the neck of your enemies;
Your father's sons shall bow down to you.
|Gen 49:9 "Judah is a lion's whelp;
From the prey, my son, you have gone up.
He couches, he lies down as a lion,
And as a lion, who dares rouse him up?
|Gen 49:10 "The scepter shall not depart from Judah,
Nor the ruler's staff from between his feet,
Until Shiloh comes,
And to him shall be the obedience of the peoples.
|Gen 49:11 "He ties his foal to the vine,
And his donkey's colt to the choice vine;
He washes his garments in wine,
And his robes in the blood of grapes.
|Gen 49:12 "His eyes are dull from wine,
And his teeth white from milk.
|Gen 49:13 ¶ "Zebulun will dwell at the seashore;
And he shall be a haven for ships,
And his flank shall be toward Sidon.
|Gen 49:14 ¶ "Issachar is a strong donkey,
Lying down between the sheepfolds.
|Gen 49:15 "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.
|Gen 49:16 ¶ "Dan shall judge his people,
As one of the tribes of Israel.
|Gen 49:17 "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.
|Gen 49:18 "For Your salvation I wait, O LORD.|
|Gen 49:19 ¶ "As for Gad, raiders shall raid him,
But he will raid at their heels.
|Gen 49:20 ¶ "As for Asher, his food shall be rich,
And he will yield royal dainties.
|Gen 49:21 ¶ "Naphtali is a doe let loose,
He gives beautiful words.
|Gen 49:22 ¶ "Joseph is a fruitful bough,
A fruitful bough by a spring;
Its branches run over a wall.
|Gen 49:23 "The archers bitterly attacked him,
And shot at him and harassed him;
|Gen 49:24 But his bow remained firm,
And his arms were agile,
From the hands of the Mighty One of Jacob
(From there is the Shepherd, the Stone of Israel),
|Gen 49:25 From the God of your father who helps you,
And by the Almighty who blesses you
With blessings of heaven above,
Blessings of the deep that lies beneath,
Blessings of the breasts and of the womb.
|Gen 49:26 "The blessings of your father
Have surpassed the blessings of my ancestors
Up to the utmost bound of the everlasting hills;
May they be on the head of Joseph,
And on the crown of the head of the one distinguished among his brothers.
|Gen 49:27 ¶ "Benjamin is a ravenous wolf;
In the morning he devours the prey,
And in the evening he divides the spoil."
|Gen 49:28 ¶ 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.|
|Gen 49:29 Then he charged them and said to them, "I am about to be gathered to my people; bury me with my fathers in the cave that is in the field of Ephron the Hittite,|
|Gen 49:30 in the cave 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.|
|Gen 49:31 "There they buried Abraham and his wife Sarah, there they buried Isaac and his wife Rebekah, and there I buried Leah--|
|Gen 49:32 the field and the cave that is in it, purchased from the sons of Heth."|
|Gen 49:33 When Jacob finished charging his sons, he drew his feet into the bed and breathed his last, and was gathered to his people.|