Jacob calleth his sons to bless them.
Genesis 49:1 And Iacob called vnto his sonnes, and said, Gather your selues together, that I may tell you that which shall befall you in the last dayes. Genesis 49:2 Gather your selues together, and heare ye sonnes of Iacob, and hearken vnto Israel your father.
Their blessing in particular.
Genesis 49:3 Reuben, thou art my first borne, my might, and the beginning of my strength, the excellencie of dignitie, and the excellencie of power: Genesis 49:4 Unstable as water, thou shalt not excell, because thou wentest vp to thy fathers bed: then defiledst thou [it]. He went vp to my couche.
Genesis 49:5 Simeon and Leui [are] brethren, instruments of crueltie [are in] their habitations. Genesis 49:6 O my soule, come not thou into their secret: vnto their assembly mine honour be not thou vnited: for in their anger they slew a man, and in their selfe will they digged downe a wall. Genesis 49:7 Cursed be their anger, for it [was] fierce; and their wrath, for it [was] cruell: I will diuide them in Iacob, and scatter them in Israel.
Genesis 49:8 Iudah, thou [art he] whom thy brethren shall praise: thy hand [shall be] in the necke of thine enemies, thy fathers children shall bow downe before thee. Genesis 49:9 Iudah is a Lyons whelpe: from the pray my sonne thou art gone vp: he stouped downe, hee couched as a Lyon, and as an old Lyon: who shall rouse him vp? Genesis 49:10 The scepter shall not depart from Iudah, nor a Law-giuer from betweene his feete, vntill Shiloh come: and vnto him shall the gathering of the people be: Genesis 49:11 Binding his foale vnto the vine, and his asses colt vnto the choice vine; he washed his garments in wine, and his clothes in the blood of grapes. Genesis 49:12 His eyes shall be red with wine, and his teeth white with milke.
Genesis 49:13 Zebulun shall dwell at the hauen of the sea, and hee shall be for an Hauen of ships: and his border [shall be] vnto Zidon.
Genesis 49:14 Issachar is a strong asse, couching downe betweene two burdens. Genesis 49:15 And he saw that rest [was] good, and the land that [it was] pleasant: and bowed his shoulder to beare, and became a seruant vnto tribute.
Genesis 49:16 Dan shall iudge his people, as one of the tribes of Israel. Genesis 49:17 Dan shalbe a serpent by the way, an adder in the path, that biteth the horse heeles, so that his rider shall fall backward. Genesis 49:18 I haue waited for thy saluation, O LORD.
Genesis 49:19 Gad, a troupe shall ouercome him: but he shall ouercome at the last.
Genesis 49:20 Out of Asher his bread [shall be] fat, and he shall yeeld royall dainties.
Genesis 49:21 Naphtali is a hinde let loose: He giueth goodly words.
Genesis 49:22 Ioseph is a fruitfull bough, [euen] a fruitfull bough by a well, whose branches runne ouer the wall. Genesis 49:23 The archers haue sorely grieued him, and shot at him, and hated him. Genesis 49:24 But his bow abode in strength, and the armes of his hands were made strong, by the hands of the mighty [God] of Iacob: from thence is the Sheapheard, the stone of Israel, Genesis 49:25 [Euen] by the God of thy father who shall helpe thee, and by the Almightie, who shall blesse thee with blessings of heauen aboue, blessings of the deepe that lyeth vnder, blessings of the breasts and of the wombe. Genesis 49:26 The blessings of thy father haue preuailed aboue the blessings of my progenitors: vnto the vtmost bound of the euerlasting hils, they shall bee on the head of Ioseph, and on the crowne of the head of him that was separate from his brethren.
Genesis 49:27 Beniamin shall rauine [as] a wolfe: In the morning hee shall deuoure the pray, and at night he shall diuide the spoile.
Genesis 49:28 All these are the twelue tribes of Israel, and this is it that their father spake vnto them, and blessed them: euery one according to his blessing he blessed them.
He chargeth them about his burial.
Genesis 49:29 And hee charged them and said vnto them, I am to bee gathered vnto my people: burie me with my fathers, in the caue that is in the field of Ephron the Hittite, Genesis 49:30 In the caue that is in the field of Machpelah, which is before Mamre, in the land of Canaan, which Abraham bought with the field of Ephron the Hittite, for a possession of a burying place. Genesis 49:31 (There they buried Abraham and Sarah his wife, there they buried Isaac and Rebekah his wife, and there I buried Leah.) Genesis 49:32 The purchase of the field and of the caue that is therein, [was] from the children of Heth.
Genesis 49:33 And when Iacob had made an end of commanding his sonnes, he gathered vp his feete into the bed, and yeelded vp the ghost, and was gathered vnto his people.