Jacob calleth his sons to bless them.
Genesis 49:1 And Iacob called his sonnes, & sayde: Gather you, yt I maie tell you, what shal happen vnto you in ye last times: Genesis 49:2 Come together, and heare ye childre of Iacob: Herken vnto Israel youre father.
Their blessing in particular.
Genesis 49:3 Rube my first sonne, thou art my power and the begynnynge of my strength, chefe in gouernaunce, & chefe in auctorite. Genesis 49:4 Thou passest forth swiftly as ye water. Thou shalt not be the chefest: For thou hast clymmed vp vpon thy fathers bed, euen than defyledest thou my couch with goynge vp.
Genesis 49:5 Symeon and Leui brethren, their deedly weapens are perlous instrumentes. Genesis 49:6 In to their secretes come not my soule, and my worshipe be not ioyned with their congregacion: for in their wrath they slew a man, and in their selfwyll they houghed an oxe. Genesis 49:7 Cursed be their wrath, because it is so fearce: and their indignacion, because it is so rigorous. I wil deuyde them in Iacob, and scater them in Israel
Genesis 49:8 Iuda, thou art he. Thy brethren shall prayse the: for thy hade shal be in thine enemies neck: thy fathers children shall stoupe vnto the. Genesis 49:9 Iuda is a yonge lyon, thou art come vp hye my sonne, fro the spoyle. He kneled downe and couched himself as a lyon & as a lionesse: who wil rayse him vp? Genesis 49:10 The cepter shal not be remoued fro Iuda, ner a master fro his fete, tyll the Worthye come, and vnto him shal the people fall. Genesis 49:11 He shall bynde his foale vnto the vyne, and his Asses colte to ye noble braunch. He shal wash his garment in wyne, and his mantell in the bloude of grapes. Genesis 49:12 His eyes are roudier then wyne, and his teth whyter then mylck.
Genesis 49:13 Zabulon shal dwell in the hauen of the see, and in the porte of shippes, and shal border vpon Sydon.
Genesis 49:14 Isachar shal be a stronge Asse, & laye him downe betwixte ye borders. Genesis 49:15 And he saw rest, that it was good, and the lande, that it was pleasaunt. And bowed downe his shulder to beare, and became a seruaut vnto trybute.
Genesis 49:16 Dan shal be iudge in his people, as well as a trybe in Israel. Genesis 49:17 Dan shalbe a serpent in the waye, and an edder in the path, and byte the horse in the heles, that his ryder maye fall backwarde. Genesis 49:18 LORDE I loke for thy saluacion.
Genesis 49:19 As for Gad, a wapened hoost of men shal fall violently vpon him, but he shall hurte them in the hele.
Genesis 49:20 Of Asser cometh his fat bred, and he shal geue delicates vnto kynges.
Genesis 49:21 Nepthali is a swift hynde, and geueth goodly wordes.
Genesis 49:22 The fruteful sonne Ioseph, that florishinge sonne to loke vpon, the doughters go vpo the wall. Genesis 49:23 And though the shoters angered him, stroue with him, and hated him, Genesis 49:24 yet his bowe bode fast, and the armes of his hades were made stroge by the handes of ye Mightie in Iacob. Of him are come herdmen & stones in Israel. Genesis 49:25 Of yi fathers God art thou helped, & of the Allmightie art thou blessed, wt blessynges of heauen from aboue, with blessinges of ye depe yt lyeth vnder, with blessynges of brestes & wombes. Genesis 49:26 The blessinges promised vnto thy father and my fore elders go mightely, after the desyre of the hyest in the worlde: these shal light on Iosephs heade, and on the toppe of his heade, that was separate from his brethren.
Genesis 49:27 Ben Iamin, a rauyshinge wolfe. In the mornynge shal he deuoure the praye, but in the euenynge he shal deuyde the spoyle.
Genesis 49:28 All these are the twolue trybes of Israel: and this is it that their father spake vnto them, whan he blessed them, euery one with a sundrye blessynge.
He chargeth them about his burial.
Genesis 49:29 And he commaunded them, and sayde vnto them: I shal be gathered vnto my people, burye me with my fathers in ye caue which is in the felde of Ephron the Hethite, Genesis 49:30 in the dubble caue that lyeth ouer against Mamre in ye lande of Canaa, which Abraha bought with the felde, of Ephron the Hethite for a possession to burye in. Genesis 49:31 There buryed they Abraha & Sara his wife, there buried they Isaac also & Rebecca his wife: & their buried I Lea, Genesis 49:32 in the good of the felde & of the caue therin, which was bought of the Hethites.
Genesis 49:33 And whan Iacob had ended this commaundement vnto his children, he pluckte his fete together vpon the bed, and died, and was gathered vnto his people.