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Genesis 49

Jacob calleth his sons to bless them.

Genesis 49:1 And Jacob called his sons, and said to them: Gather yourselves together, that I may tell you the things that shall befall you in the last days. Genesis 49:2 Gather yourselves together, and hear, O ye sons of Jacob, hearken to Israel, your father:

Their blessing in particular.

Genesis 49:3 Ruben, my firstborn, thou art my strength, and the beginning of my sorrow; excelling in gifts, greater in command. Genesis 49:4 Thou art poured out as water, grow thou not; because thou wentest up to thy father's bed, and didst defile his couch.

Genesis 49:5 Simeon and Levi brethren: vessels of iniquity waging war. Genesis 49:6 Let not my soul go into their counsel, nor my glory be in their assembly: because in their fury they slew a man, and in their selfwill they undermined a wall. Genesis 49:7 Cursed be their fury, because it was stubborn: and their wrath, because it was cruel: I will divide them in Jacob, and will scatter them in Israel.

Genesis 49:8 Juda, thee shall thy brethren praise: thy hand shall be on the necks of thy enemies; the sons of thy father shall bow down to thee. Genesis 49:9 Juda is a lion's whelp: to the prey, my son, thou art gone up: resting thou hast couched as a lion, and as a lioness, who shall rouse him? Genesis 49:10 The sceptre shall not be taken away from Juda, nor a ruler from his thigh, till he come that is to be sent, and he shall be the expectation of nations. Genesis 49:11 Tying his foal to the vineyard, and his ass, O my son, to the vine. He shall wash his robe in wine, and his garment in the blood of the grape. Genesis 49:12 His eyes are more beautiful than wine, and his teeth whiter than milk.

Genesis 49:13 Zabulon shall dwell on the seashore, and in the road of ships, reaching as far as Sidon.

Genesis 49:14 Issachar shall be a strong ass, lying down between the borders. Genesis 49:15 He saw rest that it was good: and the land that it was excellent: and he bowed his shoulder to carry, and became a servant under tribute.

Genesis 49:16 Dan shall judge his people like another tribe in Israel. Genesis 49:17 Let Dan be a snake in the way, a serpent in the path, that biteth the horse's heels, that his rider may fall backward. Genesis 49:18 I will look for thy salvation, O Lord.

Genesis 49:19 Gad, being girded, shall fight before him: and he himself shall be girded backward.

Genesis 49:20 Aser, his bread shall be fat, and he shall yield dainties to kings.

Genesis 49:21 Nephthali, a hart let loose, and giving words of beauty.

Genesis 49:22 Joseph is a growing son, a growing son and comely to behold: the daughters run to and fro upon the wall; Genesis 49:23 But they that held darts, provoked him, and quarrelled with him, and envied him. Genesis 49:24 His bow rested upon the strong, and the bands of his arms and his hands were loosed, by the hands of the mighty one of Jacob: thence he came forth a pastor, the stone of Israel. Genesis 49:25 The God of thy father shall be thy helper, and the Almighty shall bless thee with the blessings of heaven above, with the blessings of the deep that lieth beneath, with the blessings of the breasts and of the womb. Genesis 49:26 The blessings of thy father are strengthened with the blessings of his fathers: until the desire of the everlasting hills should come: may they be upon the head of Joseph, and upon the crown of the Nazarite among his brethren.

Genesis 49:27 Benjamin a ravenous wolf, in the morning shall eat the prey, and in the evening shall divide the spoil.

Genesis 49:28 All these are the twelve tribes of Israel: these things their father spoke to them, and he blessed every one with their proper blessings.

He chargeth them about his burial.

Genesis 49:29 And he charged them, saying: I am now going to be gathered to my people: bury me with my fathers in the double cave, which is in the field of Ephron the Hethite, Genesis 49:30 Over against Mambre, in the land of Chanaan, which Abraham bought together with the field, of Ephron the Hethite, for a possession to bury in. Genesis 49:31 There they buried him, and Sara his wife: there was Isaac buried with Rebecca, his wife: there also Lia doth lie buried. Genesis 49:32 [Absent]

He dieth.

Genesis 49:33 And when he had ended the commandments, wherewith he instructed his sons, he drew up his feet upon the bed, and died: and he was gathered to his people.

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