Jacob calleth his sons to bless them.
Genesis 49:1 And Iacob called for hys sonnes and sayde: come together, that I maye tell you what shall happen you in the last dayes. Genesis 49:2 Gather you to gether, and heare ye sonnes of Iacob, herken vnto Israel youre father.
Their blessing in particular.
Genesis 49:3 Ruben myne eldest sonne, thou art my myghte and the beginnynge of my strength, the noblenesse of dignyte, and the noblenesse of power. Genesis 49:4 Unstable as water. Thou shalt not be the chefest, because thou wentest vp to thy fathers bed. Euen then dyddest thou defyle it, & it was nomore my couche.
Genesis 49:5 The brethren Simeon and Leui, cruell instrumentes in their habitacions. Genesis 49:6 In to their secretes come not my soule, vnto their congregacyon be my honoure not coupled: for in their wrath they slewe a man, & in their selfe wyll they, digged downe a wall. Genesis 49:7 Cursed be their wrath, for it was shamelesse, and their fearsnes, for it was cruell. I wyll deuide them in Iacob, & scater them in Israel.
Genesis 49:8 Iuda thou art he, whom thy brethren shall prayse. Thy hande shalbe in the necke of thyne enymies, thy fathers chyldren shall stoupe before the. Genesis 49:9 Iuda is a lyons whelpe, From thy spoyle my sonne thou art come an hye. He layde hym downe and couched hym selfe as a lyon, and as a lionesse. Who wyll stere hym vp? Genesis 49:10 The sceptre shall not departe from Iuda, and a lawgeuer from betwene hys fete, vntyll. Sylocome. And vnto hym shall the gatherynge of the people be. Genesis 49:11 He shall bynde his fole vnto þe vyne, and hys asses colt vnto the braunche. He washed hys garment in wyne, and hys mantell in the bloude of grapes. Genesis 49:12 Hys eyes are redder than wyne, & his teeth whytter then mylke.
Genesis 49:13 Zabulon shall dwell besyde the heauen of the see and nye the heauen of shyppes. His border shalbe vnto Sydon.
Genesis 49:14 Isachar a stronge asse couchynge hym downe betwene .ij. bordens, Genesis 49:15 and sawe that rest was good, & the lande that it was pleasant, and bowed hys shulder to beare, and became a seruaunte vnto tribute.
Genesis 49:16 Dan shall iudge hys people & the trybes of Israel Genesis 49:17 Dan shalbe a serpent in the waye, an edder in the path, bytinge the horse heles and hys ryder fell bacwarde: Genesis 49:18 after thy saluacyon haue I loked (o Lorde.)
Genesis 49:19 Gad, an hoost of men shall ouercome him, And he shall ouercome at the last.
Genesis 49:20 Of asser: his bread shalbe fat, and he shall geue pleasures for a kynge.
Genesis 49:21 Nephtalim is a swyfte hynde, geuynge goodly wordes.
Genesis 49:22 That florysshynge childe Ioseph, that plenteous chylde by the well syde, the daughters ran vpon the wall Genesis 49:23 They haue prouoked hym, and shot hym thrugh with dartes. The archers haue enuyed him: Genesis 49:24 But hys bowe abode fast, and the armes of hys handes were made stronge, by the handes of the myghtye God of Iacob. Out of hym shall come an herde man, a stone in Israel: Genesis 49:25 From thy fathers God which hath helped the, and with the almyghtye which hath blessed the wyth blessynges from heauen aboue, wyth blessynges of the depe that lyeth vnder, and wyth blessynges of the brestes and of the wombe. Genesis 49:26 The blessynges of thy father were stronger then the blessynges of my elders, vnto the vtmost of the hylles of þe worlde, and they shalbe on the heade of Ioseph, and on the toppe of the heade of hym þt was separat from his brethren.
Genesis 49:27 Ben Iamin shall raueshe as a wolfe. In þe mornynge he shall deuoure the praye, and at nyghte he shall deuyde the spoyle.
Genesis 49:28 All these are the .xij. tribes of Israel, and thys their father spake vnto them and blessed them, euery one of them blessed he wyth a seuerall blessynge.
He chargeth them about his burial.
Genesis 49:29 And he charged them, and sayde vnto them: whan I shalbe gathered vnto my people, burye me wyth my fathers, in the caue that is in the felde of Ephron the Hethyte, Genesis 49:30 in the double caue that is in the felde by the countre of Mamre in the land of Canaan. Whych felde Abraham boughte of Ephron the Hethyte for a possessyon to burye in, Genesis 49:31 where as were buryed Abraham and Sarah hys wyfe. And where as were buryed Isahac & Rebecca his wyfe. And there I buryed Lea. Genesis 49:32 The felde and the caue that is therin, was bought of the chyldren of Heth.
Genesis 49:33 And when Iacob had commaunded all that he wolde vnto hys sonnes, he plucked vp his fete vnto the bedd and dyed, and was put vnto hys people.