Jacob calleth his sons to bless them.
Genesis 49:1 And Iacob called for hys sonnes & sayde: come together, that I may tell you what shall happen you in þe last daies. Genesis 49:2 Gather you together and heare ye sonnes of Iacob, & herken vnto Israel youre father.
Their blessing in particular.
Genesis 49:3 Ruben thou art myne eldest sonne, my myghte and the begynnyng of my strength, chefe in receyuynge and chefe in power. Genesis 49:4 As vnstable as water wast thou: thou shalt therfore not be the chefest, for thou wenst vp vpon thy fathers bedd, and than defyledest thou my couche with goyng vp.
Genesis 49:5 The brethren Symeon and Leui, wycked instrumentes are their wepons. Genesis 49:6 In to theyr secrettes come not my soule, and vnto their congregacion be my honour not coupled: for in their wrath they slewe a man, and in theyr selfe wyll they houghed an oxe. Genesis 49:7 Cursed be their wrath for it was stronge, and theyr fearsnes for it was cruell. I wyl therfore deuyde them in Iacob, & scater them in Israell.
Genesis 49:8 Iuda, thy brethren shal prayse the, & thyne hand shalbe in the necke of thyue enemyes, & thy fathers chyldren shall stoupe vnto the. Genesis 49:9 Iuda is a lyons whelpe, From spoyle my sonne thou art come an hye: he layde hym doune and couched hym selfe as a lyon, and as a lionesse. Who dare stere hym vp? Genesis 49:10 The sceptre shal not departe from Iuda, nor a ruelar from betwene hys legges, vntyll Sylo come, vnto whome the people shal harken Genesis 49:11 He shall bynde hys fole vnto the vyne, & hys asses colt vnto the vyne braunche, and shall wash hys garment in wyne and hys mantel in the bloud of grapes, Genesis 49:12 hys eyes are roudier than wyne, & his teeth whitter then mylke.
Genesis 49:13 Zabulon shal dwel in the hauen of þe sea and in the porte of shyppes, and shal reache vnto Sydon.
Genesis 49:14 Isachar is a stronge asse, he couched hym doune betwene two borders, Genesis 49:15 and sawe that rest was good and the land that it was pleasant, and bowed his shulder to beare, and became a seruaunte vnto trybute.
Genesis 49:16 Dan shall iudge his people, as one of the trybes of Israel. Genesis 49:17 Dan shalbe a serpent in the way, and an edder in the path, & byte the horsse heles, so that hys ryder shal fal bacward. Genesis 49:18 After thy sauynge loke I Lord.
Genesis 49:19 Gad, men of warre shal inuade him. And he shal turne them to flyght.
Genesis 49:20 Of Asser cometh fat breed, and he shal geue pleasures for a kynge.
Genesis 49:21 Nepthalim is a swyft hynde, & geueth goodly wordes.
Genesis 49:22 That florisshyng chylde Ioseph, that florysshyng chylde and goodly vnto the eye: the daughters ran vpon the wall. Genesis 49:23 The shoters haue enuyed hym and chydd wt hym and hated hym, Genesis 49:24 and yet hys bowe bode fast, & his armes & hys handes were strong, by the handes of the mightye god of Iacob: out of hym shall come an herde man, a stone in Israel. Genesis 49:25 Thy fathers God shall helpe the, & the almyghtie shal blesse the wt blessynges from heauen aboue, and wyth blessynges of the water that lieth vnder, & with blessynges of the brestes and of the wombe. Genesis 49:26 The blessynges of thy father were stronge: euen as the blessynges of my elders, after the desyre of the hyest in the worlde, & these blessynges shall fall on the head of Ioseph, and on the toppe of the head of hym that was separat from hys brethren.
Genesis 49:27 Beniamin is a raueshynge wolfe. In þe mornyng he shal deuoure hys praye, and at nyght he shal deuyde his spoyle.
Genesis 49:28 Al these are the .xij. tribes of Israel, & this is that whiche their father spake vnto them when he blessed them, euery man wyth a seuerall blessyng.
He chargeth them about his burial.
Genesis 49:29 And he charged them & sayd vnto them. I shalbe put vnto my people: se þt ye burye me wyth my fathers, in the caue that is in the felde of Ephron the Hethyte, Genesis 49:30 in þe double caue þt is in the felde before Mamre in the lande of Canaan. Which feld Abraham boughte of Ephron the Hethyte for a possession to burye in. Genesis 49:31 There they buryed Abraham and Sara his wyfe, there they buryed Isaac & Rebecca his wyfe. And there I buried Lea Genesis 49:32 which felde and the caue that is therin, was bought of the chyldren of Heth.
Genesis 49:33 When Iacob had commaunded all that he wold vnto his sonnes, he plucked vp his fete vpon the bedd and dyed, and was put vnto his people.