Jacob calleth his sons to bless them.
Genesis 49:1 Then called Jacob unto his sons,and saidGather yourselves together, and let me tell you, that which shall befall you in the afterpart of the days. Genesis 49:2 Assemble yourselves and hear, ye sons of Jacob,And hearken, unto Israel your father!
Their blessing in particular.
Genesis 49:3 Reuben, my first-born, thou, My vigour, and the firstfruit of my strength,Preeminence of elevation, and preeminence of power: Genesis 49:4 Boiling over like water, thou mayest not have preeminence, Because thou didst mount the bed of thy father,Then, wast thou profaneMy marriage-bed, he mounted!
Genesis 49:5 Simeon and Levi, are brethren,Instruments of violence, are their agreements: Genesis 49:6 Into their circle, do not thou enter, my soul! In their convocation, do not thou join, mine honour! For, in their anger, they slew brave men, And, in their wantonness, they hamstrung oxen. Genesis 49:7 Accursed, be their anger, because fierce, And their wrath, because cruel,I divide them in Jacob, And I disperse them in Israel.
Genesis 49:8 Judah, as for thee, thy brethren shall praise thee [when], thy hand, is on the neck of thy foes,The sons of thy father, shall bow themselves down to thee: Genesis 49:9 A lion's whelp, is Judah, From the prey, my son, hast thou come up! He hath stoopedhath crouched, As a lionor as a lioness, Who shall rouse him? Genesis 49:10 The sceptre shall not depart from Judah, Nor the commander's staff from between his feet,Until that he come in as a Shiloh, And, his, be the obedience of the peoples: Genesis 49:11 Binding, to the vine, his ass, And, to the choice vine, his ass's colt, He hath washed, in wine, his raiment, And, in the blood of grapes, his mantle: Genesis 49:12 Darkerhis eyes, than wine,Whiterhis teeth, than milk!
Genesis 49:13 Zebulon, by a haven of seas, shall he settle down,Even he, by a haven of ships, With his utmost part, upon Zidon.
Genesis 49:14 Issachar, an ass of strength,couching between the pens; Genesis 49:15 Then beholdeth he rest, that it is good, And the ground, that it is pleasant,So he bendeth his shoulder, to bear, And becometh a tributary servant.
Genesis 49:16 Dan, shall vindicate his people,as one of the tribes of Israel; Genesis 49:17 It cometh to pass that, Dan, is a serpent upon the way, A horned viper, upon the path,That biteth the heels of the horse, And his rider falleth backwards: Genesis 49:18 For thy salvation, have I waited, O Yahweh!
Genesis 49:19 Gad! a troop, shall troop on him,But, he, shall troop on the rear.
Genesis 49:20 Out of Asher, fatness, is his food,So, he, setteth forth dainties for a king.
Genesis 49:21 Naphtali, is a slender hind,That putteth forth antlers of beauty.
Genesis 49:22 A fruitful bough, is Joseph, A fruitful bough, over a fountain,Branches, creeping over a wall. Genesis 49:23 So they attack him, and have shot,So they enclose him, do the masters of arrows. Genesis 49:24 But abideth, as an enduring one, his bow, And supple are the arms of his hands,From the hands of the Mighty One of Jacob, From thence, is the Shepherd, the Stone of Israel: Genesis 49:25 From the GOD of thy father, who doth help thee, And GOD Almighty, who doth bless thee, Blessings of the heavens, above, Blessings of the abyss, couching beneath,Blessings of breasts and womb: Genesis 49:26 The blessings of thy father, have prevailed Over the blessings of the perpetual mountains, The charm of the age-abiding hills,They turn out to be, for the head of Joseph, And for the crown of the head, of him who was set apart from his brethren.
Genesis 49:27 Benjamin, a wolf that teareth in pieces, In the morning, he eateth prey, And, at eventide, he divideth spoil.
Genesis 49:28 All these, are the twelve tribes of Israel,And, this, is that which their father spake to them, when he blessed them, Each man severally according to the blessing wherewith he blessed them.
He chargeth them about his burial.
Genesis 49:29 Then commanded he them, and said unto themI, am about to be gathered unto my people, Bury me among my fathers,within the cave, that is in the field of Ephron the Hittite: Genesis 49:30 in the cave, that is in the field of Machpelah, which is over against Mamre, in the land of Canaan,which Abraham bought, along with the field, from Ephron the Hittite, for a possession of a buryingplace: Genesis 49:31 There, buried they Abraham, and Sarah his wife, There, buried they Isaac, and Rebekah his wife,And, there, buried I Leah: Genesis 49:32 buying the field, and the cave that is therein, from the sons of Heth.
Genesis 49:33 So Jacob made an end of commanding his sons, and gathered up his feet, into the couch,and ceased to breathe, and was gathered unto his people.