Jacob calleth his sons to bless them.
Genesis 49:1 And Jacob called to his sons, and said, Assemble yourselves, that I may tell you [that] which shall befall you in the last days. Genesis 49:2 Assemble yourselves, and hear, ye sons of Jacob: and hearken to Israel your father.
Their blessing in particular.
Genesis 49:3 Reuben, thou [art] my first-born, my might, and the beginning of my strength, the excellence of dignity, and the excellence of power: Genesis 49:4 Unstable as water, thou shalt not excel; because thou wentest up to thy father's bed; then defiledst thou [it]; he went up to my couch.
Genesis 49:5 Simeon and Levi [are] brethren: instruments of cruelty [are in], their habitations. Genesis 49:6 O my soul, come not thou into their secret; to their assembly, my honor, be not thou united: for in their anger they slew a man, and in their self-will they digged down a wall. Genesis 49:7 Cursed [be] their anger, for [it was] fierce: and their wrath, for it was cruel: I will divide them in Jacob, and scatter them in Israel.
Genesis 49:8 Judah, thou [art he] whom thy brethren shall praise; thy hand [shall be] on the neck of thy enemies: thy father's children shall bow down before thee. Genesis 49:9 Judah [is] a lion's whelp; from the prey, my son, thou hast gone up: he stooped down, he couched as a lion, and as an old lion: who shall rouse him up? Genesis 49:10 The scepter shall not depart from Judah, nor a lawgiver from between his feet, until Shiloh shall come: and to him [shall be] the gathering of the people. Genesis 49:11 Binding his foal to the vine, and his ass's colt to the choice vine; he washed his garments in wine, and his clothes in the blood of grapes: Genesis 49:12 His eyes [shall be] red with wine, and his teeth white with milk.
Genesis 49:13 Zebulun shall dwell at the haven of the sea; and he [shall be] for a haven of ships; and his border [shall be] to Zidon.
Genesis 49:14 Issachar [is] a strong ass, couching down between two burdens: Genesis 49:15 And he saw that rest [was] good, and the land that [it was] pleasant; and bowed his shoulder to bear, and became a servant to tribute.
Genesis 49:16 Dan shall judge his people, as one of the tribes of Israel. Genesis 49:17 Dan shall be a serpent by the way, an adder in the path, that biteth the horse-heels, so that his rider shall fall backward. Genesis 49:18 I have waited for thy salvation O LORD.
Genesis 49:19 Gad, a troop shall overcome him: but he shall overcome at the last.
Genesis 49:20 Out of Asher his bread [shall be] fat, and he shall yield royal dainties.
Genesis 49:21 Naphtali [is] a hind let loose: he giveth goodly words.
Genesis 49:22 Joseph [is] a fruitful bough, [even] a fruitful bough by a well; [whose] branches run over the wall: Genesis 49:23 The archers have sorely grieved him, and shot [at him], and hated him: Genesis 49:24 But his bow abode in strength, and the arms of his hands were made strong by the hands of the mighty [God] of Jacob: from thence [is] the shepherd the stone of Israel: Genesis 49:25 [Even] by the God of thy father, who shall help thee, and by the Almighty, who shall bless thee with blessings of heaven above, blessings of the deep that lieth beneath, blessings of the breasts, and of the womb: Genesis 49:26 The blessings of thy father have prevailed above the blessings of my progenitors to the utmost bound of the everlasting hills; they shall be on the head of Joseph, and on the crown of the head of him that was separate from his brethren.
Genesis 49:27 Benjamin shall raven [as] a wolf: in the morning he shall devour the prey, and at night he shall divide the spoil.
Genesis 49:28 All these [are] the twelve tribes of Israel: and this [is it] which their father spoke to them, and blessed them; every one according to his blessing he blessed them.
He chargeth them about his burial.
Genesis 49:29 And he charged them, and said to them, I am to be gathered to my people: bury me with my fathers in 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] before Mamre, in the land of Canaan, which Abraham bought with the field of Ephron the Hittite for a possession of a burying-place. Genesis 49:31 (There they buried Abraham and Sarah his wife; there they buried Isaac and Rebekah his wife; and there I buried Leah,) Genesis 49:32 The purchase of the field and of the cave that [is] in it, [was] from the children of Heth.
Genesis 49:33 And when Jacob had made an end of commanding his sons, he drew his feet into the bed, and expired, and was gathered to his people.