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c) Blessing his own sons 49:1-28
Gen. 49 :1 49:1 And Jacob called to his sons and said, Gather yourselves together that I may 1tell you what will happen to you in the alast days.
Gen. 49 :2 49:2 aAssemble yourselves, and listen, O sons of Jacob;
Yes, listen to Israel your father.
Gen. 49 :3 49:3 aReuben, you are my firstborn,
My might and the bfirstfruits of my vigor,
Preeminent in dignity and preeminent in power.
Gen. 49 :4 49:4 Ebullient as water, you will 1not have the preeminence,
Because you went up to your father’s abed;
Then you defiled it — he went up to my couch.
Gen. 49 :5 49:5 1aSimeon and Levi are brothers;
Weapons of violence are their swords.
Gen. 49 :6 49:6 Come not into their council, O my soul;
Be not united with their assembly, O my aglory;
For in their anger they slew men,
And in their self-will they hamstrung oxen.
Gen. 49 :7 49:7 1Cursed be their anger, for it is fierce;
And their wrath, for it is cruel:
I will adivide them in Jacob,
And scatter them in Israel.
Gen. 49 :8 49:8 1aJudah, your brothers will praise you;
Your hand will be on the neck of your enemies;
Your father’s bsons will bow down before you.
Gen. 49 :9 49:9 Judah is a ayoung 1blion;
From the prey, my son, you have gone 2up.
He 2couches, he stretches out like a lion,
And like a 3lioness; 4who will rouse him up?
Gen. 49 :10 49:10 The 1ascepter will not depart from Judah,
Nor the ruler’s staff from 2between his feet,
Until 3Shiloh bcomes,
And to Him shall be the obedience of the 4peoples.
Gen. 49 :11 49:11 Binding his 1foal to the vine,
And his donkey’s colt to the choice vine,
He washes his 2garment in wine,
And his robe in the blood of grapes.
Gen. 49 :12 49:12 1Dark are his eyes with wine,
And white are his teeth with milk.
Gen. 49 :13 49:13 aZebulun will dwell at the shore of the sea,
And he will be a shore for 1ships,
And his flank will be toward 2bSidon.
Gen. 49 :14 49:14 aIssachar is a strong donkey,
1Couching between the bsheepfolds.
Gen. 49 :15 49:15 And he saw a resting place that was good
And the 1land that was pleasant,
And he bowed his shoulder to bear,
And became a 2task-worker to bring 3tribute.
Gen. 49 :16 49:16 aDan will judge his people,
As one of the 1tribes of Israel.
Gen. 49 :17 49:17 Dan will be a 1serpent in the way,
A viper on the path,
That bites the horse’s heels,
So that his rider falls backward.
Gen. 49 :18 49:18 I have awaited for Your 1bsalvation, O Jehovah.
Gen. 49 :19 49:19 aGad, raiders will raid him,
But he will raid at 1their heel.
Gen. 49 :20 49:20 1aAsher’s food will be 2rich,
And he will yield royal dainties.
Gen. 49 :21 49:21 aNaphtali is a 1hind let loose;
He gives beautiful words.
Gen. 49 :22 49:22 aJoseph is a fruitful 1bough,
A fruitful bough by a fountain;
His branches run over the wall.
Gen. 49 :23 49:23 The archers bitterly attacked him,
And shot at him and harassed him;
Gen. 49 :24 49:24 But his bow remained firm,
And the arms of his hands were 1agile,
By the hands of the aMighty One of Jacob —
From there is the bShepherd, the cstone of Israel —
Gen. 49 :25 49:25 From the aGod of your father, who will help you,
And from the 1bAll-sufficient One, who will 2bless you
With cblessings of heaven above,
Blessings of the deep that lies beneath,
Blessings of the breasts and of the womb.
Gen. 49 :26 49:26 The blessings of your father surpass
The blessings of my ancestors
To the utmost bound of the aeverlasting hills.
They will be on the head of Joseph,
And on the crown of the bhead of the one who was 1separate from his brothers.
Gen. 49 :27 49:27 aBenjamin is a 1ravenous wolf,
In the morning devouring the prey
And in the evening dividing the 2spoil.
Gen. 49 :28 49:28 All these are the twelve tribes of Israel, and this is what their father spoke to them when he blessed them; he blessed them, each one according to his blessing.
5) Departing in an excellent way 49:29—50:13
Gen. 49 :29 49:29 And he charged them and said to them, I am being gathered to my people. 1Bury me with amy fathers in the cave that is in the field of Ephron the Hittite,
Gen. 49 :30 49:30 In the cave that is in the field of aMachpelah, which is before Mamre in the land of Canaan, which Abraham bought along with the field from Ephron the Hittite for the possession of a burial place —
Gen. 49 :31 49:31 There they aburied Abraham and Sarah his wife, there they bburied Isaac and Rebekah his wife, and there I buried Leah —
Gen. 49 :32 49:32 The field and the cave that is in it, purchased from the children of Heth.
Gen. 49 :33 49:33 And when Jacob had finished charging his sons, he gathered up his feet into the bed and aexpired, and he was gathered to his people.
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