Blessing his own sons
Jacob called to his sons and said, Gather yourselves together that I may 1tell
you what will happen to you in the alast
yourselves, and listen, O sons of Jacob;
Yes, listen to Israel your father.
, you are my firstborn,
My might and the bfirstfruits
of my vigor,
Preeminent in dignity and preeminent in power.
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.
and Levi are brothers;
Weapons of violence are their swords.
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.
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.
, your brothers will praise you;
Your hand will be on the neck of your enemies;
Your father’s bsons
will bow down before you.
is a ayoung 1blion
From the prey, my son, you have gone 2up
, he stretches out like a lion,
And like a 3lioness
will rouse him up?
will not depart from Judah,
Nor the ruler’s staff from 2between
Until 3Shiloh bcomes
And to Him shall be the obedience of the 4peoples
to the vine,
And his donkey’s colt to the choice vine,
He washes his 2garment
And his robe in the blood of grapes.
are his eyes with wine,
And white are his teeth with milk.
will dwell at the shore of the sea,
And he will be a shore for 1ships
And his flank will be toward 2bSidon
is a strong donkey, 1Couching
between the bsheepfolds
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
will judge his people,
As one of the 1tribes
will be a 1serpent
in the way,
A viper on the path,
That bites the horse’s heels,
So that his rider falls backward.
have awaited for Your 1bsalvation
, O Jehovah.
, raiders will raid him,
But he will raid at 1their
’s food will be 2rich
And he will yield royal dainties.
is a 1hind
He gives beautiful words.
is a fruitful 1bough
A fruitful bough by a fountain;
His branches run over the wall.
archers bitterly attacked him,
And shot at him
and harassed him;
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 —
of your father, who will help you,
And from the 1bAll
-sufficient One, who will 2bless
of heaven above,
Blessings of the deep that lies beneath,
Blessings of the breasts and of the womb.
blessings of your father surpass
The blessings of my ancestors
To the utmost bound of the aeverlasting
They will be on the head of Joseph,
And on the crown of the bhead
of the one who was 1separate
from his brothers.
is a 1ravenous
In the morning devouring the prey
And in the evening dividing the 2spoil
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.
Departing in an excellent way
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,
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 —
Abraham and Sarah his wife, there they bburied
Isaac and Rebekah his wife, and there I buried Leah —
field and the cave that is in it, purchased from the children of Heth.
when Jacob had finished charging his sons, he gathered up his feet into the bed and aexpired
, and he was gathered to his people.