Bible: Genesis 49:1-12

The Blessing of Jacob

49:1 Jacob called for his sons and said, “Gather together so I can tell you 1  what will happen to you in the future. 2 

49:2Assemble and listen, you sons of Jacob;

listen to Israel, your father.

49:3 Reuben, you are my firstborn,

my might and the beginning of my strength,

outstanding in dignity, outstanding in power.

49:4 You are destructive 3  like water and will not excel, 4 

for you got on your father’s bed, 5 

then you defiled it – he got on my couch! 6 

49:5 Simeon and Levi are brothers,

weapons of violence are their knives! 7 

49:6 O my soul, do not come into their council,

do not be united to their assembly, my heart, 8 

for in their anger they have killed men,

and for pleasure they have hamstrung oxen.

49:7 Cursed be their anger, for it was fierce,

and their fury, for it was cruel.

I will divide them in Jacob,

and scatter them in Israel! 9 

49:8 Judah, 10  your brothers will praise you.

Your hand will be on the neck of your enemies,

your father’s sons will bow down before you.

49:9 You are a lion’s cub, Judah,

from the prey, my son, you have gone up.

He crouches and lies down like a lion;

like a lioness – who will rouse him?

49:10 The scepter will not depart from Judah,

nor the ruler’s staff from between his feet, 11 

until he comes to whom it belongs; 12 

the nations will obey him. 13 

49:11 Binding his foal to the vine,

and his colt to the choicest vine,

he will wash 14  his garments in wine,

his robes in the blood of grapes.

49:12 His eyes will be dark from wine,

and his teeth white from milk. 15 

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