Bible: Genesis 49:1-7

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 

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