THE FIRST BOOK OF
G E N E S I S
Genesis 49 ©
Jacob calls his sons to bless them before his death, vs. 1, etc. Rebuking first the heinous acts of Reuben, Simeon and Levi, 3. Thereafter he extols very highly of the glory of Judah, prophesying of the time of the birth of Jesus Christ, (after the flesh) out of him, together with His Kingdom, and the calling of the Gentiles, 8. of Zebulun, 13. Issachar, 14. Dan, 16. Gad, 19. Asher, 20. Naphtali, 21. Joseph’s peculiar blessing, 22. of Benjamin, 27. At last Jacob gives charge concerning his burial place, 29. And death, 33.
AND Jacob called unto his sons, and said, Gather yourselves together, that I may tell you that which shall befall you 1in the last days.
Gather yourselves together, and hear, ye sons of Jacob; and hearken unto Israel your father.
¶Reuben, thou art mya firstborn, 2my might, and 3the beginning of my strength, 4the excellency of dignity, and the excellency of power:
5Unstable 6as water, thou shalt not excel; becauseb7thou wentest up to thy father's bed; then defiledst thou it: 8he went up to my couch.
¶Simeon and Levi are 9brethren; 10instruments of cruelty are in their habitations.
O my soul, come not thou into their secret; unto their assembly, mine 11honour, be not thou united: for in their anger they slewc a 12man, and in their selfwill they 13digged down a wall.
14Cursed be their anger, for it was fierce; and their wrath, for it was cruel: 15I will divided them in Jacob, and scatter them in Israel.
¶Judah, thou art he whom thy brethren shall praise: 16thy hand shall be in the neck of thine enemies; thy father's children shall bow down before 17thee.
18Judah ise a lion’s whelp:f from the prey, my son, thou art gone up: he stooped down, he couched as a lion, and as an old lion; 19who shall rouse him up?
The 20sceptre shall not depart fromg Judah, nor 21a lawgiver 22from between his feet, until 23Shiloh 24come; and unto him 25shall the gathering of the people be.
26Binding his foal unto the vine, and his ass's colt unto the choice vine; he washed his 27garments 28in wine, and his clothes in the blood of grapes:
29His eyes shall be red with wine, and his teeth white with milk.
¶ 30Zebulun shall dwell ath the haven of the 31sea; and he shall be for an haven of ships; and his border shall be unto 32Zidon.
¶ 33Issachar is 34a strong ass couching down between two burdens:
And he saw that rest was good, and the land that it was pleasant; and bowed his shoulder to bear, and became a servant unto tribute.
¶Dan shall 35judge his people, as one of the tribes of Israel.
36Dan shall be a serpent by the way, an 37adder in the path, that biteth the horse heels, so that his rider shall fall backward.
38I have waited for thy 39salvation, O LORD.
¶Gad, 40a troop shall 41overcome him: but he shall overcome at the last.
¶ 42Out of Asher his bread shall be fat, and 43he shall yield royal dainties.
¶Naphtali is a hind 44let loose: he giveth goodly words.
¶Josephiis a 45fruitful bough, even a fruitful bough by a well; whose branches run over the wall:
46Thej archers have sorely 47grieved him, and 48shot at him, and hated him:
But 49his bow abode in strength, and the arms of his hands were made strong by the 50hands of the 51mighty God of Jacob; (52from thence is the 53shepherd, the stone of Israel:)
Even by the God of thy father, who shall help thee; and by the Almighty, who shall 54bless thee with blessings of heaven above, blessings of the 55deep that lieth under, blessings of the breasts, and of the womb:
The blessings of thy father 56have prevailed above the blessings of my progenitors unto the utmost bound of the 57everlasting hills: they shall be on the 58head of Joseph, and on the crown of the head of him 59that was separate from his brethren.
¶ 60Benjamin shall ravinkas a wolf: in the morning he shall devour the prey, and at 61night he shall divide the spoil.
¶All these are the twelve tribes of Israel: and this is it that their father spake unto them, and blessed them; every one according to his blessing he blessed them.
And he charged them, and said unto them, 62 I am to be gathered unto my people: 63bury me with my fathers in the cave that is in the field of 64Ephron the Hittite,
In the cave thatl65is in the field 66of Machpelah, which is before 67Mamre, in the land of Canaan, which Abraham bought with the field of Ephron the Hittite for a possession of a buryingplace.
68There they buried Abrahamm and Sarah his wife; there they buried Isaac and Rebekah his wife; and there I buried Leah.
The purchase of 69the field and of the cave that is therein was from the children of Heth.
And when Jacob had made an end of commanding his sons, 70hen gathered up his feet into the bed, and yielded up the ghost, and was 71gathered unto his people.