49:2Assemble yourselves, and hear, ye sons of Jacob;
The pre-eminence of dignity, and the pre-eminence of power.
49:4Boiling over as water, thou shalt not have the pre-eminence;
Because thou wentest up to thy father's bed;
Then defiledst thou it: he went up to my couch.
Weapons of violence are their swords.
Unto their assembly, my glory, be not thou united;
For in their anger they slew a man,
And in their self-will they hocked an ox.
49:7Cursed be their anger, for it was fierce;
And their wrath, for it was cruel:
I will divide them in Jacob,
And scatter them in Israel.
Thy father's sons shall bow down before thee.
49:9Judah is a lion's whelp;
From the prey, my son, thou art gone up:
He stooped down, he couched as a lion,
And as a lioness; who shall rouse him up?
49:10The sceptre shall not depart from Judah,
Nor the ruler's staff from between his feet,
Until Shiloh come:
And unto him shall the obedience of the peoples be.
49:11Binding his foal unto the vine,
And his ass's colt unto the choice vine;
He hath washed his garments in wine,
49:12His eyes shall be red with wine,
And his teeth white with milk.
And he shall be for a haven of ships;
And his border shall be upon Sidon.
Couching down between the sheepfolds:
49:15And he saw a resting-place that it was good,
And the land that it was pleasant;
And he bowed his shoulder to bear,
And became a servant under taskwork.
As one of the tribes of Israel.
An adder in the path,
That biteth the horse's heels,
So that his rider falleth backward.
49:19Gad, a troop shall press upon him;
But he shall press upon their heel.
And he shall yield royal dainties.
49:21Naphtali is a hind let loose:
He giveth goodly words.
49:22Joseph is a fruitful bough,
A fruitful bough by a fountain;
His branches run over the wall.
49:23The archers have sorely grieved him,
And shot at him, and persecute him:
49:24But his bow abode in strength,
And the arms of his hands were made strong,
By the hands of the Mighty One of Jacob,
With blessings of heaven above,
Blessings of the deep that coucheth beneath,
Blessings of the breasts, and of the womb.
49:26The blessings of thy father
Have prevailed above the blessings of my progenitors
Unto the utmost bound of the everlasting hills:
49:27Benjamin is a wolf that raveneth:
In the morning she shall devour the prey,
And at even he shall divide the spoil.
49:28All 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. 49:29And he charged them, and said unto them, I am to be gathered unto my people: bury me with my fathers in the cave that is in the field of Ephron the Hittite, 49:30in the cave that is in the field of Machpelah, which is before Mamre, in the land of Canaan, which Abraham bought with the field from Ephron the Hittite for a possession of a burying-place. 49:31there they buried Abraham and Sarah his wife; there they buried Isaac and Rebekah his wife; and there I buried Leah: 49:32the field and the cave that is therein, which was purchased from the children of Heth. 49:33And when Jacob made an end of charging his sons, he gathered up his feet into the bed, and yielded up the ghost, and was gathered unto his people.