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Book of Genesis  Chapter 49

Blessing of Jacob

GENESIS 49:1  And Jacob called unto his sons, and said, Gather yourselves together,  that I may tell you that which shall befall you in the last days.

GENESIS 49:2  Gather yourselves together, and hear, ye sons of Jacob; and hearken  unto Israel your father.

GENESIS 49:3  Reuben, thou art my firstborn, my might, and the beginning of my  strength, the excellency of dignity, and the excellency of power:

GENESIS 49:4  Unstable as water, thou shalt not excel; because thou wentest up to  thy father's bed; then defiledst thou it: he went up to my couch.

GENESIS 49:5  Simeon and Levi are brethren; instruments of cruelty are in their  habitations.

GENESIS 49:6  O my soul, come not thou into their secret; unto their assembly, mine  honour, be not thou united: for in their anger they slew a man, and in their  selfwill they digged down a wall.

GENESIS 49:7  Cursed 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.

GENESIS 49:8  Judah, thou art he whom thy brethren shall praise: thy hand shall be  in the neck of thine enemies; thy father's children shall bow down before  thee.

GENESIS 49:9  Judah is a lion's whelp: from the prey, my son, thou art gone up: he  stooped down, he couched as a lion, and as an old lion; who shall rouse him  up?

GENESIS 49:10  The sceptre shall not depart from Judah, nor a lawgiver from between  his feet, until Shiloh come; and unto him shall the gathering of the people  be.

GENESIS 49:11  Binding his foal unto the vine, and his ass's colt unto the choice  vine; he washed his garments in wine, and his clothes in the blood of grapes:

GENESIS 49:12  His eyes shall be red with wine, and his teeth white with milk.

GENESIS 49:13  Zebulun shall dwell at the haven of the sea; and he shall be for an  haven of ships; and his border shall be unto Zidon.

GENESIS 49:14  Issachar is a strong ass couching down between two burdens:

GENESIS 49:15  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.

GENESIS 49:16  Dan shall judge his people, as one of the tribes of Israel.

GENESIS 49:17  Dan shall be a serpent by the way, an adder in the path, that biteth  the horse heels, so that his rider shall fall backward.

GENESIS 49:18  I have waited for thy salvation, O LORD.

GENESIS 49:19  Gad, a troop shall overcome him: but he shall overcome at the last.

GENESIS 49:20  Out of Asher his bread shall be fat, and he shall yield royal  dainties.

GENESIS 49:21  Naphtali is a hind let loose: he giveth goodly words.

GENESIS 49:22  Joseph is a fruitful bough, even a fruitful bough by a well; whose  branches run over the wall:

GENESIS 49:23  The archers have sorely grieved him, and shot at him, and hated him:

GENESIS 49:24  But his bow abode in strength, and the arms of his hands were made  strong by the hands of the mighty God of Jacob; (from thence is the  shepherd, the stone of Israel:)

GENESIS 49:25  Even by the God of thy father, who shall help thee; and by the  Almighty, who shall bless thee with blessings of heaven above, blessings  of the deep that lieth under, blessings of the breasts, and of the womb:

GENESIS 49:26  The blessings of thy father have prevailed above the blessings of my  progenitors unto the utmost bound of the everlasting hills: they shall be on  the head of Joseph, and on the crown of the head of him that was separate  from his brethren.

GENESIS 49:27  Benjamin shall ravin as a wolf: in the morning he shall devour the  prey, and at night he shall divide the spoil.

GENESIS 49:28  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.

GENESIS 49:29  And 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,

GENESIS 49:30  In the cave that is in the field of Machpelah, which is before  Mamre, in the land of Canaan, which Abraham bought with the field of Ephron  the Hittite for a possession of a buryingplace.

GENESIS 49:31  There they buried Abraham and Sarah his wife; there they buried  Isaac and Rebekah his wife; and there I buried Leah.

GENESIS 49:32  The purchase of the field and of the cave that is therein was from  the children of Heth.

GENESIS 49:33  And when Jacob had made an end of commanding his sons, he gathered  up his feet into the bed, and yielded up the ghost, and was gathered unto his  people.

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