|Then Jacob called his sons, and said, "Gather yourselves together, that I may tell you what shall befall you in days to come.||Jacob's last words. Gn.49.1-28|
|Assemble and hear, O sons of Jacob, |
and hearken to Israel your father.
|Reuben, you are my first-born, |
my might, and the first fruits of my strength,
pre-eminent in pride and pre-eminent in power.
|Unstable as water, you shall not have pre-eminence |
because you went up to your father's bed;
then you defiled it - you went up to my couch!
|Simeon and Levi are brothers; |
weapons of violence are their swords.
|O my soul, come not into their council; |
O my spirit, be not joined to their company;
for in their anger they slay men,
and in their wantonness they hamstring oxen.
|Cursed be their anger, for it is fierce; |
and their wrath, for it is cruel!
I will divide them in Jacob
and scatter them in Israel.
|Judah, your brothers shall praise you; |
your hand shall be on the neck of your enemies;
your father's sons shall bow down before you.
|Judah is a lion's whelp; |
from the prey, my son, you have gone up.
He stooped down, he couched as a lion,
and as a lioness; who dares rouse him up?
|The scepter shall not depart from Judah, |
nor the ruler's staff from between his feet,
until he comes to whom it belongs;
and to him shall be the obedience of the peoples.
|Binding his foal to the vine |
and his ass's colt to the choice vine,
he washes his garments in wine
and his vesture in the blood of grapes;
|his eyes shall be red with wine, |
and his teeth white with milk.
|Zeb'ulun shall dwell at the shore of the sea; |
he shall become a haven for ships,
and his border shall be at Sidon.
|Is'sachar is a strong ass, |
crouching between the sheepfolds;
|he saw that a resting place was good, |
and that the land was pleasant;
so he bowed his shoulder to bear,
and became a slave at forced labor.
|Dan shall judge his people |
as one of the tribes of Israel.
|Dan shall be a serpent in the way, |
a viper by the path,
that bites the horse's heels
so that his rider falls backward.
|I wait for thy salvation, O LORD.|
|Raiders shall raid Gad, |
but he shall raid at their heels.
|Asher's food shall be rich, |
and he shall yield royal dainties.
|Naph'tali is a hind let loose, |
that bears comely fawns.
|Joseph is a fruitful bough, |
a fruitful bough by a spring;
his branches run over the wall.
|The archers fiercely attacked him, |
shot at him, and harassed him sorely;
|yet his bow remained unmoved, |
his arms were made agile
by the hands of the Mighty One of Jacob
(by the name of the Shepherd, the Rock of Israel),
|by the God of your father who will help you, |
by God Almighty who will bless you
with blessings of heaven above,
blessings of the deep that couches beneath,
blessings of the breasts and of the womb.
|The blessings of your father |
are mighty beyond the blessings of the eternal mountains,
the bounties of the everlasting hills;
may they be on the head of Joseph,
and on the brow of him who was separate from his brothers.
|Benjamin is a ravenous wolf, |
in the morning devouring the prey,
and at even dividing the spoil."
|All these are the twelve tribes of Israel; and this is what their father said to them as he blessed them, blessing each with the blessing suitable to him.|
|Then he charged them, and said to them, "I am to be gathered to my people; bury me with my fathers in the cave that is in the field of Ephron the Hittite,||Jacob's death, embalming, burial at Machpelah. Gn.49.29-50.14|
|in the cave that is in the field at Mach-pe'lah, to the east of Mamre, in the land of Canaan, which Abraham bought with the field from Ephron the Hittite to possess as a burying place.|
|There they buried Abraham and Sarah his wife; there they buried Isaac and Rebekah his wife; and there I buried Leah -|
|the field and the cave that is in it were purchased from the Hittites."|
|When Jacob finished charging his sons, he drew up his feet into the bed, and breathed his last, and was gathered to his people.|
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