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Genesis 49 :: Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB)

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Jacob’s Last Words

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Then Jacob called his sons and said, “Gather around, and I will tell you what will happen to you in the days to come.[fn]

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Come together and listen, sons of Jacob;

listen to your father Israel:

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Reuben, you are my firstborn,

my strength and the firstfruits of my virility,

excelling in prominence, excelling in power.

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Turbulent as water, you will no longer excel,

because you got into your father’s bed

and you defiled it — he[fn] got into my bed.

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Simeon and Levi are brothers;

their knives are vicious weapons.

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May I never enter their council;

may I never join their assembly.

For in their anger they kill men,

and on a whim they hamstring oxen.

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Their anger is cursed, for it is strong,

and their fury, for it is cruel!

I will disperse them throughout Jacob

and scatter them throughout Israel.

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Judah, your brothers will praise you.

Your hand will be on the necks of your enemies;

your father’s sons will bow down to you.

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Judah is a young lion —

my son, you return from the kill.

He crouches; he lies down like a lion

or a lioness — who dares to rouse him?

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The scepter will not depart from Judah

or the staff from between his feet

until He whose right it is comes[fn]

and the obedience of the peoples belongs to Him.

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He ties his donkey to a vine,

and the colt of his donkey to the choice vine.

He washes his clothes in wine

and his robes in the blood of grapes.

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His eyes are darker than wine,

and his teeth are whiter than milk.

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Zebulun will live by the seashore

and will be a harbor for ships,

and his territory will be next to Sidon.

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Issachar is a strong donkey

lying down between the saddlebags.[fn]

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He saw that his resting place was good

and that the land was pleasant,

so he leaned his shoulder to bear a load

and became a forced laborer.

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Dan will judge his people

as one of the tribes of Israel.

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He will be a snake by the road,

a viper beside the path,

that bites the horses’ heels

so that its rider falls backward.

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I wait for Your salvation, LORD.

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Gad will be attacked by raiders,

but he will attack their heels.

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Asher’s[fn] food will be rich,

and he will produce royal delicacies.

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Naphtali is a doe set free

that bears beautiful fawns.

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Joseph is a fruitful vine,

a fruitful vine beside a spring;

its branches[fn] climb over the wall.[fn]

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The archers attacked him,

shot at him, and were hostile toward him.

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Yet his bow remained steady,

and his strong[fn] arms were made agile

by the hands of the Mighty One of Jacob,

by the name of[fn] the Shepherd, the Rock of Israel,

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by the God of your father who helps you,

and by the Almighty who blesses you

with blessings of the heavens above,

blessings of the deep that lies below,

and blessings of the breasts and the womb.

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The blessings of your father excel

the blessings of my ancestors[fn]

and[fn] the bounty of the eternal hills.[fn]

May they rest on the head of  Joseph,

on the crown of the prince of his brothers.

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Benjamin is a wolf; he tears his prey.

In the morning he devours the prey,

and in the evening he divides the plunder.”

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These are the tribes of Israel, 12 in all, and this was what their father said to them. He blessed them, and he blessed each one with a suitable blessing.

  
Jacob’s Burial Instructions

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Then he commanded them: “I am about to be gathered to my people. Bury me with my fathers in the cave in the field of Ephron the Hittite.

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The cave is in the field of Machpelah near Mamre, in the land of Canaan. This is the field Abraham purchased from Ephron the Hittite as a burial site.

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Abraham and his wife Sarah are buried there, Isaac and his wife Rebekah are buried there, and I buried Leah there.

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The field and the cave in it were purchased from the Hittites.”

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When Jacob had finished instructing his sons, he drew his feet into the bed and died. He was gathered to his people.

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Or in the last days
LXX, Syr, Tg read you
Or until tribute comes to him, or until Shiloh comes, or until He comes to Shiloh
Or sheepfolds
LXX, Syr, Vg; MT reads their heel. [20 ]From Asher
Lit daughters
Hb obscure
Lit and the hands of his
Syr, Tg; MT reads Jacob, from there
Or of the mountains
Lit to
Hb obscure

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