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Genesis 49 :: New American Standard Bible 1995 (NASB95)

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Israel's Prophecy concerning His Sons

Unchecked Copy BoxGen 49:1 - Then Jacob summoned his sons and said, “Assemble yourselves that I may tell you what will befall you in the [fn]days to come.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 49:2 - “Gather together and hear, O sons of Jacob;
And listen to Israel your father.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 49:3 - “Reuben, you are my firstborn;
My might and the beginning of my strength,
[fn]Preeminent in dignity and [fn]preeminent in power.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 49:4 - [fn]Uncontrolled as water, you shall not have preeminence,
Because you went up to your father’s bed;
Then you defiled it—he went up to my couch.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 49:5 - “Simeon and Levi are brothers;
Their swords are implements of violence.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 49:6 - “Let my soul not enter into their council;
Let not my glory be united with their assembly;
Because in their anger they slew [fn]men,
And in their self-will they lamed [fn]oxen.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 49:7 - “Cursed be their anger, for it is fierce;
And their wrath, for it is cruel.
I will [fn]disperse them in Jacob,
And scatter them in Israel.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 49:8 - “Judah, your brothers shall praise you;
Your hand shall be on the neck of your enemies;
Your father’s sons shall bow down to you.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 49:9 - “Judah is a lion’s whelp;
From the prey, my son, you have gone up.
He [fn]couches, he lies down as a lion,
And as a [fn]lion, who [fn]dares rouse him up?
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 49:10 - “The scepter shall not depart from Judah,
Nor the ruler’s staff from between his feet,
[fn]Until Shiloh comes,
And to him shall be the obedience of the peoples.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 49:11 - [fn]He ties his foal to the vine,
And his donkey’s colt to the choice vine;
He washes his garments in wine,
And his robes in the blood of grapes.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 49:12 - “His eyes are [fn]dull from wine,
And his teeth [fn]white from milk.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 49:13 - “Zebulun will dwell at the seashore;
And he shall be [fn]a haven for ships,
And his flank shall be toward Sidon.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 49:14 - “Issachar is [fn]a strong donkey,
Lying down between the [fn]sheepfolds.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 49:15 - “When he saw that a resting place was good
And that the land was pleasant,
He bowed his shoulder to bear burdens,
And became a slave at forced labor.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 49:16 - “Dan shall judge his people,
As one of the tribes of Israel.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 49:17 - “Dan shall be a serpent in the way,
A horned snake in the path,
That bites the horse’s heels,
So that his rider falls backward.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 49:18 - “For Your salvation I wait, O LORD.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 49:19 - “As for Gad, [fn]raiders shall raid him,
But he will raid at their [fn]heels.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 49:20 - [fn]As for Asher, his [fn]food shall be [fn]rich,
And he will yield royal dainties.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 49:21 - “Naphtali is a doe let loose,
He gives beautiful words.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 49:22 - “Joseph is a fruitful [fn]bough,
A fruitful [fn]bough by a spring;
Its [fn]branches run over a wall.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 49:23 - “The archers bitterly attacked him,
And shot at him and harassed him;
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 49:24 - But his bow remained [fn]firm,
And [fn]his arms were agile,
From the hands of the Mighty One of Jacob
(From there is the Shepherd, the Stone of Israel),
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 49:25 - From the God of your father who helps you,
And [fn]by the [fn]Almighty who blesses you
With blessings of heaven above,
Blessings of the deep that lies beneath,
Blessings of the breasts and of the womb.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 49:26 - “The blessings of your father
Have surpassed the blessings of my ancestors
Up to the [fn]utmost bound of the everlasting hills;
May they be on the head of Joseph,
And on the crown of the head of the one distinguished among his brothers.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 49:27 - “Benjamin is a [fn]ravenous wolf;
In the morning he devours the prey,
And in the evening he divides the spoil.”
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 49:28 - All these are the twelve tribes of Israel, and this is what their father said to them [fn]when he blessed them. He blessed them, every one [fn]with the blessing appropriate to him.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 49:29 - Then he charged them and said to them, “I am about to be gathered to my people; bury me with my fathers in the cave that is in the field of Ephron the Hittite,
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 49:30 - in the cave that is in the field of Machpelah, which is before Mamre, in the land of Canaan, which Abraham bought along with the field from Ephron the Hittite for a [fn]burial site.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 49:31 - “There they buried Abraham and his wife Sarah, there they buried Isaac and his wife Rebekah, and there I buried Leah
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 49:32 - the field and the cave that is in it, purchased from the sons of Heth.”
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 49:33 - When Jacob finished charging his sons, he drew his feet into the bed and breathed his last, and was gathered to his people.
NASB95 Footnotes
Literally: end of the days
Literally: preeminence
Or, Boiling over; lit Recklessness
Literally: a man
Literally: an ox
Literally: divide
Literally: bows down
Or, lioness
Literally: shall
Or, Until he comes to Shiloh; or Until he comes to whom it belongs
Literally: Binding of
Or, darker than
Or, whiter than
Literally: for a shore of ships
Literally: a donkey of bone
Or, saddlebags
Literally: a raiding band
Literally: heel
Literally: From
Or, bread
Literally: fat
Literally: son
Literally: daughters
I.e. in an unyielding position
Literally: the arms of his hands
Or, with
Hebrew: Shaddai
Literally: limit; or desire
Literally: a wolf that tears
Literally: and
Literally: according to his blessing
Literally: possession of a burial place

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