And Jacob called unto his sons, and said:
gather yourselves together, that I may tell you that which shall befall you in
the latter days.
Assemble yourselves, and hear, ye sons of
Jacob; And hearken unto Israel your father.
Reuben, thou art my first-born, my might,
and the beginning of my strength; The pre-eminence (excelling)
of dignity, and the
Boiling over as water, thou shalt not have
the pre-eminence (not excel); Because thou wentest up to thy father's bed; Then defiledst
thou it: he went up to my couch.
Simeon and Levi are brethren; Weapons of
violence are their swords.
O my soul, come not thou into their council;
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.
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.
Judah, thee shall thy brethren praise: Thy
hand shall be on the neck of thine enemies; Thy father's sons shall bow down
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 a
lioness; who shall rouse him up?
The 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.
Binding his foal unto the vine, And his
ass's colt unto the choice vine; He hath washed 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.
Zebulun shall dwell at the haven of the
sea; And he shall be for a haven of ships; And his border shall be upon Sidon.
Issachar is a strong ass, Couching down
between the sheepfolds:
And 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.
Dan shall judge his people, As one of the
tribes of Israel.
Dan shall be a serpent in the way, An adder
in the path, That biteth the horse's heels, So that his rider falleth
I have waited for thy salvation, O Jehovah.
Gad, a troop shall press upon him; But he
shall press upon their heel.
Out of the Asher his bread shall be fat,
And he shall yield royal dainties.
Naphtali is a hind let loose: He giveth
Joseph is a fruitful bough, A fruitful
bough by a fountain; His branches run over the wall.
The archers have sorely grieved him, And
shot at him, and persecute him:
But his bow abode in strength, And the arms
of his hands were made strong, By the hands of the Mighty One of Jacob, (From
thence is the shepherd, the stone of Israel),
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 coucheth beneath, Blessings of the breasts,
and of the womb.
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.
Benjamin is a wolf that raveneth: In the
morning she shall devour the prey, And at even he shall divide the spoil.
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.
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,
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 from Ephron the Hittite for a possession of 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 therein,
which was purchased from the children of Heth.
And 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.