49 Then Jacob sent for his sons. He said, “Gather around me so I can tell you what will happen to you in days to come.
Listen to your father Israel.
You were my first child. You were the first sign of my strength.
You were first in honor. You were first in power.
You had sex with your father’s concubine in his bed.
You lay on his couch and made it ‘unclean.’
Their swords have killed a lot of people.
I won’t have anything to do with them.
They became angry and killed people.
They cut the legs of oxen just for the fun of it.
because of their terrible anger.
I will scatter them in Jacob’s land.
I will spread them around in Israel.
Your enemies will be brought under your control.
Your father’s sons will bow down to you.
You return from hunting, my son.
Like a lion, you lie down and sleep.
You are like a mother lion. Who dares to wake you up?
The ruler’s rod will not be taken from between his feet.
It will be his until the king it belongs to comes.
It will be his until the nations obey him.
He will tie his colt to the very best branch.
He will wash his clothes in wine.
He will wash his robes in the red juice of grapes.
His teeth will be whiter than milk.
He will become a safe harbor for ships.
His border will go out toward Sidon.
lying down between two saddlebags.
He sees that his land is pleasant.
So he’ll carry a heavy load on his back.
He will obey when he’s forced to work.
He will do it as one of the tribes of Israel.
He will be a poisonous snake along the path.
It bites the horse’s heels
so that the rider falls off backward.
But he’ll attack them as they run away.
He will provide food that even a king would enjoy.
and gives birth to beautiful fawns.
It grows close by a spring.
Its branches climb over a wall.
They shot at him because they were angry.
His strong arms moved freely.
The hand of the Mighty One of Jacob was with him.
The Shepherd, the Rock of Israel, stood by him.
The Mighty One blesses you.
He gives you blessings from the highest heavens.
He gives you blessings from the deepest oceans.
He blesses you with children and with a mother’s milk.
They are greater than the blessings from the age-old mountains.
They are greater than the gifts from the ancient hills.
Let all of those blessings rest on the head of Joseph.
Let them rest on the head of the one who is prince among his brothers.
In the morning he eats what he has killed.
In the evening he shares what he has stolen.”
29Then Jacob gave directions to his sons. He said, “I’m about to join the members of my family who have already died. Bury me with them in the cave in the field of Ephron the Hittite.
30“The cave is in the field of Machpelah near Mamre in Canaan. Abraham had bought it as a place where he could bury his wife’s body. He had bought the cave from Ephron the Hittite, along with the field.
31“The bodies of Abraham and his wife Sarah were buried there. So were the bodies of Isaac and his wife Rebekah. I also buried Leah’s body there. 32Abraham bought the field and the cave from the Hittites.”