And listen to Israel your father.
3 “Reuben, you are cmy firstborn,
My might and the beginning of my strength,
The excellency of dignity and the excellency of power.
Because you dwent up to your father’s bed;
Then you defiled it—
He went up to my couch.
Instruments of 1cruelty are in their dwelling place.
6 eLet not my soul enter their council;
Let not my honor be united fto their assembly;
gFor in their anger they slew a man,
And in their self-will they 2hamstrung an ox.
And their wrath, for it is cruel!
hI will divide them in Jacob
And scatter them in Israel.
8 “Judah, iyou are he whom your brothers shall praise;
jYour hand shall be on the neck of your enemies;
kYour father’s children shall bow down before you.
9 Judah is la lion’s whelp;
From the prey, my son, you have gone up.
And as a lion, who shall rouse him?
Nor oa lawgiver from between his feet,
pUntil Shiloh comes;
qAnd to Him shall be the obedience of the people.
And his donkey’s colt to the choice vine,
He washed his garments in wine,
And his clothes in the blood of grapes.
And his teeth whiter than milk.
13 “Zebulun rshall dwell by the haven of the sea;
He shall become a haven for ships,
And his border shall sadjoin Sidon.
14 “Issachar tis a strong donkey,
Lying down between two burdens;
And that the land was pleasant;
He bowed uhis shoulder to bear a burden,
And became a band of slaves.
16 “Dan vshall judge his people
As one of the tribes of Israel.
17 wDan shall be a serpent by the way,
A viper by the path,
That bites the horse’s heels
So that its rider shall fall backward.
18 xI have waited for your salvation, O Lord!
But he shall 6triumph at last.
20 “Bread from zAsher shall be rich,
And he shall yield royal dainties.
21 “Naphtali ais a deer let loose;
He uses beautiful words.
A fruitful bough by a well;
His branches run over the wall.
23 The archers have bbitterly grieved him,
Shot at him and hated him.
24 But his cbow remained in strength,
And the arms of his hands were 7made strong
By the hands of dthe Mighty God of Jacob
25 hBy the God of your father who will help you,
With blessings of heaven above,
Blessings of the deep that lies beneath,
Blessings of the breasts and of the womb.
Have excelled the blessings of my ancestors,
kUp to the utmost bound of the everlasting hills.
lThey shall be on the head of Joseph,
And on the crown of the head of him who was separate from his brothers.
27 “Benjamin is a mravenous wolf;
In the morning he shall devour the prey,
nAnd at night he shall divide the spoil.”
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