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listen to your father Israel:
3 Reuben, you are my firstborn,t
my strength and the firstfruits of my virility,u
excelling in prominence, excelling in power.
because you got into your father’s bedv
and you defiled it—heG got into my bed.
their knives are vicious weapons.a
may I never join their assembly.
For in their anger they kill men,
and on a whim they hamstring oxen.
and their fury, for it is cruel!
I will disperse them throughout Jacob
and scatter them throughout Israel.b
8 Judah, your brothers will praise you.c
Your hand will be on the necks of your enemies;
your father’s sons will bow down to you.d
9 Judah is a young lione—
my son, you return from the kill.
He crouches; he lies down like a lion
or a lioness—who dares to rouse him?
or the staff from between his feet
and the obedience of the peoples belongs to him.g
and the colt of his donkey to the choice vine.
He washes his clothes in wine
and his robes in the blood of grapes.
and his teeth are whiter than milk.
and will be a harbor for ships,
and his territory will be next to Sidon.h
lying down between the saddlebags.B
and that the land was pleasant,
so he leaned his shoulder to bear a load
and became a forced laborer.i
16 Dan will judge his peoplej
as one of the tribes of Israel.
a viper beside the path,
that bites the horse’s heels
so that its rider falls backward.
but he will attack their heels.k
20 Asher’s* food will be rich,
and he will produce royal delicacies.l
that bears beautiful fawns.m
a fruitful vine beside a spring;
shot at him, and were hostile toward him.
and his strong arms were made agile
by the hands of the Mighty One of Jacob,n
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.
the blessings of my ancestorsG
May they rest on the head of Joseph,
on the brow of the prince of his brothers.
In the morning he devours the prey,
and in the evening he divides the plunder.”r
29 Then he commanded them, “I am about to be gathered to my people.a Bury me with my ancestorsb in the cave in the field of Ephron the Hethite.c 30 The cave is in the field of Machpelah near Mamre, in the land of Canaan. This is the field Abraham purchased from Ephron the Hethite as burial property.d 31 Abraham and his wife Sarah are buried there,e Isaac and his wife Rebekah are buried there,f and I buried Leah there.g 32 The field and the cave in it were purchased from the Hethites.” 33 When Jacob had finished giving charges to his sons, he drew his feet into the bed, took his last breath, and was gathered to his people.
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