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49 Then Jacob called for his sons and said: “Gather around so I can tell you what will happen to you in days to come.v
2 “Assemblew and listen, sons of Jacob;
listen to your father Israel.x
3 “Reuben, you are my firstborn,y
my might, the first sign of my strength,z
excelling in honor,a excelling in power.
4 Turbulent as the waters,b you will no longer excel,
for you went up onto your father’s bed,
onto my couch and defiled it.c
let me not join their assembly,g
for they have killed men in their angerh
and hamstrungi oxen as they pleased.
I will scatter them in Jacob
and disperse them in Israel.l
your hand will be on the neckn of your enemies;
your father’s sons will bow down to you.o
you return from the prey,s my son.
Like a lion he crouches and lies down,
like a lioness—who dares to rouse him?
10 The scepter will not depart from Judah,t
nor the ruler’s staff from between his feet,c
and the obedience of the nations shall be his.v
11 He will tether his donkeyw to a vine,
his colt to the choicest branch;x
he will wash his garments in wine,
his robes in the blood of grapes.y
13 “Zebuluna will live by the seashore
and become a haven for ships;
his border will extend toward Sidon.b
and how pleasant is his land,e
he will bend his shoulder to the burdenf
and submit to forced labor.g
as one of the tribes of Israel.i
17 Danj will be a snake by the roadside,
a viper along the path,k
that bites the horse’s heelsl
so that its rider tumbles backward.
but he will attack them at their heels.p
he will provide delicacies fit for a king.s
21 “Naphtalit is a doe set free
a fruitful vine near a spring,
23 With bitterness archers attacked him;y
they shot at him with hostility.z
24 But his bow remained steady,a
because of the hand of the Mighty One of Jacob,c
with blessings of the skies above,
blessings of the deep springs below,i
than the blessings of the ancient mountains,
Let all these rest on the head of Joseph,m
in the morning he devours the prey,q
in the evening he divides the plunder.”r
29 Then he gave them these instructions:u “I am about to be gathered to my people.v Bury me with my fathersw in the cave in the field of Ephron the Hittite,x 30 the cave in the field of Machpelah,y near Mamrez in Canaan, which Abraham bought along with the fielda as a burial placeb from Ephron the Hittite. 31 There Abrahamc and his wife Sarahd were buried, there Isaac and his wife Rebekahe were buried, and there I buried Leah.f 32 The field and the cave in it were bought from the Hittites.p g”
33 When Jacob had finished giving instructions to his sons, he drew his feet up into the bed, breathed his last and was gathered to his people.h
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