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Genesis 49

1 - Jacob called to his sons, and said: "Gather yourselves together, that I may tell you that which will happen to you in the days to come.
2 - Assemble yourselves, and hear, you sons of Jacob.Listen to Israel, your father.
3 - "Reuben, you are my firstborn, my might, and the beginning of my strength;excelling in dignity, and excelling in power.
4 - Boiling over like water, you shall not excel;because you went up to your father's bed,then defiled it. He went up to my couch.
5 - "Simeon and Levi are brothers.Their swords are weapons of violence.
6 - My soul, don't come into their council.My glory, don't be united to their assembly;for in their anger they killed men.In their self-will they hamstrung cattle.
7 - 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.
8 - "Judah, your brothers will praise you.Your hand will be on the neck of your enemies.Your father's sons will bow down before you.
9 - Judah is a lion's cub.From the prey, my son, you have gone up.He stooped down, he crouched as a lion,as a lioness.Who will rouse him up?

Judah is a lion's cub.From the prey, my son, you have gone up.He stooped down, he crouched as a lion,as a lioness.Who will rouse him up?

10 - The scepter will not depart from Judah,nor the ruler's staff from between his feet,until he comes to whom it belongs.To him will the obedience of the peoples be.
11 - Binding his foal to the vine,his donkey's colt to the choice vine;he has washed his garments in wine,his robes in the blood of grapes.
12 - His eyes will be red with wine,his teeth white with milk.
13 - "Zebulun will dwell at the haven of the sea.He will be for a haven of ships.His border will be on Sidon.
14 - "Issachar is a strong donkey,lying down between the saddlebags.
15 - He saw a resting place, that it was good,the land, that it was pleasant.He bows his shoulder to the burden,and becomes a servant doing forced labor.
16 - "Dan will judge his people,as one of the tribes of Israel.
17 - Dan will be a serpent on the trail,an adder in the path,That bites the horse's heels,so that his rider falls backward.
18 - I have waited for your salvation, The LORD.
19 - "A troop will press on Gad,but he will press on their heel.
20 - "Asher's food will be rich.He will produce royal dainties.
21 - "Naphtali is a doe set free,who bears beautiful fawns.
22 - "Joseph is a fruitful vine,a fruitful vine by a spring.His branches run over the wall.
23 - The archers have severely grieved him,shot at him, and persecute him:
24 - But his bow remained strong.The arms of his hands were made strong,by the hands of the Mighty One of Jacob,(from there is the shepherd, the stone of Israel),
25 - even by the God of your father, who will help you;by the Almighty, who will bless you,with blessings of heaven above,blessings of the deep that lies below,blessings of the breasts, and of the womb.
26 - The blessings of your father have prevailed above the blessings of your ancestors,above the boundaries of the ancient hills.They will be on the head of Joseph,on the crown of the head of him who is separated from his brothers.
27 - "Benjamin is a ravenous wolf.In the morning he will devour the prey.At evening he will divide the plunder."
28 - All these are the twelve tribes of Israel, and this is what their father spoke to them and blessed them. He blessed everyone according to his blessing.
29 - He instructed them, and said to them, "I am to be gathered to my people. Bury me with my fathers in the cave that is in the field of Ephron the Hittite,
30 - 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 as a burial place.
31 - There they buried Abraham and Sarah, his wife. There they buried Isaac and Rebekah, his wife, and there I buried Leah:
32 - the field and the cave that is therein, which was purchased from the children of Heth."
33 - When Jacob finished charging his sons, he gathered up his feet into the bed, and yielded up the spirit, and was gathered to his people.
Genesis 49 Images and Notes

Brief Summary: Jacob blesses his sons and their descendants, Reuben, Simeon, and Levi are rebuked, Judah shall be the kingly tribe until Shiloh (Messiah) comes, Jacob gives command to be buried with his fathers in the land of Canaan, Jacob dies and is gathered unto his people.

1 Jacob calls his sons before him
3 Jacob foretells what will befall them in the last days
10 The Messiah King will descend from Judah
20 Jacob's charge concerning his burial
33 Jacob's death

Map of the Cave of Machpelah
Map of The Mountains of Moriah During the Time of Abraham
The Mountains of Moriah During the Time of Abraham

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Ancient Customs
The sceptre
death and burial
Thy hand shall be in the neck of thine enemies
His teeth white with milk

Ancient Topics
Each of the Twelve Sons
the shepherd
the stone of Israel
the Almighty
blessings of the breasts
twelve tribes of Israel
gathered unto my people
cave in the field of Ephron the Hittite
Jacob yielded up the Ghost

Ancient People
Jacob, Joseph, Ephriam, Manasseh, Twelve Sons
Ephron the Hittite
Children of Heth
Abraham, Sarah, Isaac, Rebekah, Leah

The Land of Canaan
the field of Machpelah

The Old Testament

The Old Testament

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