Genesis 48

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The First Book of Moses, called Genesis

Chapter 49

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And Jacob called4 unto his sons, and said,4 Gather10 yourselves together, that I may tell55 you [that] which shall befall4 you in the last days.

2

Gather yourselves together,10 and hear,3 ye sons of Jacob; and hearken3 unto Israel your father.

3

Reuben, thou [art] my firstborn, my might, and the beginning of my strength, the excellency of dignity, and the excellency of power:

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Unstable as water, thou shalt not excel;55 because thou wentest up1 to thy father's bed; then defiledst thou14 [it]: he went up1 to my couch.

5

Simeon and Levi [are] brethren; instruments of cruelty [are in] their habitations.

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O my soul, come4 not thou into their secret; unto their assembly, mine honour, be not thou united:4 for in their anger they slew1 a man, and in their selfwill they digged down14 a wall.

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Cursed7 [be] their anger, for [it was] fierce; and their wrath, for it was cruel:1 I will divide17 them in Jacob, and scatter55 them in Israel.

8

Judah, thou [art he] whom thy brethren shall praise:55 thy hand [shall be] in the neck of thine enemies;6 thy father's children shall bow down101 before thee.

9

Judah [is] a lion's whelp: from the prey, my son, thou art gone up:1 he stooped down,1 he couched1 as a lion, and as an old lion; who shall rouse him up?55

10

The sceptre shall not depart4 from Judah, nor a lawgiver26 from between his feet, until Shiloh come;4 and unto him [shall] the gathering of the people [be].

11

Binding6 his foal unto the vine, and his ass's colt unto the choice vine; he washed14 his garments in wine, and his clothes in the blood of grapes:

12

His eyes [shall be] red with wine, and his teeth white with milk.

13

Zebulun shall dwell4 at the haven of the sea; and he [shall be] for an haven of ships; and his border [shall be] unto Zidon.

14

Issachar [is] a strong ass couching down6 between two burdens:

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And he saw4 that rest [was] good, and the land that [it was] pleasant;1 and bowed4 his shoulder to bear,2 and became a servant6 unto tribute.

16

Dan shall judge4 his people, as one of the tribes of Israel.

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Dan shall be a serpent by the way, an adder in the path, that biteth6 the horse heels, so that his rider6 shall fall4 backward.

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I have waited14 for thy salvation, O LORD.

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Gad, a troop shall overcome4 him: but he shall overcome4 at the last.

20

Out of Asher his bread [shall be] fat, and he shall yield4 royal dainties.

21

Naphtali [is] a hind let loose:7 he giveth6 goodly words.

22

Joseph [is] a fruitful6 bough, [even] a fruitful6 bough by a well; [whose] branches run over1 the wall:

23

The archers 2671 have sorely grieved17 him, and shot1 [at him], and hated4 him:

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But his bow abode4 in strength, and the arms of his hands were made strong4 by the hands of the mighty [God] of Jacob; (from thence [is] the shepherd,6 the stone of Israel:)

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[Even] by the God of thy father, who shall help4 thee; and by the Almighty, who shall bless17 thee with blessings of heaven above, blessings of the deep that lieth6 under, blessings of the breasts, and of the womb:

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The blessings of thy father have prevailed1 above the blessings of my progenitors6 unto the utmost bound of the everlasting hills: they shall be on the head of Joseph, and on the crown of the head of him that was separate from his brethren.

27

Benjamin shall ravin4 [as] a wolf: in the morning he shall devour4 the prey, and at night he shall divide17 the spoil.

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All these [are] the twelve 8147 tribes of Israel: and this [is it] that their father spake14 unto them, and blessed17 them; every one according to his blessing he blessed14 them.

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And he charged17 them, and said4 unto them, I am to be gathered12 unto my people: bury3 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 bought1 with the field of Ephron the Hittite for a possession of a buryingplace.

31

There they buried1 Abraham and Sarah his wife; there they buried1 Isaac and Rebekah his wife; and there I buried1 Leah.

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The purchase of the field and of the cave that [is] therein [was] from the children of Heth.

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And when Jacob had made an end17 of commanding15 his sons, he gathered4 up his feet into the bed, and yielded up the ghost,4 and was gathered11 unto his people.

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