28 All these are the twelve tribes of Israel,(A) and this is what their father said to them when he blessed them, giving each the blessing(B) appropriate to him.

The Death of Jacob

29 Then he gave them these instructions:(C) “I am about to be gathered to my people.(D) Bury me with my fathers(E) in the cave in the field of Ephron the Hittite,(F) 30 the cave in the field of Machpelah,(G) near Mamre(H) in Canaan, which Abraham bought along with the field(I) as a burial place(J) from Ephron the Hittite. 31 There Abraham(K) and his wife Sarah(L) were buried, there Isaac and his wife Rebekah(M) were buried, and there I buried Leah.(N) 32 The field and the cave in it were bought from the Hittites.[a](O)

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.(P)

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  1. Genesis 49:32 Or the descendants of Heth

May he give you and your descendants the blessing given to Abraham,(A) so that you may take possession of the land(B) where you now reside as a foreigner,(C) the land God gave to Abraham.”

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13 There above it[a] stood the Lord,(A) and he said: “I am the Lord, the God of your father Abraham and the God of Isaac.(B) I will give you and your descendants the land(C) on which you are lying.(D) 14 Your descendants will be like the dust of the earth, and you(E) will spread out to the west and to the east, to the north and to the south.(F) All peoples on earth will be blessed through you and your offspring.[b](G) 15 I am with you(H) and will watch over you(I) wherever you go,(J) and I will bring you back to this land.(K) I will not leave you(L) until I have done what I have promised you.(M)(N)

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  1. Genesis 28:13 Or There beside him
  2. Genesis 28:14 Or will use your name and the name of your offspring in blessings (see 48:20)

35 In everything I did, I showed you that by this kind of hard work we must help the weak, remembering the words the Lord Jesus himself said: ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’

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“Blessed are those
    whose transgressions are forgiven,
    whose sins are covered.
Blessed is the one
    whose sin the Lord will never count against them.”[a](A)

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  1. Romans 4:8 Psalm 32:1,2

Praise for Spiritual Blessings in Christ

Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ,(A) who has blessed us in the heavenly realms(B) with every spiritual blessing in Christ.

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13 while we wait for the blessed hope—the appearing(A) of the glory of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ,(B)

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12 Blessed is the one who perseveres under trial(A) because, having stood the test, that person will receive the crown of life(B) that the Lord has promised to those who love him.(C)

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Do not repay evil with evil(A) or insult with insult.(B) On the contrary, repay evil with blessing,(C) because to this(D) you were called(E) so that you may inherit a blessing.(F)

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Blessed is the one who reads aloud the words of this prophecy, and blessed are those who hear it and take to heart what is written in it,(A) because the time is near.(B)

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