49 Then Jacob summoned his sons and said, “Assemble yourselves that I may tell you what will befall you in the [a]days to come.
2 “Gather together and hear, O sons of Jacob; And listen to Israel your father.
3 “Reuben, you are my firstborn; My might and the beginning of my strength, [b]Preeminent in dignity and [c]preeminent in power. 4 “[d]Uncontrolled as water, you shall not have preeminence, Because you went up to your father’s bed; Then you defiled it—he went up to my couch.
5 “Simeon and Levi are brothers; Their swords are implements of violence. 6 “Let my soul not enter into their council; Let not my glory be united with their assembly; Because in their anger they slew [e]men, And in their self-will they lamed [f]oxen. 7 “Cursed be their anger, for it is fierce; And their wrath, for it is cruel. I will [g]disperse them in Jacob, And scatter them in Israel.
8 “Judah, your brothers shall praise you; Your hand shall be on the neck of your enemies; Your father’s sons shall bow down to you. 9 “Judah is a lion’s whelp; From the prey, my son, you have gone up. He [h]couches, he lies down as a lion, And as a [i]lion, who [j]dares rouse him up? 10 “The scepter shall not depart from Judah, Nor the ruler’s staff from between his feet, [k]Until Shiloh comes, And to him shall be the obedience of the peoples. 11 “[l]He ties his foal to the vine, And his donkey’s colt to the choice vine; He washes his garments in wine, And his robes in the blood of grapes. 12 “His eyes are [m]dull from wine, And his teeth [n]white from milk.
13 “Zebulun will dwell at the seashore; And he shall be[o]a haven for ships, And his flank shall be toward Sidon.
14 “Issachar is [p]a strong donkey, Lying down between the [q]sheepfolds. 15 “When he saw that a resting place was good And that the land was pleasant, He bowed his shoulder to bear burdens, And became a slave at forced labor.
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