16 (A)Dan shall (B)judge his people,
As one of the tribes of Israel.
17 Dan shall be a serpent in the way,
A horned viper in the path,
That bites the horse’s heels,
So that its rider falls backward.
18 (C)For Your salvation I wait, Lord.

19 (D)As for Gad, a band of raiders shall attack him,
But he will attack at their [a]heels.

20 [b](E)As for (F)Asher, his [c]food shall be [d]rich,
And he will yield royal delicacies.

21 (G)Naphtali is a doe let loose;
He utters beautiful words.

22 (H)Joseph is a fruitful [e]branch,
A fruitful [f]branch by a spring;
Its [g]branches hang over a wall.
23 The archers provoked him,
And shot at him and were hostile toward him;
24 But his (I)bow remained [h]firm,
And [i](J)his arms were agile,
From the hands of the (K)Mighty One of Jacob
(From there is (L)the Shepherd, (M)the Stone of Israel),
25 From (N)the God of your father who helps you,
And [j](O)by the [k]Almighty who blesses you
With (P)blessings of heaven above,
Blessings of the deep that lies beneath,
Blessings of the breasts and of the womb.
26 The blessings of your father
Have surpassed the blessings of my ancestors
Up to the [l]furthest boundary of (Q)the everlasting hills;
May they be on the head of Joseph,
And on the top of the head of the one distinguished among his brothers.

27 “Benjamin is a [m]ravenous wolf;
In the morning he devours the prey,
And in the evening he divides the spoils.”

28 All these are the twelve tribes of Israel, and this is what their father said to them [n]when he blessed them. He blessed them, every one [o]with the blessing appropriate to him.

Jacob Dies

29 Then he commanded them and said to them, “I am about to be (R)gathered to my people; (S)bury me with my fathers in the cave that is in (T)the field of Ephron the Hittite, 30 in the (U)cave that is in the field of Machpelah, which is opposite Mamre, in the land of Canaan, which Abraham bought along with the field from Ephron the Hittite as a [p]burial site. 31 There they buried (V)Abraham and his wife (W)Sarah, there they buried (X)Isaac and his wife Rebekah, and there I buried Leah— 32 the field and the cave that is in it, purchased from the sons of Heth.” 33 When Jacob finished commanding his sons, he drew his feet into the bed and (Y)breathed his last, and was (Z)gathered to his people.

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Footnotes

  1. Genesis 49:19 Lit heel
  2. Genesis 49:20 Lit From
  3. Genesis 49:20 Or bread
  4. Genesis 49:20 Lit fat
  5. Genesis 49:22 Lit son
  6. Genesis 49:22 Lit son
  7. Genesis 49:22 Lit daughters
  8. Genesis 49:24 I.e., in an unyielding position
  9. Genesis 49:24 Lit the arms of his hands
  10. Genesis 49:25 Or with
  11. Genesis 49:25 Heb Shaddai
  12. Genesis 49:26 Lit limit; or desire
  13. Genesis 49:27 Lit a wolf that tears
  14. Genesis 49:28 Lit and
  15. Genesis 49:28 Lit according to his blessing
  16. Genesis 49:30 Lit possession of a burial place