Jacob blesses his sons and their seed—Reuben, Simeon, and Levi are chastened—Judah will rule until Shiloh (Christ) comes—Joseph is a fruitful bough by a well—His branches (the Nephites and Lamanites) will run over the wall—The Shepherd and Stone of Israel (Christ) will bless Joseph temporally and spiritually—Jacob chooses to be buried with his fathers in Canaan—He yields up the ghost and is gathered to his people.
1 And aJacob called unto his bsons, and said, Gather yourselves together, that I may tell you that which shall befall you in the clast days.
2 Gather yourselves together, and hear, ye sons of Jacob; and hearken unto Israel your afather.
3 ¶ aReuben, thou art my firstborn, my might, and the bbeginning of my strength, the excellency of dignity, and the excellency of power:
4 Unstable as water, thou shalt not excel; because thou wentest up to thy father’s abed; then bdefiledst thou it: he went up to my couch.
5 ¶ aSimeon and bLevi are brethren; instruments of ccruelty are in their habitations.
6 O my soul, come not thou into their secret; unto their assembly, mine honour, be not thou aunited: for in their banger they cslew a man, and in their selfwill they digged down a wall.
7 aCursed be their banger, for it was fierce; and their wrath, for it was ccruel: I will divide them in Jacob, and scatter them in Israel.
8 ¶ aJudah, thou art he whom thy brethren shall bpraise: thy hand shall be in the cneck of thine enemies; thy father’s children shall dbow down before thee.
9 Judah is a alion’s whelp: from the prey, my son, thou art gone up: he stooped down, he couched as a blion, and as an old lion; who shall rouse him up?
10 The sceptre shall not depart from aJudah, nor a blawgiver from between his feet, until cShiloh come; and unto him shall the dgathering of the people be.
11 Binding his foal unto the vine, and his ass’s colt unto the choice avine; he bwashed his garments in wine, and his clothes in the cblood of grapes:
12 His eyes shall be red with wine, and his teeth white with milk.
13 ¶ aZebulun shall dwell at the haven of the sea; and he shall be for an haven of ships; and his border shall be unto Zidon.
14 ¶ aIssachar is a strong ass couching down between two burdens:
15 And he saw that rest was good, and the land that it was pleasant; and bowed his shoulder to bear, and became a servant unto tribute.
16 ¶ aDan shall bjudge his people, as one of the tribes of Israel.
17 Dan shall be a serpent by the way, an adder in the path, that biteth the horse heels, so that his rider shall fall backward.
18 I have awaited for thy salvation, O Lord.
19 ¶ aGad, a btroop shall overcome him: but he shall overcome at the last.
20 ¶ Out of aAsher his bread shall be fat, and he shall yield royal dainties.
21 ¶ aNaphtali is a hind let loose: he giveth goodly words.
22 ¶ aJoseph is a fruitful bbough, even a fruitful bough by a well; whose cbranches drun over the wall:
23 The archers have sorely grieved him, and shot at him, and hated him:
24 But his bow abode in strength, and the arms of his hands were made strong by the hands of the mighty God of Jacob; (from athence is the bshepherd, the cstone of Israel:)
25 Even by the God of thy father, who shall help thee; and by the aAlmighty, who shall bless thee with blessings of heaven above, blessings of the deep that lieth under, blessings of the breasts, and of the bwomb:
26 The ablessings of thy father have prevailed above the blessings of my progenitors unto the butmost bound of the everlasting chills: they shall be on the head of dJoseph, and on the crown of the head of him that was separate from his brethren.
27 ¶ aBenjamin shall ravin as a wolf: in the morning he shall devour the prey, and at night he shall divide the spoil.
28 ¶ All these are the atwelve tribes of Israel: and this is it that their father spake unto them, and bblessed them; every one according to his cblessing he blessed them.
29 And he charged them, and said unto them, I am to be gathered unto my apeople: bbury 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 aMachpelah, which is before Mamre, in the land of Canaan, which Abraham bought with the field of bEphron the Hittite for a possession of a buryingplace.
31 There they aburied Abraham and Sarah his wife; there they buried Isaac and Rebekah his wife; and there I buried Leah.
32 The purchase of the field and of the cave that is therein was from the children of Heth.
33 And when Jacob had made an end of commanding his sons, he gathered up his feet into the bed, and yielded up the aghost, and was bgathered unto his people.