1 And Jacob called to his sons and said, Gather yourselves together, that I may tell you what shall happen to you in the days to come.
2 Gather yourselves together, and hear, sons of Jacob, and listen to Israel your father.
3 Reuben, you [are] my first-born, my might, and the beginning of my strength, the excellency of dignity and the excellency of power.
4 Unstable as water, you shall not excel, 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; tools of violence [are] their weapons.
6 Oh my soul, do not come into their secret. Let not my honor be united with their assembly. For in their anger they killed a man, and in their self-will they hamstrung a bull.
7 Let their anger be cursed, for [it was] fierce; and their wrath, for it was cruel. I will divide them in Jacob, and scatter them in Israel.
8 Judah, may your brothers praise you. May your hand [be] in the neck of your enemies. May your father's sons bow before you.
9 Judah [is] a lion's whelp. My son, you have gone up from the prey. He stooped, he crouched like a lion; and like a lioness, who shall rouse him?
10 The scepter shall not depart from Judah, nor a Lawgiver from between his feet, until Shiloh come. And the obedience of the peoples to him.
11 Binding his foal to the vine, and his ass's colt to the choice vine, he washed his garments in wine, and his clothes in the blood of grapes.
12 His eyes [shall be] sparkling with wine, and his teeth white from milk.
13 Zebulun shall live at the sea shore. And he [shall be] a haven for ships, and his border beside Sidon.
14 Issachar [is] a strong ass crouching down between the sheepfolds.
15 And he saw that rest [was] good and that the land was pleasant. And he bowed his shoulder to bear, and became a tribute-slave.
16 Dan shall judge his people, as one of the tribes of Israel.
17 Dan shall be a serpent by the way, an adder in the path, that bites the horse's heels, so that its rider shall fall backward.
18 I have waited for Your salvation, O LORD.
19 Gad, raiders shall attack him, and he shall attack [their] heel.
20 Out of Asher his bread [shall be] fat, and he shall yield royal dainties.
21 Naphtali [is] a deer let loose. He gives goodly words.
22 Joseph [is] a fruitful son, a fruitful son by a well, whose branches run over the wall.
23 The archers have sorely grieved him, and shot [at him], and an archer lurks for 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 the Shepherd, the Rock of Israel);
25 by the God of your father, who shall help you. And may the Almighty bless you with 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 are above the blessings of my ancestors, to the utmost bound of the everlasting hills. They shall be on the head of Joseph, and on the crown of the head of him, the ruler, the leader of his brothers.
27 Benjamin is a wolf that tears in pieces. In the morning he shall devour the prey, and at night he shall divide the spoil.
28 All these [were] the twelve tribes of Israel. And this [is] what their father spoke to them, and blessed them; everyone according to his blessing he blessed them.
29 And he charged them and said to them, I am to be gathered to my people. Bury 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, the field which Abraham bought from Ephron the Hittite for a burying-place.
31 They buried Abraham and his wife Sarah there, and they buried Isaac and his wife Rebekah. And I buried Leah there;
32 the purchase of the field and the cave in it, from the sons of Heth.
33 And Jacob finished commanding his sons, and he gathered his feet into the bed. And he expired, and was gathered to his people.