Genesis 49 1599 Geneva Bible (GNV)
49 1 Jacob blesseth all his sons by name. 10 He telleth them that Christ shall come out of Judah. 29 He will be buried with his fathers. 33 He dieth.
1 Then Jacob called his sons, and said, Gather yourselves together, that I may tell you what shall come to you in the [a]last days.
2 Gather yourselves together, and hear, ye sons of Jacob, and hearken unto Israel your father.
4 Thou wast light as water: thou shalt not be excellent, because thou wentest up to thy father’s bed: [d]then diddest thou defile my bed, thy dignity is gone.
5 ¶ Simeon and Levi, brethren in evil, [e]the instruments of cruelty are in their habitations.
7 Cursed be their wrath, for it was fierce, and their rage, for it was cruel: I will [h]divide them in Jacob, and scatter them in Israel.
8 ¶ Thou Judah, thy brethren shall praise thee: thy hand shall be in the neck of thine enemies: thy father’s son shall [i]bow down before unto thee.
9 Judah as a Lion’s whelp shalt thou come up from the spoil, my son. He shall lie down and couch a Lion, and as a Lioness: [j]Who shall stir him up?
11 He shall bind his Ass foal unto the [m]vine, and his ass’s colt unto the best vine. He shall wash his garment in wine, and his cloak in the blood of grapes.
12 His eyes shall be red with wine, and his teeth white with milk.
13 ¶ Zebulun shall dwell by the seaside, and he shall be an haven for ships: and his border shall be unto Sidon.
15 And he shall see that rest is good, and that the land is pleasant, and he shall bow his shoulder to bear, and shall be subject unto tribute.
16 ¶ Dan [p]shall judge his people as one of the tribes of Israel.
17 Dan shall be a [q]serpent by the way, an adder by the path, biting the horse heels, so that his rider shall fall backward.
18 [r]O Lord, I have waited for thy salvation.
19 ¶ Gad, a host of men shall overcome him, but he shall overcome at the last.
20 ¶ Concerning Asher, his [s]bread shall be fat, and he shall give pleasures for a king.
21 ¶ Naphtali shall be a hind let go, giving [t]goodly words.
23 [w]And the archers grieved him, and shot against him, and hated him.
24 But his bow abode strong, and the hands of his arms were strengthened, by the hands of the mighty God of Jacob, of whom was the feeder appointed by the [x]stone of Israel,
25 Even by the God of thy father, who shall help thee, and by the almighty, who shall bless thee with heavenly blessings from above, with blessings of the deep that lieth beneath, with blessings of the breasts, and of the womb.
26 The blessings of thy father shall be [y]stronger than the blessings of mine elders: unto the end of the hills of the world they shall be on the head of Joseph, and on the top of the head of him that was [z]separated from his brethren.
27 ¶ Benjamin shall raven as a wolf: in the morning he shall devour the prey, and at night he shall divide the spoil.
28 ¶ All these are the twelve tribes of Israel, and thus their father spake unto them, and blessed them: every one of them blessed he with a several blessing.
29 And he charged them and said unto them, I am ready to be gathered unto 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, besides Mamre in the land of Canaan: which cave Abraham bought with the field of Ephron the Hittite for a possession to bury in.
31 There they buried 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 the cave that is therein, was bought of the children of Heth.
33 Thus Jacob made an end of giving charge to his sons, and [aa]plucked his feet into the bed, and gave up the ghost, and was gathered to his people.
Genesis 49 New International Version (NIV)
Jacob Blesses His Sons
49 Then Jacob called for his sons and said: “Gather around so I can tell you what will happen to you in days to come.
2 “Assemble and listen, sons of Jacob;
3 “Reuben, you are my firstborn,
5 “Simeon and Levi are brothers—
8 “Judah,[b] your brothers will praise you;
13 “Zebulun will live by the seashore
14 “Issachar is a rawboned[f] donkey
16 “Dan[h] will provide justice for his people
18 “I look for your deliverance, Lord.
19 “Gad[i] will be attacked by a band of raiders,
20 “Asher’s food will be rich;
21 “Naphtali is a doe set free
22 “Joseph is a fruitful vine,
27 “Benjamin is a ravenous wolf;
28 All these are the twelve tribes of Israel, and this is what their father said to them when he blessed them, giving each the blessing appropriate to him.
The Death of Jacob
29 Then he gave them these instructions: “I am about to be gathered to my people. Bury me with my fathers in the cave in the field of Ephron the Hittite, 30 the cave in the field of Machpelah, near Mamre in Canaan, which Abraham bought along with the field as a burial place from Ephron the Hittite. 31 There Abraham and his wife Sarah were buried, there Isaac and his wife Rebekah were buried, and there I buried Leah. 32 The field and the cave in it were bought from the Hittites.[p]”
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.