Thematic Bible

Genesis 49:1 (show verse)

Then Jacob summoned his sons and said, “Assemble yourselves that I may tell you what will befall you in the days to come.

Genesis 49:2 (show verse)

“Gather together and hear, O sons of Jacob;
And listen to Israel your father.

Genesis 49:3 (show verse)

“Reuben, you are my firstborn;
My might and the beginning of my strength,
Preeminent in dignity and preeminent in power.

Genesis 49:4 (show verse)

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.

Genesis 49:5 (show verse)

Simeon and Levi are brothers;
Their swords are implements of violence.

Genesis 49:6 (show verse)

Let my soul not enter into their council;
Let not my glory be united with their assembly;
Because in their anger they slew men,
And in their self-will they lamed oxen.

Genesis 49:7 (show verse)

“Cursed be their anger, for it is fierce;
And their wrath, for it is cruel.
I will disperse them in Jacob,
And scatter them in Israel.

Genesis 49:8 (show verse)

“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.

Genesis 49:9 (show verse)

“Judah is a lion’s whelp;
From the prey, my son, you have gone up.
He couches, he lies down as a lion,
And as a lion, who dares rouse him up?

Genesis 49:10 (show verse)

The scepter shall not depart from Judah,
Nor the ruler’s staff from between his feet,
Until Shiloh comes,
And to him shall be the obedience of the peoples.

Genesis 49:11 (show verse)

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.

Genesis 49:12 (show verse)

“His eyes are dull from wine,
And his teeth white from milk.

Genesis 49:13 (show verse)

Zebulun will dwell at the seashore;
And he shall be a haven for ships,
And his flank shall be toward Sidon.

Genesis 49:14 (show verse)

“Issachar is a strong donkey,
Lying down between the sheepfolds.

Genesis 49:15 (show verse)

“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.

Genesis 49:16 (show verse)

Dan shall judge his people,
As one of the tribes of Israel.

Genesis 49:17 (show verse)

“Dan shall be a serpent in the way,
A horned snake in the path,
That bites the horse’s heels,
So that his rider falls backward.

Genesis 49:18 (show verse)

For Your salvation I wait, O Lord.

Genesis 49:19 (show verse)

As for Gad, raiders shall raid him,
But he will raid at their heels.

Genesis 49:20 (show verse)

As for Asher, his food shall be rich,
And he will yield royal dainties.

Genesis 49:21 (show verse)

Naphtali is a doe let loose,
He gives beautiful words.

Genesis 49:22 (show verse)

Joseph is a fruitful bough,
A fruitful bough by a spring;
Its branches run over a wall.

Genesis 49:23 (show verse)

“The archers bitterly attacked him,
And shot at him and harassed him;

Genesis 49:24 (show verse)

But his bow remained firm,
And his arms were agile,
From the hands of the Mighty One of Jacob
(From there is the Shepherd, the Stone of Israel),

Genesis 49:25 (show verse)

From the God of your father who helps you,
And by the Almighty who blesses you
With blessings of heaven above,
Blessings of the deep that lies beneath,
Blessings of the breasts and of the womb.

Genesis 49:26 (show verse)

“The blessings of your father
Have surpassed the blessings of my ancestors
Up to the utmost bound of the everlasting hills;
May they be on the head of Joseph,
And on the crown of the head of the one distinguished among his brothers.

Genesis 49:27 (show verse)

“Benjamin is a ravenous wolf;
In the morning he devours the prey,
And in the evening he divides the spoil.”

Genesis 49:28 (show verse)

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

Genesis 49:29 (show verse)

Then he charged them and said to them, “I am about to be gathered to my people; bury me with my fathers in the cave that is in the field of Ephron the Hittite,

Genesis 49:30 (show verse)

in the cave that is in the field of Machpelah, which is before Mamre, in the land of Canaan, which Abraham bought along with the field from Ephron the Hittite for a burial site.

Genesis 49:31 (show verse)

There they buried Abraham and his wife Sarah, there they buried Isaac and his wife Rebekah, and there I buried Leah—

Genesis 49:32 (show verse)

the field and the cave that is in it, purchased from the sons of Heth.”

Genesis 49:33 (show verse)

When Jacob finished charging his sons, he drew his feet into the bed and breathed his last, and was gathered to his people.