Thematic Bible

Genesis 49:1 (show verse)

Jacob called for his sons and said, "Gather together so I can tell you what will happen to you in the future.

Genesis 49:2 (show verse)

"Assemble and listen, you sons of Jacob; listen to Israel, your father.

Genesis 49:3 (show verse)

Reuben, you are my firstborn, my might and the beginning of my strength, outstanding in dignity, outstanding in power.

Genesis 49:4 (show verse)

You are destructive like water and will not excel, for you got on your father's bed, then you defiled it -- he got on my couch!

Genesis 49:5 (show verse)

Simeon and Levi are brothers, weapons of violence are their knives!

Genesis 49:6 (show verse)

O my soul, do not come into their council, do not be united to their assembly, my heart, for in their anger they have killed men, and for pleasure they have hamstrung oxen.

Genesis 49:7 (show verse)

Cursed be their anger, for it was fierce, and their fury, for it was cruel. I will divide them in Jacob, and scatter them in Israel!

Genesis 49:8 (show verse)

Judah, your brothers will praise you. Your hand will be on the neck of your enemies, your father's sons will bow down before you.

Genesis 49:9 (show verse)

You are a lion's cub, Judah, from the prey, my son, you have gone up. He crouches and lies down like a lion; like a lioness -- who will rouse him?

Genesis 49:10 (show verse)

The scepter will not depart from Judah, nor the ruler's staff from between his feet, until he comes to whom it belongs; the nations will obey him.

Genesis 49:11 (show verse)

Binding his foal to the vine, and his colt to the choicest vine, he will wash his garments in wine, his robes in the blood of grapes.

Genesis 49:12 (show verse)

His eyes will be dark from wine, and his teeth white from milk.

Genesis 49:13 (show verse)

Zebulun will live by the haven of the sea and become a haven for ships; his border will extend to Sidon.

Genesis 49:14 (show verse)

Issachar is a strong-boned donkey lying down between two saddlebags.

Genesis 49:15 (show verse)

When he sees a good resting place, and the pleasant land, he will bend his shoulder to the burden and become a slave laborer.

Genesis 49:16 (show verse)

Dan will judge his people as one of the tribes of Israel.

Genesis 49:17 (show verse)

May Dan be a snake beside the road, a viper by the path, that bites the heels of the horse so that its rider falls backward.

Genesis 49:18 (show verse)

I wait for your deliverance, O Lord.

Genesis 49:19 (show verse)

Gad will be raided by marauding bands, but he will attack them at their heels.

Genesis 49:20 (show verse)

Asher's food will be rich, and he will provide delicacies to royalty.

Genesis 49:21 (show verse)

Naphtali is a free running doe, he speaks delightful words.

Genesis 49:22 (show verse)

Joseph is a fruitful bough, a fruitful bough near a spring whose branches climb over the wall.

Genesis 49:23 (show verse)

The archers will attack him, they will shoot at him and oppose him.

Genesis 49:24 (show verse)

But his bow will remain steady, and his hands will be skillful; because of the hands of the Mighty One of Jacob, because of the Shepherd, the Rock of Israel,

Genesis 49:25 (show verse)

because of the God of your father, who will help you, because of the sovereign God, who will bless you with blessings from the sky above, blessings from the deep that lies below, and blessings of the breasts and womb.

Genesis 49:26 (show verse)

The blessings of your father are greater than the blessings of the eternal mountains or the desirable things of the age-old hills. They will be on the head of Joseph and on the brow of the prince of his brothers.

Genesis 49:27 (show verse)

Benjamin is a ravenous wolf; in the morning devouring the prey, and in the evening dividing the plunder."

Genesis 49:28 (show verse)

These are the twelve tribes of Israel. This is what their father said to them when he blessed them. He gave each of them an appropriate blessing.

Genesis 49:29 (show verse)

Then he instructed them, "I am about to go to my people. Bury me with my fathers in the cave in the field of Ephron the Hittite.

Genesis 49:30 (show verse)

It is the cave in the field of Machpelah, near Mamre in the land of Canaan, which Abraham bought for a burial plot from Ephron the Hittite.

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 in it were acquired from the sons of Heth."

Genesis 49:33 (show verse)

When Jacob finished giving these instructions to his sons, he pulled his feet up onto the bed, breathed his last breath, and went to his people.