English Standard Version
Jacob Blesses His Sons
1Then Jacob called his sons and said, “Gather yourselves together, that I may tell you what shall happen to you in days to come.
2“Assemble and listen, O sons of Jacob,
3“Reuben, you are my firstborn,
5“Simeon and Levi are brothers;
8“Judah, your brothers shall praise you;
13“Zebulun shall dwell at the shore of the sea;
14“Issachar is a strong donkey,
16“Dan shall judge his people
20“Asher’s food shall be rich,
22“Joseph is a fruitful bough,
27“Benjamin is a ravenous wolf,
Jacob’s Death and Burial
28All these are the twelve tribes of Israel. This is what their father said to them as he blessed them, blessing each with the blessing suitable to him. 29Then he commanded 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, 30in the cave that is in the field at Machpelah, to the east of Mamre, in the land of Canaan, which Abraham bought with the field from Ephron the Hittite to possess as a burying place. 31There they buried Abraham and Sarah his wife. There they buried Isaac and Rebekah his wife, and there I buried Leah— 32the field and the cave that is in it were bought from the Hittites.” 33When Jacob finished commanding his sons, he drew up his feet into the bed and breathed his last and was gathered to his people.
a 10 By a slight revocalization; a slight emendation yields (compare Septuagint, Syriac, Targum) until he comes to whom it belongs; Hebrew until Shiloh comes, or until he comes to Shiloh
b 14 Or between its saddlebags
c 19 Gad sounds like the Hebrew for raiders and raid
d 21 Or he gives beautiful words, or that bears fawns of the fold
e 22 Or Joseph is a wild donkey, a wild donkey beside a spring, his wild colts beside the wall
f 24 Hebrew the arms of his hands
g 24 Or by the name of the Shepherd
h 25 Hebrew Shaddai
i 26 A slight emendation yields (compare Septuagint) the blessings of the eternal mountains, the bounties of the everlasting hills
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