Genesis 49-50

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Genesis 49

And Jacob called unto his sons, and said, Gather yourselves together, that I may tell you that which shall happen to you in the latter days.

2 Assemble yourselves together, and hear, you 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 pre-eminence of dignity, and the pre-eminence of power:

4 Boiling over as water, you shall not have the pre-eminence;

because you went up to your father’s bed;

then you defiled it: he went up to my couch.

5 Simeon and Levi are brethren;

Weapons of violence are their swords.

6 O my soul, come not into their council;

to their assembly, my glory, be not you united:

For in their anger they killed a man,

and in their selfwill they hamstrung an ox.

7 Cursed be their anger, for it was fierce;

and their wrath, for it was cruel:

I will divide them in Jacob, and scatter them in Israel.

8 Judah, you shall your brethren praise:

your hand shall be on the neck of your enemies;

your father’s sons shall bow down before you.

9 Judah is a lion’s whelp:

from the prey, my son, you are gone up:

He stooped down, he couched as a lion,

And as a lioness; who shall rouse him up?

10 The scepter shall not depart from Judah,

nor a ruler’s staff from between his feet,

until Shiloh come;

And to him shall the obedience of the people be.

11 Binding his foal to the vine,

And his ass’s colt to the choice vine;

He has washed……. And his garments in wine,

And his clothes in the blood of grapes:

12 His eyes shall be red with wine,

and his teeth white with milk.

13 Zebulun shall dwell at the haven of the sea;

And he shall be for an haven of ships;

And his border shall be upon Sidon.

14 Issachar is a strong ass

Couching down between two sheep-folds:

15 And he saw a resting-place that it was good,

And the land that it was pleasant;

And bowed his shoulder to bear,

And became a servant under taskwork.

16 Dan shall judge his people,

As one of the tribes of Israel.

17 Dan shall be a serpent in the way,

An adder in the path,

That bites the horse’s heel,

So that his rider falls backward.

18 I have waited for your salvation, O Yahweh.

19 Gad, a troop shall press upon him:

But he shall press upon their heel.

20 Out of Asher his bread shall be fat,

And he shall yield royal dainties.

21 Naphtali is a hind let loose:

He gives good words.

22 Joseph is a fruitful bough,

A fruitful bough by a fountain;

His branches run over the wall:

23 The archers have greatly grieved him,

And shot at him, and persecuted him:

24 But his bow remained in strength,

And the arms of his hands were made strong

By the hands of the Mighty One of Jacob;

(From there is the shepherd, the stone of Israel:)

25 Even by the El of your father, who shall help you;

And by Shaddai, who shall bless you,

With blessings of heaven above,

Blessings of the deep that crouches beneath,

Blessings of the breasts, and of the womb:

26 The blessings of your father

Have prevailed above the blessings of my progenitors

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 that was separate

from his brethren.

27 Benjamin is a ravenous wolf:

In the morning he shall devour the prey,

And at even he shall divide the spoil.


28 All these are the twelve tribes of Israel: and this is it that their father spoke to them, and blessed them; every one 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, which Abraham bought with the field from Ephron the Hittite for a possession of a burying-place. 31 There they buried Abraham and Sarah his wife; there they buried Isaac and Rebekah his wife; and there I buried Leah: 32 the field and the cave that is in it, which was purchased from the children of Heth. 33 And when Jacob had made an end of charging his sons, he gathered up his feet into the bed, and yielded up the Spirit, and was gathered to his people.



Genesis 50

And Joseph fell upon his father’s face, and wept upon him, and kissed him. 2 And Joseph commanded his servants the physicians to embalm his father: and the physicians embalmed Israel. 3 And forty days were fulfilled for him; for so are fulfilled the days of embalming: and the Egyptians wept for him seventy days. 4 And when the days of weeping for him were past, Joseph spoke to the house of Pharaoh, saying, If now I have found favor in your eyes, speak, I appeal to you, in the ears of Pharaoh, saying, 5 My father made me swear, saying, Lo, I die: in my grave which I have dug for me in the land of Canaan, there shall you bury me. Now therefore let me go up, I pray you, and bury my father, and I will come again. 6 And Pharaoh said, Go up, and bury your father, according as he made you swear. 7 And Joseph went up to bury his father: and with him went up all the servants of Pharaoh, the elders of his house, and all the elders of the land of Egypt, 8 and all the house of Joseph, and his brethren, and his father’s house: only their little ones, and their flocks, and their herds, they left in the land of Goshen. 9 And there went up with him both chariots and horsemen: and it was a very great company. 10 And they came to the threshing-floor of Atad, which is beyond the Jordan, and there they lamented with a very great and bitter lamentation: and he made a mourning for his father seven days. 11 And when the inhabitants of the land, the Canaanites, saw the mourning in the floor of Atad, they said, This is a grievous mourning to the Egyptians: therefore the name of it was called Abel-mizraim, which is beyond the Jordan. 12 And his sons did to him according as he commanded them: 13 for his sons carried him into the land of Canaan, and buried him in the cave of the field of Machpelah, which Abraham bought with the field for a possession of a burying-place of Ephron the Hittite, before Mamre. 14 And Joseph returned to Egypt, he, and his brethren, and all that went up with him to bury his father, after he had buried his father.


15 And when Joseph’s brethren saw that their father was dead, they said, It may be that Joseph will hate us, and will fully requite us all the evil which we did unto him. 16 And they sent a messenger to Joseph, saying, Your father did command before he died, saying, 17 So shall you say unto Joseph, Forgive, I pray you now, the transgression of your brethren, and their sin; for that they did evil to you: And now, we pray you, forgive the transgression of the servants of the Elohim of your father. And Joseph wept when they spoke to him. 18 And his brethren also went and fell down before his face; and they said, Behold, we are your servants. 19 and Joseph said to them, Fear not: for am I in the place of Elohim? 20 And as for you, you meant evil against me; but Elohim meant it for good, to bring to pass, as it is this day, to save many people alive. 21 Now therefore fear not: I will nourish you, and your little ones. And he comforted them, and spoke kindly unto them.


22 And Joseph dwelt in Egypt, he, and his father’s house: and Joseph lived a hundred and ten years. 23 And Joseph saw Ephraim’s children of the third generation: the children also of Machir the son of Manasseh were born upon Joseph’s knees. 24 And Joseph said to his brethren, I die: but Elohim will surely visit you, and bring you up out of this land to the land which he swore to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob. 25 And Joseph took an oath of the children of Israel, saying, Elohim will surely visit you, and you shall carry up my bones from here. 26 So Joseph died, being a hundred and ten years old: and they embalmed him, and he was put in a coffin in Egypt.

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