And Jacob calleth unto his sons and saith, 'Be gathered
together, and I declare to you that which doth happen with you in the latter
end of the days.
'Be assembled, and hear, sons of Jacob, And hearken unto
Israel your father.
Reuben! my first-born thou, My power, and beginning of my
strength, The abundance of exaltation, And the abundance of strength;
Unstable as water, thou art not abundant; For thou hast gone
up thy father's bed; Then thou hast polluted: My couch he went up!
Simeon and Levi are brethren! Instruments of violence
-- their espousals!
Into their secret, come not, O my soul! Unto their assembly
be not united, O mine honour; For in their anger they slew a man, And in their
self-will eradicated a prince.
Cursed is their anger, for it is fierce, And
their wrath, for it is sharp; I divide them in Jacob, And I scatter them
Judah! thou -- thy brethren praise thee! Thy hand is
on the neck of thine enemies, Sons of thy father bow themselves to thee.
A lion's whelp is Judah, For prey, my son, thou hast
gone up; He hath bent, he hath crouched as a lion, And as a lioness; who
causeth him to arise?
The sceptre turneth not aside from Judah, And a lawgiver
from between his feet, Till his Seed come; And his is the obedience of
Binding to the vine his ass, And to the choice vine the colt
of his ass, He hath washed in wine his clothing, And in the blood of grapes his
Red are eyes with wine, And white are teeth
Zebulun at a haven of the seas doth dwell, And he is
for a haven of ships; And his side is unto Zidon.
Issacher is a strong ass, Crouching between the two
And he seeth rest that it is good, And the land that it
is pleasant, And he inclineth his shoulder to bear, And is to tribute a
Dan doth judge his people, As one of the tribes of Israel;
Dan is a serpent by the way, An adder by the path, Which is
biting the horse's heels, And its rider falleth backward.
For Thy salvation I have waited, Jehovah!
Gad! a troop assaulteth him, But he assaulteth last.
Out of Asher his bread is fat; And he giveth dainties
of a king.
Naphtali is a hind sent away, Who is giving beauteous
Joseph is a fruitful son; A fruitful son by a
fountain, Daughters step over the wall;
And embitter him -- yea, they have striven, Yea, hate him do
And his bow abideth in strength, And strengthened are the
arms of his hands By the hands of the Mighty One of Jacob, Whence is a
shepherd, a son of Israel.
By the God of thy father who helpeth thee, And the Mighty
One who blesseth thee, Blessings of the heavens from above, Blessings of the
deep lying under, Blessings of breasts and womb; --
Thy father's blessings have been mighty Above the blessings
of my progenitors, Unto the limit of the heights age-during They are for the
head of Joseph, And for the crown of the one Separate from his brethren.
Benjamin! a wolf teareth; In the morning he eateth prey, And
at evening he apportioneth spoil.'
All these are the twelve tribes of Israel, and this is
that which their father hath spoken unto them, and he blesseth them; each
according to his blessing he hath blessed them.
And he commandeth them, and saith unto them, 'I am being
gathered unto my people; bury me by my fathers, at the cave which is in
the field of Ephron the Hittite;
in the cave which is in the field of Machpelah, which
is on the front of Mamre, in the land of Canaan, which Abraham bought
with the field from Ephron the Hittite for a possession of a burying-place;
(there they buried Abraham and Sarah his wife; there they
buried Isaac and Rebekah his wife; and there I buried Leah);
the purchase of the field and of the cave which is in
it, is from Sons of Heth.'
And Jacob finisheth commanding his sons, and gathereth up
his feet unto the bed, and expireth, and is gathered unto his people.