49Then Jacob called his sons, and said: Gather around, that I may tell you what will happen to you in days to come.
2 Assemble and hear, O sons of Jacob;
listen to Israel your father.
3 Reuben, you are my firstborn,
my might and the first fruits of my vigour,
excelling in rank and excelling in power.
4 Unstable as water, you shall no longer excel
because you went up on to your fathers bed;
then you defiled ityou* went up on to my couch!
5 Simeon and Levi are brothers;
weapons of violence are their swords.
6 May I never come into their council;
may I not be joined to their company
for in their anger they killed men,
and at their whim they hamstrung oxen.
7 Cursed be their anger, for it is fierce,
and their wrath, for it is cruel!
I will divide them in Jacob,
and scatter them in Israel.
8 Judah, your brothers shall praise you;
your hand shall be on the neck of your enemies;
your fathers sons shall bow down before you.
9 Judah is a lions whelp;
from the prey, my son, you have gone up.
He crouches down, he stretches out like a lion,
like a lionesswho dares rouse him up?
10 The sceptre shall not depart from Judah,
nor the rulers staff from between his feet,
until tribute comes to him;*
and the obedience of the peoples is his.
The New Revised Standard Version (Anglicized Edition), copyright 1989, 1995 by the Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved.
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