THE FIRST BOOK OF MOSES CALLED
Jacob blesses his sons and their seed—Reuben, Simeon, and Levi are chastened—Judah shall bear rule until Shiloh (Christ) comes—Joseph is a fruitful bough by a well—His branches (the Nephites and the Lamanites) to run over the wall—The Shepherd and Stone of Israel (Christ) shall bless Joseph temporally and spiritually—Jacob chooses to be buried with his fathers in Canaan—He yields up the ghost and is gathered to his people.
called unto his bsons
, and said, Gather yourselves together, that I may tell you that
which shall befall you in the clast
Gather yourselves together, and hear, ye sons of Jacob; and hearken unto Israel your afather
, thou art
my firstborn, my might, and the bbeginning
of my strength, the excellency of dignity, and the excellency of power:
Unstable as water, thou shalt not excel; because thou wentest up to thy father’s abed
; then bdefiledst
he went up to my couch.
and bLevi are
brethren; instruments of ccruelty are in
O my soul, come not thou into their secret; unto their assembly, mine honour, be not thou aunited
: for in their banger
a man, and in their selfwill they digged down a wall.
, for it was
fierce; and their wrath, for it was ccruel
: I will divide them in Jacob, and scatter them in Israel.
, thou art he
whom thy brethren shall bpraise
: thy hand shall be
in the cneck
of thine enemies; thy father’s children shall dbow
down before thee.
’s whelp: from the prey, my son, thou art gone up: he stooped down, he couched as a blion
, and as an old lion; who shall rouse him up?
The sceptre shall not depart from aJudah
, nor a blawgiver
from between his feet, until cShiloh
come; and unto him shall
of the people be.
Binding his foal unto the vine, and his ass’s colt unto the choice avine
; he bwashed
his garments in wine, and his clothes in the cblood
His eyes shall be red with wine, and his teeth white with milk.
shall dwell at the haven of the sea; and he shall be
for an haven of ships; and his border shall be
¶ aIssachar is
a strong ass couching down between two burdens:
And he saw that rest was good, and the land that it was pleasant; and bowed his shoulder to bear, and became a servant unto tribute.
his people, as one of the tribes of Israel.
Dan shall be a serpent by the way, an adder in the path, that biteth the horse heels, so that his rider shall fall backward.
I have awaited
for thy salvation, O Lord
, a btroop
shall overcome him: but he shall overcome at the last.
¶ Out of aAsher
his bread shall be
fat, and he shall yield royal dainties.
¶ aNaphtali is
a hind let loose: he giveth goodly words.
The archers have sorely grieved him, and shot at him, and hated him:
But his bow abode in strength, and the arms of his hands were made strong by the hands of the mighty God
of Jacob; (from athence is
, the cstone
by the God of thy father, who shall help thee; and by the aAlmighty
, who shall bless thee with blessings of heaven above, blessings of the deep that lieth under, blessings of the breasts, and of the bwomb
of thy father have prevailed above the blessings of my progenitors unto the butmost
bound of the everlasting chills
: they shall be on the head of dJoseph
, and on the crown of the head of him that was separate from his brethren.
shall ravin as
a wolf: in the morning he shall devour the prey, and at night he shall divide the spoil.
¶ All these are
tribes of Israel: and this is it
that their father spake unto them, and bblessed
them; every one according to his cblessing
he blessed them.
And he charged them, and said unto them, I am to be gathered unto my apeople
me with my fathers in the cave that is
in the field of Ephron the Hittite,
In the cave that is
in the field of aMachpelah
, which is
before Mamre, in the land of Canaan, which Abraham bought with the field of bEphron
the Hittite for a possession of a buryingplace.
There they aburied
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 that is therein was from the children of Heth.
And when Jacob had made an end of commanding his sons, he gathered up his feet into the bed, and yielded up the aghost
, and was bgathered
unto his people.