Genesis - Chapter 49
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4 uncontrolled as water: you will not be foremost, for you climbed into your father's bed, and so defiled my couch, to my sorrow.
6 May my soul not enter their council nor my heart join their company, for in their rage they have killed men and hamstrung oxen at their whim.
14 Issachar is a strong donkey lying down among sheepfolds.
15 When he saw how good the resting-place and how pleasant the country, he bowed his shoulder to the load and became a slave to forced labour.
16 Dan will govern his people like any other of the tribes of Israel.
17 May Dan be a snake on the road, a viper on the path, who bites the horse on the hock so that its rider falls off backwards!
20 Rich the food produced by Asher: he will furnish food fit for kings.
26 blessings of the grain and flowers, blessings of the eternal mountains, bounty of the everlasting hills -- may they descend on Joseph's head, on the crown of the one dedicated from among his brothers!
30 in the cave in the field at Machpelah, facing Mamre, in Canaan, which Abraham bought from Ephron the Hittite as a burial site of his own.
33 When Jacob had finished giving his instructions to his sons, he drew his feet up into the bed, and breathing his last was gathered to his people.
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