49 Then Jacob called his sons
and said, “Gather yourselves together, that I may tell you what shall happen to
you in days to come.
2 “Assemble and listen, O sons of Jacob, listen to Israel your father.
3 “Reuben, you are my firstborn, my might, and the firstfruits of my strength, preeminent in dignity and preeminent in power. 4 Unstable as water, you shall not have preeminence, because you went up to your father's bed; then you defiled it—he went up to my couch!
5 “Simeon and Levi are brothers; weapons of violence are their swords. 6 Let my soul come not into their council; O my glory, be not joined to their company. For
in their anger they killed men, and in their willfulness 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 father's sons shall bow down before you. 9 Judah is a lion's cub; from the prey, my son, you have gone up. He
stooped down; he crouched as a lion and as a lioness; who dares rouse him? 10 The scepter shall not depart from Judah, nor the ruler's staff from between his feet, until
tribute comes to him;[a] and to him shall be the obedience of the peoples. 11 Binding his foal to the vine and his donkey's colt to the choice vine, he
has washed his garments in wine and his vesture in the blood of grapes. 12 His eyes are darker than wine, and his teeth whiter than milk.
13 “Zebulun shall dwell at the shore of the sea; he shall become a haven for ships, and his border shall be at Sidon.
14 “Issachar is a strong donkey, crouching between the sheepfolds.[b] 15 He saw that a resting place was good, and that the land was pleasant, so
he bowed his shoulder to bear, and became a servant at forced labor.
16 “Dan shall judge his people as one of the tribes of Israel. 17 Dan shall be a serpent in the way, a viper by the path, that
bites the horse's heels so that his rider falls backward. 18 I wait for your salvation, O Lord.
19 “Raiders shall raid Gad,[c] but he shall raid at their heels.
20 “Asher's food shall be rich, and he shall yield royal delicacies.
21 “Naphtali is a doe let loose that bears beautiful fawns.[d]
22 “Joseph is a fruitful bough, a fruitful bough by a spring; his branches run over the wall.[e] 23 The archers bitterly attacked him, shot at him, and harassed him severely, 24 yet his bow remained unmoved; his arms[f] were made agile by
the hands of the Mighty One of Jacob (from there is the Shepherd,[g] the Stone of Israel), 25 by the God of your father who will help you, by the Almighty[h] who will 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 are mighty beyond the blessings of my parents, up to the bounties of the everlasting hills.[i] May
they be on the head of Joseph, and on the brow of him who was set apart from his
27 “Benjamin is a ravenous wolf, in the morning devouring the prey and at evening dividing the spoil.”
Jacob's Death and Burial
28 All these
are the twelve tribes of Israel. This is what their father said to them as he
blessed them, blessing each with the blessing suitable to him.29 Then he
commanded 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 at Machpelah, to the east of Mamre, in the land of
Canaan, which Abraham bought with the field from Ephron the Hittite to
possess as 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 were bought from the Hittites.”33 When
Jacob finished commanding his sons, he drew up his feet into the bed and
breathed his last and was gathered to his people.
Standard Version (ESV)
Joseph fell on his father's face and wept over him and kissed him.2 And
Joseph commanded his servants the physicians to embalm his father. So the
physicians embalmed Israel.3 Forty
days were required for it, for that is how many are required for embalming. And
the Egyptians wept for him seventy days.
4 And when the days of
weeping for him were past, Joseph spoke to the household of Pharaoh, saying, “If
now I have found favor in your eyes, please speak in the ears of Pharaoh,
father made me swear, saying, “I am about to die: in my tomb that I hewed
out for myself in the land of Canaan, there shall you bury me.” Now therefore,
let me please go up and bury my father. Then I will return.’”6 And
Pharaoh answered, “Go up, and bury your father, as he made you swear.”7 So Joseph
went up to bury his father. With him went up all the servants of Pharaoh, the
elders of his household, and all the elders of the land of Egypt,8 as well
as all the household of Joseph, his brothers, and his father's household. Only
their children, their flocks, and their herds were left in the land of
Goshen.9 And there
went up with him both chariots and horsemen. It was a very great company.10 When they
came to the threshing floor of Atad, which is beyond the Jordan, they
lamented there with a very great and grievous lamentation, and he made a
mourning for his father seven days.11 When the inhabitants of
the land, the Canaanites, saw the mourning on the threshing floor of Atad, they
said, “This is a grievous mourning by the Egyptians.” Therefore the place was
named Abel-mizraim;[a] it is beyond the Jordan.12 Thus his
sons did for him as he had commanded them,13 for his
sons carried him to the land of Canaan and buried him in the cave of the field
at Machpelah, to the east of Mamre, which Abraham bought with the field
from Ephron the Hittite to possess as a burying place.14 After he
had buried his father, Joseph returned to Egypt with his brothers and all who
had gone up with him to bury his father.
God's Good Purposes
Joseph's brothers saw that their father was dead, they said, “It may be that
Joseph will hate us and pay us back for all the evil that we did to him.”16 So they
sent a message to Joseph, saying, “Your father gave this command before he died:17 ‘Say to
Joseph, “Please forgive the transgression of your brothers and their sin,
because they did evil to you.”’ And now, please forgive the transgression of
the servants of the God of your father.” Joseph wept when they spoke to
brothers also came and fell down before him and said, “Behold, we are your
Joseph said to them, “Do not fear, for am I in the place of God?20 As for
you, you meant evil against me, but God meant it for good, to bring it
about that many people[b] should be kept alive, as they are today.21 So do not
fear; I will provide for you and your little ones.” Thus he comforted them
and spoke kindly to them.
The Death of Joseph
22 So Joseph
remained in Egypt, he and his father's house. Joseph lived 110 years.23 And
Joseph saw Ephraim's children of the third generation. The children
also of Machir the son of Manasseh were counted as Joseph's own.[c]24 And
Joseph said to his brothers, “I am about to die, but God will visit you
and bring you up out of this land to the land that he swore to Abraham, to
Isaac, and to Jacob.”25 Then Joseph
made the sons of Israel swear, saying, “God will surely visit you, and you
shall carry up my bones from here.”26 So Joseph died, being 110
years old. They embalmed him, and he was put in a coffin in Egypt.
1 Chronicles 1English
Standard Version (ESV)
From Adam to Abraham
1 [a] Adam, Seth, Enosh;2 Kenan,
Mahalalel, Jared;3 Enoch,
Methuselah, Lamech;4 Noah, Shem, Ham, and
5 The sons of Japheth:
Gomer, Magog, Madai, Javan, Tubal, Meshech, and Tiras.6 The sons
of Gomer: Ashkenaz, Riphath,[b] and Togarmah.7 The sons
of Javan: Elishah, Tarshish, Kittim, and Rodanim.
8 The sons of Ham: Cush,
Egypt, Put, and Canaan.9 The sons
of Cush: Seba, Havilah, Sabta, Raamah, and Sabteca. The sons of Raamah: Sheba
and Dedan.10 Cush
fathered Nimrod. He was the first on earth to be a mighty man.[c]
11 Egypt fathered Ludim,
Anamim, Lehabim, Naphtuhim,12 Pathrusim,
Casluhim (from whom the Philistines came), and Caphtorim.
13 Canaan fathered Sidon his
firstborn and Heth,14 and the
Jebusites, the Amorites, the Girgashites,15 the
Hivites, the Arkites, the Sinites,16 the Arvadites, the
Zemarites, and the Hamathites.
17 The sons of Shem: Elam,
Asshur, Arpachshad, Lud, and Aram. And the sons of Aram:[d] Uz, Hul, Gether, and Meshech.18 Arpachshad
fathered Shelah, and Shelah fathered Eber.19 To Eber
were born two sons: the name of the one was Peleg[e](for in his days the earth was divided), and
his brother's name was Joktan.20 Joktan fathered Almodad,
Sheleph, Hazarmaveth, Jerah,21 Hadoram,
Uzal, Diklah,22 Obal,[f] Abimael, Sheba,23 Ophir,
Havilah, and Jobab; all these were the sons of Joktan.
24 Shem, Arpachshad, Shelah;25 Eber,
Peleg, Reu;26 Serug,
Nahor, Terah;27 Abram, that is, Abraham.
From Abraham to Jacob
28 The sons
of Abraham: Isaac and Ishmael.29 These are
their genealogies: the firstborn of Ishmael, Nebaioth, and Kedar, Adbeel,
Dumah, Massa, Hadad, Tema,31 Jetur,
Naphish, and Kedemah. These are the sons of Ishmael.32 The sons
of Keturah, Abraham's concubine: she bore Zimran, Jokshan, Medan, Midian,
Ishbak, and Shuah. The sons of Jokshan: Sheba and Dedan.33 The sons
of Midian: Ephah, Epher, Hanoch, Abida, and Eldaah. All these were the
descendants of Keturah.
34 Abraham fathered Isaac.
The sons of Isaac: Esau and Israel.35 The sons
of Esau: Eliphaz, Reuel, Jeush, Jalam, and Korah.36 The sons
of Eliphaz: Teman, Omar, Zepho, Gatam, Kenaz, and of Timna,[g] Amalek.37 The sons
of Reuel: Nahath, Zerah, Shammah, and Mizzah.
38 The sons of Seir: Lotan,
Shobal, Zibeon, Anah, Dishon, Ezer, and Dishan.39 The sons
of Lotan: Hori and Hemam;[h] and Lotan's sister was Timna.40 The sons
of Shobal: Alvan,[i] Manahath, Ebal, Shepho,[j] and Onam. The sons of Zibeon: Aiah and
Anah.41 The son[k] of Anah: Dishon. The sons of Dishon:
Hemdan,[l] Eshban, Ithran, and Cheran.42 The sons
of Ezer: Bilhan, Zaavan, and Akan.[m] The sons of Dishan: Uz and Aran.
43 These are the kings who
reigned in the land of Edom before any king reigned over the people of Israel:
Bela the son of Beor, the name of his city being Dinhabah.44 Bela
died, and Jobab the son of Zerah of Bozrah reigned in his place.45 Jobab
died, and Husham of the land of the Temanites reigned in his place.46 Husham
died, and Hadad the son of Bedad, who defeated Midian in the country of Moab,
reigned in his place, the name of his city being Avith.47 Hadad
died, and Samlah of Masrekah reigned in his place.48 Samlah
died, and Shaul of Rehoboth on the Euphrates[n] reigned in his place.49 Shaul died,
and Baal-hanan, the son of Achbor, reigned in his place.50 Baal-hanan
died, and Hadad reigned in his place, the name of his city being Pai; and his
wife's name was Mehetabel, the daughter of Matred, the daughter of Mezahab.51 And Hadad
The chiefs of Edom were: chiefs Timna, Alvah,
Elah, Pinon,53 Kenaz,
Teman, Mibzar,54 Magdiel,
and Iram; these are the chiefs of Edom.