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1 And Jacob called unto his sons, and said, Gather yourselves together, that I may tell you that which shall befall you in the last days. 2 Gather yourselves together, and hear, ye sons of Jacob; and hearken unto Israel your father. 3 Reuben, thou art my firstborn, my might, and the beginning of my strength, the excellency of dignity, and the excellency of power: 4 Unstable as water, thou shalt not excel; because thou wentest up to thy father's bed; then defiledst thou it: he went up to my couch. 5 Simeon and Levi are brethren; instruments of cruelty are in their habitations. 6 O my soul, come not thou into their secret; unto their assembly, mine honour, be not thou united: for in their anger they slew a man, and in their selfwill they digged down a wall. 7 Cursed be their anger, for it was fierce; and their wrath, for it was cruel: I will divide them in Jacob, and scatter them in Israel. 8 Judah, thou art he whom thy brethren shall praise: thy hand shall be in the neck of thine enemies; thy father's children shall bow down before thee. 9 Judah is a lion's whelp: from the prey, my son, thou art gone up: he stooped down, he couched as a lion, and as an old lion; who shall rouse him up? 10 The sceptre shall not depart from Judah, nor a lawgiver from between his feet, until Shiloh come; and unto him shall the gathering of the people be. 11 Binding his foal unto the vine, and his ass's colt unto the choice vine; he washed his garments in wine, and his clothes in the blood of grapes: 12 His eyes shall be red with wine, and his teeth white with milk. 13 Zebulun shall dwell at the haven of the sea; and he shall be for an haven of ships; and his border shall be unto Zidon. 14 Issachar is a strong ass couching down between two burdens: 15 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. 16 Dan shall judge his people, as one of the tribes of Israel. 17 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. 18 I have waited for thy salvation, O LORD. 19 Gad, a troop shall overcome him: but he shall overcome at the last. 20 Out of Asher his bread shall be fat, and he shall yield royal dainties. 21 Naphtali is a hind let loose: he giveth goodly words. 22 Joseph is a fruitful bough, even a fruitful bough by a well; whose branches run over the wall: 23 The archers have sorely grieved him, and shot at him, and hated him: 24 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 thence is the shepherd, the stone of Israel:) 25 Even by the God of thy father, who shall help thee; and by the Almighty, who shall bless thee with blessings of heaven above, blessings of the deep that lieth under, blessings of the breasts, and of the womb: 26 The blessings of thy father have prevailed above the blessings of my progenitors unto the utmost bound of the everlasting hills: they shall be on the head of Joseph, and on the crown of the head of him that was separate from his brethren. 27 Benjamin shall ravin as a wolf: in the morning he shall devour the prey, and at night he shall divide the spoil. 28 All these are the twelve tribes of Israel: and this is it that their father spake unto them, and blessed them; every one according to his blessing he blessed them. 29 And he charged them, and said unto them, I am to be gathered unto 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 of Machpelah, which is before Mamre, in the land of Canaan, which Abraham bought with the field of Ephron the Hittite for a possession of a buryingplace. 31 There they buried Abraham and Sarah his wife; there they buried Isaac and Rebekah his wife; and there I buried Leah. 32 The purchase of the field and of the cave that is therein was from the children of Heth. 33 And when Jacob had made an end of commanding his sons, he gathered up his feet into the bed, and yielded up the ghost, and was gathered unto his people.

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1 angela h = "Reuben had sex with Jacob's concubine. Genesis 35:22"Unstable as water" is how Reuben's father describes him. This indicates that he is moves whichever way is easiest, therefore having no standards."
2 angela h = "Jesus is a descendant of the tribe of Judah. Matthew 1:2Mention of the scepter is made here to assure that God's kingdom is established through Judah."
3 Yaakov ben Chaim Tzvi = "“The staff shall not depart from Judah, nor a lawgiver from between his feet  until Shiloh arrives, and his will be an  assembly of nations.” – Genesis 49:10Missionaries quote this verse in an effort to prove the  alleged messiah-ship of Jesus. The missionary argues that this verse predicts  that the tribe of Judah will  not lose political power until the coming of the Messiah (Shiloh).  Since the tribe of Judah  no longer possesses any political power, the Messiah must have already arrived.The fallacies of this argument are manifold. It is obvious  (and missionaries agree) that the Messiah is to come from the tribe of Judah. The  prediction contained within this verse is that even unto the coming of the Messiah, Judah’s  descendants will occupy positions of leadership. This does not mean that with  the coming of the Messiah, this will cease to be. On the contrary, Judah’s  descendant, the Messiah, will occupy a most prominent position of leadership.Now we must ask ourselves if Jesus was from the tribe of Judah? If Jesus had no human father – as the Christians claim,  then the answer is clearly – no. The last chapter of the book of Numbers  makes it abundantly clear, that tribal lineage follows the father. If Jesus’  father was not from the tribe of Judah,  then Jesus did not belong to the tribe of Judah. If Jesus was not from the  tribe of Judah,  then this verse itself tells us that he was not the Messiah.Furthermore, it must be acknowledged that long before  Jesus arrived on the scene, the tribe of Judah had ceased to produce  political leaders. With the death of King Zedekiah, (five centuries before the  birth of Jesus) the political scepter of leadership departed from the tribe of Judah. This  fact does not negate the prophecy of Jacob. It is understood that the terms  “rod” and “lawgiver” can apply within the limited sense of internal Jewish  leadership, as opposed to political leadership in the international sense.  Although the Jewish people lost their independence to the Babylonian  conquerors, the rod had still not departed from Judah. Since the Jewish nation  retained their national identity, they still looked to their own leaders for  guidance on internal matters. In every generation since the Babylonian  invasion, many of the Jewish leaders were from the tribe of Judah. This  fact holds true until today, thus Jacob’s prophecy is still being fulfilled."
4 Sarah R = "Many Christian scholars have taken this verse as a prophecy regarding the coming Messiah. Note that Jesus' ancestry is traced back to Judah both from Joseph's side (Matthew 1:1-16) and Mary's side (Luke 3:23-38). As Jesus' reign will be everlasting, from Him the "sceptre shall never depart." "
5 angela h = "Many believe that this is predictive that oil will be found in Israel in the land given to Joseph's sons. Only time will tell."