Hebrew Bible

Genesis 49:9-25

9 You are a lion’s cub, Judah, from the prey, my son, you have gone up. He crouches and lies down like a lion; like a lioness—who will rouse him? 10 The scepter will not depart from Judah, nor the ruler’s staff from between his feet, until he comes to whom it belongs; the nations will obey him. 11 Binding his foal to the vine, and his colt to the choicest vine, he will wash his garments in wine, his robes in the blood of grapes. 12 His eyes will be red from wine, and his teeth white from milk. 13 Zebulun will live by the haven of the sea and become a haven for ships; his border will extend to Sidon. 14 Issachar is a strong-boned donkey lying down between two saddlebags. 15 When he sees a good resting place, and the pleasant land, he will bend his shoulder to the burden and become a slave laborer. 16 Dan will judge his people as one of the tribes of Israel. 17 May Dan be a snake beside the road, a viper by the path, that bites the heels of the horse so that its rider falls backward.

18 I wait for your deliverance, O Lord. 19 Gad will be raided by marauding bands, but he will attack them at their heels. 20 Asher’s food will be rich, and he will provide delicacies to royalty. 21 Naphtali is a free running doe, he speaks delightful words. 22 Joseph is a fruitful bough, a fruitful bough near a spring whose branches climb over the wall. 23 The archers will attack him, they will shoot at him and oppose him. 24 But his bow will remain steady, and his hands will be skillful; because of the hands of the Powerful One of Jacob, because of the Shepherd, the Rock of Israel, 25 because of the God of your father, who will help you, because of the Sovereign God, who will bless you with blessings from the sky above, blessings from the deep that lies below, and blessings of the breasts and womb.

Neofiti Genesis 49:22-25

22 My son Joseph, how you have grown! My son, you who have grown and become mighty and again you are destined to become mighty. I compare you, my son Joseph, to a vine planted by springs of water that sends its roots into the ground, and breaks the teeth of all the rocks, and sends its branches high and overshadows all the trees. Thus did you, Joseph my son, conquer in your wisdom all the magicians of the Egyptians and all their wise men when they mounted you on the second chariot of Pharaoh and acclaimed before you: ‘Long live the father of the king, who is a master in wisdom and young in years.’ And the daughters of the kings and the rulers gazed at you by the windows, and listened to you from the lattices, and cast before you chains, rings and necklaces and breast pendants and all kinds of gold, hoping you would raise your eyes and look at one of them. Far from you, Joseph, my son! You did not raise your eyes nor look at one of them. And the daughters of the kings and of the rulers said one to the other: ‘This is Joseph, the pious man, who has not gone after the appearances of his eyes nor the imaginations of his heart.’ Those are they that destroy the son of man from the world.nn Because of this there will arise from him two tribes: Manasseh and Ephraim who will receive a portion and an inheritance with his brothers in the division of the land. 23 They spoke against him, but all the magicians of Egypt and their wise men were no match for him. They spoke evil before their master, and they informed against him before Pharaoh, the king of Egypt, in order to bring him down from his dignity and to remove him from his royal throne. They spoke calumnious language against him in the palace of Pharaoh, which was more harassing for him than arrows. 24. But he placed his confidence in the Strong One. He stretched out his hand and his arms to beseech mercy from the Strong One of his father Jacob, with the strength of whose arm all the tribes of Israel are sustained. 25 May the Word of the God of your father be at your aid, and may the God of the heavens bless you with the best of the dew and the rain that descend from the heavens from above and with the blessing of the springs of the abyss that come up from the earth, from beneath. Blessed are the breasts from which you sucked and the womb within which you were born.