Genesis 49:26

Hebrew Bible

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. 26 The blessings of your father are greater than the blessings of the eternal mountains or the desirable things of the age-old hills. They will be on the head of Joseph and on the brow of the prince of his brothers. 27 Benjamin is a ravenous wolf; in the morning devouring the prey, and in the evening dividing the plunder.” 28 These are the twelve tribes of Israel. This is what their father said to them when he blessed them. He gave each of them an appropriate blessing.

Deuteronomy 33:16

Hebrew Bible

14 with the harvest produced by the daylight and by the moonlight; 15 with the best of the ancient mountains and the harvest produced by the age-old hills; 16 with the harvest of the earth and its fullness and the pleasure of him who resided in the burning bush. May blessing rest on Joseph’s head, and on the top of the head of the one set apart from his brothers. 17 May the firstborn of his bull bring him honor, and may his horns be those of a wild ox; with them may he gore all peoples, all the far reaches of the earth. They are the ten thousands of Ephraim, and they are the thousands of Manasseh.” 18 Of Zebulun he said:“Rejoice, Zebulun, when you go outside, and Issachar, when you are in your tents.

 Notes and References

"... The first 'tribal saying' (verse 8) is in his view a description of Judah in the present tense, which suits especially the context of Judges 5, where a tribe is praised because of its bravery. In each case this saying does not mean that Judah was to receive the leadership (not to mention the kingship) among the tribes as is thought by other scholars. However, Westermann apparently overlooked the very close parallel of this verse with Genesis 27:29, which in his view is a leadership's-blessing ... In his commentary he only states that verse 29b contains a reminiscence of the tribal sayings Genesis 49:8; Deuteronomy 33:16. However, whereas Genesis 27:29 can be considered a blessing, it might be asked why Genesis 49:8 could not be a blessing, especially because the tenses of verse 8 appear to relate this text to the future. Judah is assigned power over his brothers and over the nations in the same way as his father by his deceit of Isaac; nevertheless, in this sense verse 8 is related very strongly to the preceding sayings and to the framework. An exact definition is hard to give however, but in view of the parallel with Genesis 27:29 and of the concluding definition in verse 28, it might be appropriate to characterize the text as a blessing in which the leadership in Israel is unreservedly assigned to Judah. Whereas in verse 8 Judah's supremacy is promised, we find in verse 9 a description of Judah's power and sovereignty, while verse 10-12 contains an assignment of the everlasting power followed by the blessed situation of the land ..."

Hoop, Raymond de Genesis 49 in Its Literary and Historical Context (p. 292) Brill, 1999

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