Kramer Chapel Sermon - February 03, 2014

Genesis 49:1–2, 8–13, 21–26


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Genesis 49:1-2

Jacob Blesses His Sons

49:1 Then Jacob called his sons and said, “Gather yourselves together, that I may tell you what shall happen to you in days to come.

“Assemble and listen, O sons of Jacob,
listen to Israel your father.

Genesis 49:8-13

“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.
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; [1]
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.

Genesis 49:21-26

21 “Naphtali is a doe let loose
that bears beautiful fawns. [2]

22 “Joseph is a fruitful bough,
a fruitful bough by a spring;
his branches run over the wall. [3]
23 The archers bitterly attacked him,
shot at him, and harassed him severely,
24 yet his bow remained unmoved;
his arms [4] were made agile
by the hands of the Mighty One of Jacob
(from there is the Shepherd, [5] the Stone of Israel),
25 by the God of your father who will help you,
by the Almighty [6] 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. [7]
May they be on the head of Joseph,
and on the brow of him who was set apart from his brothers. (ESV)

Footnotes

[1] 49:10 By a slight revocalization; a slight emendation yields (compare Septuagint, Syriac, Targum) until he comes to whom it belongs; Hebrew until Shiloh comes, or until he comes to Shiloh
[2] 49:21 Or he gives beautiful words, or that bears fawns of the fold
[3] 49:22 Or Joseph is a wild donkey, a wild donkey beside a spring, his wild colts beside the wall
[4] 49:24 Hebrew the arms of his hands
[5] 49:24 Or by the name of the Shepherd
[6] 49:25 Hebrew Shaddai
[7] 49:26 A slight emendation yields (compare Septuagint) the blessings of the eternal mountains, the bounties of the everlasting hills

Scripture taken from The Holy Bible, English Standard Version. Copyright ©2001 by Crossway Bibles, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved. Text provided by the Crossway Bibles Web Service.

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