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Now Jacob was on his deathbed, and he gathered his sons around to say his last words to them.

Reuben, the firstborn, is told that he will not excel, because he took liberties with Jacob's concubine.

Simeon and Levi are the violent sons. Jacob says they will be divided in the land and scattered in Israel. The tribe of Simeon will be completely surrounded by Judah, and the Levites will indeed be scattered throughout every tribe. They become the priestly tribe, but not on the merits of their father Levi.

Judah receives the main Blessing, the one he stole from Esau. This is the right to rule all Israel. Down his line will be the line of kings, the House of David, ending, so say Christians, with Jesus, the King of Kings.

Jacob predicts that Zebulon will be a coastal tribe with a border nigh to Tyre. This sort of thing fills the rest of the chapter. Jacob is made to say by the Jawhist little obscure anecdotes about the doings of the twelve tribes, known in hindsight from the time the book was written.

Then after Jacob blesses (or curses, as the case may be) all his sons he commands them to bury him with this fathers in Hebron, in the Tomb of the Patriarchs, and he dies.

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