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Jacob's prophetic blessing GENESIS,

on his twelve sons. 2 Gather yourselves together, 19 | Gad, a troop shall overand hear, ye sons of Jacob; and come him: but he shall overcome hearken unto Israel your father. at the last.

3 T Reuben, thou art my first 20 1 Out of Asher his bread shall born, my might, and the beginning be fat, and he shall yield royal of my strength, the excellency of dainties. dignity, and the excellency of 21 | Naphtali is a hind let power:

loose: he giveth goodly words. 4 Unstable as water, thou shalt 22 1 Joseph is fruitful bough, not excel; because thou wentest even a fruitful bough by a well, up to thy father's bed; then de- whose branches

over the filedst thou it: he went up to my wall: couch.

23 The archers have sorely grieved 5 1 Simeon and Levi are bre-him, and shot at him, and hated thren; instruments of cruelty are him: in their habitations.

24 But his bow abode in strength, 6. O my soul, come not thou into and the arms of his hands were their secret; unto their assembly, made strong, by the hands of the mnine honour, be not thou united mighty God of Jacob: (from for in their anger they slew a man, thence is the Shepherd, the Stone and in their self-will they digged of Israel :) down a wall.

25 Even by the God of thy fa7 Cursed be their anger, for it ther, who shall help thee, and by was fierce: and their wrath, for it the Almighty, who shall bless thee was cruel: I will divide them with blessings of heaven above, In Jacob, and scatter them in blessings of the deep that lieth unIsrael.

der, blessings of the breasts and of 81 Judah, thou art he whom the womb: thy brethren shall praise; thy hand 26 The blessings of thy father shall be in the neck of thine ene- have prevailed above the blessings mies; thy father's children shall of my progenitors unto the utmost bow down before thee.

bound of the everlasting, hills; 9 Judah is a lion's whelp; from they shall be on the head of Joseph, the prey, my son, thou art gone up: and on the crown of the head of he stooped down, he couched as a him that was separate from his lion, and as an old lion: who shall brethren. touse him up?

27 || Benjamin shall raven as a 10 The sceptre shall not depart wolf; in the morning he shall de from Judah, nor a lawgiver from your the prey, and at night he shall between his feet, until Shiloh come: divide the spoil. and unto him shall the gathering of 281 All these are the twelve tribes the people be.

of Israel: and this is it that their 11 Binding his foal unto the father spake unto them, and blessed vine, and his ass's colt unto the them: every one according to his choice vine; he washed his gar- blessing he blessed them. ments in wine, and his clothes in 29 And he charged them, and the blood of grapes:

said unto them, I am to be gathered 12 His eyes shall be red with unto my people. bury me with my wine, and his teeth white with fathers in the cave that is in the milk.

field of Ephron the Hittite, 13 T Zebulun shall dwell at the 30 In the cave that is in the fielel haven of the sea; and he shall be of Machpelah, which is before for a haven of ships; and his bor- Mamre, in the land of Canaan, der shall be unto Zidon.

which Abraham bought with the 14 | Issachar is a strong ass, field of Ephron the Hittite, for a couching down between two bur possession of a burying-place. dens:

31 (There they buried Abraham 15 And he saw that rest as good, and Sarah his wife; there they and the land that it was pleasant; buried Isaac and Rebekah his wife; and bowed his shoulder to bear, and and there I buried Leah.) became a servant unto tribute. 32 The purchase of the field and

16 11 Dan shall judge his people, of the cave that is therein, was as one of the tribes of Israel. from the children of Heth.

17 Dan shall be a serpent by the 33 And when Jacob had made way, an adder in the path, that an end of commanding his sons, biteth the horse-heels, so that his he gathered up his feet into the rider shall fall backward.

bed, and yielded up the ghost, 18 I have waited for thy salva- and was gathered unto his peution, O LORD!


Jacob's death


and burial CHAP. L.

ing-place of Ephron the Hittite, The Mourning for Jacob. before Mamre. AD Joseph fell upon his fa 14 T And Joseph returned into

ther's face, and wept upon Egypt, he and his brethren, and all him, and kissed him.

that went up with him to bury his 2 And Joseph commanded his father, after he had buried his servants the physicians to embalm | father. his father: and the physicians em 15 11 And when Joseph's brethren balmed Israel.

saw that their father was dead, 3 And forty days were fulfilled they said, Joseph will peradvenfor him; for so are fulfilled the ture hate us, and will certainly redays of those which are embalmed: quite us all the evil which we did and the Egyptians mourned for unto him. him threescore and ten days.

16 And they sent a messenger 4 And when

the days of his unto Joseph, saying, Thy father unto the house of Pharaoh saying: iniz So shall ye say unto Joseph; mourning were past, Joseph spake did command before he died, sayIf now I have found grace in your eyes, speak, I pray you, in the ears Forgive, pray thee now, the of Pharaoh, saying,

trespass of thy brethren, and their 5 My father made me swear sag- sin; for they did unto thee evil: ing, Lo, I dic: in my grave which and now, we pray thee, forgive the I have digged for me in the land of trespass of the servants of the God Canaan, there shalt thou bury me. of thy father. And Joseph wept Now therefore let me go up, I pray when they spake unto him. thee, and bury my father, and I 18 And his brethren also went will come again.

and fell down before his face: and 6 And Pharaoh said, Go up, and they said, Behold, we be thy serbury thy father, according as he vants. made thee swear.

19 And Joseph said unto them, 7 11 And Joseph went up to bury Fear not: for am I in the place of his father: and with him went up God? all the servants of Pharaoh, the 20 But as for you, ye thought elders of his house, and all the evil against me; but God meant it elders of the land of Egypt, unto good, to bring to pass, as it

8 And all the house of Joseph, is this day, to save much people and his brethren, and his father's alive. house: only their little ones, and 21 Now therefore fear ye not: their flocks, and their herds, they I will nourish you, and your little left in the land of Goshen.

ones. A he comforted them, and 9 And there went up with him spake kindly unto them. both chariots and horsemen: and 22 And Joseph dwelt in Egypt, it was a very great company. he, and his father's house and

10 And they came to the thresh- Joseph lived a hundred and ten ing-floor of Atad, which is beyond years. Jordan, and there they mourned 23 And Joseph saw Ephraim's with a great and very sore lamen- children of the third generation: tation : and be made a mourning the children also of Machir, the for his father seven days.

son of Manasseh, were brought up 11 And when the inhabitants of upon Joseph's knees. the land, the Canaanites, saw the 24 And Joseph said unto his mourning in the floor of Atad, they brethren, I die; and God will said, This is a grievous mourning surely visit you, and bring you out to the Egyptians: wherefore the of this land, unto the land which

he name of it was called Abel-miz- sware to Abraham, to Isaac, and raim, which is beyond Jordan. to Jacob.

12 And his sons did unto him 25 And Joseph took an oath of according as he commanded the children of Israel, saying, God them :

will surely visit you, and ye shall 13 For his sons carried him into carry up my bones from hence. the land of Canaan, and buried him 26 So Joseph died, being a hunIn the cave of the field of Mach- dred and ten years old: and they pelah, which Abraham bought with embalmed him, and he was put in the field for a possession of a bury-l a coffin in Egypt



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T The Second Book of MOSES, called EXODUS. CHAP. I.

commanded them, but saved the The Children of Israel increase. men-children alive. COW these are the names of the 18 And the king of Egypt called

children of Israel, which came for the midwives, and said unto into Egypt; every man and his them, Why have ye done this household came with Jacob. thing, and have saved the men

2 Reuben, Simeon, Levi, and children alive? Judah,

19 And the midwives said unto 3 Issachar, Zebulun, and Benja- Pharaoh, Because the Hebrew min,

women are not as the Egyptian 4 Dan, and Naphtali, Gad, and women; for they are lively, and Asher.

are delivered ere the midwives 5 And all the souls that came outcome in unto them. of the loins of Jacob were seventy 20 Therefore God dealt well with souls : for Joseph was in Egypt al- the midwives: and the people mulready.

tiplied, and waxed very mighty. 6 And Joseph died, and all his 21 And it came to pass, because brethren, and all that generation. the midwives feared God, that he

7 And the chiidren of Israel were made them houses. fruitful, and increased abundantly, 22 And Pharaoh charged all his and multiplied,

and waxed exceed-people, şaying, Every son that is ing mighty; and the land was filled born ye shall cast into the river, and with them.

every daughter ye shall save alive. 8 1 Now there arose up a new

CHAP. II. king over Egypt, which knew not Moses hid among the Flags. Joseph.

ND there went a man of the Behold, the people of the children wife a daughter of Levi. of Israel are more and mightier 2 And the woman conceived and than we.

bare a son: and when she saw him 10 Come on, let us deal wisely that he was a goodly child, she hid with them, lest they multiply, and it him three months. come to pass, that, when there fall 3 And when she could not longer eth out any war, they join also unto hide him, she took for him an ark our enemies, and fight against us, of bulrushes, and daubed it with and so get them up out of the slime and with pitch, and put the land.

child therein; and she laid it in the 11 Therefore they did set over flags by the river's brink. them taskmasters, to afflict them 4 And his sister stood afar off, to with their burdens. And they built wit what would be done to him. for Pharaoh treasure-cities, Pi 5 1 And the daughter of Pharaoh thom, and Raamses.

came down to wash herself at the 12 But the more they afflicted river; and her maidens walked them, the more they multiplied and along by the river's side: and when grew. And they were grieved be- she saw the ark among the flags, cause of the children of Israel. she sent her maid to fetch it.

13 And the Egyptians made the 6 And when she had opened it, children of Israel to serve with ri- she saw the child: and, behold, the gour.

babe wept. And she had compas14 And they made their lives bit-sion on him, and said, This is one ter with hard bondage, in mortar, of the Hebrews' children. and in brick, and in all manner of 7 Then said his sister to Phaservice in the field: all their ser- raoh's daughter, Shall I go, and vice wherein they made them serve call to thee a nurse of the Hebrew was with rigour.

women, that she may nurse the 15 And the king of Egypt spake child for thee? to the Hebrew midwives (of which 8 And Pharaoh's daughter said the name of one was Shiphrah, and to her, Go. And the maid went the name of the other Puah ;) and called the child's mother.

16 And he said, When ye do the 9 And Pharaoh's daughter said office of a midwife to the Hebrew unto her, Take this child away and women, and see them upon the nurse it for me and I will give thee stools; ir it be a son, then ye shall thy wages. And the woman took kill hím; but if it be a daughter, the child and nursed it. then she shall live.

10 And the child grew, and she 17 But the midwives feared God, brought him untoPharaoh's daugh; pud did not as the king of Egypt ter, and he became her son. And

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Moses fleeth into Midian. CHAP. III. God appeareth to him she called his name Moses: and 25 And God looked upon the she said, Because I drew him out children of Israel, and God had reof the water.

spect unto them. 11 | And it came to pass in those

CHAP. III. days, when Moses was grown, that God appeareth to Moses.

TOW looked on their burdens: and he Jethro his father-inlaw, the spied an Egyptian smiting, a He- priest of Midian: and he led the brew, one of his brethren.

flock to the back side of the desert, 12 And he looked this way and and came to the mountain of God, that way, and when he saw that even to Horeb. tuere 2013 no man, he slew the 2 And the Angel of the LORD apEgyptian, and hid him in the peared unto him in a flame of fire sund.

out of the midst of a bush; and be 13 And when he went out the se- looked, and, behold, the busli cond day, behold, two men of the burned with fire, and the bush was Hebrews strove together: and he not consumed. said to him that did the wrong, 3 And Moses said, I will now Wherefore smitest thou thy fellow? turn aside, and see this great sight,

14 And he said, Who made thee why the sh is not burned. & prince and a judge over us? in 4 And when the LORD saw that tendest thou to kill me, as thou he turned aside to see, God called killedst the Egyptian? And Moses unto him out of the midst of the feared, and said, Surely this thing bush, and said, Moses, Moses ! And is known.

he said, Here am I. 15 Now when Pharaoh heard 5 And he said, Draw not nigh this thing, he sought to slay Moses. hither: put off thy shoes from off But Moses fled from the face of thy feet; for the place whereon Pharaoh, and dwelt in the land of thou standest is holy ground. Midian: and he sat down by a well. 6 Moreover he said, I am the

16 Now the priest of Midian had God of thy father, the God of Abraseven daughters: and they came ham, the God of Isaac, and the and drew water, and filled the God of Jacob. And Moscs hid his troughs to water their

father's face; for he was afraid to look flock.

upon God. 17 And the shepherds came and 7. And the LORD said, I have drove them away: but Moses stood surely seen the affliction of my peoup and helped them, and watered ple which are in Egypt, and have their flock.

heard their cry by reason of their 18 And when they came to Reuel taskmasters; for I know their sortheir father, he said, How is it that rows: ye are come so soon to-day ? 8 And I am come down to deli

19 And they said, An Egyptian ver them ont of the hand of the delivered us out of the hand of the Egyptians, and to bring them up shepberds, and also drew water out of that land, unto a good land, enough for us, and watered the and a large, unto a land flowing flock.

with milk and honey; unto the 20 And he said unto his daugh-place of the Canaanites, and the ters, And where is he? why is it Hittites, and the Amorites, and the that ye have left the man? call Perizzites, and the Hivites, and the hirn, that he may eat bread. Jebusites.

21 And Moses was content to 9 Now therefore, behold, the cry dwell with the man: and he gave of the children of Israel is come Moses, Zipporah his daughter. unto me: and I have also seen the

22 And she bare him a son, and oppression wherewith the Egyphe called his name Gershom; for tians oppress them. he said, I have been a stranger in 10 Come now therefore, and I a strange land.

will send thee unto Pharaoh, that 23 1 And it came to pass, in pro-thou mayest bring forth my people, cess of time, that the king of Egypt the children of Israel, out of Egypt. died: and the children of Israel 11 1 And Moses said unto God, sighed by reason of the bondage, Who am I, that I should go unto and they cried; and their cry came Pharaoh, and that I should bring up unto God, by reason of the bon- forth the children of Israel out of dage.

Egypt? 2 And God heard their groan 12 And he said, Certainly I will ing, and God remembered his co-be

with thee; and this shall be a venant with Abraham, with Isaac, token unto thee, that I have sent and with Jacob.

thee: When thou hast brought

God calleth Moses


to deliver Israel forth the people out of Egypt, ye

CHAP. IV. shall serve God upon this mountain. Moses' Rod changed.

23. And Moses saimeuntot God ANBut.osenons.wered and said, children of Israel, and shall say believe me, nor hearken unto my unto them, The God of your fa- voice: for they will say, The thers hath sent me unto you; and LORD hath not appeared unto they shall say to me, What 'is his thee. name?

What shall I say unto 2 And the LORD said unto him, them?

What is that in thy hand? And he 14 And God said unto Moses, said, A rod. I AM THAT I AM: And he said, 3 And he said, Cast it on the Thus shalt thou say unto the chil' ground. And he cast it on the dren of Israel, I AM hath sent me ground, and it became a serpent : unto you.

and Moses fled from before it. 15 And God said moreover unto 4 And the LORD said unto Moses, Thus shalt thou say unto Moses, Put forth thy hand, and the children of Israel, The LORD take it by the tail. And he put God of your fathers, the God of forth his hand, and caught it, and Abraham, the God of Isaac, and it became a rod in his hand : the God of Jacob, hath sent me 5 That they may believe that unto you: this is my name for the LORD God of their fathers, the ever, and this is my memorial God of Abraham, the God of unto all generations.

Isaac, and the God of Jacob, hath 16 Go, and gather the elders of appeared unto thee. Israel together, and say unto them, 6 1 And the LORD said furtherThe LORD God of your fathers, more unto him, Put now thy hand the God of Abraham, of Isaac, into thy bosom. And he put his and of Jacob, appeared unto me, hand into his bosom: and when he saying, I have surely visited you, took it out, behold, his hand was and seen that which is done to leprous as snow. you in Egypt:

7 And he said, Put thy hand into 17 And I have said, I will bring thy bosom again. And he put hiş you up out of the affliction of hand into his bosom again, and Egypt, unto the land of the Canaan-plucked it out of his bosom, and ites, and the Hittites, and the behold, it was turned again as his Amorites, and the Perizzites, and other flesh. the Hivites, and the Jebusites, unto 8 And it shall come to pass, if a land flowing with milk and honey. they will not believe thee, neither

18 And they shall hearken to thy hearken to the voice of the first voice; and thou shalt come, thou sign, that they will believe the and the elders of Israel, unto the voice of the latter sign. king of Egypt, and ye shall say 9 And it shall come to pass, if unto him, The LORD God of the they will not believe also these two Hebrews hath met with us; and signs, neither hearken unto thy now let us go (we beseech thee) voice, that thou shalt take of the three days' journey into the wilder- water of the river, and pour it upon ness, that we may sacrifice to the the dry land : and the water which LORD our God.

thou takest out of the river 19 1 And I am sure that the king shall become blood upon the dry of Egypt will not let you go, no, land. not by a mighty hand.

10 11 And Moses said unto the 20 And I will stretch out my LORD, O my Lord, I am not elohand, and smite Egypt with all my quent, neither heretofore, nor since wonders which I will do in the thou hast spoken unto thy servant : midst thereof: and after that he but I am slow of speech, and of a will let you go

slow tongue. 21 And I will give this people fa 11 And the LORD said unto him, vour in the sight of the Egyptians: Who hath made man's mouth? or and it shall come to pass, that, who maketh the dumb, or deaf, or when ye go, ye shall not go empty: the seeing, or the blind ? have not I

22 But every woman shall bor- the LORD? row of her neighbour, and of her 12 Now therefore go, and I will shat sojourneth in her house, be with thy mouth, and teach thee jewels of silver, and jewels of gold, what thou shalt say. and raiment: and ye shall put them 13 And he said, O my Lord, upon your sons, and upon your send, I pray thee, by the hand of daughters: and ye shall spoil the him whom thou wilt send. Egyptians.

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