Then Jacob summoned his sons and said, "Assemble yourselves that I may tell you what will befall you in the days to come.
"Gather together and hear, O sons of Jacob; And listen to Israel your father.
"Reuben, you are my firstborn; My might and the beginning of my strength, Preeminent in dignity and preeminent in power.
"Uncontrolled as water, you shall not have preeminence, Because you went up to your father's bed; Then you defiled [it]-- he went up to my couch.
"Simeon and Levi are brothers; Their swords are implements of violence.
"Let my soul not enter into their council; Let not my glory be united with their assembly; Because in their anger they slew men, And in their self-will they lamed oxen.
"Cursed be their anger, for it is fierce; And their wrath, for it is cruel. I will disperse them in Jacob, And scatter them in Israel.
"Judah, your brothers shall praise you; Your hand shall be on the neck of your enemies; Your father's sons shall bow down to you.
"Judah is a lion's whelp; From the prey, my son, you have gone up. He couches, he lies down as a lion, And as a lion, who dares rouse him up?
"The scepter shall not depart from Judah, Nor the ruler's staff from between his feet, Until Shiloh comes, And to him [shall be] the obedience of the peoples.
"He ties [his] foal to the vine, And his donkey's colt to the choice vine; He washes his garments in wine, And his robes in the blood of grapes.
"His eyes are dull from wine, And his teeth white from milk.
"Zebulun will dwell at the seashore; And he [shall be] a haven for ships, And his flank [shall be] toward Sidon.
"Issachar is a strong donkey, Lying down between the sheepfolds.
"When he saw that a resting place was good And that the land was pleasant, He bowed his shoulder to bear [burdens], And became a slave at forced labor.
"Dan shall judge his people, As one of the tribes of Israel.
"Dan shall be a serpent in the way, A horned snake in the path, That bites the horse's heels, So that his rider falls backward.
"For Your salvation I wait, O LORD.
"As for Gad, raiders shall raid him, But he will raid [at] their heels.
"As for Asher, his food shall be rich, And he will yield royal dainties.
"Naphtali is a doe let loose, He gives beautiful words.
"Joseph is a fruitful bough, A fruitful bough by a spring; [Its] branches run over a wall.
"The archers bitterly attacked him, And shot [at him] and harassed him;
But his bow remained firm, And his arms were agile, From the hands of the Mighty One of Jacob (From there is the Shepherd, the Stone of Israel),
From the God of your father who helps you, And by the Almighty who blesses you [With] blessings of heaven above, Blessings of the deep that lies beneath, Blessings of the breasts and of the womb.
"The blessings of your father Have surpassed the blessings of my ancestors Up to the utmost bound of the everlasting hills; May they be on the head of Joseph, And on the crown of the head of the one distinguished among his brothers.
"Benjamin is a ravenous wolf; In the morning he devours the prey, And in the evening he divides the spoil."
All these are the twelve tribes of Israel, and this is what their father said to them when he blessed them. He blessed them, every one with the blessing appropriate to him.
Then he charged them and said to them, "I am about to be gathered to my people; bury me with my fathers in the cave that is in the field of Ephron the Hittite,
in the cave that is in the field of Machpelah, which is before Mamre, in the land of Canaan, which Abraham bought along with the field from Ephron the Hittite for a burial site.
"There they buried Abraham and his wife Sarah, there they buried Isaac and his wife Rebekah, and there I buried Leah--
the field and the cave that is in it, purchased from the sons of Heth."
When Jacob finished charging his sons, he drew his feet into the bed and breathed his last, and was gathered to his people.
Then Joseph fell on his father's face, and wept over him and kissed him.
Joseph commanded his servants the physicians to embalm his father. So the physicians embalmed Israel.
Now forty days were required for it, for such is the period required for embalming. And the Egyptians wept for him seventy days.
When the days of mourning for him were past, Joseph spoke to the household of Pharaoh, saying, "If now I have found favor in your sight, please speak to Pharaoh, saying,
'My father made me swear, saying, "Behold, I am about to die; in my grave which I dug for myself in the land of Canaan, there you shall bury me." Now therefore, please let me go up and bury my father; then I will return.'"
Pharaoh said, "Go up and bury your father, as he made you swear."
So Joseph went up to bury his father, and with him went up all the servants of Pharaoh, the elders of his household and all the elders of the land of Egypt,
and all the household of Joseph and his brothers and his father's household; they left only their little ones and their flocks and their herds in the land of Goshen.
There also went up with him both chariots and horsemen; and it was a very great company.
When they came to the threshing floor of Atad, which is beyond the Jordan, they lamented there with a very great and sorrowful lamentation; and he observed seven days mourning for his father.
Now when the inhabitants of the land, the Canaanites, saw the mourning at the threshing floor of Atad, they said, "This is a grievous mourning for the Egyptians." Therefore it was named Abel-mizraim, which is beyond the Jordan.
Thus his sons did for him as he had charged them;
for his sons carried him to the land of Canaan and buried him in the cave of the field of Machpelah before Mamre, which Abraham had bought along with the field for a burial site from Ephron the Hittite.
After he had buried his father, Joseph returned to Egypt, he and his brothers, and all who had gone up with him to bury his father.
When Joseph's brothers saw that their father was dead, they said, "What if Joseph bears a grudge against us and pays us back in full for all the wrong which we did to him!"
So they sent [a message] to Joseph, saying, "Your father charged before he died, saying,
'Thus you shall say to Joseph, "Please forgive, I beg you, the transgression of your brothers and their sin, for they did you wrong."' And now, please forgive the transgression of the servants of the God of your father." And Joseph wept when they spoke to him.
Then his brothers also came and fell down before him and said, "Behold, we are your servants."
But Joseph said to them, "Do not be afraid, for am I in God's place?
"As for you, you meant evil against me, [but] God meant it for good in order to bring about this present result, to preserve many people alive.
"So therefore, do not be afraid; I will provide for you and your little ones." So he comforted them and spoke kindly to them.
Now Joseph stayed in Egypt, he and his father's household, and Joseph lived one hundred and ten years.
Joseph saw the third generation of Ephraim's sons; also the sons of Machir, the son of Manasseh, were born on Joseph's knees.
Joseph said to his brothers, "I am about to die, but God will surely take care of you and bring you up from this land to the land which He promised on oath to Abraham, to Isaac and to Jacob."
Then Joseph made the sons of Israel swear, saying, "God will surely take care of you, and you shall carry my bones up from here."
So Joseph died at the age of one hundred and ten years; and he was embalmed and placed in a coffin in Egypt.
For the choir director; on the Gittith. A Psalm of David. O LORD, our Lord, How majestic is Your name in all the earth, Who have displayed Your splendor above the heavens!
From the mouth of infants and nursing babes You have established strength Because of Your adversaries, To make the enemy and the revengeful cease.
When I consider Your heavens, the work of Your fingers, The moon and the stars, which You have ordained;
What is man that You take thought of him, And the son of man that You care for him?
Yet You have made him a little lower than God, And You crown him with glory and majesty!
You make him to rule over the works of Your hands; You have put all things under his feet,
All sheep and oxen, And also the beasts of the field,
The birds of the heavens and the fish of the sea, Whatever passes through the paths of the seas.
O LORD, our Lord, How majestic is Your name in all the earth!
On one of the days while He was teaching the people in the temple and preaching the gospel, the chief priests and the scribes with the elders confronted [Him],
and they spoke, saying to Him, "Tell us by what authority You are doing these things, or who is the one who gave You this authority?"
Jesus answered and said to them, "I will also ask you a question, and you tell Me:
"Was the baptism of John from heaven or from men?"
They reasoned among themselves, saying, "If we say, 'From heaven,' He will say, 'Why did you not believe him?'
"But if we say, 'From men,' all the people will stone us to death, for they are convinced that John was a prophet."
So they answered that they did not know where [it came] from.
And Jesus said to them, "Nor will I tell you by what authority I do these things."
And He began to tell the people this parable: "A man planted a vineyard and rented it out to vine-growers, and went on a journey for a long time.
"At the [harvest] time he sent a slave to the vine-growers, so that they would give him [some] of the produce of the vineyard; but the vine-growers beat him and sent him away empty-handed.
"And he proceeded to send another slave; and they beat him also and treated him shamefully and sent him away empty-handed.
"And he proceeded to send a third; and this one also they wounded and cast out.
"The owner of the vineyard said, 'What shall I do? I will send my beloved son; perhaps they will respect him.'
"But when the vine-growers saw him, they reasoned with one another, saying, 'This is the heir; let us kill him so that the inheritance will be ours.'
"So they threw him out of the vineyard and killed him. What, then, will the owner of the vineyard do to them?
"He will come and destroy these vine-growers and will give the vineyard to others." When they heard it, they said, "May it never be!"
But Jesus looked at them and said, "What then is this that is written: 'THE STONE WHICH THE BUILDERS REJECTED, THIS BECAME THE CHIEF CORNER [stone]'?
"Everyone who falls on that stone will be broken to pieces; but on whomever it falls, it will scatter him like dust."
The scribes and the chief priests tried to lay hands on Him that very hour, and they feared the people; for they understood that He spoke this parable against them.
So they watched Him, and sent spies who pretended to be righteous, in order that they might catch Him in some statement, so that they [could] deliver Him to the rule and the authority of the governor.
They questioned Him, saying, "Teacher, we know that You speak and teach correctly, and You are not partial to any, but teach the way of God in truth.
"Is it lawful for us to pay taxes to Caesar, or not?"
But He detected their trickery and said to them,
"Show Me a denarius. Whose likeness and inscription does it have?" They said, "Caesar's."
And He said to them, "Then render to Caesar the things that are Caesar's, and to God the things that are God's."
And they were unable to catch Him in a saying in the presence of the people; and being amazed at His answer, they became silent.
Now there came to Him some of the Sadducees (who say that there is no resurrection),
and they questioned Him, saying, "Teacher, Moses wrote for us that IF A MAN'S BROTHER DIES, having a wife, AND HE IS CHILDLESS, HIS BROTHER SHOULD MARRY THE WIFE AND RAISE UP CHILDREN TO HIS BROTHER.
"Now there were seven brothers; and the first took a wife and died childless;
and the third married her; and in the same way all seven died, leaving no children.
"Finally the woman died also.
"In the resurrection therefore, which one's wife will she be? For all seven had married her."
Jesus said to them, "The sons of this age marry and are given in marriage,
but those who are considered worthy to attain to that age and the resurrection from the dead, neither marry nor are given in marriage;
for they cannot even die anymore, because they are like angels, and are sons of God, being sons of the resurrection.
"But that the dead are raised, even Moses showed, in the [passage about the burning] bush, where he calls the Lord THE GOD OF ABRAHAM, AND THE GOD OF ISAAC, AND THE GOD OF JACOB.
"Now He is not the God of the dead but of the living; for all live to Him."
Some of the scribes answered and said, "Teacher, You have spoken well."
For they did not have courage to question Him any longer about anything.
Then He said to them, "How [is it that] they say the Christ is David's son?
"For David himself says in the book of Psalms, 'THE LORD SAID TO MY LORD, "SIT AT MY RIGHT HAND,
UNTIL I MAKE YOUR ENEMIES A FOOTSTOOL FOR YOUR FEET."'
"Therefore David calls Him 'Lord,' and how is He his son?"
And while all the people were listening, He said to the disciples,
"Beware of the scribes, who like to walk around in long robes, and love respectful greetings in the market places, and chief seats in the synagogues and places of honor at banquets,
who devour widows' houses, and for appearance's sake offer long prayers. These will receive greater condemnation."