Pray Every Day

Pray Every Day

Genesis 49

November 24, 2020

Today’s Scripture:

Then Jacob called his sons and said, “Gather around, and I will tell you what will happen to you in the days to come.[a]

2 Come together and listen, sons of Jacob;listen to your father Israel:

3 Reuben, you are my firstborn,my strength and the firstfruits of my virility,excelling in prominence, excelling in power.4 Turbulent as water, you will no longer excel,because you got into your father’s bedand you defiled it—he[b] got into my bed.

5 Simeon and Levi are brothers;their knives are vicious weapons.6 May I never enter their council;may I never join their assembly.For in their anger they kill men,and on a whim they hamstring oxen.7 Their anger is cursed, for it is strong,and their fury, for it is cruel!I will disperse them throughout Jacoband scatter them throughout Israel.

8 Judah, your brothers will praise you.Your hand will be on the necks of your enemies;your father’s sons will bow down to you.9 Judah is a young lion—my son, you return from the kill.He crouches; he lies down like a lionor a lioness—who dares to rouse him?10 The scepter will not depart from Judahor the staff from between his feetuntil He whose right it is comes[c]and the obedience of the peoples belongs to Him.11 He ties his donkey to a vine,and the colt of his donkey to the choice vine.He washes his clothes in wineand his robes in the blood of grapes.12 His eyes are darker than wine,and his teeth are whiter than milk.

13 Zebulun will live by the seashoreand will be a harbor for ships,and his territory will be next to Sidon.

14 Issachar is a strong donkeylying down between the saddlebags.[d]15 He saw that his resting place was goodand that the land was pleasant,so he leaned his shoulder to bear a loadand became a forced laborer.

16 Dan will judge his peopleas one of the tribes of Israel.17 He will be a snake by the road,a viper beside the path,that bites the horses’ heelsso that its rider falls backward.

18 I wait for Your salvation, Lord.

19 Gad will be attacked by raiders,but he will attack their heels.

20 Asher’s[e] food will be rich,and he will produce royal delicacies.

21 Naphtali is a doe set freethat bears beautiful fawns.

22 Joseph is a fruitful vine,a fruitful vine beside a spring;its branches[f] climb over the wall.[g]23 The archers attacked him,shot at him, and were hostile toward him.24 Yet his bow remained steady,and his strong[h] arms were made agileby the hands of the Mighty One of Jacob,by the name of[i] the Shepherd, the Rock of Israel,25 by the God of your father who helps you,and by the Almighty who blesses youwith blessings of the heavens above,