Genesis 49:1 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

Genesis 49:1, NIV: Then Jacob called for his sons and said: 'Gather around so I can tell you what will happen to you in days to come.

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

Genesis 49:1, KJV: And Jacob called unto his sons, and said, Gather yourselves together, that I may tell you that which shall befall you in the last days.

Genesis 49:1, NASB: Then Jacob summoned his sons and said, 'Assemble yourselves, so that I may tell you what will happen to you in the days to come.

Genesis 49:1, NLT: Then Jacob called together all his sons and said, 'Gather around me, and I will tell you what will happen to each of you in the days to come.

Genesis 49:1, CSB: Then Jacob called his sons and said, "Gather around, and I will tell you what will happen to you in the days to come.

What does Genesis 49:1 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

The prior chapter described how Jacob gave the primary family blessing to Joseph's two oldest sons: Ephraim and Manasseh (Genesis 48:5–6). Now Jacob will address each of this other sons in turn. While this section is often labelled as Jacob's "blessing" of his sons, what follows are more prophecy than anything else. Not all the predictions are positive. Jacob's main point is to explain what will happen to the tribes descending from each of these twelve sons.

On his deathbed (Genesis 48:1), Jacob summons them all together to speak about "days to come." Most of the details given in Jacob's oracle will not be fulfilled for several centuries. Then, when the nation is resettled in the Promised Land of Canaan. The book of Judges records some of these outcomes, while others are reserved for later events in the Old Testament.