As Jacob speaks his last words to his sons, we know that some of his descendants will fall away. Praise God for all who remain faithful and true.

BibleGateway: Genesis 49:1-7

ESV Text: Genesis 49:1-7

Genesis 49:1-7 (Listen)

Jacob Blesses His Sons

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

“Assemble and listen, O sons of Jacob,
listen to Israel your father.

“Reuben, you are my firstborn,
my might, and the firstfruits of my strength,
preeminent in dignity and preeminent in power.
Unstable 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;
weapons of violence are their swords.
Let my soul come not into their council;
O my glory, be not joined to their company.
For in their anger they killed men,
and in their willfulness they hamstrung oxen.
Cursed be their anger, for it is fierce,
and their wrath, for it is cruel!
I will divide them in Jacob
and scatter them in Israel. (ESV)


KJV Text:

(Alt. audio): Chapter: 49

     1 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. 2 Gather yourselves together, and hear, ye sons of Jacob; and hearken unto Israel your father. 3 Reuben, thou art my firstborn, my might, and the beginning of my strength, the excellency of dignity, and the excellency of power: 4 Unstable as water, thou shalt not excel; because thou wentest up to thy father’s bed; then defiledst thou it: he went up to my couch.

     5 Simeon and Levi are brethren; instruments of cruelty are in their habitations. 6 O my soul, come not thou into their secret; unto their assembly, mine honour, be not thou united: for in their anger they slew a man, and in their selfwill they digged down a wall. 7 Cursed be their anger, for it was fierce; and their wrath, for it was cruel: I will divide them in Jacob, and scatter them in Israel.(KJV)


Hymn: TLH 463:
For All the Saints

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1. For all the saints who from their labors rest, 
Who Thee by faith before the world confess, 
Thy name, O Jesus, be forever blest, 
Alleluia! Alleluia! 

2. Thou wast their Rock, their Fortress, and their Might; 
Thou, Lord, their Captain in the well-fought fight; 
Thou, in the darkness drear, their one true Light. 
Alleluia! Alleluia! 

3. Oh, may Thy soldiers, faithful, true and bold, 
Fight as the saints who nobly fought of old 
And win with them the victor’s crown of gold. 
Alleluia! Alleluia! 

4. O blest communion, fellowship divine, 
We feebly struggle, they in glory shine; 
Yet all are one in Thee, for all are Thine. 
Alleluia! Alleluia! 

5. And when the fight is fierce, the warfare long, 
Steals on the ear the distant triumph song, 
And hearts are brave again, and arms are strong. 
Alleluia! Alleluia! 

6. But, lo, there breaks a yet more glorious day; 
The saints triumphant rise in bright array; 
The King of Glory passes on His way. 
Alleluia! Alleluia! 

7. From earth’s wide bounds, from ocean’s farthest coast, 
Through gates of pearl streams in the countless host, 
Singing to Father, Son, and Holy Ghost, 
Alleluia! Alleluia! 

8. The golden evening brightens in the west; 
Soon, soon, to faithful warriors cometh rest. 
Sweet is the calm of Paradise the blest. 
Alleluia! Alleluia! 


Hymn: LSB 678 We Sing for All the Unsung Saints
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