Joseph had a heart faithful to the LORD and was the “prince among his brothers,” but His strength was really in His father’s God, who helped Him (v. 25).

BibleGateway: Genesis 49:22-28

ESV Text: Genesis 49:22-28

Genesis 49:22-28 (Listen)

22 “Joseph is a fruitful bough,
a fruitful bough by a spring;
his branches run over the wall.
23 The archers bitterly attacked him,
shot at him, and harassed him severely,
24 yet his bow remained unmoved;
his arms were made agile
by the hands of the Mighty One of Jacob
(from there is the Shepherd, the Stone of Israel),
25 by the God of your father who will help you,
by the Almighty who will bless you
with blessings of heaven above,
blessings of the deep that crouches beneath,
blessings of the breasts and of the womb.
26 The blessings of your father
are mighty beyond the blessings of my parents,
up to the bounties of the everlasting hills.
May they be on the head of Joseph,
and on the brow of him who was set apart from his brothers.

27 “Benjamin is a ravenous wolf,
in the morning devouring the prey
and at evening dividing the spoil.”

Jacob’s Death and Burial

28 All these are the twelve tribes of Israel. This is what their father said to them as he blessed them, blessing each with the blessing suitable to him. (ESV)


KJV Text:

(Alt. audio): Chapter: 49

     22 Joseph is a fruitful bough, even a fruitful bough by a well; whose branches run over the wall: 23 The archers have sorely grieved him, and shot at him, and hated him: 24 But his bow abode in strength, and the arms of his hands were made strong by the hands of the mighty God of Jacob; (from thence is the shepherd, the stone of Israel:) 25 Even by the God of thy father, who shall help thee; and by the Almighty, who shall bless thee with blessings of heaven above, blessings of the deep that lieth under, blessings of the breasts, and of the womb: 26 The blessings of thy father have prevailed above the blessings of my progenitors unto the utmost bound of the everlasting hills: they shall be on the head of Joseph, and on the crown of the head of him that was separate from his brethren. 27 Benjamin shall ravin as a wolf: in the morning he shall devour the prey, and at night he shall divide the spoil.

     28 All these are the twelve tribes of Israel: and this is it that their father spake unto them, and blessed them; every one according to his blessing he blessed them.(KJV)


Hymn: TLH 17:
Oh Worship the King

Hymnary.org — Organ Audio

1. Oh, worship the King 
All glorious above: 
Oh, gratefully sing 
His power and His love, 
Our Shield and Defender, 
The Ancient of Days, 
Pavilioned in splendor 
And girded with praise! 

2. Oh, tell of His might, 
Oh, sing of His grace, 
Whose robe is the light, 
Whose canopy space! 
His chariots of wrath 
The deep thunder-clouds form, 
And dark is His path 
On the wings of the storm. 

3. This earth, with its store 
Of wonders untold, 
Almighty, Thy power 
Hath founded of old, 
Hath stablished it fast 
By a changeless decree, 
And round it hath cast, 
Like a mantle, the sea. 

4. Thy bountiful care 
What tongues can recite? 
It breathes in the air, 
It shines in the light, 
It streams from the hills, 
It descends to the plain, 
And sweetly distills 
In the dew and the rain. 

5. Frail children of dust 
And feeble as frail, 
In Thee do we trust 
Nor find Thee to fail. 
Thy mercies, how tender, 
How firm to the end, 
Our maker, Defender, 
Redeemer, and Friend! 

6. O measureless Might, 
Ineffable Love, 
While angels delight 
To hymn Thee above, 
Thy humbler creation, 
Though feeble their lays, 
With true adoration 
Shall sing to Thy praise. 


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