“Judah, a lion’s cub;
With the prey, my son, you have gone high up [the mountain].
He stooped down, he crouched like a lion,
And like a lion—who dares rouse him?(A)
“The scepter [of royalty] shall not depart from Judah,
Nor the ruler’s staff from between his feet,
Until Shiloh [the Messiah, the Peaceful One] comes,
And to Him shall be the obedience of the peoples.(B)
“Tying [a]his foal to the [strong] vine
And his donkey’s colt to the choice vine,
He washes his clothing in wine [because the grapevine produces abundantly],
And his robes in the blood of grapes.(C)
- Genesis 49:11 I.e. the tribe of Judah.
New International Version
9 You are a lion’s(A) cub,(B) Judah;(C)
you return from the prey,(D) my son.
Like a lion he crouches and lies down,
like a lioness—who dares to rouse him?
10 The scepter will not depart from Judah,(E)
nor the ruler’s staff from between his feet,[a]
until he to whom it belongs[b] shall come(F)
and the obedience of the nations shall be his.(G)
11 He will tether his donkey(H) to a vine,
his colt to the choicest branch;(I)
he will wash his garments in wine,
his robes in the blood of grapes.(J)