8-12 You, Judah, your brothers will praise you:
        Your fingers on your enemies’ throat,
        while your brothers honor you.
    You’re a lion’s cub, Judah,
        home fresh from the kill, my son.
    Look at him, crouched like a lion, king of beasts;
        who dares mess with him?
    The scepter shall not leave Judah;
        he’ll keep a firm grip on the command staff
    Until the ultimate ruler comes
        and the nations obey him.
    He’ll tie up his donkey to the grapevine,
        his purebred prize to a sturdy branch.
    He will wash his shirt in wine
        and his cloak in the blood of grapes,
    His eyes will be darker than wine,
        his teeth whiter than milk.

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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)

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Footnotes

  1. Genesis 49:10 Or from his descendants
  2. Genesis 49:10 Or to whom tribute belongs; the meaning of the Hebrew for this phrase is uncertain.

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