I HAVE AN ETERNITY AHEAD OF ME CHAPTER 9 OUTLAWING GOD

I HAVE AN ETERNITY AHEAD OF ME

CHAPTER 9

OUTLAWING GOD

To Our World Leaders, Our Legislators, Believers and those seeking Truth and Abundant Life,

God is full of mercy. Yet, He is righteous and can hand down His wrath generation upon generation to them who hate Him but, still, God has unconditional love and His goodness and mercy endureth forever.

Exodus 20:4, 5King James Version (KJV)

4 Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth.

5 Thou shalt not bow down thyself to them, nor serve them: for I the Lord thy God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate me;

Deuteronomy 7:9King James Version (KJV)

9 Know therefore that the Lord thy God, he is God, the faithful God, which keepeth covenant and mercy with them that love him and keep his commandments to a thousand generations;

The contrasting elements within God’s Character can be quite puzzling if one doesn’t understand God’s Love. One thing is for sure, God’s character never changes, nor His Love for us.

Nonetheless, man, can be ruthless and merciless, lacking understanding, without goodness or righteousness, and without unconditional love.  Without God’s character within him, man is always changing, as is his faith, belief, trust, and love for his neighbor and God.

Unlike God, man is capable of doing good and doing evil. God gave us many examples as to the extent of man’s cruelty throughout the Bible.  God knows the hearts of His children, for a father can see into the heart of his child.

Jacob’s (Israel) sons each had different hearts–spirits. Upon his deathbed, knowing their hearts led Israel to bless each in a different way. (Genesis 49) Israel was appalled by the behavior of his sons, Simeon and Levi, who slaughtered the men in the tribe of the man who raped their sister, Dinah. For this, and the hardness of their hearts, Israel cursed them.

However, they had not been alone in their cruelty. Allowing the darkness of jealousy, and bitterness toward their brother Joseph, along with discontentment and resentment toward their father to overtake them and harden their hearts, the sons of Jacob seized their brother, Joseph and plotted to kill him, They changed their minds when given the opportunity to profit by selling him into slavery to a caravan of merchants.

Genesis 37:28King James Version (KJV)

28 Then there passed by Midianites merchantmen; and they drew and lifted up Joseph out of the pit, and sold Joseph to the Ishmeelites for twenty pieces of silver: and they brought Joseph into Egypt.

Yes, man can pass down harsh judgment upon his brother. King David found it better to be punished by God than man.

2 Samuel 24: 13-15

13 So Gad came to David, and told him, and said unto him, Shall seven years of famine come unto thee in thy land? or wilt thou flee three months before thine enemies, while they pursue thee? or that there be three days’ pestilence in thy land? now advise, and see what answer I shall return to him that sent me.

14 And David said unto Gad, I am in a great strait: let us fall now into the hand of the Lord; for his mercies are great: and let me not fall into the hand of man.

15 So the Lord sent a pestilence upon Israel from the morning even to the time appointed: and there died of the people from Dan even to Beersheba seventy thousand men.

Man in his self-righteousness to please his own hardened heart and inability to forgive, outlaws God or, uses religion and legalism as a weapon against the people. What do I mean by that? By rejecting God’s Word and passing laws that go against God’s Word, God must be perceived to be wrong and contrary to man’s laws, whereby, man vilifies God and cast Him out of society!

Or, blinded by his own fear, insecurity, hatred and cruelty, man takes God’s Word, pollutes and corrupts it with false doctrine creates laws to use against and control the people as he wills, not as God wills.

Leaving God out, man creates new laws, giving himself the power and authority to pass down judgments upon his brother, dictating how others will and will not live and denying others freewill. Man’s God-given right to freewill is cast aside so that those who consider themselves to be more entitled, superior, or find THEMSELVES to be WITHOUT SIN, can CAST THE FIRST STONE! They have made God a criminal and an outcast for He FORGIVES with Grace and Mercy, not chaining us to legalism and not forcing our will.

God told us to IMITATE HIM! We will not find God amongst those casting stones, therefore, we, also, should choose not to cast them, because, Jesus wrote in the sand and showed us a better way! “Thy Kingdom come, Let, Thy Will be done on earth as it is in Heaven!”

Many men still cannot see that there is no holiness or righteousness without God. There is no law without God! Therefore, Jesus became the FULFILLMENT OF ALL THE LAW AND THE PROPHECY !

Matthew 5:17-20King James Version (KJV)

17 Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfil.

Man in his OWN limited, shallow wisdom tells himself that he can create laws, leaving God OUT, separating Church and State, and man must follow the laws!

God created man. God is part of man and man can do NOTHING without God! Instead of just creating laws that act as more walls, road blocks and traffic signs, to detour or deter people, which they might ignore, we must lead people to the Fountain and help them follow Jesus along the road that connects them with God and abundant life!

Then, how do we uphold justice and civility, while defining and enacting not only a fair form of law and order but law driven by godly principles. Or is this a fallacy, an unrealistic and erroneous expectation? It may be in this generation of man. Still, it is thought-provoking and not beyond sparking hope that in some imaginable future, man will wake up and look beyond himself to seek the face of God.

He is here. He has never left us. He is around us and in many cases within us, if we look into our consciousness and into our spirit, there exists either a void or a beaming Light which might be overwhelmingly or frightening to some. You might not be used to His Holiness, STILL, He is calling to you , whether or not you find His presence welcoming or foreboding, He wants you to know, I AM ALPHA AND THE OMEGA, THE BEGINNING AND THE ENDING…!

Revelation 1:8King James Version (KJV)

8 I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the ending, saith the Lord, which is, and which was, and which is to come, the Almighty.

If we connect with God, we can connect with one another. Why is it that man can only unite in war and tragedy?

Men seeking power, glory and acceptance use this trait in man to their benefit. Is this trait a strength or weakness? Has God given or allowed us this trait ONLY in order to insure our survival? Or, in man’s weakness has he allowed the enemy to blind and mislead him, hindering man from seeing God’s full purpose for this trait that allows us to override our prejudices and bypass precautionary measures to meet our FULL POTENTIAL IN CHRIST TO UNITE AS ONE UNDER ONE GOD.

What will it take for those who cannot find their way to PEACE to love their neighbors as themselves and as God loves them? How can we help others as part of our responsibility and accountability in OUR abundant life to tear down the wall that is keeping them living in and for a life led by  legalism and strife; captured by the enemy, in bondage, enslaved to legalism; chained to earthly law, kept from the privilege and the FREE OFFERING of FREEDOM in The Truth, The Way and The Life?

How IRONIC that those who call themselves , holy, saintly, godly, righteous and evangelical press so hard against their brother to set boundaries, limitations, restriction, statutes and laws, repealing without thought of filling the void, denying without mercy…yet, they consider themselves the example and the role model of purity and piety….

OH, OH, OOOH HOW IRONIC that as they look down upon their brothers and sisters, the ENEMY places a YOKE around their neck and shackles on their hands and feet. God is the god of True Justice! But, let us not revel in their blindness and ignorance, for, but for the grace of God, it could be us, AGAIN! SOME of us are not long from outside of the chains of bondage, but, God ALLOWS us to see our brother in bondage so that we can REMEMBER where He brought US from and if we have TRULY been delivered. Instead of pointing a finger, we should get down on our knees and cry, “FATHER, SAVE MY BROTHER LIKE YOU SAVED ME!” Or, are you still standing behind your wall, your manmade FORTRESS, throwing rocks at others, threatening, and finding ways to make them yield to YOUR will through legalism or SUFFER because of your hardened heart?

Could it be that as a professed Believer that you’ve chosen to paint on the front of your WALL, something like, Whites only allowed, or Blacks only allowed, Americans only allowed, or Asians only allowed, or Christians only, Jews only, Muslims only, Buddhist only, Republicans are always right, or Democrats are always right, etc. Check and see what messages are painted on the front of your wall and while you’re checking ask yourself and explain to the God you claim to serve and Whom you told everyone has delivered you and set you FREE FROM SIN, FEAR AND DEATH… EXPLAIN to He, who you claim is the HEAD of your LIFE and His Son who still has the nail scars in His hands because of YOU! PLEASE FOR THE LOVE OF GOD and for ALL our sakes, take time to explain why you and so many others build those walls?

Do you KNOW who God is? Do you really BELIEVE His promises? Then, why, WHY aren’t you TRUSTING HIM IN ALL THINGS?

Mr. Trump, Mr. Pence, Ms. Ivanka, Mr. Jared, Brethren, you said you believed! That’s what you’ve been telling the people! Then you should know that JEHOVAH GOD IS IN CONTROL! You cannot fight against God! You don’t have enough power or weapons! You can’t intimidate Him or make Him negotiate on YOUR TERMS! Stop! Turn back! Do not fear what MAN can do! Man has no punishment in comparison to what God has in store for the wicked; those who deceive, lie, steal, destroy, plot against the righteous and seek to go against HIS PLANS!

What you do is not for the benefit of all men. You cannot make yourselves or America great if you don’t know who America is or He who created her! Your haphazard and devious plans are not designed to create greatness! ONLY GOD CAN DETERMINE GREATNESS!  And he who seeks greatness for himself will NEVER be great!

If you really LOVE your father, Ivanka, look him in the eyes and tell him that and tell him there is no shame in being wrong if you repent and try to get right with GOD! If you’ve already told him, then KEEP telling him until he hears you.

Mr. Trump, God recognizes the dark disease within you, and knows he who controls the darkness, but, he tires of your boastfulness and arrogance, trying to take credit for that which only HE can do. You have done NOTHING that He has not ALLOWED you to do in order to EXPOSE the darkness that uses you to do its will.

Do what you will. God will continue to expose you until you humble yourself, repent, turn from your wicked ways, pray and seek God’s face. It is never too late to surrender to God. God is the god of many chances. Each day is one more chance He gives us allowing us to turn from our wicked ways and seek His Will and Way; to learn to love as He loves us; and to follow Jesus to the Kingdom to live in abundance and eternity.

God calls and makes His plea to each and everyone of us. You, sir have learned from your father to DRIVE yourself and to try and DRIVE everyone around you by the love of self and the want of power, esteem and things in the world. Now, it’s time to “let Jesus take the wheel.” He, who is your Heavenly Father desires to teach you a better and perfect way to live, abiding in HIM.

WHAT will you, a rich man, already having so much blocking your way, give up to acquire the Kingdom of God, which is worth more than silver or gold, houses or land, any fame or fortune, presidency or kingdom on earth? God only wants one thing from you and only you can give it to Him. Jesus is asking, do you Donald? Do you love me more than these?” He knows that you’re capable of love, because your heart that you think belongs to you, that spirit inside of you came from the Almighty God of Heaven and Earth. There is NOTHING you can do without HIM! The gig is up! The curtain has been drawn and behind it stands an ordinary, frightened man, wanting to be more than he is. A man so lost, he doesn’t understand that within GOD, even the LEAST of us is EQUALLY SOMEBODY SPECIAL! If you understood that, you wouldn’t be trying so hard to convince yourself and those around you. If you understood that you would stop trying to destroy other men and tarnish their name and legacy out of jealousy. If you understood that you would have been seeking God’s face all of these years instead of chasing, misusing and abusing women and chasing after fame, fortune and power.

God hasn’t given up on you. You’re still here and He has put it upon my heart to tell you this. You see, Jesus died for you, too. For His sake and for your loved ones, surrender. Let God use you for LIGHT and not give you up to darkness. The fear, anxiety and emptiness you feel is because of the burden of the sins that you carry. He can take that away too. Won’t you choose the RIGHT side today?

Have you been truly DELIVERED my Brothers and Sisters, or are you still waiting to choose sides, too?

There is only ONE SIDE TO BE ON IF YOU ARE FREE AND FREE INDEED, LIVING LIFE ABUNDANTLY and that is on the side of GOD!

God’s message to the president is to ALL men and women, boys and girls, who believe they have abundant life. Are you living a lie by your own laws under legalism? Then, why did Jesus die?

Is God, who is TRUTH, outlawed and banned from your life, because He doesn’t fit amongst all the discriminating factors on your wall, keeping out people you see as undesirables and allowing you to live like you want to live and treat people like you want to treat them?

If you have outlawed God then, you can’t be living in His Kingdom and enjoying His promises of abundant and eternal life. But, there’s still hope because, remember, God is THE God of CHANCES. He wants you to know He’s not through with you, yet! But, you have to…

Check your CONNECTION! Has it been rerouted, redirected, maybe even HACKED and  HIJACKED by the enemy because you’ve given him one too many liberties with your heart. Now, he’s captured it, taken up residence, rewired your thinking and (POOF!) he’s tricked you into believing he’s not there. Meanwhile, it’s been so nice getting your own way and doing what you want to do, so that, you are ignorantly and blissfully unaware and wouldn’t care anyway.

Even so, God promised you something and you DESERVE it. Why and how do I know? Because JESUS said so!

John 14: 1-6 King James Version (KJV)

14 Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me.

2 In my Father’s house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you.

3 And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also.

4 And whither I go ye know, and the way ye know.

5 Thomas saith unto him, Lord, we know not whither thou goest; and how can we know the way?

6 Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.

Thanks to Jesus, we don’t have to wait for abundant life! He CONQUERED SIN, DEATH AND THE WORLD!

HUMBLE YOURSELF! SURRENDER YOUR WILL AND DIE TO YOUR FLESH THAT YOU MAY BE REBORN TO LIVE IN CHRIST JESUS WITH THE HOLY SPIRIT!

LISTEN TO SOMEBODY BESIDES YOURSELF! GET INTO THE WORD OF GOD AND CHECK, CHECK, CHECK to make sure you’re connected to the TRUE source of POWER and LOVE, DRIVEN TO LOVE AND OBEY GOD, WITHIN HIS PURPOSE AND PLAN FOR YOU!

LIVE ABUNDANTLY, PRAISING HIM FOR HIS GRACE and MERCY, FOREVERMORE!

Mr. President, you’ll find that it’s not about praising yourself and getting others to praise you, or lying to coverup the fact that you’re wrong and too proud to admit it or apologize. There is no way to count how many times you have given false witness against your neighbors! Only God knows! REPENT!

I am not judging you, we ALL have fallen short of the Mark of Christ Jesus and being human we take our eyes off of Jesus!  Yet, as a Child of God and Jesus’ Ambassador, I am commissioned to tell you about the goodness of the Lord, because He’s given us help and that there is a better way! Yes! There is a BETTER WAY, a Holy and Righteous way that gives you and those AROUND YOU, PEACE and JOY.

It’s not about taking away from people, it’s about giving and trusting God and the Kingdom for the INCREASE! It’s not about pleasing yourself, but, about PLEASING GOD!

It’s not about trying to fool the people, it’s about showing them GOD in YOU! That’s how you can make America greater. That’s how you prove He who is GREATEST dwells within you, making you all that you can be!

You see, you’re too late! While you were praising yourself and trying to destroy Barack Obama, God had already made a nation, called America, because ONLY GOD CAN BUILD NATIONS and only God can tear them down! And you should NEVER FORGET THAT EVERYTHING GOD CREATES IS GREAT !!! God don’t make no junk! He doesn’t use substandard and inferior steel and building materials to save money for HIMSELF!

No, America NEVER stopped being GREAT because God never left her and hasn’t decided to tear her down. The only thing wrong with America is the people who don’t know God and thus don’t know how to treat her and other people in the world. They’re more concerned about THEMSELVES and getting money, than in obeying and loving God, or properly taking care of His precious planet, loving it for the next generation. They have no loyalty to God or country! They believe in taking short cuts and cheating other people because they believe they are ENTITLED!

Mr, President, your way hasn’t worked for you and it’s not going to work for America because you’ve outlawed God!  You can’t leave God out or make Him out of a villain by going against His Word!

Loving your neighbor as yourself includes Syrians, Muslims, Jews, Mexicans and Hispanics, Blacks, Homosexuals, Women, Abortionists, the Disabled, POWs and so on. None of us can cast the first stone and but for the GRACE of God, mm-mm-mmm, we would have more issues than each of us already has.

Where is your TRUTH? Do you even know what Truth is anymore and where to find it?

Your way has proven your weakness, because by HUMBLY abiding in God, we find true power and strength to live in TRUTH, OBEDIENT to God, thereby, proving we LOVE Him, His Will and His Way. YOU have proven to the WORLD that you DON’T love God and that in your world, God is an OUTLAW. You can’t blame it on me, the media, the Democrats, Republicans, your parents, family or anybody else. Donald Trump started down the wrong road a long time ago and he’s been too proud to stop and turn around!

God wants you to know that He knows your beginning and He knows your end and because of this, He understands where and when you went wrong. But, you can thank Him, if it’s in your heart to do so, that it’s not over. No, its not over and you have a chance because there is a better way and an easier way, if you surrender to follow and abide in Jesus.

Brethren, as we reflect upon God’s UNCONDITIONAL LOVE for us, which allowed Him to send His ONLY Begotten Son to the cross to bare our sins and conquer the world and death to bring us into the presence of Jehovah God.  I’m praying that you and others will choose the better way, connected to the VINE, producing GOOD fruit.

Yes, choose to follow JESUS, The Truth, The Way, and The Life–ABUNDANT LIFE in the Kingdom of God! His life and GOD’S love are the reason we can celebrate VICTORY in CHRIST JESUS this RESURRECTION DAY!

God Bless you my Brothers and Sisters. Pray for our LEADERS and Stay CONNECTED!

Let us all give THANKS and PRAISE for His SACRIFICE and His VICTORY! MY SOUL CRIES OUT HALLELUJAH, THANK GOD FOR SAVING ME!

your servant, united with the ONE, because of the ONLY ONE Who is WORTHY! Let us all lift up His Holy Name! Amen!

mishael

“Jesus, Jesus, Oh, how SWEET the name; Jesus, Jesus, Everyday the same; Jesus, Jesus, Heaven and Earth proclaim, the precious name of Jesus!”

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REFERENCED SCRIPTURE

Matthew 5:17-20 King James Version (KJV)

17 Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfil.

18 For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled.

19 Whosoever therefore shall break one of these least commandments, and shall teach men so, he shall be called the least in the kingdom of heaven: but whosoever shall do and teach them, the same shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven.

20 For I say unto you, That except your righteousness shall exceed the righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees, ye shall in no case enter into the kingdom of heaven.

Exodus 20King James Version (KJV)

20 And God spake all these words, saying,

2 I am the Lord thy God, which have brought thee out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage.

3 Thou shalt have no other gods before me.

4 Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth.

5 Thou shalt not bow down thyself to them, nor serve them: for I the Lord thy God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate me;

6 And shewing mercy unto thousands of them that love me, and keep my commandments.

7 Thou shalt not take the name of the Lord thy God in vain; for the Lord will not hold him guiltless that taketh his name in vain.

8 Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy.

9 Six days shalt thou labour, and do all thy work:

10 But the seventh day is the sabbath of the Lord thy God: in it thou shalt not do any work, thou, nor thy son, nor thy daughter, thy manservant, nor thy maidservant, nor thy cattle, nor thy stranger that is within thy gates:

11 For in six days the Lordmade heaven and earth, the sea, and all that in them is, and rested the seventh day: wherefore the Lord blessed the sabbath day, and hallowed it.

12 Honour thy father and thy mother: that thy days may be long upon the land which theLord thy God giveth thee.

13 Thou shalt not kill.

14 Thou shalt not commit adultery.

15 Thou shalt not steal.

16 Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbour.

17 Thou shalt not covet thy neighbour’s house, thou shalt not covet thy neighbour’s wife, nor his manservant, nor his maidservant, nor his ox, nor his ass, nor any thing that is thy neighbour’s.

Genesis 34King James Version (KJV)

34 And Dinah the daughter of Leah, which she bare unto Jacob, went out to see the daughters of the land.

2 And when Shechem the son of Hamor the Hivite, prince of the country, saw her, he took her, and lay with her, and defiled her.

3 And his soul clave unto Dinah the daughter of Jacob, and he loved the damsel, and spake kindly unto the damsel.

4 And Shechem spake unto his father Hamor, saying, Get me this damsel to wife.

5 And Jacob heard that he had defiled Dinah his daughter: now his sons were with his cattle in the field: and Jacob held his peace until they were come.

6 And Hamor the father of Shechem went out unto Jacob to commune with him.

7 And the sons of Jacob came out of the field when they heard it: and the men were grieved, and they were very wroth, because he had wrought folly in Israel in lying with Jacob’s daughter: which thing ought not to be done.

8 And Hamor communed with them, saying, The soul of my son Shechem longeth for your daughter: I pray you give her him to wife.

9 And make ye marriages with us, and give your daughters unto us, and take our daughters unto you.

10 And ye shall dwell with us: and the land shall be before you; dwell and trade ye therein, and get you possessions therein.

11 And Shechem said unto her father and unto her brethren, Let me find grace in your eyes, and what ye shall say unto me I will give.

12 Ask me never so much dowry and gift, and I will give according as ye shall say unto me: but give me the damsel to wife.

13 And the sons of Jacob answered Shechem and Hamor his father deceitfully, and said, because he had defiled Dinah their sister:

14 And they said unto them, We cannot do this thing, to give our sister to one that is uncircumcised; for that were a reproach unto us:

15 But in this will we consent unto you: If ye will be as we be, that every male of you be circumcised;

16 Then will we give our daughters unto you, and we will take your daughters to us, and we will dwell with you, and we will become one people.

17 But if ye will not hearken unto us, to be circumcised; then will we take our daughter, and we will be gone.

18 And their words pleased Hamor, and Shechem Hamor’s son.

19 And the young man deferred not to do the thing, because he had delight in Jacob’s daughter: and he was more honourable than all the house of his father.

20 And Hamor and Shechem his son came unto the gate of their city, and communed with the men of their city, saying,

21 These men are peaceable with us; therefore let them dwell in the land, and trade therein; for the land, behold, it is large enough for them; let us take their daughters to us for wives, and let us give them our daughters.

22 Only herein will the men consent unto us for to dwell with us, to be one people, if every male among us be circumcised, as they are circumcised.

23 Shall not their cattle and their substance and every beast of their’s be our’s? only let us consent unto them, and they will dwell with us.

24 And unto Hamor and unto Shechem his son hearkened all that went out of the gate of his city; and every male was circumcised, all that went out of the gate of his city.

25 And it came to pass on the third day, when they were sore, that two of the sons of Jacob, Simeon and Levi, Dinah’s brethren, took each man his sword, and came upon the city boldly, and slew all the males.

26 And they slew Hamor and Shechem his son with the edge of the sword, and took Dinah out of Shechem’s house, and went out.

27 The sons of Jacob came upon the slain, and spoiled the city, because they had defiled their sister.

28 They took their sheep, and their oxen, and their asses, and that which was in the city, and that which was in the field,

29 And all their wealth, and all their little ones, and their wives took they captive, and spoiled even all that was in the house.

30 And Jacob said to Simeon and Levi, Ye have troubled me to make me to stink among the inhabitants of the land, among the Canaanites and the Perizzites: and I being few in number, they shall gather themselves together against me, and slay me; and I shall be destroyed, I and my house.

31 And they said, Should he deal with our sister as with an harlot?

Genesis 49King James Version (KJV)

49 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.

8 Judah, thou art he whom thy brethren shall praise: thy hand shall be in the neck of thine enemies; thy father’s children shall bow down before thee.

9 Judah is a lion’s whelp: from the prey, my son, thou art gone up: he stooped down, he couched as a lion, and as an old lion; who shall rouse him up?

10 The sceptre shall not depart from Judah, nor a lawgiver from between his feet, until Shiloh come; and unto him shall the gathering of the people be.

11 Binding his foal unto the vine, and his ass’s colt unto the choice vine; he washed his garments in wine, and his clothes in the blood of grapes:

12 His eyes shall be red with wine, and his teeth white with milk.

13 Zebulun shall dwell at the haven of the sea; and he shall be for an haven of ships; and his border shall be unto Zidon.

14 Issachar is a strong ass couching down between two burdens:

15 And he saw that rest was good, and the land that it was pleasant; and bowed his shoulder to bear, and became a servant unto tribute.

16 Dan shall judge his people, as one of the tribes of Israel.

17 Dan shall be a serpent by the way, an adder in the path, that biteth the horse heels, so that his rider shall fall backward.

18 I have waited for thy salvation, O Lord.

19 Gad, a troop shall overcome him: but he shall overcome at the last.

20 Out of Asher his bread shall be fat, and he shall yield royal dainties.

21 Naphtali is a hind let loose: he giveth goodly words.

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.

29 And he charged them, and said unto them, I am to be gathered unto my people: bury me with my fathers in the cave that is in the field of Ephron the Hittite,

30 In the cave that is in the field of Machpelah, which is before Mamre, in the land of Canaan, which Abraham bought with the field of Ephron the Hittite for a possession of a burying place.

31 There they buried Abraham and Sarah his wife; there they buried Isaac and Rebekah his wife; and there I buried Leah.

32 The purchase of the field and of the cave that is therein was from the children of Heth.

33 And when Jacob had made an end of commanding his sons, he gathered up his feet into the bed, and yielded up the ghost, and was gathered unto his people.

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