“He washed his garments in wine.”
“[He washed] his clothes in the blood of grapes.”
Understanding the Scriptures
|Befall (v. 1)||Happen to|
|The excellency of (v. 3)||The highest in|
|Dignity (v. 3)||Honor|
|Unstable (v. 4)||Reckless|
|Excel (v. 4)||Be great|
|Defiledst (v. 4)||Made unclean (see Genesis 35:22)|
|Couch (v. 4)||Bed|
|Instruments of cruelty (v. 5)||Weapons of violence|
|Habitations (v. 5)||Place where one lives|
|Selfwill (v. 6)||Selfishness, lack of control of one’s emotions|
|Whelp (v. 9)||Offspring|
|Prey (vv. 9, 27)||Victim, conquered and taken by force to be eaten|
|Couched (vv. 9, 14)||Laid down|
|Rouse him up (v. 9)||Awake him|
|Sceptre (v. 10)||Right or authority to rule|
|Binding (v. 11)||Tying|
|Foal (v. 11)||Young donkey|
|Haven (v. 13)||Harbor, safe place|
|Bear (v. 15)||Carry|
|Tribute (v. 15)||Forced labor|
|Adder (v. 17)||Snake|
|Royal dainties (v. 20)||Rare things given to kings|
|Hind (v. 21)||Female deer|
|Bough (v. 22)||Large branch|
|Sorely grieved (v. 23)||Greatly humbled|
|Abode in strength (v. 24)||Stayed strong|
|Have prevailed (v. 26)||Are greater|
|Progenitors (v. 26)||Ancestors|
|Utmost (v. 26)||Farthest|
|Ravin (v. 27)||Eat greedily, take food by violence and force|
|Devour (v. 27)||Eat up|
|Spoil (v. 27)||Things taken by force|
|Charged (v. 29)||Commanded|
|Yielded up the ghost (v. 33)||Died|
Studying the Scriptures
Do two of the following activities (A–C) as you study Genesis 49.
Identify the Blessings
Underline the names of the twelve sons of Israel in your scriptures so that you can quickly see where to find each son’s blessing. Write about the special things promised to Judah and Joseph; two blessings seem to stand out above the others.
The blessings given in Genesis 49 are like patriarchal blessings. Explain what your patriarchal blessing means to you.
Explain why we receive a patriarchal blessing and what the requirements are to receive one.
How Was This Prophecy Fulfilled?
Explain what verse 22 in Genesis 49 means. To help you, read 1 Nephi 5:14–16 and Jacob 2:25, which tell which tribe the Book of Mormon people are from. Also keep in mind that Elder LeGrand Richards said that the “everlasting hills” in Genesis 49:26 refer to the Americas (see Conference Report, Apr. 1967, 20).