In the Old Testament and Book of Mormon, there are instances when a patriarch (father) gathers his children and descendants together and give them blessings. Some of these blessings are profound and beautiful – yet in a number of cases the blessings sound more like pronouncements than blessings. That is, the words spoken are less than favorable, acknowledge a serious problem or are in fact negative assessments/forecasts for the person(s) being blessed.
Here are four examples:
39 And Isaac his father answered and said unto him, Behold, thy dwelling shall be the fatness of the earth, and of the dew of heaven from above;
40 And by thy sword shalt thou live, and shalt serve thy brother; and it shall come to pass when thou shalt have the dominion, that thou shalt break his yoke from off thy neck.