Moses Blesses the Tribes of Israel
1And this is the blessing, wherewith Moses the man of God blessed the children of Israel before his death. 2And he said,
The Lord came from Si´nai,
and rose up from Se´ir unto them;
he shined forth from mount Paran,
and he came with ten thousands of saints:
from his right hand went a fiery law for them.
3Yea, he loved the people;
all his saints are in thy hand:
and they sat down at thy feet;
every one shall receive of thy words.
4Moses commanded us a law,
even the inheritance of the congregation of Jacob.
5And he was king in Jesh´urun,
when the heads of the people and the tribes of Israel were gathered together.
6Let Reuben live, and not die;
and let not his men be few.
7And this is the blessing of Judah: and he said,
Hear, Lord, the voice of Judah,
and bring him unto his people:
let his hands be sufficient for him;
and be thou a help to him from his enemies.
8 # Exod 28.30; Exod 17.7; Exod 17.7; Num 20.13. And of Levi he said,
Let thy Thummim and thy Urim be with thy holy one,
whom thou didst prove at Massah,
and with whom thou didst strive at the waters of Mer´ibah;
9who said unto his father and to his mother,
I have not seen him;
neither did he acknowledge his brethren,
nor knew his own children:
for they have observed thy word,
and kept thy covenant.
10They shall teach Jacob thy judgments,
and Israel thy law:
they shall put incense before thee,
and whole burnt sacrifice upon thine altar.
11Bless, Lord, his substance,
and accept the work of his hands:
smite through the loins of them that rise against him,
and of them that hate him, that they rise not again.
12 And of Benjamin he said,
The beloved of the Lord shall dwell in safety by him;
and the Lord shall cover him all the day long,
and he shall dwell between his shoulders.
13And of Joseph he said,
Blessed of the Lord be his land,
for the precious things of heaven, for the dew,
and for the deep that coucheth beneath,
14and for the precious fruits brought forth by the sun,
and for the precious things put forth by the moon,
15and for the chief things of the ancient mountains,
and for the precious things of the lasting hills,
16and for the precious things of the earth and fulness thereof,
and for the good will of him that dwelt in the bush:
let the blessing come upon the head of Joseph,
and upon the top of the head of him that was separated from his brethren.
17His glory is like the firstling of his bullock,
and his horns are like the horns of unicorns:
with them he shall push the people together to the ends of the earth:
and they are the ten thousands of E´phra-im,
and they are the thousands of Manas´seh.
18And of Zeb´ulun he said,
Rejoice, Zeb´ulun, in thy going out;
and, Is´sachar, in thy tents.
19They shall call the people unto the mountain;
there they shall offer sacrifices of righteousness:
for they shall suck of the abundance of the seas,
and of treasures hid in the sand.
20And of Gad he said,
Blessed be he that enlargeth Gad:
he dwelleth as a lion,
and teareth the arm with the crown of the head.
21And he provided the first part for himself,
because there, in a portion of the lawgiver, was he seated;
and he came with the heads of the people,
he executed the justice of the Lord,
and his judgments with Israel.
22And of Dan he said,
Dan is a lion's whelp:
he shall leap from Bashan.
23And of Naph´tali he said,
O Naph´tali, satisfied with favor,
and full with the blessing of the Lord,
possess thou the west and the south.
24And of Asher he said,
Let Asher be blessed with children;
let him be acceptable to his brethren,
and let him dip his foot in oil.
25Thy shoes shall be iron and brass;
and as thy days, so shall thy strength be.
26 There is none like unto the God of Jesh´urun,
who rideth upon the heaven in thy help,
and in his excellency on the sky.
27The eternal God is thy refuge,
and underneath are the everlasting arms:
and he shall thrust out the enemy from before thee;
and shall say, Destroy them.
28Israel then shall dwell in safety alone:
the fountain of Jacob shall be upon a land of corn and wine;
also his heavens shall drop down dew.
29Happy art thou, O Israel:
who is like unto thee, O people saved by the Lord,
the shield of thy help,
and who is the sword of thy excellency!
And thine enemies shall be found liars unto thee;
and thou shalt tread upon their high places.