The Blessing of Moses
1This is the blessing with which Moses the man of God blessed Bnei-Yisrael before his death.
2He said, “Adonai came from Sinai and dawned on Bnei-Yisrael from Seir. He shone forth from Mount Paran, and He came from the holy myriads— blazing fire for them from His right hand.
3Indeed, a lover of peoples is He— all His kedoshim are in His hand. They followed in Your steps, each receiving Your words.
4Torah Moses commanded us— a heritage for the community of Jacob.
5He became king in Jeshurun when the heads of the people gathered, all the tribes of Israel together.
6‘Let Reuben live and not die, though his people become few.’
7Now this is for Judah. He said, ‘Hear, Adonai, the voice of Judah! Bring him to his people. His hands contended for him, so You will be a help against his foes.’
8For Levi he said, ‘Let Your Thummim and Urim be with Your pious man. You tested him at Massah, You strived with him at the waters of Meribah.’
9He said of his father and mother, “I have not seen them,” nor did he acknowledge his brothers or recognize his children. For they observed Your word and kept Your covenant.
10They will teach Jacob Your judgments and Israel Your Torah. They will put incense in your nose and whole burnt offerings on Your altar.
11Adonai, bless his resources, find favor in the work of his hands. Crush the loins of those who rise against him and hate him, so they do not rise again.’
12For Benjamin he said, ‘The beloved of Adonai rests securely beside Him. He shields him all day long. Between His shoulders he rests.’
13For Joseph he said, ‘May his land be blessed by Adonai with heavenly bounty from the dew and from the deep lying beneath,
14and with the bounty of the sun’s produce and the months’ yield,
15and with the best from the ancient mountains and the bounty of the everlasting hills,
16with earth’s bounty and its fullness and the favor of the One dwelling in the bush. May it come on Joseph’s head, on the crown of the prince among his brothers.
17The firstborn ox—majesty is his. His horns are the horns of the wild ox. With them he gores peoples, all at once, to the ends of the earth. They are the myriads of Ephraim, they are the thousands of Manasseh.’
18For Zebulun he said, ‘Rejoice, Zebulun, in your going out, and Issachar, in your tents.
19Peoples they call to the mountain— there they offer righteous sacrifices. For they suckle the abundance of the seas and the hidden treasures of the sand.’
20For Gad he said, ‘Blessed is the one who enlarges Gad. Like a lion he crouches, and tears off an arm or even the crown of a head.
21He chose the best for himself, for there a marked portion was reserved. He came with the heads of the people. He carried out Adonai’s justice and His judgments for Israel.’
22For Dan he said, ‘Dan is a lion’s cub leaping out of the Bashan.’
23For Naphtali he said, ‘O Naphtali, satisfied with favor and full of the blessing of Adonai, possess the sea and the south.’
24For Asher he said, ‘Most blessed of sons is Asher — may he be the favorite of his brothers, and may he dip his foot in oil.
25The bolts of your gates will be iron and bronze. As your days, so will your strength be.’
26“There is none like God, Jeshurun, riding through the heavens to your aid and through the skies in His majesty.
27A refuge is the ancient God, and underneath are everlasting arms. He drove out the enemy before you and said, ‘Destroy!’
28So Israel rests in safety, untroubled is Jacob’s fountain in a land of grain and new wine. Yes, his heavens drip dew.
29Happy are you, O Israel! Who is like you, a people saved by Adonai, the Shield of your help and the Sword of your triumph? Your enemies will cower before you, and you will trample on their backs.”