Moses’ Blessings
1This is the blessing that Moses, the man of God, gave the Israelites before his death. #Gn 49:1-33 2He said:
The Lord came from Sinai
and appeared to them from Seir; #Gn 14:6|NoBook| 32:3|NoBook| 36:8Dt 1:2Jdg 5:4
He shone on them from Mount Paran #Gn 21:21Nm 10:12|NoBook| 12:16Dt 1:1Hab 3:3
and came with ten thousand holy ones, # LXX reads Mount Paran with ten thousands from Kadesh
with lightning # Or fiery law ; Hb obscure from His right hand # Or ones, from His southland to the mountain slopes for them. #Jdg 5:4-5Ps 68:7-8Hab 3:3
3Indeed He loves the people. # Or peoples #Dt 4:37Mal 1:2
All Your # Lit His, or its holy ones # Either the saints of Israel or angels are in Your hand,
and they assemble # Hb obscure at Your feet.
Each receives Your words.
4Moses gave us instruction,
a possession for the assembly of Jacob.
5So He became King in Jeshurun # = Upright One, referring to Israel #Dt 32:15|NoBook| 33:26Is 44:2
when the leaders of the people gathered
with the tribes of Israel.
6Let Reuben live and not die
though his people become few. #Gn 49:3-4Jdg 5:15-16
7He said this about Judah:
Lord, hear Judah’s cry and bring him to his people.
He fights for his cause # Or He contends for them with his own hands,
but may You be a help against his foes.
8He said about Levi:
Your Thummim and Urim #Ex 28:30Lv 8:8Ezr 2:63Neh 7:65 belong to Your faithful one; # DSS, LXX read Give to Levi Your Thummim, Your Urim to Your favored one
You tested him at Massah
and contended with him at the waters of Meribah. #Ex 17:1-7Nm 20:2-13Dt 6:16|NoBook| 9:22Ps 95:8
9He said about his father and mother,
“I do not regard them.”
He disregarded his brothers
and didn’t acknowledge his sons,
for they kept Your word
and maintained Your covenant. #Ex 32:25-29
10They will teach Your ordinances to Jacob
and Your instruction to Israel; #Dt 31:9-13
they will set incense before You
and whole burnt offerings on Your altar.
11Lord, bless his possessions, # Or abilities
and accept the work of his hands.
Smash the loins of his adversaries and enemies,
so that they cannot rise again.
12He said about Benjamin:
The Lord’s beloved rests # Or Let the Lord’s beloved rest securely on Him.
He # LXX reads The Most High shields him all day long,
and he rests on His shoulders. # Or and He dwells among his mountain slopes
13He said about Joseph:
May his land be blessed by the Lord
with the dew of heaven’s bounty
and the watery depths that lie beneath; #Pr 3:20
14with the bountiful harvest from the sun
and the abundant yield of the seasons;
15with the best products of the ancient mountains
and the bounty of the eternal hills; #Gn 49:26Hab 3:6
16with the choice gifts of the land
and everything in it;
and with the favor of Him
who appeared # Lit dwelt in the burning bush. #Ex 3:2-4
May these rest on the head of Joseph,
on the crown of the prince of his brothers. #Gn 49:26
17His firstborn bull has # Some DSS, Sam, LXX, Syr, Vg read A firstborn bull — he has splendor,
and horns like # Lit and his horns are those of a wild ox;
he gores all the peoples with them
to the ends of the earth.
Such are the ten thousands of Ephraim,
and such are the thousands of Manasseh.
18He said about Zebulun:
Rejoice, Zebulun, in your journeys,
and Issachar, in your tents.
19They summon the peoples to a mountain;
there they offer acceptable sacrifices.
For they draw from the wealth of the seas
and the hidden treasures of the sand. #Gn 49:13Jdg 5:15
20He said about Gad:
The one who enlarges Gad’s territory
will be blessed.
He lies down like a lion
and tears off an arm or even a head. #1Ch 12:8
21He chose the best part for himself,
because a ruler’s portion was assigned there for him.
He came with the leaders of the people;
he carried out the Lord’s justice
and His ordinances for Israel. #Nm 32:1-38
22He said about Dan:
Dan is a young lion,
leaping out of Bashan. #Jdg 5:17
23He said about Naphtali:
Naphtali, enjoying approval,
full of the Lord’s blessing,
take # Sam, LXX, Syr, Vg, Tg read he will take possession to the west and the south.
24He said about Asher:
May Asher # = Happy or Blessed; Gn 30:13 be the most blessed of the sons;
may he be the most favored among his brothers
and dip his foot in olive oil. # A symbol for prosperity #Gn 49:20
25May the bolts of your gate be iron and bronze,
and your strength last as long as you live.
26There is none like the God of Jeshurun, # = Upright One, referring to Israel
who rides the heavens to your aid,
the clouds in His majesty. #2Sm 22:8-20Ps 18:7-19|NoBook| 68:4Is 19:1
27The God of old is your dwelling place, #Ps 91:9
and underneath are the everlasting arms.
He drives out the enemy before you
and commands, “Destroy! ”
28So Israel dwells securely; #Lv 25:18-19|NoBook| 26:5Dt 12:10|NoBook| 33:12Jr 23:6|NoBook| 33:16Ezk 28:26|NoBook| 34:28|NoBook| 39:6
Jacob lives untroubled # Text emended; MT reads Jacob’s fountain is alone #Nm 23:9
in a land of grain and new wine;
even his skies drip with dew. #Dt 8:7-9
29How happy you are, Israel!
Who is like you,
a people saved by the Lord?
He is the shield that protects you,
the sword you boast in.
Your enemies will cringe before you, #2Sm 22:44-46Ps 18:43-45
and you will tread on their backs. # Or high places #Dt 32:13Hab 3:19
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