1 Now this is a the blessing with which Moses b the man of God blessed the children of Israel before his death.
And he said:
c "The LORD came from Sinai,
And dawned on them from d Seir;
He shone forth from e Mount Paran,
And He came with f ten thousands of saints;
From His right hand
Came a fiery law for them. 3 Yes, g He loves the people;
h All His saints are in Your hand;
They i sit down at Your feet;
Everyone j receives Your words. 4 k Moses 1 commanded a law for us,
l A heritage of the congregation of Jacob. 5 And He was m King in n Jeshurun,
When the leaders of the people were gathered,
All the tribes of Israel together.
"Let o Reuben live, and not die,
Nor let his men be few."
And this he said of p Judah:
"Hear, LORD, the voice of Judah,
And bring him to his people;
q Let his hands be sufficient for him,
And may You be r a help against his enemies."
And of s Levi he said:
t " Let Your 2 Thummim and Your Urim be with Your holy one,
u Whom You tested at Massah,
And with whom You contended at the waters of Meribah, 9 v Who says of his father and mother,
'I have not w seen them';
x Nor did he acknowledge his brothers,
Or know his own children;
For y they have observed Your word
And kept Your covenant. 10 z They shall teach Jacob Your judgments,
And Israel Your law.
They shall put incense before You,
a And a whole burnt sacrifice on Your altar. 11 Bless his substance, LORD,
And b accept the work of his hands;
Strike the loins of those who rise against him,
And of those who hate him, that they rise not again."
Of Benjamin he said:
"The beloved of the LORD shall dwell in safety by Him,
Who shelters him all the day long;
And he shall dwell between His shoulders."
And of Joseph he said:
c "Blessed of the LORD is his land,
With the precious things of heaven, with the d dew,
And the deep lying beneath, 14 With the precious fruits of the sun,
With the precious produce of the months, 15 With the best things of e the ancient mountains,
With the precious things f of the everlasting hills, 16 With the precious things of the earth and its fullness,
And the favor of g Him who dwelt in the bush.
Let the blessing come h 'on the head of Joseph,
And on the crown of the head of him who was separate from his brothers.' 3 17 His glory is like a i firstborn bull,
And his horns like the j horns of the wild ox;
Together with them
k He shall push the peoples
To the ends of the earth;
l They are the ten thousands of Ephraim,
And they are the thousands of Manasseh."
And of Zebulun he said:
m "Rejoice, Zebulun, in your going out,
And Issachar in your tents! 19 They shall n call the peoples to the mountain;
There o they shall offer sacrifices of righteousness;
For they shall partake of the abundance of the seas
And of treasures hidden in the sand."
And of Gad he said:
"Blessed is he who p enlarges Gad;
He dwells as a lion,
And tears the arm and the crown of his head. 21 q He provided the first part for himself,
Because a lawgiver's portion was reserved there.
r He came with the heads of the people;
He administered the justice of the LORD,
And His judgments with Israel."
And of Dan he said:
"Dan is a lion's whelp;
s He shall leap from Bashan."
And of Naphtali he said:
"O Naphtali, t satisfied with favor,
And full of the blessing of the LORD,
u Possess the west and the south."
And of Asher he said:
v "Asher is most blessed of sons;
Let him be favored by his brothers,
And let him w dip his foot in oil. 25 Your sandals shall be x iron and bronze;
As your days, so shall your strength be.
" There is y no one like the God of z Jeshurun,
a Who rides the heavens to help you,
And in His excellency on the clouds. 27 The eternal God is your b refuge,
And underneath are the everlasting arms;
c He will thrust out the enemy from before you,
And will say, 'Destroy!' 28 Then d Israel shall dwell in safety,
e The fountain of Jacob f alone,
In a land of grain and new wine;
His g heavens shall also drop dew. 29 h Happy are you, O Israel!
i Who is like you, a people saved by the LORD,
j The shield of your help
And the sword of your majesty!
Your enemies k shall submit to you,
And l you shall tread down their 4 high places."