1This is the blessing that Moses the man of God pronounced on the Israelites before his death.2He said: “The LORD came from Sinai and dawned over them from Seir; he shone forth from Mount Paran. He came with myriads of holy ones from the south, from his mountain slopes.3Surely it is you who love the people; all the holy ones are in your hand. At your feet they all bow down, and from you receive instruction,4the law that Moses gave us, the possession of the assembly of Jacob.5He was king over Jeshurun when the leaders of the people assembled, along with the tribes of Israel.6“Let Reuben live and not die, nor his people be few.”7And this he said about Judah: “Hear, LORD, the cry of Judah; bring him to his people. With his own hands he defends his cause. Oh, be his help against his foes!”8About Levi he said: “Your Thummim and Urim belong to your faithful servant. You tested him at Massah; you contended with him at the waters of Meribah.9He said of his father and mother, ‘I have no regard for them.’ He did not recognize his brothers or acknowledge his own children, but he watched over your word and guarded your covenant.10He teaches your precepts to Jacob and your law to Israel. He offers incense before you and whole burnt offerings on your altar.11Bless all his skills, LORD, and be pleased with the work of his hands. Strike down those who rise against him, his foes till they rise no more.”12About Benjamin he said: “Let the beloved of the LORD rest secure in him, for he shields him all day long, and the one the LORD loves rests between his shoulders.”13About Joseph he said: “May the LORD bless his land with the precious dew from heaven above and with the deep waters that lie below;14with the best the sun brings forth and the finest the moon can yield;15with the choicest gifts of the ancient mountains and the fruitfulness of the everlasting hills;16with the best gifts of the earth and its fullness and the favor of him who dwelt in the burning bush. Let all these rest on the head of Joseph, on the brow of the prince among his brothers.17In majesty he is like a firstborn bull; his horns are the horns of a wild ox. With them he will gore the nations, even those at the ends of the earth. Such are the ten thousands of Ephraim; such are the thousands of Manasseh.”18About Zebulun he said: “Rejoice, Zebulun, in your going out, and you, Issachar, in your tents.19They will summon peoples to the mountain and there offer the sacrifices of the righteous; they will feast on the abundance of the seas, on the treasures hidden in the sand.”20About Gad he said: “Blessed is he who enlarges Gad’s domain! Gad lives there like a lion, tearing at arm or head.21He chose the best land for himself; the leader’s portion was kept for him. When the heads of the people assembled, he carried out the LORD’s righteous will, and his judgments concerning Israel.”22About Dan he said: “Dan is a lion’s cub, springing out of Bashan.”23About Naphtali he said: “Naphtali is abounding with the favor of the LORDand is full of his blessing; he will inherit southward to the lake.”24About Asher he said: “Most blessed of sons is Asher; let him be favored by his brothers, and let him bathe his feet in oil.25The bolts of your gates will be iron and bronze, and your strength will equal your days.26“There is no one like the God of Jeshurun, who rides across the heavens to help you and on the clouds in his majesty.27The eternal God is your refuge, and underneath are the everlasting arms. He will drive out your enemies before you, saying, ‘Destroy them!’28So Israel will live in safety; Jacob will dwell secure in a land of grain and new wine, where the heavens drop dew.29Blessed are you, Israel! Who is like you, a people saved by the LORD? He is your shield and helper and your glorious sword. Your enemies will cower before you, and you will tread on their heights.”
1Then Moses climbed Mount Nebo from the plains of Moab to the top of Pisgah, across from Jericho. There the LORD showed him the whole land—from Gilead to Dan,2all of Naphtali, the territory of Ephraim and Manasseh, all the land of Judah as far as the Mediterranean Sea,3the Negev and the whole region from the Valley of Jericho, the City of Palms, as far as Zoar.4Then the LORD said to him, “This is the land I promised on oath to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob when I said, ‘I will give it to your descendants.’ I have let you see it with your eyes, but you will not cross over into it.”5And Moses the servant of the LORD died there in Moab, as the LORD had said.6He buried him in Moab, in the valley opposite Beth Peor, but to this day no one knows where his grave is.7Moses was a hundred and twenty years old when he died, yet his eyes were not weak nor his strength gone.8The Israelites grieved for Moses in the plains of Moab thirty days, until the time of weeping and mourning was over.9Now Joshua son of Nun was filled with the spirit of wisdom because Moses had laid his hands on him. So the Israelites listened to him and did what the LORD had commanded Moses.10Since then, no prophet has risen in Israel like Moses, whom the LORD knew face to face,11who did all those signs and wonders the LORD sent him to do in Egypt—to Pharaoh and to all his officials and to his whole land.12For no one has ever shown the mighty power or performed the awesome deeds that Moses did in the sight of all Israel.
1Then Zophar the Naamathite replied:2“My troubled thoughts prompt me to answer because I am greatly disturbed.3I hear a rebuke that dishonors me, and my understanding inspires me to reply.4“Surely you know how it has been from of old, ever since mankind was placed on the earth,5that the mirth of the wicked is brief, the joy of the godless lasts but a moment.6Though the pride of the godless person reaches to the heavens and his head touches the clouds,7he will perish forever, like his own dung; those who have seen him will say, ‘Where is he?’8Like a dream he flies away, no more to be found, banished like a vision of the night.9The eye that saw him will not see him again; his place will look on him no more.10His children must make amends to the poor; his own hands must give back his wealth.11The youthful vigor that fills his bones will lie with him in the dust.12“Though evil is sweet in his mouth and he hides it under his tongue,13though he cannot bear to let it go and lets it linger in his mouth,14yet his food will turn sour in his stomach; it will become the venom of serpents within him.15He will spit out the riches he swallowed; God will make his stomach vomit them up.16He will suck the poison of serpents; the fangs of an adder will kill him.17He will not enjoy the streams, the rivers flowing with honey and cream.18What he toiled for he must give back uneaten; he will not enjoy the profit from his trading.19For he has oppressed the poor and left them destitute; he has seized houses he did not build.20“Surely he will have no respite from his craving; he cannot save himself by his treasure.21Nothing is left for him to devour; his prosperity will not endure.22In the midst of his plenty, distress will overtake him; the full force of misery will come upon him.23When he has filled his belly, God will vent his burning anger against him and rain down his blows on him.24Though he flees from an iron weapon, a bronze-tipped arrow pierces him.25He pulls it out of his back, the gleaming point out of his liver. Terrors will come over him;26total darkness lies in wait for his treasures. A fire unfanned will consume him and devour what is left in his tent.27The heavens will expose his guilt; the earth will rise up against him.28A flood will carry off his house, rushing waters on the day of God’s wrath.29Such is the fate God allots the wicked, the heritage appointed for them by God.”