He was king1 over Jeshuruna2 when the leaders of the people assembled, along with the tribes of Israel.
"Let Reuben live and not die, norb his men be few."37
And this he said about Judah:4 "Hear, O 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!"
About Levi5 he said: "Your Thummim and Urim6 belong to the man you favored.7 You tested8 him at Massah; you contended with him at the waters of Meribah.99
He said of his father and mother,10 '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.1110
He teaches12 your precepts to Jacob and your law to Israel.13 He offers incense before you14 and whole burnt offerings on your altar.1511
Bless all his skills, O LORD, and be pleased with the work of his hands.16 Smite the loins of those who rise up against him; strike his foes till they rise no more."
About Benjamin17 he said: "Let the beloved of the LORD rest secure in him,18 for he shields him all day long,19 and the one the LORD loves20 rests between his shoulders.21"
About Joseph22 he said: "May the LORD bless his land with the precious dew from heaven above and with the deep waters that lie below;2314
with the best the sun brings forth and the finest the moon can yield;
with the choicest gifts of the ancient mountains24 and the fruitfulness of the everlasting hills;