Deuteronomy 33 (New Revised Standard)

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1 This is the blessing with which Moses, the man of God, blessed the Israelites before his death. 2 He said: The Lord came from Sinai, and dawned from Seir upon us; a he shone forth from Mount Paran. With him were myriads of holy ones; b at his right, a host of his own. c 3 Indeed, O favorite among d peoples, all his holy ones were in your charge; they marched at your heels, accepted direction from you. 4 Moses charged us with the law, as a possession for the assembly of Jacob. 5 There arose a king in Jeshurun, when the leaders of the people assembled— the united tribes of Israel. 6 May Reuben live, and not die out, even though his numbers are few. 7 And this he said of Judah: O Lord, give heed to Judah, and bring him to his people; strengthen his hands for him, e and be a help against his adversaries. 8 And of Levi he said: Give to Levi f your Thummim, and your Urim to your loyal one, whom you tested at Massah, with whom you contended at the waters of Meribah; 9 who said of his father and mother, "I regard them not"; he ignored his kin, and did not acknowledge his children. For they observed your word, and kept your covenant. 10 They teach Jacob your ordinances, and Israel your law; they place incense before you, and whole burnt offerings on your altar. 11 Bless, O Lord, his substance, and accept the work of his hands; crush the loins of his adversaries, of those that hate him, so that they do not rise again. 12 Of Benjamin he said: The beloved of the Lord rests in safety— the High God g surrounds him all day long— the beloved h rests between his shoulders. 13 And of Joseph he said: Blessed by the Lord be his land, with the choice gifts of heaven above, and of the deep that lies beneath; 14 with the choice fruits of the sun, and the rich yield of the months; 15 with the finest produce of the ancient mountains, and the abundance of the everlasting hills; 16 with the choice gifts of the earth and its fullness, and the favor of the one who dwells on Sinai. i Let these come on the head of Joseph, on the brow of the prince among his brothers. 17 A firstborn j bull—majesty is his! His horns are the horns of a wild ox; with them he gores the peoples, driving them to k the ends of the earth; such are the myriads of Ephraim, such the thousands of Manasseh. 18 And of Zebulun he said: Rejoice, Zebulun, in your going out; and Issachar, in your tents. 19 They call peoples to the mountain; there they offer the right sacrifices; for they suck the affluence of the seas and the hidden treasures of the sand. 20 And of Gad he said: Blessed be the enlargement of Gad! Gad lives like a lion; he tears at arm and scalp. 21 He chose the best for himself, for there a commander's allotment was reserved; he came at the head of the people, he executed the justice of the Lord, and his ordinances for Israel. 22 And of Dan he said: Dan is a lion's whelp that leaps forth from Bashan. 23 And of Naphtali he said: O Naphtali, sated with favor, full of the blessing of the Lord, possess the west and the south. 24 And of Asher he said: Most blessed of sons be Asher; may he be the favorite of his brothers, and may he dip his foot in oil. 25 Your bars are iron and bronze; and as your days, so is your strength. 26 There is none like God, O Jeshurun, who rides through the heavens to your help, majestic through the skies. 27 He subdues the ancient gods, l shatters m the forces of old; n he drove out the enemy before you, and said, "Destroy!" 28 So Israel lives in safety, untroubled is Jacob's abode o in a land of grain and wine, where the heavens drop down dew. 29 Happy are you, O Israel! Who is like you, a people saved by the Lord, the shield of your help, and the sword of your triumph! Your enemies shall come fawning to you, and you shall tread on their backs.
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