Deuteronomy 33 MSG/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 Moses, man of God, blessed the People of Israel with this blessing before his death. 1 This is the blessing that Moses the man of God pronounced on the Israelites before his death.
2 He said, God came down from Sinai, he dawned from Seir upon them; He radiated light from Mount Paran, coming with ten thousand holy angels And tongues of fire streaming from his right hand. 2 He 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.
3 Oh, how you love the people, all his holy ones are palmed in your left hand. They sit at your feet, honoring your teaching, 3 Surely 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,
4 The Revelation commanded by Moses, as the assembly of Jacob's inheritance. 4 the law that Moses gave us, the possession of the assembly of Jacob.
5 Thus God became king in Jeshurun as the leaders and tribes of Israel gathered. 5 He was king over Jeshurun when the leaders of the people assembled, along with the tribes of Israel.
6 Reuben: "Let Reuben live and not die, but just barely, in diminishing numbers." 6 "Let Reuben live and not die, nor his men be few."
7 Judah: "Listen, God, to the Voice of Judah, bring him to his people; Strengthen his grip, be his helper against his foes." 7 And this he said about Judah: "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!"
8 Levi: "Let your Thummim and Urim belong to your loyal saint; The one you tested at Massah, whom you fought with at the Waters of Meribah, 8 About Levi he said: "Your Thummim and Urim belong to the man you favored. You tested him at Massah; you contended with him at the waters of Meribah.
9 Who said of his father and mother, 'I no longer recognize them.' He turned his back on his brothers and neglected his children, Because he was guarding your sayings and watching over your Covenant. 9 He 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.
10 Let him teach your rules to Jacob and your Revelation to Israel, Let him keep the incense rising to your nostrils and the Whole-Burnt-Offerings on your Altar. 10 He teaches your precepts to Jacob and your law to Israel. He offers incense before you and whole burnt offerings on your altar.
11 God bless his commitment, stamp your seal of approval on what he does; Disable the loins of those who defy him, make sure we've heard the last from those who hate him." 11 Bless all his skills, O LORD, and be pleased with the work of his hands. Smite the loins of those who rise up against him; strike his foes till they rise no more."
12 Benjamin: "God's beloved; God's permanent residence. Encircled by God all day long, within whom God is at home." 12 About 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."
13 Joseph: "Blessed by God be his land: The best fresh dew from high heaven, and fountains springing from the depths; 13 About Joseph he said: "May the LORD bless his land with the precious dew from heaven above and with the deep waters that lie below;
14 The best radiance streaming from the sun and the best the moon has to offer; 14 with the best the sun brings forth and the finest the moon can yield;
15 Beauty pouring off the tops of the mountains and the best from the everlasting hills; 15 with the choicest gifts of the ancient mountains and the fruitfulness of the everlasting hills;
16 The best of Earth's exuberant gifts, the smile of the Burning-Bush Dweller. All this on the head of Joseph, on the brow of the consecrated one among his brothers. 16 with 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.
17 In splendor he's like a firstborn bull, his horns the horns of a wild ox; He'll gore the nations with those horns, push them all to the ends of the Earth. Ephraim by the ten thousands will do this, Manasseh by the thousands will do this." 17 In 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."
18 Zebulun and Issachar: "Celebrate, Zebulun, as you go out, and Issachar, as you stay home. 18 About Zebulun he said: "Rejoice, Zebulun, in your going out, and you, Issachar, in your tents.
19 They'll invite people to the Mountain and offer sacrifices of right worship, For they will have hauled riches in from the sea and gleaned treasures from the beaches." 19 They will summon peoples to the mountain and there offer sacrifices of righteousness; they will feast on the abundance of the seas, on the treasures hidden in the sand."
20 Gad: "Blessed is he who makes Gad large. Gad roams like a lion, tears off an arm, rips open a skull. 20 About Gad he said: "Blessed is he who enlarges Gad's domain! Gad lives there like a lion, tearing at arm or head.
21 He took one look and grabbed the best place for himself, the portion just made for someone in charge. He took his place at the head, carried out God's right ways and his rules for life in Israel." 21 He 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."
22 Dan: "Dan is a lion's cub leaping out of Bashan." 22 About Dan he said: "Dan is a lion's cub, springing out of Bashan."
23 Naphtali: "Naphtali brims with blessings, spills over with God's blessings As he takes possession of the sea and southland." 23 About Naphtali he said: "Naphtali is abounding with the favor of the LORD and is full of his blessing; he will inherit southward to the lake."
24 Asher: "Asher, best blessed of the sons! May he be the favorite of his brothers, his feet massaged in oil. 24 About Asher he said: "Most blessed of sons is Asher; let him be favored by his brothers, and let him bathe his feet in oil.
25 Safe behind iron-clad doors and gates, your strength like iron as long as you live." 25 The bolts of your gates will be iron and bronze, and your strength will equal your days.
26 There is none like God, Jeshurun, riding to your rescue through the skies, his dignity haloed by clouds. 26 "There is no one like the God of Jeshurun, who rides on the heavens to help you and on the clouds in his majesty.
27 The ancient God is home on a foundation of everlasting arms. He drove out the enemy before you and commanded, "Destroy!" 27 The eternal God is your refuge, and underneath are the everlasting arms. He will drive out your enemy before you, saying, 'Destroy him!'
28 Israel lived securely, the fountain of Jacob undisturbed In grain and wine country and, oh yes, his heavens drip dew. 28 So Israel will live in safety alone; Jacob's spring is secure in a land of grain and new wine, where the heavens drop dew.
29 Lucky Israel! Who has it as good as you? A people saved by God! The Shield who defends you, the Sword who brings triumph. Your enemies will come crawling on their bellies and you'll march on their backs. 29 Blessed are you, O 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 trample down their high places."