1This is the blessing that Moses, the man of God, gave the Israelites before his death.2He said: The Lord came from Sinai and appeared to them from Seir; He shone [on them] from Mount Paran and came with ten thousand holy ones, with lightning from His right hand for them. 3Indeed He loves the people. All Your holy ones are in Your hand, and they assemble at Your feet. Each receives Your words. 4Moses gave us instruction, a possession for the assembly of Jacob. 5So He became King in Jeshurun when the leaders of the people gathered with the tribes of Israel. 6Let Reuben live and not die though his people become few. 7He said this about Judah: Lord, hear Judah's cry and bring him to his people. He fights for his cause with his own hands, but may You be a help against his foes. 8He said about Levi: Your Thummim and Urim belong to Your faithful one; You tested him at Massah and contended with him at the waters of Meribah. 9He said about his father and mother, "I do not regard them." He disregarded his brothers and didn't acknowledge his sons, for they kept Your word and maintained Your covenant. 10They will teach Your ordinances to Jacob and Your instruction to Israel; they will set incense before You and whole burnt offerings on Your altar. 11Lord, bless his possessions, and accept the work of his hands. Smash the loins of his adversaries and enemies, so that they cannot rise again. 12He said about Benjamin: The Lord's beloved rests securely on Him. He shields him all day long, and he rests on His shoulders. 13He said about Joseph: May his land be blessed by the Lord with the dew of heaven's bounty and the watery depths that lie beneath; 14with the bountiful harvest from the sun and the abundant yield of the seasons; 15with the best products of the ancient mountains and the bounty of the eternal hills; 16with the choice gifts of the land and everything in it; and with the favor of Him who appeared in the [burning] bush. May these rest on the head of Joseph, on the crown of the prince of his brothers. 17His firstborn bull has splendor, and horns like those of a wild ox; he gores all the peoples with them to the ends of the earth. Such are the ten thousands of Ephraim, and such are the thousands of Manasseh. 18He said about Zebulun: Rejoice, Zebulun, in your journeys, and Issachar, in your tents. 19They summon the peoples to a mountain; there they offer acceptable sacrifices. For they draw from the wealth of the seas and the hidden treasures of the sand. 20He said about Gad: The one who enlarges Gad's [territory] will be blessed. He lies down like a lion and tears off an arm or even a head. 21He chose the best [part] for himself, because a ruler's portion was assigned there for him. He came [with] the leaders of the people; he carried out the Lord's justice and His ordinances for Israel. 22He said about Dan: Dan is a young lion, leaping out of Bashan. 23He said about Naphtali: Naphtali, enjoying approval, full of the Lord's blessing, take possession to the west and the south. 24He said about Asher: May Asher be the most blessed of the sons; may he be the most favored among his brothers and dip his foot in [olive] oil. 25May the bolts of your gate be iron and bronze, and your strength last as long as you live. 26There is none like the God of Jeshurun, who rides the heavens to your aid on the clouds in His majesty. 27The God of old is [your] dwelling place, and underneath are the everlasting arms. He drives out the enemy before you, and commands, "Destroy!" 28So Israel dwells securely; Jacob lives untroubled in a land of grain and new wine; even his skies drip with dew. 29How happy you are, Israel! Who is like you, a people saved by the Lord? He is the shield that protects you, the sword you boast in. Your enemies will cringe before you, and you will tread on their backs.
1Then Moses went up from the plains of Moab to Mount Nebo, to the top of Pisgah, which faces Jericho, and the Lord showed him all the land: Gilead as far as Dan,2all of Naphtali, the land of Ephraim and Manasseh, all the land of Judah as far as the Mediterranean Sea,3the Negev, and the region from the Valley of Jericho, the City of Palms, as far as Zoar.4The Lord then said to him, "This is the land I promised Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, 'I will give it to your descendants.' I have let you see it with your own eyes, but you will not cross into it." 5So Moses the servant of the Lord died there in the land of Moab, as the Lord had said.6He buried him in the valley in the land of Moab facing Beth-peor, and no one to this day knows where his grave is.7Moses was 120 years old when he died; his eyes were not weak, and his vitality had not left [him].8The Israelites wept for Moses in the plains of Moab 30 days. Then the days of weeping and mourning for Moses came to an end. 9Joshua son of Nun was filled with the spirit of wisdom, because Moses had laid his hands on him. So the Israelites obeyed him and did as the Lord had commanded Moses.10No prophet has arisen again in Israel like Moses, whom the Lord knew face to face.11[He was unparalleled] for all the signs and wonders the Lord sent him to do against the land of Egypt-to Pharaoh, to all his officials, and to all his land,12and for all the mighty [acts of] power and terrifying deeds that Moses performed in the sight of all Israel.
1Then Zophar the Naamathite replied: 2This is why my unsettling thoughts compel me to answer, because I am upset! 3I have heard a rebuke that insults me, and my understanding makes me reply. 4Don't you know that ever since antiquity, from [the time] man was placed on earth, 5the joy of the wicked has been brief and the happiness of the godless has lasted only a moment? 6Though his arrogance reaches heaven, and his head touches the clouds, 7he will vanish forever like his own dung. Those who know him will ask, "Where is he?" 8He will fly away like a dream and never be found; he will be chased away like a vision in the night. 9The eye that saw him will see [him] no more, and his household will no longer see him. 10His children will beg from the poor, for his own hands must give back his wealth. 11His bones may be full of youthful vigor, but it will lie down with him in the grave. 12Though evil tastes sweet in his mouth and he conceals it under his tongue, 13though he cherishes it and will not let it go but keeps it in his mouth, 14yet the food in his stomach turns into cobras' venom inside him. 15He swallows wealth but must vomit it up; God will force it from his stomach. 16He will suck the poison of cobras; a viper's fangs will kill him. 17He will not enjoy the streams, the rivers flowing with honey and cream. 18He must return the fruit of his labor without consuming [it]; he doesn't enjoy the profits from his trading. 19For he oppressed and abandoned the poor; he seized a house he did not build. 20Because his appetite is never satisfied, he does not escape his desires. 21Nothing is left for him to consume; therefore, his prosperity will not last. 22At the height of his success distress will come to him; the full weight of misery will crush him. 23When he fills his stomach, God will send His burning anger against him, raining [it] down on him while he is eating. 24If he flees from an iron weapon, [an arrow from] a bronze bow will pierce him. 25He pulls it out of his back, the flashing tip out of his liver. Terrors come over him. 26Total darkness is reserved for his treasures. A fire unfanned [by human hands] will consume him; it will feed on what is left in his tent. 27The heavens will expose his iniquity, and the earth will rise up against him. 28The possessions in his house will be removed, flowing away on the day of God's anger. 29This is the wicked man's lot from God, the inheritance God ordained for him.