Moses’ Final Blessing on Israel
1Now this is⚓the blessing with which Moses ⚓the man of God blessed the children of Israel before his death.
2And he said:
⚓“The Lord came from Sinai,
And dawned on them from ⚓Seir;
He shone forth from ⚓Mount Paran,
And He came with ⚓ten thousands of saints;
From His right hand
Came a fiery law for them.
3Yes, ⚓He loves the people;
⚓All His saints are in Your hand;
They ⚓sit down at Your feet;
Everyone⚓receives Your words.
4⚓Moses commanded a law for us,
⚓A heritage of the congregation of Jacob.
5And He was ⚓King in ⚓Jeshurun,
When the leaders of the people were gathered,
All the tribes of Israel together.
6“Let ⚓Reuben live, and not die,
Nor let his men be few.”
7And this he said of ⚓Judah:
“Hear, Lord, the voice of Judah,
And bring him to his people;
⚓Let his hands be sufficient for him,
And may You be ⚓a help against his enemies.”
8And of ⚓Levi he said:
⚓“Let Your Thummim and Your Urim be with Your holy one,
⚓Whom You tested at Massah,
And with whom You contended at the waters of Meribah,
9⚓Who says of his father and mother,
‘I have not ⚓seen them’;
⚓Nor did he acknowledge his brothers,
Or know his own children;
For ⚓they have observed Your word
And kept Your covenant.
10⚓They shall teach Jacob Your judgments,
And Israel Your law.
They shall put incense before You,
⚓And a whole burnt sacrifice on Your altar.
11Bless his substance, Lord,
And ⚓accept the work of his hands;
Strike the loins of those who rise against him,
And of those who hate him, that they rise not again.”
12Of Benjamin he said:
“The beloved of the Lord shall dwell in safety by Him,
Who shelters him all the day long;
And he shall dwell between His shoulders.”
13And of Joseph he said:
⚓“Blessed of the Lordis his land,
With the precious things of heaven, with the ⚓dew,
And the deep lying beneath,
14With the precious fruits of the sun,
With the precious produce of the months,
15With the best things of ⚓the ancient mountains,
With the precious things ⚓of the everlasting hills,
16With the precious things of the earth and its fullness,
And the favor of ⚓Him who dwelt in the bush.
Let the blessing come ⚓‘on the head of Joseph,
And on the crown of the head of him who was separate from his brothers.’
17His glory is like a ⚓firstborn bull,
And his horns like the ⚓horns of the wild ox;
Together with them
⚓He shall push the peoples
To the ends of the earth;
⚓They are the ten thousands of Ephraim,
And they are the thousands of Manasseh.”
18And of Zebulun he said:
⚓“Rejoice, Zebulun, in your going out,
And Issachar in your tents!
19They shall ⚓call the peoples to the mountain;
There ⚓they shall offer sacrifices of righteousness;
For they shall partake of the abundance of the seas
And of treasures hidden in the sand.”
20And of Gad he said:
“Blessed is he who ⚓enlarges Gad;
He dwells as a lion,
And tears the arm and the crown of his head.
21⚓He provided the first part for himself,
Because a lawgiver’s portion was reserved there.
⚓He came with the heads of the people;
He administered the justice of the Lord,
And His judgments with Israel.”
22And of Dan he said:
“Dan is a lion’s whelp;
⚓He shall leap from Bashan.”
23And of Naphtali he said:
“O Naphtali, ⚓satisfied with favor,
And full of the blessing of the Lord,
⚓Possess the west and the south.”
24And of Asher he said:
⚓“Asher is most blessed of sons;
Let him be favored by his brothers,
And let him ⚓dip his foot in oil.
25Your sandals shall be⚓iron and bronze;
As your days, so shall your strength be.
26“There is⚓no one like the God of ⚓Jeshurun,
⚓Who rides the heavens to help you,
And in His excellency on the clouds.
27The eternal God is your⚓refuge,
And underneath are the everlasting arms;
⚓He will thrust out the enemy from before you,
And will say, ‘Destroy!’
28Then ⚓Israel shall dwell in safety,
⚓The fountain of Jacob ⚓alone,
In a land of grain and new wine;
His ⚓heavens shall also drop 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 majesty!
Your enemies ⚓shall submit to you,
And ⚓you shall tread down their high places.”