1 Now this is the blessing with which Moses athe man of God blessed the sons of Israel before his death.
“aThe Lord came from Sinai,
cHe shone forth from Mount Paran,
Everyone receives of Your words.
4 “aMoses charged us with a law,
bA possession for the assembly of Jacob.
5 “aAnd He was king in Jeshurun,
When the heads of the people were gathered,
The tribes of Israel together.
6 “aMay Reuben live and not die,
Nor his men be few.”
7 aAnd this regarding Judah; so he said,
“Hear, O Lord, the voice of Judah,
And bring him to his people.
With his hands he contended for 1them,
And may You be a help against his adversaries.”
cWhom You proved at Massah,
With whom You contended at the waters of Meribah;
9 aWho said of his father and his mother,
‘I did not consider them’;
And he did not acknowledge his brothers,
Nor did he regard his own sons,
For bthey observed Your word,
And kept Your covenant.
10 “aThey shall teach Your ordinances to Jacob,
And Your law to Israel.
And cwhole burnt offerings on Your altar.
And accept the work of his hands;
Shatter the loins of those who rise up against him,
And those who hate him, so that they will not rise again.”
“aMay the beloved of the Lord dwell in security by Him,
bWho shields him all the day,
cAnd he dwells between His shoulders.”
“aBlessed of the Lord be his land,
With the choice things of heaven, with the dew,
And from the deep lying beneath,
And with the choice produce of the months.
And with the choice things of the everlasting hills,
And the favor aof Him who dwelt in the bush.
Let it come to the head of Joseph,
And to the crown of the head of the one distinguished among his brothers.
And his horns are the horns of athe wild ox;
With them he will bpush the peoples,
All 1at once, to the ends of the earth.
And those are the ten thousands of Ephraim,
And those are the thousands of Manasseh.”
18 aOf Zebulun he said,
“Rejoice, Zebulun, in your going forth,
And, Issachar, in your tents.
19 “aThey will call peoples to the mountain;
There they will offer brighteous sacrifices;
And the hidden treasures of the sand.”
20 aOf Gad he said,
“Blessed is the one who enlarges Gad;
And tears the arm, also the crown of the head.
cAnd he came with the leaders of the people;
dHe executed the justice of the Lord,
And His ordinances with Israel.”
22 aOf Dan he said,
“Dan is ba lion’s whelp,
That leaps forth from Bashan.”
“aO Naphtali, satisfied with favor,
And full of the blessing of the Lord,
Take possession of the sea and the south.”
24 aOf Asher he said,
“More blessed than sons is Asher;
May he be favored by his brothers,
bAnd may he dip his foot in oil.
25 “aYour locks will be iron and bronze,
bAnd according to your days, so will your leisurely walk be.
And through the skies in His majesty.
bAnd underneath are the everlasting arms;
cAnd He drove out the enemy from before you,
dAnd said, ‘Destroy!’
28 “aSo Israel dwells in security,
bThe fountain of Jacob secluded,
cIn a land of grain and new wine;
dHis heavens also drop down dew.
29 “aBlessed are you, O Israel;
bWho is like you, a people saved by the Lord,
cWho is the shield of your help
dAnd the sword of your majesty!
eSo your enemies will cringe before you,
fAnd you will tread upon their high places.”
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