Deut 33:1-29

Moses’ Final Blessing on Israel 33 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.