Moses blesses the tribes of Israel—Levi is blessed to teach the Lord’s judgments and His law—Joseph is blessed above all; the Lord will gather Israel in the latter days—Israel will triumph.
1 And this is the blessing, wherewith aMoses the bman of God cblessed the children of dIsrael before his death.
2 And he said, The Lord came from Sinai, and rose up from Seir unto them; he ashined forth from mount bParan, and he came with ten thousands of saints: from his right hand went a fiery law for them.
3 Yea, he loved the people; all his asaints are in thy hand: and they sat down at thy bfeet; every one shall receive of thy words.
4 Moses commanded us a alaw, even the inheritance of the congregation of Jacob.
5 And he was king in Jeshurun, when the heads of the people and the tribes of Israel were gathered together.
6 ¶ Let aReuben live, and not die; and let not his men be bfew.
7 ¶ And this is the blessing of aJudah: and he said, Hear, Lord, the voice of Judah, and bring him unto his people: let his hands be sufficient for him; and be thou an bhelp to him from his enemies.
8 ¶ And of aLevi he said, Let thy Thummim and thy bUrim be with thy holy one, whom thou didst prove at Massah, and with whom thou didst cstrive at the waters of dMeribah;
9 Who said aunto his father and to his mother, I bhave not seen him; neither did he acknowledge his brethren, nor knew his own children: for they have observed thy word, and kept thy covenant.
10 They shall ateach Jacob thy bjudgments, and Israel thy law: they shall put incense before thee, and whole burnt sacrifice upon thine altar.
11 Bless, Lord, his substance, and accept the work of his hands: smite through the loins of them that rise against him, and of them that hate him, that they rise not again.
12 ¶ And of aBenjamin he said, The beloved of the Lord shall dwell in safety by him; and the Lord shall cover him all the day long, and he shall dwell between his shoulders.
13 ¶ And of aJoseph he said, Blessed of the Lord be his bland, for the cprecious things of heaven, for the dew, and for the deep that coucheth beneath,
14 And for the precious fruits brought forth by the sun, and for the precious things put forth by the moon,
15 And for the chief things of the ancient mountains, and for the precious things of the lasting ahills,
16 And for the precious things of the earth and fulness thereof, and for the good will of him that dwelt in the abush: let the bblessing come upon the head of Joseph, and upon the top of the head of him that was separated from his brethren.
17 His aglory is like the firstling of his bullock, and his horns are like the horns of bunicorns: with them he shall cpush the people together to the ends of the earth: and they are the ten thousands of dEphraim, and they are the thousands of Manasseh.
18 ¶ And of aZebulun he said, Rejoice, Zebulun, in thy going out; and, bIssachar, in thy tents.
19 They shall call the people unto the mountain; there they shall offer sacrifices of righteousness: for they shall suck of the abundance of the seas, and of treasures hid in the sand.
20 ¶ And of aGad he said, Blessed be he that enlargeth Gad: he dwelleth as a lion, and teareth the arm bwith the crown of the head.
21 And he provided the afirst part for himself, because there, in a portion of the lawgiver, was he seated; and he came bwith the heads of the people, he executed the justice of the Lord, and his judgments with Israel.
22 ¶ And of aDan he said, Dan is a blion’s whelp: he shall leap from Bashan.
23 ¶ And of aNaphtali he said, O Naphtali, satisfied with favour, and full with the blessing of the Lord: possess thou the bwest and the south.
24 ¶ And of aAsher he said, Let Asher be blessed with children; let him be acceptable to his brethren, and let him dip his foot in oil.
25 Thy ashoes shall be iron and brass; and as thy days, so shall thy strength be.
26 ¶ There is none like unto the God of aJeshurun, who rideth upon the heaven in thy help, and in his bexcellency on the sky.
27 The aeternal God is thy brefuge, and underneath are the everlasting arms: and he shall thrust out the cenemy from before thee; and shall say, Destroy them.
28 aIsrael then shall dwell in bsafety alone: the cfountain of Jacob shall be upon a land of corn and wine; also his dheavens shall drop down dew.
29 aHappy art thou, O Israel: who is like unto thee, O people saved by the Lord, the bshield of thy help, and who is the sword of thy cexcellency! and thine enemies shall dbe found liars unto thee; and thou shalt tread upon their ehigh places.