33:1 And this is the blessing wherewith Moses the man of God blessed the children of Israel before his death.
33:2 And he said: the Lord came from Sinai, and rose from Seir unto them; He shined forth from mount Paran, and He came from the myriads holy, at His right hand was a fiery law unto them.
33:3 Yea, He loveth the peoples, all His holy ones--they are in Thy hand; and they sit down at Thy feet, receiving of Thy words.
33:4 Moses commanded us a law, an inheritance of the congregation of Jacob.
33:5 And there was a king in Jeshurun, when the heads of the people were gathered, all the tribes of Israel together.
33:6 Let Reuben live, and not die in that his men become few.
33:7 And this for Judah, and he said: Hear, the Lord, the voice of Judah, and bring him in unto his people; his hands shall contend for him, and Thou shalt be a help against his adversaries.
33:8 And of Levi he said: Thy Thummim and Thy Urim be with Thy holy one, whom Thou didst prove at Massah, with whom Thou didst strive at the waters of Meribah;
33:9 Who said of his father, and of his mother: 'I have not seen him'; neither did he acknowledge his brethren, nor knew he his own children; for they have observed Thy word, and keep Thy covenant.
33:10 They shall teach Jacob Thine ordinances, and Israel Thy law; they shall put incense before Thee, and whole burnt-offering upon Thine altar.
33:11 Bless, the Lord, his substance, and accept the work of his hands; smite through the loins of them that rise up against him, and of them that hate him, that they rise not again.
33:12 Of Benjamin he said: The beloved of the Lord shall dwell in safety by Him; He covereth him all the day, and He dwelleth between his shoulders.
33:13 And of Joseph he said: Blessed of the Lord be his land; for the precious things of heaven, for the dew, and for the deep that coucheth beneath,
33:14 And for the precious things of the fruits of the sun, and for the precious things of the yield of the moons,
33:15 And for the tops of the ancient mountains, and for the precious things of the everlasting hills,
33:16 And for the precious things of the earth and the fulness thereof, and the good will of Him that dwelt in the bush; let the blessing come upon the head of Joseph, and upon the crown of the head of him that is prince among his brethren.
33:17 His firstling bullock, majesty is his; and his horns are the horns of the wild-ox; with them he shall gore the peoples all of them, even the ends of the earth; and they are the ten thousands of Ephraim, and they are the thousands of Manasseh.
33:18 And of Zebulun he said: Rejoice, Zebulun, in thy going out, and, Issachar, in thy tents.
33:19 They shall call peoples unto the mountain; there shall they offer sacrifices of righteousness; for they shall suck the abundance of the seas, and the hidden treasures of the sand.
33:20 And of Gad he said: Blessed be He that enlargeth Gad; he dwelleth as a lioness, and teareth the arm, yea, the crown of the head.
33:21 And he chose a first part for himself, for there a portion of a ruler was reserved; and there came the heads of the people, he executed the righteousness of the Lord, and His ordinances with Israel.
33:22 And of Dan he said: Dan is a lion's whelp, that leapeth forth from Bashan.
33:23 And of Naphtali he said: O Naphtali, satisfied with favour, and full with the blessing of the Lord: possess thou the sea and the south.
33:24 And of Asher he said: Blessed be Asher above sons; let him be the favoured of his brethren, and let him dip his foot in oil.
33:25 Iron and brass shall be thy bars; and as thy days, so shall thy strength be.
33:26 There is none like unto God, O Jeshurun, who rideth upon the heaven as thy help, and in His excellency on the skies.
33:27 The eternal God is a dwelling-place, and underneath are the everlasting arms; and He thrust out the enemy from before thee, and said: 'Destroy.'
33:28 And Israel dwelleth in safety, the fountain of Jacob alone, in a land of corn and wine; yea, his heavens drop down dew.
33:29 Happy art thou, O Israel, who is like unto thee? a people saved by the Lord, the shield of thy help, and that is the sword of thy excellency! And thine enemies shall dwindle away before thee; and thou shalt tread upon their high places.