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“The Lord came from Sinaif
and dawned over them from Seir;g
from the south, from his mountain slopes.b
3 Surely it is you who lovek the people;
all the holy ones are in your hand.l
At your feet they all bow down,m
and from you receive instruction,
4 the law that Moses gave us,n
the possession of the assembly of Jacob.o
when the leaders of the people assembled,
along with the tribes of Israel.
7 And this he said about Judah:s
“Hear, Lord, the cry of Judah;
bring him to his people.
With his own hands he defends his cause.
Oh, be his help against his foes!”
8 About Levit he said:
“Your Thummim and Urimu belong
to your faithful servant.v
You testedw him at Massah;
you contended with him at the waters of Meribah.x
9 He said of his father and mother,y
‘I have no regard for them.’
He did not recognize his brothers
or acknowledge his own children,
but he watched over your word
and guarded your covenant.z
10 He teachesa your precepts to Jacob
and your law to Israel.b
He offers incense before youc
and whole burnt offerings on your altar.d
and be pleased with the work of his hands.e
Strike down those who rise against him,
his foes till they rise no more.”
12 About Benjaminf he said:
“Let the beloved of the Lord rest secure in him,g
for he shields him all day long,h
13 About Josephk he said:
“May the Lord bless his land
with the precious dew from heaven above
and with the deep waters that lie below;l
and the finest the moon can yield;
15 with the choicest gifts of the ancient mountainsm
and the fruitfulness of the everlasting hills;
and the favor of him who dwelt in the burning bush.n
Let all these rest on the head of Joseph,
With them he will gorer the nations,
even those at the ends of the earth.
Such are the ten thousands of Ephraim;s
such are the thousands of Manasseh.t”
18 About Zebulunu he said:
“Rejoice, Zebulun, in your going out,
and you, Issachar,v in your tents.
19 They will summon peoples to the mountainw
and there offer the sacrifices of the righteous;x
they will feast on the abundance of the seas,y
on the treasures hidden in the sand.”
20 About Gadz he said:
“Blessed is he who enlarges Gad’s domain!a
Gad lives there like a lion,
tearing at arm or head.
21 He chose the best land for himself;b
the leader’s portion was kept for him.c
When the heads of the people assembled,
he carried out the Lord’s righteous will,d
and his judgments concerning Israel.”
22 About Dane he said:
“Dan is a lion’s cub,
springing out of Bashan.”
23 About Naphtalif he said:
“Naphtali is abounding with the favor of the Lord
and is full of his blessing;
he will inherit southward to the lake.”
24 About Asherg he said:
“Most blessed of sons is Asher;
let him be favored by his brothers,
and let him bathe his feet in oil.h
25 The bolts of your gates will be iron and bronze,i
and your strength will equal your days.j
26 “There is no one like the God of Jeshurun,k
and underneath are the everlastingr arms.
He will drive out your enemies before you,s
saying, ‘Destroy them!’t
28 So Israel will live in safety;u
Jacob will dwellf secure
in a land of grain and new wine,
where the heavens drop dew.v
29 Blessed are you, Israel!w
Who is like you,x
a people saved by the Lord?y
He is your shield and helperz
and your glorious sword.
Your enemies will cower before you,
and you will tread on their heights.a”
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