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33 This is the blessing that Moses, the man of God, gave the Israelites before his death.p 2 He said:
The Lord came from Sinai
and appeared to them from Seir;q
he shone on them from Mount Paranr
and came with ten thousand holy ones,K
All yourO holy ones are in your hand,
and they assembleA at your feet.
Each receives your words.
a possession for the assembly of Jacob.
when the leaders of the people gathered
with the tribes of Israel.
though his people become few.b
Lord, hear Judah’s cry and bring him to his people.
He fights for his causeC with his own hands,
but may you be a help against his foes.
you tested him at Massah
and contended with him at the Waters of Meribah.d
“I do not regard them.”
He disregarded his brothers
and didn’t acknowledge his sons,
for they kept your word
and maintained your covenant.e
and your instruction to Israel;f
they will set incense before you
and whole burnt offerings on your altar.
11 Lord, bless his possessions,E
and accept the work of his hands.
Break the backF of his adversaries and enemies,
so that they cannot rise again.
The Lord’s beloved restsG securely on him.
HeH shields him all day long,
and he rests on his shoulders.I
May his land be blessed by the Lord
with the dew of heaven’s bounty
and the watery depths that lie beneath;g
and the abundant yield of the seasons;
and the bounty of the eternal hills;h
and everything in it;
and with the favor of him
May these rest on the head of Joseph,
on the brow of the prince of his brothers.j
17 His firstborn bull hasK splendor,
and horns likeL those of a wild ox;
he gores all the peoples with them
to the ends of the earth.
Such are the ten thousands of Ephraim,
and such are the thousands of Manasseh.
Rejoice, Zebulun, in your journeys,
and Issachar, in your tents.
there they offer acceptable sacrifices.
For they draw from the wealth of the seas
and the hidden treasures of the sand.k
The one who enlarges Gad’s territory
will be blessed.
He lies down like a lion
and tears off an arm or even a head.l
because a ruler’s portion was assigned there for him.
He came with the leaders of the people;
he carried out the Lord’s justice
and his ordinances for Israel.m
Dan is a young lion,
leaping out of Bashan.n
Naphtali, enjoying approval,
takeA possession to the west and the south.
May Asher* be the most blessed of the sons;
may he be the most favored among his brothers
and dip his foot in olive oil.a
and your strength last as long as you live.
who rides the heavens to your aid,
the clouds in his majesty.b
27 The God of old is your dwelling place,c
and underneath are the everlasting arms.
He drives out the enemy before you
and commands, “Destroy!”
28 So Israel dwells securely;d
in a land of grain and new wine;
even his skies drip with dew.f
Who is like you,
a people saved by the Lord?
He is the shield that protects you,
the sword you boast in.
Your enemies will cringe before you,g
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