THE FIFTH BOOK OF
D E U T E R O N O M Y
Deuteronomy 33 ©
Moses blesses the twelve tribes of Israel before his death, and foretells what shall befall every tribe.
AND this is the 1blessing, wherewith Moses the 2man of God blessed the children of Israel before his death.
And he said, 3The LORD came from Sinai, and rose up from Seir unto them; he shined forth from mount 4Paran, and he came with ten thousands of 5saints: from his right hand went a 6fiery law for 7them.
Yea, he loved the 8people; all his saints are 9in thy hand: and 10they sat down at thy feet; every one shall 11receive of thy words.
Moses commanded us a law, even the 12inheritance of the congregation 13of Jacob.
And he was 14king in 15Jeshurun, when the heads of the people and the tribes of Israel were gathered together.
¶Let Reuben live, and not die; and let not his men be 16few.
¶And 17this is the blessing of Judah: and 18he said, 19Hear, LORD, the voice of Judah, and 20bring him unto his people: let 21his hands be sufficient for him; and be thou an help to him 22from his enemies.
¶And of Levi he said, Let 23thy Thummim and thy Urim be with thy 24holy one, whom thou didst 25prove at Massah, and with whom thou didst strive at the waters of Meribah;
26Who said unto his father and to his mother, I 27have not seen him; neither did he acknowledge his brethren, nor 28knew his own children: for they have observed thy word, and kept thy covenant.
They shall teach Jacob thy judgments, and Israel thy law: 29they shall put incense 30before thee, and whole 31burnt sacrifice upon thine 32altar.
Bless, LORD, his 33substance, and accept the work of his hands: 34smite through the loins of them that rise against him, and of them that hate him, 35that they rise not again.
¶And of Benjamin he said, The 36beloved of the LORD shall dwell in safety 37by him; and the LORD shall 38cover him all the day long, and he shall dwell 39between his shoulders.
¶And of Joseph he said, Blessed of the LORD be hisa land, for the 40precious things of heaven, for the dew, and for the 41deep that coucheth beneath,
And for the 42precious fruits brought forth by the sun, and for the precious things put forth by the 43moon,
And for the 44chief things of the 45ancient mountains, and for the precious things of the lasting hills,
And for the precious things of the earth and fulness thereof, 46and for the good will of him 47that dwelt in the bush: let the blessing come upon the head of 48Joseph, and upon the top of the head of him that was 49separatedb from his brethren.
His glory is like the 50firstling of his bullock, and his horns are like the horns of 51unicorns: with them he shall push the people together to the ends 52of the earth: and 53they are the ten thousands of 54Ephraim, and they are the thousands of Manasseh.
¶And of Zebulun he said, Rejoice, Zebulun, in thy 55going out; and, Issachar, in thy 56tents.
57They shall call the people unto the mountain; there they shall offer sacrifices 58of righteousness: for they shall suck of the 59abundance of the seas, and of 60treasures hid 61in the sand.
¶And of Gad he said, 62Blessed be 63he that enlargeth Gad: he dwelleth as a 64lion, and teareth the arm with the crown of the head.
And 65he provided the first part for himself, because there, in a portion of the lawgiver, was he seated; and he came with the heads of the people, he executed the justice of the LORD, and his judgments with Israel.
¶And of Dan he said, Dan is a 66lion’s whelp: he shall leap from 67Bashan.
¶And of Naphtali he said, O Naphtali, satisfied with 68favour, and full with the blessing of the LORD: possess thou the 69west and the south.
¶And of Asher he said, Let Asher be blessed 70with children; let him be acceptable to his brethren, and let him 71dip his foot in oil.
72Thy shoes shall be 73iron and brass; and as thy days, so shall thy 74strength be.
¶ 75There is none like unto the God of Jeshurun, who rideth 76upon the heaven in thy help, and 77in his excellency on the 78sky.
79The eternal God is thy 80refuge, and underneath are the 81everlasting arms: and he shall thrust out the enemy from before thee; and shall say, Destroy them.
Israelc then shall dwell in safety alone: the 82fountain of Jacob shall be upon a land of corn and wine; also his heavens shall drop down dew.
Happy art thou, O Israel: who is like unto thee, O people saved by the LORD, 83the shield of thy help, and who is the 84sword of thy excellency! and thine enemies shall be found 85liars unto thee; and thou shalt tread upon 86their high places.