Deuteronomy 33:6-256 a “Let Reuben live, and not die,
but let his men be few.”
7And this he said of Judah: “Hear, O Lord, the voice of Judah,
and bring him in to his people.
With your hands contend ▼
▼Probable reading; Hebrew With his hands he contendedfor him,
and be a help against his adversaries.”
8And c of Levi he said, “Give to Levi ▼
▼Dead Sea Scroll, Septuagint; Masoretic Text lacks Give to Levie your Thummim,
and your Urim to your godly one,
f whom you tested at Massah,
with whom you quarreled at the waters of Meribah;
9who said of his father and mother,
‘I regard them not’;
g he disowned his brothers
and ignored his children.
For h they observed your word
and kept your covenant.
10 i They shall teach Jacob your rules
and Israel your law;
j they shall put incense before you
and k whole burnt offerings on your altar.
11Bless, O Lord, his substance,
and l accept the work of his hands;
crush the loins of his adversaries,
of those who hate him, that they rise not again.”
12 m Of Benjamin he said, “The beloved of the Lord dwells in safety.
The High God ▼
▼Septuagint; Hebrew dwells in safety by him. Hesurrounds him all day long,
and dwells between his shoulders.”
13And o of Joseph he said, p “Blessed by the Lord be his land,
with the choicest gifts of heaven q above, ▼
▼Two Hebrew manuscripts and Targum; Hebrew with the dew
and of the deep that crouches beneath,
14with the choicest fruits of the sun
and the rich yield of the months,
15with the finest produce of the ancient mountains
and the abundance of s the everlasting hills,
16with the best gifts of the earth and t its fullness
and the favor of u him who dwells in the bush.
May these rest on the head of Joseph,
on the pate of him who is prince among his brothers.
17 v A firstborn bull ▼
▼Dead Sea Scroll, Septuagint, Samaritan; Masoretic Text His firstborn bull—he has majesty,
and his horns are the horns of a x wild ox;
with them y he shall gore the peoples,
all of them, to the ends of the earth;
z they are the ten thousands of Ephraim,
and they are the thousands of Manasseh.”
18And of Zebulun he said, aa “Rejoice, Zebulun, in your going out,
and Issachar, in your tents.
19They shall call peoples ab to their mountain;
there they offer ac right sacrifices;
for they draw from the abundance of the seas
and the hidden treasures of the sand.”
20And ad of Gad he said, “Blessed be he who enlarges Gad!
Gad crouches ae like a lion;
he tears off arm and scalp.
21 af He chose the best of the land for himself,
for there a commander’s portion was reserved;
and ag he came with the heads of the people,
with Israel he executed the justice of the Lord,
and his judgments for Israel.”
22And ah of Dan he said, ai “Dan is a lion’s cub
aj that leaps from Bashan.”
23And ak of Naphtali he said, “O Naphtali, sated with favor,
and full of the blessing of the Lord,
al possess the lake ▼
▼Or westand the south.”
24And an of Asher he said, “Most blessed of sons be Asher;
let him be the favorite of his brothers,
and let him ao dip his foot in oil.
25Your bars shall be iron and bronze,
and as your days, so shall your strength be.
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