And this is the blessing with which Moses the
man of God blessed the sons of Israel before his death,
and he saith: -- 'Jehovah from Sinai hath come, And hath
risen from Seir for them; He hath shone from mount Paran, And hath come with
myriads of holy ones; At His right hand are springs for them.
Also He is loving the peoples; All His holy ones are
in thy hand, And they -- they sat down at thy foot, Each He lifteth up
at thy words.
A law hath Moses commanded us, A possession of the assembly
And he is in Jeshurun king, In the heads of the people
gathering together, The tribes of Israel!
Let Reuben live, and not die, And let his men be a number.
And this is for Judah; and he saith: -- Hear, O
Jehovah, the voice of Judah, And unto his people do Thou bring him in; His hand
hath striven for him, And an help from his adversaries art Thou.
And of Levi he said: -- Thy Thummim and thy Urim are
for thy pious one, Whom Thou hast tried in Massah, Thou dost strive with Him at
the waters of Meribah;
Who is saying of his father and his mother, I have not seen
him; And his brethren he hath not discerned, And his sons he hath not known;
For they have observed Thy saying, And Thy covenant they keep.
They teach Thy judgments to Jacob, And Thy law to Israel;
They put perfume in Thy nose, And whole burnt-offering on Thine altar.
Bless, O Jehovah, his strength, And the work of his hands
Thou acceptest, Smite the loins of his withstanders, And of those hating him --
that they rise not!
Of Benjamin he said: -- The beloved of Jehovah doth
tabernacle confidently by him, Covering him over all the day; Yea, between his
shoulders He doth tabernacle.
And of Joseph he said: -- Blessed of Jehovah is his
land, By precious things of the heavens, By dew, and by the deep crouching
And by precious things -- fruits of the sun, And by precious
things -- cast forth by the moons,
And by chief things -- of the ancient mountains, And by
precious things -- of the age-during heights,
And by precious things -- of earth and its fulness, And the
good pleasure Of Him who is dwelling in the bush, -- Let it come for the head
of Joseph, And for the crown of him Who is separate from his brethren.
His honour is a firstling of his ox, And his horns are
horns of a reem; By them peoples he doth push together To the ends of earth;
And they are the myriads of Ephraim, And they are the thousands
And of Zebulun he said: -- Rejoice, O Zebulun, in thy going
out, And, O Issachar, in thy tents;
Peoples to the mountain they call, There they
sacrifice righteous sacrifices; For the abundance of the seas they suck, And
hidden things hidden in the sand.
And of Gad he said: -- Blessed of the Enlarger is
Gad, As a lioness he doth tabernacle, And hath torn the arm -- also the crown!
And he provideth the first part for himself, For there the
portion of the lawgiver is covered, And he cometh with the heads of the
people; The righteousness of Jehovah he hath done, And His judgments with
And of Dan he said: -- Dan is a lion's whelp; he doth
leap from Bashan.
And of Naphtali he said: -- O Naphtali, satisfied with
pleasure, And full of the blessing of Jehovah, West and south possess thou.
And of Asher he said: -- Blessed with sons is Asher,
Let him be accepted by his brethren, And dipping in oil his foot.
Iron and brass are thy shoes, And as thy days -- thy
There is none like the God of Jeshurun, Riding the heavens
in thy help, And in His excellency the skies.
A habitation is the eternal God, And beneath are
arms age-during. And He casteth out from thy presence the enemy, and saith,
And Israel doth tabernacle in confidence alone; The
eye of Jacob is unto a land of corn and wine; Also His heavens drop down
O thy happiness, O Israel! who is like thee? A people saved
by Jehovah, The shield of thy help, And He who is the sword of thine
excellency: And thine enemies are subdued for thee, And thou on their high
places dost tread.'