Deuteronomy 33

Moses's blessing
3:1-29

33:1 And this is the blessing, wherewith Moses the man of God blessed the children of Israel before his death.

This is the blessing that Moses gave to the Israelites before he died.

33:2 And he said, The LORD came from Sinai, and rose up from Seir unto them; he shined forth from mount Paran, and he came with ten thousands of saints: from his right hand went a fiery law for them.

God came with tens of thousands of saints. [1]

A fiery law came out of his right hand.

33:3 Yea, he loved the people; all his saints are in thy hand: and they sat down at thy feet; every one shall receive of thy words.

God loved the people.

His saints are in your hand and they sat down at your feet.

33:4 Moses commanded us a law, even the inheritance of the congregation of Jacob.

Moses gave us a law, the inheritance of Jacob.

33:5 And he was king in Jeshurun, when the heads of the people and the tribes of Israel were gathered together.

The tribes of Israel [2] were gathered together.

33:6 Let Reuben live, and not die; and let not his men be few.

Let Rueben live and not die.

Don't let him have few men.

33:7 And this is the blessing of Judah: and he said, Hear, LORD, the voice of Judah, and bring him unto his people: let his hands be sufficient for him; and be thou an help to him from his enemies.

Hear the voice of Judah's.

Let his hands be sufficient for him.

33:8 And of Levi he said, Let thy Thummim and thy Urim be with thy holy one, whom thou didst prove at Massah, and with whom thou didst strive at the waters of Meribah;

Give your Thumim and Urim [3] your holy one, Levi.

The value of the Thumim and Urim were shown at Massah and Meribah. [4]

33:9 Who said unto his father and to his mother, I have not seen him; neither did he acknowledge his brethren, nor knew his own children: for they have observed thy word, and kept thy covenant.

33:10 They shall teach Jacob thy judgments, and Israel thy law: they shall put incense before thee, and whole burnt sacrifice upon thine altar.

The Levites didn't acknowledge their mothers, fathers, brothers or sisters, or even their own children, but they did what God told them to do. [5]

33:11 Bless, LORD, his substance, and accept the work of his hands; smite through the loins of them that rise against him, and of them that hate him, that they rise not again.

May God bless the Levites, and smite through the loins anyone who oppose them.

33:12 And of Benjamin he said, The beloved of the LORD shall dwell in safety by him; and the Lord shall cover him all the day long, and he shall dwell between his shoulders.

God will cover Benjamin all day long, and he will live between God's shoulders.

33:13 And of Joseph he said, Blessed of the LORD be his land, for the precious things of heaven, for the dew, and for the deep that coucheth beneath,

33:14 And for the precious fruits brought forth by the sun, and for the precious things put forth by the moon,

33:15 And for the chief things of the ancient mountains, and for the precious things of the lasting hills,

33:16 And for the precious things of the earth and fulness thereof, and for the good will of him that dwelt in the bush: let the blessing come upon the head of Joseph, and upon the top of the head of him that was separated from his brethren.

Joseph will have the precious things produced by the moon.

Let blessing come on his head, and on the top of his head.

33:17 His glory is like the firstling of his bullock, and his horns are like the horns of unicorns: with them he shall push the people together to the ends of the earth: and they are the ten thousands of Ephraim, and they are the thousands of Manasseh.

Joseph's horns are like the horns of unicorns. [6]

33:18 And of Zebulun he said, Rejoice, Zebulun, in thy going out; and, Issachar, in thy tents.

Zebulun will rejoice when going out.

Issachar will rejoice in his tent.

33:19 They shall call the people unto the mountain; there they shall offer sacrifices of righteousness: for they shall suck of the abundance of the seas, and of treasures hid in the sand.

They will suck the abundance of the seas, and of treasures hidden in the sand.

33:20 And of Gad he said, Blessed be he that enlargeth Gad: he dwelleth as a lion, and teareth the arm with the crown of the head.

33:21 And he 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.

Whoever enlarges Gad will be blessed.

Gad lives like a lion, and tears the arm with the crown of the head.

33:22 And of Dan he said, Dan is a lion's whelp: he shall leap from Bashan.

Dan is lion cub.

33:23 And of Naphtali he said, O Naphtali, satisfied with favour, and full with the blessing of the LORD: possess thou the west and the south.

Naphtali will possess the west and the south.

33:24 And of Asher he said, Let Asher be blessed with children; let him be acceptable to his brethren, and let him dip his foot in oil.

Asher will have children. Let him dip his foot in oil.

33:25 Thy shoes shall be iron and brass; and as thy days, so shall thy strength be.

His shoes will be iron and brass.

33:26 There is none like unto the God of Jeshurun, who rideth upon the heaven in thy help, and in his excellency on the sky.

No one is like the God of Jeshurun [7], who rides through the sky.

33:27 The eternal God is thy refuge, and underneath are the everlasting arms: and he shall thrust out the enemy from before thee; and shall say, Destroy them.

God will thrust out your enemy, and will say, "Destroy them."

33:28 Israel then shall dwell in safety alone: the fountain of Jacob shall be upon a land of corn and wine; also his heavens shall drop down dew.

The fountain of Jacob will be corn and wine.

His heavens will drop down like dew.

33:29 Happy art thou, O Israel: who is like unto thee, O people saved by the LORD, the shield of thy help, and who is the sword of thy excellency! and thine enemies shall be found liars unto thee; and thou shalt tread upon their high places.

Israel's enemies are liars, and you will walk on their high places.