6: Ch.31-34 Moses Finale
– Succession, the Law & Warning
– The Song of Moses
– Moses blesses the tribes
– The Death of Moses
Deuteronomy 33 :
Moses blesses the tribes
Notes: This chapter is filled with the prophetic blessing
on each of the tribes by Moses, his last act on earth before he
leaves them. We simply structure the framework to highlight each
tribe but will not go beyond that.]
is the blessing that Moses the man of God pronounced on the Israelites
before his death.
God over the whole land south of Canaan
said: ‘The Lord
Sinai and dawned
over them from Seir [the land
south of the Dead Sea stretching down to the Red Sea]; he
shone forth from Mount Paran [another
name for Sinai].
He came with myriads of holy ones from the south, from his mountain
it is you who love the people; all the holy ones are in your hand.
At your feet they all bow down,
and from you
law that Moses gave us, the possession of the assembly of Jacob.
was king over Jeshurun [thought to
be another name for the land of Israel]
when the leaders of the people
assembled, along with the tribes of Israel.
Reuben live and not die,
his people be few.'
this he said about Judah :
the cry of Judah;
him to his people.
With his own hands he defends his
be his help against his foes!'
Levi who gained honour being zealous for God
Levi he said:
Thummim and Urim belong to your faithful servant.
You tested him at Massah; you contended
with him at the waters of Meribah.
said of his father and mother, “I have no regard for them.”
He did not recognise his brothers
acknowledge his own children, but he watched over your word
and guarded your covenant.
teaches your precepts to Jacob and your law to Israel.
He offers incense before you
and whole burnt offerings
on your altar.
all his skills, Lord
, and be pleased
with the work of his hands.
Strike down those who rise against him, his foes till they rise
Benjamin he said: ‘Let
the beloved of the Lord
rest secure in him, for he
shields him all day long, and
the one the Lord
loves rests between his shoulders.'
Joseph & his sons blessed for his role in saving Israel
Joseph he said: ‘May
bless his land with the precious
dew from heaven above and
with the deep waters that lie below;
the best the sun brings forth and
the finest the moon can yield;
the choicest gifts of the ancient mountains
and the fruitfulness
of the everlasting hills;
the best gifts of the earth and its fullness
and the favour
of him who dwelt in the burning bush. Let
all these rest on the head of Joseph, on
the brow of the prince among his brothers.
majesty he is like a firstborn bull; his
horns are the horns of a wild ox. With
them he will gore the nations, even
those at the ends of the earth.
Such are the ten thousands of Ephraim;
such are the thousands of
Zebulun he said: ‘Rejoice,
Zebulun, in your going out,
and you, Issachar,
in your tents.
will summon peoples to the mountain and
there offer the sacrifices of the righteous; they
will feast on the abundance of the seas,
on the treasures hidden in
Gad he said: ‘Blessed
is he who enlarges Gad's domain! Gad
lives there like a lion, tearing
at arm or head.
chose the best land for himself; the
leader's portion was kept for him.
When the heads of the people assembled,
he carried out the Lord
's righteous will, and
his judgments concerning Israel.'
Dan he said: ‘Dan
is a lion's cub, springing
out of Bashan.'
Naphtali he said: ‘Naphtali
is abounding with the favour of the Lord
is full of his blessing; he
will inherit southward to the lake.'
Asher he said: ‘Most
blessed of sons is Asher;
let him be favoured by his
brothers, and let him bathe
his feet in oil.
bolts of your gates will be iron and bronze,
and your strength
will equal your days.
Israel's Security – the Lord
is no one like the God of Jeshurun, who
rides across the heavens to help you and
on the clouds in his majesty.
The eternal God is your refuge, and
underneath are the everlasting arms.
He will drive out your enemies before you, saying,
Israel will live in safety; Jacob
will dwell secure in a land
of grain and new wine, where
the heavens drop dew.
are you, Israel! Who
is like you, a
people saved by the Lord ?
He is your shield and helper and
your glorious sword.
Your enemies will cower before you,
and you will tread on their
Prophecies or blessings for the tribes. Clearly Levi
stands out for his zeal for the Lord, and Joseph and his sons
for their role in preserving the family of Israel in the past.]