(1) This is the blessing with which Moses, the man of God, blessed the Israelites before he died. (2) He said:
The Eternal came from Sinai;
And shone upon them from Seir;
And appeared from Mount Paran,
And approached from Rivevot-Kodesh [lit, the legions of the holy],
With a fiery law for them at the right hand.
(3) Yet a lover of the people,
All their holy ones are in Your hand.
And they followed in Your steps,
Carried Your words with them,
(4) Moshe commanded us a Torah
As the heritage of the congregation of Jacob.
(5) Then there was a King in Jeshurun, When the heads of the people assembled, The tribes of Israel together.
(6) May Reuben live and not die,
Though few be his numbers.
(7) And this he said of Judah:
Hear, Eternal One, the voice of Judah
And restore him to his people.
Though his own hands strive for him,
Help him against his foes.
(8) And of Levi he said:
Let Your Tummim and Urim
Be with the man who was devoted to You,
Whom You tested at Massah,
Challenged at the waters of Merivah;
(9) Who said of his father and mother,
“I will not see them.”
His brothers he was not familiar with,
His own children he did not know.
So that they would keep your words,
And guard Your covenant.
(10) They shall teach Your laws to Jacob And Your Torah to Israel.
They place incense in Your nose
And whole-offerings on Your altar.
(11) Bless, Eternal One, his strength,
And favor the work of his hands.
Smite the loins of those who rise against him.
And let his haters rise no more.
(12) Of Benjamin he said:
Beloved of the Eternal,
He rests securely beside God;
Ever does God protect him,
As he rests between God's shoulders.
(13) And of Joseph he said:
Blessed of the Eternal be his land
With the bounty of dew from heaven,
And of the deep that couches below;
(14) With the bountiful yield of the sun, And the bountiful crop of the moons;
(15) With the best from the ancient mountains,
And the bounty of hills immemorial;
(16) With the bounty of earth and its fullness,
And the favor of the Presence in the Bush. May these rest on the head of Joseph,
On the crown of the elect of his brothers.
(17) Like a firstling bull in his majesty,
He has horns like the horns of the wild-ox; With them he gores the peoples,
The ends of the earth one and all.
These are the myriads of Ephraim,
Those are the thousands of Manasseh.
(18) And of Zevulun he said:
Rejoice, O Zevulun, on your journeys,
And Issachar, in your tents.
(19) They invite their kin to the mountain, Where they offer righteous sacrifices.
For they draw from the riches of the sea And the hidden hoards of the sand.
(20) And of Gad he said:
Blessed be He who enlarges Gad!
Poised is he like a lion
To tear off arm and scalp.
(21) He chose for himself the best,
For there is the portion of the revered chieftain,
Where the heads of the people come.
He executed the Eternal's judgments
And His decisions for Israel.
(22) And of Dan he said:
Dan is a lion’s cub
That leaps forth from Bashan.
(23) And of Naphtali he said:
O Naphtali, sated with favor
And full of the Eternal's blessing,
Take possession on the west and south.
(24) And of Asher he said:
Most blessed of sons be Asher;
May he be the favorite of his brothers,
May he dip his foot in oil.
(25) May your doorbolts be iron and copper,
And your security last all your days.
(26) O Jeshurun, there is none like God, Riding through the heavens to help you, Through the skies in His majesty.
(27) The ancient God is a refuge,
A support are the arms everlasting.
He drove out the enemy before you
By His command: Destroy!
(28) Thus Israel dwells in safety, Untroubled is Jacob’s abode,
In a land of grain and wine,
Under heavens dripping dew.
(29) O happy Israel! Who is like you,
A people delivered by the Eternal,
Your protecting Shield, your Sword triumphant!
Your enemies shall come cringing before you, And you shall tread on their backs.