The majesty of God.
Deuteronomy 33:1 This is the blessing wherwith Moses Goddes man blessed the chyldren of Israel before his deathe, Deuteronomy 33:2 sayinge: The Lorde came frome Sinai, & shewed hys beames from Seir vnto them, & appered gloriously from mount Pharan, and he came wyth thousandes of saintes & in his right hand a lawe of fyre for them. Deuteronomy 33:3 How loued he the people? Al his saintes are in hys hande. They ioyned theym selues vnto thy fote, and receyued thy wordes. Deuteronomy 33:4 Moses gaue vs a lawe whiche is the enheritaunce of the congregation of Iacob. Deuteronomy 33:5 And he was in Israel kyng when he gathered the heades of the people and the tribes of Israel togyther.
The blessings of the twelve tribes.
Deuteronomy 33:6 Ruben shall lyue and shall not dye: but his people shalbe fewe in numbre.
Deuteronomy 33:7 This is the blessynge of Iuda. And he sayed: hear Lord the voyce of Iuda, and bryng hym vnto his people: let hys handes fyght for hym: but be thou hys helpe agaynst hys enemies.
Deuteronomy 33:8 And vnto Leui he sayed: thy perfectnes and thy lyght be after thy merciful man whom thou temptedest at Masah wyth whome thou striuedest at þe water of stryfe. Deuteronomy 33:9 He that saith vnto hys father and mother. I saw hym not and vnto hys brethren, I knewe not, and to hys sonne I wot not: for they haue obserued thy worde and kepte thy testamente. Deuteronomy 33:10 They shall teach Iacob thy iudgementes & Israell thy lawes. They shall putte cens before thy nose & whole sacrifices vpon thyne aultare. Deuteronomy 33:11 Blesse Lord their power & accept þe workes of theyr handes: smyte the backes of theim that ryse agaynst theim & of theim that hate them: they ryse not agayne.
Deuteronomy 33:12 Vnto BenIamin he sayed: The Lordes dearlynge shall dwell in safety by hym and kepe hym selfe in the hauen by him continually, & shal dwel betwene hys shoulders.
Deuteronomy 33:13 And vnto Ioseph he sayed: blessed of the Lord is hys hand wyth the goodly frutes of heauen, wyth dewe and with sprynges that lie beneath: Deuteronomy 33:14 & with fruytes of the encrease of the sunne & with ripe frute of the monethes, Deuteronomy 33:15 & wyth the toppes of mountaines that were from the begynnyng and wyth the dayntes of hylles that last euer Deuteronomy 33:16 & wyth goodly frute of the earth and of the fulnes therof. And the good wyll of him that dwelleth in the bush shal come vpon the head of Ioseph and vpon the toppe of the head of hym that was separated from among hys brethren, Deuteronomy 33:17 his beutye is as fyrsteborne oxe and hys hornes as the hornes of an vnycorne. And wyth them he shal push the nations togyther, euen vnto the endes of the world. These are þe many thousandes of Ephraim and the thousandes of Manasses.
Deuteronomy 33:18 And vnto Zabulon he sayd: Reioyse Zabulon in thy goyng oute, and thou Isachar in thy tentes. Deuteronomy 33:19 They shal call the people vnto the hyll, & there they shal offer offerynges of rightuousnes. For they shal sucke of the abundaunce of the sea and of treasure hid in the sande.
Deuteronomy 33:20 And vnto Gad he sayd: blessed is the rowmemaker Gad. He dwelleth as a lion and caughte the arme and also the toppe of the head. Deuteronomy 33:21 He sawe hys begynninge, that a parte of the teacher was hydde there and came with the handes of the people, and executed the ryghtuousnes of the Lord and his iudgmentes wyth Israell.
Deuteronomy 33:22 And vnto Dan he sayed. Dan is a lyons whelpe, he shal flowe from Basan.
Deuteronomy 33:23 And vnto Nephthaly, he sad: Nephthali he shal haue aboundaunce of pleasure & shall be fylled with the blessing of the Lord & shal haue hys possessions in the southwest.
Deuteronomy 33:24 And of Aser he sayed. Aser shalbe blessed wyth chyldren, he shalbe accepted vnto hys brethren and shal dyppe hys fote in oyle: Deuteronomy 33:25 Iron and brasse shall hange on thy shooes & thyne age shalbe as thyne youth.
The excellency of Israel.
Deuteronomy 33:26 There is none lyke vnto the God of Israell: he that sytteth vpon heauen shall be thyne helpe, whose glorye is in the cloudes, Deuteronomy 33:27 that is the dwellyng place of God from the begynnynge, and from vnder the armes of the worlde: he hath caste out thyne enemyes before the and sayed destroy. Deuteronomy 33:28 And Israell shal dwel in safety alone. And the eyes of Iacob shall loke vpon a lande of corne & wyne moreouer his heauen shal droppe with dewe. Deuteronomy 33:29 Happye arte thou Israell, who is lyke vnto the? A people that arte saued by the Lord thy shyeld and helper & swerd of thy glory. And thyne enemyes shal hyde theym selues from the, and thou shalt walke vppon theyr hye hylles.