Deuteronomy 33:1-34:12: The Death of Moses

The first Torah reading for Simchat Torah

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Let his enemies rise no more.

33:12.     Of Benjamin he said:

Beloved of the LORD,

He rests securely beside Him;

Ever does He protect him,

As he rests between His shoulders.

33:13.     And of Joseph he said:

Blessed of the LORD be his land

With the bounty of dew from heaven,            

And of the deep that couches below;

33:14.     With the bounteous yield of the sun,

And the bounteous crop of the moons;

33:15.     With the best from the ancient mountains,

And the bounty of hills immemorial;

33:16.     With the bounty of earth and its fullness,

And the favor of the Presencein the Bush.

May these rest on the head of Joseph,

On the crown of the elect of his brothers.

33:17.     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.

33:18.     And of Zebulun he said:

Rejoice, O Zebulun, on your journeys,

And Issachar, in your tents.

33:19.     They invite their kin to the mountain,

Where they offer sacrifices of success.

For they draw from the riches of the sea

And the hidden hoards of the sand.

33:20.     And of Gad he said:

Blessed be He who enlarges Gad!

Poised is he like a lion

To tear off arm and scalp.

33:21.     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 LORD's judgments

And His decisions for Israel.

33:22.     And of Dan he said:

Dan is a lion's whelp

That leaps forth from Bashan.

33:23.     And of Naphtali he said:

O Naphtali, sated with favor

And full of the LORD's blessing,

Take possession on the west and south.

33:24.     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.

33:25.     May your doorbolts be iron and copper,

And your security last all your days.

33:26.     Jeshurun, there is none like God,

Riding through the heavens to help you,     

Through the skies in His majesty.

33:27.     The ancient God is a refuge,

A support are the arms everlasting.

He drove out the enemy before you

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