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And of Levi he said,
8 Thy Thummim and thy Urim are with thy godly
one, Whom thou didst sprove at Massah, With whom thou didst 'strive at the waters of
Meribah; 10 Who said of his father, and of his mother, I have 9
not "seen him ; Neither did he acknowledge his brethren, Nor knew he his own children: For they have observed thy word, And keep thy covenant. 18 They shall teach Jacob thy judgments, And Israel thy law : They shall put incense before thee, And whole burnt offering upon thine altar. Bless, Yahweh, his substance, And accept the work of his hands : 14Smite through the loins of them that rise up
against him, And of them that hate him, that they rise not
again. Of Benjamin he said, The beloved of Yahweh shall dwell in safety by
13 15 Blessed of Yahweh be his land; For the precious things of heaven, for the dew, And for the deep that coucheth beneath, And for the precious things of the fruits of the 14
sun, 8(Ex. 17 : 7). °(Nu. 20 : 3).
11 Gen. 29; 32. 12 Ex. 34 : 10-27. 13 Ex 4 : 10 16. 14 Nu. 24 : '80 15Gen. 49: 25f. for him.” Part II. must be consulted throughout this chapter, as the changes in text and translation are very numerous.
10 Ex. 32 : 29.
And for the precious things of the growth of the
moons, And for the chief things of the ancient mountains, And for the precious things of the everlasting
separate from his brethren.*
[even] the ends of the earth :
And of Zebulun he said,
And of Gad he said,
3:22ff. 17 Nu. 23 : 22
18 Nu. 10 : 36. 19 Jos. 17 : 16. 30Nu. 32 : 2ff.
* Vv. 13-16 are peculiar in the fact that they reproduce so closely the blessing of Joseph by Jacob in Gen. xlix. 25f. We might, moreover, simply omit these verses and still have a perfect connection and a blessing of Joseph (vs. 17) corresponding in structure to that of Asher, vv. 24f. In fact the thought seems to approach a climax and conclusion in vs. 16, and vs. 17 to make a new beginning. Still there is no cogent reason for making a separation.
21 And he came [with] the heads of the people,
And of Dan he said,
And of Naphtali he said,
25 And as thy days, so shall thy strength be. There is none like unto God,'*0 Jeshurun,
26 Who 23rideth upon the heaven for thy help, And in his excellency on the skies. The eternal God is [thy] dwelling place, And underneath are the everlasting arms : And he thrust out the enemy from before thee, And said, Destroy. And Israel dwelleth in safety, The fountain of Jacob alone, In a "land of corn and wine ; Yea, his heavens drop down dew. Happy art thou, O Israel : Who is like unto thee, a people saved by Yahweh, The shield of thy help, And that is the sword of thy excellency ! And thine enemies shall submit themselves unto
thee; And thou shalt tread upon their high places.
32 : 26f. 32Cf. 29: 5. 23 Jud. 5:4. 29(Gen. 15:1.)
25 Num. 23:9.
36Gen. 27 : 28.
*A better translation of the text (not of the vowel-points) is that of Dillmann
34 (P) 'And Moses went up from the plains of Moab unto mount
(J) Nebo, 'to the top of Pisgah, that is over against
Jericho. And Yahweh shewed him all the land 2 (Rj) of Gilead, unto Dan; and all Naphtali, and the land of
Ephraim and Manasseh, and all the land of Judah, unto the 3 hinder sea; and the South, and the Plain of the valley of Jericho 4 (J) the Scity of palm trees, unto Zoar. 4 And Yahweh said
unto him, This is the land which I sware unto Abraham, unto Isaac, and unto Jacob, saying, I will give it unto thy seed: I have caused thee to see it with
thine eyes, but thou shalt not go over thither. 5 (E) So Moses the óservant of Yahweh died there in the land 6 (P) (J) of Moab, according to the word of Yahweh. [. . . ] And
he buried him in the valley in the land of Moab over
(E) against Beth-peor : but no man knoweth of his sepul7 (P) chre unto this day.t And Moses was an hundred and
twenty years old when he died : his eye was not dim, nor his natu8 ral force abated. And the children of Israel wept for Moses in
the plains of Moab thirty days : so the days of weeping in the 9 mourning for Moses were ended. "And Joshua the son of Nun was full of the spirit of wisdom ; for Moses had laid his hands
upon him : and the children of Israel hearkened unto him, and did 10 (E) as Yahweh commanded Moses. 8 And there hath not
arisen a prophet since in Israel like unto Moses, whom YahII (Rd) weh oknew face to face, 19in all the signs and the wonders,
which Yahweh sent him to do in the land of Egypt, to Pharaoh, and to all I 2 his servants, and to all his land; and in all the mighty hand, and in all the
great terror, which Moses wrought in the sight of all Israel.
10 Ex. 3:
132 : 49.
Nu. 21 : 20 and refs. 3 Jud. 1: 16. Ex. 33 : iff. 5Ex. 14:31; Nu. 12 : 7f. Nu.20 : 29.
? Nu. 27: 18ff. &Nu. 11. 25; ct. ch. 18: 15. 'Ex. 33:11. Nu. 12: 8. 19f.; 4:29, etc. and of the A. V.“the God of Jeshurun (cf. Ps. Ixviii. 36; cxlvi. 5). Here and in vs. 27 Elohim is of course necessary and affords no evidence against J.
* The geographical explanation in vv. 2f. is not found in Sam. and is, therefore, probably a redactional expansion of late date, perhaps a “survival.”
† In vs. 6 translate with margin R. V. “was buried.”