The Geneva Bible 1587 Edition
one of the most historically significant translations of the Bible into the English language,
preceding the King James translation by 51 years.
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1 And this [is] the This blessing contains not only a simple prayer, but an assurance of the effect of it. blessing, wherewith Moses the man of God blessed the children of Israel before his death.
2 And he said, The LORD came from Sinai, and rose up from Seir unto them; he shined forth from mount Paran, and he came with ten Meaning, infinite angels. thousands of saints: from his right hand [went] a fiery law for them.
3 Yea, he loved the people; Hebrew, his saints, that is, the children of Israel. all his saints [are] in thy hand: and they sat down at As thy disciples. thy feet; [every one] shall receive of thy words.
4 Moses commanded us a law, [even] the To us and our successors. inheritance of the congregation of Jacob.
5 Then he was among the righteous people, as King, when the heades of the people, and the tribes of Israel were assembled.
6 Let Reuben will be one of the tribes of God's people, though for his sin his honour is diminished, and his family but small. Reuben live, and not die; and let [not] his men be few.
7 And this [is the blessing] of Judah: and he said, Hear, LORD, the voice of Judah, and bring him unto his people: let his hands be Signifying, that he would barely obtain Jacob's promise, (Gen_49:8). sufficient for him; and be thou an help [to him] from his enemies.
8 And of Leui he said, Let thy Thummim and thine Vrim be with thine Holy one, whome thou diddest proue in Massah, and didst cause him to striue at the waters of Meribah.
9 Who said unto his father and to his mother, He preferred God's glory to all natural affection, (Exo_28:30). I have not seen him; neither did he acknowledge his brethren, nor knew his own children: for they have observed thy word, and kept thy covenant.
10 They shall teach Iaakob thy iudgements, & Israel thy Lawe: they shall put incense before thy face, and the burnt offring vpon thine altar.
11 Bless, LORD, his substance, and accept the work of his hands: smite He declares that the ministers of God have many enemies, and therefore need to be prayed for. through the loins of them that rise against him, and of them that hate him, that they rise not again.
12 [And] of Benjamin he said, The beloved of the LORD shall Because the temple would be built in Zion, which was in the tribe of Benjamin, he shows that God would dwell with him there. dwell in safety by him; [and the LORD] shall cover him all the day long, and he shall dwell between his shoulders.
13 And of Ioseph hee sayde, Blessed of the Lord is his land for the sweetenesse of heauen, for the dewe, and for the depth lying beneath,
14 And for the sweete increase of the sunne, and for the sweete increase of the moone,
15 And for the sweetenes of the top of the ancient mountaines, and for the sweetenes of the olde hilles,
16 And for the precious things of the earth and fulness thereof, and [for] the good will of him that dwelt in the Which was God appearing to Moses, (Exo_3:2). bush: let [the blessing] come upon the head of Joseph, and upon the top of the head of him [that was] separated from his brethren.
17 His beautie shalbe like his first borne bullock, & his hornes as the hornes of an vnicorne: with them hee shall smite the people together, euen the endes of the world: these are also the ten thousands of Ephraim, and these are the thousands of Manasseh.
18 And of Zebulun he said, Rejoice, Zebulun, in thy In thy prosperous voyages on the sea, (Gen_49:13). going out; and, Issachar, in thy tents.
19 They shall call the people unto the mountain; there they shall offer sacrifices of righteousness: for The tribe of Zebulun. they shall suck [of] the abundance of the seas, and [of] treasures hid in the sand.
20 Also of Gad he said, Blessed be hee that enlargeth Gad: he dwelleth as a lion, that catcheth for his praye the arme with the head.
21 And he provided the first part for himself, because there, [in] a portion of the So the portion of the Gadites, and others on this side of the Jordan was God's, though it was not so known. lawgiver, [was he] seated; and he came with the heads of the people, he executed the justice of the LORD, and his judgments with Israel.
22 And of Dan he said, Dan is a lions whelp: he shall leape from Bashan.
23 And of Naphtali he said, O Naphtali, satisfied with favour, and full with the blessing of the LORD: possess thou Meaning, near the sea. the west and the south.
24 And of Asher he saide, Asher shalbe blessed with children: he shalbe acceptable vnto his brethren, and shall dippe his foote in oyle.
25 Thy shoes [shall be] You will be strong or, your country full of metal. It seems that Simeon is left out, because he was under Judah, and his portion of his inheritance, (Jos_19:9). iron and brass; and as thy days, [so shall] thy strength [be].
26 There is none like God, O righteous people, which rideth vpon the heauens for thine helpe, and on the cloudes in his glory.
27 The eternall God is thy refuge, and vnder his armes thou art for euer: hee shall cast out the enemie before thee, and will say, Destroy them.
28 Israel then shall dwell in safety alone: Who was plentiful in issue as a fountain. the fountain of Jacob [shall be] upon a land of corn and wine; also his heavens shall drop down dew.
29 Happy [art] thou, O Israel: who [is] like unto thee, O people saved by the LORD, the shield of thy help, and who [is] the sword of thy excellency! and Your enemies for fear shall lie and pretend to be in subjection. thine enemies shall be found liars unto thee; and thou shalt tread upon their high places.Presented by The Common Man's Prospective. Copyright© 1999-2012 Ernest C. Marsh