Deuteronomy 33:12-17 (JDV)
Deuteronomy 33:12 He said about Benjamin: Yahveh’s cared about one rests securely on him. He shields him all day long, and he rests on his shoulders.
Deuteronomy 33:13 He said about Joseph: May his land be empowered by Yahveh with the dew of the sky’s bounty and the watery depths that lie beneath;
Deuteronomy 33:14 with the bountiful harvest from the sun and the abundant yield of the seasons;
Deuteronomy 33:15 with the best products of the ancient mountains and the bounty of the hills of the long past;
Deuteronomy 33:16 with the choice gifts of the land and everything in it; and with the favor of him who appeared in the burning bush. May these rest on the head of Joseph, on the brow of the prince of his brothers.
Deuteronomy 33:17 His firstborn bull has splendor, and horns like those of a wild ox; he gores all the peoples with them to the ends of the land. Such are the ten thousands of Ephraim, and such are the thousands of Manasseh.
Moses blesses the sons of Rachel here. He promises them the fullness of favored children. In future generations, great leaders and influential prophets will come from Benjamin and Joseph’s line. Even though the Messiah will come from Judah, Joseph’s commitment to God in times of trouble and times of success will show in the lives of his descendants.
You and I are building two legacies. People will remember us for the choices we make, and they will remember our descendants and disciples for the choices they make as well.
Lord, enable us to live responsibly, and to leave a legacy of commitment to you for those who follow us.
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