Deuteronomy 33: Blessings for Each Tribe

Old Testament Seminary Student Study Guide, (2002), 76–78


Like Jacob (Israel) did in Genesis 48–49, Moses blessed each of the tribes of Israel before he left them. The blessing for the seed of Joseph (Ephraim and Manasseh) is especially interesting (see Deuteronomy 33:13–17). The blessing of the tribes of Joseph tells of their future prosperity and of their role in pushing together the rest of God’s children “to the ends of the earth” (v. 17). As part of the scattering of Israel, the children of Joseph were scattered to all parts of the earth. In our day they are being gathered back to the Church of Jesus Christ, thus fulfilling this prophetic blessing of Moses.