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Deuteronomy 33:6-8 New American Bible (Revised Edition) (NABRE)

May Reuben live and not die out,
    but let his numbers be few.

Of Judah he said this:

Hear, Lord, the voice of Judah,
    and bring him to his people.[a]
His own hands defend his cause;
    be a help against his foes.

Of Levi he said:

Give to Levi your Thummim,
    your Urim[b] to your faithful one;
Him you tested at Massah,
    contended against him at the waters of Meribah.


  1. 33:7 Bring him to his people: this probably refers to the isolated position of the tribe of Judah (cf. Jgs 1:17–19); according to some commentators the reference is to the divided kingdom.
  2. 33:8 Thummim…Urim: devices priests used for divination (cf. note on Ex 28:30).
New American Bible (Revised Edition) (NABRE)

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