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Moses pronounces his blessing upon each tribe just before his death. The total number of tribes listed is only ten. The tribe of Simeon is omitted. Perhaps this is because of Jacob’s prediction that Simeon would be scattered (Genesis 49:7) and her land would be divided with the children of Judah (Joshua 19:1). Then Joseph’s name is substituted as one tribe for his two sons Ephraim and Manasseh.
This chapter begins with an introduction of Moses as “the man of God” (v. 1). It is speculated that another author (perhaps Joshua) wrote this as Moses would not have said this about himself since he was the meekest man on the face of the earth (Numbers 12:3).
In these verses we can see the differences in blessing that God gave to each tribe. It is easy for us to see someone with a particular blessing and think that God must love that person more than others. Instead God draws out of all people their unique gifts and talents to complete His plan. I should not envy the gifts and talents of others but resolve to do the tasks God has uniquely qualified me to do.
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Deuteronomy 30:1-14Promised Blessing After Israel’s Repentance
Deuteronomy 30:15-20Obedience Brings Life
Deuteronomy 31:1-13Joshua Commissioned by Moses
Deuteronomy 31:14-30Joshua Commissioned by The Lord
Deuteronomy 32:1-14A Faithful God And a Corrupt People
Deuteronomy 32:15-33The Lord’s Judgment on Israel
Deuteronomy 32:34-52Preparation For Moses Death
Deuteronomy 33:1-17Moses Blessings on The Tribes
Deuteronomy 33:18-29Moses Concluding Praise of The Lord
Deuteronomy 34:1-12The Death of Moses