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 33:25  33:26
33:24 To Asher he said: Blessed among the sons is Asher. He shall be accepted by his brothers, and dip his foot in oil.
Ule-Asher amar baruch mibanim Asher yehi retsuy echav vetovel bashemen raglo.
33:25 Iron and copper are your doorbolts, and your strength shall increase each day.
Barzel unechoshet mine'alecha ucheyameycha dov'echa.
33:26 There is none like God, Jeshurun. Your Helper is He who controls the heavens and has His majesty in the skies.
Eyn ka'El Yeshurun rochev shamayim be'ezrecha uvega'avato shechakim.


Blessed among the sons...
  (Ramban; Sforno). Or, 'Blessed by the [other] sons ...' (Ramban; Chizzkuni); 'Increased by the [other] sons' (Ramban). Or, 'Blessed with sons' (Sifri; Rashi; Septuagint), cf. 1 Chronicles 7:40 (Ramban). Possibly because Asher already had grandchildren when they went to Egypt (Genesis 46:17; Tzafenath Paaneach), or because of their increase during the 40 years in the desert (Numbers 26:47; Aravey Nachal).

in oil
  See Genesis 49:20, which can be translated, 'His bread shall be oil.'

  (Saadia; Lekach Tov). Min'al in Hebrew. Or, 'locks' (Chizzkuni; cf. Nehemiah 3:3); 'treasuries' (Radak, Sherashim); 'closed cities' (Targum; Rashi; Hirsch); 'shoes' (Radak, Sherashim; Chizzkuni; Malbim; Septuagint); 'sinews' (Baaley Tosafoth). Or, 'you are a lock [to the Holy Land] of iron and copper' (Sifri). Or, 'Your [land] is filled with iron and copper' (Ibn Janach).

  (Targum; Saadia; Ibn Ezra; Septuagint). Dabha in Hebrew. Or, 'energy' (Malbim); 'youth' (Rashi; Lekach Tov; cf. Targum); 'overflow' (Sifri; Ramban); 'old age' (Ibn Janach; Radak, Sherashim; Chizzkuni); 'weakness' (Hirsch); or 'troubles' (Paaneach Razah).

shall increase each day
  (Septuagint). Or, 'as in the days of your youth' (Rashi); or, 'Even in the days of your old age' (Radak, Sherashim).

There is none like God, Jeshurun
  (Rashi; Or HaChaim). Or, 'There is none like the God of Jeshurun' (Targum; Septuagint); 'The God of Jeshurun, who has none like Him, is the one ...' (Saadia); 'None has the power of Jeshurun' (Tur); or, 'None has the power [of Asher] in Jeshurun' (Abarbanel).

  (Moreh Nevukhim 1:70). Literally, 'rides.' Or, 'dwells' (Saadia), or, 'has His Divine Presence in' (Targum).

and has His majesty...
  (Targum). Or, 'and who controls the spheres in His majesty' (Moreh Nevukhim 1:10; cf. Rashi); Or, 'who supports the skies in His majesty' (Ibn Ezra).

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