Genesis 49:16-28 NIV

16 "Dana1 will provide justice for his people as one of the tribes of Israel.2

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    • g 49:16 - "Dan" here means "he provides justice."
      17 Dan3 will be a serpent by the roadside, a viper along the path,4 that bites the horse's heels5 so that its rider tumbles backward.

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      18 "I look for your deliverance,6 O LORD.7

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      19 "Gadb8 will be attacked by a band of raiders, but he will attack them at their heels.9

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        • h 49:19 - "Gad" can mean "attack" and "band of raiders."
          20 "Asher's10 food will be rich;11 he will provide delicacies fit for a king.12

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          21 "Naphtali13 is a doe set free that bears beautiful fawns.c14

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            • i 49:21 - Or "free; / he utters beautiful words"
              22 "Joseph15 is a fruitful vine,16 a fruitful vine near a spring, whose branches17 climb over a wall.d

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                • j 49:22 - Or "Joseph is a wild colt, / a wild colt near a spring, / a wild donkey on a terraced hill"
                  23 With bitterness archers attacked him;18 they shot at him with hostility.19

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                  24 But his bow remained steady,20 his strong arms21 stayede limber, because of the hand of the Mighty One of Jacob,22 because of the Shepherd,23 the Rock of Israel,24

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                    • k 49:24 - ,24 Or "archers will attack . . . will shoot . . . will remain . . . will stay"
                      25 because of your father's God,25 who helps26 you, because of the Almighty,f27 who blesses you with blessings of the heavens above, blessings of the deep that lies below,28 blessings of the breast29 and womb.30

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                      26 Your father's blessings are greater than the blessings of the ancient mountains, thang the bounty of the age-old hills.31 Let all these rest on the head of Joseph,32 on the brow of the prince amongh his brothers.33

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                        • m 49:26 - Or "of my progenitors, / as great as"
                        • n 49:26 - Or "the one separated from"
                          27 "Benjamin34 is a ravenous wolf;35 in the morning he devours the prey,36 in the evening he divides the plunder."37

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                          28 All these are the twelve tribes of Israel,38 and this is what their father said to them when he blessed them, giving each the blessing39 appropriate to him.

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