Deuteronomy 33:22

22 About Dan he said: “Dan is a lion’s cub, springing out of Bashan.”

Read Deuteronomy 33:22 Using Other Translations

And of Dan he said, Dan is a lion's whelp: he shall leap from Bashan.
And of Dan he said, "Dan is a lion's cub that leaps from Bashan."
Moses said this about the tribe of Dan: “Dan is a lion’s cub, leaping out from Bashan.”

What does Deuteronomy 33:22 mean?

John Gill's Exposition of the Bible
Deuteronomy 33:22

And of Dan he said
Of the tribe of Dan, as the Targums of Jonathan and Jerusalem:

Dan [is] a lion's whelp;
or like one for boldness, strength, and courage; and was verified in Samson, who was of this tribe; who, when a young lion roared against him, the Spirit of the Lord came on him, and he tore it to pieces, ( Judges 14:5 Judges 14:6 ) ;

he shall leap from Bashan;
not Dan, for he was seated far from that country; but the sense is, he was like to a young lion for its strength, when it leaps from Bashan, as Aben Ezra rightly explains it. Bashan was a mountain in which lions haunted, and from whence they might be said to leap, as they do when they seize on their prey: it may have some respect to the leap of the Danites from the northwest part of the land of Israel, where they were settled, but was not sufficient for them, to the northeast of it, when they went against Leshem, and took it, and called it Dan; see ( Joshua 19:47 ) .

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