Genesis 49:18

18 “I look for your deliverance, LORD.

Genesis 49:18 in Other Translations

King James Version (KJV)
18 I have waited for thy salvation, O LORD.
English Standard Version (ESV)
18 I wait for your salvation, O LORD.
New Living Translation (NLT)
18 I trust in you for salvation, O LORD !
The Message Bible (MSG)
18 I wait in hope for your salvation, God.
American Standard Version (ASV)
18 I have waited for thy salvation, O Jehovah.
GOD'S WORD Translation (GW)
18 "I wait with hope for you to rescue me, O LORD.
Holman Christian Standard Bible (CSB)
18 I wait for Your salvation, Lord.
New International Reader's Version (NIRV)
18 "Lord, I look to you to save me.

Genesis 49:18 Meaning and Commentary

Genesis 49:18

I have waited for thy salvation, O Lord.
]. Jacob finding his spirits faint and flag, stops and breathes awhile before he proceeded any further in blessing the tribes; and as he found he was a dying man, and knew not how soon he should expire, expresses what he had been thoughtful of and concerned about in time past, and still was; that he had been waiting and hoping for, and expecting a state of happiness and bliss in another world, where he should be saved from sin and Satan, and the world, and from all his enemies, and out of all his troubles; and this he firmly believed he should enjoy, and hoped it would not be long ere he did; and especially he may have a regard to the Messiah, the promised Saviour, and salvation by him he had knowledge of, faith in, and expectation of; who may be truly called the salvation of God, because of his contriving, providing, and appointing, whom he had promised and spoken of by all the prophets; and whom in the fulness of time he would send into the world to work out salvation for his people; and to him all the Targums apply the words, which are to this purpose:

``said our father Jacob, not for the salvation of Gideon, the son of Joash, which is a temporal salvation, do I wait; nor for the salvation of Samson the son of Manoah, which is a transitory salvation; but for the salvation of Messiah the son of David, (which is an everlasting one,) who shall bring the children of Israel to himself, and his salvation my soul desireth:''
and though Jacob might be affected with the evils he foresaw would rise up in the tribe of Dan, he had last mentioned, and with the troubles that should come upon all the tribes; and had some pleasing sights of the deliverances and salvations, that should be wrought for them, by judges and saviours that should be raised up; yet his chief view was to the Messiah, and salvation by him.

Genesis 49:18 In-Context

16 “Dan will provide justice for his people as one of the tribes of Israel.
17 Dan will be a snake by the roadside, a viper along the path, that bites the horse’s heels so that its rider tumbles backward.
18 “I look for your deliverance, LORD.
19 “Gad will be attacked by a band of raiders, but he will attack them at their heels.
20 “Asher’s food will be rich; he will provide delicacies fit for a king.

Cross References 2

  • 1. S Genesis 45:7; Psalms 40:1-3
  • 2. Psalms 119:166,174
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