Deuteronomy 33:25
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New International Version
The bolts of your gates will be iron and bronze, and your strength will equal your days.

New Living Translation
May the bolts of your gates be of iron and bronze; may you be secure all your days."

English Standard Version
Your bars shall be iron and bronze, and as your days, so shall your strength be.

New American Standard Bible
"Your locks will be iron and bronze, And according to your days, so will your leisurely walk be.

King James Bible
Thy shoes shall be iron and brass; and as thy days, so shall thy strength be.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
May the bolts of your gate be iron and bronze, and your strength last as long as you live.

International Standard Version
may your bolts be made of iron and bronze, and may your strength be sufficient for each day you live."

NET Bible
The bars of your gates will be made of iron and bronze, and may you have lifelong strength.

New Heart English Bible
Your bars shall be iron and bronze. As your days, so your strength will be.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
May the locks and bolts of your gates be made of iron and copper. May your strength last as long as you live.

JPS Tanakh 1917
Iron and brass shall be thy bars; And as thy days, so shall thy strength be.

New American Standard 1977
“Your locks shall be iron and bronze,
            And according to your days, so shall your leisurely walk be.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Thy locks shall be iron and brass; and as thy days, so shall thy strength be.

King James 2000 Bible
Your shoes shall be iron and bronze; and as your days, so shall your strength be.

American King James Version
Your shoes shall be iron and brass; and as your days, so shall your strength be.

American Standard Version
Thy bars shall be iron and brass; And as thy days, so shall thy strength be.

Douay-Rheims Bible
His shoe shall be iron and brass. As the days of thy youth, so also shall thy old age be.

Darby Bible Translation
Iron and brass shall be thy bolts; And thy rest as thy days.

English Revised Version
Thy bars shall be iron and brass; And as thy days, so shall thy strength be.

Webster's Bible Translation
Thy shoes shall be iron and brass; and as thy days, so shall thy strength be.

World English Bible
Your bars shall be iron and brass. As your days, so your strength will be.

Young's Literal Translation
Iron and brass are thy shoes, And as thy days -- thy strength.
Study Bible
The Blessings of the Twelve Tribes
24Of Asher he said, "More blessed than sons is Asher; May he be favored by his brothers, And may he dip his foot in oil. 25"Your locks will be iron and bronze, And according to your days, so will your leisurely walk be. 26"There is none like the God of Jeshurun, Who rides the heavens to your help, And through the skies in His majesty.…
Cross References
Genesis 49:20
"As for Asher, his food shall be rich, And he will yield royal dainties.

Deuteronomy 4:40
"So you shall keep His statutes and His commandments which I am giving you today, that it may go well with you and with your children after you, and that you may live long on the land which the LORD your God is giving you for all time."

Deuteronomy 32:47
"For it is not an idle word for you; indeed it is your life. And by this word you will prolong your days in the land, which you are about to cross the Jordan to possess."

Psalm 147:13
For He has strengthened the bars of your gates; He has blessed your sons within you.
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(25) Thy shoes shall be iron and brass.--Perhaps we should rather read, thy bars shall be iron and brass. The word here rendered "shoes" in the Authorised Version does not occur elsewhere. The nearest word to it means "locks" or "fastenings." It is also uncertain whether the whole sentence belongs to the blessing of Asher, or to all Israel. It seems most likely that, as Asher's territory was at the northern end of Palestine, close to the pass by which the most formidable invaders must enter in, an assurance is here given that the frontier of Israel should be safe. "Iron" and "brass" are mentioned together in connection with gates and bars in Psalm 107:16; Isaiah 45:2. But they are not usually connected with "shoes" in the Old Testament.

And as thy days, so shall thy strength be.--The word for "strength" does not occur elsewhere in the Old Testament, but the Targums and the LXX., and other authorities, seem to agree in its interpretation, and the form of the word points to this meaning, "strength," so that there is little doubt as to its correctness. But the meaning of the clause is variously given by Jewish authorities. "Thy strength in old ago shall be as the strength of thy youth;" or, "As thou spendest thy days (in doing the will of the Holy One or not), so shall thy strength be."

Thy shoes shall be iron and brass,.... Either they should have such an abundance of these metals, that they could if they would have made their shoes of them; but that is not usual; though it is said of Empedocles (g) the philosopher, that he wore shoes of brass, which was very singular; and some think that this tribe, because of the abundance of these metals, used to stick their shoes with iron and brass nails at the bottom of them, as country people, soldiers, and travellers in various nations do; but the true sense seems to be, that the land that fell to this tribe, and on which they trod, should yield much iron and brass; as in Carmel, a mountain on the borders of it, brass was taken, as says Hesychius; and Zidon is by Homer (i) said to abound with brass, which belonged to this tribe; and Sarepta, another city in it, had its name from which signifies to melt, from the melting of these metals in it; see Deuteronomy 8:9; though some Jewish writers take the sense to be, that the land of Asher was so strongly fortified as if it had been enclosed with walls of brass and iron, or the gates of its cities were shut up with bolts and bars of iron and brass, as Jarchi, Kimchi, and Ben Melech observe; so the Arabic:

and as thy days, so shall thy strength be; the same in old age as in youth; which is the sense of the Latin Vulgate version, and all the Targums: such were the vigour and strength of. Moses himself, Deuteronomy 34:7; and so may denote a renewal of youth, like that of eagles; and, in a spiritual sense, a revival of the graces of the Spirit of God, as to the exercise of them, and an increase of spiritual strength, so that the inward man is renewed day by day; and may also denote such a measure of strength given, as is proportioned to the events that daily befall, or to the services and sufferings men are called unto; see 1 Corinthians 10:13.

(g) Laert. in Vit. Empedocl. l. 8. p. 613. Aelian. Var. Hist. l. 12. c. 32. (i) Odyss. 15. l. 424. 25. shoes of iron and brass—These shoes suited his rocky coast from Carmel to Sidon. Country people as well as ancient warriors had their lower extremities protected by metallic greaves (1Sa 17:6; Eph 6:15) and iron-soled shoes.33:24,25 All shall be sanctified to true believers; if their way be rough, their feet shall be shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace. As thy days, so shall thy strength be. The day is often in Scripture put for the events of the day; it is a promise that God would graciously and constantly support under trials and troubles, whatever they were. It is a promise sure to all the spiritual seed of Abraham. Have they work allotted? They shall have strength to do it. Have they burdens appointed? They shall have strength, and never be tempted above what they are able to bear.
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