Genesis 49:17
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New International Version
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.

New Living Translation
Dan will be a snake beside the road, a poisonous viper along the path that bites the horse's hooves so its rider is thrown off.

English Standard Version
Dan shall be a serpent in the way, a viper by the path, that bites the horse’s heels so that his rider falls backward.

New American Standard Bible
"Dan shall be a serpent in the way, A horned snake in the path, That bites the horse's heels, So that his rider falls backward.

King James Bible
Dan shall be a serpent by the way, an adder in the path, that biteth the horse heels, so that his rider shall fall backward.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
He will be a snake by the road, a viper beside the path, that bites the horses' heels so that its rider falls backward.

International Standard Version
Dan will be a snake on the path, a viper on the road that snaps at the heels of horses, causing their riders to fall off.

NET Bible
May Dan be a snake beside the road, a viper by the path, that bites the heels of the horse so that its rider falls backward.

New Heart English Bible
Dan will be a serpent in the way, an adder in the path, That bites the horse's heels, so that his rider falls backward.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Dan will be a snake on a road, a viper on a path, that bites a horse's heels so that its rider falls off backwards.

JPS Tanakh 1917
Dan shall be a serpent in the way, A horned snake in the path, That biteth the horse's heels, So that his rider falleth backward.

New American Standard 1977
“Dan shall be a serpent in the way,
            A horned snake in the path,
            That bites the horse’s heels,
            So that his rider falls backward.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Dan shall be a serpent by the way, an adder in the path, that bites the horse heels, so that his rider shall fall backward.

King James 2000 Bible
Dan shall be a serpent by the way, an adder in the path, that bites the horse's heels, so that his rider shall fall backward.

American King James Version
Dan shall be a serpent by the way, an adder in the path, that bites the horse heels, so that his rider shall fall backward.

American Standard Version
Dan shall be a serpent in the way, An adder in the path, That biteth the horse's heels, So that his rider falleth backward.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Let Dan be a snake in the way, a serpent in the path, that biteth the horse's heels that his rider may fall backward.

Darby Bible Translation
Dan will be a serpent on the way, A horned snake on the path, Which biteth the horse's heels, So that the rider falleth backwards.

English Revised Version
Dan shall be a serpent in the way, An adder in the path, That biteth the horse's heels, So that his rider falleth backward.

Webster's Bible Translation
Dan shall be a serpent by the way, an adder in the path, that biteth the horse-heels, so that his rider shall fall backward.

World English Bible
Dan will be a serpent in the way, an adder in the path, That bites the horse's heels, so that his rider falls backward.

Young's Literal Translation
Dan is a serpent by the way, An adder by the path, Which is biting the horse's heels, And its rider falleth backward.
Study Bible
Jacob Blesses his Sons
16"Dan shall judge his people, As one of the tribes of Israel. 17"Dan shall be a serpent in the way, A horned snake in the path, That bites the horse's heels, So that his rider falls backward. 18"For Your salvation I wait, O LORD.…
Cross References
Genesis 49:16
"Dan shall judge his people, As one of the tribes of Israel.

Genesis 49:18
"For Your salvation I wait, O LORD.

Proverbs 23:32
At the last it bites like a serpent And stings like a viper.

Ecclesiastes 10:11
If the serpent bites before being charmed, there is no profit for the charmer.
Treasury of Scripture

Dan shall be a serpent by the way, an adder in the path, that bites the horse heels, so that his rider shall fall backward.

shall be.

Judges 14:1-15:20 And Samson went down to Timnath, and saw a woman in Timnath of the …

Judges 16:22-30 However, the hair of his head began to grow again after he was shaven…

Judges 18:22-31 And when they were a good way from the house of Micah, the men that …

1 Chronicles 12:35 And of the Danites expert in war twenty and eight thousand and six hundred.

an adder. Heb. an arrow-snake.

Dan shall be a serpent by the way, an adder in the path,.... Or be like that sort of serpents called the adder; or rather, that which has the name of Cerastes, which lies among sand, and being of the same colour is not easily discerned, and is often trampled upon unawares, and bites at once, unexpected; as Bothart (h) from various writers has shown; particularly Diodorus Siculus (i) says, of this kind of serpents, that their bites are deadly, and being of the same colour with the sand, few discern them, so that many ignorantly treading on them fall into danger unawares; and so Onkelos paraphrases it, that lies in wait by the way; and is by another writer (k) interpreted, a very grievous and hurtful serpent as the adder is:

that biteth the horse heels, so that his rider shall fall backward; for this sort of serpents lying in horse ways and cart ruts, snaps at and bites horses as they pass along, which bites affecting their legs and thighs, cause them to fall and throw their riders: this, by the Jewish writers, who are followed by many Christian interpreters, is applied to Samson, who by craft and policy managed the Philistines, as in the affair of the foxes, and especially in his last enterprise, when he got placed between the two pillars of the house, which answer, as some think, to the horse heels, as the multitude on the roof of the house to the riders: but though this may be illustrated in a particular person in this tribe, as a specimen of the genius and disposition of the whole tribe, yet the prophecy respects the whole tribe, and points at the situation of it, which was "by the way", at the extreme part of the country; so that they had need of craft and policy as well as power to defend themselves against encroachers and invaders, and describes the general temper and disposition of this tribe, of which an instance may be seen in Judges 18:1 and it may have respect to the stumblingblocks and offences laid in this tribe to the rest of the tribes, by the idol of Micah, and more especially by the golden calf set up in Dan by Jeroboam.

(h) Hierozoic. par. 2. l. 3. c. 12. col. 418, 419, 420. (i) Bibliothec. l. 3. p. 183. (k) R. Sol. Urbin. Ohel Moed. fol. 57. 1.17. Dan—"a judge."

a serpent … an adder—A serpent, an adder, implies subtlety and stratagem; such was pre-eminently the character of Samson, the most illustrious of its judges.49:13-18 Concerning Zebulun: if prophecy says, Zebulun shall be a haven of ships, be sure Providence will so plant him. God appoints the bounds of our habitation. It is our wisdom and duty to accommodate ourselves to our lot, and to improve it; if Zebulun dwell at the heaven of the sea, let him be for a haven of ships. Concerning Issachar: he saw that the land was pleasant, yielding not only pleasant prospects, but pleasant fruits to recompense his toils. Let us, with an eye of faith, see the heavenly rest to be good, and that land of promise to be pleasant; this will make our present services easy. Dan should, by art, and policy, and surprise, gain advantages against his enemies, like a serpent biting the heel of the traveller. Jacob, almost spent, and ready to faint, relieves himself with those words, I have waited for thy salvation, O Lord! The salvation he waited for was Christ, the promised Seed; now that he was going to be gathered to his people, he breathes after Him to whom the gathering of the people shall be. He declared plainly that he sought heaven, the better country, Heb 11:13,14. Now he is going to enjoy the salvation, he comforts himself that he had waited for the salvation. Christ, as our way to heaven, is to be waited on; and heaven, as our rest in Christ, is to be waited for. It is the comfort of a dying saint thus to have waited for the salvation of the Lord; for then he shall have what he has been waiting for.
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