Genesis 49:20
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New International Version
"Asher's food will be rich; he will provide delicacies fit for a king.

New Living Translation
"Asher will dine on rich foods and produce food fit for kings.

English Standard Version
“Asher’s food shall be rich, and he shall yield royal delicacies.

New American Standard Bible
"As for Asher, his food shall be rich, And he will yield royal dainties.

King James Bible
Out of Asher his bread shall be fat, and he shall yield royal dainties.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Asher's food will be rich, and he will produce royal delicacies.

International Standard Version
"Asher's food will be delicious; he will be a provider of delicacies fit for royalty."

NET Bible
Asher's food will be rich, and he will provide delicacies to royalty.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
"[Asher]'s food will be rich. He will provide delicacies fit for a king.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Out of Asher his bread shall be fat, and he shall yield delight unto the king.

King James 2000 Bible
Out of Asher his food shall be fat, and he shall yield royal dainties.

American King James Version
Out of Asher his bread shall be fat, and he shall yield royal dainties.

American Standard Version
Out of the Asher his bread shall be fat, And he shall yield royal dainties.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Aser, his bread shall be fat, and he shall yield dainties to kings.

Darby Bible Translation
Out of Asher, his bread shall be fat, And he will give royal dainties.

English Revised Version
Out of Asher his bread shall be fat, And he shall yield royal dainties.

Webster's Bible Translation
Out of Asher his bread shall be fat, and he shall yield royal dainties.

World English Bible
"Asher's food will be rich. He will yield royal dainties.

Young's Literal Translation
Out of Asher his bread is fat; And he giveth dainties of a king.
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

49:19-21 Concerning Gad, Jacob alludes to his name, which signifies a troop, and foresees the character of that tribe. The cause of God and his people, though for a time it may seem to be baffled and run down, will be victorious at last. It represents the Christian's conflict. Grace in the soul is often foiled in its conflicts; troops of corruption overcome it, but the cause is God's, and grace will in the end come off conqueror, yea, more than conqueror, Ro 8:37. Asher should be a rich tribe. His inheritance bordered upon Carmel, which was fruitful to a proverb. Naphtali, is a hind let loose. We may consider it as a description of the character of this tribe. Unlike the laborious ox and ass; desirous of ease and liberty; active, but more noted for quick despatch than steady labour and perseverance. Like the suppliant who, with goodly words, craves mercy. Let not those of different tempers and gifts censure or envy one another.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 20. - Out of Asher his bread shall be fat, and he shall yield royal dainties - literally, dainties of, or for, the king. The first clause may be otherwise rendered: Of Asher the bread shall be fat (Kalisch); fat shall be his bread (Murphy); Out of Asher (cometh) fat his bread (Keil). The import of the blessing is that Asher should possess a specially productive soil

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

Out of Asher his bread shall be fat,.... Which signifies that this tribe would have a sufficiency of food out of their own land, without being obliged to others, and that it would be of the best sort; it occupied a tract of land, as Andrichomius (l) says, reaching from great Zidon to Carmel of the sea, a space of twenty miles in length; and in breadth, from the great sea to Asor, and even to Naason, a space of nine miles; the land of this tribe is very fat, he says, and exceeding fruitful in wine and oil, especially in the best wheat: and in this tribe, as the same writer (m) observes, among other very fruitful places was the valley of Asher, called the fat valley, which began five miles from Ptolemais, and reached to the sea of Galilee, and contained more than ten miles in length; the soil of which was exceeding fat and fruitful, and produced the most delicate wine and wheat, and might be truly called the fat valley, see Deuteronomy 33:24.

and he shall yield royal dainties; food fit for kings, of all sorts, flesh, fish, and fowl: here King Solomon had one of his purveyors to provide food for him and his household, 1 Kings 4:16. Asher's country answered to his name, which signifies happy or blessed: in those parts Christ was much in the days of his flesh on earth; in Cana of this tribe he turned water into wine and in this country discoursed concerning the bread of life himself, who is the best of bread and royal dainties.

(l) Theatrum Terrae sanctae, p. 1.((m) lb. p. 13.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

Ge 49:20. Asher—"Blessed." Its allotment was the seacoast between Tyre and Carmel, a district fertile in the production of the finest corn and oil in all Palestine.

Genesis 49:20 Additional Commentaries
Context
Jacob Blesses his Sons
19"As for Gad, raiders shall raid him, But he will raid at their heels. 20"As for Asher, his food shall be rich, And he will yield royal dainties. 21"Naphtali is a doe let loose, He gives beautiful words.…
Cross References
Genesis 30:13
Then Leah said, "How happy I am! The women will call me happy." So she named him Asher.

Deuteronomy 33:24
About Asher he said: "Most blessed of sons is Asher; let him be favored by his brothers, and let him bathe his feet in oil.

Deuteronomy 33:25
The bolts of your gates will be iron and bronze, and your strength will equal your days.
Treasury of Scripture

Out of Asher his bread shall be fat, and he shall yield royal dainties.

Genesis 30:13 And Leah said, Happy am I, for the daughters will call me blessed: …

Genesis 46:17 And the sons of Asher; Jimnah, and Ishuah, and Isui, and Beriah, …

Deuteronomy 33:24,25 And of Asher he said, Let Asher be blessed with children; let him …

Joshua 19:24-31 And the fifth lot came out for the tribe of the children of Asher …

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