Genesis 49:23
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New International Version
With bitterness archers attacked him; they shot at him with hostility.

New Living Translation
Archers attacked him savagely; they shot at him and harassed him.

English Standard Version
The archers bitterly attacked him, shot at him, and harassed him severely,

New American Standard Bible
"The archers bitterly attacked him, And shot at him and harassed him;

King James Bible
The archers have sorely grieved him, and shot at him, and hated him:

Holman Christian Standard Bible
The archers attacked him, shot at him, and were hostile toward him.

International Standard Version
Even though enemies attacked him, shooting at him and pursuing him viciously,

NET Bible
The archers will attack him, they will shoot at him and oppose him.

New Heart English Bible
The archers have sorely grieved him, shot at him, and persecute him:

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Archers provoked him, shot at him, and attacked him.

JPS Tanakh 1917
The archers have dealt bitterly with him, And shot at him, and hated him;

New American Standard 1977
“The archers bitterly attacked him,
            And shot at him and harassed him;

Jubilee Bible 2000
The arches have sorely grieved him and shot at him and hated him;

King James 2000 Bible
The archers have fiercely attacked him, and shot at him, and hated him:

American King James Version
The archers have sorely grieved him, and shot at him, and hated him:

American Standard Version
The archers have sorely grieved him, And shot at him, and persecute him:

Douay-Rheims Bible
But they that held darts provoked him, and quarrelled with him, and envied him.

Darby Bible Translation
The archers have provoked him, And shot at, and hated him;

English Revised Version
The archers have sorely grieved him, And shot at him, and persecuted him:

Webster's Bible Translation
The archers have sorely grieved him, and shot at him, and hated him:

World English Bible
The archers have severely grieved him, shot at him, and persecute him:

Young's Literal Translation
And embitter him -- yea, they have striven, Yea, hate him do archers;
Study Bible
Jacob Blesses his Sons
22"Joseph is a fruitful bough, A fruitful bough by a spring; Its branches run over a wall. 23"The archers bitterly attacked him, And shot at him and harassed him; 24But his bow remained firm, And his arms were agile, From the hands of the Mighty One of Jacob (From there is the Shepherd, the Stone of Israel),…
Cross References
Genesis 49:22
"Joseph is a fruitful bough, A fruitful bough by a spring; Its branches run over a wall.

Genesis 49:24
But his bow remained firm, And his arms were agile, From the hands of the Mighty One of Jacob (From there is the Shepherd, the Stone of Israel),
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(23) The archers.--Naturally Jacob next describes the sorrows of Joseph's youth, but in poetical terms, so as not to wound the feelings of his brethren, or rouse up thoughts of vengeance in Joseph's own mind. Thus be compares him to a warrior, too mighty for his enemies to close with in open conflict, but whom they harass from a distance. "Hated him" would be better translated, laid snares for him, were guilty of treachery and deceit.

The archers have sorely grieved him, and shot at him, and hated him. His brethren who grieved him with their ill usage, shot out bitter words against him, and hated him for his dreams, and because his father loved him; and they could not speak peaceably to him, they mocked at him, conspired to kill him, stripped him of his clothes, cast him into a pit, and then sold him; in all which he was a type of Christ, as used by the Jews. His mistress also, and Satan by her, grieved him with her temptations and solicitations to sin, which were as fiery darts shot at him; but being resisted, her impure love was turned into hatred to him, and she shot her lies, calumnies, and reproaches, as so many darts at him; and, as the Targum of Jonathan, the magicians of Egypt, who envied him for his superior knowledge, and perhaps many others in Pharaoh's court, who were displeased at his preferments, might bring accusations to Pharaoh against him, out of hatred to him; and Satan and his principalities and powers, whose temptations are compared to fiery darts, are not to be exempted, which they shoot at and grieve the people of God, who are hated by them. Perhaps reference may be had to the wars of the posterity of Joseph under Joshua, who was of the tribe of Ephraim, with the Canaanites. 49:22-27 The blessing of Joseph is very full. What Jacob says of him, is history as well as prophecy. Jacob reminds him of the difficulties and fiery darts of temptations he had formerly struggled through. His faith did not fail, but through his trials he bore all his burdens with firmness, and did not do anything unbecoming. All our strength for resisting temptations, and bearing afflictions, comes from God; his grace is sufficient. Joseph became the shepherd of Israel, to take care of his father and family; also the stone of Israel, their foundation and strong support. In this, as in many other things, Joseph was a remarkable type of the Good Shepherd, and tried Corner Stone of the whole church of God. Blessings are promised to Joseph's posterity, typical of the vast and everlasting blessings which come upon the spiritual seed of Christ. Jacob blessed all his sons, but especially Joseph, who was separated from his brethren. Not only separated in Egypt, but, possessing eminent dignity, and more devoted to God. Of Benjamin it is said, He shall ravin as a wolf. Jacob was guided in what he said by the Spirit of prophecy, and not by natural affection; else he would have spoken with more tenderness of his beloved son Benjamin. Concerning him he only foresees and foretells, that his posterity should be a warlike tribe, strong and daring, and that they should enrich themselves with the spoils of their enemies; that they should be active. Blessed Paul was of this tribe, Ro 11:1; Php 3:5; he, in the morning of his day, devoured the prey as a persecutor, but in the evening divided the spoils as a preacher; he shared the blessings of Judah's Lion, and assisted in his victories.
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