Genesis 49:27
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New International Version
"Benjamin is a ravenous wolf; in the morning he devours the prey, in the evening he divides the plunder."

New Living Translation
"Benjamin is a ravenous wolf, devouring his enemies in the morning and dividing his plunder in the evening."

English Standard Version
“Benjamin is a ravenous wolf, in the morning devouring the prey and at evening dividing the spoil.”

New American Standard Bible
"Benjamin is a ravenous wolf; In the morning he devours the prey, And in the evening he divides the spoil."

King James Bible
Benjamin shall ravin as a wolf: in the morning he shall devour the prey, and at night he shall divide the spoil.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Benjamin is a wolf; he tears his prey. In the morning he devours the prey, and in the evening he divides the plunder."

International Standard Version
"Benjamin is vicious like a wolf; what he kills in the morning he devours in the evening."

NET Bible
Benjamin is a ravenous wolf; in the morning devouring the prey, and in the evening dividing the plunder."

New Heart English Bible
"Benjamin is a ravenous wolf. In the morning he will devour the prey. At evening he will divide the spoil."

GOD'S WORD® Translation
"[Benjamin] is a ravenous wolf. In the morning he devours his prey. In the evening he divides the plunder."

JPS Tanakh 1917
Benjamin is a wolf that raveneth; In the morning he devoureth the prey, And at even he divideth the spoil.'

New American Standard 1977
“Benjamin is a ravenous wolf;
            In the morning he devours the prey,
            And in the evening he divides the spoil.”

Jubilee Bible 2000
Benjamin, ravening wolf: in the morning he shall devour the prey, and in the evening he shall divide the spoil.

King James 2000 Bible
Benjamin is ravenous as a wolf: in the morning he shall devour the prey, and at night he shall divide the spoil.

American King James Version
Benjamin shall shred as a wolf: in the morning he shall devour the prey, and at night he shall divide the spoil.

American Standard Version
Benjamin is a wolf that raveneth: In the morning she shall devour the prey, And at even he shall divide the spoil.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Benjamin a ravenous wolf, in the morning shall eat the prey, and in the evening shall divide the spoil.

Darby Bible Translation
Benjamin -- [as] a wolf will he tear to pieces; In the morning he will devour the prey, And in the evening he will divide the booty.

English Revised Version
Benjamin is a wolf that ravineth: In the morning he shall devour the prey, And at even he shall divide the spoil.

Webster's Bible Translation
Benjamin shall raven as a wolf: in the morning he shall devour the prey, and at night he shall divide the spoil.

World English Bible
"Benjamin is a ravenous wolf. In the morning he will devour the prey. At evening he will divide the spoil."

Young's Literal Translation
Benjamin! a wolf teareth; In the morning he eateth prey, And at evening he apportioneth spoil.'
Study Bible
Jacob Blesses his Sons
26"The blessings of your father Have surpassed the blessings of my ancestors Up to the utmost bound of the everlasting hills; May they be on the head of Joseph, And on the crown of the head of the one distinguished among his brothers. 27"Benjamin is a ravenous wolf; In the morning he devours the prey, And in the evening he divides the spoil." 28All these are the twelve tribes of Israel, and this is what their father said to them when he blessed them. He blessed them, every one with the blessing appropriate to him.…
Cross References
Genesis 49:26
"The blessings of your father Have surpassed the blessings of my ancestors Up to the utmost bound of the everlasting hills; May they be on the head of Joseph, And on the crown of the head of the one distinguished among his brothers.

Genesis 49:28
All these are the twelve tribes of Israel, and this is what their father said to them when he blessed them. He blessed them, every one with the blessing appropriate to him.

Numbers 1:36
Of the sons of Benjamin, their genealogical registration by their families, by their fathers' households, according to the number of names, from twenty years old and upward, whoever was able to go out to war,

Numbers 34:21
"Of the tribe of Benjamin, Elidad the son of Chislon.
Treasury of Scripture

Benjamin shall shred as a wolf: in the morning he shall devour the prey, and at night he shall divide the spoil.

ravin.

Genesis 35:18 And it came to pass, as her soul was in departing, (for she died) …

Genesis 46:21 And the sons of Benjamin were Belah, and Becher, and Ashbel, Gera, …

Deuteronomy 33:12 And of Benjamin he said, The beloved of the LORD shall dwell in safety …

a wolf.

Numbers 23:24 Behold, the people shall rise up as a great lion, and lift up himself …

Judges 3:15-29 But when the children of Israel cried to the LORD, the LORD raised …

Judges 20:21,25 And the children of Benjamin came forth out of Gibeah…

1 Samuel 11:4-11 Then came the messengers to Gibeah of Saul, and told the tidings …

1 Samuel 14:1-15:35 Now it came to pass on a day, that Jonathan the son of Saul said …

1 Samuel 17:1-58 Now the Philistines gathered together their armies to battle, and …

Acts 8:3 As for Saul, he made havoc of the church, entering into every house, …

Acts 9:1 And Saul, yet breathing out threatenings and slaughter against the …

Philippians 3:5 Circumcised the eighth day, of the stock of Israel, of the tribe …

at night.

Jeremiah 5:6 Why a lion out of the forest shall slay them, and a wolf of the evenings …

Ezekiel 22:25,27 There is a conspiracy of her prophets in the middle thereof, like …

Hosea 13:7,8 Therefore I will be to them as a lion: as a leopard by the way will …

Zephaniah 3:3 Her princes within her are roaring lions; her judges are evening …

Matthew 7:15 Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep's clothing, …

Matthew 10:16 Behold, I send you forth as sheep in the middle of wolves: be you …

Acts 20:29 For I know this, that after my departing shall grievous wolves enter …

(27) Benjamin.--With this description of their ancestor agrees the character of his race, which was the most spirited and warlike of all the tribes of Israel.

It would be interesting to compare the notices of the several tribes in the subsequent history with Jacob's blessing of their progenitors, and with that also given by Moses. The fathers, moreover, found in the words of the patriarch faint foreshadowings of the spiritual truths of Christianity. But such discussions exceed the limits of a commentary, and it has seemed best to give only the primary explanation of Jacob's words, in accordance, as far as possible, with the standpoint of the patriarch himself.

Verse 27. - Benjamin shall ravin as a wolf (literally, a wolf, he shall tear in pieces): in the morning he shall devour the prey, and at night he shall divide the spoil. The prediction alludes to the warlike character of the tribe of Benjamin, which was manifested in Ehud the judge (Judges 3:15), and Saul the king of Israel (1 Samuel 11:6-11; 1 Samuel 14:13, 15, 47, 48), who both sprang from Rachel's younger son. Benjamin shall ravin as a wolf,.... All the three Targums apply this prophecy to the priests offering the daily sacrifice, morning and evening, in the temple, which stood in the lot of Benjamin, and dividing what was left, and eating it. But it respects the tribe itself, compared to a wolf for its fortitude, courage, and valour, as well as for its rapaciousness, it being a warlike tribe; and the Jewish writers (q) say, that it is compared to a wolf, because of its strength. Wolves, said to be devoted to Mars, are called "martial" wolves by Virgil (r) and Horace (s); and we have an early instance of the valour and success of this tribe in a war waged with all the other tribes, and in two pitched battles, in one with 26,000 men it beat 400,000, Judges 20:15, and if this tribe is compared to a wolf for rapaciousness, this may be illustrated by the remainder of those, after the loss of a third battle, catching and carrying away the daughters of Shiloh, and making them their wives, Judges 21:23. Some apply this to particular persons of this tribe, as to Saul the first king of Israel, who was of Benjamin; and who as soon as he took the kingdom of Israel, in the morning, in the beginning of that state, fought against all his enemies on every side, against Moab, Ammon, Edom, the kings of Zobah, and the Philistines, and the Amalekites, 1 Samuel 14:47 and to Mordecai and Esther, who were of the same tribe, who after the captivity, and in the evening of that state, divided the spoil of Haman, Esther 8:1 this is observed by Jarchi, Aben Ezra, and Ben Gersom. Some of the Christian fathers have applied the prophecy to the Apostle Paul, who was of the tribe of Benjamin; who in the morning of his youth was a fierce and ravenous persecutor, and made havoc of the church of God: and in the evening, or latter part of his life, spent his days in dividing the spoil of Satan among the Gentiles, taking the prey out of his hands, turning men from the power of Satan unto God, and distributed food to the souls of men. In a spiritual sense he was a warlike man, a good soldier of Christ, and accoutred as such, had a warfare to accomplish, and enemies to fight with; and did fight the good fight of faith, conquered, and was more than a conqueror through Christ, and is now crowned: and why may it not be applied to Christ himself, seeing the blessing of Benjamin by Moses, Deuteronomy 33:12 seems to belong to him? he is God's Benjamin, the son and man of his right hand, as dear to him as his right hand, in whom his power has been displayed, and who is exalted at his right hand; and may as well be compared to a wolf as to a lion, as he is the lion of the tribe of Judah, and as God himself is compared to a lion and bear, Hosea 13:7 and who is expressly said to divide the spoil with the strong, Isaiah 53:12 spoiled principalities and powers, delivered his people as a prey out of the hands of the mighty, and will make an utter destruction of all his and their enemies. Some of these things were done in the morning of the Gospel dispensation, and others will be done in the evening of it, Colossians 2:15.

(q) Targum Jon. Aben Ezra & Gersom, in loc. (r) Virgil. Aeneid. 9. (s) Horat. Carmin. l. 1. Ode. 17. Ge 49:27-33. Benjamin

27. shall ravin like a wolf—This tribe in its early history spent its energies in petty or inglorious warfare and especially in the violent and unjust contest (Jud 19:1-20:48), in which it engaged with the other tribes, when, notwithstanding two victories, it was almost exterminated.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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