Thy father's blessings have been mighty Above the blessings of my progenitors, Unto the limit of the heights age-during They are for the head of Joseph, And for the crown of the one Separate from his brethren.
Genesis 49:26 Additional TranslationsClarke's Commentary on the Bible
The blessing of thy father, etc. - The blessings which thy father now prays for and pronounces are neither temporal nor transitory; they shall exceed in their duration the eternal mountains, and in their value and spiritual nature all the conveniences, comforts, and delicacies which the everlasting hills can produce. They shall last when the heavens and the earth are no more, and shall extend throughout eternity. They are the blessings which shall be communicated to the world by means of the Messiah.
The Jerusalem Targum paraphrases the place thus: "The blessing of this father shall be added unto the blessings wherewith thy fathers Abraham and Isaac, who are likened to mountains, have blessed thee; and they shall exceed the blessings of the four mothers, Sarah, Rebekah, Rachel, and Leah, who are likened to the hills: all these blessings shall be a crown of magnificence on the head of Joseph, and on the crown of the head of him who was a prince and governor in the land of Egypt."
27. Benjamin is a ravenous wolf: In the morning he shall devour the prey, And in the evening he shall divide the spoil.
This tribe is very fitly compared to a ravenous wolf, because of the rude courage and ferocity which they have invariably displayed, particularly in their war with the other tribes, in which they killed more men than the whole of their own numbers amounted to.
"This last tribe," says Dr. Hales, "is compared to a wolf for its ferocious and martial disposition, such as was evinced by their contests with the other tribes, in which, after two victories, they were almost exterminated, Judges 19, 20." Its union with the tribe of Judah seems to be intimated in their joint conquests, expressed nearly in the same terms: "Judah went up from the prey;" "Benjamin devoured the prey." Moses in his parallel prophecy, Deuteronomy 33:12, confirms this by signifying that the sanctuary should be fixed in his lot, and that he should continue as long as the existence of the temple itself: -
The Beloved Of The Lord shall dwell with him in safety,
And shall cover him all the day long,
And shall dwell between his shoulders.
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Genesis 27:27-29,39,40 And he came near, and kissed him: and he smelled the smell of his raiment, and blessed him, and said, See...
Genesis 28:3,4 And God Almighty bless you, and make you fruitful, and multiply you, that you may be a multitude of people...
Ephesians 1:3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ:
Deuteronomy 33:15 And for the chief things of the ancient mountains, and for the precious things of the lasting hills,
Psalm 89:36 His seed shall endure for ever, and his throne as the sun before me.
Isaiah 54:10 For the mountains shall depart, and the hills be removed; but my kindness shall not depart from you...
Ezekiel 37:25,26 And they shall dwell in the land that I have given to Jacob my servant, wherein your fathers have dwelled; and they shall dwell therein...
Jonah 2:6 I went down to the bottoms of the mountains; the earth with her bars was about me for ever...
Habakkuk 3:6 He stood, and measured the earth: he beheld, and drove asunder the nations; and the everlasting mountains were scattered...
Deuteronomy 33:16 And for the precious things of the earth and fullness thereof, and for the good will of him that dwelled in the bush...
Psalm 132:18 His enemies will I clothe with shame: but on himself shall his crown flourish.
Genesis 37:28 Then there passed by Midianites merchants; and they drew and lifted up Joseph out of the pit...
Numbers 6:2 Speak to the children of Israel, and say to them, When either man or woman shall separate themselves to vow a vow of a Nazarite...
Psalm 105:17-22 He sent a man before them, even Joseph, who was sold for a servant...
Isaiah 66:5 Hear the word of the LORD, you that tremble at his word; Your brothers that hated you, that cast you out for my name's sake, said...
Acts 7:9 And the patriarchs, moved with envy, sold Joseph into Egypt: but God was with him,
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