Genesis 49:21
New International Version
“Naphtali is a doe set free that bears beautiful fawns.

New Living Translation
“Naphtali is a doe set free that bears beautiful fawns.

English Standard Version
“Naphtali is a doe let loose that bears beautiful fawns.

Berean Study Bible
Naphtali is a doe set free that bears beautiful fawns.

King James Bible
Naphtali is a hind let loose: he giveth goodly words.

New King James Version
“Naphtali is a deer let loose; He uses beautiful words.

New American Standard Bible
“Naphtali is a doe let loose; He utters beautiful words.

NASB 1995
“Naphtali is a doe let loose, He gives beautiful words.

NASB 1977
“Naphtali is a doe let loose, He gives beautiful words.

Amplified Bible
“Naphtali is a doe let loose, [a swift warrior,] Which yields branched antlers (eloquent words).

Christian Standard Bible
Naphtali is a doe set free that bears beautiful fawns.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Naphtali is a doe set free that bears beautiful fawns.

American Standard Version
Naphtali is a hind let loose: He giveth goodly words.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Naphtali is a speedy Messenger; he gives beautiful speech.

Brenton Septuagint Translation
Nephthalim is a spreading stem, bestowing beauty on its fruit.

Contemporary English Version
Naphtali, you are a wild deer with lovely fawns.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Nephtali, a hart let loose, and giving words of beauty.

English Revised Version
Naphtali is a hind let loose: He giveth goodly words.

Good News Translation
"Naphtali is a deer that runs free, Who bears lovely fawns.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
"[Naphtali] is a doe set free that has beautiful fawns.

International Standard Version
"Naphtali is a free running deer who produces eloquent literature."

JPS Tanakh 1917
Naphtali is a hind let loose: He giveth goodly words.

Literal Standard Version
Naphtali [is] a doe sent away, Who is giving beautiful young ones.

NET Bible
Naphtali is a free running doe, he speaks delightful words.

New Heart English Bible
Naphtali is a doe set free that bears beautiful fawns.

World English Bible
"Naphtali is a doe set free, who bears beautiful fawns.

Young's Literal Translation
Naphtali is a hind sent away, Who is giving beauteous young ones.

Additional Translations ...
Context
Jacob Blesses His Sons
20Asher’s food will be rich; he shall provide royal delicacies. 21Naphtali is a doe set free that bears beautiful fawns. 22Joseph is a fruitful vine—a fruitful vine by a spring, whose branches scale the wall.…

Cross References
Deuteronomy 33:23
Concerning Naphtali he said: "Naphtali is abounding with favor, full of the blessing of the LORD; he shall take possession of the sea and the south."

Proverbs 5:19
A loving doe, a graceful fawn--may her breasts satisfy you always; may you be captivated by her love forever.

Song of Solomon 2:7
O daughters of Jerusalem, I adjure you by the gazelles and does of the field: Do not arouse or awaken love until the time is right.

Jeremiah 14:5
Even the doe in the field deserts her newborn fawn because there is no grass.


Treasury of Scripture

Naphtali is a hind let loose: he gives goodly words.

Genesis 30:8
And Rachel said, With great wrestlings have I wrestled with my sister, and I have prevailed: and she called his name Naphtali.

Genesis 46:24
And the sons of Naphtali; Jahzeel, and Guni, and Jezer, and Shillem.

Deuteronomy 33:23
And of Naphtali he said, O Naphtali, satisfied with favour, and full with the blessing of the LORD: possess thou the west and the south.

Nepthalim.









(21) Naphtali.--Gad had been described as moving slowly in war, and allowing himself to be surprised by hordes of plunderers, whom, nevertheless, as soon as he has collected his forces, he repels and pursues with vigour. Naphtali, on the contrary, is light and active, moving rapidly like "a hind let loose;" or, literally, sent forth, like the scouts or van of an army. And thus he brings back "goodly words"--Heb., words of pleasure--that is, trustworthy intelligence to guide the army in its motions. Another translation has been proposed, which has the support of the LXX.: "Naphtali is a spreading terebinth, which shoots forth goodly branches." It retains the consonants of the Hebrew text, but gives them different vowels.

Verse 21. - Naphtaii is a hind let loose: he giveth goodly words. The LXX., followed by Dathe, Michaelis, Ewald, Bohlen, and others, read, Naphtali is a tall terebinth, that putteth forth beautiful boughs; but the word אַיָלָה signifies a hind or gazelle, and is here employed, along with the qualifying epithet שְּׁלֻחָה, let loose, running freely (Keil), or graceful (Kalisch), to depict Naphtali as a beautiful and agile warrior. In the appended clause he is represented as possessing in addition the capacity of "giving words of beauty," in which may be detected an allusion to the development in eloquence and song which afterwards took place in that northern tribe (Judges 4:6-9; Judges 5:1-31).

Parallel Commentaries ...


Hebrew
Naphtali
נַפְתָּלִ֖י (nap̄·tā·lî)
Noun - proper - masculine singular
Strong's 5321: Naphtali -- a son of Jacob, also his descendants and the district settled by them

is a doe
אַיָּלָ֣ה (’ay·yā·lāh)
Noun - feminine singular
Strong's 355: A doe, female deer

set free
שְׁלֻחָ֑ה (šə·lu·ḥāh)
Verb - Qal - QalPassParticiple - feminine singular
Strong's 7971: To send away, for, out

that bears
הַנֹּתֵ֖ן (han·nō·ṯên)
Article | Verb - Qal - Participle - masculine singular
Strong's 5414: To give, put, set

beautiful
שָֽׁפֶר׃ (šā·p̄er)
Noun - masculine singular
Strong's 8233: Beauty, goodliness

fawns.
אִמְרֵי־ (’im·rê-)
Noun - masculine plural construct
Strong's 561: Something said


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