New International Version
"Issachar is a rawboned donkey lying down among the sheep pens.
King James Bible
Issachar is a strong ass couching down between two burdens:
Darby Bible Translation
Issachar is a bony ass, Crouching down between two hurdles.
World English Bible
"Issachar is a strong donkey, lying down between the saddlebags.
Young's Literal Translation
Issacher is a strong ass, Crouching between the two folds;
Genesis 49:14 Parallel
CommentaryClarke's Commentary on the Bible
Issachar is a strong ass - חמר גרם chamor garem is properly a strong-limbed ass; couching between two burdens - bearing patiently, as most understand it, the fatigues of agriculture, and submitting to exorbitant taxes rather that exert themselves to drive out the old inhabitants.
The two burdens literally mean the two sacks or panniers, one on each side of the animal's body; and couching down between these refers to the well-known propensity of the ass, whenever wearied or overloaded, to lie down even with its burden on its back.
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LibraryThe Shepherd, the Stone of Israel
'... The mighty God of Jacob. From thence is the Shepherd, the stone of Israel.'--GENESIS xlix. 24. A slight alteration in the rendering will probably bring out the meaning of these words more correctly. The last two clauses should perhaps not be read as a separate sentence. Striking out the supplement 'is,' and letting the previous sentence run on to the end of the verse, we get a series of names of God, in apposition with each other, as the sources of the strength promised to the arms of the hands …
Alexander Maclaren—Expositions of Holy Scripture
The Messianic Prophecies in the Pentateuch.
General Notes by the American Editor
The Holy Spirit and the Incarnation of the Word. ...
When he sees how good is his resting place and how pleasant is his land, he will bend his shoulder to the burden and submit to forced labor.
Then they came up to him and said, "We would like to build pens here for our livestock and cities for our women and children.
Why did you stay among the sheep pens to hear the whistling for the flocks? In the districts of Reuben there was much searching of heart.
Even while you sleep among the sheep pens, the wings of my dove are sheathed with silver, its feathers with shining gold."
He chose David his servant and took him from the sheep pens;
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