New International Version
"Joseph is a fruitful vine, a fruitful vine near a spring, whose branches climb over a wall.
King James Bible
Joseph is a fruitful bough, even a fruitful bough by a well; whose branches run over the wall:
Darby Bible Translation
Joseph is a fruitful bough; A fruitful bough by a well; [His] branches shoot over the wall.
World English Bible
"Joseph is a fruitful vine, a fruitful vine by a spring. His branches run over the wall.
Young's Literal Translation
Joseph is a fruitful son; A fruitful son by a fountain, Daughters step over the wall;
Genesis 49:22 Parallel
CommentaryClarke's Commentary on the Bible
The sum of a fruitful vine - This appears to me to refer to Jacob himself, who was blessed with such a numerous posterity that in two hundred and fifteen years after this his own descendants amounted to upwards of 600,000 effective men; and the figures here are intended to point out the continual growth and increase of his posterity. Jacob was a fruitful tree planted by a fountain, which because it was good would yield good fruit; and because it was planted near a fountain, from being continually watered, would be perpetually fruitful. The same is used and applied to Jacob, Deuteronomy 33:28 : The Fountain Of Jacob shall be upon a land of corn, and wine, etc.
The daughters, בנות banoth, put here for branches, shoot over or run upon the wall - Alluding probably to the case of the vine, which requires to be supported by a wall, trees, etc. Some commentators have understood this literally, and have applied it to the Egyptian women, who were so struck with the beauty of Joseph as to get upon walls, the tops of houses, etc., to see him as he passed by. This is agreeable to the view taken of the subject by the Koran. See Clarke on Genesis 39:6 (note).
Treasury of Scripture Knowledge
branches. Heb. daughters.
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. ...
The second son he named Ephraim and said, "It is because God has made me fruitful in the land of my suffering."
With bitterness archers attacked him; they shot at him with hostility.
About Joseph he said: "May the LORD bless his land with the precious dew from heaven above and with the deep waters that lie below;
The mountains were covered with its shade, the mighty cedars with its branches.
even though he thrives among his brothers. An east wind from the LORD will come, blowing in from the desert; his spring will fail and his well dry up. His storehouse will be plundered of all its treasures.
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