ImmerseBeginnings NLT - Page 91

G enesis
When he sees how good the countryside is
and how pleasant the land,
he will bend his shoulder to the load
and submit himself to hard labor.
“Dan will govern his people,
like any other tribe in Israel.
Dan will be a snake beside the road,
a poisonous viper along the path
that bites the horse’s hooves
so its rider is thrown off.
I trust in you for salvation, O Lord!
“Gad will be attacked by marauding bands,
but he will attack them when they retreat.
“Asher will dine on rich foods
and produce food fit for kings.
“Naphtali is a doe set free
that bears beautiful fawns.
“Joseph is the foal of a wild donkey,
the foal of a wild donkey at a ­spring—
one of the wild donkeys on the ridge.
Archers attacked him savagely;
they shot at him and harassed him.
But his bow remained taut,
and his arms were strengthened
by the hands of the Mighty One of Jacob,
by the Shepherd, the Rock of Israel.
May the God of your father help you;
may the Almighty bless you
with the blessings of the heavens above,
and blessings of the watery depths below,
and blessings of the breasts and womb.
May my fatherly blessings on you
surpass the blessings of my ancestors,
reaching to the heights of the eternal hills.
May these blessings rest on the head of Joseph,
who is a prince among his brothers.
“Benjamin is a ravenous wolf,
devouring his enemies in the morning
and dividing his plunder in the evening.”

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