19 (A)“Raiders shall raid (B)Gad,[a]
    but he shall raid at their heels.

20 (C)“Asher's food shall be rich,
    and he shall yield royal delicacies.

21 (D)“Naphtali is a doe let loose
    that bears beautiful fawns.[b]

22 “Joseph is (E)a fruitful bough,
    a fruitful bough by a spring;
    his branches run over the wall.[c]
23 The archers (F)bitterly attacked him,
    shot at him, and harassed him severely,
24 yet (G)his bow remained unmoved;
    his arms[d] were made agile
by the hands of the (H)Mighty One of Jacob
    (from there is (I)the Shepherd,[e] (J)the Stone of Israel),
25 (K)by the God of your father who will help you,
    by (L)the Almighty[f] (M)who will bless you
    with blessings of heaven above,
blessings of the deep that crouches beneath,
    blessings of the breasts and of the womb.
26 The blessings of your father
    are mighty beyond the blessings of my parents,
    up to the bounties (N)of the everlasting hills.[g]
May they be (O)on the head of Joseph,
    and on the brow of him who was set apart from his brothers.

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Footnotes

  1. Genesis 49:19 Gad sounds like the Hebrew for raiders and raid
  2. Genesis 49:21 Or he gives beautiful words, or that bears fawns of the fold
  3. Genesis 49:22 Or Joseph is a wild donkey, a wild donkey beside a spring, his wild colts beside the wall
  4. Genesis 49:24 Hebrew the arms of his hands
  5. Genesis 49:24 Or by the name of the Shepherd
  6. Genesis 49:25 Hebrew Shaddai
  7. Genesis 49:26 A slight emendation yields (compare Septuagint) the blessings of the eternal mountains, the bounties of the everlasting hills

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