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Genesis 49:21 [study!]

American Standard Version (ASV 1901) [2]
— Naphtali is a hind let loose: He giveth goodly words.
King James Version (KJV 1769)
— Naphtali [is] a hind let loose: he giveth goodly words.
New American Standard Bible (NASB ©1995)
— “Naphtali is a doe let loose, He gives beautiful words.
Webster's Revision of the KJB (WEB 1833)
— Naphtali [is] a hind let loose: he giveth goodly words.
Darby's Translation (DBY 1890)
— Naphtali is a hind let loose; He giveth goodly words.
Rotherham's Emphasized Bible (EBR 1902)
— Naphtali, is a slender hind,—That putteth forth antlers of beauty.
Young's Literal Translation (YLT 1898)
— Naphtali [is] a hind sent away, Who is giving beauteous young ones.
Douay-Rheims Challoner Revision (DR 1750)
— Nephthali, a hart let loose, and giving words of beauty.
Original King James Bible (AV 1611) [2]
— Naphtali is a hinde let loose: He giueth goodly words.
Brenton Greek Septuagint (LXX, Restored Names)
— Naphtali{gr.Nephthalim} is a spreading stem, bestowing beauty on its fruit.
Full Hebrew Names / Holy Name KJV (2008) [2] [3]
— Naftali [is] a hind let loose: he giveth goodly words.

Strong's Numbers & Hebrew NamesHebrew Old TestamentColor-Code/Key Word Studies
Naftälî נַפתָּלִי 5321
{5321} Prime
נַפְתָּלִי
Naphtaliy
{naf-taw-lee'}
From H6617; my wrestling; Naphtali, a son of Jacob, with the tribe descended from him, and its territory.
[is] a hind 355
{0355} Prime
אַיָּלָה
'ayalah
{ah-yaw-law'}
Feminine of H0354; a doe or female deer.
let loose: 7971
{7971} Prime
שָׁלַח
shalach
{shaw-lakh'}
A primitive root; to send away, for, or out (in a great variety of applications).
z8803
<8803> Grammar
Stem - Qal (See H8851)
Mood - Participle Passive (See H8815)
Count - 1415
he giveth 5414
{5414} Prime
נָתַן
nathan
{naw-than'}
A primitive root; to give, used with great latitude of application (put, make, etc.).
z8802
<8802> Grammar
Stem - Qal (See H8851)
Mood - Participle Active (See H8814)
Count - 5386
goodly 8233
{8233} Prime
שֶׁפֶר
shepher
{sheh'-fer}
From H8231; beauty.
words. 561
{0561} Prime
אֵמֶר
'emer
{ay'-mer}
From H0559; something said.
Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Commentary

Genesis 49:21

_ _ Genesis 49:21. Naphtali.

_ _ The best rendering we know is this, “Naphtali is a deer roaming at liberty; he shooteth forth goodly branches,” or majestic antlers [Taylor, Scripture Illustrations], and the meaning of the prophecy seems to be that the tribe of Naphtali would be located in a territory so fertile and peaceable, that, feeding on the richest pasture, he would spread out, like a deer, branching antlers.

Matthew Henry's Commentary

See commentary on Genesis 49:13-21.

John Wesley's Explanatory Notes

Genesis 49:21

Naphtali is a hind let loose — Those of this tribe were, as the loosen'd hind, zealous for their liberty, and yet affable and courteous, their language refined, and they complaisant, giving goodly words. Among God's Israel there is to be found a great variety of dispositions, yet all contributing to the beauty and strength of the body. He closes with the blessings of his best beloved sons, Joseph and Benjamin, with these he will breathe his last.

Geneva Bible Translation Notes

Genesis 49:21

Naphtali [is] a hind let loose: he giveth (q) goodly words.

(q) Overcoming more by fair words than by force.

Cross-Reference Topical ResearchStrong's Concordance

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.
Joshua 19:32-39 The sixth lot came out to the children of Naphtali, [even] for the children of Naphtali according to their families. ... This [is] the inheritance of the tribe of the children of Naphtali according to their families, the cities and their villages.
Judges 4:6 And she sent and called Barak the son of Abinoam out of Kedeshnaphtali, and said unto him, Hath not the LORD God of Israel commanded, [saying], Go and draw toward mount Tabor, and take with thee ten thousand men of the children of Naphtali and of the children of Zebulun?
Judges 4:10 And Barak called Zebulun and Naphtali to Kedesh; and he went up with ten thousand men at his feet: and Deborah went up with him.
Judges 5:18 Zebulun and Naphtali [were] a people [that] jeoparded their lives unto the death in the high places of the field.
Psalms 18:33-34 He maketh my feet like hinds' [feet], and setteth me upon my high places. ... He teacheth my hands to war, so that a bow of steel is broken by mine arms.
Matthew 4:15-16 The land of Zabulon, and the land of Nephthalim, [by] the way of the sea, beyond Jordan, Galilee of the Gentiles; ... The people which sat in darkness saw great light; and to them which sat in the region and shadow of death light is sprung up.
, Nepthalim
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Gn 30:8; 46:24. Dt 33:23. Jsh 19:32. Jg 4:6, 10; 5:18. Ps 18:33. Mt 4:15.

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