Among the prophecies spoken to Issachar, Dan, Gad, Asher, and Naphtali, we find both blessings and burdens.

BibleGateway: Genesis 49:13-21

ESV Text: Genesis 49:13-21

Genesis 49:13-21 (Listen)

13 “Zebulun shall dwell at the shore of the sea;
he shall become a haven for ships,
and his border shall be at Sidon.

14 “Issachar is a strong donkey,
crouching between the sheepfolds.
15 He saw that a resting place was good,
and that the land was pleasant,
so he bowed his shoulder to bear,
and became a servant at forced labor.

16 “Dan shall judge his people
as one of the tribes of Israel.
17 Dan shall be a serpent in the way,
a viper by the path,
that bites the horse’s heels
so that his rider falls backward.
18 I wait for your salvation, O Lord.

19 “Raiders shall raid Gad,
but he shall raid at their heels.

20 “Asher’s food shall be rich,
and he shall yield royal delicacies.

21 “Naphtali is a doe let loose
that bears beautiful fawns. (ESV)


KJV Text:

(Alt. audio): Chapter: 49

     13 Zebulun shall dwell at the haven of the sea; and he shall be for an haven of ships; and his border shall be unto Zidon. 14 Issachar is a strong ass couching down between two burdens: 15 And he saw that rest was good, and the land that it was pleasant; and bowed his shoulder to bear, and became a servant unto tribute. 16 Dan shall judge his people, as one of the tribes of Israel. 17 Dan shall be a serpent by the way, an adder in the path, that biteth the horse heels, so that his rider shall fall backward. 18 I have waited for thy salvation, O LORD. 19 Gad, a troop shall overcome him: but he shall overcome at the last. 20 Out of Asher his bread shall be fat, and he shall yield royal dainties. 21 Naphtali is a hind let loose: he giveth goodly words.(KJV)


Hymn: TLH 346:
Jesus! and Shall it ever Be

Hymnary.org — Organ Audio

1. Jesus! and shall it ever be 
A mortal man ashamed of Thee? 
Ashamed of Thee, whom angels praise, 
Whose glories shine through endless days? 

2. Ashamed of Jesus? Sooner far 
Let evening blush to own a star. 
He sheds the beams of light divine 
O’er this benighted soul of mine. 

3. Ashamed of Jesus? Just as soon 
Let midnight be ashamed of noon. 
‘Tis midnight with my soul till He, 
Bright Morning Star, bids darkness flee. 

4. Ashamed of Jesus, that dear Friend 
On whom my hopes of heaven depend? 
No; when I blush, be this my shame, 
That I no more revere His name. 

5. Ashamed of Jesus? Yes, I may 
When I’ve no guilt to wash away, 
No tear to wipe, no joy to crave, 
No fears to quell, no soul to save. 

6. Till then–nor is the boasting vain– 
Till then I boast a Savior slain. 
And oh, may this my portion be, 
That Christ is not ashamed of me! 


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