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Genesis 49:14-15

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49:14 Issachar is a strong-boned donkey

lying down between two saddlebags.

49:15 When he sees 1  a good resting place,

and the pleasant land,

he will bend his shoulder to the burden

and become a slave laborer. 2 

1 tn The verb forms in this verse (“sees,” “will bend,” and “[will] become”) are preterite; they is used in a rhetorical manner, describing the future as if it had already transpired.

2 sn The oracle shows that the tribe of Issachar will be willing to trade liberty for the material things of life. Issachar would work (become a slave laborer) for the Canaanites, a reversal of the oracle on Canaan. See C. M. Carmichael, “Some Sayings in Genesis 49,” JBL 88 (1969): 435-44; and S. Gevirtz, “The Issachar Oracle in the Testament of Jacob,” ErIsr 12 (1975): 104-12.



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