It makes its tail stiff 1 like a cedar, the sinews of its thighs are tightly wound.
Samson went and captured three hundred jackals 1 and got some torches. He tied the jackals in pairs by their tails and then tied a torch to each pair. 2
They will lend to you but you will not lend to them; they will become the head and you will become the tail!
So the Lord cut off Israel’s head and tail, both the shoots and stalk 1 in one day.
The leaders and the highly respected people 1 are the head, the prophets who teach lies are the tail.
Egypt will not be able to do a thing, head or tail, shoots and stalk. 1
But the Lord said to Moses, “Put out your hand and grab it by the tail” – so he put out his hand and caught it, and it became a staff in his hand 1 –
The Lord will make you the head and not the tail, and you will always end up at the top and not at the bottom, if you obey his 1 commandments which I am urging 2 you today to be careful to do.
Tell him, ‘Make sure you stay calm! 1 Don’t be afraid! Don’t be intimidated 2 by these two stubs of smoking logs, 3 or by the raging anger of Rezin, Syria, and the son of Remaliah.