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Genesis 49:14

    Genesis 49:14 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

    Issachar is a strong ass couching down between two burdens:

    American King James Version (AKJV)

    Issachar is a strong ass couching down between two burdens:

    American Standard Version (ASV)

    Issachar is a strong ass, Couching down between the sheepfolds:

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    Issachar is a strong ass stretched out among the flocks:

    Webster's Revision

    Issachar is a strong ass, Couching down between the sheepfolds:

    World English Bible

    "Issachar is a strong donkey, lying down between the saddlebags.

    English Revised Version (ERV)

    Issachar is a strong ass, Couching down between the sheepfolds:

    Clarke's Commentary on Genesis 49:14

    Issachar is a strong ass - חמר גרם chamor garem is properly a strong-limbed ass; couching between two burdens - bearing patiently, as most understand it, the fatigues of agriculture, and submitting to exorbitant taxes rather that exert themselves to drive out the old inhabitants.

    The two burdens literally mean the two sacks or panniers, one on each side of the animal's body; and couching down between these refers to the well-known propensity of the ass, whenever wearied or overloaded, to lie down even with its burden on its back.

    Barnes' Notes on Genesis 49:14

    "An ass of bone," and therefore, of strength. "Couching between the hurdles" - the pens or stalls in which the cattle were lodged. Rest in a pleasant land he felt to be good; and hence, rather than undertake the struggle for liberty and independence, he became like the strong ass a bearer of burdens, and a payer of tribute. He is thus a hireling by disposition as well as by name Genesis 30:18.

    Wesley's Notes on Genesis 49:14

    49:14 Issachar is a strong ass, couching down between two burdens - The men of that tribe shall be strong and industrious, fit for and inclined to labour, particularly the toil of husbandry, like the ass that patiently carries his burden. Issachar submitted to two burdens, tillage and tribute.