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Genesis 49:23

    Genesis 49:23 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

    The archers have sorely grieved him, and shot at him, and hated him:

    American King James Version (AKJV)

    The archers have sorely grieved him, and shot at him, and hated him:

    American Standard Version (ASV)

    The archers have sorely grieved him, And shot at him, and persecute him:

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    He was troubled by the archers; they sent out their arrows against him, cruelly wounding him:

    Webster's Revision

    The archers have sorely grieved him, And shot at him, and persecute him:

    World English Bible

    The archers have severely grieved him, shot at him, and persecute him:

    English Revised Version (ERV)

    The archers have sorely grieved him, And shot at him, and persecuted him:

    Clarke's Commentary on Genesis 49:23

    The chief archers - בעלי חצים baaley chitstsim, the masters of arrows - Joseph's brethren, who either used such weapons, while feeding their flocks in the deserts, for the protection of themselves and cattle, or for the purpose of hunting; and who probably excelled in archery. It may however refer to the bitter speeches and harsh words that they spoke to and of him, for they hated him, and could not speak peaceably to him, Genesis 37:4. Thus they sorely afflicted him, and were incessantly scolding or finding fault.

    Barnes' Notes on Genesis 49:23

    The memory then reverts to the past history of Joseph. A new figure is now called up. A champion is assailed by a host of archers. They vex him, shoot at him, and in every way act the part of an enemy. But his bow continues elastic, and his arms are enabled to bend it, because he receives strength from the God of his fathers, "the Might of Jacob, the Shepherd, the Stone of Israel." Such is the rich and copious imagery that flows from the lips of Jacob. "The Might," the exalted upholder; "the Shepherd, the Stone," the fostering guardian as well as the solid foundation of his being. His great hands upheld Joseph against the brother and the stranger. "From him." This seems the free rendering of the word requisite to bring the two members of the parallel into harmony.