New American Standard Bible
"Naphtali is a doe let loose, He gives beautiful words.
King James Bible
Naphtali is a hind let loose: he giveth goodly words.
Darby Bible Translation
Naphtali is a hind let loose; He giveth goodly words.
World English Bible
"Naphtali is a doe set free, who bears beautiful fawns.
Young's Literal Translation
Naphtali is a hind sent away, Who is giving beauteous young ones.
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CommentaryBarnes' Notes on the Bible
Naphtali is a hind let loose. The hind or "gazelle" is agile and nimble. When free on its native hills, it roams with instinctive confidence and delight. It is timid and irresolute in confinement. This is probably the character of Naphtali. "He giveth goodly words." Here we pass from the figure to the reality. Eloquence in prose and verse was characteristic of this particular tribe. The only important historical event in which they are concerned is the defeat of Jabin's host, which is celebrated in the song of Deborah and Barak Judges 4:5. In this passage we may study the character of the tribe.
Now, my brethren, if it be so in earthly things, it is so also in spiritual. Instability in religion is a thing which every man despises, although every man has, to a degree, the evil in himself, but stability in the firm profession and practice of godliness, will always win respect, even from the worldly, and certainly will not be forgotten by him whose smile is honor and whose praise is glory, even the great Lord and Master, before whom we stand or fall. I have many characters here to-day whom …
Charles Haddon Spurgeon—Spurgeon's Sermons Volume 3: 1857
Bunsen's Biblical Researches.
A Preliminary Discourse to Catechising
Fifthly, as this Revelation, to the Judgment of Right and Sober Reason,
Of Naphtali he said, "O Naphtali, satisfied with favor, And full of the blessing of the LORD, Take possession of the sea and the south."
As a loving hind and a graceful doe, Let her breasts satisfy you at all times; Be exhilarated always with her love.
Song of Solomon 2:7
"I adjure you, O daughters of Jerusalem, By the gazelles or by the hinds of the field, That you do not arouse or awaken my love Until she pleases."
"For even the doe in the field has given birth only to abandon her young, Because there is no grass.
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