Deuteronomy 33:22
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About Dan he said: "Dan is a lion's cub, springing out of Bashan."

King James Bible
And of Dan he said, Dan is a lion's whelp: he shall leap from Bashan.

Darby Bible Translation
And of Dan he said, Dan is a young lion; He shall spring forth from Bashan.

World English Bible
Of Dan he said, "Dan is a lion's cub that leaps out of Bashan."

Young's Literal Translation
And of Dan he said: -- Dan is a lion's whelp; he doth leap from Bashan.

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Clarke's Commentary on the Bible

Dan is a lion's whelp: he shall leap from Bashan - The Jewish interpreters observe that Bashan was a place much frequented by lions, who issued thence into all parts to look for prey. By this probably Moses intended to point out the strength and prowess of this tribe, that it should extend its territories, and live a sort of predatory life. It appears from Joshua 19:47, that the portion originally assigned to this tribe was not sufficient for them; hence we find them going out to war against Leshem and taking it, adding it to their territories, and calling it by the name of the tribe. Jacob, in his prophetic blessing of this tribe, represents it under the notion of a serpent in the path, Genesis 49:17. The character there, and that given here, constitute the complete warrior-stratagem and courage. See the note on Genesis 49:17.

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

Genesis 49:16,17 Dan shall judge his people, as one of the tribes of Israel...

Joshua 19:47 And the coast of the children of Dan went out too little for them: therefore the children of Dan went up to fight against Leshem...

Judges 13:2,24,25 And there was a certain man of Zorah, of the family of the Danites, whose name was Manoah; and his wife was barren, and bore not...

Judges 14:6,19 And the Spirit of the LORD came mightily on him, and he rent him as he would have rent a kid, and he had nothing in his hand...

Judges 15:8,15 And he smote them hip and thigh with a great slaughter: and he went down and dwelled in the top of the rock Etam...

Judges 16:30 And Samson said, Let me die with the Philistines. And he bowed himself with all his might; and the house fell on the lords...

Judges 18:27 And they took the things which Micah had made, and the priest which he had, and came to Laish...

1 Chronicles 12:35 And of the Danites expert in war twenty and eight thousand and six hundred.

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Israel the Beloved
'The beloved of the Lord shall dwell in safety by Him; and the Lord shall cover him all the day long, and he shall dwell between His shoulders.'--DEUT. xxxiii. 12. Benjamin was his father's favourite child, and the imagery of this promise is throughout drawn from the relations between such a child and its father. So far as the future history of the tribes is shadowed in these 'blessings' of this great ode, the reference of the text may be to the tribe of Benjamin, as specially distinguished by Saul
Alexander Maclaren—Expositions of Holy Scripture

Shoes of Iron, and Strength Sufficient: a New Year's Promise
"And of Asher he said, Let Asher be blessed with children; let him be acceptable to his brethren, and let him dip his foot in oil. Thy shoes shall be iron and brass; and as thy days, so shall thy strength be."--Deuteronomy 33:24-25. I once heard an old minister say that he thought the blessing of Asher was peculiarly the blessing of ministers; and his eyes twinkled as he added, "At any rate, they are usually blessed with children, and it is a great blessing for them if they are acceptable to their
Charles Haddon Spurgeon—Spurgeon's Sermons Volume 35: 1889

On Deut. xxxiii. Ii
On Deut. xxxiii. II Hippolytus, the expositor of the Targum, has said that Moses, when he had finished this prophecy, also pronounced a blessing upon all the children of Israel, by their several tribes, and prayed for them. Then God charged Moses, saying to him, Go up to Mount Nebo, which indeed is known by the name of the mount of the Hebrews, which is in the land of Moab over against Jericho. And He said to him: View the land of Chanaan, which I am to give to the children of Israel for an inheritance.
Hippolytus—The Extant Works and Fragments of Hippolytus

The Best Things Work for Good to the Godly
WE shall consider, first, what things work for good to the godly; and here we shall show that both the best things and the worst things work for their good. We begin with the best things. 1. God's attributes work for good to the godly. (1). God's power works for good. It is a glorious power (Col. i. 11), and it is engaged for the good of the elect. God's power works for good, in supporting us in trouble. "Underneath are the everlasting arms" (Deut. xxxiii. 27). What upheld Daniel in the lion's den?
Thomas Watson—A Divine Cordial

Cross References
Genesis 49:16
"Dan will provide justice for his people as one of the tribes of Israel.

Job 37:1
"At this my heart pounds and leaps from its place.

Ezekiel 19:2
and say: "'What a lioness was your mother among the lions! She lay down among them and reared her cubs.

Ezekiel 19:3
She brought up one of her cubs, and he became a strong lion. He learned to tear the prey and he became a man-eater.

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