Genesis 49:15 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

Genesis 49:15, NIV: "When he sees how good is his resting place and how pleasant is his land, he will bend his shoulder to the burden and submit to forced labor."

Genesis 49:15, ESV: "He saw that a resting place was good, and that the land was pleasant, so he bowed his shoulder to bear, and became a servant at forced labor."

Genesis 49:15, KJV: "And he saw that rest was good, and the land that it was pleasant; and bowed his shoulder to bear, and became a servant unto tribute."

Genesis 49:15, NASB: "When he saw that a resting place was good And that the land was pleasant, He bowed his shoulder to carry burdens, And became a slave at forced labor."

Genesis 49:15, NLT: "When he sees how good the countryside is and how pleasant the land, he will bend his shoulder to the load and submit himself to hard labor."

Genesis 49:15, CSB: "He saw that his resting place was good and that the land was pleasant, so he leaned his shoulder to bear a load and became a forced laborer."

What does Genesis 49:15 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

Jacob's oracle about each of this sons has come to Issachar. This tribe is depicted as a sturdy donkey, laying between the sheepfolds (Genesis 49:14). Now Jacob expands on that word picture. Issachar's descendants will settle in a pleasant land, willing to do hard work to stay there. Eventually, they will do that work for others as slaves or servants at forced labor.

Joshua 19:17–24 describes Issachar's allotment in the Promised Land as being southwest of the Sea of Galilee, a fertile and pleasant plain. It is unclear exactly what period of force labor Jacob is referring to in the future of Issachar's people, but the region they settled in did attract invaders. Residents of that area would be especially prone to capture and enslavement.