Genesis 49:20 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

Genesis 49:20, NIV: Asher's food will be rich; he will provide delicacies fit for a king.

Genesis 49:20, ESV: “Asher’s food shall be rich, and he shall yield royal delicacies.

Genesis 49:20, KJV: Out of Asher his bread shall be fat, and he shall yield royal dainties.

Genesis 49:20, NASB: 'As for Asher, his food shall be rich, And he will yield royal delicacies.

Genesis 49:20, NLT: 'Asher will dine on rich foods and produce food fit for kings.

Genesis 49:20, CSB: Asher's food will be rich, and he will produce royal delicacies.

What does Genesis 49:20 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

Jacob's prophetic description of each of the tribes that will descend from his twelve sons continues (Genesis 49:1–2), now with Asher. The oracle about Asher is one of the simplest, and possibly the most peaceful, of all Jacob's predictions. Asher was named for Leah's response at his birth to her servant Zilpah: "Happy am I! For women have called me happy" (Genesis 30:12–13).

Asher's people seem destined for a happy future. Settled within a fertile strip of land (Joshua 19:24–31), the tribe of Asher will become known for rich foods. Their main interaction with other tribes may have been providing "delicacies" to the people of the land around Israel.