Naphtali (Naf´tuh-li)

Second son of Jacob and Bilhah (Gen 30:7-8) and eponymous ancestor of the Israelite tribe of that name. Naphtali’s territory was bounded on the west by Asher, on the south by Zebulun and Issachar, and on the east by the river Jordan and the Sea of Galilee. Naphtali figures in numerous biblical narratives (Judg 4:6-10; Judg 12-16:6; Judg 6:35; Judg 7:23; 1Kgs 7:13-47; 1Kgs 15:16-20; 2Kgs 15:29). Naphtali is also mentioned in OT poetry (Gen 49:21; Deut 33:23; Judg 5:18).

Gen 30:7-8

7Rachel's maid Bilhah conceived again and bore Jacob a second son.8Then Rachel said, “With mighty wrestlings I have wrestled with my sister, and have prevailed” ... View more

Judg 4:6-10

6She sent and summoned Barak son of Abinoam from Kedesh in Naphtali, and said to him, “The Lord, the God of Israel, commands you, ‘Go, take position at Mount Ta ... View more

Judg 12-16:6

Intertribal Dissension
1The men of Ephraim were called to arms, and they crossed to Zaphon and said to Jephthah, “Why did you cross over to fight against the Am ... View more

Judg 6:35

35He sent messengers throughout all Manasseh, and they too were called out to follow him. He also sent messengers to Asher, Zebulun, and Naphtali, and they went ... View more

Judg 7:23

23And the men of Israel were called out from Naphtali and from Asher and from all Manasseh, and they pursued after the Midianites.

1Kgs 7:13-47

Products of Hiram the Bronzeworker
13Now King Solomon invited and received Hiram from Tyre.14He was the son of a widow of the tribe of Naphtali, whose father, a ... View more

1Kgs 15:16-20

Alliance with Aram against Israel
16There was war between Asa and King Baasha of Israel all their days.17King Baasha of Israel went up against Judah, and built ... View more

2Kgs 15:29

29In the days of King Pekah of Israel, King Tiglath-pileser of Assyria came and captured Ijon, Abel-beth-maacah, Janoah, Kedesh, Hazor, Gilead, and Galilee, all ... View more

Gen 49:21

21Naphtali is a doe let loose
that bears lovely fawns.

Deut 33:23

23And of Naphtali he said:
O Naphtali, sated with favor,
full of the blessing of the Lord,
possess the west and the south.

Judg 5:18

18Zebulun is a people that scorned death;
Naphtali too, on the heights of the field.

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