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The imagery here shouldn't be viewed in the context of sheep and shepherds, but as a metaphor for strength and perhaps even cruelty. One common interpretation is that the descendants of Benjamin will be mighty men, perhaps even warlike men, sometimes waging war for righteous causes, but other times for deeply unrighteous causes. See Judges 20, 2 Chronicles ...


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There is much prophecy in Gen 49, as Jacob speaks to his sons before his death. Several of them are compared to animals (Judah, a lion's cub; Issachar, a strong donkey; Dan a serpent; ... ), and Benjamin is described as a ravenous wolf. This is likely a reference to the fierce and warlike characteristics that Benjamin's descendants would eventually embody ...



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