Genesis 49:21: Freedom

‘Naphtali is a doe set free
    that bears beautiful fawns.‘ NIV

There is something beautiful about these two lines. It’s interesting to me that the lovely land of Galilee lay in this territory.  The people of Naphtali would be a free-spirited and poetic people. Warren Wiersbe explains:

‘The image of “a hind [doe] let loose” suggests a free-spirited people, not bound to tradition. The tribe was located in the hill country. So this image was chosen wisely. Moses said they were “satisfied with favor, and full of the blessing of the Lord” (Deut. 33:23 nkjv). The last clause–“he gives beautiful words” (Gen. 49:21nkjv)–suggests that they were a poetic people who could express themselves well. Possessing the abilities to run like does and speak beautiful words, the people of Naphtali would make ideal messengers.’

Matthew Henry makes this excellent point:

‘Among God’s Israel there is to be found a great variety of dispositions, contrary to each other, yet all contributing to the beauty and strength of the body, Judah like a lion, Issachar like an ass, Dan like a serpent, Naphtali like a hind. Let not those of different tempers and gifts censure one another, nor envy one another, any more than those of different statures and complexions.’