A. M. 2256. B.C. 1748. God
Leah conceived and bore a son and named him Reuben, for she said, "Because the LORD has seen my affliction; surely now my husband will love me."
Then she conceived again and bore a son and said, "Because the LORD has heard that I am unloved, He has therefore given me this [son] also." So she named him Simeon.
She conceived again and bore a son and said, "Now this time my husband will become attached to me, because I have borne him three sons." Therefore he was named Levi.
And she conceived again and bore a son and said, "This time I will praise the LORD." Therefore she named him Judah. Then she stopped bearing.
Judge me, O LORD my God, according to Your righteousness, And do not let them rejoice over me.
Vindicate me, O God, and plead my case against an ungodly nation; O deliver me from the deceitful and unjust man!
O LORD, You have seen my oppression; Judge my case.
and the sons of Bilhah, Rachel's maid: Dan and Naphtali;
"Dan shall judge his people, As one of the tribes of Israel.
"Dan shall be a serpent in the way, A horned snake in the path, That bites the horse's heels, So that his rider falls backward.
Of Dan he said, "Dan is a lion's whelp, That leaps forth from Bashan."
So I bought the waistband in accordance with the word of the LORD and put it around my waist.
"Therefore I will scatter them like drifting straw To the desert wind.
"Then I will cause your enemies to bring [it] Into a land you do not know; For a fire has been kindled in My anger, It will burn upon you."
You who know, O LORD, Remember me, take notice of me, And take vengeance for me on my persecutors. Do not, in view of Your patience, take me away; Know that for Your sake I endure reproach.
Your words were found and I ate them, And Your words became for me a joy and the delight of my heart; For I have been called by Your name, O LORD God of hosts.
I did not sit in the circle of merrymakers, Nor did I exult. Because of Your hand [upon me] I sat alone, For You filled me with indignation.
Why has my pain been perpetual And my wound incurable, refusing to be healed? Will You indeed be to me like a deceptive [stream] With water that is unreliable?
Therefore, thus says the LORD, "If you return, then I will restore you-- Before Me you will stand; And if you extract the precious from the worthless, You will become My spokesman. They for their part may turn to you, But as for you, you must not turn to them.
"Then I will make you to this people A fortified wall of bronze; And though they fight against you, They will not prevail over you; For I am with you to save you And deliver you," declares the LORD.