7.08.2006

12 Tribes of Israel Banners


The children of Israel shall encamp, each man by his banner according to the insignias of their father's household, at a distance surrounding the Tent of Meeting shall they encamp.


12 Tribes Arrangement


Judah Banner

Judah, you, your brothers shall acknowledge; your hand will be at your enemies' nape; your father's sons will prostrate themselves to you. A lion cub is Judah; from the prey, my son, you elevated yourself. He crouches, lies down like a lion, and like an awesome lion, who dares rouse him? The scepter shall not depart from Judah nor a scholar from among his descendants until Shiloh arrives and his will be an assemblage of nations. He will tie his donkey to the vine; to the vine branch his donkey's foal; he will launder his garments in wine and his robe in the blood of grapes. Red eyed from wine, and white toothed from milk. Judah's banner reflects the above verse spoken prophetically right before the death of his father Jacob. See Genesis 49:8 - 12.


Issachar BannerIssachar, is a strong-boned donkey; he rests between the boundaries. He saw tranquility that it was good, and the land that it was pleasant, yet he bent his shoulder to bear and he became an indentured laborer. See Genesis 49:14 - 15









Zebulun BannerZebulun, shall settle by seashores. He shall be at the ship's harbor, and his last bordre will reach Zidon. See Genesis 49:13













Levi BannerLevi, Simeon and Levi are comrades, their weaponry is a stolen craft. Into their conspiracy, may my soul not enter! With their congregation, do not join, O my honor! For in theirrage they murdered people and at their whim they hamstrung an ox. Accursed is their rage for it is intense, and their wrathfor it is harsh; I will separate them within Jacob, and I will disperse them in Israel. See Genesis 49:5 - 6






Reuben BannerReuben, you are my firstborn, my strength and my inital vigor, foremost in rank and foremost in power. Water like impetuosity -- you cannot be foremost, because you mounted your father's bed; then you desecrated Him Who ascended my couch. See Genesis 49:3 - 4








Simeon BannerSimeon, Simeon and Levi are comrades, their weaponry is a stolen craft. Into their conspiracy, may my soul not enter! With their congregation, do not join, O my honor! For in theirrage they murdered people and at their whim they hamstrung an ox. Accursed is their rage for it is intense, and their wrathfor it is harsh; I will separate them within Jacob, and I will disperse them in Israel. See Genesis 49:5 - 6









Gad BannerGad, will recruit a regiment and it will retreat on its heel. See Genesis 49:19












Ephraim BannerEphraim, But Israel extended his right hand and laid it on Ephraim's head though he was the younger and his left hand on Manasseh's head. He maneuvered his hands , for Manasseh was the firstborn. He blessed Joseph and he said, O God before Whom my forefathers Abraham and Isaac walked -- God Who shepherds me from my inception until this day: May the angel who redeems me from all evil bless the lads, and may my name be declared upon them, and the names of my forefathers Abraham and Isaac, and may they proliferate abundantly like fish within the land.".........So he blessed them that day, saying, " By you shall Israel bless saying, 'May god make you like Ephraim and like Manasseh'" -- and he put Ephraim before Manasseh. See Genesis 48:13 - 20



Joseph BannerIn addition to their own blessing they also received the blessing of Joseph. See Genesis 48:21 - 22 and Genesis 49: 22- 26












Manasseh BannerManasseh, But Israel extended his right hand and laid it on Ephraim's head though he was the younger and his left hand on Manasseh's head. He maneuvered his hands , for Manasseh was the firstborn. He blessed Joseph and he said, O God before Whom my forefathers Abraham and Isaac walked -- God Who shepherds me from my inception until this day: May the angel who redeems me from all evil bless the lads, and may my name be declared upon them, and the names of my forefathers Abraham and Isaac, and may they proliferate abundantly like fish within the land.".........So he blessed them that day, saying, " By you shall Israel bless saying, 'May god make you like Ephraim and like Manasseh'" -- and he put Ephraim before Manasseh. See Genesis 48:13 - 20




Benjamin BannerBenjamin, is a predatory wolf; in the morning he will devour prey and in the evening he will distribue spoils. See Genesis49:27













Dan BannerDan, wil avenge his people, the tribes of Israel will be united as one. Dan will be a serpent on the highway, a viper by the path, that bites a horse's heels so its rider falls backward. For Your salvation do I long, O Hashem! See Genesis49:16 - 18









Asher BannerFrom Asher, -- his bread will have richness, and he will provide kingly delicacies. See Genesis 49:20












Naphtali BannerNaphtali, is a hind let loose who delivers beautiful sayings. See Genesis 49:20












These are the banners of the 12 tribes of Israel as they are arranged around the temple. These are the blessing bestowed upon them by there father Jacob/Israel before his death. They were later blessed again by Moses before his death. For these blessing please go to page 12 Tribe Blessings by Moses.

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