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|We are the People. Tribal Hints to Goodness
For an expanded version of this article see:
Individual Tribal Personalities.
Abraham who thinks big and acts with largeness of spirit.
Isaac who laughs at adversity.
Jacob who does what it takes; and Israel who Overcomes.
Reuben who sees the outcome (Genesis 29:31).
Simeon who makes himself heard through prayer and effort (Genesis 29:31).
Levi who attaches himself to God through good deeds and good companions and goodness (Genesis 29:34).
Judah who acknowledges the Truth and is grateful for what he has and aware of what he should be (Genesis 29:35).
Dan who gives an account, and measurement, and strives to become bigger and better (Genesis 30:7).
Naphtali who does not surrender but keeps up the struggle (Genesis 30:8).
Gad who expands on what exists and works that there may be more of it (Genesis 30:11).
Asher who is happy and smiling and makes others feel good just to see him (Genesis 30:13).
Issachar who works for his own pay and pays others what is theirs (Genesis 30:17).
Zebulon who is both domesticated and enterprising, tamed and daring (Genesis 30:19).
Joseph who adds to whatever he does and increases on it (Genesis 30:24).
Benjamin who moves to the right side and does the right thing (Genesis 35:16).
These are the Tribes of Israel.
Poem: The Family of Abraham
For the name of Abraham see (Genesis 13:5); Isaac (Genesis 21:6); Jacob (Genesis 25:26, 27:36); Israel (Genesis 32:28, 35:10).
For the names of Reuben, Simeon, Levi, Judah (Genesis ch. 29);
Dan, Naphtali, Gad, Asher, Issachar, Zebulon, Joseph (Genesis ch. 30);
Benjamin (Genesis ch.35).
Poem: The Family of Abraham
Abraham Passes Over:
Hebrews, numerous and great.
On Oceans they will rover.
Rebecca was the soul mate,
Of Isaac who will laugh.
As a sacrifice offered up
God intervened on his Behalf.
With the righteous will we sup.
Jacob his appearance changes
Through struggle he prevails
His name to Israel Exchanges,
Overcomes adverse travails.
Reuben the outcome foresees.
Simeon makes himself heard.
Levi, to God will appease.
Judah gives the right word.
Dan will judge and weigh.
Naphtali wrestles in fight.
Gad with a troop holds sway.
Asher smiles in delight.
Issachar will make his way,
For service receive his pay.
Zebulon dwells on sea-shores,
Guarded by dykes from flood
Lying at the Ocean doors
Sharing ties of blood.
Joseph to all good adds much,
Benjamin does the right thing
Welcome is his prayer and touch.
All this, Tribes of Israel bring.
We shall all rejoice and sing.
All truth passes through three
stages: First it is ridiculed.|
Second, it is violently opposed.
Third, it is accepted as being self-evident.
Arthur Schopenhauer (1788-1860).
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