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Generation No. 24


Born: 1706 BC in Haran, Pandanaram

Married: abt. 1685 BC in Haran, Pandanaram    (Age:  21+)

Died: 1574 BC in Goshen, Egypt                         (Age:  132)

Father: Jacob

Mother:  Bilhah


Wife: Merimah


Born: Haran, Pandanaram

Died:  Goshen, Egypt

Father:  Amuram




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Notes for Naphtali:

His name in Hebrew is: נפתלי Naphtâlîy (naf-taw-lee’) Strongs #: 5321; my wrestling.

Jacob, Naphtali’s father was 87 when Naphtali was born.

Jacob had already been living in Haran for ten years when Naphtali was born.

At the age of 10, Naphtali left with his family to return to where Jacob came from and met with a few hardships along the way. (1)

The place of abode upon arriving in Canaan from Haran was outside the town of Shechem where they stayed 18 months.  (2)

Upon the kidnapping of Naphtali’s half-sister, Dinah, Naphtali’s older half-brothers Simeon and Levi laid waste the city of Shechem.

It looked like Naphtali would be going to his first battle at the age of 11, but it turned out that the Canaanites decided that it wouldn’t be a very good idea.  If two can take a city, then an army of 112 would be devastating.  (3)

At 12, Naphtali and his family moved to Bethel for a six month stay.

At 13, his step-mother Rachel died at childbirth while bringing Benjamin into the world.

At 18, Naphtali and his family came again to Shechem but their arrival made headline news amongst the Canaanites since they didn’t want to lose their city again.  This time war was inevitable!

Naphtali was known for being lightfooted and as swift as a deer.  He could run on a floor covered with corn ears without breaking them.  (4)

During the battle with the Canaanites, Naphtali’s swift speed of running got his brothers out of several predicaments.  He saved Judah’s life by putting a shield over Judah’s head when Judah didn’t have a shield of his own, for his shield was broken.  (5)

Naphtali’s step-mother, Leah died when Naphtali was 19, and it was after that time that his half-brother Joseph started making a nuisance of himself.  Although Joseph ranked himself better than his brothers, Father Jacob still loved the brat so much that Jacob made a colorful coat for him with long sleeves.  (6)

What was the most annoying were Joseph’s dreams, and since Naphtali had the gift of interpreting dreams it made him dislike his half-brother all the more!  (7)

The only relief from Joseph was to look after the cattle with his brothers in Shechem (they had been dwelling in Hebron with Grandfather Isaac), but Joseph still found his brothers even when Naphtali moved with his brothers 15 miles north to Dothan.

Even before Joseph arrived at the camp, Naphtali planned to be part of the plot to kill Joseph, but Reuben wanted nothing to do with the plan, so Joseph was placed in a pit so Reuben could secretly let Joseph return home.

While Reuben was away from the camp, Naphtali and his brothers sold Joseph to the Ishmaelites for 20 pieces of silver, but Naphtali later regretted it.

With Joseph being sold to the Ishmaelites and taken to Egypt, Naphtali and his brothers took Joseph’s coat, tore it and dipped it in the blood of a goat and Naphtali delivered it to Jacob.  (8)

Twenty years later at the age of 41, Naphtali was sent to Egypt with his brothers (except Benjamin) to buy corn since there was a severe famine in Canaan.

Upon arriving in Egypt, the brothers met with Zaphnathpaaneah, the stern governor of Egypt who accused the brothers as being spies.  Then Simeon was bound in prison and the brothers were instructed to bring their youngest brother with them on their next trip to prove that they weren’t spies.  (9)

Therefore, the brothers returned home with their grain, but were forced to return to Egypt 14 months later with Benjamin, much to the sorrow of Jacob.  (10)

Upon Naphtali and his brother’s return back to, troubles began after Naphtali and his brothers had dined with the governor, and that was when Benjamin was accused of stealing the Governor’s cup.  However, the excitement didn’t really begin until the governor said that he would use Benjamin as a slave in his house.  (11)

This act grieved Naphtali and his brethren, but it wasn’t until the governor saw that the brothers were willing to fight for their younger brother that he reviewed himself to them that Zaphnathpaaneah was actually Joseph.

This act both gladdened and frightened Naphtali.

Naphtali returned home with all his brethren telling Jacob the glad tidings in which they made the trip back to Egypt with the whole family, and was able to witness the joyous reunion of father and son in Egypt.  


Seventeen years later, when Naphtali was 60, his father died and requested to be buried in the Cave of Machpelah, but the funeral procession was halted for short time by Naphtali’s Uncle Esau.  (13)

Because of the battle at the Cave of Machpelach, another one ensued with the Edomites in which some Edomites were taken captive and taken to Egypt.  Having captive Edomites in Egypt for slaves to the Israelites was considered a shame to the Edomites, so war was waged against the Children of Jacob as well as the Egyptians, but the Edomites ended up losing the battle the third time.  (14)

After Naphtali had lived in Egypt for 89 years, he died at the age of 132.  (15)


More About Naphtali:

Burial: 1387BC in Kadesh-naphtali, Canaan

Note for Jahzeel:

His name in Hebrew is: יחצאל Yachtse’êl (yakh-tseh-ale’) Strongs #: 3183; Elohim will allot.

Only mentioned in Gen. 46:24, but he is also known as “Jahziel” in I Chron. 7:13, but in Jash. 45:11 he is known as “Yachzeel.”  After the death of his father and uncles, it is possible that he became a slave to the Egyptians.

Notes for Guni:

His name in Hebrew is: גוני Gûwnîy (goo-nee’) Strongs #: 1476; protected.

Only mentioned in Gen. 46:24; I Chron. 7:13 and Jash. 45:11.  After the death of his father and uncles, it is possible that he became a slave to the Egyptians.

Notes for Jezer:

His name in Hebrew is: יצר Yêtser (yay’-tser) Strongs #: 3337; a form; conception (i.e. purpose).

Only mentioned in Gen. 46:24; I Chron. 7:13. He is also known as “Jazer” in Jash. 45:11.  After the death of his father and uncles, it is possible that he became a slave to the Egyptians.

Notes for Shillem:

His name in Hebrew is: שלם Shillêm (shil-lame’) Strongs #: 8006; requital.

Only mentioned in Gen. 46:24, but is also known as “Shallum” in I Chron. 7:13, but in Jash. 45:11 he is known as “Shalem.”  After the death of his father and uncles, it is possible that he became a slave to the Egyptians.