Genesis 49:4 Commentary - Companion Bible Notes, Appendices and GraphicsUnstable as water. Figure of speech Simile. Compare Num 16:1, Num 16:2; Num 32:1.
water . . . thou. Figure of speech Ellipsis here (App-6. b). The word "unstable" = to flow down, and requires the Ellipsis to be filled up thus: "Flowing down as water [passes away, so] thou shalt not excel". What thus would pass away is set forth in Gen 49:3, and so it came to pass (1Ch 5:1).
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