tribe of Issachar, whom God rewarded for their devotion to
the Torah, and thus many of the heathen were induced to
convert to Judaism.
In blessing Dan, Jacob's thoughts were occupied chiefly
with his descendant Samson, who, like unto God, without
any manner of assistance, conferred victory upon his people.
Jacob even believed the strong, heroic man to be the Messiah,
but when Samson's death was revealed to him, he exclaimed,
"I wait for Thy salvation, O Lord, for Thy help
is unto all eternity, while Samson's help is only for a
time. The redemption" continued Jacob, "will not be
accomplished by Samson the Danite, but by Elijah the
Gadite, who will appear at the end of time."