Jacob raised all his sons in the fear of God, and taught
them the ways of a pious life, using severity when there was
need to make his lessons impressive. He reaped the fruits
of his labor, for all his sons were godly men of stainless
character.[1] The ancestors of the twelve tribes resembled
their fathers in piety, and their acts were no less significant
than those of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. Like these three,
they deserve to be called the Fathers of Israel.[2] God made
a covenant with them as He had made with the three Patriarchs,
and to this covenant their descendants owe their

The very names of the tribes point to the redemption of

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