Naphtali By Signs
This article explores how to identify the lost tribe of Naphtali using signs. The primary way is to understand a feature of the German language, and how it is called out prophetically in the text.
Jacob's prophecy about Naphtali. Use the translation choice in the upper right menu to set this to KJV or BRB if not already set there to see the key idea:
21Naphtali is a swift messenger. He gives attractive words. (Genesis 49:21 BRB)
21"Naphtali is a doe set free that bears beautiful fawns. (Genesis 49:21 NIV)
21¶Naphtali is a hind let loose: he giveth goodly words. (Genesis 49:21 KJV)
The key aspect of the prophecies about Naphtali is the language.
The modern German language is the least dense of all western languages taking on average twice the number of letters as Hebrew to express the same idea.
A group of us once had a visiting German speaker who read from Genesis chapter 1. The days of creation where evident even to us who did not know German. Everyone in the room was surprised by the pace of German, with many more pronounced syllables.
Years ago I worked on the computer interfaces that had to be translated from English into both German and Hebrew.
Our user interface guidelines warned us, German will usually be the longest and Hebrew will usually be the shortest after translation. We had to allow our translators room in non-scrollable panels to fit expanded text into these spaces.
All other phonetic languages fall at some point between Hebrew and German, with far more syllables pronounced in German, giving it a quality similar to music.