Naphtali is the sixth son of Jacob and the second son of Bilhah (Genesis 30:8). His descendants form one of the twelve tribes of Israel.
The name Naphtali is commonly understood to come from (patal) meaning to twist. Derivatives are (patil), meaning cord or thread; (petaltol), meaning tortuous (Deuteronomy 32:5); (naptulim), meaning wrestlings (Genesis 30:8).
Some other occurrences of the verb-plus-nun are: Job 5:13 ...the advice of he cunning (; NAS); and Pr 8:8 ...crooked or perverted (; NAS). The final yod indicates possession: mine.
NOBS Study Bible Name List and Jones' Dictionary of Old Testament Proper Names agree: the name Naphtali means My Wrestling.
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