Patron saint of freelance writers

In reading through the Bible, I came across this blessing that Jacobs bestows on his son Naphtali:

      Naphtali is a doe let loose, He gives beautiful words (49:21).

Some translations render it as “It bears beautiful fawns,” but the Hebrew word is ‘êmer: “utterance, speech, word, saying, promise, command.”

On further study, I found that “Matthew Poole’s Commentary” notes that the deer is “not shut up in some little enclosure, but wholly left to its own freedom.” “Barnes’ Notes on the Bible” describes it as “free on its native hills, it roams with instinctive confidence and delight.”

Can we find a better description of a freelance writers who are free from the corporate cubicle and left to their own freedom”? And as Barnes notes, “Eloquence in prose and verse was characteristic of this particular tribe.”

So, may I suggest we nominate Naphtali as the patron saint of freelance writers? And go write beautiful words!

Copyright © 2020 James N. Watkins

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