Joshua 19: Israelite Tribal Mottos

“Eureka . . . I Have Found It!”

That is my home state of California’s official motto. Don’t you love that it has an ellipsis in it? But just so I share the love, my current state of Oregon’s motto is:

“Alis Volat Propiis”

She flies with her own wings.

States need mottos. That is just a fact. Don’t argue. And since the tribes of Israel are a bit like states, I figured they also needed some mottos.

In Joshua 19 there are seven tribes who officially get land. In each description, there was just enough information to construct what I believe is a fitting motto. First I will give it in latin, then in English. Should I have done it in Hebrew? Probably. But I will leave that up to you.

(I got these from an online Latin translator. I cannot vouch for their accuracy.)

Simeon:

“Res secui alius hereditas est secus nocens”

Being a part of another’s inheritance is not so bad

Zebulun:

“Oriens obviam oriens”

East toward the morning. (This is actually a great motto!)

Issachar:

“Domus dulcis sedecim”

Home of the Sweet Sixteen

An alternate motto could be: SHAHAZUMAH!!!!!

Asher:

“Tyre munitus quod Sidon quantum. Quis es vos iens efficio super is?”

Tyre the Fortified and Sidon the Great. What are you going to do about it?

Naphtali:

“Contactus zebulun in meridianus utpote 1200 B.C.”

Touching Zebulun in the South since 1200 B.C.”

Dan:

“Operor non insisto in mihi. Ego sum vultus procul vos Leshem!”

Don’t tread on me. I’m looking at you, Leshem!

And that’s what I got. I can’t wait to see how they put those on their flags and seals!

You may notice that I left out the other five tribes. Well, now it’s your turn! Here’s a link to the Latin Translator. Write a motto for one of the other tribes in the comments. 

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