Of Naphtali he said, O Naphtali, satisfied with favor, and full of the blessing of the Lord, possess the sea [of Galilee] and [its warm, sunny climate like] the south.
Of Asher he said, Blessed above sons be Asher; let him be acceptable to his brothers, and let him dip his foot in oil. [Amplified Bible].
For many centuries much of the territory of upper Naphtali was little more than a miasmic swamp, unfit for man or beast.
But when the Jews returned to Palestine they drained and redeemed the area, and by 1940 it was dotted over with thriving colonies, as Moses had foretold, “satisfied with favor, and full of the blessing of the Lord”.
The maps of the territory of Asher suggest sometimes the sole of a foot, sometimes the shape of a leg and foot; but in either case the Great International Iraq-Petroleum Enterprise, opened in 1935, crossed the area just at the toe of Asher’s “foot”.
Oil brought nearly 1,000 miles across the sands from Mesopotamia began pouring through the pipes into the Haifa harbor a million gallons of oil a day.
Jacob had said, “In the latter days…..Asher, his bread shall be fat” [Genesis 49:1, 20], and here Moses says of Asher, “Let him dip his foot in oil”!
– Amplified Bible: page 257