Metaphysical meaning of Gad (mbd)
Seventh son of Jacob, and first of Zilpah, Leah's maid. "And Leah said, Fortunate ! and she called his name Gad" (Gen. 30:11). Jacob's blessing to this son was (Gen. 49:19):"Gad, a troop (a marauding band, margin) shall press upon him;But he shall press upon their heel."Moses' blessing to the tribe of Gad was (Deut. 33:20, 21):"Blessed be he that enlargeth Gad:He dwelleth as a lioness,And teareth the arm, yea, the crown of the head.And he provided the first part for himself,For there was the lawgiver's portion (a ruler's portion, margin) reserved;And he came with the heads of the people;He executed the righteousness of Jehovah,And his ordinances with Israel."In the Fenton translation of the Bible, Moses' blessing is given in this way: "Let the horseman, Gad, be blest.Like a tiger he crouches down,And tears with his arms and jaws !But he thought at the first for himself,So was granted a princely home, And produced the leaders of men, Who did the work of the LORD, And first led My People right." The Gadites were a warlike people.