He shall dwell between his shoulders - i. e., be supported by God as a son who is carried by his father (compare Deu_1:31). Benjamin was especially beloved of his father Gen_35:18; Gen_44:20; Moses now promises no less love to him from God Himself.
of Benjamin he said — A distinguishing favor was conferred on this tribe in having its portion assigned near the temple of God.
between his shoulders — that is, on his sides or borders. Mount Zion, on which stood the city of Jerusalem, belonged to Judah; but Mount Moriah, the site of the sacred edifice, lay in the confines of Benjamin.
Of Benjamin - the beloved of the Lord - Alluding to his being particularly beloved of his father Jacob, Gen_49:27, etc.
Shall dwell in safety by him - That is, by the Lord, whose temple, which is considered as his dwelling-place, was in the tribe of Benjamin, for a part of Jerusalem belonged to this tribe.
Shall cover him all the day - Be his continual protector; and he shall dwell between his shoulders - within his coasts, or in his chief city, viz., Jerusalem, where the temple of God was built, on his mountains Zion and Moriah, here poetically termed his shoulders.
Of Benjamin - Benjamin is put next to Levi, because the temple, where the work of the Levites lay, was upon the edge of the lot of this tribe. And 'tis put before Joseph, because of the dignity of Jerusalem, (part of which was in this lot) above Samaria, which was in the tribe of Ephraim: likewise because Benjamin adhered to the house of David and to the temple of God, when the rest of the tribes deserted both.
The beloved of the Lord - So called in allusion to their father Benjamin who was the beloved of his father Jacob; and because of the kindness of God to this tribe which appeared both in this, that they dwelt in the best part of the land, as Josephus affirms, and in the following privilege.
Shall dwell in safety by him - Shall have his lot nigh to God's temple, which was both a singular comfort and safeguard to him.
Shall cover - Shall protect that tribe continually while they cleave to him.
He - The Lord shall dwell, that is, his temple shall be placed, between his shoulders, that is, in his portion, or between his border's as the word shoulder is often used. And this was truly the situation of the temple, on both sides whereof was Benjamin's portion. And though mount Sion was in the tribe of Judah, yet mount Moriah, on which the temple was built, was in the tribe of Benjamin.
FYI- I think that may be the longest part I have ever seen in Wesley’s Notes. Why? He was a sensitive man of the spirit, a holiness preacher, He had many illuminations, and such. His insight brings out , as the others do. They were, as we are today, by Jesus, the beloved of the lord.
They were the only tribe that stood with David when all others left, faithfulness, they were the place where the priests ministered and in Jerusalem, the holy of holies and the dwelling of the lord at the time.
I was reading this verse and it jumped out at me, you know how that goes. Thus the spirit spoke to my heart and he will to many that read this. What I got from this is as follows.
We are a royal priesthood, we are now the holy temple, temples of the holy spirit, we are near to the lord as His beloved city Jerusalem, we are part of that new heavenly Jerusalem, the lords dwelling. His love for us, his protection, his caring, his holding us up as the foot prints in the sand.
When you are feeling down, you have the blues, not quite right, take this to heart, you are the beloved of the lord, he is with you, even when you do not feel it. The love of our heavenly Father still amazes me today, and it will to the day I die, how could the lord love me, a sinner saved by grace, or you, because of his son Jesus, the blood, and the presence of the living King of Kings.
Your heavenly father knows all you need, even before you ask, he numbers every hair of your head, he knows your name, your situation, he knows everything about you, He knows you better than anyone alive, when others may not understand you, or put you down, or take something you said wrong, and the lord knows your heart, he is the keeper of broken hearts. Every tear goes in his holy bottle.
I do not care what you feel, or what your going through today, know this, if you are one of his, he is ONE WITH YOU. Jn 17.
The lords mercy, grace, love, just came over me and encouraged me with this today, may he do the same for you, today and all your tomorrows.
The Lord watches over you when you are sleeping, he knows when you arise, he knows your coming in and your going out, he surrounds you with his Angels. The Powers That Be, The Devil, And Evil men, can not come close to that amen. They can not touch this with a 666 Foot pole.