16 Dan will be a ruler for his people. His descendants will be equal with the other tribes of Israel.
49:16The tribe of Dan was a small tribe, but they had the same authority as all the other tribes.
17 He will be small and dangerous, like a snake that lies beside the road. He will be like a snake that bites the legs of horses so that the riders fall off.
18 I trust you to save me from trouble, Lord.
49:18Jacob prays for himself and then he continues.