Whenever the stronger of the flock were breeding, Jacob placed the branches in the troughs, in full view of the flocks, and they would breed in front of the branches.
As for the weaklings of the flocks, he did not put out the branches. So it turned out that the weak sheep belonged to Laban and the stronger ones to Jacob.
So he said to them:Out of the eater came something to eat,
and out of the strong came something sweet.After three days, they were unable to explain the riddle.
On the seventh day, before sunset, the men of the city said to him:What is sweeter than honey?
What is stronger than a lion?So he said to them:If you hadn’t plowed with my young cow,
you wouldn’t know my riddle now!
Do you give strength to the horse?
Do you adorn his neck with a mane?
He paws in the valley and rejoices in his strength;
He charges into battle.
The horse is a false hope for safety;
it provides no escape by its great power.
Where there are no oxen, the feeding trough is empty,
but an abundant harvest comes
through the strength of an ox.
Can you depend on it because its strength is great?
Would you leave it to do your hard work?
Look at the strength of his loins
and the power in the muscles of his belly.
I cannot be silent about his limbs,
his power, and his graceful proportions.
Strength resides in his neck,
and dismay dances before him.
“While I was watching in the night visions, a fourth beast appeared, frightening and dreadful, and incredibly strong, with large iron teeth. It devoured and crushed, and it trampled with its feet whatever was left. It was different from all the beasts before it, and it had 10 horns.