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Genesis 24:60 And they blessed Rebekah and said to her, “Our sister, may you increase to thousands upon thousands; may your offspring possess the cities of their enemies.”

Genesis 22:17 I will surely bless you and make your descendants as numerous as the stars in the sky and as the sand on the seashore. Your descendants will take possession of the cities of their enemies,

Genesis 24:60 - here the family members of Rebecca bless her with this saying. Genesis 22:17 - here Isaac (or Jesus) is blessed with this saying.

Jesus is the 'natural' seed of both Rebecca and Isaac. Wonderfull because the people who blessed Rebecca with this saying, did not know Isaac (or his Seed, Jesus) was blessed with the same!

So, me is trying to find what this means...

Does anyone know if, in the Hebrew, possessing the gates of your enemies, has some kind of symbolic meaning aswell?

Many thanks and kind regards,

Fulvio

UPDATE 02-04-2021 - maybe there is no other meaning than 'be victorious!'in the natural and spiritual aspects of life. Looking for a meaning to this saying that is (exclusively) understandable in Hebrew , but maybe not so easy to find in our languages. @ Nigel: sorry for the 'against the rules short' comment, I tried to edit it but 5 minutes passed already.

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    The saying is clearly a metaphor. It may be literally applicable to material situations but also has a much wider meaning applicable to any kind of situation involving conflict of any kind. Please see the Tour and the Help (below, bottom left) as to the purpose and functioning of the site. Welcome to BH.
    – Nigel J
    Apr 1 at 12:00
  • Thankyou for the awnser and welcome Nigel. Apr 2 at 15:49
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Deuteronomy 21:18 If someone has a stubborn and rebellious son who does not obey his father and mother and will not listen to them when they discipline him, 19his father and mother shall take hold of him and bring him to the elders at the gate of his town. 20They shall say to the elders, “This son of ours is stubborn and rebellious. He will not obey us. He is a glutton and a drunkard.” 21Then all the men of his town are to stone him to death. You must purge the evil from among you. All Israel will hear of it and be afraid.

Amos 5:12 For I know how many are your transgressions and how great are your sins— you who afflict the righteous, who take a bribe, and turn aside the needy in the gate.

The gate of a city was where justice (injustice) was conducted. Also, this was where the defense was fortified.

Isaiah 22:7 Your choicest valleys are full of chariots, and horsemen are posted at the city gates.

Genesis 24:60 And they blessed Rebekah and said to her, “Our sister, may you become the mother of thousands upon thousands. May your offspring possess the gates of their enemies.”

In effect, this was a blessing of conquest. The descendants of Rebeka would conquer their enemies.

Is there a symbolic meaning to 'possessing the gates of your enemies' in the Hebrew language?

It means to take over complete control of the cities of their enemies.

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