Perhaps there is something to the theory that the US and Britain are the two Birthright sons of ancient patriach Joseph. --- the old British-Israel theory about the Lost Ten Tribes. Afterall, Joseph's eldest son, Manasseh, was to be a great nation, while the younger son, Ephraim, was to be a company of nations / a commonwealth of nations (Gen. 48:19-20, 35:11). "The Sceptre shall not depart from Judah…." (Gen. 49:10) "But the Birthright is Joseph's" (1Chronicles 5:2). When the northern ten-tribed Israel was taken captive by Assyria in 721-718 BC, the Bible says none returned. There was never a miraculous EXODUS from ancient Assyria. Instead, when Babylon subjugated Assyria, the captive Israelites wandered with their former captors into Europe, and toward Scandinavia and the British Isles. The very name Brit-ish means Covenant-Man. It is a significant fact that the tribe of Dan, one of the Ten Tribes, named every place they went after their father, Dan. The tribe of Dan originally occupied a strip of coast country on the Mediterranean, west of Jerusalem. "And the coast of the children of Dan went out too little for them: therefore the children of Dan went up to fight against Leshem, and took it...and called Leshem, DAN, after the name of Dan their father" (Joshua 19:47). In Judges 18:11-12, it is recorded that Danites took Kirjath-jearim, "and called that place Mahaneh-dan unto this day." A little later the same company of 600 armed Danites came to Laish, captured it, and "they called the name of the city DAN, after the name of Dan, their father" (vs. 29). Speaking to Ephraim (Jeremiah 31:20-21), the Lord says, "Set you up waymarks, make you high heaps; set your heart toward the highway, even the way which you went." Jacob said of Dan, "Dan shall be a serpent by the way". Another translation says, "Dan shall be a serpent's trail" (Gen. 49:17). In Hebrew, vowels were not written. The sound of the vowels had to be supplied in speaking. Thus, the word "Dan" in its English equivalent, could be spelled, simply, "Dn". It might be pronounced as "Dan", "Den", "Din", "Don", "Dun" -- and still could be the same original Hebrew name. In either ancient or later geography, we find these waymarks: Dan-au, Dan-aster, Dan-ish, Dan-mark or Den-mark, Don-egal City, Duns-more, Din-gle. So the "serpent's trail" of Dan sets up waymarks that lead directly to the British Isles.