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and brought them to his mother: and his l « which the LORD hath blessed. 28. Then mother made savoury meat, such as his father “ fore God give thee of the dew of heave loved. 15. And Rebecca took goodly rai " and the fatness of the earth, and plen ment of her eldest son Esau, which were with | « of corn and wine. 29. Let people ser her in the house, and put them upon Jacob " thee, and nations bow down to thee; her younger son. 16. And she put the W « lord over thy brethren, and let thy m skins of the kids of the goats upon his Il « ther's sons bow down to thee : curi hands, and upon the smooth of his neck. Il “ be every one that curseth thee, a 17. And she gave the savoury meat, and l « blessed be he that blesseth the bread which she had prepared, into the || 30. And it came to pass as soon as Is hand of her son Jacob. 18. And he came had made an end of blessing Jacob, unto his father, and said, “ My father :"

Jacob was yet scarce gone out from And he said, “ Here am I; who art thou, presence of Isaac his father, that Esau " my son ?" 19. And Jacob said unto his brother came in from his hunting. 31.A father, “I am Esau, thy first-born; I have he also had made savoury meat, and brou « done according as thou badest me : arise, it unto his father; and said unto his fath " I pray thee, sit and eat of my venison, « Let my father arise, and eat of his są " that thy soul may bless me. 20. And “ venison, that thy soul may bless o Isaac said unto his son, « How is it that 32. And Isaac his father said unto hi “ thou hast found it so quickly, my son ?” • Who art thou ?" And he said, “I And he said, (z.) “ Because the Lord thy • thy son, thy first-born Esau.” 33.4 « God brought it to me.” 21. And Isaac Isaac trembled very exceedingly, and s said unto Jacob, “Come near, I pray thee, " Who, where is he that hath taken te “ that I may feel thee, my son, whether « son and brought it me, and I have « thou be my very son Esau, or not.” Ils of all before thou camest, and 22. And Jacob went near unto Isaac his « blessed him? yea, and he shall father, and he felt him, and said, “ The « blessed.” 34. And when Esau he o voice is Jacob's voice, but the hands are the words of his father, he cried wid “ the hands of Esau.” 23. And he dis great and exceeding bitter cry, and cerned him not, because his hands were unto his father, “ Bless me, even mea hairy, as his brother Esau's hands: So he “O my father.” 35. And he said, “I blessed him. 24. And he said, “ Art thou s brother came with subtilty, and I « my very son Esau ?” And he said -- I am." os taken away thy blessing." 36. And 25. And he said, “ Bring it near to me, said, “ Is not he rightly named (a) Jaca « and I will eat of my son's venison, that “ for he hath supplanted me these ! “ my soul may bless thee.” And he Il “ times: he took away my (6) birth-rig brought it near to him, and he did eat : " and behold, now he hath taken away and he brought him wine, and he drank. « blessing.” And he said, “ Hast d 26. And his father Isaac said unto him, "s not reserved a blessing for me « Come near now, and kiss me, my son.” 37. And Isaac answered and said 27. And he came near, and kissed him : Esau, “Behold, I have made him thy and he smelled the smell of his raiment, “ and all his brethren have I given to and blessed him, and said, “See, the smell “ for servants; and with corn and « of my son is as the smell of a field, - have I sustained him; and what shal

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(2) v. 20. 24. These are instances how one untruth brings on others. He who is so base as to tell one falsehood must expect to be drawn into many others to escape detection.

(a) v. 36. “ Jacob,” i. e. “ a deceiver," “ one who takes unfair advantage,” “ who “ comes behind another, and takes him by sur. “ prise," properly, “one who takes another " by the beel;' and he had the name “ Jacob,"

because at his birth his hand took hold Esau's heel. Gen. xxv. 26.- 1 Mede, 226

(6) v. 36. « Birthright.”. The manner which this was obtained by Isaac is still Gen. xxv 30. 34. Esau was faint, and plied to Jacob to feed him with some pott Jacob had : Jacob made it a condition 9 Esau should surrender to him his birtbrig and Esau complied.

· do now unto thee, my son ?” 38. And his sons were with his cattle in the field:)

sau said unto his father, “ Hast thou but and Jacob held his peace, until they were Pone blessing, my father ? bless me, even come. 6. And Hamor the father of She

me also, O my father.” And Esau lift chem went out unto Jacob, to commune e his voice and wept. 39. And Isaac his with him. 7. And the sons of Jacob came ther answered, and said unto him, “Be- || out of the field, when they heard it, and hold, thy dwelling shall be the fatness the men were grieved : and they were very of the earth, and of the dew of heaven wroth, because he had wrought folly in from above. 40. And by thy sword Israel, in lying with Jacob's daughter: shalt thou live, and shalt serve thy which thing ought not to be done. 8. And brother: and it shall come to pass, when Hamor communed with them, saying, thou shalt have the dominion, that thou “ The soul of my son Shechem longeth shalt break his yoke from off thy neck.” I “ for your daughter: I pray you give her

And Esau hated Jacob; because of the « him to wife : 9. And make ye marissing wherewith his father blessed him: ~ riages with us, and give your daughters

Esau said in his heart, “ The days of “ unto us; and take our daughters unto mourning for my father are at hand, “ you. 10. And ye shall dwell with us, then will I slay' my brother Jacob.” 1 " and the land shall be before you: dwell,

And these words of Esau her elder « and trade you therein, and get you poswere told to Rebekah : and she sent o sessions therein.” 11. And Shechem I called Jacob her younger son, and said I said unto her father, and unto her breto him, “ Behold, thy brother Esau, as thren, “Let me find grace in your eyes, touching thee, doth comfort himself, " and what ye shall say unto me, I will purposing to kill thee. 43. Now there “ give. 12. Ask me never so much dowry fore, my son, obey my voice : and arise, “ and gift, and I will give according as ye · flee thou to Laban my brother, to Haran. « shall say unto me : but give me the dam44. And tarry with him a few days, “ sel to wife.” 13. And the sons of Jacob until thy brother's fury turn away; answered Shechem, and Hamor his father 45. Until thy brother's anger turn away deceitfully, and said, (because he had de. from thee, and he forget that which thou filed Dinah their sister :) 14. And they hast done to him: then I will send, and said unto them, “We cannot do this thing, fetch thee from thence. Why should I “ to give our sister to one that is uncir. be deprived also of you both in one day?” 6 cumcised : for that were a reproach unto

And Rebekah said to Isaac, « I'am “ us. 15. But in this will we consent weary of my life, because of the daugh “ unto you : if ye will be as we be, that ters of Heth : if Jacob take a wife of the “ every male of you be circumcised: daughters of Heth, such as these which « 16. Then will we give our daughters are of the daughters of the land, what « unto you, and we will take your daughgood shall my life do me?"

« ters to us, and we will dwell with you,

" and we will become one people. 17. But CHAP. XXXIV.

“ if ye will not hearken unto us, to be I ND Dinah the daughter of Leah, « circumcised, then will we take our

which she bare unto Jacob, went “ daughter, and we will be gone." 18. And to see the daughters of the land. their words pleased Hamor, and Shechem And when Shechem the son of Hamor, Hamor's son. 19. And the young man

Hivite, the prince of the country, saw deferred not to do the thing ; because he 5, he took her, and lay with her, and had delight in Jacob's daughter : and he Aled her. 3. And his soul clave unto was more honourable then all the house of inah the daughter of Jacob, and he loved his father. 20. And Hamor and Shechem e damsel, and spake kindly unto the his son came unto the gate of their city, masel. 4. And Shechem spake unto his and communed with the men of their city, ther Hamor, saying, “ Get me this dam saying, 21. “ These men are peaceable Sel to wife.” 5. And Jacob heard that with us, therefore let them dwell in the had defiled Dinah his daughter, (now « land, and trade therein : for the land,


“ behold, it is large enough for them : let

CHAP. XXXIX. “ us take their daughters to us for wives, AND Joseph was brought down “ and let us give them our daughters. A Egypt: and Potiphar an officer i “ 22. Only herein will the men consent Pharaoh, captain of the guard, an Egil " unto us, for to dwell with us, to be one tian, bought him of the hands of the Ishman

people, if every male among us be cir lites, which had brought him down thirte « cumcised, as they are circumcised. 2. And the LORD was with Joseph, and “ 23. Shall not their cattle, and their sub was a prosperous man : and he was in « stance, and every beast of theirs be ours?

house of his master the Egyptian. 4.4 « only let us consent unto them, and they his master saw that the LORD was will " will dwell with us." 24. And unto

and that the LORD made all that he in Hamor, and unto Shechem his son, heark prosper in his hand. 4. And Joseph full ened all that went out of the gate of his grace in his sight, and he served him:1 city : and every male was circumcised, all he made him overseer over his house, a that went out of the gate of his city. all that he had he put into his hand. s. All 25. And it came to pass on the third day, it came to pass, from the time that he when they were sore, that two of the sons made him overseer in his house, and or of Jacob, (c) Simeon and Levi, Dinah's all that he had, that the LORD blessed brethren, took each man his sword, and Egyptian's house for Joseph's sake: * came upon the city boldly, and slew all the the blessing of the LORD was upon all the males. 26. And they slew Hamor, and he had in the house, and in the fiel Shechem his son, with the edge of the 6. And he left all that he had in Joseph sword, and took Dinah out of Shechem's | hand; and he knew not ought he L house; and went out. 27. The sons of save the bread which he did eat: * Jacob came upon the slain, and spoiled the Joseph was a goodly person, and we city, because they had defiled their sister. favoured. 7. And it came to pass 28. They took their sheep, and their oxen, these things, that his master's wife cut and their asses, and that which was in the

her eyes upon Joseph; and she said, “L city, and that which was in the field. " with me.” 8. But he refused, and so 29. And all their wealth, and all their unto his master's wife, “Behold, 29 little ones, and their wives took they cap “ master (d) wotteth not what is wide tive, and spoiled even all that was in the || « in the house, and he hath commun house. 30. And Jacob said to Simeon and so that he hath to my hand. 9. Test Levi, “Ye have troubled me, to make me to « none greater in this house thal “ stink among the inhabitants of the land, “ther hath he kept back any the in « amongst the Canaanites, and the Periz. « me, but thee, because thou or w " zites: and I being few in number, they " wife: (e) how then can I do this great “ shall gather themselves together against I « wickedness, and sin against Gate " me and slay me, and I shall be destroyed, ll 10. And it came to pass, as she spare “ I and my house." 31. And they said,

|| Joseph day by day, that he hearkened N Should he deal with our sister, as with unto her, to lie by her, or to be with her « an harlot ?"

11. And it came to pass, () about

(c) v. 25.“ Simeon and Levi.” This perfidy (d) o. 8. “wotteth." i.e. knoweth. and cruelty brought down upon them the denunciation of their father, when he called his sons to

(e) v.9. For “ how then," read "and how gether to tell them what should befall them in the

The original warrants it, and it is the 1 last days, and when he pronounced over their

usual construction of the words : There! younger brother Judah the important prophecy,

then two reasons given for Joseph's conce « The sceptre shall not depart from Judah,

Gratitude to his master, and Juty bowe “ nor a lawgiver from between his feet, until

God: The compliance would have been ! Shiloh come: and unto him shall the gather

grateful and wicked. Kennic. Rem. 36. *ing of the people be." Gen. xlix. 5 6.7.10. | 6) v. 11. For, « about this time," N On this prophecy see Newton, and 2 Hales, 168. |

his busines and there was none of the

row where Halt

time that Joseph went into the house to do his business, and there was none of the men of the house there within. 12. And N OW when Jacob saw that there was she caught him by his garment, saying, IV corn in Egypt, Jacob said unto his < Lie with me :” and he left his garment sons, “Why do ye look one upon another?” n her hand, and fled, and got him out. 2. And he said, “ Behold I have heard 13. And it came to pass when she saw that " that there is corn in Egypt: get ye down he had left his garment in her hand, and “ thither, and buy for us from thence; that was fled forth, 14. That she called unto " we may live, and not die.” 3. And he men of her house, and spake unto them, Joseph's ten brethren went down to buy saying, “ See, he hath brought in an He corn in Egypt. 4. But Benjamin, (8)Jois brew unto us, to mock us : he came in seph's brother, Jacobsent not with his is unto me to lie with me, and I cried with brethren : for he said, “ Lest peradventure is a loud voice. 15. And it came to pass, “ mischief befall him.” 5. And the sons

6 when he heard that I lifted up my voice, of Israel came to buy corn among those *s and cried, that he left his garment with that came : for the famine was in the land F« me, and Aed, and got him out.” 16. And of Canaan. 6. And Joseph was the goverhe laid up his garment by her, until his nor over the land, and he it was that sold ord came home. 17. And she spake unto to all the people of the land : and Joseph's nim according to these words, saying, brethren came, and bowed down them• The Hebrew servant which thou hast selves before him, with their faces to the

brought unto us, came in unto me to earth. 7. And Joseph saw his brethren : 6 mock me. 18. And it came to pass, as and he knew them, but made himself 6 I lift up my voice, and cried, that he strange unto them, and spake roughly unto 6 left his garment with me, and Aled out.” them; and he said unto them, “Whence 19. And it came to pass, when his master « come ye?” and they said, “ From the jeard the words of his wife, which she « land of Canaan to buy food.” 8. And pake unto him, saying, “ After this man Joseph knew his brethren, but they knew i ner did thy servant to me;" that his not him. 9. And Joseph remembred (b)the wrath was kindled. 20. And Joseph's dreams which he dreamed of them, and master took him, and put him into the pri said unto them, “ Ye are spies; to see the ion, a place where the king's prisoners « nakedness of the land you are come.” were bound : and he was there in the pri. 10. And they said unto him, “ Nay my on. 21. But the LORD was with Joseph, « lord, but to buy food are thy servants ind shewed him mercy, and gave him fa " come. II. We are all one man's sons : Tour in the sight of the keeper of the prison. | “ we are true men, thy servants are no 22. And the keeper of the prison com. so spies.” 12. And he said unto them, mitted to Joseph's hand, all the prisoners “ Nay, but to see the nakedness of the that were in the prison; and whatsoever land you are come.” 13. And they said, they did there, he was the doer of it. " Thy servants are twelve brethren, the 23. The keeper of the prison looked not « sons of one man in the land of Canaan; to any thing that was under his hand; " and behold, the youngest is this day because the LORD was with him: and " with our father, and one (Ö) is not." that which he did, the LORD made it to 14. And Joseph said unto them, “ That prosper.

o is it that I spake unto you, saying, Ye « are spies. 15. Hereby shall ye be proved;

211 Toiltalt

1jord, buit. men, thy said uute of the

($) v.4. “ Joseph's brother.” Joseph and Benjamin were the only children Jacob had by Rachel, his favourite wife.

(b) v.9. “ The dreams which he dreamed of "them." They are recorded Gen. xxxvii. 7.9. The one signified, that he should be above his

brethren, and his brethren would make obeisance unto him, and the other, that his father and mother, and also his brethren, would bove down themselves before him.

(i) v. 13. “is not," i.e. “is dead.”

6 by the life of Pharaoh ye shall not go | my sack :” and their heart failed them « forth hence, except your youngest bro. and they were afraid, saying one to another “ ther come hither. 16. Send one of you, « What is this that God hath done unti 66 and let him fetch your brother, and ye « us ?" 29. And they came unto Jaco « shall be kept in prison, that your words their father, unto the land of Canaan, an “ may be proved whether there be any truth told him all that befel unto them, saying « in you, or else by the life of Pharaoh " 30. The man who is the lord of the lan “ surely ye are spies.” 17. And he put « spake roughly to us, and took us fi them altogether into ward, three days. 6 spies of the country. 31. And we sai 18. And Joseph said unto them the third « unto him, We are true men; we are day, “ This do, and live : for I fear (k) God. « spies. 32. We be twelve brethren, « 19. If ye be true men, let one of your Il “ of our father : one is not, and the you “ brethren be bound in the house of your « est is this day with our father in « prisons: go ye, carry corn for the famine “ land of Canaan.” 33. And the ma « of your houses. 20. But bring your the lord of the country, said unto 16 youngest brother unto me; so shall your “ Hereby shall I know that ye are try « words be verified, and ye shall not die.” “ men ; leave one of your brethren les And they did so. 21. And they said one “ with me, and take food for the famine to another, “We are verily guilty concern “ your housholds, and be gone. 34. Al « ing (1) our brother, in that we saw the « bring your youngest brother unto m « anguish of his soul when he besought us, « then shall I know that you are no spie « and we would not hear : therefore (m) is « but that you are true men: so will Id « this distress come upon us.” 22. And « liver you your brother, and ye Reuben answered them, saying, “Spake • traffick in the land.” 35. And it « I not unto you, saying, Do not sin to pass as they emptied their sacks, « against the child; and ye would not behold, every man's bundle of money « hear ? therefore behold also his blood is in his sack : and when both they and the r required.” 23. And they knew not that father saw the bundles of money, they we Joseph understood them ; for he spake unto afraid. 36. And Jacob their father sal them by an interpreter. 24. And he turned unto them, “ Me have ye bereaved of himself about from them, and wept, and children : Joseph is not, and Simeon returned to them again, and communed “ not, and ye will take Benjamin and with them, and took from them Simeon, « all these things are against me." 37. A and bound him before their eyes. 25. Then Reuben spake unto his father, said Joseph commanded to fill their sacks with « Slay my two sons, if I bring him not corn, and to restore every man's money « thee : deliver him into my hand, and into his sack, and to give them provision « will bring him to thee again.” 38. A for the way; and thus did he unto them. he said, “ My son shall not go down w 26. And they laded their asses with the “ you : for his brother is dead, and corn, and departed thence. 27. And as - is left alone; if mischief befall one of them opened his sack to give his ass « by the way in the which ye go, then provender in the inn, he espied his money : “ ye bring down my grey hairs with for behold it was in his sack's mouth. " row to the grave." 28. And he said unto his brethren, “ My “ money is restored ; and lo, it is even in

(k) v. 18. « God.” or “the true God." posed rather (as an expedient to save him him whom you worship, not the gods of the cast him into a pit in the wilderness : and Egyptians. Heb. “ the God."

length, upon the suggestion of Judah, they du (1) v.21. “Our brother," i. e. « Joseph." him to the Ishmaelites, who carried him Some of them had proposed to kill him, because Egypt. they were jealous of the extraordinary love his (m) v. 21. " Therefore, &c." A strike

newed him, and because of the dreams | instance of the workings of conscience : Impe mentioned in the note to v.9.-Reuben pro- | ing present distress to past sin.

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