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God meant it unto good, to bring to pass, as it is this day, to save much people alive. Now therefore fear ye not: I will nourish you, 21 and your little ones. And he comforted them, and spake kindly unto them. And Joseph dwelt in Egypt, he, and his father's 22 house and Joseph lived an hundred and ten years. And Joseph 23 saw Ephraim's children of the third generation: the children also of Machir the son of Manasseh were brought up upon
therefore, and let us slay him, and cast him into some pit; and we will say, Some evil beast hath devoured him: and we shall see what will become of his dreams. Ge. xxxvii. 4. 18, 19, 20. Every day they wrest my words: all their thoughts are against me for evil. Ps. lvi. 5.
God meant it unto good.] Be not grieved, nor angry with yourselves (said Joseph to his brethren), that ye sold me hither: for God did send me before you, to preserve life: for these two years hath the famine been in the land; and yet there are five years, in the which there shall neither be earing nor harvest. And God sent me before you, to preserve you a posterity in the earth, and to save your lives by a great deliverance: so now it was not you that sent me hither, but God; and he hath made me a father to Pharaoh, and lord of all his house, and ruler throughout all the land of Egypt. Ge. xlv. 5-8. Surely the wrath of man shall praise thee: the remainder of wrath shalt thou restrain. Ps. lxxvi. 10. He (the Lord) called for a famine upon the land (of Egypt): he broke the whole staff of bread: he sent a man before them, even Joseph, who was sold for a servant. Ps. cv. 16, 17. It is good for me that I have been afflicted: that I might learn thy statutes. Ps. cxix. 71. I (the Lord) will send him (the Assyrian) against an hypocritical nation; to tread them down like the mire of the streets. Howbeit he meaneth not so, neither doth his heart think so; but it is in his heart to destroy and cut off nations not a few. Is. x. 6, 7. Ye men of Israel (said Peter); (Jesus of Nazareth) Him, being delivered by the determinate counsel and foreknowledge of God, ye have taken, and by wicked hands have crucified and slain. Ac. ii. 22, 23. Ye men of Israel (continued Peter), why marvel ye at "this?" ("the healing of the lame man"). The God of Abraham, and of Isaac, and of Jacob, the God of our fathers, hath glorified his Son Jesus; whom ye delivered up, and denied him in the presence of Pilate, when he was determined to let him go: but ye denied the Holy One, and the Just, and desired a murderer to be granted unto you, and killed the Prince of life, whom God hath raised from the dead: whereof we are witUnto you first God, having raised up his Son Jesus, sent him to bless you, in turning away every one of you from his iniquities. Ac. iii. 12-15. 26. We know that all things work together for good to them
that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose. Ro. viii. 28.
21 I will nourish you.] Thou shalt dwell in the land of Goshen (said Joseph to his brethren), and thou shalt be near unto me, thou and thy children, and thy children's children, and thy flocks, and thy herds, and all that thou hast and there will I nourish thee, &c. Ge. xlv. 10, 11. And Joseph nourished his father and his brethren, and all his father's houshold with bread, according to their families. Ge. xlvii. 12. Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you. Mat. v. 44. For if ye forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. Mat. vi. 14. Be not overcome of evil, but overcome evil with good: therefore, if thine enemy hunger, feed him: if he thirst, give him drink for in so doing thou shalt heap coals of fire on his head. Ro. xii. 20, 21. See that none render evil for evil unto any man; but ever follow that which is good, both among yourselves, and to all men. 1 Th. v. 15. Not rendering evil for evil, or railing for railing: but contrariwise blessing; knowing that ye are thereunto called, that ye may inherit a blessing. 1 Pe. iii. 9.
Kindly unto them.] And his (Shechem's) soul clave unto Dinah the daughter of Jacob, and he loved the damsel, and spake kindly unto the damsel. Ge. xxxiv. 3. Speak ye comfortably to Jerusalem, &c. Is. xl. 2.
23 The children also of Machir, &c.] He also (i. e. Manasseh), shall become a people, and he also shall be great (said Jacob). Ge. xlviii. 19. His eyes shall be red with wine, and his teeth white with milk. Ge. xlix. 12. And Moses gave unto them, even to the children of Gad, and to the children of Reuben, and unto the half tribe of Manasseh the son of Joseph, the kingdom of Sihon king of the Amorites, and the kingdom of Og king of Bashan, the land with the cities thereof in the coasts, even the cities of the country round about. And the children of Machir the son of Manasseh went to Gilead, and took it, and dispossessed the Amorite which was in it. Nu. xxxii. 33. 39. There was also a lot for the tribe of Manasseh (for he was the firstborn of Joseph); to wit, for Machir the firstborn of Manasseh, the father of Gilead: because he was a man of war, therefore he had Gilead and Bashan. Jos. xvii. 1. After this
24 Joseph's knees.
And Joseph said unto his brethren, I die: and God will surely visit you, and bring you out of this land unto the 25 land which he sware to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob. And Joseph took an oath of the children of Israel, saying, God will
(when his blessings were doubled) lived Job an hundred and forty years, and saw his sons, and his sons' sons, even four generations. Job xlii. 16. Yea, thou (that fearest the Lord) shalt see thy children's children, and peace upon Israel. Ps. cxxviii. 6.
Joseph's knees.] And she (Rachel) said (unto Jacob), Behold my maid Bilhah; go in unto her, and she shall bear upon my knees, that I also may have children by her. Ge. xxx. 3.
24 I die.] See verse 5. Dust thou art, and unto dust shalt thou return. Ge. iii. 19. I know that thou wilt bring me to death, and to the house appointed for all living. Job xxx. 23. Man goeth to his long home, and the mourners go about the streets. Then shall the dust return to the earth as it was; and the spirit shall return unto God who gave it. Ec. xii. 5. 7. As by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin, and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned. Ro. v. 12. It is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment. He. ix. 27.
Visit you.] The Lord visited Sarah as he had said, and the Lord did unto Sarah as he had spoken. Ge. xxi. 1. When they (the people) heard that the Lord had visited the children of Israel, and that he had looked upon their affliction, then they bowed their heads and worshipped. Ex. iv. 31.
You out of this land.] That nation whom they (Israel) shall serve will I judge and afterward shall they come out with great substance. And thou (Abraham) shalt go to thy fathers in peace, thou shalt be buried in a good old age. But in the fourth generation they shall come hither again; for the iniquity of the Amorites is not yet full. Ge. xv. 14-16. Sojourn in this land (said the Lord to Isaac), and I will be with thee, and will bless thee, for unto thee and unto thy seed I will give all these countries. Ge. xxvi. 3. The land which I gave Abraham and Isaac, to thee (Jacob) I will give it, and to thy seed after thee will I give the land. Ge. xxxv. 12. I will go down with thee (Jacob) into Egypt, and I will also surely bring thee up again: and Joseph shall put his hand upon thine eyes. Ge. xlvi. 4. Israel said unto Joseph, Behold I die; but God shall be with you, and bring you again unto the land of your fathers. Ge. xlviii. 21. Go and gather the elders of Israel together, and say unto them, The Lord God of your fathers, the God of Abraham, of Isaac, and of Jacob, appeared unto me, saying, I have surely visited you, and seen that which is done to you in Egypt. And I have said, I will bring you up out of the affliction of Egypt
unto the land of the Canaanites, and the Hittites, and the Amorites, and the Perizzites, and the Hivites, and the Jebusites, unto a land flowing with milk and honey. Ex. iii. 16, 17.
Sware to Abraham, &c.] The Lord appeared unto Abraham and said, Unto thy seed will I give this land, and there builded he an altar unto the Lord who appeared unto him. Ge. xii. 7. All the land which thou seest (said God to Abram), to thee will I give it, and to thy seed for ever. And I will make thy seed as the dust of the earth, so that if a man can number the dust of the earth, then shall thy seed also be numbered. Arise, walk through the land in the length of it, and in the breadth of it, for I will give it unto thee. Ge. xiii. 15-17. I am the Lord that brought thee out of Ur of the Chaldees to give thee this land (of Canaan) to inherit it. The Lord made a covenant with Abraham, saying, Unto thy seed have I given this land, from the river of Egypt unto the great river, the river Euphrates. Ge. xv. 7. 18. Sojourn in this land and I will be with thee (said God to Isaac), and will bless thee; for unto thee and unto thy seed I will give all these countries, and I will perform the oath which I sware unto Abraham thy father. Ge. xxvi. 3. Behold, the Lord stood above it (the ladder in Jacob's vision), and said, I am the Lord God of Abraham thy father, and the God of Isaac ; the land whereon thou liest, to thee will I give it, and to thy seed. Ge. xxviii. 13. The land which I gave Abraham and Isaac (said God to Jacob), to thee I will give it, and to thy seed after thee will I give the land. Ge. xxxv. 12. I will go down with thee into Egypt, and I will also surely bring thee up again. Ge. xlvi. 4. And the Lord said unto Moses, Depart, and go up hence, thou and the people which thou hast brought up out of the land of Egypt, unto the land which I sware unto Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob, saying, Unto thy seed will I give it. Ex. xxxiii. 1. Surely none of the men that came up out of Egypt, from twenty years old and upward, shall see the land which I sware unto Abraham, unto Isaac, and unto Jacob, because they have not wholly followed me. Nu. xxxii. 11. Behold,
have set the land before you, go in and possess the land, which the Lord sware unto your fathers, Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, to give unto them, and to their seed after them. De. i. 8. It shall be, when the Lord thy God shall have brought thee into the land which be sware unto thy fathers, to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob; then beware lest thou forget the Lord. De. vi. 10.
25 Took an oath.] See verse 5. and com.
surely visit you, and ye shall carry up my bones from hence. So 26 Joseph died, being an hundred and ten years old: and they embalmed him, and he was put in a coffin in Egypt.
And ye shall carry up.] With a strong hand hath the Lord brought thee out of Egypt (said Moses to the people of Israel). Ex. xiii. 9. The bones of Joseph which the children of Israel brought up out of Egypt buried they in Shechem, in a parcel of ground which Jacob bought of the sons of Hamor, the father of Shechem, for an hundred pieces of silver, and it became the inheritance of the children of Joseph. Jos. xxiv. 32. Jacob went down into Egypt and died, he and our fathers, and were carried over into Sychem, and laid in the sepulchre that Abraham bought for a sum of money of the sons of Emmor the father of Sychem. Ac. vii. 15, 16. By faith Joseph, when he died, made mention of the
departing of the children of Israel, and gave commandment concerning his bones. He. xi. 22. 26 Being an hundred and ten, &c.] See verse 22. Jacob said unto Pharaoh, The days of the years of my pilgrimage are an hundred and thirty years: few and evil have the days of the years of my life been, and have not attained unto the days of the years of the life of my fathers in the days of their pilgrimage. And Jacob lived in the land of Egypt seventeen years so the whole age of Jacob was an hundred and forty and seven years. Ge. xlvii. 9. 28. Joshua the son of Nun, the servant of the Lord, died, being an hundred and ten years old. Jos. xxiv. 29.
They embalmed him.] See verse 2, 3.
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