Genesis Chapter 46
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31 And Joseph said unto his brethren, and unto his father's house, I will go up, and shew Pharaoh, and say unto him, My brethren, and my father's house, which were in the land of Canaan, are come unto me;
34 That ye shall say, Thy servants' trade hath been about cattle from our youth even until now, both we, and also our fathers: that ye may dwell in the land of Goshen; for every shepherd is an abomination unto the Egyptians.
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Matthew Henry's Genesis Chapter 46 Bible commentary...
God's promises to Jacob. (1-4) Jacob and his family go to Egypt. (5-27) Joseph meets his father and his brethren. (28-34)1-4 Even as to those events and undertakings which appear most joyful, we should seek counsel, assistance, and a blessing from the Lord. Attending on his ordinances, and receiving the pledges of his covenant love, we expect his presence, and that peace which it confers. In all removals we should be reminded of our removal out of this world. Nothing can encourage us to fear no evil when passing through the valley of the shadow of death, but the presence of Christ.
5-27 We have here a particular account of Jacob's family. Though the fulfilling of promises is always sure, yet it is often slow. It was now 215 years since God had promised Abraham to make of him a great nation, ch. #12:2|; yet that branch of his seed, to which the promise was made sure, had only increased to seventy, of whom this particular account is kept, to show the power of God in making these seventy become a vast multitude.
28-34 It was justice to Pharaoh to let him know that such a family was come to settle in his dominions. If others put confidence in us, we must not be so base as to abuse it by imposing upon them. But how shall Joseph dispose of his brethren? Time was, when they were contriving to be rid of him; now he is contriving to settle them to their advantage; this is rendering good for evil. He would have them live by themselves, in the land of Goshen, which lay nearest to Canaan. Shepherds were an abomination to the Egyptians. Yet Joseph would have them not ashamed to own this as their occupation before Pharaoh. He might have procured places for them at court or in the army. But such preferments would have exposed them to the envy of the Egyptians, and might have tempted them to forget Canaan and the promise made unto their fathers. An honest calling is no disgrace, nor ought we to account it so, but rather reckon it a shame to be idle, or to have nothing to do. It is generally best for people to abide in the callings they have been bred to and used to. Whatever employment and condition God in his providence has allotted for us, let us suit ourselves to it, satisfy ourselves with it, and not mind high things. It is better to be the credit of a mean post, than the shame of a high one. If we wish to destroy our souls, or the souls of our children, then let us seek for ourselves, and for them, great things; but if not, it becomes us, having food and raiment, therewith to be content.
Ruth Ann's Genesis Chapter 46 comment on 6/18/2012, 12:09pm...
Mark, you probably counted Pharez twice. There's 33.
Mark's Genesis Chapter 46 comment about verse 15 on 4/11/2012, 10:06am...
Something is wrong here. The verse states that all of the souls of his sons and daughters (by Leah) was 33. it is actually 34. it would add up to 33 if you did not count his daughter Dinah, but then why mention her by name and why say "of his sons and his daughters?"
James Martin's Genesis Chapter 46 comment about verse 13 on 7/04/2011, 8:24am...
Is this the Job also who is in the bible. who suffered much, yet woud not turn from God ?
RALPH M. WATERS's Genesis Chapter 46 comment on 1/11/2011, 11:46am...
GOD spoke to many people in visions and dreams, today he speak to us through HIS WORD the BIBLE.
Going to church on Sundays is fine for Fellowship, but we must remember to have a PERSONAL RELATIONSHIP with GOD, through OUR LORD AND SAVIOUR JESUS CHRIST.
WE must STUDY GOD'S WORD, STUDY TO SHOW THYSELF APPROVED, RIGHTLY DISCERNING.
STUDY GOD'S WORD, and HE will speak to you through your SPIRIT.
OUR conscience either excuse or accuse.
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