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his master saw that the Lord was with him, and that the Lord 4 made all that he did to prosper in his hand. And Joseph found
grace in his sight, and he served him: and he made him overseer be made free, use it rather. For he that is therein; for then thou shalt make thy way called in the Lord, being a servant, is the prosperous, and then thou shalt have good Lord's free man: likewise also, he that is success. Jos. i. 7, 8. Then shalt thou prosper called, being free, is Christ's servant. Ye are if thou takest heed to fulfil the statutes and bought with a price; be not ye the servants judgments which the Lord charged Moses of men. Brethren, let every man, wherein he with concerning Israel: be strong and of is called, therein abide with God. I Co. vii. good courage ; dread not, nor be disınayed. 20-24. Let as many servants as are under i Ch. xxii. 13. And “he" (“ Uzziah") the yoke count their own masters worthy of sought God in the days of Zechariah, who all honour, that the name of God and his had understanding in the visions of God; and doctrine be not blasphemed. 1 Ti. vi. 1. as long as he sought the Lord, God made him Exhort servants to be obedient unto their own to prosper. 2 Ch. xxvi. 5. Then answered I masters, and to please them well in all things; "them” (“Sanballat, and Tobiah, and Gesker, not answering again; not purloining, but the enemies of the Jews"), and said unto them, shewing all good fidelity; that they may adorn The God of heaven, he will prosper us (in the doctrine of God our Saviour in all things. building the wall of Jerusalem). Ne. ii. 20. Tit. ii. 9, 10.
Whatsoever he doeth (who delights is the lax 3 Saw that the Lord was with him.] See of the Lord) shall prosper. Ps. i. 3. . Upon verse 23. 2. and com. I have learned by ex- the first day of the week, let every one of you perience (said Laban to Jacob) that the Lord lay by him in store, as God hath prospered hath blessed me for thy sake. It was little him, that there be no gatherings when I come. (said Jacob) which thou hadst before I came, 1 Co. xvi. 2. and it is now increased unto a multitude; and Found grace, &c.] See verse 21. And the Lord hath blessed thee since my coming. (Abraham) said, "My Lord" (to the “ three Ge. xxx. 27. 30. And David behaved him- men," angels whom he ran to meet from the self wisely in all his ways, and the Lord was tent door), if now I have found favour in thy with him. And Saul saw and knew that the sight, pass not away, I pray thee, from thy Lord was with David, and that Michal Saul's servant. Ge. xviii. 3. Behold now, thy serdaughter loved him. 1 Sa. xviii. 14. 28. vant (said Lot to the angels who came to de Thus saith the Lord of hosts, In “ those stroy Sodom) hath found grace in thy sight, days” (“of the restoration of Jerusalem") it and thou hast magnified thy mercy, which shall come to pass, that ten men shall take thou hast shewed unto me in saving my life ; hold out of all languages of the nations, even and I cannot escape to the mountain, lest some shall take hold of the skirt of him that is a evil take me, and I die. Ge. xix. 19. Thus Jew, saying, We will go with you, for we have shall ye speak unto my lord Esau (said Jacob to heard that God is with you. Zec. viii. 23. his messengers), I have oxen, and asses, and Let your light so shine before men, that they flocks, and menservants, and maidservants : may see your good works, and glorify your and I have sent to tell my lord that I may find Father which is in heaven. Mat. v. 16. Do grace in thy sight. Ge. xxxii. 5. And be all things that ye may be blameless and (Esau) said, What meanest thou by all this harmless, the sons of God, without rebuke, in drove which I met! And he said. These are the midst of a crooked and perverse nation, to find grace in the sight of my lord. And among whom ye shine as lights in the world; Jacob said, Nay, I pray thee, if now I have holding forth the word of life. Phi. ii. 15, 16. found grece in thy sight, then receive my preBehold, I will make them of the synagogue of sent at my hand. Ge. xxxiii. 8. 10. And Satan which say they are Jews, and are not, Saul sent to Jesse, saying, Let David, I pray but do lie ; behold, I will make them to come thee, stand before me, for he hath found and worship before thy feet, and to know that favour in my sight. 1 Sa. xvi. 22 Then I have loved thee. Re. iii. 9.
"the king" ("Artarerres") said unto ** me" Prosper in his hand.] See verse 23; and ("Nehemiah"), For what dost thou make rechap. xxx. 27. preced. com. Be strong and of quest? So I prayed to the God of heaven good courage (said God to Joshua), only be And I said unto the king, If it please the king. thou strong and very courageous, that thou and if thy servant have found favour in thy mayest observe to do according to all the law, sight (I ask), that thou wouldest send me which Moses my servant commanded thee: unto Judah, unto the city of my fathers turn not from it, to the right hand or to the sepulchres, that I may build it. Ne ii. 4, . left, that thou mayest prosper whithersoever When a man's ways please the Lord, he maketa thou goest. This book of the law shall not even his enemies to be at peace with him. depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt medi- Pr. xvi. 7. tate therein day and night, that thou mayest Overseer, &c.] And the keeper of the observe to do according to all that is written prison committed to Joseph's hand all the
over his house, and all that he had he put into his hand. And it 5 came to pass from the time that he had made him overseer in his house, and over all that he had, that the Lord blessed the Egyptian's house for Joseph's sake; and the blessing of the Lord was upon all that he had in the house, and in the field. And he left 6 all that he had in Joseph's hand; and he knew not ought he had, save the bread which he did eat. And Joseph was a goodly
prisoners that were in the prison ; and Obed-edom, and all his houshold. And it whatsoever they did there, he was the doer of was told king David, saying, The Lord hath it. Ge. xxxix. 22. The steward of my house blessed the house of Obed-edom, and all that (said Abraham) is this Eleazar of Damascus. pertaineth unto him, because of the ark of Ge. xv. 2. And Abraham said to his eldest God. 2 Sa. vi. 11, 12. For thou hast made servant of his house, that ruled over all that “him” (“the king," as a type of Christ) most he had, Put, pray thee, thy hand under my blessed for ever; thou hast made him exthigh, &c. (sending him to seek a wife for ceeding glad with thy countenance. Ps. xxi. Isaac). Ge. xxiv. 2. Thou shalt be over my 6. His (Christ's) name shall endure for ever : house, and according to thy word shall all his name shall be continued as long as the my people be ruled, only in the throne will I sun, and men shall be blessed in him : all be greater than thou. And Pharaoh said unto nations shall call him blessed. Ps. lxxii. 17. Joseph, See, I have set thee over all the land of Fear not, Paul (said God); God hath given Egypt. Ge. xli. 40, 41. The king's favour thee all them that sail with thee. Ac. xxvii. is toward a wise servant. Pr. xiv. 35. A 24. Blessed be the God and Father of our wise servant shall have rule over a son that Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with causeth shame, and shall have part of the in- all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in heritance among the brethren. Pr. xvii. 2. Christ. Ep. i. 3. Seest thou a man diligent in his business ; he 6 Left all that he had.] See verse 4. Beshall stand before kings. Pr. xxii. 29. Whoso hold, my master wotteth not what is with me keepeth the fig tree shall eat the fruit thereof: in the house; and he hath committed all that so he that waiteth on his master shall be he hath into my hand. The keeper of the honoured. Pr. xxvii. 18. Take heed there. prison looked not to any thing that was under fore (said Paul) unto "yourselves" ("elders“ his" ("Joseph's") hand. Ge. xxxix. 8. 23. of the Church of Ephesus”), and to all the He that is faithful in that which is least, is Hock, over the which the Holy Ghost hath faithful also in much: and he that is unjust made you overseers, to feed the Church of in the least, is unjust also in much. Lu. xvi. God, which he hath purchased with his own 10. And he (the nobleman in the parable) blood. Ac. xx. 28.
said unto “him” (“his servant"), Well, thou 5 For Joseph's sake.] And I will make of good servant: because thou hast been faithful thee (Abram) a great nation, and I will bless in a very little, have thou authority over ten thee, and make thy name great; and thou cities. Lu. xix. 17. shalt be a blessing. Ge. xii. 2. When God Save the bread which he did eat.] And destroyed the cities of the plain, God remem- they set on for him by himself, and for them bered Abraham, and sent Lot out of the midst (Joseph's brethren) by themselves; and for of the overthrow, when he overthrew the cities the Egyptians which did eat with him, by in the which Lot dwelt. Ge. xix. 29. And themselves ; because the Egyptians might not Laban said unto “him" (" Jacob"), I pray eat bread with the Hebrews, for that is an thee, if I have found favour in thine eyes, abomination unto the Egyptians. Ge. xliii. tarry: for I have learned by experience that 32. Behold, the righteous shall be recomthe Lord hath blessed me for thy sake. Ge. pensed in the earth. Pr. xi. 31. The heart XXX. 27. And all these blessings shall come of her (the virtuous woman's) husband doth on thee, and overtake thee, if thou shalt safely trust in her, so that he shall have no hearken unto the voice of the Lord thy God. need of spoil. Pr. xxxi. 11. Blessed shalt thou be in the city, and blessed A goodly person, &c.] When Abram was shalt thou be in the field. Blessed shall be the come into Egypt, the Egyptians beheld the fruit of thy body, and the fruit of thy ground, woman (Sarai) that she was fair; the princes and the fruit of thy cattle, the increase of thy also of Pharaoh saw her, and commended her kine, and the flocks of thy sheep. Blessed before Pharaoh. Ge. xii. 14, 15. Leah was shall be thy basket and thy store. Blessed tender-eyed, but Rachel was beautiful and shalt thou be when thou comest in, and well-favoured. Ge. xxix. 17. Now “he" blessed shalt thou be when thou goest out. ("David") was ruddy, and withal of a beauDe. xxviii. 2–6. And the ark of the Lord tiful countenance, and goodly to look at. I continued in the house of Obed-edom the Sa. xvi. 12. And when the Philistine (GoGittite three months: and the Lord blessed liath) looked about, and saw David, he dis
7 person, and well favoured. And it came to pass after these
things, that his master's wife cast her eyes upon Joseph; and she 8 said, Lie with me. But he refused, and said unto his master's
wife, Behold, my master wotteth not what is with me in the house, 9 and he hath committed all that he hath to my hand; There is
none greater in this house than I ; neither hath he kept back any
dained him; for he was but a youth, and 8 He refused.] My son, if sinners entice ruddy, and of a fair countenance. 1 Sa. xvii. thee, consent thou not. Pr. i. 10. When 42. In which time (when another king arose wisdom entereth into thine heart, and knowin Egypt) Moses was born, and was exceeding ledge is pleasant unto thy soul ; discretion fair. Ac. vii. 20.
shall preserve thee, to keep thee from the 7 Cast her eyes upon Joseph.] The sons of strange woman, even from the stranger that God saw the daughters of men, that they were flattereth with her words. Pr. ii. 10. 16. fair, and they took them wives of all which None that go unto her return again, neither they chose. Ge. vi. 2. I made a covenant take they hold of the paths of life. Pr. ii. 19. with mine eyes; why then should I think the lips of a strange woman drop as an upon a maid ? Job xxxi. 1. Turn away mine honey-comb, and her mouth is smoother than eyes from beholding vanity. Ps. cxix. 37. oil. Remove thy way far from her, and come Aholah (or Samaria) played the harlot when not nigh the door of her house. Pr. v. 3. 8. she was mine; and she doted on her lovers, Lust not after “her” (“the har lot's") beauty on the Assyrians her neighbours, which were in thine heart; neither let her take thee with clothed with blue, captains and rulers, all of her eyelids. He that goeth in to his neighthem desirable young men. Ez, xxiii. 5, 6. bour's wife; whosoever toucheth her shall not She (Aholibah, or Jerusalem) doted on the be innocent. But whoso committeth adultery Assyrians her neighbours, all of them de- with a woman lacketh understanding : he that sirable young men; and as soon as she saw doeth it destroyeth his own soul. A wound them with her eyes she doted upon them. and dishonour shall he get; and his reproach Ez. xxiii. 12. 16. Whosoever looketh on a shall not be wiped away. Pr. vi. 25. 29. 32, woman to lust after her, hath committed 33. Keep thee from the strange woman, from adultery with her already in his heart. Mat. the stranger which flattereth with her words. v. 28. These (the false teachers) are natural Let not thine heart decline to her ways, go brute beasts, having eyes full of adultery, and not astray in her paths. Her house is the that cannot cease from sin. 2 Pe. ii. 14. way to hell, going down to the chambers of For all that is in the world, the lust of the death. Pr. vii. 5. 25. 27. A foolish woman flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride is clamorous : she is simple, and knoweth of life, is not of the Father, but is of the nothing. For she sitteth at the door of her world. 1 John ii. 16.
house, on a seat in the high places of the Lie with me.] (Understanding shall keep city, to call passengers who go right on their thee) to deliver thee from the strange woman, ways. Whoso is simple, let him turn in even from the stranger which flattereth with hither: and as for him that wanteth underher words. Pr. ii. 16. Remove thy way standing, she saith to him, Stolen waters are from her, lest thou give thine honour unto sweet, and bread eaten in secret is pleasant: others, and thy years unto the cruel. Pr. v. but he knoweth not that the dead are there, 9. So she (the harlot) caught him, and kissed and that her guests are in the depths of hell him, and with an impudent face said unto Pr. ix. 13—18. The mouth of strange wonen him, I have decked my bed with coverings of is a deep pit: he that is abhorred of the Lord tapestry: come, let us take our fill of love. shall fall therein. Pr. xxii. 14. My son, Pr. vii. 13. 18. Therefore (for Judah's wick- give me thine heart, and let thine eyes observe edness) the showers have been withholden, my ways; for a whore is a deep ditch, and a and there hath been no latter rain; and thou strange woman is a narrow pit.
She abo hadst a whore's forehead, thou refusedst to be lieth in wait as for a prey, and increaseth the ashamed. Je. iii. 3. Thou (Jerusalem) hast transgressors among men. Pr. xxiii. 26-2 built thy high place at every head of the way, My master wotteth, &c.] A man that had and hast made thy beauty to be abhorred, as friends must shew himself friendly: and there a wife that committeth adultery, which taketh is a friend that sticketh closer than a brother. strangers instead of her husband. And the Pr. xviii. 24. contrary is in thee from other women in thy 9 None greater in this house.] Abrabam whoredoms: whereas none followeth thee to said unto his eldest servant of his house, that commit whoredoms, and in that thou givest a ruled over all he had, Put, I pray thee, sky reward, and no reward is given unto thee; hand under my thigh. Ge. xxiv. 2. And I therefore thou art contrary. Ez. xvi. 25. (Nehemiah) said, Should such a man as I 32. 34.
flee? And who is there that, being as I can
thing from me but thee, because thou art his wife: how then can I do this great wickedness, and sin against God? And it came 10 to pass, as she spake to Joseph day by day, that he hearkened not unto her, to lie by her, or to be with her. And it came to pass 11
“ do so
would go into the temple to save his life? I they which do such things shall not inherit will not go in. Ne. vi. 11. He that knew the kingdom of God. Ga. v. 19. 21. Whorenot (saith Jesus), and did commit things mongers and adulterers God will judge. He. worthy of stripes, shall be beaten with few xiii. 4. Murderers, and whoremongers, and stripes. For unto whomsoever much is given, sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall of him shall be much required : and to whom have their part in the lake which burneth men have committed much, of him they will with fire and brimstone: which is the second ask the more. Lu. xii. 48. Now ye are full, death. Re. xxi. 8. For without are dogs, now ye are rich, ye have reigned as kings and sorcerers, and whoremongers, and murwithout us : and I would to God ye did reign, derers, and idolaters, and whosoever loveth and that we also might reign with you. I Co. iv. maketh a lie. Re. xxii. 15. 8. Exhort servants to be obedient; not pur Sin against God.) And Joseph said unto loining, but shewing all good fidelity; that "them” (“his brethren") the third day (of they may adorn the doctrine of God our their being in ward), This do, and live; for I Saviour in all things. Tit. ii. 10.
fear God. Ge. xlii. 18. If a soul sin, and How then can I do this, &c.] God came to commit a trespass against the Lord, he shall Abimelech in a dream by night, and said to bring his trespass-offering unto the Lord. him, Behold, thou art but a dead man, for the Le. vi. 2. 6. But if ye (the Reubenites) will woman which thou hast taken ; for she is a not
(“ go out armed to subdue their man's wife. And God said unto “him" enemies east of Jordan,” 8c.), behold, ye have (" Abimelech") in a dream, Yea, I know that sinned against the Lord; and be sure your thou didst this in the integrity of thy heart; sin will find you out. Nu. xxxii. 23. And for I also withheld thee from sinning against David said unto Nathan (who had addressed to me: therefore suffered I thee not to touch him the parable of the ewe lamb), I have sinned her. Ge. xx. 3.6. The man that committeth against the Lord (in taking Uriah's wife to be adultery with another man's wife, even he my wife). And Nathan said unto David, The that committeth adultery with his neighbour's Lord also hath put away thy sin. Thou shalt wife, the adulterer and the adulteress shall not die. 2 Sa. xii. 13. The former governors surely be put to death. Le. xx. 10. And that had been before me were chargeable unto when the mourning (for Uriah) was past, the people, yea, even their servants bare rule David sent and fetched her (Bath-sheba, over the people: but so did not I (Nehemiah), Uriah's wife) to his house; and she became because of the fear of God. Ne. v. 15. Against his wife, and bare him a son. But the thing thee, thee only, have I sinned, and done this that David had done displeased the Lord. evil in thy sight: that thou mightest be jus2 Sa. xi. 27. If any blot hath cleaved to mine tified when thou speakest, and be clear when hands; if mine heart hath been deceived by thou judgest. Ps. li. 4. Therefore thus saith a woman, or if I have laid wait at my neigh- the Lord ; Behold, I will cast thee from off the bour's door ; this is an heinous crime: it is a face of the earth (0 Hanuniah); this year fire that consumeth to destruction, and would thou shalt die, because thou hast taught reroot out all mine increase ; for destruction bellion against the Lord. Je. xxviii. 16. All from God was a terror to me, and by reason that found “them” (“my people,” as sheep of his highness I could not endure. Job xxxi. forsaken by their shepherds) have devoured 7.9. 11, 12. 23. See Pr. vi. 29. 32. at verse 8. them; and their adversaries said, We offend They (the Jews) were as fed horses in the not, because they have sinned against the morning: every one neighed after his neigh- Lord, the habitation of justice, even the Lord, bour's wife. Shall I not visit for these the hope of their fathers. Je. I. 7. Whosothings ? saith the Lord : and shall not my soul ever is born of God doth not commit sin. be avenged on such a nation as this ? Je. v. 1 John iii. 9. 8, 9. Know ye not that the unrighteous 10 As she spake to Joseph, &c.] See verse shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be 8. and com. By means of a whorish woman not deceived : neither fornicators, nor idolaters, a man is brought to a piece of bread; and the nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of adulteress will hunt for the precious life. Pr. themselves with mankind, nor thieves, nor vi. 26. covetous, &c. &c. shall inherit the kingdom of Or to be with her.] My son, walk not thou God. 1 Co. vi. 9, 10. Now the works of the in the way with “them” (“ sinners'); refrain flesh are manifest, which are these ; adultery, thy foot from their path. Pr. i. 15. Remove fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness, &c. &c. thy way far from “her” (“the strange woand such like: of the which I tell you before, man"), and come not nigh the door of her as I have also told you in time past, that house. Pr. v. 8. What? know ye not that
about this time, that Joseph went into the house to do his business; 12 and there was none of the men of the house there within. And
she caught him by his garment, saying, Lie with me: and he left 13 his garment in her hand, and fled, and got him out. And it came
to pass, when she saw that he had left his garment in her hand, 14 and was fled forth, That she called unto the men of her house, and
spake unto them, saying, See, he hath brought in an Hebrew unto
us to mock us; he came in unto me to lie with me, and I cried 15 with a loud voice: And it came to pass, when he heard that I
your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost Those that be near, and those that be far from which is in you, which ye have of God, and thee, shall mock thee which art infamous, and ye are not your own? i Co. vi. 19. Be not much vexed. Ex. xxii. 5. deceived, evil communication corrupts good He came in unto me.] See verse 7 and con. manners. 1 Co. xv. 33. Abstain from all False witnesses did rise up: they laid to my appearance of evil. 1 Th. v. 22. I will charge things that I knew not. Ps. XXXV. therefore that the younger women marry, 11. I mourn in my complaint, because bear children, guide the house, give none occa- of the voice of the enemy, because of sion to the adversary to speak reproachfully. the oppression of the wicked: for they cast 1 Ti. v. 14. Flee also youthful lusts : but iniquity upon me, and in wrath they hate follow righteousness, faith, charity, peace, me. Ps. lv. 3. He that hideth hatred soith with them that
call on the Lord out of a lying lips, and he that uttereth a slander, is a pure heart. 2 Ti. ii. 22. Dearly beloved, I fool. Pr. x. 18. Hearken unto me, ye that beseech you, as strangers and pilgrims, abstain know righteousness; the people in whose heart from fleshly lusts, which war against the soul. is my law, fear ye not the reproach of men, 1 Pe. ii. ii.
neither be ye afraid of their revilings. Is. 11 None of the men of the house, &c.] The li. 7. No weapon that is formed against thee eye also of the adulterer waiteth for the twi- shall prosper, and every tongue that shall rise light, saying, No eye shall see me, and dis- against "thee" (the “ Church of Christ") in guiseth his face. Job xxiv. 15. Stolen waters judgment thou shalt condemn. This is the are sweet (saith the foolish woman), and bread heritage of the servants of the Lord, and their eaten in secret is pleasant. Pr. ix. 17. Can righteousness is of me, saith the Lord. Is. any hide himself in secret places, that I shall liv. 17. Blessed are ye, when men shall not see him? saith the Lord. Do not I fill revile you, and persecute you, and shall say heaven and earth ? saith the Lord. Je. xxiii. all manner of evil against you falsely for my 24. I will come near to you to judgment; sake. Mat. v. 11. Now the chief priests and I will be a swift witness against the and elders, and all the council, sought false adulterers, saith the Lord of hosts. Mal. iii. witness against Jesus to put him to death. 5. But fornication, and all uncleanness, let it Mat. xxvi. 59. And they began to accuse not be named among you, as becometh saints; him (Jesus), saying, We found this fellow for it is a shame even to speak of those things perverting the nation, and forbidding to give which are done of them in secret. Ep. v. tribute to Cæsar, saying, That he himself is 3. 12.
Christ a king. L«. xxiii. 2. We beseech 12 She caught him.] See verses 8. 10. and you that ye receive not the grace of God in
I find more bitter than death the vain, but in all things approving ourselves as woman whose heart is snares and nets, and the ministers of God, by honour and disher hands as bands. Whoso pleaseth God honour, by evil report and good report. ? Co. shall escape from her, but the sinner shall be vi. l. 4.8. What glory is it, if when ye be taken by her. Ec. vi. 26. And there fol- buffeted for your faults, ye shall take it palowed him (Jesus) a certain young man, hav- tiently? but if, when ye do well, and suffer ing a linen cloth cast about his naked body: for it, ye take it patiently, this is acceptable and the young men laid hold on him; and he with God. I Pe. ii. 20. But and if ye suffer left the linen cloth, and fled from them naked. for righteousness sake, happy are ye : and le Mar. xiv. 51, 52. See com. on “ Or be with not afraid of their terror, neither be troubled; her," verse 10.
but sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: 14 An Hebrew.) See verse 17. Unto Shem having a good conscience; that, whereas they also, the father of all the children of Eber, the speak evil of you as of evil doers, they may brother of Japheth the elder, even to him be ashamed that falsely accuse your good conwere children born. Ge. X. 21. See chap. versation in Christ ; for it is better, if the will xiv. 13 under “ The Hebrew." What shall of God be so, that ye suffer for well doing be given unto thee? or what shall be done than for evil doing.' For Christ also hath unto thse, thou false tongue ? Ps. cxx. 3. once suffered for sins, the just for the unjust,