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Now the eyes of Israel were dim for age, so that he could not see. 10 And he brought them near unto him; and he kissed them, and embraced them. And Israel said unto Joseph, I had not thought 11 to see thy face: and, lo, God hath shewed me also thy seed. And Joseph brought them out from between his knees, and he bowed 12 himself with his face to the earth. And Joseph took them both, 13

rightly named Jacob, for he hath supplanted father and my mother, and then I will follow me these two times ? he took away my birth- thee. 1 Ki. xix. 20. right, and behold, now he hath taken away 11 I had not thought, &c.] He (Jacob) my blessing. And he said, Hast thou not knew it (the coat of Joseph) and said, It is my reserved a blessing for me? Hast thou but son's coat; an evil beast hath devoured him; one blessing, my father? Bless me, even me Joseph is without doubt rent in pieces. And also, O my father. And Isaac his father an. all his sons and all his daughters rose up to swered and said unto him, Behold, thy dwel- comfort him, but he refused to be comforted, ling shall be the fatness of the earth, and of and he said, For I will go down into the grave the dew of heaven from above; and by thy unto my son mourning. Ge. xxxvii. 33. 35. sword shalt thou live, and shalt serve thy bro And Jacob their father said unto them (his ther. And it shall come to pass, when thou sons), Me have ye bereaved of my children ; shalt have the dominion, that thou shalt Joseph is not, and Simeon is not, and ye will break his yoke from off thy neck. Ge. xxvii. take Benjamin away. All these things are 4. 28, 29, 34–40. God Almighty bless thee against me. Ge. xlii. 36. And (Jacob's sons) (said Isaac to Jacob), and make thee fruitful, told him, saying, Joseph is yet alive, and he is and multiply thee, that thou mayest be a mul- governor over all the land of Egypt. And titude of people, and give thee the blessing of Jacob's heart fainted, for he believed them Abraham, to thee and to thy seed with thee; not. Ge. xlv. 26. that thou mayest inherit the land wherein God hath shewed me, &c.] Now unto him thou art a stranger, which God gave unto that is able to do exceeding abundantly above Abraham. Ge. xxviii. 3, 4. These are the all that we ask or think, according to the twelve tribes of Israel, and this is it that their power that worketh in us, unto him be glory father spake unto them, and blessed them; in the church by Christ Jesus throughout all every one according to his blessing he blessed ages, world without end. Amen. Ep. iii. them. Ge. xlix. 28. And this is the blessing 20, 21. wherewith Moses the man of God blessed the 12 He bowed himself.] And when he children of Israel before his death, &c. &c. (Abraham) saw them (the three men who stood De. xxxij. 1. By faith, Jacob when he was by him), he ran to meet them from the tent dying blessed both the sons of Joseph. He. door, and bowed himself toward the ground. xi. 21.

Ge. xviii. 2, and com. Joseph's brethren came 10 The eyes of Israel were dim.] See chap. and bowed themselves before him with their xxvi. ], and com. Now Eli was ninety and faces to the earth. Ge. xlii. 6. Honour thy eight years old, and his eyes were dim and he father and thy mother, that thy days may be could not see. 1 Sa. iv, 15.

long upon the land which the Lord thy God Dim.] Take the heart of this people fat giveth thee. Ex. xx. 12. And Moses made (said the voice of the Lord to Isaiah), and make haste (when the name of the Lord was protheir ears heavy, and shut their eyes, lest they claimed), and bowed his head toward the earth, see with their eyes, and hear with their ears, and worshipped. E.r. xxxiv. 8. Ye shall fear and understand with their hearts, and convert every man his mother and his father. Le. and be healed. Is. vi. 10. Behold, the Lord's xix. 3. Thou shalt rise up before the hoary hand is not shortened that it cannot save; nei- head, and honour the face of the old man. ther his ear heavy that it cannot hear. Is.lix. l. Le. xix. 32. Bath-sheba went unto king So

Kissed them.] And he (Esau) came near lomon to speak unto him for Adonijah. And (to Isaac) and he kissed him, and he smelled the king rose up to meet her, and bowed himthe smell of his raiment, and blessed him. self unto her, and sat down on his throne, and Ge. xxvii. 27. And early in the morning caused a seat to be set for the king's mother; Laban rose up, and kissed his sons and his and she sat on his right hand. 1 Ki. ii. 19. daughters, and blessed them (separating from Then (when Elisha called her) she (the Shunam. Jacob). Ge. xxxi. 55. Moreover, he (Joseph) mite) went in and fell at his feet, and bowed kissed all his brethren, and wept upon them herself to the ground, and took up her son, (upon their return with Benjamin). Ge. xlv. and went out. 2 Ki. iv. 37. Her children 15. And he (Elisha on whom Elijah, as he (those of a virtuous woman) arise up, and call passed by him, cast his mantle) left the oxen her blessed. Pr. xxxi. 28. Children, obey (with which he was plowing) and ran after your parents in the Lord, for this is right. Elijah, and said, Let me, I pray thee, kiss my Ep. vi. 1.

Ephraim in his right hand towards Israel's left hand, and Manas

seh in his left hand toward Israel's right hand, and brought them 14 near unto him. And Israel stretched out his right hand, and

laid it upon Ephraim's head, who was the younger, and his left

hand upon Manasseh's head, guiding his hands wittingly; for 15 Manasseh was the firstborn. And he blessed Joseph, and said,

God, before whom my fathers Abraham and Isaac did walk, the

14 His right hand.] Thy right hand, o away. Ac. xiii. 3. Neglect not the gift that Lord, is become glorious in power. Thy right is in thee, which was given thee by prophecy, hand, O Lord, hath dashed in pieces the with the laying on of the hands of the presenemy (suid Moses in his song). Ex. xv. 6. . bytery. 1 Ti. iv. 14. Lay hands suddenly The Lord said unto my lord, Sit thou at my on no man, neither be partaker of other right hand, until I make thine enemies thy men's sins : keep thyself pure. 1 Ti. footstool. Ps. cx. I. The right hand of the 22. Lord is exalted : the right hand of the Lord Guiding his hands wittingly.) I know it, doeth valiantly. Ps. cxviii. 16.

I know it my son, (said Jacob to Joseph, she And laid it upon Ephraim's head.] And had told him that Manasseh was his firstborn) thou shalt bring the Levites before the Lord, he also shall become a people, and be also and the children of Israel shall put their shall be great; but truly his younger brother hands upon the Levites. Nu. viii. 10. And (Ephraim) shall be greater than he. Ge. I have taken the Levites for all the firstborn xlviii. 19. of the children of Israel. Nu. viii. 18. And Firstborn.] Joseph said unto his father, Joshua, the son of Nun, was full of the spirit Not so my father (put not thy right hand of wisdom, for Moses had laid his hands upon on Ephraim's head), for this (Manasseh) is the him. De. xxxiv. 9. Then were there brought firstborn. Ge. xlviii. 18. And Joseph called the unto him little children, that he should put name of his first-born Manasseh, for God hath his hands on them, and pray; and the dis- made me forget all my toil, and all my father's ciples rebuked them; and he laid his hands house. Ge. xli. 51. Unto Joseph in the land of on them, and departed thence. Mat. xix. Egypt were born Manasseh, and Ephraim, 13. 15. And he (Jesus) could there do no which Asenath, the daughter of Poti-pherala mighty work, save that he laid his hands priest of On, bare unto him. Ge. xlvi. 20. upon a few sick folk, and healed them. Mar. 15 Blessed Joseph.] The angel which revi. 5. They (Christ's Apostles) shall take up deemed me from all evil, bless the lads (scris serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, Jacob). Ge. xlviii. 16. See verse 9. and an it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands Did walk.] And Enoch walked with God, on the sick, and they shall recover. Mar. and he was not, for God took him.

Gel. xvi. 18. Now, when the sun was setting, 22. 24. with com. And Solomon said, Thou all they that had any sick with divers hast shewed unto thy servant David my diseases, brought them unto him; and he father great mercy, according as he walked laid his hands on every one of them, and before thee in truth, and in righteousness, and healed them. Lu. iv. 40. And “he" (" Jesus”) in uprightness of heart with thee. 1 Ki. ix, laid his hands on "her” (a woman bowed 6. The crown of pride, the drunkards of together by infirmities"), and immediately she Ephraim shall be trodden under feel ls was made straight, and glorified God.' Lu. xxviii. 3. And they (the Jews) shall spread xiii. 13. “ Whom” (“seven men" of honest "them” (the bones of the kings of Judak, report) they (the multitude of disciples) set fc. 8c.) before the sun, and the moon, and si before the Apostles, and when they had the host of heaven, whom they have loved prayed, they laid their hands on them. Ac. and whom they have served, and after wbom vi. 6. Then (when the Samaritans were bap- they have walked, and whom they have soutils tized in the name of the Lord Jesus) laid and whom they have worshipped: they stal " they" (" Peter and John') their hands on not be gathered, nor be buried : they shall be them, and they received the Holy Ghost. for dung upon the face of the earth. Je. vi. And when Simon (the sorcerer) saw, that 2. Whether ye eat or drink, or whatsoever through laying on of the apostles' hands, the ye do, do all to the glory of God. I Cor. Holy Ghost was given, he offered them money, X. 31. Our rejoicing is this, the testimony of saying, Give me also this power, that on whom our conscience, that in simplicity, and godis soever I lay hands, he may receive the Holy sincerity, not with fleshly wisdom, but by the Ghost. Ac. viii. 17, 18, 19. When “they" grace of God, we have had our conversation (the prophets and teachers at Antioch) had in the world. 2 Co. i. 12. As ye have there fasted and prayed, and laid their hands on fore received Christ Jesus the Lord, so wad them (Barnabas and Saul), they sent them ye in him. Col. ii. 6.

God which fed me all my life long unto this day, The Angel 16

Fed me all my life.] And Jacob vowed a her, Return to thy mistress, and submit thyvow, saying, If God will be with me, and will self under her hands. And the angel of the keep me in this way that I go, and will give Lord said unto her, I will multiply thy seed me bread to eat, and raiment to put on, so exceedingly, and it shall not be numbered for that I come again to my father's house in multitude. And the angel of the Lord said peace, then shall the Lord be my God; unto her, Behold thou art with child, and and this stone which I have set for a pillar shalt bear a son, and shalt call his name shall be God's house : and of all that thou Ishmael (i. e. God shall hear), because the shalt give me I will surely give the tenth unto Lord hath heard thy affliction. And he will thee. Ge. xxviii. 20, 21, 22. The Lord is be a wild man, his hand will be against every my shepherd, I shall not want. Ps. xxiii. 1. man, and every man's hand against him, and Trust in the Lord and do good : so shalt thou he shall dwell in the presence of all his bredwell in the land, and verily thou shalt be thren. And she called the name of the Lord fed. Ps. xxxvii. 3. Bless the Lord, O my that spake unto her, Thou God seest me. Ge. soul, who redeemeth thy life from destruction; xvi. 7–13. Behold, I am with thee (said God to who crowneth thee with loving kindness and Jacob in the vision of the ladder) in all places tender mercies, who satisfieth thy mouth with whither thou goest, and will bring thee again good things, so that thy youth is renewed like into this land: for I will not leave thee until I the eagle's. Ps. ciïi. 4, 5. There is nothing have done that which I have spoken to thee of. better for a man than that he should eat and Ge. xxviii. 15. And the angel of God spake drink, and that he should make his soul enjoy unto me in a dream, saying, Jacob, and I good in his labour. This also I saw, that it said, Here am I. And he said, Lift up now was from the hand of God : for who can eat, thine eyes : all the rams which leap upon the or who else can hasten hereunto more than I ? cattle are ringstraked, speckled, and grisled, Ec. ii. 24, 25. The sleep of a labouring man for I have seen all that Laban doeth unte is sweet, whether he eat little or much : but thee: I am the God of Beth-el, where thou the abundance of the rich will not suffer him anointedst the pillar, and where thou vowedst to sleep. It is good and comely for one to a vow unto me. Now arise, get thee out from eat and to drink, and to enjoy the good of all this land, and return unto the land of thy his labour that he taketh under the sun, all kindred. And God came to Laban the Syrian the days of his life, which God giveth him; in a dream by night, and said unto him, for it is his portion. Ec. v. 12. 18. All the Take heed that thou speak not to Jacob labour of man is for his mouth, and yet the either good or bad. Ge. xxxi. 11, 12, 13. appetite is not filled. Ec. vi. 7. He (that 24. And the angel of the Lord appeared walketh righteously) shall dwell on high ; his unto him in a flame of fire out of the midst place of defence shall be the munitions of rocks, of a bush, and he looked, and behold, the bread shall be given him, his waters shall be bush burned with fire, and the bush was not

Is. xxxiii. 16. Take no thought for consumed. And Moses said, I will now turn your life what ye shall eat, or what ye shall aside and see this great sight, why the bush drink ; nor yet for your body what ye shall is not burned : and when the Lord saw that put on; is not the life more than meat ? And he turned aside to see, God called unto him the body than raiment ? Seek ye first the out of the midst of the bush, and said, Moses, kingdom of God, and his righteousness, and Moses ! And he said, Here am I. And he all these things shall be added unto you: take said, Draw not nigh hither, put off thy shoes therefore no thought for the morrow; for the from off thy feet, for the place whereon thou morrow shall take thought for the things of standest is holy ground. Moreover he said, itself, sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof. I am the God of thy father, the God of AbraMat. vi. 25-34. Godliness with content ham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob. ment is great gain. For we brought nothing And Moses hid his face, for he was afraid to into this world, and it is certain we can carry look upon God. Ex. iii. 2–6. Behold, I nothing out; and having food and raiment, send an angel before thee (Israel) to keep thee let us be therewith content. But they that in the way, and to bring thee into the place will be rich fall into temptation, and a snare, which I have prepared. Beware of him and and into many foolish and hurtful lusts, which obey his voice : provoke him not, for he will drown men in destruction, and perdition. not pardon your transgressions, for my name For the love of money is the root of all evil, is in him. Ex. xxiii. 20, 21. And an angel which while some coveted after, they have of the Lord came up from Gilgal to Bochim, erred from the faith, and pierced themselves and said, I made you to go up out of Egypt, through with many sorrows. 1 Ti. vi. 6—10. and have brought you unto the land which I

16 The angel, &c.] The angel of the Lord sware unto your fathers, and I said, I will found her (Hagar) by a fountain of water in never break my covenant with you: and ye the wilderness, by the fountain in the way to shall make no league with the inhabitants of Shur. And the angel of the Lord said unto this land : ye shall throw down their altars:


which redeemed me from all evil, bless the lads; and let my name be named on them, and the name of my fathers Abraham and

but ye have not obeyed my voice : why have I am the God of thy fathers, the God of ye done this? Wherefore I also said, I will Abraham, and the God of Isaac, and the God not drive them out from before you : but they of Jacob. Then Moses trembled, and durst shall be as thorns in your sides, and their not behold. Then said the Lord to him, Put gods shall be a snare unto you. And it off thy shoes from thy feet, for the place came to pass when the angel of the Lord where thou standest is holy ground. I have spake these words unto all the children of seen, I have seen the affliction of my people Israel, that the people lifted up their voice which is in Egypt, and I have heard their and wept. Ju. ii. 1-4. Then (when Gideon groaning, and am come down to deliver there. had laid the flesh and the unleavened cakes And now come, I will send thee into Egypt upon the rock) the angel of the Lord put forth This Moses whom they refused, saying, Who the end of the staff that was in his hand, and made thee a ruler and a judge? The same touched the flesh and the unleavened cakes, did God send to be a ruler and a deliverer by and there rose up fire out of the rock, and the hand of the angel which appeared to him consumed the flesh and the unleavened cakes. in a bush. Ac. vii. 30—35. (Our fathers) Then the angel of the Lord departed out of did all drink the same spiritual drink (far his sight. And when Gideon perceived that they drank of that spiritual rock that followed he was an angel of the Lord, Gideon said, them, and that rock was Christ). Neither Alas! O Lord God; for because I have seen let us tempt Christ as some of "them" ("the an angel of the Lord face to face. And the Israelites") also tempted, and were destroyed Lord said unto him, Peace be unto thee, fear of serpents. 1 Co. X. 4. 9. not, thou shalt not die. Then Gideon built Redeemed me.] My soul shall make her an altar there unto the Lord, and called it boast in the Lord, the humble shall hear Jehovah-shalom (i. e. the Lord send peace) thereof and be glad. Ps. xxxiv. 2. Lead us unto this day, it is yet in Ophrah of the not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: Abi-ezrites. Ju. vi. 21-24. The angel of for thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the Lord did no more appear to Manaoh and the glory, for ever. Amen. Mat. vi. 13. his wife (after he had ascended in the flame of I pray not that thou shouldest take them out the altar). Then Manoah knew that he was of the world, but that thou shouldest keep an angel of the Lord ; and Manoah said unto them from the evil. John xvii. 15. Not his wife, We shall surely die, because we only they, but ourselves also, which have the have seen God. Ju. xiii. 21, 22. The angel first fruits of the spirit ; even we ourselves of the Lord encampeth round about them that groan within ourselves, waiting for the adopfear him, and delivereth them. The Lord tion, to wit, the redemption of our body. redeemeth the soul of his servants, and none Ro. viii. 23. The Lord shall deliver me from of them that trust in him shall be desolate. every evil work, and will preserve me unto Ps. xxxiv. 7. 22. The Lord shall preserve his heavenly kingdom, to whom be glory for thee from all evil, he shall preserve thy soul. ever and ever. Amen. 2 Ti. iv. 18. (Our Ps. cxxi. 7. As for our Redeemer, the Lord Saviour Jesus Christ) who gave himself for us of hosts is his name, the holy One of Israel. Is. that he might redeem us from all iniquity, xlvii. 4. In all their afflictions he was and purify unto himself a peculiar people

, afflicted, and the angel of his presence saved zealous of good works. Tit. ii. 14. them : in his love, and in his pity he re- My name be named on them.] See rerse 5. deemed them, and he bare them, and carried And he (the angel with whom Jacob wrestled them all the days of old. Is. Ixiii

. 9. Yea, at Peniel) said, Thy name shall be called no he (Jacob) had power over the angel, and more Jacob, but Israel, for as a prince hast prevailed; he wept, and made supplication thou power with God and with men, and hast unto him. He found him in Beth-el

, and prevailed. Ge. xxxii. 28. All the people of there he spake with us: even the Lord God the earth shall see, that thou art called by of hosts : the Lord is his memorial. Ho. xii. name of the Lord, and they shall be afraid of 4,5. Behold, I will send my messenger, and thee (if obedient). De. xxviii. 10. If my he shall prepare the way before me, and the people, which are called by my name, shall Lord whom ye seek shall suddenly come to humble themselves, and pray, and seek my his temple, even the messenger of the cove- face, and turn from their wicked ways, then nant, whom ye delight in, behold, he shall will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their come, saith the Lord of hosts. Mal. iii. 1. sin, and will heal their land. 2 Ch. vii. 14 And when forty years were expired, there Why shouldst thou be as a man astonished, appeared to him in the wilderness of Mount a mighty man that cannot save? Yet thoth Sina, an angel of the Lord in a flame of fire O Lord, art in the midst of us; and we are in a bush : when Moses saw it, he wondered called by thy name : leave us not. Je. xix. %. at the sight, and as he drew near to behold it, In that day (when Edom is destroyed for their the voice of the Lord came unto him, saying, pride) I will raise up the tabernacle of David


Isaac; and let them grow into a multitude in the midst of the earth. And when Joseph saw that his father laid his right hand 17 upon the head of Ephraim, it displeased him : and he held up his father's hand, to remove it from Ephraim's head unto Manasseh's head. And Joseph said unto his father, Not so, my father : for 18 this is the firstborn; put thy right hand upon his head. And his 19

that is fallen, &c. that they may possess the and his anger was kindled : and the fire of the rernnant of Edom; and of all the heathen Lord burnt among them, and consumed them which are called by my name, saith the Lord that were in the uttermost parts of the camp. that doeth this. Am. ix. 11, 12. I will build Nu. xi. 1. Balaam said unto the angel of the again the tabernacle of David which is fallen ,Lord, I have sinned : for I knew not that down, and I will build again the ruins thereof, thou stoodest in the way against me ; now and I will set it up, that the residue of men therefore if it displease thee I will get me might seek after the Lord, and all the gentiles, back again. Nu. xxii. 34. The Lord said upon whom my name is called, saith the unto Samuel, Look not on his (Eliab's) counLord, who doeth all these things. Ac. xv. 17. tenance, or on the height of his stature ; be

Grow.) And God created great whales, cause I have refused him. For the Lord and every living creature that moveth, which seeth not as man seeth, for man looketh on the waters brought forth abundantly. And the outward appearance, but the Lord looketh God blessed them, saying, Be fruitful and on the heart. I Sa. xvi. 7. Omri wrought multiply, and fill the waters in the seas. Ge. evil in the eyes of the Lord, and did worse i. 21, 22. All they that were numbered (of than all that were before him. 1 Ki. xvi. 25. the children of Israel) were six hundred thou- And God was displeased with this thing (the sand and three thousand and five hundred numbering of the people by Joab) therefore he and fifty. Nu. i. 46. These are the families smote Israel. 1 Ch. xxi. 7. Rejoice not of Manasseh, and those that were numbered when thine enemy falleth : lest the Lord see of them, fifty and two thousand and seven it and it displease him, and he turn away his hundred. These are the families of the sons wrath from him. Pr. xxiv. 17, 18. Neither of Ephraim, according to those that were because they are the seed of Abraham are numbered of them, thirty and two thousand they all children: but in Isaac shall thy seed and five hundred. Nu. xxvi. 34. 37.

be called, that is they which are children of A multitude in the midst of the earth.] the flesh, these are not the children of God, Joséph is a fruitful bough, even a fruitful for the children (Esau and Jacob) being not bough by a well, whose branches run over the yet born, neither having done any good, or wall. Ge. xlix. 22. The children of Israel evil, that the purpose of God according to were fruitful, and increased abundantly, and election might stand, not of works, but of him multiplied and waxed exceeding mighty, and that calleth. Ro. ix. 7, 8. 11. the land was filled with them. Ex. i. 7. 18 Not so, my father.] And Lot said unto The sons of Joseph after their families were them (the two angels who came to destroy Manasseh, and Ephraim. Nu. xxvi. 28–37. Sodom), Oh, not so, my Lord. Ge. xix. 18. “ His” (Joseph's") glory is like the firstling Not so (ye shall not go with your sons, and with of his bullock, and his horns are like the your daughters, with your focks, &c. said horns of unicorns: with them he shall push Pharaoh to Moses and Aaron), Go now ye that the people together, to the ends of the earth. are men and serve the Lord, for that ye did And they are the ten thousands of Ephraim, desire; and they were driven out from Phaand they are the thousands of Manasseh. De. raoh's presence. Ex. x. 11. But the wise xxxiii. 17. And Joshua spake unto the house answered (the foolish virgins in the parable), of Joseph, even to Ephraim, and Manasseh, saying, Not so (we cannot give of our oil), lest saying, Thou art a great people, and hast there be not enough for us and you : but go great power, thou shalt not have one lot only. ye rather to them that sell, and buy for yourJos. xvii. 17.

selves. Mat. xxv. 9. But Peter (when the 17 Displeased him.] Esau seeing that the voice came to him, Rise, Peter, kill and eat), daughters of Canaan pleased not Isaac his said, Not so, Lord; for I have never eaten father : then went Esau unto Ishmael, and any thing that is common or unclean. Ac. X. took unto the wives which he had, Mahalath 14. and xi. 8. the daughter of Ishmael, Abraham's son, the For this is the firstborn.] Rebekah took sister of Nebajoth, to be his wife. Ge. xxviii. goodly raiment of her eldest son Esau, which 8, 9. And the thing which he (Onan) did were with her in the house, and put them displeased the Lord, wherefore he slew him upon Jacob her younger son. Ge. xxvii. 15. also (in addition to his brother Er). Ge. And Laban said (to Jacob seeking Rachel as a xxxviii. 10. When the people complained, wife), It must not be so done in our country, it displeased the Lord, and the Lord heard it ; to give the younger before the firstborn.

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