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The whole chapter, Figure of speech Hysterologia. App-6 . The last of the eleven Toledoth
Jacob. See notes on Genesis 32:28 ; Genesis 43:8 ; Genesis 45:26 , Genesis 45:28 .
Wherein = of his father ' s sojournings. S Bilhah. i.e. Dan and Naphtali, Genesis 30:6-8 .
Zilpah. i.e. Gad and Asher, Genesis 30:10-13 .
his. Hebrew their.
coat: with long sleeves, worn only by the chief and his heir. This the first cause of brothers' enmity. See note on Genesis 27:15 with Genesis 25:31 .
colours. Not "pieces". Marking it as priestly or royal. Exodus 28:4 , Exodus 28:39 ; Exodus 39:1 . 2Sa 13:18 , 2 Samuel 13:19 . Psalms 45:14 .
brethren. Hebrew sons.
dreamed a dream. Figure of speech Polyptoton. App-6 . For emphasis = had a significant dream.
in the field = in the midst of the field.
stood upright. Hebrew took its stand, or was set upright.
shalt thou, &c. Figure of speech Erotesis. Compare the rejection of Moses, Exodus 2:14 ; and of Christ, Luke 19:14 .
eleven stars = the eleven signs of the Zodiac, Joseph being the twelfth. See note on Numbers 2:2 .
made obeisance. Compare Genesis 42:6 ; Genesis 43:26 ; Genesis 44:14 .
their father's flock. One of the fifteen expressions with the extraordinary points (see App-31 ), indicating a doubtful reading, and suggesting that they had gone to feed themselves and make merry.
the flock. With the omission in Genesis 37:12 these words are unnecessary.
Shechem. Was Jacob afraid after Genesis 34:25-30 ?
Dothan. On the high road to Egypt for caravans from the East.
conspired. Compare Matthew 27:1 .
dreamer. Hebrew master (or lord, Baal) of dreams.
and. Note the Figure of speech Polysyndeton ( App-6 ), emphasizing the deliberateness of their actions.
him = his soul. Hebrew. nephesh. App-13 .
that he might rid him, &c. Figure of speech Parenthesis , by way of explanation.
his coat. See on Genesis 37:3 .
sat down. Showing their indifference. Compare Genesis 42:21 and Matthew 27:36 .
company = caravan. There was a wellorganized trade in sixteenth dynasty.
Ishmeelites. Son 39:1 . In Genesis 37:28 and Genesis 37:36 called Midianites. Ishmael was the son of Abraham by Hagar (Genesis 16:11 , Genesis 16:12 ); Midian the son of Abraham by Keturah (Genesis 25:2 ). See Judges 8:24 , Judges 8:25 , where they were mixed together, and were distinguished only by their noserings. (Compare Genesis 24:47 ; Genesis 35:4 .Exodus 32:2 , &c.)
sell him. A Judas sold Joseph, and a Judas sold Christ. Slaves were in great demand in Egypt.
were content = hearkened.
Midianites. See note on Genesis 37:25 .
they, i.e. Joseph's brethren.
twenty. The number of disappointed expectancy. See App-10 .
whither. Figure of speech Erotesis.
go = go in, as though to hide himself
killed. Heb, shahath. See App-42 .
And. Note the Figure of speech Polysyndeton ( App-6 ), in verses: Genesis 37:33 , Genesis 37:34 , to emphasize the successive steps in Jacob's grief.
without doubt. Figure of speech Polyptoton , "tearing he has been torn". Deceived by the blood of a kid, as he had deceived his father with the skin of a kid, Genesis 27:16 .
all his daughters. See on Genesis 30:21 , or it may be Synecdoche (of the Part), App-6 , put for all his female relatives and granddaughters.
grave. Hebrew. Sheol, first occurance of word. See App-35 .
Potiphar = consecrated to Ra : one of the gods of lower Egypt.
captain of the guard. Compare 2 Kings 25:8 , 2 Kings 25:11 , 2 Kings 25:20 had charge of police, as well as military duties. The whole Chapter is the Figure of speech Parecbasis ( App-6 ).
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