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Thomas Coke

Thomas Coke Commentary on the Holy Bible - Genesis 47:26

Genesis 47:26. Joseph made it a law— Chandler remarks, that Joseph, to his honour, was so far from enslaving the country, that, with the consent of king and people, he settled both the rights of the crown and of the subject upon the foundation of an irrepealable law, and was the first who limited the power of their princes. This circumstance seems confirmed by Diodorus, who, among other instances of the good government of AEgypt, mentions this, b. 1: "That the people were not oppressed with... read more

Thomas Constable

Expository Notes of Dr. Thomas Constable - Genesis 47:13-27

God’s provision of land and food for Pharaoh 47:13-27This section demonstrates the fulfillment of Jacob’s blessing on Pharaoh (Genesis 46:31 to Genesis 47:6 and Genesis 47:7-10). Joseph was able to save Egypt and its neighbors from a very severe famine and to alleviate the desperate plight of the Egyptians. Pharaoh received money from Egypt and Canaan (Genesis 47:13-14), livestock (Genesis 47:15-17), land and slaves (Genesis 47:18-21; Genesis 47:23; Genesis 47:25), and 20 percent of future... read more

Thomas Constable

Expository Notes of Dr. Thomas Constable - Genesis 47:20-26

Early Greek writers, as well as monument evidence, seem to confirm Joseph’s political reforms and redistribution of land in Egypt. [Note: Herodotus, Diodorus Siculus, and Strabo. See Keil and Delitzsch, 1:379, and Cambridge Ancient History, 1:306-310.] In a very real sense Joseph became a savior of the Gentiles as well as the Jews. [Note: See Frankfort, pp. 36-43.] His 20 percent tax was generous compared to what is known elsewhere in the ancient Near East. [Note: Mathews, Genesis 11:27-50:26,... read more

John Dummelow

John Dummelow's Commentary on the Bible - Genesis 47:1-31

Joseph presents his Brethren and his Father to Pharaoh. He makes extensive Changes in the Land Tenure of Egypt6. Rulers over my cattle] The superintendenee of the royal flocks and herds would be a position of importance. 9. Few and evil, etc.] Abraham was 175 years and Isaac 180 years old at their death. Jacob, therefore, regarded his years as comparatively few. The ’evil ’times in his life are not difficult to trace.11. Land of Rameses] or Raamses. Evidently identical with the ’land of Goshen... read more

William Nicoll

Expositor's Dictionary of Texts - Genesis 47:1-31

Jacob's Retrospect of Life Genesis 47:7-9 I. Jacob had lived a long life as we should count it; one of half the length is as much as most men are able to look forward to. And he had lived a holy life; the one great sin of his youth had been punished by a long and hard discipline that had not been in vain. The father whom he had deceived had blessed him again without deceit; and the God of Bethel had been with him still ever since the hour of his first covenant with him. How could he complain... read more

William Nicoll

Expositor's Bible Commentary - Genesis 47:13-26

JOSEPH’S ADMINISTRATIONGenesis 41:37-57, Genesis 47:13-26"He made him lord of his house, and ruler of all his substance: To bind his princes at his pleasure; and teach his senators wisdom." Psalms 105:21-22."MANY a monument consecrated to the memory of some nobleman gone to his long home, who during life had held high rank at the court of Pharaoh, is decorated with the simple but laudatory inscription, ‘His ancestors were unknown people.’" -so we are told by our most accurate informant... read more

Arno Clemens Gaebelein

Arno Gaebelein's Annotated Bible - Genesis 47:1-31

CHAPTER 47 The Settlement in Goshen 1. Before Pharaoh (Genesis 47:1-10 ) 2. The settlement (Genesis 47:11-12 ) 3. Joseph’s wise administration (Genesis 47:13-26 ) 4. Jacob’s request (Genesis 47:27-31 ) Jacob and some of his sons were presented to Pharaoh, who received them graciously, and Jacob blessed Pharaoh. The great and powerful monarch of the great land of Egypt was blessed by the poor old Jacob. He is more than blessed, but a blesser, a type of what Israel is yet to be for the... read more

John Calvin

Geneva Study Bible - Genesis 47:26

47:26 And Joseph made it a law over the land of Egypt unto this day, [that] Pharaoh should have the fifth [part]; {h} except the land of the priests only, [which] became not Pharaoh’s.(h) Pharaoh, in providing for idolatrous priests, will be a condemnation to all those who neglect the true ministers of God’s word. read more

L.M. Grant

L. M. Grant's Commentary on the Bible - Genesis 47:1-31

In announcing to Pharaoh the coming of his father and his brothers, Joseph first introduces five of his brothers to him (vs.1-2). We are not told which ones, but they were likely those who could speak on behalf of their other brothers. They answer Pharaoh's question as to their occupation by confirming Joseph's word that they were shepherds as their fathers were, and that they desired to sojourn in Egypt because there was no pasture available in Canaan on account of the famine. They therefore... read more

James Gray

James Gray's Concise Bible Commentary - Genesis 47:1-31

JOSEPH ’S HISTORY DISPENSATIONAL ASPECT OF JACOB’S HISTORY Following F.W. Grant in the Numerical Bible, the life of Jacob gives as its lesson the story of that discipline by which the Spirit of God brings us from weakness to power, from nature’s strength to that wholesome weakness in which alone is strength. But for this, natural strength must be crippled, which is provided for in two ways: in allowing us to realize the power of another nature (Esau) and in the direct dealing of God with our... read more

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