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Matthew Henry

Matthew Henry's Complete Commentary - Genesis 46:5-27

Old Jacob is here flitting. Little did he think of ever leaving Canaan; he expected, no doubt, to die in his nest, and to leave his seed in actual possession of the promised land: but Providence orders it otherwise. Note, Those that think themselves well settled may yet be unsettled in a little time. Even old people, who think of no other removal than that to the grave (which Jacob had much upon his heart, Gen. 37:35; 42:38), sometimes live to see great changes in their family. It is good to... read more

John Gill

John Gills Exposition of the Bible Commentary - Genesis 46:27

And the sons of Joseph, which were born in Egypt, were two souls ,.... Ephraim and Manasseh; which is observed to show that they do not come into the above reckoning, but are to be taken into another that follows: all the souls of the house of Jacob, which came into Egypt, were threescore and ten ; here it may be observed, the phrase is varied; it is not said, "all the souls which came out of the loins of Jacob", but "all the souls of the house" or family of Jacob; all that that... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Genesis 46:1-34

The descent of Jacob and his family into Egypt. I. THE DEPARTURE FROM CANAAN ( Genesis 46:1-7 ). 1. The journey to Beersheba . Distant from Hebron somewhere over twenty miles, Beersheba lay directly in the way to Egypt. Yet doubtless the chief motive for halting at "the well of the oath" consisted in the fact that it had been, so to speak, consecrated by the previous encampments of Abraham and Isaac, by the altars they had there erected, and the revelations they had there... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Genesis 46:8-27

The beginning of the nation. "The souls of the house of Jacob which came into Egypt were threescore and ten." The number seventy became afterwards a symbolic number among the Israelites- as in the seventy elders of Moses, the seventy of the Sanhedrim, the seventy of the Alexandrian version of the Scriptures, the seventy disciples of the Lord, the seventy heathen nations of the world according to the Jews. There may be something in the combination of numbers. Seventy is 7 × 10. Ten is the... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Genesis 46:26-27

All the souls that came with Jacob into Egypt, which came out of his loins, besides Jacob's sons' wives, all the souls were threescore and six; and the sons of Joseph, which were born him in Egypt, were two souls: all the souls of the house of Jacob, which came into Egypt, were threescore and ten. According to the LXX . the number of Joseph's sons was nine; and the number of those who came with Jacob into Egypt seventy five, a number adopted by Stephen ( Acts 7:14 ). The apparent... read more

Albert Barnes

Albert Barnes' Notes on the Whole Bible - Genesis 46:1-34

- Jacob Goes Down to Egypt9. פלוּא pallû', Pallu, “distinguished.” חצרן chetsrôn, Chetsron, of the “court,” or “village.” כרמי karmı̂y, Karmi, “vine-dresser.”10. ימוּאל yemû'êl, Jemuel, “day of El.” ימין yâmı̂yn, Jamin, “right hand.” אהד 'ôhad, Ohad, “joining together.” יכין yâkı̂yn, Jakin, “he shall establish.” צחר tsôchar, Tsochar, “whiteness.”11. גרשׁון gêreshôn, Gereshon, “expelling.” קהת qehâth, Qehath, “assembly.” מררי merârı̂y, Merari, “flowing, bitter.”12. חמוּל châmûl,... read more

Donald C. Fleming

Bridgeway Bible Commentary - Genesis 46:1-34

The migration to Egypt (46:1-47:12)As they were leaving Canaan for Egypt, Jacob and his family stopped to worship God at Beersheba, the last town in Canaan. Here God told Jacob that, though he would die in Egypt, his descendants would one day return and possess the land (46:1-4). Jacob’s family, at the time of the move to Egypt, numbered about seventy people (5-27).Knowing that Egyptians did not like to live alongside people who kept sheep or cattle, Joseph told his brothers to tell Pharaoh... read more

E.W. Bullinger

E.W. Bullinger's Companion Bible Notes - Genesis 46:27

threescore and ten. 7 x 10. See App-10 . These seventy (Exodus 1:5 .Ruth 4:11; Ruth 4:11 ) are in contrast with the seventy nations of Genesis 10:0 , and in correspondence with the seventy elders (Exodus 24:1 .Numbers 11:16; Numbers 11:16 ). read more

James Burton Coffman

Coffman Commentaries on the Bible - Genesis 46:8-27

THE SEVENTYHere we shall vary our usual procedure of recording the sacred text and present the list of names in outline form for greater clarity:THE NAMES OF THE FAMILY OF LEAH REUBENSIMEONLEVIJUDAHISSACHARZEBULUN Hanoch, Pallu, Hezron,CarmiJemuel, Jamin, Ohad, Jachin, Zohar and ShaulGershon, Kohath and MerariEr, Onan, Shelah, Perez and ZerahTola, Puvah, Iob and Shimron.Sered, Elon and Jahleel Note also that two sons of Pharez, Hezron and Hamul are given in Genesis 46:12. Therefore, we add... read more

Thomas Coke

Thomas Coke Commentary on the Holy Bible - Genesis 46:27

Genesis 46:27. All the souls—which came into AEgypt, were threescore and ten— In the former verse, all the souls which came with Jacob into AEgypt, and out of his loins, we are told, were threescore and six; add to these Jacob himself, Joseph and his two sons, and you have the number of threescore and ten. Concerning the difference in calculation in this verse and in Act 7:14 the authors of the Universal History observe, "That it may be accounted for in this manner:—St. Stephen follows the... read more

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