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Matthew Henry

Matthew Henry's Complete Commentary - Genesis 47:1-12

Here is, I. The respect which Joseph, as a subject, showed to his prince. Though he was his favourite, and prime-minister of state, and had had particular orders from him to send for his father down to Egypt, yet he would not suffer him to settle till he had given notice of it to Pharaoh, Gen. 47:1. Christ, our Joseph, disposes of his followers in his kingdom as it is prepared of his Father, saying, It is not mine to give, Matt. 20:23. II. The respect which Joseph, as a brother, showed to his... read more

John Gill

John Gills Exposition of the Bible Commentary - Genesis 47:11

And Joseph placed his father and his brethren, and gave them a possession in the land of Egypt ,.... Houses to dwell in, lands to till, and pastures to feed their flocks and herds in: in the best of the land, in the land of Rameses, as Pharaoh commanded ; according to Jarchi and Aben Ezra, the land of Rameses was a part of the land of Goshen: Jerom F15 De locis Heb. fol. 94. A. says, that Rameses was a city the children of Israel built in Egypt, and that the province was formerly... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Genesis 47:11

And Joseph placed his father and his brethren ( i.e. gave them a settlement, the import of which the next clause explains), and gave them a possession ( i.e. allowed them to acquire property) in the land of Egypt, in the best of the land, in the land of Rameses ,—either that district of Goshen in which Jacob and his family first settled (Michaelis, Rosenmüller), or, what seems more probable, the land of Goshen itself ( LXX ; Keil, Hengstenberg, Kalisch, et alii ) , being so... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Genesis 47:11-12

The settlement of the children of Israel in Goshen. I. A CONSUMMATION . Distinctly the act of Joseph, under the command of Pharaoh. 1. The fruit of righteousness reaped. 2. The fulfillment of God's word. II. A NEW LIFE BASED UPON THE TESTIMONY OF DIVINE GRACE . The weak things have been proved mighty, the elect of God has been exalted. The " best of the land " is for the seed of the righteous: "The meek shall inherit the earth." Goshen the type of the... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Genesis 47:11-27

Joseph's policy in Egypt. I. TOWARDS THE ISRAELITES . 1. He gave them a settlement in Goshen . Though in one sense the land of Goshen was Pharaoh's grant, it is apparent from the story that they owed it chiefly to the wise and prudent management of Joseph that they found themselves located in the fattest corner of the land. In thus providing for them Joseph had without doubt an eye to their enrichment, to their separation as a people from the Egyptian inhabitants of the land,... read more

Albert Barnes

Albert Barnes' Notes on the Whole Bible - Genesis 47:1-31

- Jacob in Goshen11. רעמסס ra‛mesês, Ra‘meses “son of the sun.”31. מטה mı̂ṭṭāh, “bed.” מטה maṭṭeh “staff.”Arrangements are now made for the settlement of Israel in Goshen. The administration of Joseph during the remaining years of the famine is then recorded. For the whole of this period his father and brothers are subject to him, as their political superior, according to the reading of his early dreams. We then approach to the death-bed of Jacob, and hear him binding Joseph by an oath to... read more

Donald C. Fleming

Bridgeway Bible Commentary - Genesis 47:1-12

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 47:11

Rameses. Later name of Goshen. See Exodus 1:11 . as = according as. read more

James Burton Coffman

Coffman Commentaries on the Bible - Genesis 47:11-12

"And Joseph placed his father and his brethren, and gave them a possession in the land of Egypt, in the best of the land, in the land of Rameses, as Pharaoh commanded. And Joseph nourished his father, and his brethren, and all his father's household, with bread, according to their families.""The land of Rameses ..." This was authored by Moses, writing long after these events, as an identification of Goshen which his generation would be able to understand. Rameses, a city later built in Goshen,... read more

Thomas Coke

Thomas Coke Commentary on the Holy Bible - Genesis 47:11

Genesis 47:11. In the land of Rameses— Some great writers are of opinion, that Rameses is the name of a king, and that the part assigned to the family of Jacob belonged to the royal territories. There was certainly a king of this name among the kings of AEgypt. Others suppose, that this was the name of a province in the land of Goshen, assigned to Joseph's family, and that the city mentioned, Exo 1:11 was denominated from the province. The former opinion, however, which is Sir John Marsham's,... read more

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