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Matthew Henry

Matthew Henry's Complete Commentary - Genesis 48:1-7

Here, I. Joseph, upon notice of his father's illness, goes to see him; though a man of honour and business, yet he will not fail to show this due respect to his aged father, Gen. 48:1. Visiting the sick, to whom we lie under obligations, or may have opportunity of doing good, either for body or soul, is our duty. The sick bed is a proper place both for giving comfort and counsel to others and receiving instruction ourselves. Joseph took his two sons with him, that they might receive their... read more

John Gill

John Gills Exposition of the Bible Commentary - Genesis 48:2

And one told Jacob ,.... The same that came from Jacob to Joseph might be sent back by him to, his father, to let him know that he was coming to see him, or some other messenger sent on purpose; for it can hardly be thought that this was an accidental thing on either side: and said, behold, thy son Joseph cometh unto thee ; to pay him a visit, and which no doubt gave him a pleasure, he being his beloved son, as well as he was great and honourable: and Israel strengthened himself,... read more

Adam Clarke

Adam Clarke's Commentary on the Bible - Genesis 48:2

Israel strengthened himself, and sat upon the bed - He had been confined to his bed before, (see Genesis 47:31 ;), and now, hearing that Joseph was come to see him, he made what efforts his little remaining strength would admit, to sit up in bed to receive his son. This verse proves that a bed, not a staff, is intended in the preceding chapter, Genesis 47:31 . read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Genesis 48:1-22

Jacob's dying utterances. I. AN OLD MAN 'S SICK - BED . "It came to pass after these things, that one told Joseph, Behold, thy father is sick." In this the venerable patriarch— 1. Suffered an experience that is common to all . For nearly three half-centuries had this weather-beaten pilgrim been able to maintain himself erect amid the numberless vicissitudes of life. Strong, healthy, vigorous, and active too, he appears to have been until now, notwithstanding the... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Genesis 48:1-22

We are admitted into the inner chamber of the patriarch's departing life, and we see there the presence of Jehovah with him. He is— 1. The subject of inspiration . 2. The mediator of the Divine promises . He is under the control of purposes which have been swaying him all his life. 3. A witness to Divine faithfulness . The grandfather blessing the grandchildren. The blessing passes on to the third and fourth generation. Yet the human blessing is only the type of... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Genesis 48:2

And one told Jacob ( וַיַּגֵּד , also used impersonally, like וַיֹּאמֶר in Genesis 48:1 ), and said, Behold, thy son Joseph cometh unto thee: and Israel —the significance of this change of name it is impossible to overlook (cf. Genesis 45:27 , Genesis 45:28 )— strengthened himself (for the work which, as head of the theocratic family, he now felt himself inwardly moved to perform), and sat upon the bed — i.e. he raised himself up to a sitting posture. read more

Albert Barnes

Albert Barnes' Notes on the Whole Bible - Genesis 48:1-22

- Joseph Visits His Sick FatherThe right of primogeniture has been forfeited by Reuben. The double portion in the inheritance is now transferred to Joseph. He is the first-born of her who was intended by Jacob to be his first and only wife. He has also been the means of saving all his father’s house, even after he had been sold into slavery by his brethren. He has therefore, undeniable claims to this part of the first-born’s rights.Genesis 48:1-7After these things. - After the arrangements... read more

Joseph Benson

Joseph Benson's Commentary of the Old and New Testaments - Genesis 48:2-4

Genesis 48:2 ; Genesis 48:4 . Israel strengthened himself The tidings of Joseph’s approach refreshed his spirits, and gave him new strength: and he put forth all the strength he had. God blessed me And let that blessing be entailed upon them. God had promised him two things, a numerous issue, and Canaan for an inheritance. And Joseph’s sons, pursuant hereunto, should each of them multiply into a tribe, and each of them have a distinct lot in Canaan, equal with Jacob’s own sons. Set how... read more

Donald C. Fleming

Bridgeway Bible Commentary - Genesis 48:1-22

Words for Joseph and his sons (47:27-48:22)By insisting that Joseph bury him at Machpelah, Jacob showed his faith in God’s promises. He knew that Canaan would become the land of his people (27-31; cf. 23:17-20; 35:12; 46:4).Joseph’s two sons, Ephraim and Manasseh, were by now about twenty years old (see 41:50; 45:6; 47:28), and Joseph wanted his father to bless them before he died. This blessing was more than an expression of good wishes; it was an announcement believed to carry with it the... read more

E.W. Bullinger

E.W. Bullinger's Companion Bible Notes - Genesis 48:2

Jacob . . . Israel. See note on use of these names, Genesis 32:28 ; Genesis 43:8 ; Genesis 45:26 , Genesis 45:28 . sat upon the bed. This is neither leaning on it nor worshipping. Compare Genesis 48:12 . read more

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