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Matthew Henry

Matthew Henry's Complete Commentary - Genesis 50:15-21

We have here the settling of a good correspondence between Joseph and his brethren, now that their father was dead. Joseph was at court, in the royal city; his brethren were in Goshen, remote in the country; yet the keeping up of a good understanding, and a good affection, between them, would be both his honour and their interest. Note, When Providence has removed the parents by death, the best methods ought to be taken, not only for the preventing of quarrels among the children (which often... read more

John Gill

John Gills Exposition of the Bible Commentary - Genesis 50:19

And Joseph said unto them, fear not ,.... That any hurt would be done by him to them, or that he would use them ill for their treatment of him: for am I in the place of God ? to receive such homage from you, that you should be my servants, as Saadiah Gaon gives the sense; or rather to take vengeance for injury done, which belongs to God alone: or, "am I not under God" F21 התחת אלהים אני "annon enim sub Deo sum?" Vatablus. ? subject to him, a servant of his, and why should you... read more

Adam Clarke

Adam Clarke's Commentary on the Bible - Genesis 50:19

Am I in the place of God? - These words may be understood either as a question, or an affirmative proposition. How should I take any farther notice of your transgression? I have passed it by, the matter lies now between God and you. Or, in the order of Divine providence I am now in God's place; he has furnished me with means, and made me a distributor of his bounty; I will therefore not only nourish you, but also your little ones, Genesis 50:21 ; : and therefore he spake comfortably unto... read more

John Calvin

John Calvin's Commentary on the Bible - Genesis 50:19

Verse 19 19.Am I in the place of God? Some think that, in these words, he was rejecting the honor paid him: as if he would say, that it was unjustly offered to him, because it was due to God alone. But this interpretation is destitute of probability, since he often permitted himself to be addressed in this manner, and knew that the minds of his brethren were utterly averse to transfer the worship of God to mortal man. And I equally disapprove another meaning given to the passage, which makes... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Genesis 50:1-26

Retrospect and prospect. The fellowship of Egypt with the children of Israel in the burial of Jacob is full of significance. " A very great company went with them." "Abel-Mizraim" the Canaanites called it, "a grievous mourning to the Egyptians." It seemed to them altogether an Egyptian funeral. Yet we know that it was not. The work of God's grace will transform the world that it shall not be recognized. The funeral itself said, Egypt is not our home. It pointed with prophetic... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Genesis 50:15-26

The last of the house of Jacob. I. JOSEPH AND HIS BRETHREN ( Genesis 50:15-18 ). 1. The unworthy suspicion . After Jacob's death, Joseph's brethren began to fear lest he should seek to revenge himself on account of his early injuries. It was perhaps natural that such an apprehension should arise within their breasts, considering the enormity of the wickedness of which they had been guilty; but remembering all the tokens of Joseph's love which already they had received, it... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Genesis 50:19

And Joseph said unto them, Fear not: for am I in the place of God? — i.e. either reading the words as a question, Should I arrogate to myself what obviously belongs to Elohim, viz; the power and right of vengeance (Calvin, Kalisch, Murphy, 'Speaker's Commentary'), or the power to interfere with the purposes of God? (Keil, Rosenmüller); or, regarding them as an assertion, I am in God's stead, i.e. a minister to you for good (Wordsworth). read more

Albert Barnes

Albert Barnes' Notes on the Whole Bible - Genesis 50:1-26

- The Burial of Jacob10. אטד 'āṭâd Atad, “the buck-thorn.”11. מצרים אבל 'ābêl-mı̂tsrayı̂m, Abel-Mitsraim, “mourning of Mizraim,” or meadow of Mizraim.This chapter records the burial of Jacob and the death of Joseph, and so completes the history of the chosen family, and the third bible for the instruction of man.Genesis 50:1-3After the natural outburst of sorrow for his deceased parent, Joseph gave orders to embalm the body, according to the custom of Egypt. “His servants, the physicians.”... read more

Joseph Benson

Joseph Benson's Commentary of the Old and New Testaments - Genesis 50:19

Genesis 50:19. Am I in the place of God? Dare I usurp the prerogative of God, to whom it belongs to take vengeance? Or, can I do what I please with you, without God’s leave? Fear him rather than me, and upon your experience of his wonderful care of and kindness to you, be persuaded he will still befriend you, and therefore I will. Or, perhaps, in his great humility, he thought they showed him too much respect, and saith to them, in effect, as Peter to Cornelius, “Stand up; I myself also am... read more

Donald C. Fleming

Bridgeway Bible Commentary - Genesis 50:1-26

Deaths of Jacob and Joseph (49:29-50:26)Again Jacob insisted that he be buried at Machpelah, as a final witness that he died having the same faith as Abraham and Isaac (29-33; cf. 47:29-31). When Jacob died, Pharaoh declared an official time of mourning for him of seventy days. Pharaoh also sent a large group of officials and servants to Canaan with Jacob’s family to provide all necessary help and protection (50:1-9). The Canaanites were amazed that Egyptians should come all the way to Canaan... read more

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