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then all the privileges of the first born; pre-eminence over thy brethren, and a double portion above them.

XLIX. 4 Thou shalt not excel.

Thou art run abroad as water, that is spilt, which cannot be gathered up; thou shalt no more be eminent above thy brethren, &c.

XLIX. 5 Simeon and Levi are brethren; instruments of cruelly are in their habitations.

Simeon and Levi, which have too well consented together to do mischief, and were instruments of much cruelty in their agreement against the Shechemites.

XLIX. 6 O my soul, come not thou into their secret; unto their assembly, mine honour, be not thou united for in their anger they slew a man, and in their self-will they digged down a wall.

Let not my soul join with them in their consultations; neither let my reputation depend upon their meeting, which my heart abhorred; for in their wrath they slew the Shechemites, and in their self-will brake down the walls of their city.

XLIX. 7 I will divide them in Jacob, and scatter them in Israel. They shall have no certain habitations allowed to their tribes, but shall be mingled with their other brethren.

XLIX. 8 Judah, thou art he whom thy brethren shall praise. Judah, according as thy name imports, thou shalt have praise from thy brethren, who shall acknowledge thy princedom, in thy posterity, over them, &c.

XLIX. 10 The sceptre shall not depart from Judah, nor a lawgiver from between his feet, until Shiloh come; and unto him shall the gathering of the people be.

Judah shall have a known distinct tribe amongst his brethren and governors in the kingdom, of the same line, to bear rule until the time of Messiah coming; and the people shall yield their obedience to him.

XLIX. 11 Binding his foal unto the vine, and his ass's colt unto the choice vine; he washed his garments in wine, and his clothes in the blood of grapes:

He shall so abound with wines, that he shall load his asses with grapes, and even wash his garments with the juice of them.

XLIX. 12 His eyes shall be red with wine, and his teeth white with milk.

His posterity shall be abundantly furnished with wine and milk, vineyards and pastures.

XLIX. 13 Żebulun shall dwell at the haven of the sea; and he shall be for an haven of ships.

Zebulun shall be commodiously situated for his traffic, by the sea side towards Zidon.

XLIX. 14 Issachar is a strong ass couching down between two burdens.

Issachar shall be laborious and strong, more fit for subjection than command; and shall yield himself willingly to all impositions of labour and tributes.

XLIX. 16 Dan shall judge his people, as one of the tribes of Israel.

Dan, though he be the son of a bondwoman, yet shall attain Unto the dignity of ruling amongst the tribes of Israel; and shall aford some that shall sway the government.

XLIX. 17 Dan shall be a serpent by the way, an adder in the path, that biteth the horse heels.

His posterity shall enlarge their bounds, and prevail more by subtlety than strength; and therefore shall be like the serpent, &c. XLIX. 18 I have waited for thy salvation, O LORD.

And though this tribe shall pass through many oppressions and grievances, yet, O Lord, I do constantly expect thy gracious deliverance of him.

XLIX. 19 Gad, a troop shall overcome him: but he shall overcome at the last.

Gad shall be sore annoyed with the Ammonites, and other neighbouring nations, but shall at last prevail.

XLIX. 20 Out of Asher his bread shall be fat, and he shall yield royal dainties.

Concerning Asher, he shall be seated in a place of great fruitfulness and delicacy.

XLIX. 21 Napthali is a hind let loose: he giveth goodly words. Napthali shall be both swift to war, and yet gentle, and friendly to embrace and maintain peace.

XLIX. 22 Joseph is a fruitful bough, even a fruitful bough by a well; whose branches run over the wall:

Joseph shall be as a fruitful bough, set beside a fountain, whose branches shall run upon the wall, and have benefit of the reflec


XLIX. 23 The archers have sorely grieved him, and shot at him, and hated him:

His enemies bent themselves against him, as an archer doth his bow to shoot at a mark; and wrought all the mischief they could against him:

XLIX. 24 But his bow abode in strength, &c. Of the mighty God of Jacob; (from thence is the shepherd, the stone of Israel.) But his strength was able to match them in their own kind, &c. The God of Jacob, of whom and by whom Joseph was appointed, as a nourisher and refuge unto Israel.

XLIX. 26 The blessings of thy father have prevailed above the blessings of my progenitors unto the utmost bound of the everlasting hills.

The blessing of me, thy father, shall be the stronger upon thee, by being added unto the blessing of Abraham and Isaac, which all do light upon thee; and shall continue as long as there are hills

upon the earth.

XLIX. 27 Benjamin shall ravin as a wolf: in the morning he shall devour the prey, and at night he shall divide the spoil.

Benjamin shall be fierce and terrible in his wars, devouring his

enemies as a wolf his prey; and shall have his whole time taken up with the division and improving of the spoil.

L. 3 And the Egyptians mourned for him threescore and ten days. And the Egyptians bewailed him seventy days; whereof the forty days of embalming were a part.

L. 17 Forgive the trespass of the servants of the God of thy father.

Forgive the trespass of them, which, besides the bonds of nature, are tied unto thee with so near bonds of religion.

L. 19 Fear not for am I in the place of God?

Fear not for is not all this done by the will and disposition of that wise and holy God, which ordained this to good?

L. 23 The children also of Machir the son of Manasseh were brought up upon Joseph's knees.

The sons of Machir were a comfort to Joseph, their grandfather, in their education; who brought them up, and took pleasure in them.

L. 25 And ye shall carry up my bones from hence.

Ye shall, when ye depart out of Egypt, carry my bones hence with you, and bury them in the promised land.


I. 8 Now there arose up a new king over Egypt, which knew not Joseph.

A new king, for his laws and manner of government, which unthankfully forgot the great service, which Joseph had done to the kingdom and crown of Egypt.

I. 11 Therefore they did set over them taskmasters to afflict them with their burdens.

Therefore did they set over them taskmasters, of their own nation, that their cruelty might have the better pretence.

I. 20 Therefore God dealt well with the midwives.

God therefore prospered the midwives, because, out of a religious fear, they refrained from that cruel practice enjoined them, &c.

II. 4 And his Sister stood afar off.

His sister Miriam stood afar off, &c.

II. 11 And it came to pass in those days, when Moses was grown. And in those days, when Moses was now grown up to his best age, and was forty years old.

II. 12 And he looked this way and that way, and when he saw that there was no man, he slew the Egyptian, &c.

And, though he knew he had a secret calling to deliver the Israelites, yet because it was not publicly known, he carried himself wa rily in this business, and looked round about, &c.

II. 18 And when they came to Reuel their father.

Reuel, their grandfather.

II. 23 And it came to pass in process of time, that the king of Egypt died; and the children of Israel sighed by reason of the bondage.

Then, in process of time, this Pharaoh, from whom Moses fled, died; and the children of Israel, now in the change of the prince, hoping for some ease, bemoaned themselves earnestly to God.

III. 2 And the angel of the LORD appeared unto him. Then Christ, the Angel of the Covenant, appeared.

III. 5 Put off thy shoes from off thy feet, for the place whereon thou standest is holy ground.

In token of reverence and respect unto so holy a place, and in token of laying aside all carnal thoughts and affections, put off thy shoes.

III. 6 And Moses hid his face; for he was afraid to look upon God. Then Moses, in humility and awful adoration of the glory of God, which he held himself not worthy to behold, hid his face.

III. 8 And to bring them up out of that land unto a good land and a large, unto a land flowing with milk and honey.

Therefore, have I thought good to shew some testimonies of my presence; and intention of delivering them; and bringing them out of Goshen, into a land, which, in comparison thereof, is large, and exceeding fruitful in all useful commodities, both for necessity and pleasure.

III. 13 Behold, when I come unto the children of Israel, and shall say unto them, The God of your fathers hath sent me unto you. If the Israelites shall curiously inquire concerning thee; how, and in what terms, shall I describe thee unto them?

III. 14 I AM THAT I AM: and he said, Thus shalt thou say unto the children of Israel.

I am constantly and eternally unchangeable, being of myself, and that one, and the same, for ever: even thus shalt thou describe and express me to my people, the children of Israel.

IV. 6 Behold, his hand was leprous as snow.

And behold, his hand was as white with leprosy, as any snow. IV. 10 O my Lord, I am not eloquent, neither heretofore, nor since thou hast spoken unto thy servant: but I am slow of speech, and of a slow tongue.

I am not ready in speech, nor ever have been; neither hath thine appearance, which of all other things should be most effectual, altered me any whit at all; but I am naturally slack, and heavy of


IV. 11 Who hath made man's mouth? Or who maketh the dumb, or deaf, or the seeing, or the blind? Have not I the LORD?

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Who hath given to man the faculty of speech? Or who is the author of these infirmities, whereof thou complainest? Dost thou not consider that I the Lord, who now send thee, cause these where

I will, for just and holy purposes; and give ability of all parts and senses, at my pleasure?

IV. 13 O my Lord, send, I pray thee, by the hand of him whom thou wilt send.

0 my Lord, send, I pray thee, by the ministry of some other fitter man, than I am; whosoever it be.

IV. 16 Even he shall be to thee instead of a mouth, and thou shalt be to him instead of God.

Aaron shall speak to the people, as from thee; and thou shalt give direction and counsel to Aaron, as from God.

IV. 20 And Moses took his wife and his sons, and set them upon an ass, and he returned to the land of Egypt: and Moses took the rod of God in his hand.

And Moses took his wife, and his two sons, Gershom and Eleazar, and caused them to ride toward Egypt; and Moses took that rod, which God had given so miraculous experiments of, in his hand.

IV. 21 But I will harden his heart that he shall not let the people go.

But I will withdraw and withhold my grace from Pharaoh, so as he shall, through his own corruption, turn all those occasions, which I shall offer him for his repentance, unto the hardening of himself in a greater obstinacy of sinning.

IV. 22 Israel is my son, even my firstborn.

The children of Israel are' my chosen and adopted people; both before all other and above all other nations.

IV. 24 And it came to pass by the way in the inn, that the LORD met him, and sought to kill him.

The Lord appeared visibly unto him; and sensibly afflicted him with some sudden and violent disease, which he knew to be done, in regard of his neglect of his son's circumcision.

IV. 25 And cast it at his feet, and said, Surely a bloody husband art thou to me.

And, with indignation, she cast the foreskin at his feet; and said, It is for thy sake, that I am fain thus to shed the blood of this my child; therefore art thou to me a bloody husband.

V. 4 Get you unto your burdens.

O ye elders of Israel, which join with Moses and Aaron in this suit, Get you to your burdens.

V. 5 Behold the people of the land now are many, and you make them rest from their burdens.

Behold, the Israelites are a great people: should so many thousands leave their work, and go idle for your pleasure?

V. Ye shall no more give the people straw to make brick, as heretofore.

Ye shall give the Israelites no more straw; whether to mix with their clay, or to burn their bricks withal, &c.

V. 21 Because you have made our savour to be abhorred in the eyes of Pharaoh, and in the eyes of his servants, to put a sword in their hand to slay us.

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