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of my hand shalt thou require him: if I bring him not unto thee, 10 and set him before thee, then let me bear the blame for ever : For

except we had lingered, surely now we had returned this second 11 time. And their father Israel said unto them, If it must be

so now, do this; take of the best fruits in the land in your vessels, and carry down the man a present, a little balm, and a little honey,

Solomon shall be accounted offenders. 1 Ki. unto him: and they brought him forth, and set i. 21. Lay down now, put me in a surety him without the city (Sodom). Ge. xix. 16. with thee; who is he that will strike hands 11 If it must be so, &c.] God Almighty with me? (said Job, appealing from men to give you mercy before the man, that he may God). Job xvii. 3. Be surety for thy servant send away your other brother (Simeon). If I for good. Ps. cxix. 122. If he (Onesimus) be bereaved of my children, I am bereared. hath wronged thee, or oweth thee ought, put Ge. xliii. 14. Go, gather together all the Jews that on mine account. I Paul have written it that are present in Shushan, and fast for me, with mine own hand; I will repay it. Albeit and neither eat nor drink three days, night or I do not say to thee, how thou owest unto me, day: I also and my maidens (said Esther) even thine' own self besides. Phil. 18, 19. will fast likewise ; and so will I go in unto By so much was Jesus made a surety of a the king (to intercede for the Jews), which is better testament. He. vii. 22.

not according to law: and if I perish, I perish. Of my hand, &c.] Surely your blood of Es. iv. 16. And when he (Paul) would not be your lives will I require, at the hand of every persuaded (but would go up to Jerusalem), we beast will I require it; and at the hand of took up our carriages, and went up to Jeru. man, at the hand of every man's brother, will salem. Ac. xxi. 14. I require the life of man. Ge. ix. 5. That Carry down the man a present.) And (Jawhich was torn of beasts (said Jacob to Laban) cob) took a present for Esau his brother, two I brought not unto thee : I bare the loss of it; hundred she-goats and twenty he-goats, two of my hand didst thou require it, whether hundred ewes, and twenty rams (this present he stolen by day, or stolen by night. Ge. xxxi. sent over before him). Ge. xxxii. 13, 14, 15. 21. 39. When I say unto the wicked, Thou shalt with com. on verse 13. Behold, a company of surely die, and thou (the watchman of the Ishmeelites came from Gilead (when Josepk Lord) givest him not warning, nor speakest was thrown into the pit), with their camels to warn the wicked from his wicked way to bearing spicery, and balm, and myrrh, going save his life; the same wicked man shall die to carry it down into Egypt. Ge. xxxvi. 35. in his iniquity, but his blood will I require at And of Joseph he (Moses) said, Blessed of the thine hand. Again, when a righteous man Lord be his land, for the precious fruits doth turn from his righteousness and commit brought forth by the sun, and for the precious iniquity, and I lay a stumbling block before things put forth by the moon. De. Ixxi. him, he shall die; because thou hast not given 13, 14. Then said Saul to his servant him warning, be shall die in his sin, and his (being sent to seek his father's asses), Bat be. righteousness which he hath done shall not hold, if we go what shall we bring the man! be remembered: but his blood will I require For the bread is spent in our vessels, and three at thine band. Ex. iii. 18. 20. If the watch- is not a present to bring to the man of God: man see the sword come, and blow not the what have we? 1 Sa. ix. 7. And now this trumpet, and the people be not warned ; if blessing which thine handmaid (Abigail the the sword come, and take any person from wife of Nabal) hath brought unto my lord among them, he is taken away in his iniquity; (David), let it even be given unto the young but his blood will I require at the watchman's men that follow my lord. 1 Sa. xxv. 27. hand. When I say unto the wicked, 0 And Solomon reigned over all kingdoms, from wicked man, thou shalt surely die; if thou the river unto the land of the Philistines, and dost not speak to warn the wicked from his unto the border of Egypt. They brought way, that wicked man shall die in his iniquity; presents, and served Solomon all the days of but his blood will I require at thine hand. his life. I Ki. iv. 21. And they brought Ez. xxxii. 6. 8. I will send them prophets every man his present (to Solomon), vessels of and apostles, and some of them they shall slay silver, and vessels of gold, and garments, and and persecute ; that the blood of all the pro- armour, and spices, horses, and mules, a rate phets which was shed from the foundation of year by year. 1 Ki. X. 25. There is a the world may be required of this generation. league between me and thee (said king Asa is Lu. xi. 50.

Ben-hadad, king of Syria), and between my 10 Lingered.) And while he (Lot) lin- father and thy father : behold, I have sent gered, the men laid hold upon his hand, and unto thee a present of silver and gold : cone upon the hand of his wife, and upon the hand and break thy league with Baasha, king of of his two daughters ; the Lord being merciful Israel, that he may depart from me. I

spices, and myrrh, nuts, and almonds: And take double money in 12 your hand; and the money that was brought again in the mouth of your sacks, carry it again in your hand; peradventure it was an oversight: Take also your brother, and arise, go again unto the 13 man: And God Almighty give you mercy before the man, that he 14

xv. 19. And the king (Ben-hadad, of Syria), and for shields, and for all manner of pleasant said unto Hazael, Take a present in thine jewels. 2 Ch. xxxii. 27. How fair is thy hand, and go, meet the man of God (Elisha), love, my sister, my spouse ! how much better and enquire of the Lord by him, saying, Shall is thy love than wine! and the smell of thine I recover of this disease ? 2 Ki. viii. 8. And ointments than all spices! Thy plants are Ahaz took the silver and gold that was found spikenard and saffron; calamus and cinnamon, in the house of the Lord, and in the treasures with all trees of frankincense; myrrh and of the king's house, and sent it for a present aloes, with all the chief spices. Awake, o to the king of Assyria. 2 Ki. xvi. 8. At that north wind; and come, thou south ; blow upon time (when Isaiah caused the shadow to return my garden, that the spices thereof may now backward ten degrees in confirmation of Heze- out. Ca, iv. 10. 14. 16. I am come into my kiak's life being lengthened), Berodach-baladan, garden, my sister, my spouse : I have gathered the son of Baladan, king of Babylon, sent let- my myrrh with my spice; I have eaten my ters and a present unto Hezekiah : for he had honeycomb with my honey, &c. Ca. v. 1. heard that Hezekiah had been sick. 2 Ki. xx. Make haste, my beloved, and be thou like to a 12. Because of thy temple at Jerusalem shall roe, or to a young hart, upon the mountains kings bring presents unto thee. Ps. Ixviii. 29. of spices. Ca. viii. 14. The kings of Tarshish and of the isles shall 12 Double money, &c.] Provide things bring presents ; the kings of Sheba and Seba honest in the sight of all men. Ro. xii. 17. shall offer gifts. Ps. lxxii. 10. Surely the Owe no man any thing but to love one another. wrath of man shall praise thee: the remainder Ro. xiii. 8. Avoiding this, that no man should of wrath shalt thou restrain. Ps. lxxvi. 10. blame us; providing for honest things, not A man void of understanding striketh hands, only in the sight of the Lord, but in the sight and becometh surety in the presence of his of men. 2 Co. viii. 20, 21. Finally, brethren, friend. Pr. xvii. 18. Many will intreat the whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things favour of the prince, and every man is a friend are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatto him that giveth gifts. Pr. xix. 6. A gift soever things are pure, whatsoever things are in secret pacifieth anger: and a reward in the lovely, whatsoever things are of good report ; bosom strong wrath. Pr. xxi. 14. The men if there be any virtue, and if there be any of Dedan were thy merchants (Tyrus); many praise, think on these things. Phi. iv. 8. isles were the merchandise of thine hand: This is the will of God : that no man go bethey brought thee for a present horns of yond and defraud his brother in any matter; ivory, and ebony. Ez. xxvii. 15.

because that the Lord is the avenger of all A little balm.] A company of Ishmeelites such, as we also have forewarned you, and tescame from Gilead, with their camels bearing tified. 1 The. iv. 6. Prove all things; hold spicery, and balm, and myrrh, going to carry fast that which is good. I The. v. 21. We it down to Egypt. Ge. xxxvii. 25. Is there no trust we have a good conscience, in all things balm in Gilead ? is there no physician there? willing to live honestly. He. xiii. 18. why then is not the health of the daughter of The mouth of your sacks.] Then (after my people recovered ? Je. viii. 22. Judah binding Simeon) Joseph commanded to fill and the land of Israel, they were thy merchants their sacks with corn, and to restore every (Tyrus). They traded in thy market, wheat man's money into his sack. And it came to of Minnith and Pannag, and honey, and oil, pass as they (his brethren) emptied their sacks, and balm. Ex. xxvii. 17.

that, behold, every man's bundle of money Honey.) Ye shall inherit their land, and I was in his sack: and when both they and will give it unto you to possess it; a land that their father saw the bundles of money, they floweth with milk and honey. Le. XX. 24. were afraid. Ge. xlii. 25. 35.

Spices.] The weight of gold that came to 13 Take also your brother.] See chap. xlii. Solomon in one year was six hundred three- 38. and com. score and six talents of gold beside that he 14 And God Almighty give you mercy.] I (Solomon) had of the merchantmen, and of the am the Almighty God (said the Lord to traffick of the spice merchants, and of all the Abram): walk before me, and be thou perfect. kings of Arabia, and of the governors of the Ge. xvii. I. And Abraham called the name country. 1 Ki. x. 15. And Hezekiah had of that place (where he saw the ram, a substiexceeding much riches and honour; and he tute of Isaac, caught in a thicket by his horns) made himself treasuries for silver, and for Jehovah-jireh. Ge. xxii. 14. Deliver me, í gold, and for precious stones, and for spices, pray thee (O God of my father Abraham), from

may send away your other brother, and Benjamin. If I be be15 reaved of my children, I am bereaved. And the men took that

present, and they took double money in their hand, and Benjamin ;

and rose up, and went down to Egypt, and stood before Joseph. 16 And when Joseph saw Benjamin with them, he said to the ruler

of his house, Bring these men home, and slay, and make ready; 17 for these men shall dine with me at noon. And the man did as

Joseph bade; and the man brought the men into Joseph's house. 18 And the men were afraid, because they were brought into Joseph's

the hand of my brother, from the hand of Esau. (writes Paul), my own son in the faith : Grace, And he (the Lord) said, Thy name shall be mercy, and peace, from God our Father and called no more Jacob, but Israel; for as a Jesus Christ our Lord. Howbeit for this prince hast thou power with God and with cause I (Paul) obtained mercy, that in me men, and hast prevailed. Ge. xxxii. 11. 28. first Jesus Christ might shew forth all long. The Lord was with Joseph, and shewed him suffering, for a pattern to them which should mercy. Ge. xxxix. 21. Blessed be the God hereafter believe on him to life everlasting. of our fathers, which hath put such a thing 1 Ti. i. 2. 16. To Titus (writes St. Paul), as this in the king's (Artaxerres') heart, to mine own son after the common faith : Grace, beautify the house of the Lord, which is in mercy, and peace, from God the Father and Jerusalem. Ezr. vii. 27. O Lord, I beseech the Lord Jesus Christ our Saviour. Tit. I. 4 thee (said Nehemiah), let now thine ear be Grace be with you (writes St. John to tke eleet attentive to the prayer of thy servant, and to lady and her children), mercy, and peace, from the prayer of thy servants who desire to fear God the Father, and from the Lord Jesus thy name: and prosper, I pray thee, thy ser- Christ, the Son of the Father, in truth and love. vant this day, and grant him mercy in the 2 John 3. sight of this man (Artaxerxes). For I was If I be bereaved.] See verse ll, and cos. the king's cup-bearer. Ne. i. 11. Go, gather and verse 14. together all the Jews that are

esent in Shu

16 The ruler of his house.] And they (Joshan, and fast ye for me; and so will I (Esther) seph's brethren) came near to the steward of go in unto the king, which is not according to Joseph's house, and they communed with him the law: and if I perish, I perish. Es. iv. 16. at the door. Ge. xliji. 19. And Abram said, Commit thy way unto the Lord. Trust also Lord God, what wilt thou give me, seeing lo in him, and he shall bring it to pass. And childless, and the steward of my house is this he shall bring forth thy righteousness as the Eliezer of Damascus ? Ge. xv. 2. and com. light, and thy judgment as the noon-day. Slay.) And Abraham gave a great feast Rest in the Lord, and wait patiently for him; the same day that Isaac was weaned. Ge. ari. fret not thyself, because of him who prospereth 8, and com. Then Jacob (haring made tee in his way ; because of the man who bringeth covenant with Laban) offered sacrifice upon wicked devices to pass. Ps. xxxvii. 5, 6, 7. the mount (at Galeed), and called his brethren Shew us thy mercy, O Lord, and grant us thy to eat bread. Ge. xxxi. 54. Shall I then salvation. Ps. lxxxv. 7. For the Lord is take my bread and my water (said Nabal to good; his mercy is everlasting, and his truth David's servants), and my flesh, that I have endureth to all generations. Ps. c. 5. Let killed for my shearers, and give it unto men thy mercies come also unto me, O Lord; even whom I know not whence they be? 1 Sa thy salvation, according to thy word. Ps.

xxv. 11. cxix. 41. When a man's ways please the 18 The men were afraid.] And they (Jo. Lord, he maketh even his enemies to be at seph's brethren) said one to another, We are peace with him.

Pr. xvi. 7. The king's verily guilty concerning our brother. And be heart is in the hand of the Lord as the rivers (who found his money in his sack's mouth) said of water : he turneth it whithersoever he will. unto his brethren, My money is restored, and, Pr. xxi. 1. Sing, O heavens, and be joyful, lo, it is even in my sack; and their heart O earth; and break forth into singing, O failed them. And when both they and their mountains: for the Lord hath comforted his father saw the bundles of money they were people, and will have mercy upon his afflicted. afraid. Ge. xlii. 21. 28. 35. And Manoah Is. xlix. 13. And his mercy is on them that said unto his wife, We shall surely die, because fear him from generation to generation. Lu. we have seen God. Ju. xiii. 22. A dreadfal i. 50. And (God) delivered him (Joseph) out sound is in his (the wicked man's) ears: na of all his afflictions. Ac. vii. 10. And when prosperity the destroyer shall come opea he (Paul) would not be persuaded (to shun him. He (the wicked man) believeth not that Jerusalem), we ceased, saying, The will of the he shall return out of darkness, and he is Lord be done. Ac. xxi. 14. Unto Timothy waited for of the sword. Job xv. 21, 22

house ; and they said, Because of the money that was returned in our sacks at the first time are we brought in; that he may seek occasion against us, and fall upon us, and take us for bondmen, and our asses. And they came near to the steward of Joseph's 19 house, and they communed with him at the door of the house, And said, O sir, we came indeed down at the first time to buy 20 food: And it came to pass, when we came to the inn, that we 21 opened our sacks, and, behold, every man's money was in the mouth of his sack, our money in full weight: and we have brought it again in our hand. And other money have we brought down in 22 our hands to buy food: we cannot tell who put our money in our sacks. And he said, Peace be to you, fear not: your God, and 23 the God of your father, hath given you treasure in your sacks: I had your money. And he brought Simeon out unto them. And 24

There were they in great fear, where no fear the old man said (to the Levite seeking his was. Ps. liii. 5. When I thought to know concubine), Peace be with thee; however, let this, it was too painful for me. Ps. Ixxiii. 16. all thy wants lie upon me, only lodge not in And it was told the house of David, saying, the street. Ju. xix. 20. And thus shall ye Syria is confederate with Ephraim: and his say to him that liveth in prosperity; Peace be heart was moved, and the heart of his people, both to thee, and peace be to thine house, and as the trees of the wood are moved with the peace be unto all that thou hast (was the meswind. Is. vii. 2. And when the disciples sage of David to Nabal). 1 Sa. xxv. 6. Then saw him (Jesus) walking on the sea, they were the Spirit came upon Amasai, who was chief troubled, saying, It is a spirit; and they cried of the captains, and he said, Thine are we, out for fear. But straightway Jesus spake David, and on thy side, thou son of Jesse : unto them, saying, Be of good cheer : it is I; peace, peace be unto thee, and peace be to be not afraid. Mat. xiv. 26, 27. But when thine helpers; for thy God helpeth thee. Herod heard " thereof(of Christ's preach- 1 Ch. xii. 18. Then sent the king (Artaxerxes) ing"), he said, It is John, whom I beheaded ; an answer unto Rehum the chancellor, and to he is risen from the dead. Mar. vi. 16. Shimshai the scribe, and to the rest of their

Seek occasion.) But his (Samson's) father companions that dwell in Samaria, and unto and mother knew not that it was of the Lord the rest beyond the river, Peace, and at such that he sought an occasion against the Philis- a time. Ezra iv. 17. Into whatsoever house tines (in desiring a wife of them). Ju. xiv. 4. ye enter, first say, Peace be to this house. They (the youth, in contempt,) came upon me

Lu. X. 5. And as they (the two disciples as a wide breaking in of waters : in the desola- going to Emmaus) thus spake, Jesus himself tion they rolled themselves upon me. Job stood in the midst of them, and saith unto XXX. 14. But sin, taking occasion by the them, Peace be unto you. Lu. xxiv. 36. commandment, wrought in me all manner of Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto concupiscence. Ro. vii. 8.

you: not as the world giveth give I unto you. 20 We came indeed down.] See verse Let not your heart be troubled; neither let it 3. 7. Joseph's ten brethren went down to be afraid. John xiv. 27. The same day (that buy corn in Egypt; and they said unto him Mary Magdelene told them that she had seen (Joseph), To buy food are thy servants come. the Lord), at evening, being the first day of And as one of them (on his return homeward) the week, when the doors were shut where opened his sack to give his ass provender, he the disciples were assembled for fear of the espied his money ; for, behold, it was in his Jews, came Jesus and stood in the midst, and saek's mouth. And it came to pass as they saith unto them, Peace be unto you. John emptied their sacks (in the land of Canaan), xx. 19. Then said Jesus to them again, Peace behold, every man's bundle of money was in be unto you. And after eight days, again his his sack. Ge. xlii. 3. 10. 27. 35.

disciples were within, and Thomas with them : 21 We have brought it again.] See verse 12. then came Jesus, the doors being shut, and and com. Let your conversation be without stood in the midst, and said, Peace be unto covetousness, and be content with such things you. John xx. 21. 26. as ye have. He, xiii. 5.

And he brought Simeon out unto them.] See 23 Peace be to you.] And the Lord said verse 14. And he (Joseph) turned himself unto him (Gideon), Peace be unto thee : fear about from them (his brethren), and wept. not (for he feared, having seen the angel of the And Jacob their father (upon their return) Lord); thou shalt not die. Ju. vi. 23. And said unto “ them” (“his sons”), Me have ye

the man brought the men into Joseph's house, and gave them

water, and they washed their feet; and he gave their asses pro25 vender. And they made ready the present against Joseph came 26 at noon : for they heard that they should eat bread there. And

when Joseph came home, they brought him the present which was in their hand into the house, and bowed themselves to him to the

And he asked them of their welfare, and said, Is your father well, the old man of whom ye spake? Is he yet alive? 28 And they answered, Thy servant our father is in good health, he

is yet alive. And they bowed down their heads, and made obei29 sance. And he lifted up his eyes, and saw his brother Benjamin,

his mother's son, and said, Is this your younger brother, of wbom

bereaved of my children: Joseph is noteach other of their welfare. Ex. xviii. 7. Simeon is not, and ye will take Benjamin And “they" (the "five men" who went to spy away. Ge. xlii. 24. 36.

out the country of Laish) turned thitherward, 24 Gave them water, &c.] See Ge. xviii. 4. and came to the house of the young man, the and com.

Levite, even unto the house of Micah, and 25 See verse ll. 16.

saluted him. Ju. xviii. 15. David left his 26 Bowed themselves, &c.] See verse 28. carriage in the hand of the keeper of the car. Let people serve thee (said Isaac to Jacob), riage, and ran into the army, and came and and nations bow down to thee; be lord over saluted his brethren. 1 Sa. xvii. 22 And thy brethren, and let thy mother's sons bow David sent out ten young men. And David down to thee. Ge. xxvii. 29. And his (Jo- said unto the young men, Get you up to Carseph's) brethren said to him, Shalt thou indeed mel, and go to Nabal, and greet him in my reign over us? And his father rebuked him name. 1 Sa. xxv. 5. When Tou king of (having told his dreams), and said unto him, Hamath heard how David bad smitten all Shall I and thy mother and thy brethren the host of Hadarezer king of Zobah, he sent indeed come to bow down ourselves to thee to Hadoram his son to king David, to enquire of the earth ? And (when Joseph was sent by his welfare, and to congratulate him. I calle his father to visit his brethren) they said one xviii. 9, 10. to another, Behold, this dreamer cometh. The old man of whom ye spake.] We art Come now therefore, and let us slay him, and all one man's sons. Thy servants are twelve cast him into some pit, and we will say, Some brethren, the sons of one man in the land of evil beast hath devoured him; and we shall Canaan. Ge. xlii. 11. 13. see what will become of his dreams. Ge. 28 And they bowed down their heads, &c) xxxvii. 8. 10. 19, 20. And Joseph was the See verse 26. and com. governor over the land; and he it was that Obeisance.] See Ex. xviii. 7. in com. sold to all the people of the land ; and Joseph's verse 27. It came to pass on the third day, brethren came and bowed themselves before that, behold, a man (the Amalekite wie killed him with their faces to the earth. Ge. xlii. 6. Saul) came out of the camp from Saul, with They that dwell in the wilderness shall bow his clothes rent and earth upon his head : and themselves before him. The kings of Sheba so it was, when he came to David, that he fell and Seba shall offer gifts. Ps. lxxii. 9, 10. to the earth, and did obeisance. 2 Sa i. 2. It is written, As I live, saith the Lord, every And when the woman of Tekoah spake to the knee shall bow to me, and every tongue shall king (David, interceding for Absalon's retwa), confess to God. Ro. xiv. 11. At the name she fell on her face to the ground, and did of Jesus every knee shall bow, of things in obeisance. 2 Sa. xiv. 4. And Bath-sheba heaven, and things in earth, and things under bowed, and did obeisance unto the king (interthe earth. And that every tongue should ceding that Solomon should reign after Daniel confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory 1 Ki. i. 16. Now after the death of Jehoiada of God the Father. Phi. ii. 10, 11.

(the priest) came the princes of Judah, and 27 Welfare.) And he (Jacob) said to him, made obeisance to the “ king" ("Jossh"). Go, I pray thee, see whether it be well with 2 Ch. xxiv. 17. thy brethren, and well with the flocks, and 29 His mother's son.] God remembered bring me word again. Ge. xxxvii. 14. Joseph Rachel, and God hearkened unto her, and answered Pharaoh (having heard his dream), opened her womb; and she conceived and saying, It is not in me; God shall give Pha- bare a son, and said, God hath taken aways raoh an answer of peace. Ge. xli. 16. Moses reproach: and she called his name Joseph, sed went out to meet his father in law, and did said, The Lord shall add to me another son obeisance, and kissed him; and they asked Ge. xxx. 22–24. And it came to pass, when

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