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found, both let him die, and we also will be my lord's bondmen,"
trasb "? (Gen. 44: 9,17). " And he said, He shall be my servant"
1a5. " Let thy servant abide instead of the lad, a bondman to my
lord," "mb 1a3 (Gen. 44: 33). It signifies here the most degraded
slavery, but it was a slavery into which the brethren of Joseph
well knew they had themselves, many years previous, most
diabolically sold their own brother, for twenty pieces of silver.
They were now threatened with the same bondage. Condition of the
Israelites in Eg-ypt. The question next arises, in the order of the
history, whether any of the great store of servants spoken of as
formerly belonging to Jacob's household, went down with him into
Egypt to settle there. No mention is made of them, and only his own
posterity are particularized in the census. " And Jacob rose up
from Beersheba, and the sons of Israel carried Jacob their father,
and their little ones, and their wives, in the wagons which Pharaoh
had sent to carry him. And they took their cattle, and their goods,
which they had gotten in the land of Canaan, and came into Egypt,
Jacob, and all his seed with him. His sons and his sons' sons with
him, his daughters and his sons' daughters, and all his seed
brought he with him into Egypt" (Gen. 46: 5, 7). " All the souls
that came with Jacob into Egypt, which came out of his loins,
besides Jacob's sons' wives, all the souls threescore and six
(46:26). The enumeration here is simply all that came out of
Jacob's loins; it does not prove that none others were with them;
and Joseph is said to have " nourished his father, and his
brethren, and all his father's household, with bread, according to
their families" (47:12). ma-bsnx']. Joseph's own enumeration to
Pharaoh was: " My father, and my brethren, and their flocks...
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