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The New John Gill Exposition of the Entire Bible

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Genesis 48:7

And as for me, when I came from Padan
From Syria, from Laban's house: Rachel died by me in the land of Canaan;
his beloved wife, the mother of Joseph, on whose account he mentions her, and to show a reason why he took his sons as his own, because his mother dying so soon, he could have no more children by her; and she being his only lawful wife, Joseph was of right to be reckoned as the firstborn; and that as such he might have the double portion, he took his two sons as his own, and put them upon a level with them, even with Reuben and Simeon. By this it appears, as by the preceding account, that Rachel came with him into the land of Canaan, and there died: in the way, when yet [there was] but a little way to come unto Ephrath;
about a mile, or two thousand cubits, as Jarchi observes: and I buried her there in the way of Ephrath;
where she died, and dying in childbed, could not be kept so long as to carry her to Machpelah, the burying place of his ancestors; and especially as he had his flocks and herds with him, which could move but slowly; and what might make it more difficult to keep her long, and carry her thither, it might be, as Ben Melech conjectures, summertime; and the Vulgate Latin adds to the text, without any warrant from the original, "and it was springtime"; however, she was buried in the land of Canaan, and which is taken notice of, that Joseph might observe it: it follows, the same [is] Bethlehem;
that is, Ephrath; and so Bethlehem is called Bethlehem Ephratah, (Micah 5:2) ; whether these are the words of Jacob, or of Moses, is not certain, but said with a view to the Messiah, the famous seed of Jacob that should be born there, and was.

 


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Gill, John. "Commentary on Genesis 48:7". "The New John Gill Exposition of the Entire Bible". <http://classic.studylight.org/com/geb/view.cgi?book=ge&chapter=048&verse=007>. 1999.

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