New International Version
He himself went on ahead and bowed down to the ground seven times as he approached his brother.
King James Bible
And he passed over before them, and bowed himself to the ground seven times, until he came near to his brother.
Darby Bible Translation
And he passed on before them, and bowed to the earth seven times, until he came near to his brother.
World English Bible
He himself passed over in front of them, and bowed himself to the ground seven times, until he came near to his brother.
Young's Literal Translation
And he himself passed over before them, and boweth himself to the earth seven times, until his drawing nigh unto his brother,
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CommentaryClarke's Commentary on the Bible
He put the handmaids and their children foremost - There is something so artificial in this arrangement of Jacob's family, that it must have had some peculiar design. Was Jacob still apprehensive of danger, and put those foremost whom he least esteemed, that if the foremost met with any evil, those who were behind might escape on their swift beasts? Genesis 32:7, Genesis 32:8. Or did he intend to keep his choicest treasure to the last, and exhibit his beautiful Rachel and favourite Joseph after Esau had seen all the rest, in order to make the deeper impression on his mind?
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Subdivision B. At Jacob's Well, and at Sychar. ^D John IV. 5-42. ^d 5 So he cometh to a city of Samaria, called Sychar, near to the parcel of ground that Jacob gave to his son Joseph. 6 and Jacob's well was there. [Commentators long made the mistake of supposing that Shechem, now called Nablous, was the town here called Sychar. Sheckem lies a mile and a half west of Jacob's well, while the real Sychar, now called 'Askar, lies scarcely half a mile north of the well. It was a small town, loosely called …
J. W. McGarvey—The Four-Fold Gospel
He put the female servants and their children in front, Leah and her children next, and Rachel and Joseph in the rear.
Now Joseph was the governor of the land, the person who sold grain to all its people. So when Joseph's brothers arrived, they bowed down to him with their faces to the ground.
When Joseph came home, they presented to him the gifts they had brought into the house, and they bowed down before him to the ground.
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