Genesis 41:52
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New International Version
The second son he named Ephraim and said, "It is because God has made me fruitful in the land of my suffering."

King James Bible
And the name of the second called he Ephraim: For God hath caused me to be fruitful in the land of my affliction.

Darby Bible Translation
And the name of the second he called Ephraim -- For God has caused me to be fruitful in the land of my affliction.

World English Bible
The name of the second, he called Ephraim: "For God has made me fruitful in the land of my affliction."

Young's Literal Translation
and the name of the second he hath called Ephraim: 'for, God hath caused me to be fruitful in the land of mine affliction.'

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Clarke's Commentary on the Bible

Two sons - Whom he called by names expressive of God's particular and bountiful providence towards him. Manasseh, מנשה menashsheh, signifies forgetfulness, from נשה nashah, to forget; and Ephraim, אפרים ephrayim, fruitfulness, from פרה parah, to be fruitful; and he called his sons by these names, because God had enabled him to forget all his toil, disgrace, and affliction, and had made him fruitful in the very land in which he had suffered the greatest misfortune and indignities.

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge


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1711. called he.

Genesis 29:32-35 And Leah conceived, and bore a son, and she called his name Reuben: for she said, Surely the LORD has looked on my affliction...

Genesis 30:6-13 And Rachel said, God has judged me, and has also heard my voice, and has given me a son: therefore called she his name Dan...

Genesis 50:23 And Joseph saw Ephraim's children of the third generation...

Ephraim. i.e., Fruitful.

Genesis 48:16-19 The Angel which redeemed me from all evil, bless the lads; and let my name be named on them...

Genesis 49:22 Joseph is a fruitful bough, even a fruitful bough by a well; whose branches run over the wall:

Isaiah 40:1,2 Comfort you, comfort you my people, said your God...

the land.

Psalm 105:17,18 He sent a man before them, even Joseph, who was sold for a servant...

Amos 6:6 That drink wine in bowls, and anoint themselves with the chief ointments: but they are not grieved for the affliction of Joseph.

Acts 7:10 And delivered him out of all his afflictions, and gave him favor and wisdom in the sight of Pharaoh king of Egypt...

The Covenant of Works
Q-12: I proceed to the next question, WHAT SPECIAL ACT OF PROVIDENCE DID GOD EXERCISE TOWARDS MAN IN THE ESTATE WHEREIN HE WAS CREATED? A: When God had created man, he entered into a covenant of life with him upon condition of perfect obedience, forbidding him to eat of the tree of knowledge upon pain of death. For this, consult with Gen 2:16, 17: And the Lord commanded the man, saying, Of every tree of the garden thou mayest freely eat; but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt
Thomas Watson—A Body of Divinity

The First Chaldaean Empire and the Hyksos in Egypt
Syria: the part played by it in the ancient world--Babylon and the first Chaldaean empire--The dominion of the Hyksos: Ahmosis. Some countries seem destined from their origin to become the battle-fields of the contending nations which environ them. Into such regions, and to their cost, neighbouring peoples come from century to century to settle their quarrels and bring to an issue the questions of supremacy which disturb their little corner of the world. The nations around are eager for the possession
G. Maspero—History Of Egypt, Chaldaea, Syria, Babylonia, and Assyria, V 4

Cross References
Genesis 17:6
I will make you very fruitful; I will make nations of you, and kings will come from you.

Genesis 28:3
May God Almighty bless you and make you fruitful and increase your numbers until you become a community of peoples.

Genesis 41:51
Joseph named his firstborn Manasseh and said, "It is because God has made me forget all my trouble and all my father's household."

Genesis 41:53
The seven years of abundance in Egypt came to an end,

Genesis 48:1
Some time later Joseph was told, "Your father is ill." So he took his two sons Manasseh and Ephraim along with him.

Genesis 48:14
But Israel reached out his right hand and put it on Ephraim's head, though he was the younger, and crossing his arms, he put his left hand on Manasseh's head, even though Manasseh was the firstborn.

Genesis 49:22
"Joseph is a fruitful vine, a fruitful vine near a spring, whose branches climb over a wall.

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