Then there passed by Midianites merchants; and they drew and lifted up Joseph out of the pit…
1. Under the wise providence of God, helpers may come too late to so save oppressed.
2. Creatures as they intend, so may they do their utmost to save, when God will not have it so.
3. The pit, under God's disposal, giveth up to sale, when it is intended unto freedom.
4. Nature is apt to be passionate to rending cloths upon disappointments (ver. 29).
5. Brotherly affection disappointed, though not true, will make one fall upon disappointers with indignation.
6. Passiom may make men judge that not to be, which is, and so may make mourners.
7. Natural affection may put men to their wits' end upon disappointments, and fears of worse events (ver. 30).
(G. Hughes, B. D.)
Parallel VersesKJV: Then there passed by Midianites merchantmen; and they drew and lifted up Joseph out of the pit, and sold Joseph to the Ishmeelites for twenty pieces of silver: and they brought Joseph into Egypt.