Then there passed by Midianites merchants; and they drew and lifted up Joseph out of the pit…
1. Hypocrisy may admit trouble in some evil, but conspires wilfully to do other. Reuben with them.
2. The coat of innocency may be made a cloak to cover cruelty.
3. Cruelty makes use of policy to hide itself from discovery. Kid's blood for man's.
4. Sinners' subtlety sometimes to put it off from themselves, makes evil worse than it is. Blood without blood (ver. 31.)
5. Beastly acting sinners use, to turn over their sins to beasts (so if the word be striking through).
6. The guilty have their harbingers, to conceal sin more cunningly.
7. Sin makes men shameless to bring the tokens of their wickedness to plead for them.
8. Sellers of brethren make not much to do that, which may kill their fathers.
9. Sinners use to make their refuge in lies, and so add sin to sin.
10. Impudent sinners, though they be conscious, yet make things doubtful unto others (ver. 32).
11. Good men may be deceived by sinners, upon that which they know.
12. Gracious souls may be too credulous toward the wicked, who speaks falsely to them.
13. Over much credulity makes men receive that which afterwards they find false (ver. 33).
(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.