And when Joseph came home, they brought him the present which was in their hand into the house…
1. Gracious hearts, however sometime they may deal severely, yet they desire their peace.
2. Providence sometimes orders peaceable entertainment, where worse is feared.
3. Nature itself, much more grace, inquire of and desires the peace of parents. He asked of their father, and meaneth his own (ver. 27).
4. It is equal that peaceable inquiries should have due answers.
5. In answering for others, Providence orders the accomplishment of his will The sunbows, &c.
6. All humility becomes their answers who are in fear of foreign powers (ver. 28.)
7. Sight of near relations moveth to inquire of their condition.
8. Natural affection desires to know its near relations for good.
9. Grace puts souls upon blessing relations as well as knowing them.
10. The best blessing is the grace of God procured upon souls.
11. Brethren may be fathers in blessing the fruit of the same womb (ver. 29).
(G. Hughes, B. D.)
Parallel VersesKJV: And when Joseph came home, they brought him the present which was in their hand into the house, and bowed themselves to him to the earth.