And when they saw him afar off, even before he came near to them, they conspired against him to slay him.…
Joseph put himself to so much trouble to find out his brethren that he might inform himself and his father of their welfare; but they took advantage from his love to wreak their hatred upon him, as if they had been devils in flesh and blood, rather than patriarchs in the Church. It is too common with discontented men to say that none were even so ill-used as themselves. But let us consider how Joseph was used, how David was used, how Christ Himself was used, by those men from whom they had most reason to expect kindness.
Parallel VersesKJV: And when they saw him afar off, even before he came near unto them, they conspired against him to slay him.