And Jacob their father said to them, Me have you bereaved of my children: Joseph is not, and Simeon is not…
A certain good woman, in a time of persecution, heard that one of her sons was killed in the field by the enemy. "Which of my sons?" said she. "The eldest," said the informer. "God be thanked," replied she, "he was the fittest to die. My other children will have some more time for preparation, and needed it more than their brother." Yet Jacob was more grieved for the loss of Joseph, than for the loss of Simeon, although Joseph was sanctified in his early years; and Simeon, for anything we can learn, and yet given little evidence of piety. But it must be remembered that Jacob was only afraid that Simeon might die. Joseph was, in his apprehension, already dead. I believe that a good man, were it referred to his choice which of his children he must lose, would refer it to his Maker; but it would be his deliberate wish, that, if God pleased, He would remove to the other world that member of his family who was fittest for it, though much the dearest to himself.
(G. Lawson, D. D.)
Parallel VersesKJV: And Jacob their father said unto them, Me have ye bereaved of my children: Joseph is not, and Simeon is not, and ye will take Benjamin away: all these things are against me.