Then there passed by Midianites merchants; and they drew and lifted up Joseph out of the pit…
I. A FAMILY FEUD THE FOUNDATION OF A NATIONAL CALAMITY. Bondage for four hundred years.
II. A DESPISED CLASS BECOMES THE INSTRUMENT OF GOD'S PROVIDENCES AND JUDGMENTS. Ishmaelites: the slave-traders of their day.
III. THE COMFORT OF DEATH FOR PERSONAL LOSS AND AWAKENED JUDGMENTS (ver. 35).
(W. R. Campbell.)
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.