Genesis 48:8-14
And Israel beheld Joseph's sons, and said, Who are these?…

1. Prudence in good men may divert nature from the remembrance of sad events. About Rachel.

2. Weak nature may see in part that which it doth not discern. So Jacob.

3. Reason suggests inquiry to know what sight doth not discern (ver. 8).

4. Sons in strength should help the weakness of aged parents. So Joseph to his father.

5. It concerns fathers to own their children especially in order to a blessing. So Joseph his.

6. Godly parents account their children God's gift unto them. So Joseph.

7. It is a mercy remarkable to have children for blessing in a strange place.

8. Gracious fathers desire their children's children to bless them (ver. 9).

9. Old age makes the saints subject to the same infirmities as other men. So to Jacob.

10. Dimness of sight is a usual symptom of old age.

11. Weakness in sight makes mistakes that need direction in the holiest men.

12. Good fathers yield to the desires of bringing children to them that can bless them.

13. Kisses and embracings are not unseemly from holy ancestors to their seed's seed in order to blessing (ver. 10).

14. It is meet for the holy ancestors to acquaint the sons of God's dealings, with them.

15. Hopelessness of mercy with good souls makes them remember it more sweetly.

16. God's mercies sometimes over-reach hope and expectation of His people.

17. Saints delight to show their over-abounding mercies to His praise (ver. 11).

18. Suitable motions to dispose for a ministerial blessing is but meet.

19. Filial obeisance in honour of parents is a just duty in expectation of a blessing (ver. 12).

20. There are right-hand and left-hand blessings, which God giveth by His ministers, greater and less.

21. Good men may aim one to the right, and another to the left.hand blessing, whom God changeth.

22. It is needful to come near So the ministers of blessing if men desire to have it (ver. 13).

(G. Hughes, B. D.)

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KJV: And Israel beheld Joseph's sons, and said, Who are these?

WEB: Israel saw Joseph's sons, and said, "Who are these?"

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