And when Joseph came home, they brought him the present which was in their hand into the house…
Consider this incident —
I. As IT ILLUSTRATES SOME USEFUL PRINCIPLES OF SOCIAL LIFE.
1. That we should not set up the pretence of loving all alike. Benjamin was specially honoured (ver. 34), and greeted with loving words (ver. 29).
2. That it is wise to observe the established customs of society when they are not morally wrong.
II. AS IT ILLUSTRATES THE SECRET AND THE OUTWARD LIFE.
1. In the case of the brethren.
2. In the case of Joseph.
(T. H. Leale.)
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.