Genesis 46:4
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New International Version
I will go down to Egypt with you, and I will surely bring you back again. And Joseph's own hand will close your eyes."

New Living Translation
I will go with you down to Egypt, and I will bring you back again. You will die in Egypt, but Joseph will be with you to close your eyes."

English Standard Version
I myself will go down with you to Egypt, and I will also bring you up again, and Joseph’s hand shall close your eyes.”

New American Standard Bible
"I will go down with you to Egypt, and I will also surely bring you up again; and Joseph will close your eyes."

King James Bible
I will go down with thee into Egypt; and I will also surely bring thee up again: and Joseph shall put his hand upon thine eyes.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
I will go down with you to Egypt, and I will also bring you back. Joseph will put his hands on your eyes."

International Standard Version
I'm going down with you to Egypt, and I'm certainly going to bring you back again. And Joseph himself will be with you when you die."

NET Bible
I will go down with you to Egypt and I myself will certainly bring you back from there. Joseph will close your eyes."

New Heart English Bible
I will go down with you into Egypt. I will also surely bring you up again. Joseph will close your eyes."

GOD'S WORD® Translation
I will go with you to Egypt, and I will make sure you come back again. Joseph will close your eyes [when you die]."

JPS Tanakh 1917
I will go down with thee into Egypt; and I will also surely bring thee up again; and Joseph shall put his hand upon thine eyes.'

New American Standard 1977
“I will go down with you to Egypt, and I will also surely bring you up again; and Joseph will close your eyes.”

Jubilee Bible 2000
I will go down with thee into Egypt; and I will also surely bring thee up again; and Joseph shall put his hand upon thine eyes.

King James 2000 Bible
I will go down with you into Egypt; and I will also surely bring you up again: and Joseph shall put his hand upon your eyes.

American King James Version
I will go down with you into Egypt; and I will also surely bring you up again: and Joseph shall put his hand on your eyes.

American Standard Version
I will go down with thee into Egypt; and I will also surely bring thee up again: and Joseph shall put his hand upon thine eyes.

Douay-Rheims Bible
I will go down with thee thither, and will bring thee back again from thence: Joseph also shall put his hands upon thy eyes.

Darby Bible Translation
I will go down with thee to Egypt, and I will also certainly bring thee up; and Joseph shall put his hand on thine eyes.

English Revised Version
I will go down with thee into Egypt; and I will also surely bring thee up again: and Joseph shall put his hand upon thine eyes.

Webster's Bible Translation
I will go down with thee into Egypt; and I will also surely bring thee up again: and Joseph shall put his hand upon thine eyes.

World English Bible
I will go down with you into Egypt. I will also surely bring you up again. Joseph will close your eyes."

Young's Literal Translation
I -- I go down with thee to Egypt, and I -- I also certainly bring thee up, and Joseph doth put his hand on thine eyes.'
Study Bible
Jacob's Journey to Egypt
3He said, "I am God, the God of your father; do not be afraid to go down to Egypt, for I will make you a great nation there. 4"I will go down with you to Egypt, and I will also surely bring you up again; and Joseph will close your eyes." 5Then Jacob arose from Beersheba; and the sons of Israel carried their father Jacob and their little ones and their wives in the wagons which Pharaoh had sent to carry him.…
Cross References
Genesis 28:15
"Behold, I am with you and will keep you wherever you go, and will bring you back to this land; for I will not leave you until I have done what I have promised you."

Genesis 48:21
Then Israel said to Joseph, "Behold, I am about to die, but God will be with you, and bring you back to the land of your fathers.

Genesis 50:1
Then Joseph fell on his father's face, and wept over him and kissed him.

Genesis 50:24
Joseph said to his brothers, "I am about to die, but God will surely take care of you and bring you up from this land to the land which He promised on oath to Abraham, to Isaac and to Jacob."

Exodus 3:8
"So I have come down to deliver them from the power of the Egyptians, and to bring them up from that land to a good and spacious land, to a land flowing with milk and honey, to the place of the Canaanite and the Hittite and the Amorite and the Perizzite and the Hivite and the Jebusite.

Exodus 3:17
"So I said, I will bring you up out of the affliction of Egypt to the land of the Canaanite and the Hittite and the Amorite and the Perizzite and the Hivite and the Jebusite, to a land flowing with milk and honey."'
Treasury of Scripture

I will go down with you into Egypt; and I will also surely bring you up again: and Joseph shall put his hand on your eyes.

will go.

Genesis 28:15 And, behold, I am with you, and will keep you in all places where …

Genesis 48:21 And Israel said to Joseph, Behold, I die: but God shall be with you, …

Isaiah 43:1,2 But now thus said the LORD that created you, O Jacob, and he that …

and I will.

Genesis 15:14-16 And also that nation, whom they shall serve, will I judge: and afterward …

Genesis 50:5,13,24,25 My father made me swear, saying, See, I die: in my grave which I …

Exodus 3:8 And I am come down to deliver them out of the hand of the Egyptians, …

and Joseph. This last and most solemn office, as Mr. Hewlett observes, that could be paid to a parent, was generally performed by the nearest relation of the deceased. This promise must have given great consolation to the venerable patriarch's mind.

(4) Joseph shall put his hand upon thine eyes.--Both among the Jews and Greeks it was the duty of those nearest in blood to close the eyes of a deceased relative. The promise conveyed the assurance that Jacob would die peacefully, surrounded by his friends. For the fulfilment see Genesis 1:1.

Verse 4. - I will go down with thee into Egypt; - not a proof that the Hebrews believed in a local deity following them when they changed their abodes, and confined to the district in which they happened for tire time being to reside (Tuch, Bohlen), but simply a metaphorical expression for the efficiency and completeness of the Divine protection (Kalisch) - and I will also surely bring thee up again (literally, and I will bring thee up also, bringing thee up; a double emphasis lying in the use of the infinitive absolute, with גַּם preceding, as in Genesis 31:15, meaning that God would assuredly recover his body for interment in Canaan should he die in Egypt, and his descendants for settlement in the land of their inheritance): and Joseph shall put his hand upon thine eyes - i.e. will perform for thee the last offices of affection by closing thine eyes in death, a service upon which the human heart in all ages and countries has set the highest value (vide Homer, ' I1 .' 11. 453; 'Odys.,' 24:294; Virg., 'AEn.,' 9:487; Ovid, ' Epist.,' 1:162). "A father at the point of death is always very desirous that his wife, children, and grandchildren should be with him. Should there be one at a distance, he will be immediately sent for, and until he arrive the father will mourn and complain, 'My son, will you not come? I cannot die without you.' When he arrives, he will take the hands of his son, and kiss them, and place them on his eyes, his face, and mouth, and say, ' Now I die.'" (Roberts' 'Oriental Illustrations,' p. 52). I will go down with thee into Egypt,.... Which was enough to silence all his fears; for if the presence of God went with him to protect and defend hide, to bless and prosper him, and to direct, support, and comfort, he had nothing to fear from any quarter:

and I will also surely bring thee up again: Jarchi takes this to be a promise that he should be buried in the land of Canaan, which had its fulfilment, when his corpse was carried out of Egypt to Machpelah, and there interred; but rather this refers to the bringing up of his posterity from thence in due time, for which Jacob might be most solicitous, and so the Targum of Jonathan,"and I will bring up thy children from thence:"

and Joseph shall put his hand upon thine eyes: and so close them when he was dead; this, as Aben Ezra says, was a custom of the living to the dead, and it used to be done by the nearest relations and friends, though now with us commonly by strangers, or those that are not akin: this was a custom among the Greeks and Romans, as appears from Homer (o), Virgil (p), Ovid (q), and other writers (r); and so, among the Jews, Tobias is said to shut the eyes of his wife's father and mother, and to bury them honourably,"Where he became old with honour, and he buried his father and mother in law honourably, and he inherited their substance, and his father Tobit's.'' (Tobit 14:13)Of the Vulgate Latin version: Maimonides (s) reckons this of closing the eyes of the dead, among the rites used towards them, and so in the Talmud (t): now by this expression Jacob was assured that Joseph was alive, and that he should live to see him, and that Joseph would outlive him, and do this last office for him; and, as Ben Melech observes, by this he had the good news told him that Joseph should remain behind him, to sustain and support his sons, and his sons' sons, all the years that he should live after him.

(o) Odyss. 11. (p) Aeneid. l. 9. (q) Trist. l. 1. Eleg. 2.((r) Vid. Kirchman, de Funer. Rom. l. 1. c. 6. & Kipping. Rom. Antiqu. l. 4. c. 6. (s) Hilchot Ebel, l. 4. sect. 1.((t) T. Bab. Sabbat, fol. 151. 2.4. I will also surely bring thee up again—As Jacob could not expect to live till the former promise was realized, he must have seen that the latter was to be accomplished only to his posterity. To himself it was literally verified in the removal of his remains to Canaan; but, in the large and liberal sense of the words, it was made good only on the establishment of Israel in the land of promise.

Joseph shall put his hand upon thine eyes—shall perform the last office of filial piety; and this implied that he should henceforth enjoy, without interruption, the society of that favorite son.46:1-4 Even as to those events and undertakings which appear most joyful, we should seek counsel, assistance, and a blessing from the Lord. Attending on his ordinances, and receiving the pledges of his covenant love, we expect his presence, and that peace which it confers. In all removals we should be reminded of our removal out of this world. Nothing can encourage us to fear no evil when passing through the valley of the shadow of death, but the presence of Christ.
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