let Pharaoh make and appoint overseers over the land, and receive a fifth of the land of Egypt in the seven years of plenty,
Genesis 41:34 Additional TranslationsClarke's Commentary on the Bible
Let him appoint officers - פקדים pekidim, visitors, overseers: translated by Ainsworth, bishops; see Genesis 39:1.
Take up the fifth part of the land - What is still called the meery, or that part of the produce which is claimed by the king by way of tax. It is probable that in Joseph's time it was not so much as a fifth part, most likely a tenth: but as this was an extraordinary occasion, and the earth brought forth by handfuls, Genesis 41:47, the king would be justified in requiring a fifth; and from the great abundance, the people could pay this increased tax without feeling it to be oppressive.
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officers. or, overseers.
Numbers 31:14 And Moses was wroth with the officers of the host, with the captains over thousands, and captains over hundreds...
2 Kings 11:11,12 And the guard stood, every man with his weapons in his hand, round about the king...
2 Chronicles 34:12 And the men did the work faithfully: and the overseers of them were Jahath and Obadiah, the Levites, of the sons of Merari...
Nehemiah 11:9 And Joel the son of Zichri was their overseer: and Judah the son of Senuah was second over the city.
Job 5:20 In famine he shall redeem you from death: and in war from the power of the sword.
Psalm 33:19 To deliver their soul from death, and to keep them alive in famine.
Proverbs 6:6-8 Go to the ant, you sluggard; consider her ways, and be wise...
Proverbs 22:3 A prudent man foresees the evil, and hides himself: but the simple pass on, and are punished.
Proverbs 27:12 A prudent man foresees the evil, and hides himself; but the simple pass on, and are punished.
Luke 16:5 So he called every one of his lord's debtors to him, and said to the first, How much owe you to my lord?
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