New American Standard Bible
"Joseph is a fruitful bough, A fruitful bough by a spring; Its branches run over a wall.
King James Bible
Joseph is a fruitful bough, even a fruitful bough by a well; whose branches run over the wall:
Darby Bible Translation
Joseph is a fruitful bough; A fruitful bough by a well; His branches shoot over the wall.
World English Bible
"Joseph is a fruitful vine, a fruitful vine by a spring. His branches run over the wall.
Young's Literal Translation
Joseph is a fruitful son; A fruitful son by a fountain, Daughters step over the wall;
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CommentaryBarnes' Notes on the Bible
Jacob had doubtless been made acquainted with the history of his beloved son Joseph from the time of his disappearance until he met him on the borders of Egypt. It had been the meditation and the wonder of his last seventeen years. When he comes to Joseph, therefore, the mingled emotions of affection and gratitude burst forth from his heart in language that cannot be restrained by the ordinary rules of speech. The first thing connected with Joseph in the patriarch's mind is fruitfulness. The image is vivid and striking. "Son of a fruitful tree." A branch or rather a shoot transplanted from the parent stem. "By a well;" from which it may draw the water of life. "Whose daughters" - luxuriant branches. Run over a wall - transcend all the usual boundaries of a well-enclosed garden. This fruitfulness attaches to Joseph in two respects. First, he is the prudent gatherer and the inexhaustible dispenser of the produce of Egypt, by which the lives of his father and brethren were preserved. And then he is in prospect the twofold tribe, that bursts the bounds assigned to a twelfth of the chosen people, and overspreads the area of two tribes.
Now, my brethren, if it be so in earthly things, it is so also in spiritual. Instability in religion is a thing which every man despises, although every man has, to a degree, the evil in himself, but stability in the firm profession and practice of godliness, will always win respect, even from the worldly, and certainly will not be forgotten by him whose smile is honor and whose praise is glory, even the great Lord and Master, before whom we stand or fall. I have many characters here to-day whom …
Charles Haddon Spurgeon—Spurgeon's Sermons Volume 3: 1857
Bunsen's Biblical Researches.
A Preliminary Discourse to Catechising
Fifthly, as this Revelation, to the Judgment of Right and Sober Reason,
He named the second Ephraim, "For," he said, "God has made me fruitful in the land of my affliction."
"The archers bitterly attacked him, And shot at him and harassed him;
Of Joseph he said, "Blessed of the LORD be his land, With the choice things of heaven, with the dew, And from the deep lying beneath,
The mountains were covered with its shadow, And the cedars of God with its boughs.
Though he flourishes among the reeds, An east wind will come, The wind of the LORD coming up from the wilderness; And his fountain will become dry And his spring will be dried up; It will plunder his treasury of every precious article.
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