Genesis 45:6
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New International Version
For two years now there has been famine in the land, and for the next five years there will be no plowing and reaping.

King James Bible
For these two years hath the famine been in the land: and yet there are five years, in the which there shall neither be earing nor harvest.

Darby Bible Translation
For the famine has been these two years in the land; and yet there are five years in which there will be neither ploughing nor harvest.

World English Bible
For these two years the famine has been in the land, and there are yet five years, in which there will be neither plowing nor harvest.

Young's Literal Translation
Because these two years the famine is in the heart of the land, and yet are five years, in which there is neither ploughing nor harvest;

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Clarke's Commentary on the Bible

There shall neither be earing nor harvest - Earing has been supposed to mean collecting the ears of corn, which would confound it with harvest: the word, however, means ploughing or seed-time, from the Anglo-Saxon erian, probably borrowed from the Latin aro, to plough, and plainly means that there should be no seed-time, and consequently no harvest; and why? Because there should be a total want of rain in other countries, and the Nile should not rise above twelve cubits in Egypt; See Clarke on Genesis 41:31 (note). But the expressions here must be qualified a little, as we find from Genesis 47:19, that the Egyptians came to Joseph to buy seed; and it is probable that even during this famine they sowed some of the ground, particularly on the borders of the river, from which a crop, though not an abundant one, might be produced. The passage, however, in the above chapter may refer to the last year of the famine, when they came to procure seed for the ensuing year.

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

two years.

Genesis 41:29-31,54,56 Behold, there come seven years of great plenty throughout all the land of Egypt...

Genesis 47:18 When that year was ended, they came to him the second year, and said to him, We will not hide it from my lord...

earing. Earing means ploughing or seed-time from the Anglo-Saxon {erain,} probably from {aro,} to plough; and agrees with [aroo,] Greek, {charatha,} Arabic, and {charash,} Hebrew.

Genesis 47:23 Then Joseph said to the people, Behold, I have bought you this day and your land for Pharaoh: see, here is seed for you...

Exodus 34:21 Six days you shall work, but on the seventh day you shall rest: in ripening time and in harvest you shall rest.

Deuteronomy 21:4 And the elders of that city shall bring down the heifer to a rough valley, which is neither eared nor sown...

1 Samuel 8:12 And he will appoint him captains over thousands, and captains over fifties; and will set them to ear his ground...

Isaiah 30:24 The oxen likewise and the young donkeys that ear the ground shall eat clean provender...

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"And God has thus sent me before you to prepare for you a permanence on the earth and to save your lives by a great deliverance."--Genesis xlv., v. 7. In a time of effort, suffering and grief such as this country has never before known, it is well that we should have frequent occasions for a review of the position in which we stand for a strengthening of our sinews to continue the struggle in the spirit of the high and noble resolve which induced our participation in it. This week-end will be a
B. N. Michelson—No. 4, Intersession

Gifts Received for the Rebellious
Thou hast ascended on high, thou hast led captivity captive: Thou hast received gifts for men; yea, for the rebellious also, that the LORD God might dwell among them. W hen Joseph exchanged a prison for the chief honour and government of Egypt, the advantage of his exaltation was felt by those who little deserved it (Genesis 45:4, 5) . His brethren hated him, and had conspired to kill him. And though he was preserved from death, they were permitted to sell him for a bond-servant. He owed his servitude,
John Newton—Messiah Vol. 2

Cross References
Genesis 37:2
This is the account of Jacob's family line. Joseph, a young man of seventeen, was tending the flocks with his brothers, the sons of Bilhah and the sons of Zilpah, his father's wives, and he brought their father a bad report about them.

Genesis 41:46
Joseph was thirty years old when he entered the service of Pharaoh king of Egypt. And Joseph went out from Pharaoh's presence and traveled throughout Egypt.

Genesis 41:53
The seven years of abundance in Egypt came to an end,

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