New International Version
Israel said to Joseph, "I never expected to see your face again, and now God has allowed me to see your children too."
King James Bible
And Israel said unto Joseph, I had not thought to see thy face: and, lo, God hath shewed me also thy seed.
Darby Bible Translation
And Israel said to Joseph, I had not thought to see thy face; and behold, God has let me see also thy seed.
World English Bible
Israel said to Joseph, "I didn't think I would see your face, and behold, God has let me see your seed also."
Young's Literal Translation
and Israel saith unto Joseph, 'To see thy face I had not thought, and lo, God hath shewed me also thy seed.'
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CommentaryClarke's Commentary on the Bible
I had not thought to see thy face - There is much delicacy and much tenderness in these expressions. He feels himself now amply recompensed for his long grief and trouble on account of the supposed death of Joseph, in seeing not only himself but his two sons, whom God, by an especial act of favor, is about to add to the number of his own. Thus we find that as Reuben and Simeon were heads of two distinct tribes in Israel, so were Ephraim and Manasseh; because Jacob, in a sort of sacramental way, had adopted them with equal privileges to those of his own sons.
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'And Jacob said unto Pharaoh, Few and evil have the days of the years of my life been.'--GENESIS xlvii. 9. 'The God which fed me all my life long unto this day; the Angel which redeemed me from all evil.' --GENESIS xlviii. 15,16. These are two strangely different estimates of the same life to be taken by the same man. In the latter Jacob categorically contradicts everything that he had said in the former. 'Few and evil,' he said before Pharaoh. 'All my life long,' 'the Angel which redeemed me from …
Alexander Maclaren—Expositions of Holy Scripture
Blessing Children. Concerning Childlikeness.
Now Israel's eyes were failing because of old age, and he could hardly see. So Joseph brought his sons close to him, and his father kissed them and embraced them.
Then Joseph removed them from Israel's knees and bowed down with his face to the ground.
May you live to see your children's children-- peace be on Israel.
Children's children are a crown to the aged, and parents are the pride of their children.
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