And the children of Israel were fruitful, and increased abundantly, and multiplied, and waxed exceeding mighty…
I. HE WAS OUT OF SYMPATHY WITH THE PURPOSE AND PROVIDENCE OF GOD.
II. HE WAS OUT OF SYMPATHY WITH THE CONDUCT OF HIS PREDECESSORS.
III. HE WAS ENVIOUS IN HIS DISPOSITION. Envious men generally bring on themselves the evils of which they suspect the innocent to be guilty.
IV. HE WAS CUNNING IN HIS ARRANGEMENTS. Policy a bad basis for a throne. It invites suspicion, alienates respect, leads to ruin.
V. HE WAS CRUEL IN HIS REQUIREMENTS.
VI. HE WAS THWARTED IN HIS PROJECT. Mere power cannot always command obedience. It is sometimes defeated by weakness. Heaven is on the side of the oppressed.
(J. S. Exell, M. A.)
Parallel VersesKJV: And the children of Israel were fruitful, and increased abundantly, and multiplied, and waxed exceeding mighty; and the land was filled with them.