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“for there I will make of you a great nation.” What God said came true, but not in a “nice” way that some would have liked. The approximately 200 years that Israel spent in Egypt started out wonderfully, but ended up being many years of bitter slavery (see commentary on Exod. 12:40).

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“bring you up, yes, up.” God uses the figure of speech polyptoton for emphasis, repeating the same verb in different conjugations (for more on polyptoton and the form of translation, see commentary on Gen. 2:16). God spoke to Jacob in an emphatic way that would have left him no doubt that going to Egypt at this time was the will of God. It is noteworthy that although God clearly stated that He Himself would be with Israel in Egypt, during their slavery they did not feel that way. That is such a life lesson, because so often when a person is going through a difficult time of life it feels to them as if God has left them.

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“who came out of his thigh.” The “thigh” is euphemistic for the genital organs, and the idiom “came out of his thigh” refers to his direct descendants (see commentary on Gen. 24:2). [For more information on sexual euphemisms, see commentary on Isa. 47:2].

“all the souls were 66.” So Jacob had 66 people who were his direct descendants go with him into Egypt. That number did not include his son’s wives, because they were not descendants of Jacob.

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