And Joseph made ready his chariot
Or "bound" F25 it, fastened the horses to it, harnessed them, and put them to; this he did not himself, as Jarchi thinks, for the honour of his father; but rather, as Aben Ezra, by ordering his servants to do it:
and went up to meet Israel his father in Goshen;
that being higher than the other part of Egypt, as it must be, if it was in Thebes, or upper Egypt, as some Jewish writers say F26; and Fium, supposed to be the place the Israelites dwelt in, see ( Genesis 47:11 ) , stood very high F1:
and presented himself unto him;
alighted from his chariot, and came up to his father, and stood before him, and showed himself to him, declaring who he was:
and he fell on his neck, and wept on his neck a good while:
either Jacob fell on the neck of Joseph, and wept over him a good while before he could speak to him, as the father of the prodigal son fell on his neck and kissed him, ( Luke 15:20 ) ; or, as Jarchi, Joseph fell on his father's neck, as he had done upon his brethren before, but wept over him longer; their embraces were no doubt mutual and extremely affectionate, that for a while they were not able to speak a word to each other.
F25 (roayw) "et ligavit", Pagninus, Montanus, Vatablus; "tum alligavit", Schmidt.
F26 Hieron. Quaestion. in Genesim, fol. 72. M. tom. 3.
F1 Leo. African. Descriptio Africae, l. 8. p. 722.