Genesis 47:31

Overview - Genesis 47
Joseph presents his father, and five of his brethren before Pharaoh.
11 He gives them habitation and maintenance.
13 He gets the Egyptians' money;
16 their cattle;
18 and their lands, except the priests', to Pharaoh.
23 He restores the land for a fifth.
28 Jacob's age.
29 He swears Joseph to bury him with his fathers.
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Genesis 47:31  (King James Version)
And he said, Swear unto me. And he sware unto him. And Israel bowed himself upon the bed's head.


And Israel bowed
As {shachah,} which primarily signifies to bow, denotes also to worship; and as {mittah,} a bed, pronounced {matteh,} is a staff; the LXX. have taken the passage in the latter sense, and rendered it [kai prosekunsen Israel epi to akron ts rabdou autou,] "and Israel worshipped upon the top of his staff," which is literally copied by the apostle Paul, in his Epistle to the Hebrews. The present reading is, however, supported by the Masoretic pointing and the Targums; and is most probably correct, as it would appear that Jacob was confined to his bed.
29 ; 24:26 Genesis 48:1 Genesis 48:2 1 Kings 1:47 ; Hebrews 11:21