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Genesis 47:31

31 “Swear to me,” he said. Then Joseph swore to him, and Israel worshiped as he leaned on the top of his staff.[a]

Genesis 47:31 in Other Translations

31 And he said, Swear unto me. And he sware unto him. And Israel bowed himself upon the bed's head.
31 And he said, "Swear to me"; and he swore to him. Then Israel bowed himself upon the head of his bed.
31 “Swear that you will do it,” Jacob insisted. So Joseph gave his oath, and Jacob bowed humbly at the head of his bed.
31 Israel said, "Promise me." Joseph promised. Israel bowed his head in submission and gratitude from his bed.
31 And Jacob said, "Swear to me." So Joseph swore to him. Then Israel bowed [in thanks] at the head of his bed.

Genesis 47:31 Meaning and Commentary

Genesis 47:31

And he said, swear unto me
This he required, not from any distrust of Joseph, but to show his own eagerness, and the intenseness of his mind about this thing, how much he was set upon it, and what an important thing it was with him; as also, that if he should have any objections made to it, or arguments used with him to divert him from it, by Pharaoh or his court, he would be able to say his father had bound him by an oath to do it, which would at once stop their mouths, and be judged a sufficient reason for what he did, see ( Genesis 50:5 Genesis 50:6 ) : and he sware unto him;
not only gave his promise, but confirmed it with an oath: and Israel bowed himself upon the bed's head:
not in a way of civil respect to Joseph, giving him thanks for the assurance he had given him, that he would bury him, not in Egypt, but in Canaan; but in a religious way to God, giving thanks to him that he had lived to see his son Joseph, who, according to the promise, would close his eyes, and that he had inclined his heart to fulfil his request; though some think that no more is meant, than that after Jacob had spent himself in discoursing with Joseph, he sunk down and reclined on his pillow at his bed's head, to take some rest; for as for what the apostle says in ( Hebrews 11:21 ) ; that refers to another thing at another time; (See Gill on Hebrews 11:21).

Genesis 47:31 In-Context

29 When the time drew near for Israel to die, he called for his son Joseph and said to him, “If I have found favor in your eyes, put your hand under my thigh and promise that you will show me kindness and faithfulness. Do not bury me in Egypt,
30 but when I rest with my fathers, carry me out of Egypt and bury me where they are buried.” “I will do as you say,” he said.
31 “Swear to me,” he said. Then Joseph swore to him, and Israel worshiped as he leaned on the top of his staff.

Cross References 4

  • 1. Genesis 21:23; Joshua 2:20; Judges 15:12; 1 Samuel 24:21; 1 Samuel 30:15
  • 2. S Genesis 24:3
  • 3. S Genesis 46:29
  • 4. S Genesis 32:10; Heb 11:21 "fn" 1Ki 1:47

Footnotes 1

  • [a]. Or "Israel bowed down at the head of his bed"