Genesis 43:33 Commentary - Companion Bible Notes, Appendices and Graphicsthey sat. Egyptian pictures show that it was the custom to sit at meals.
firstborn. Joseph thus showing that he knew their ages and order, and causing them to marvel.
youngest, &c. This was to try them, and see whether they were still "moved with envy". Compare Gen 37:4, Gen 37:8, Gen 37:11, Gen 37:18. It was also a type of the coming day, when the true Joseph will be able to do for the scattered and mingled tribes what was done here for the tribal heads. Compare Zec 12:9-14.
marvelled [and looked] at one another. Figure of speech Ellipsis (App-6), thus supplied.
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