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Genesis 41:42-43

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41:42 Then Pharaoh took his signet ring from his own hand and put it on Joseph’s. He clothed him with fine linen 1  clothes and put a gold chain around his neck. 41:43 Pharaoh 2  had him ride in the chariot used by his second-in-command, 3  and they cried out before him, “Kneel down!” 4  So he placed him over all the land of Egypt.

1 tn The Hebrew word שֵׁשׁ (shesh) is an Egyptian loanword that describes the fine linen robes that Egyptian royalty wore. The clothing signified Joseph’s rank.

2 tn Heb “he”; the referent (Pharaoh) has been specified in the translation for clarity.

3 tn Heb “and he caused him to ride in the second chariot which was his.”

4 tn The verb form appears to be a causative imperative from a verbal root meaning “to kneel.” It is a homonym of the word “bless” (identical in root letters but not related etymologically).



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