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Genesis 48:22


As one who is above your 1  brothers, I give to you the mountain slope, 2  which I took from the Amorites with my sword and my bow.”


Ge 15:16; Ge 33:19; Ge 34:28; De 21:17; Jos 17:14-18; Jos 24:32; Jud 11:23; 1Ch 5:2; Eze 47:13; Am 2:9; Joh 4:5

NET © Notes

tn The pronouns translated “your” and “you” in this verse are singular in the Hebrew text.

tn The Hebrew word שְׁכֶם (shÿkhem) could be translated either as “mountain slope” or “shoulder, portion,” or even taken as the proper name “Shechem.” Jacob was giving Joseph either (1) one portion above his brothers, or (2) the mountain ridge he took from the Amorites, or (3) Shechem. The ambiguity actually allows for all three to be the referent. He could be referring to the land in Shechem he bought in Gen 33:18-19, but he mentions here that it was acquired by warfare, suggesting that the events of 34:25-29 are in view (even though at the time he denounced it, 34:30). Joseph was later buried in Shechem (Josh 24:32).

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