1. A. "Now Joseph was taken down to Egypt, [and Potiphar, an officer of
Pharaoh, the captain of the guard, an Egyptian, bought him from the Ishmaelites who had brought him down there] (Gen. 39:1):
B. "I drew them with cords of a man, [with bands of love. Yet I was to them as those who lift up a yoke, on account of their jaws. I reached out food to them]" (Hos. 11:4):
C. "I drew them with cords of a man:" this refers to Israel: "Draw me, we will run after you" (Song 1:4).
D. "With bands of love" (Hos. 11:4): "I have loved you, says the Lord" (Mai 1:2).
E. "Yet I was to them as those who lift up a yoke:" "For I raised their enemies over them." Why so?
F. "On account of their jaws:" On account of something that they issued from their jaws, saying to the golden calf, "These are your Gods, Israel" (Ex. 32:8).
G. And at the end: "I reached out food to them:" [God says,] "I provided much food for them. 'May he be as a rich grain field in the land' (Ps. 72:16)."
2. A. Another interpretation: "I drew them with cords of a man:" this re fers to Joseph: "And they drew and lifted up Joseph" (Gen. 37:28).
B. ". . . with bands of love:" "Now Israel loved Joseph" (Gen. 37:3).
C. "... Yet I was to them as those who lift up a yoke:" [God speaks,]
"I raised up his enemies over him, and who is this? It is the wife of Potiphar." All this why?
D. "... on account of their jaws:" It was on account of something that they issued from their jaws, saying, "And Joseph brought an evil report of them to their father" (Gen. 37:2).
E. But in the end, "... I reached out food to them:" "I gave him much food: "And Joseph was the governor over the land" (Gen. 42:6).
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