And to his father he sent after this manner; ten donkeys laden with the good things of Egypt, and ten she-donkeys laden with grain and bread and food for his father by the way.
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Ambrose of Milan
And presents are also sent on ahead to the father. The son does honor to the father; so Christ invites his people with promises and invites them with presents. The presents are carried on asses that before were profitless and fit only for toil but now are profitable. They carry in a figurative way the presents of Christ, and in the gospel the donkeys are going to carry the giver of the presents. ...
As much. Besides. This is omitted in Hebrew or at least is left ambiguous, "He sent in like manner to his father ten "But the Syriac and Septuagint explain it like the Vulgate.
She-asses. Septuagint, "mules. "
Bread. Hebrew adds, "meat "or provisions. (Calmet)
These presents might convince Jacob that Joseph was still alive. (Haydock) ...