And they sat down to eat bread: and they lifted up their eyes and looked, and, behold, a company of Ishmaelites came from Gilead with their camels bearing spices and balm and myrrh, going to carry it down to Egypt.
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Chromatius of Aquileia
Joseph was rejected by his brothers and was received by the Ishmaelites; in the same manner our Lord and Savior was rejected by the Jews and received by the pagans. The Ishmaelites who received Joseph carried along with them all kinds of perfumes, and this fact showed that the pagans by embracing the faith would spread the different perfumes of justice all over the world.
To eat bread. How could they do this while their innocent brother was praying and lamenting! (chap. xlii. 21.) (Haydock)
Some: a caravan of merchants. (Du Hamel)
Balm, or rosin; "that of Syria resembles attic honey. "(Pliny, Natural History)
Myrrh, (stacten); Hebrew, Lot: "drops of myrrh or laudanum, or of the Lotus tree. "(Calmet)