Genesis 45:26

And told him, saying, Joseph is yet alive, and he is governor over all the land of Egypt. And Jacob's heart fainted, for he believed them not.
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Ambrose of Milan

AD 397
We surely notice how the Scripture says that he is alive and ruler of the whole land, for he opened his storehouses of spiritual grace and gave the abundance to all people. But when the apostles spoke this way, the Jews did not believe them; rather, they laid hands on them and thrust the preachers of salvation into prison. On this account also it is written of Jacob, “He was greatly frightened in heart,” for he did not believe his sons. He was greatly frightened from love of an unbelieving people, but afterward he came to recognize Christ’s deeds. Won over by the mighty benefactions and mighty works, he revived and said, “It is a great thing for me, if my son Joseph is still alive. I will go and see him, before I die.” The first and greatest foundation of faith is belief in the resurrection of Christ. For whosoever believes Christ has been restored to life, quickly searches for him, comes to him with devotion and worships God with his inmost heart. Indeed, he believes that he himself w...

George Leo Haydock

AD 1849
He awaked His heart was overpowered between hope and distrust. He seemed to himself to be dreaming. Septuagint, "in an ecstacy. "Such a sudden transition has oftentimes caused death. (Haydock)

John Chrysostom

AD 407
Who could describe the joy he experienced then on learning that Joseph was alive and in fact enjoyed such wonderful fame? You know, of course, that it is unexpected blessings that give rise to the keenest surge of enjoyment. Well, in this case the person he thought for so many years had become the prey of wild beasts he now learned had attained complete authority over Egypt; so how could he fail to be dumbfounded by the greatness of his joy? After all, what is caused by excessive despair is often the effect also of extreme rejoicing. We can see many people shedding tears from exceeding joy, whereas others are frequently rendered speechless when they see things they did not expect to happen, and suddenly behold alive those they thought to be dead.

Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation - 2 Peter 1:20

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