my father, he had only himself to provide for, and
my house consists of seventy souls, and therefore am I compelled
to go down into Egypt. The blessing which my father
gave me was not fulfilled in me, but in my son Joseph, whom
peoples serve, and before whom nations bow down."[302]

Then the Shekinah addressed Jacob, calling his name
twice in token of love,[303] and bidding him not to fear the
Egyptian slavery foretold for the descendants of Abraham,
for God would have pity upon the suffering of his children
and deliver them from bondage.[304] God furthermore said, "I
will go down into Egypt with thee," and the Shekinah
accompanied Jacob thither, bringing the number of the company
with which he entered Egypt up to seventy.[305] But as
Jacob entertained fears that his descendants would stay

 
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