of the years of the life of thy fathers," and Jacob died at
an age thirty-three years less than his father Isaac's.
On going out from the presence of Pharaoh, Jacob
blessed the king with the words, "May the years still in
store for me be given unto thee, and may the Nile overflow
its banks henceforth again and water the land." His words
were fulfilled. In order to show that the pious are a blessing
for the world, God caused the Nile to rise above its bed
and fructify the land of Egypt.