with their land, were not permitted to remain in their native
provinces. Joseph removed them from their own cities, and
settled them in others. His purpose herein was to prevent
the Egyptians from speaking of his brethren derogatorily as
"exiles the sons of exiles"; he made them all equally
aliens. For the same reason, God later, at the time of the
going forth of the Israelites from Egypt, caused all nations
to change their dwelling-places about, so that the Israelites
could not be reproached with having had to leave their home.
And, finally, when Sermacherib carried the Jews away from
their land into exile, it also happened that this king first
mixed up the inhabitants of all the countries of the world.