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Reformation Study Bible – Gen 46:32
Gen 46:32

46:32 shepherds. Their identity as shepherds would assure Pharaoh that they entertained no social or political ambitions under their brother’s auspices, and would help insulate them from intermarriage with the pagan Egyptians (v. 34; 43:32 and notes). The latter threat increased when they possessed property in Egypt (v. 11).