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{Genesis 43:34} And he took 5375 z8799 [and sent] messes 4864 unto x413 them from x4480 x854 before x6440 him: y6440 but Benjamin's 1144 mess 4864 was five y2568 times y3027 so much as 7235 z8799 x4480 x4864 x2568 x3027 any x3605 of theirs. And they drank, 8354 z8799 and were merry 7937 z8799 with x5973 him.
messes:
"And David said to Uriah, Go down to thy house, and wash thy feet. And Uriah departed out of the king's house, and there followed him a mess [of meat] from the king." {2Sm 11:8}
was five times:
Sir John Chardin observes, that "in Persia, Arabia, and the Indies, there are some houses where they place several plates in large salvers, and set one of these before each person, or before two or three, according to the magnificence of each house. The great men of the state are always served by themselves, in the feasts that are made for them; and with great profusion, their part of each kind of provision being always double, treble, or a larger proportion of each kind of meat." "To all of them he gave each man changes of raiment; but to Benjamin he gave three hundred [pieces] of silver, and five changes of raiment." {Gen 45:22} + "But unto Hannah he gave a worthy portion; for he loved Hannah: but the LORD had shut up her womb." {1Sm 1:5} + "And Samuel took Saul and his servant, and brought them into the parlour, and made them sit in the chiefest place among them that were bidden, which [were] about thirty persons. ... And the cook took up the shoulder, and [that] which [was] upon it, and set [it] before Saul. And [Samuel] said, Behold that which is left! set [it] before thee, [and] eat: for unto this time hath it been kept for thee since I said, I have invited the people. So Saul did eat with Samuel that day." {1Sm 9:22-24}
were merry:
Heb. drank largely, "Give strong drink unto him that is ready to perish, and wine unto those that be of heavy hearts." {Prv 31:6} + "Go thy way, eat thy bread with joy, and drink thy wine with a merry heart; for God now accepteth thy works." {Ecc 9:7} + "A feast is made for laughter, and wine maketh merry: but money answereth all [things]." {Ecc 10:19} + "I am come into my garden, my sister, [my] spouse: I have gathered my myrrh with my spice; I have eaten my honeycomb with my honey; I have drunk my wine with my milk: eat, O friends; drink, yea, drink abundantly, O beloved." {Sgs 5:1} + "For, lo, I raise up the Chaldeans, [that] bitter and hasty nation, which shall march through the breadth of the land, to possess the dwellingplaces [that are] not theirs." {Hab 1:6} + "The Son of man came eating and drinking, and they say, Behold a man gluttonous, and a winebibber, a friend of publicans and sinners. But wisdom is justified of her children." {Mtt 11:19} + "And saith unto him, Every man at the beginning doth set forth good wine; and when men have well drunk, then that which is worse: [but] thou hast kept the good wine until now." {Jhn 2:10}

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