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"The Everlasting Hills"

(Magill's Quotations in Context)

Context: When Jacob, also called Israel, was 130 years old, he, his sons and their families, because of a great famine, went from their home in Canaan to Egypt. Jacob's son, Joseph, who presumably had been killed many years before but who actually had been sold into Egypt by his brothers, now the Viceroy of Egypt, second only to Pharaoh, welcomed his people and settled them in the easterly frontier of Egypt. After seventeen years in Egypt, realizing that his end was approaching, Jacob summoned his sons to him to tell them what "should befall them in the last days." Aware of their destiny as a people to fulfill the partriarchial covenant, to multiply...

(The entire section is 225 words.)