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And he blessed Joseph, and said, God, before whom my fathers Abraham and Isaac did walk, the God which fed me all my life long unto this day,

New Defender's Study Bible Notes

48:15 all my life long. Jacob had seen many troubles and afflictions during his 147 years, but God had never forsaken him, just as He had promised (Genesis 28:15). When Jacob testified that God had “fed me,” the concept was that of a shepherd feeding his sheep. This in effect is the first Biblical reference to the Lord as our shepherd.

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