Cut off and Removed

They drew Joseph up and lifted him out of the pit, and sold him to the Ishmaelites for twenty shekels of silver.
Cut off and Removed
Joseph was sold for a smaller price than Christ was, and I think that the price was about 20 thalers. I am not inclined to engage in rather minute discussions on silver coins. But from this passage Zechariah undoubtedly derived his prophecy concerning Christ (Zechariah 11:12): "They weighed out as my wages thirty shekels of silver." For facts and circumstances agree excellently, and there cannot be a greater similarity than that between Christ crucified and Joseph; the selling and death of both are in agreement. For as Isaiah (53:8) says of Christ, "He was cut off out of the land of the living," so also Joseph is removed from the land and sight of his father, just as if he would never return to his father or see him again.
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