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Why did Ya'akov find it necessary to exert himself and sit up on the bed when Yosef arrived?

1.

Rashi and Seforno: Because effectively, Yosef was a king, and one is obligated to honor a king. 1

2.

Rashbam: He actually sat on the bed with his feet on the ground. 2

3.

Moshav Zekenim: He wanted to show that he is healthy, lest people say that his mind was befuddled, so his gift is invalid. 3


1

Moshe, when he honored Pharaoh (See Bo, Shemos 11:8) and Eliyahu, when he honored Ach'av (see Melachim 1, 18:46) took their cue from Ya'akov.

2

The Rashbam says this (not to answer the question, but) in order to explain Pasuk 12.

3

Da'as Zekenim and Hadar Zekenim say "lest people say that it was Matanas Shechiv Mera" (which is valid, but the giver can retract) and his mind was settled.

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