6558. And they said, Peradventure Joseph will hate us. That this signifies that they had rejected the internal, is evident from the signification of "holding in hatred," as being to be averse to, and to reject; and from the representation of Joseph, as being the internal (see n. 6177, 6224). Not that Joseph rejected, but that they rejected Joseph. That there is attributed to the internal (which is "Joseph") that which is of the external (which is his "brethren") is according to the appearance, in the same way as hatred and revenge are attributed to Jehovah, although they pertain to man.