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15 mount of the Lord it shall be seen. And the angel of the Lord 16 called unto Abraham out of heaven the second time, And said, By
myself have I sworn, saith the Lord; for because thou hast done 17 this thing, and hast not withheld thy son, thine only son : That in
blessing I will bless thee, and in multiplying I will multiply thy seed as the stars of the heaven, and as the sand which is upon the
sea-shore; and thy seed shall possess the gate of his enemies ; In the mount of the Lord it shall be seen.] thee. Je. li. 14. The Lord God hath swom For the Lord shall judge his people, and re- by himself, saith the Lord, the God of hosts, pent himself for his servants, when he seeth I abhor the excellency of Jacob, and hate his that their power is gone, and there is none palaces; therefore will I deliver up the city, shut up or left. De. xxxii. 36. Our fathers with all that is therein. Am. vi. 8. The oath trusted in thee; they trusted, and thou didst which he sware to our father Abraham, that deliver them: they cried unto thee, and were he would grant unto us, that we being dedelivered: they trusted in thee, and were not livered out of the hand of our enemies might confounded. Ps. xxii. 4, 5. If it be so (said serve him without fear. Lu. i. 73. For the Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-nego), our God promise that he should be the heir of the world whom we serve is able to deliver us from the was not to Abraham or to his seed through the burning fiery furnace, and he will deliver us law, but through the righteousness of faith; for out of thine hand, O king. Da. iii. 17. Be if they which are of the law be heirs, faith is in pain and labour to bring forth, O daughter made void, and the promise made of none of Zion, like a woman in travail ; for now shalt effect. Ro. iv. 13, 14. For when God made thou go forth out of the city, and thou shalt promise to Abraham, because he could swear dwell in the field, and thou shalt go even to by no greater, he sware by himself, saying, Babylon: there shalt thou be delivered ; there Surely, blessing, I will bless thee, and multiply. the Lord shall redeem thee from the hand of ing, I will multiply thee. He. vi. 13, 14. thine enemies. Mi. iv. 10. And the Word 17 In blessing I will bless, &c.] See chap. was made flesh and dwelt among us (and we xii. 2. and com. Therefore God give thee of beheld his glory, the glory as of the only be the dew of heaven, and the fatness of the earth, gotten of the Father), full of grace and truth. and plenty of corn and wine. Let people In. i. 14. For we would not, brethren, have serve " thee" ("" Jacob"), and nations bow you ignorant of our trouble which came to us down to thee ; be lord over thy brethren, and in Asia, that we were pressed out of measure, let thy mother's sons bow down unto thee. Gen. above strength, insomuch that we despaired xxvji. 28, 29. His (Joseph's) bow abode in even of life ; but we had the sentence of death strength, and the arms of his hands were made in ourselves, that we should not trust in our- strong by the hands of the mighty God of selves, but in God which raiseth the dead, who Jacob. Even by the God of thy father, who delivered us from so great a death, and doth shall help thee (said Jacob), and by the Aldeliver, in whom we trust that he will yet mighty, who shall bless thee with blessings of deliver us. 2 Co. i. 8, 9, 10. And without heaven above, blessings of the deep that lieth controversy, great is the mystery of godliness. under, blessings of the breasts and of the God was manifest in the flesh, justified in the womb : the blessings of thy father have prespirit, seen of angels, preached unto the Gen- vailed above the blessings of my progenitors, tiles, believed on in the world, received up unto the utmost bound of the everlasting hills: into glory. I Ti. iii. 16.
they shall be on the head of Joseph, and on 15 The second time.] See verse 11. the crown of the head of him that was sepa
16 By myself have I sworn, &c.] I will rate from his brethren. Ge. xlix. 25, 26. And make of thee a great nation, and I will bless all these blessings shall come on thee and thee. Ge. xii. 2. and com. Which covenant overtake thee (said Moses to Israel), if thou he made with Abraham, and his oath unto shalt hearken unto the voice of the Lord thy Isaac. Ps. cv. 9. I have sworn by myself, God. De. xxviii. 2. Blessed be the God and the word is gone out of my mouth in righte. Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath ousness, and shall not return, That unto me blessed us with all spiritual blessings in hesevery knee shall bow, every tongue shall venly places in Christ. Ep. 1. 3.
Is. xlv. 23. For I have sworn by I will multiply thy seed, &c.] I will make myself, saith the Lord, that Bozrah shall be. thy seed as the dust of the earth, so that if a come a desolation, a reproach, a waste, and a man can number the dust of the earth, then curse, and all the cities thereof shall be per- shall thy seed also be numbered. Ge. xii. 16. petual wastes. Je. xlix. 13. The Lord of hosts and com. and xii. 2, 3. hath sworn by himself, saying, Surely I will Shore.) And king Solomon made a nary fill thee (Babylon) with men, as with cater- of ships in Ezion-Geber, which is beside Elith, pillars, and they shall lift up a shout against on the shore of the Red Sea. I ki, ix. 26.
And in thy seed shall all the nations of the earth be blessed; be- 18 cause thou hast obeyed my voice. So Abraham returned unto his 19 young men; and they rose up and went together to Beer-sheba; and Abraham dwelt at Beer-sbeba. And it came to pass after 20 these things, that it was told Abraham, saying, Behold, Milcah,
Thy seed skall possess, &c.] Be thou (Re- wound (Israel's) is incurable. He is come bekah) the mother of thousands of millions, and unto the gate of my people, even to Jerusalem. let thy seed possess the gate of those which Mi. i. 9. And (God) hath raised up an horn hate them. Ge. xxiv. 60. There shall come of salvation for us in the house of his servant a Star out of Jacob, and a Sceptre shall rise out David. That we being delivered out of the of Israel, and shall smite the corners of Moab, hand of our enemies might serve him without and destroy all the children of Sheth. Out of fear, in holiness and righteousness before him Jacob shall come he that shall have dominion, all the days of our life. Lu. i. 69. 74, 75. and shall destroy him that remaineth of the But thanks be to God, which giveth us the city. Nie xxiv. 17, 19. Then shall his father victory, through our Lord Jesus Christ. 1 Co. and his mother lay hold on him (their stubborn xv. 57. And the seventh angel sounded, and and rebellious son which will not obey the voice there were great voices in heaven, saying, The of his father or the voice of his mother), and kingdoms of this world are become the kingbring him out unto the elders of his city doms of our Lord and of his Christ, and he and onto the gate of his place (to be stoned). shall reign for ever and ever. Re. xi. 15. De. xxi, 19, &c. Be strong and of good cou- 18 In thy seed, &c.] See chap. xii. 3. and rage, for unto this people (the Israelites) shalt com. Paul, a servant of Jesus Christ, called to thou (Joshua) divide for an inheritance the be an apostle, separated unto the Gospel of land, which I sware unto their fathers to give God, concerning his Son Jesus Christ our Lord, them. Jos. i. 6. &c. And the Lord said unto which was made of the seed of David accordJoshua, Fear them not, for I have delivered ing to the flesh. Ro. i. 3. They which be of them (the Amorites) into thine hand: there faith are blessed with faithful Abraham, Ga. shall not a man of them stand before thee. iii. 9. For if the inheritance be of the law, it Jos. I. 8, &c. And after this it came to pass is no more of promise; but God gave it to that David smote the Philistines and subdued Abraham by promise. And if ye be Christ's, them, and he smote Moab and measured them then are ye Abraham's seed, and heirs accordwith a line, casting them down to the ground. ing to the promise. Ga. iii. 18. 29. 2 Sa. viii. 1, 2, &c. And when all the kings Obeyed my voice, &c.] God did tempt that were servants to Hadarezer saw that they Abraham, and said unto him, Abraham; and Here smitten before Israel, they made peace he said, Behold, here I am. And Abraham with Israel, and served them. 2 Sa. X. 19, stretched forth his hand, and took the knife &c. Ask of me, and I shall give thee the to slay his son (at the command of God). heathen for thine inheritance, and the utter- Ge. xxii. 1. 10. Because that Abraham obeyed most parts of the earth for thy possession. my voice (I will make thy, Isaac's, seed to mulThou shalt break them with a rod of iron; tiply). Ge. xxvi. 5. 4. Them that honour me thou shalt dash them in pieces like a potter's (saith the Lord) I will honour. 1 Sa. ii. 30. Fessel. Ps. ii. 8, 9. “He” (“Solomon ") Obey my voice, and I will be your God, and shall have dominion also from sea to sea, and ye shall be my people. Je. vii. 23. Faith is from the river unto the ends of the earth. the substance of things hoped for, the eviThey that dwell in the wilderness shall bow dence of things not seen. He. xi. 1, &c. before him; and his enemies shall lick the 19 Beer-sheba, &c.] See chap. xxi. 31. and dust. Ps. lxxii. 8, 9. And (thou God) hast given “ them” (“the Jews") this land, which 20 Told Abraham, &c.] As cold waters to thou didst swear to their fathers to give them, a thirsty soul, so is good news from a far couna land flowing with milk and honey. Je. xxxii. try. Pr. xxv. 25. 22. And in the days of these kings shall the Milcah.] See chap. xi. 29. and com. God of heaven set up a kingdom which shall (said Rebekah) the daughter of Bethuel the never be destroyed; and the kingdom shall son of Milcah, which she bare unto Nahor. not be left to other people, but it shall break Ge. xxiv. 24. in pieces, and consume all those kingdoms, Nahor.] See chap. xi. 26, and com.
And and it shall stand for ever. Forasmuch as thou the servant (of Abraham) took ten camels, and sawest (said Daniel) that the stone was cut he arose and went to Mesopotamia, unto the out of the mountain without hands, and that city of Nahor. · Ge. xxiv. 10, &c. The God it brake in pieces the iron, the brass, the clay, of Abraham, the God of Nahor, the God of the silver, and the gold; the great God hath their father, judge betwixt us (Laban and made known to the king what shall come to Jacob). Ge. xxxi. 53. pass hereafter. Da. ii. 44, 45, For her
21 she hath also born children unto thy brother Nahor; Huz his
firstborn, and Buz his brother, and Kemuel the father of Aram, 22 And Chesed, and Hazo, and Pildash, and Jidlaph, and Bethuel
. 23 And Bethuel begat Rebekah : these eight Milcah did bear to 24 Nahor, Abraham's brother. And his concubine, whose name was
Reumah, she bare also Tebah, and Gaham, and Thahash, and Maachah.
1 And Sarah was an hundred and seven and twenty years old: these 2 were the years of the life of Sarah. And Sarah died in Kirjath
arba; the same is Hebron in the land of Canaan : and Abraham 3 came to mourn for Sarah, and to weep for her. And Abraham
21 Huz.] There was a man in the land of and said unto her, Thou art our sister. And Uz, whose name was Job. Job i. 1.
Isaac brought her into his mother Sarah's Buz.] Then was kindled the wrath of tent, and took Rebekah, and she became his Elihu the son of Barachel, the Buzite, of the wife. Ge. xxiv, 51. 60. 67, When Rebecca kindred of Ram. Against Job was his wrath also had conceived by one, even by our father kindled, because he justified himself rather Isaac, it was said unto her, The elder shall than God. Job xxxii. 2.
serve the younger. Ro. ix. 10. 12, Aram.] And he (Abraham's servant) arose, 24 Concubine.] And Sarai, Abram's wise, and went to Mesopotamia, unto the city of took Hagar her maid, the Egyptian, and gave Nahor. Ge. xxiv. 10. And he (Balaam) took her to her husband Abram to be his wife, up his parable and said, Balak the king of Ge. xvi. 3. and com. The Lord will destroy Moab has brought me from Aram, out of the the house of the proud, but he will establishi mountains of the east. Nu. xxiii. 7. To the the border of the widow. Pr. xv. 25. chief musician upon Shushan-eduth, Michtam of David, when he strove with Aram-naharaim, CHAP. XXIII.—1 Sarah was an hundred, and with Aram-zobah, when Joab returned, &c.] Shall a child be born unto him that is and smote of Edom, in the valley of salt, an hundred years old ? and shall Sarah, that is twelve thousand. Title of Ps. lx.
ninety years old, bear? Ge. xvii. 17. 23 Bethuel.] And it came to pass before 2 Kirjath-arba.) And Abraham buried "he" ("the servant of Abraham”) had done Sarah his wife in the cave of the field of speaking, that behold, Rebekah came out, who Machpelah, before Mamre; the same is Hewas born to Bethuel, son of Milcah, the wife bron in the land of Canaan.
Ge. xxiii. 19. of Nahor, Abraham's brother; and she said, I See chap. xiii. 18. and com.
And as he am the daughter of Bethuel the son of Milcah, (Joshua) had done to Hebron, so he did to which she bare unto Nahor. And I (said the Debir, and the king thereof.
Jos. X. 39. servant) asked her, Whose daughter art thou ? And Kirjath-arba (which is Hebron), in the and she said, The daughter of Bethuel, Nahor's mountain of Judah (was one of the refuge son, whom Milcah bare unto him. And I put cities). Jos. xx. 7. And Judah went against the ear-ring upon her face, and the bracelets the Cananites that dwelt in Hebron : (now upon her hands.
Ge. xxiv. 15. 24. 47. And the name of Hebron before was Kirjath-aria.) Isaac was forty years old when he took Rebe- Ju. i. 10. 1 Sa. xx. 31. And the time that kah to wife, the daughter of Bethuel the David was king in Hebron over the house of Syrian, of Padan-aram, the sister to Laban the Judah, was
seven years and six months. Syrian. Ge. xxv. 20. Arise, go (said Isaac 2 Sa. ii. 11. So all the elders of Israel came to Jacob) to Padan-aram, to the house of to the king to Hebron, and king David made Bethuel, thy mother's father, and take thee a a league with them in Hebron, before the wife from thence of the daughters of Laban, Lord: and they anointed David king over thy mother's brother. And Isaac sent away Israel. In Hebron he reigned over Judah Jacob, and he went to Padan-aram, unto seven years and six months; and in Jerusalem Laban, son of Bethuel the Syrian, the brother he reigned thirty and three years over all of Rebekah, Jacob's and Esau's mother. Ge. Israel and Judah. 2 Sa. v. 3. 5. And to the xxviii. 2. 5.
sons of Aaron they gave the cities of Judah, Rebekah.) Behold, Rebekah is before thee namely, Hebron, the city of refuge, &c. &c. (said Laban and Bethuel); take her, and go, I Chr. vi. 57. let her be thy master's son's wife. And they Mourn for Sarah.] And Esau said in his (her brother and mother) blessed Rebekah, heart, The days of mourning for my father are
stood up from before his dead, and spake unto the sons of Heth, saying, I am a stranger and a sojourner with you: give me a posa session of a burying-place with you, that I may bury my dead out
at hand. Ge. xxvii. 41. And “they" ("Jo-' buried, and Sarah his wife. Ge. xxv. 10. And seph and the elders" of the land of Egypt, &c.) Rebekah said to Isaac, I am weary of my life came to the thrashing-floor of Atad, which is because of the daughters of Heth. If Jacob beyond Jordan, and there they mourned take a wife of the daughters of Heth, such as with a great and very sore lamentation; and these which are of the daughters of the land, he made a mourning for his "father" ("Ja- what good shall my life do me? Ge. xxvii. 46. cob") seven days. Ge. I. 10. And when all Bury me (said Jacob to his sons) in the cave the congregation saw that Aaron was dead, that is in the field of Machpelah, which is they mourned for Aaron thirty days, even all before Mamre, in the land of Canaan, which the house of Israel. Nu. xx. 29. And the Abraham bought with the field of Ephron the children of Israel wept for Moses in the plains Hittite, for a possession of a burying-place. of Moab thirty days; so the days of weeping Ge. xlix. 30. Then answered David and said and mourning for Moses were ended. De. to Abimelech the Hittite, and to Abishai the xxxiv. 8. Now Samuel was dead, and all son of Jeruiah, brother to Joab, saying, Who Israel had lamented him, and buried him in will go down with me to Saul to the camp? Ramah, even in his own city. 1 Sa. xxviii. 3. And Abishai said, I will go down with thee. And they mourned, and wept, and fasted until 1 Sa. xxvi. 6. Uriah the Hittite (was one of even for Saul, and for Jonathan his son, and David's worthies), thirty and seven in all. for the people of the Lord, and for the house 2 Sa. xxiii. 39. of Israel, because they were fallen by the 4 A stranger, &c.] And I will give unto sword. And David lamented with this la- thee, and to thy seed after thee, the land mentation (the beauty of Israel is slain, &c.) wherein thou art a stranger. Ge. xvii. 8. over Saul, and over Jonathan his son. 2 Sa. i. And Jacob said unto Pharaoh, The days of the 12. 17. And Jeremiah lamented for Josiah, years of my pilgrimage are an hundred and and all the singing-men and singing-women thirty years: few and evil have the days of the spake of Josiah in their lamentations to this years of my life been, and have not attained day; and behold, they are written in the la- unto the days of the years of the life of my mentations. 2 Chr. xxxv. 25. Weep ye not fathers in the days of their pilgrimage. Ge. for the dead, neither bemoan him; but weep xlvii. 9. The land is mine; for ye are stransore for him that goeth away, for he shall re- gers and sojourners (saith the Lord) with me. turn no more, nor see his native country. Le. xxv. 23. For we are strangers before Therefore thus saith the Lord concerning Je- thee, and sojourners, as were all our fathers. hoiakim the son of Josiah, king of Judah, They Our days on the earth are as a shadow, and shall not lament for him, saying, Ah, my bro- there is none abiding. 1 Ch. xxix. 15. For ther ! or Ah, sister! They shall not lament “I” (“ David") am a stranger with thee and for him, saying, Ah, lord! or Ah, his glory! a sojourner, as all my fathers were. Ps. Je. xxii. 10. 18. “Son of man" (" Ezekiel”), xxxix. 12. When they were but few men in behold, I take away from thee the desire of number, yea very few, and strangers in it (the thine eyes with a stroke; yet neither shalt land), when they went from one nation to thou mourn nor weep, neither shall thy tears another, from one kingdom to another people, run down. So I spake unto the people in the he suffered no man to do them wrong, &c. morning, and at even my wife died; and I did Ps. cv. 12, 13. I am a stranger in the earth; in the morning as I was commanded. Ez. hide not thy commandments from me. Ps. xxiv. 16. 18. The Jews then which were with cxix. 19. By faith "he" (" Abraham") sober (Mary, the sister of Lazarus) in the house journed in the land of promise as in a strange and comforted her, when they saw Mary that country. He. xi. 9. These all died in faith, she rose up hastily and went out, followed her, not having received the promises, but havsaying, She goeth unto the grave to weep there. ing seen them afar off, and were persuaded of Where have ye laid him ? (said Jesus.) They them and embraced them, and confessed that say unto him, Lord, come and see. Jesus wept they were strangers and pilgrims on the earth. In. xi. 31. 34, 35. And devout men carried But now they desire a better country, that is Stephen to his burial, and made great lament- an heavenly. He. xi. 13. 16. Dearly beloved, ation over him. Acts viii. 2.
I beseech you, as strangers and pilgrims, ab3 Stood up from before his dead.] Come stain from fleshly lusts which war against the down and sit in the dust, О virgin daughter of soul. 1 Pe. ii. 11. Babylon ; sit on the ground, &c. Isa. xlvii. 1. Burying-place, &c.] In the sweat of thy
Heth.] See ver. 5. 7. And Canaan begat face shalt thou eat bread, till thou return unto Sidon his firstborn and Heth. Ge. x. 15. and the ground, for out of it wast thou taken ; for com. (In) the field which Abraham purchased dust thou art, and unto dust shalt thou return. of the sons of Heth, there was Abraham Ge. iii. 19. Bury me (said Jacob) in the cave
5 of my sight. And the children of Heth answered Abraham, 6 saying unto him, Hear us, my lord: thou art a mighty prince
among us: in the choice of our sepulchres bury thy dead; none
of us shall withhold from thee his sepulchre, but that thou mayest 7 bury thy dead. And Abraham stood up, and bowed himself to 8 the people of the land, even to the children of Heth. And he
communed with them, saying, If it be your mind that I should bury my dead out of my sight; hear me, and intreat for me to
that is in the field of Machpelah, which is not the anger of my lord wax hot; thou before Mamre, in the land of Canaan, which knowest the people, that they are set on misAbraham bought with the field of Ephron the chief. Ex. xxxii. 22. Then “she” (“Ruth") Hittite, for a possession of a burying-place. said, Let me find favour in thy sight, my lord; Ge. xlix. 30. His (Jacob's) sons carried him for thou (Boaz) hast comforted me, &c. Ru. into the land of Canaan, and buried him in ii. 13. the cave of Machpelah, which Abraham A mighty prince.] And Abram was very bought with th field for a possession of a rich in cattle, in silver, and in gold. Ge. xiii. burying-place of Ephron the Hittite, before 2. and com. And when Abram heard that his Mamre. Ge. I. 13. For I know that thou brother (Lot) was taken captive, he armed wilt bring me to death, and to the house his trained servants, born in his own house, appointed for all living. Job xxx. 23. If a three hundred and eighteen. Ge. xiv. 14 man beget an hundred children, and live And the Lord hath blessed my master greatly, many years, so that the days of his years be and he is become great. Ge. xxiv. 35. Sex many, and his soul be not filled with good, chap. xxi. 22. Thus saith the Lord, The laand also that he have no burial, I say that an bour of Egypt, and merchandise of Ethiopia, untimely birth is better than he. Ec. vi. 3. and of the Sabeans, men of stature, shall come Man goeth to his long home, and the mourners over unto thee, and they shall thine; in go about the streets. Then shall the dust chains they shall come over, and they shall return to its earth as it was ; and the spirit fall down unto “ thee" (“ Israel"). They shall return unto God who gave it
. Ec. xii. shall make supplication unto thee, saying, 5. 7. And he (the Lord) gave him (Abra- Surely God is in thee, &c.
Is. xlv. 14. ham) none inheritance in it (the land), no, not Behold what manner of love the Father hath so much as to set his foot on. Ac. vii. 5. bestowed upon us, that we should be called
Bury my dead.] And after this, Abraham the sons of God. Beloved, now are we the buried Sarah his wife in the cave of the field sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what of Machpelah, before Mamre. Ge. xxiii. 19. we shall be ; but we know that, when he shall
6 My lord.) After I am waxed old shall appear, we shall be like him, for we shall see I have pleasure, my lord being old also ? Ge. him as he is. 1 Jn. iii. 1, 2. xviii. 12. And she (Rebekah) said (to Abra- 7 Bowed himself.] See chap. xviii. 2. and ham's servant), Drink, my lord; and she hasted com. And Lot seeing them (the two angeld), to let down her pitcher upon her hand, and rose up to meet them, and he bowed himself gave him drink. And he said, I am Abra- with his face toward the ground. Ge. xix. I. ham's servant: and the Lord hath blessed my A man that hath friends must shew himself “master” (“ Abraham") greatly, and he is friendly. Pr. xviii. 24. Recompense to do become great.
Ge. xxiv. 18. 34, 35. And man evil for evil; provide things honest in the “she” (“ Rachel") said to her father, Let it sight of all men. If it be possible, as much not displease my lord that I cannot rise up as lieth in you, live peaceably with all men. before thee. Ge. xxxi. 35. Thus shall ye Rom. xii. 17, 18. Follow peace with all men, speak to my lord Esau : Thy servant Jacob and holiness, without which no man sball see saith thus: I have oxen, and asses, flocks, the Lord. He. xii. 14. Finally, be ye all of and men-servants, and women-servants; and one mind, having compassion one of another: I have sent to tell my lord, that I may find love as brethren, be pitiful, be courteous. grace in thy sight. It is a present sent unto 1 Pe. iii. 8. my lord Esau, &c. Ge. xxxii. 4, 5. 18. And 8 Intreat for me.] And he said (to Bath they said unto him” (“ Joseph”), Nay, my sheba, the mother of Solomon), Speak, I pray Jord, but to buy food are thy “servants" thee, unto Solomon the king, (for he will not (“ Joseph's brethren”) come. Ge. xlii. 10. say thee nay), that he give me Abishag, the Ìs not this "it" ("the cup”) in which my Shunammite, to wife (said Adonijah). I kill lord drinketh, and whereby indeed he di- 17. And when "he" (" a certain centurion") vineth? And they (Joseph's brethren) said, heard of Jesus, he sent unto him the elders (to Joseph's steward), How should we steal of the Jews, beseeching him that he would out of thy lord's house silver or gold? Ge. come and heal his servant. And when they xliv. 5. 8. And Aaron said (unto Moses), let came to Jesus, they besought him instantly,