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24 younger. And when her days to be delivered were fulfilled, be25 hold, there were twins in her womb. And the first came out red,

all over like an hairy garment; and they called his name Esau. 26 And after that came his brother out, and his hand took hold on

Esau's heel ; and his name was called Jacob : and Isaac was 27 threescore years old when she bare them. And the boys grew:

and Esau was a cunning hunter, a man of the field; and Jacob 28 was a plain man, dwelling in tents. And Isaac loved Esau, be29 cause he did eat of his venison : but Rebekah loved Jacob. And

Jacob sod pottage: and Esau came from the field, and he toas 30 faint : And Esau said to Jacob, Feed me, I pray thee, with that

Rebecca also had conceived by one, even by was set, and he took of the stones of that place our father Isaac, it was said unto her, The elder and put them for his pillows, and lay down in shall serve the younger; as it is written, that place to sleep. Ge. xxviii. 10, 11. That Jacob have I loved, but Esau have I hated. which was torn of beasts (said Jacob to Laiban) Ro. ix. 9, 10. 12, 13.

I brought not unto thee: I bare the loss of it; 25 All over like an hairy, &c.] Esau my of my hand didst thou require it, whether brother is a hairy man, and I am a smooth man stolen by day, or stolen by night. Thus have (said Jacob to his mother); and she put the I been twenty years in thy house : 1 served skins of the kids of the goats upon his (Jacob's) thee fourteen years for thy two daughters, hands, and upon the smooth of his neck. And and six years for thy cattle, and thou hast he (Isaac his father) discerned him not, be- changed my wages ten times. Ge. xxxi

. 39. cause his hands were hairy. Ge. xxvii. 11. 41. “Ye" (" Joseph's brethren") shall say 16. 23.

(to Pharaoh), Thy servants' trade hath been 26 After that came his brother.] And it about cattle from our youth even until now, came to pass when she travailed, that the one both we and also our fathers. Ge. xlvi. 34. ("child") put out his hand, and the midwife There is none like "him” (Job," saith the took and

bound upon his hand a scarlet thread, Lord), a perfect and an upright man, one that saying, This came out first; and afterward feareth God, and escheweth evil. Job i. 1. & came out his brother, that had the scarlet Mark the perfect man, and behold the upthread upon his hand, and his name was right; for the end of that man is peace. Ps. called Zarah, his brother was Pharez (both xxxvii. 37. born of Tamar by Judah). Ge. xxxviii. 28. 30. Dwelling in tents.] By faith he (Abraham)

Took hold on Esau's heel.] He (Jacob) sojourned in the land of promise as in a took his brother by the heel in the womb, strange country, dwelling in tabernacles with and by his strength he had power with God. Isaac and Jacob, the heirs with him of the Ho. xii. 3.

same promise. He. xi. 9. Jacob.) And he (Esau) said, Is he not 28 "He did eat of his venison.) Make me rightly named “Jacob?" for he hath supplanted savoury meat, such as I love, and bring it to me these two times : he took away my birth- me, that I may eat (said Isaac to Esau). And right, and now, behold, he hath taken away Jacob said unto his father, I am Esau thy first my blessing. Ge. xxvii. 36.

born; I have done according as thou badest Was threescore years old.) And Isaac was me: I pray thee sit and eat of my venison. forty years old when he took Rebekah to wife. And he said, Bring it near unto me, and I will Ge. xxv. 20.

eat of my son's venison, that my soul mar 27 A cunning hunter.] He (Nimrod) was bless thee: and he (Esau) also had made a mighty hunter before the Lord. Ge. x. 9. savoury meat, and brought it unto his father, and com.

And God was with the “lad" and said unto his father, Let my father arise (Ishmael”), and he grew, and dwelt in the and eat of his son's venison, that thy soal wilderness, and became an archer. Ge. xxi. 20. may bless me. Ge. xxvii. 4. 19. 25. 31. Now therefore take, I pray thee, thy weapons, But Rebekah loved Jacob.] Rebekah spake thy quiver and thy bow, and go out to the unto Jacob her son, saying, Behold, I heard field, and take me some venison. And Rebe- thy father speak unto Esau thy brother, &c kah heard when Isaac spake to Esau his son: Ge. xxvii. 6. and Esau went to the field to hunt for venison, 29 And he was faint.) And Gideon came and to bring it. Ge. xxvii. 3. 5.

to Jordan, and passed over, he and the three A plain man, &c.] Noah was a just man, hundred men that were with him, faint, yet and walked with

God. Ge. vi. 9. And Jacob pursuing them. And he said unto the men of went out from Beer-sheba, and went toward Succoth, Give, I pray you, loaves of bread Haran, and he lighted upon a certain place, unto

the people that follow for they be faint, and tarried there all night, because the sun and I am pursuing after Zebah and Zalının,

same red pottage; for I am faint: therefore was his name called Edom. And Jacob said, Sell me this day thy birthright. 31 And Esau said, Behold, I am at the point to die: and what profit 32 shall this birthright do to me? And Jacob said, Swear to me this 33 day; and he sware unto him: and he sold his birthright unto Jacob. Then Jacob gave Esau bread and pottage of lentiles; and 34 he did eat and drink, and rose up, and went his way: thus Esau despised his birthright.


kings of Midian. Ju. viii. 4, 5. Then an the king of Sodom, I have lift up mine hand swered one of the people, and said (to Jona unto the Lord, the most high God, the posthan), Thy father (Saul), straitly charged the sessor of heaven and earth. Ge, xiv. 22. people with an oath, saying, Cursed be the will make thee swear by the Lord (said Abraman that eateth any food this day. And the ham to his servant), &c. Ge. xxiv. 3. And people were faint. And they smote the Phi- he (Herod) sware unto her (the daughter of listines that day from Michmash to Aijalon, Herodias), Ask of me whatsoever thou wilt, and the people were very faint. 1 Sa. xiv. and I will give it thee. Mar. vi. 22, 23. 28. 31. The righteous eateth to the satisfying Men verily swear by the greater ; and an oath of his soul, but the belly of the wicked shall for confirmation is to them an end of all strife. want. Pr. xiii. 25. Even the youths shall He. vi. 16. faint and be weary, and the young men shall And he sold his birthright.] Is not he utterly fall; but they that wait upon the rightly named Jacob? for he hath supplanted Lord shall renew their strength; they shall me these two times: he took away my birthmount up with wings as eagles ; they shall run, right; and, behold, now he has taken away and not be weary; and they shall walk, and my blessing. Ge. xxvii. 36. And Esau took not faint. Is. xl. 30, 31.

his wives, and his sons, and his daughters, 30 Edom.] Now these are the generations and all the persons of his house, and his of Esau, who is Edom. And these are the cattle, and all his beasts, and all his substance, generations of Esau the father of the Edom- which he had got in the land of Canaan; ites; the

ne names of Esau's sons ; and went into the country from the face of Eliphaz the son of Adah the wife of Esau, his brother Jacob. For their riches were more Reuel the son of Bashemath the wife of than that they might dwell together; and the Esau. Duke Aholibamah, Elah, Pinon, Kenaz, land wherein they were strangers could not Teman, Mihzar, Magdiel, Iram : these be the bear them because of their cattle. Ge. xxxvi. dukes of Edom. Ge. xxxvi. 1. 9, 10. 41, 42, 6, 7. Follow peace with all men, looking 43. Then the dukes of Edom shall be amazed diligently lest there be any fornicator, or pro(said Moses in his song of deliverance). Ex. fane person, as Esau, who for one morsel of xv. 15. And Moses sent messengers from meat sold his birthright. He. xii. 6. Kadesh unto the king of Edom; thus Edom 34 Eat and drink.] Then I commended refused to give Israel passage through his mirth, because a man hath no better thing border: wherefore Israel turned away from under the sun than to eat, and to drink, and him. Nu. xx. 14. 21. Thou shalt not abhor to be merry. Ec. viii. 15. And bebold, joy an Edomite, for he is thy brother. De. xxiii. 7. and gladness, slaying oxen, eating flesh, and In “bis" (kingJehoram's”) days, Edom drinking wine. Let us eat and drink, for revolted from under the hand of Judah, and to-morrow we shall die. And it was revealed made a king over themselves. 2 Ki. viii. 20. in mine ears by the Lord of hosts; Surely this

32 And what profit, &c.] What is the iniquity shall not be purged from you till ye Almighty, that we should serve him? And what die, saith the Lord God of hosts. Isa. xxii. profit should we have if we pray unto him? 13, 14. If after the manner of men I have Job xxi. 15. (The wicked) which said unto fought with beasts at Ephesus, what advanGod, Depart from us: and what can the tageth it me if the dead arise not ?

Let us Almighty do for them ? For he hath said, eat and drink, for to-morrow we die. 1 Co. It profiteth a man nothing that he should

xv. 32. delight himself with God. Job xxxiv. 9. Ye Thus Esau despised, &c.] Yea, they dehave said, It is vain to serve God: and what spised the pleasant land; they believed not profit is it that we have kept his ordinance, his word. Ps. cvi. 24. And the Lord said and that we have walked mournfully before unto me, Cast "it" ("my price") unto the the Lord of hosts? Mal. iii. 14.

potter; and I took the thirty pieces of silver, Birthright.] Thou shalt not delay to offer and cast them to the potter, in the house of the first of thy ripe fruits, and of thy liquors; the Lord. Zec. xi. 13. But they made light the firstborn of thy sons shalt thou give unto ofit" (" the invitation to the marriage feast"), me. Er. xxii. 29.

and went their ways, one to his farm, another 33 Swear to me.] And Abraham said to to his merchandize. Mat. xxii. 5. What

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1 And there was a famine in the land, besides the first famine that

was in the days of Abraham. And Isaac went unto Abimelech king 2 of the Philistines unto Gerar. And the Lord appeared unto him,

and said, Go not down into Egypt; dwell in the land which I 3 shall tell thee of : Sojourn in this land, and I will be with thee,

and will bless thee; for unto thee, and unto thy seed, I will give

all these countries; and I will perform the oath which I sware 4 unto Abraham thy father. And I will make thy seed to multiply

as the stars of heaven, and will give unto thy seed all these coun

Ge. XVI.

will ye give “me” (Judas Iscariot), and go: I will guide thee with mine eye. Ps.

deliver him (Jesus) unto you? And xxxii. 8. Fret not thyself because of evil they covenanted with him for thirty pieces of doers, neither be thou envious against the silver. Mat. xxvi. 15. And they all (who workers of iniquity. And he shall bring forth were invited to the marriage supper) with one thy righteousness as the light, and thy judg. consent began to make excuse: the first said ment as the noonday. Ps. xxxvii. 1. 6. unto him, I have bought a piece of ground, Hear my prayer, O Lord, and give ear unto and I must needs go and see it: I pray thee my cry: hold not thy peace at my tears, for have me excused, &c. And another said, I I am a stranger with thee, and a sojourner, have married a wife, and therefore I cannot as all my fathers were. Ps. xxxix. 12. By come, &c. Lu. xiv. 18. 20. Behold, ye de- faith Abraham sojourned in the land of prospisers, and wonder, and perish, for I work mise : " these all” (the Patriarchs") died a work in your days which ye shall in no in faith, not having received the promises, wise believe, though a man declare it unto but having seen them afar off; but now they you. Ac. xiii. 41. For many walk, of whom desire a better country, that is an heavenly. I told you often, and now tell you, even weeping, He. xi. 9. 13. 16. that they are the enemies of the cross of I will be with thee.) Behold I am with thee Christ: whose end is destruction, whose God (said the Lord to Jacob), and will keep thee is their belly, and whose glory is in their in all places whither thou goest, and will shame; who mind earthly things. Phi. iii. bring thee again into this land. 18, 19. See He. xii. 16. at verse 33.

15. And the Lord was with Joseph, and he

was a prosperous man. The Lord was with Chap. XXVI.—1 The first famine.] See Joseph, and shewed him mercy. Ge. xxxix. chap. xii. 10. and com.

21. When thou passest through the waters, I And Isaac went, &c.] And it came to pass will be with thee; and through the rivers, tbey after the death of Abraham, that God blessed shall not overflow thee: when thou walkest his son Isaac, and Isaac dwelt by the well through the fire, thou shalt not be burnt; Lahai-roi. Ge. xxv. 11.

neither shall the flame kindle upon thee: fear Abimelech.) Abimelech, king of Gerar, not, for I am with thee; I will bring thy seed sent and took Sarah ; and God came to Abi- from the east, and gather thee from the westo melech in a dream by night, and said to him, Is. xliii. 2. 5. Those things which ye have Behold, thou art but a dead man, for the both learned and received, and heard and seen woman which thou hast taken ; for she is in me, do; and the God of peace shall be a man's wife. Ge. xx. 2, 3. and com.

Phi. iv. 9. 2 Appeared unto him.] See chap. xii. 7; Unto thee.] See chap. xii. 1. 7. and cos. xvii. 1 ; xviii. 1. 10. 20. and com.

xiii. 15. 17. ; xv. 18. ; xvii. 8. with com. Dwell in the land.] See chap. xii. 1. and Oath which I sware, &c.] See chap. Iki Trust in the Lord, and do good ; so

16. 18. and com. Thou wilt perform the shalt thou dwell in the land, and verily thou truth to Jacob, and the mercy to Abraban, shalt be fed. Ps. xxxvii. 3.

which thou hast sworn unto our fathers from 3 Sojourn in this lund.) Then Isaac sowed the days of old. Mi. vii. 20. God willing in that land, and received in the same year more abundantly to show unto the heirs de an hundredfold; and the Lord blessed him, promise the immutability of his counsel, corfor he had possession of flocks, and possession firmed it by an oath. He. vi. 17. of herds, and great store of servants; and the 4 Multiply as the stars.) See chap. xiii. Philistines envied him. Ge. xxvi. 12. 14. 16. and com. Abraham shall surely become a See chap. xx. 1. and com. I will instruct thee, great and mighty nation, and all the nations and teach thee in the way which thou shalt of the earth shall be blessed in him. Ge.

with you.


tries; and in thy seed shall all the nations of the earth be blessed; Because that Abraham obeyed my voice, and kept my charge, my 5 commandments, my statutes, and my laws. And Isaac dwelt in 6 Gerar: And the men of the place asked him of his wife; and he 7 said, She is my sister: for he feared to say, She is my wife; lest, said he, the men of the place should kill me for Rebekah; because she was fair to look upon. And it came to pass, when he had 8 been there a long time, that Abimelech king of the Philistines looked out at a window, and saw, and, behold, Isaac was sporting with Rebekah his wife. And Abimelech called Isaac, and said, 9 Behold, of a surety she is thy wife: and how saidst thou, She is my sister? And Isaac said unto him, Because I said, Lest I die for her. And Abimelech said, What is this thou hast, done unto 10 us? one of the people might lightly have lien with thy wife, and thou shouldest have brought guiltiness upon us.

And Abimelech 11



xviii. 18. As for me, behold, my covenant is 7 She is my sister.] See chap. xii. 13. and with thee, and thou shalt be a father of many The fear of man bringeth a snare, but nations: and I will give unto thee, and to whoso putteth his trust in the Lord shall be thy seed after thee, the land wherein thou art safe. Pr. xxxix. 25. Fear not them which a stranger, all the land of Canaan, for an ever kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul; lasting possession; and I will be their God. but rather fear him which is able to destroy Ge, xvii. 4. 8.

both soul and body in hell. Mat. x. 28. Seed shall, &c.] See chap. xii. 2, 3. and Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also

loved the Church, and gave himself for it. 5 Obeyed my voice, &c.] See chap. xii. 4.; Ep. v. 25. Lie not one to another. Col. xvii. 23. with com.

Because thou hast done iii. 9. this thing, and hast not withheld thy son, thine Fair to look upon.] See chap. xxiv. 16. only son : In thy seed shall all the nations of and com. the earth be blessed, because thou hast obeyed 8 At a window. ] The mother of Sisera my voice. Ge. xxii. 16. 18. and com. Blessed looked out at a window (expecting her son who is the man that feareth the Lord, that de was killed by Jael in the tent), and cried lighteth greatly in his commandments. His through the lattice, Why is his chariot so long seed shall be mighty upon earth ; the genera- coming ? Why tarry the wheels of his chation of the upright shall be blessed. Ps. cxii. riots ? Ju. v. 28. For at the window of my I. 2. Blessed is every one that feareth the house I looked through my casement. Pr. vii. Lord, that walketh in his ways. Ps. cxxviii. 6. My beloved ” (the Church of Christ") 1. &c. Whosoever, therefore, shall break one is like a roe, or a young hart: behold, he of these least commandments, and shall teach standeth behind our wall; he looketh forth men so, he shall be called the least in the at the windows, shewing himself through the kingdom of heaven: but whosoever shall do lattice. Can. ii. 9. and teach them, the same shall be called great Sporting with Rebekah, &c.] Let thy founin the kingdom of heaven. Mat. v. 19. tain be blessed, and rejoice with the wife of Whosoever heareth these sayings of mine, thy youth. Let her be as the loving hind and and doeth them, I will liken him unto a wise pleasant roe. Let her breasts satisfy thee at all man, which built his house upon a rock. Mat. times; and be thou ravished always with her vii. 24. Therefore, my beloved brethren, be love. Pr. v. 18, 19. Live joyfully with the ye stedfast, unmoveable, always abounding wife whom thou lovest all the days of the life in the work of the Lord ; forasmuch as ye of thy vanity, which he hath given thee know that your labour is not in vain in the under the sun, all the days of thy vanity. Lord. 1 Co. xv. 58. For in Jesus Christ Ec. ix. 9. As a young man marrieth a virgin, neither circumcision availeth any thing, nor shall thy sons marry

• thee" ("the uncircumcision, but faith which worketh by Church"); and as the bridegroom rejoiceth love. Ga. v. 6. By faith Abraham, when he over the bride, so shall thy God rejoice over was called to go out into a place which he thee. Js. Ixii. 5. should after receive for an inheritance, obeyed. 10 What is this thou hast done?] See chap. He. xi. 8. Seest thou how faith wrought xii. 18, 19. and com. And Abimelech said with his works, and by works was faith made unto Abraham, What sawest thou, that thou perfect? Ja. ii. 22.

hast done this thing? Ge. xx. 10. 6 See chap. xx. 1.

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charged all his people, saying, He that toucheth this man or his 12 wife shall surely be put to death. Then Isaac sowed in that land, · and received in the same year an hundred-fold : and the Lord 13 blessed him: And the man waxed great, and went forward, and 14 grew until he became very great: For he had possession of flocks,

and possession of herds, and great store of servants : and the Phi15 listines envied him. For all the wells which his father's servants

had digged in the days of Abraham his father, the Philistines had 16 stopped them, and filled them with earth. And Abimelech said

unto Isaac, Go from us; for thou art much mightier than we. 17 And Isaac departed thence, and pitched his tent in the valley of 18 Gerar, and dwelt there. And Isaac digged again the wells of

water, which they had digged in the days of Abraham his father; for the Philistines had stopped them after the death of

11 Toucheth this man or his wife, &c.] And ruption ; but he that soweth to the Spirit, shall God said unto him (Abimelech), in a dream, of the Spirit reap life everlasting. Gevi. Yea, I know that thou didst this in the in- 7, 8. tegrity of thy heart, for I also withheld thee Blessed him.] See verse 3. Thou art now from sinning against me, therefore suffered I blessed of the Lord. Ge. xxvi. 29 See chap, thee not to touch “her” (Sarah"). Ge. xx. 6. xxiv. 1. 35. and com. The Lord hath blessed Touch not mine anointed, and do my prophets thee (Laban), since my coming: and now no harm. Ps. cv. 15. He that goeth in to his when shall s provide for my house also ! neighbour's wife, whosoever toucheth her, Ge. xxx. 30. So the Lord blessed the latter shall not be innocent. Pr. vi. 29. He that end of Job more than his beginning. (Job toucheth “ you" (" Jerusalem"), toucheth the xlii. 12. apple of his eye. Ze. ii. 8.

13 And the man wared great, &c.] See 12 An hundredfold, &c.] Then shall the chap. xxiv, 35. and com. Wealth and riches earth yield her increase, and God, even our shall be in his house, and his righteousness own God, shall bless us. Ps. Ixvii. 6. There endureth for ever. Ps. cxii. 3. shall be an handful of corn in the earth, upon 14 Possession of flocks.] See chap. xii. 16. the top of the mountains. The fruit thereof and com. and Ps. cxii. 3. preced. com, The shall shake like Lebanon ; and they of the blessing of the Lord, it maketh rich Pt. city shall flourish like grass of the earth. Ps. X. 22. lxxii. 16. In the morning sow thy seed, and Envied him.] And his brethren (Joseph's) in the evening withhold not thine hand; for envied him. Ge. xxxvii. 11. And Saul eyed thou knowest not whether shall prosper, either David from that day forward (that the wortet this or that, or whether they both shall be praised him). 1 Sa. xviii. 9.

Wrath killeth alike good. Ec. xi. 6. The seed (alluding to the foolish' man, and envy slayeth the silly the restoration of Jerusalem) shall be pros- one. Job v. 2. The wicked sball see it, and perous ; the vine shall give her fruit, and the be grieved; he shall gnash with his teeth

, ground shall give her increase. Zec. viii. 12. and melt away: the desire of the wicked shall Other (seed) fell on good ground, and brought perish. Ps. cxii. 10. Wrath is cruel, and forth fruit, some an hundred-fold, some sixty- anger is outrageous; but who is able to stand fold, some thirty-fold. But he that received before envy? Pr. xxvii. 4. Again I consiseed into the good ground is he that heareth dered all travel and every right work, for this the word and understandeth it, which also a man is envied of his neighbour. This beareth fruit, and bringeth forth, some an is also vanity and vexation of spirit. Es hundred-fold, some sixty, some thirty. Mat. iv. 4. xiii. 8. 23. Mar, iv. 8. I have planted (said 15 His father's servants had digged.) And Paul), Apollos watered, but God gave the he (Abraham) said, For these seven ewe lambs increase. 1 Co. iii. 6. Now he that minis- shalt thou (Abimelech) take of my hand, that tereth seed to the sower, both minister bread they may be a witness unto me, that I have for your food, and multiply your seed sown, digged this well. Ge. xxi. 30. and increase the fruits of your righteousness. 16 Mightier than we.] And "he" ("kle Being enriched in every thing to all bountiful- new king of Egypt") said unto his people

, ness, which causeth, through us, thanksgiving Behold, the people of the children of Israel are to God. 2 Co. ix. 10, 11. Whatsoever a man more and mightier than we. Er. i. 9. soweth, that shall he also reap; for he that 18 In the days of Abraham, &c.] Ses soweth to his flesh, shall of the flesh reap cor

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