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15 broken my covenant. And God said unto Abraham, As for Sarai

thy wife, thou shalt not call her name Sarai, but Sarah shall her 16 name be. And I will bless her, and give thee a son also of her:

yea, I will bless her, and she shall be a mother of nations; kings 17 of people shall be of her. Then Abraham fell upon his face, and

laughed, and said in his heart, Shall a child be born unto him

that is an hundred years old ? and shall Sarah, that is ninety years 18 old, bear? And Abraham said unto God, Othat Ishmael might

band unto them, saith the Lord. Jer. xxxi. face before the ark of the Lord until the even32. Whosoever shall eat this bread, and tide, he and the elders of Israel, and put dust drink this cup of the Lord unworthily, shall upon their heads. Josh. vii. 6. And David be guilty of the body and blood of the Lord; lifted up his eyes and saw the angel of the but let a man examine himself, and so let him Lord stand between the earth and the heaven, eat of that bread, and drink of that cup, for he having a drawn sword in his hand stretched that eateth and drinketh unworthily, eateth out over Jerusalem; then David and the elders and drinketh damnation to himself, not dis- of Israel, who were clothed in sackloth, fell cerning the Lord's body. I Cor. xi. 27. 28. 29. upon their faces. 1 Chron. xxi. 16. Then Job

15 As for Sarai thy wife, &c.] See verse 5. arose, and rent his mantle, and shaved his and com.

head, and fell down upon the ground and 16 I will bless her.] See com. chap. i. 28. worshipped. Job i. 20. As the appearance and xii. 2. And they (her mother and brother) of the bow that is in the cloud in the day of blessed Rebekah, and said unto her, Thou art rain, so was the appearance of the brightness our sister, be thou the mother of thousands of round about; this was the appearance of the millions, and let thy seed possess the gate of likeness of the glory of the Lord, and when I those which hate them. Gen. xxiv. 60. For saw it, I fell upon my face, and I heard a this is the word of promise : at this time will I voice of one that spake. Ezek. i. 28. And come, and Sara shall have a son. Rom. ix. 9. when they (the wise men) were come into the

Give thee a son.] I will certainly return house, they saw the young child (Jesus) with unto thee, according to the time of life, and Mary his mother, and fell down, and worlo, Sarah, thy wife, shall have a son: is any shipped him. Matt. ii. 11. And when he thing too hard for the Lord ? At the time (the Lamb) had taken the book, the four appointed I will return unto thee, according to beasts and four and twenty elders fell down the time of life, and Sarah shall have a son. before the Lamb. Rev. v. 8. And the four Gen. xviii. 10. 14.

and twenty elders which sat before God on Be a mother.] A nation, and a company of their seats fell upon their faces and wornations (said God to Jacob), shall be of thee. shipped God. Rev. xi. 16. Gen. xxxv. Il. But Jerusalem, which is above, And laughed, &c.] Therefore Sarah laughed is free, which is the mother of us all ; bre- within herself, saying, After I am waxed old thren, we are not children of the bond woman, shall I have pleasure, my lord being old also ? but of the free. Gal. iv. 26. 31. Even as Gen. xviii. 12. And Sarah said, God hath Sara obeyed Abraham, calling him lord : whose made me to laugh, so that all that hear will daughters ye are as long as ye do well, and laugh with me. Gen. xxi. 6. Your father, are not afraid with any amazement. 1 Pet. Abraham, rejoiced to see my day, and he saw ii. 6.

it and was glad. John viii. 56. And being Kings of people, &c.] See verse 6. And not weak in faith, he considered not his own kings shall be thy nursing-fathers, and their body now dead, when he was about an hunqueens thy nursing-mothers; they shall bow dred years old, neither yet the deadness of down to thee with their face toward the earth, Sara's womb. He staggered not at the proand lick up the dust of thy feet, and thou shalt mise of God through unbelief, but was strong know that I am the Lord, for they shall not in faith giving glory to God. Rom. iv. 19, 20. be ashamed that wait for me. Isa. xlix. 23. 18 O that Ishmael, &c.] And I will give

17 Fell upon his face, &c.] See verse 3. them one heart and one way, that they may And I fell down before the Lord, (said Moses) fear me for ever, for the good of them, and of as at the first, forty days and forty nights: I their children after them. Jer. xxxii. 39. For did neither eat bread nor drink water, because the promise is unto you, and to your children, of all your sins which ye sinned, in doing and to all that are afar off, even as many as wickedly in the sight of the Lord, to provoke the Lord our God shall call, Acts ii. 39. him to anger; thus I fell down before the Lord Before thee.] When thou tillest the ground, forty days and forty nights, as I fell down at it shall not henceforth yield unto thee her the first, because the Lord had said he would strength; a fugitive and a vagabond shalt thou destroy you. Deut. ix. 18. 25. And Joshua be in the earth : behold (said Cain), thou hast rent his clothes and fell to the earth upon his driven me out this day from the face of the

live before thee! And God said, Sarah thy wife shall bear thee a 19 son indeed; and thou shalt call his name Isaac: and I will establish my covenant with him for an everlasting covenant, and with his seed after him. And as for Ishmael, I have heard thee : 20 Behold, I have blessed him, and will make him fruitful, and will multiply him exceedingly; twelve princes shall he beget, and I will make him a great nation. But my covenant will I establish 21

earth, and from thy face shall I be hid; and I unto Abraham: and these are the names acshall be a fugitive and a vagabond in the earth. cording to their generations: the first-born of Gen. iv. 12. 14. There be many that say, Who Ishmael, Nebajoth; and Kedar, and Abdeel, will shew us any good ? Lord, lift thou up the and Mibsam, and Mishma, and Dumah, and light of thy countenance upon us ! Ps. iv. 6. Massa, Hadar, and Tema, Jetur, Naphish, and And as for me, thou upholdest me in mine Kedemah: these are their names, by their integrity, and settest me before thy face for towns, and by their castles; twelve princes eper. Ps. xli. 12. But your iniquities have according to their nations. Gen. xxv. 12-16. separated between you and your God, and And I will make him a great nation. And your sins have hid his face from you, that he also of the son of the bondwoman will I make will not hear. Isa. lix. 2.

a nation, because he is thy seed. Arise (said 19 Sarah thy wife, &c.) But my covenant God to Hagar), lift up the lad (Ishmael), for I will I establish with Isaac, whom Sarah shall will make him a great nation. Gen. xxi. 13. bear unto thee, at this set time in the next 18. Vear. Gen. xvii. 21. I will certainly return 21 But my covenant, &c. Cast out this into thee according to the time of life, and bondwoman and her son, for the son of this Sarah thy wife shall have a son: is any thing bondwoman shall not be heir with my son, too hard for the Lord ? At the time appointed even with Isaac: for in Isaac shall thy seed be I will return unto thee, according to the time called. Gen. xxi. 10. 12. Go not down dwell of life, and Sarah shall have a son. Gen. xviii. in the land which I shall tell thee of: I will be 10. 14. Sarah conceived, and bare Abraham with thee and will bless thee; I will make thy a son in his old age, at the set time of which (Isaac's) seed to multiply as the stars of heaGod had spoken to him; and Abraham called ven; and in thy seed shall all the nations of the name of his son that was born unto him, the earth be blessed, because that Abraham Isaac; and Sarah said, God hath made me to obeyed my voice, and kept my charge, my laugh, so that all that hear will laugh with me. commandments, my statutes, and my laws. Gen. xxi. 2. 3.6. And he (Elisha) said, About Gen. xxvi. 2, 3, 4, 5. And Israel took his this season, according to the time of life, thou journey with all that he had, and came to shalt embrace a son; and she said, Nay, my Beersheba, and offered sacrifices unto the God Lord, thou man of God, do not lie unto thy of his father Isaac. Gen. xlvi. 1. And he "handmaid" (" the Shunammite woman"): and (Israel) blessed Joseph, and said, God, before the woman conceived, and bare a son, at that whom my fathers Abraham and Isaac did season that Elisha had said unto her, according walk, the God which fed me all my life long to the time of life. 2 Kings iv. 16. 17. Fear unto this day, the angel which redeemed me not, Zacharias, for thy prayer is heard (said from all evil, bless "the lads" ("Ephraim and Gabriel), and thy wife, Elizabeth, shall bear Manasseh"). Gen. xlviii. 15. And God heard thee a son, and thou shalt call his name John; "their" ("the Israelites'") groaning, and God and behold, thou shalt be dumb and not able remembered his covenant with Abraham, with to speak until the day that these things shall Isaac, and with Jacob. Exod. ii. 24. I am be performed, because thou believest not my the God of thy father, the God of Abraham, words, which shall be fulfilled in their season. the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob: and Lake t. 13. 20. Not as though the word of Moses hid his face, for he was afraid to look God hath taken none effect, for they are not upon God. Exod. iii. 6. He hath holpen his all Israel which are of Israel; for this is the servant Israel, in remembrance of his mercy; word of promise, At this time will I come, and as he (God) spake to our fathers, to Abraham, Sara shall have a son. Rom. ix. 6. 9. Now and to his seed for ever. To perform the me, brethren, as Isaac was, are the children of mercy promised to our fathers, and to remempromise; so then, brethren, we are not children ber his holy covenant. Luke i. 54, 55. 72. of the bondwoman, but of the free. Gal. iv. * Whose" ("the Israelites") are the fathers, 28. 31.

and of whom, as concerning the flesh, Christ 20 I have blessed him, &c. See com. chap. came; not as though the word of God had Isi. 10. 12.

taken none effect, for this is the word of proTwelve princes, &c.] Now these are the mise, At this time will I come, and Sara shall generations of Ishmael, Abraham's son, whom have a son. Rom. ix. 5, 6. 9. And if ye Hagar the Egyptian, Sarah's handmaid, bare be Christ's, then are ye Abraham's seed, and

with Isaac, which Sarah shall bear onto thee at this set time in the 22 next year. And he left oti taiking with him, and God went up 23 from Abraham. And Abraham took Ishmael his son, and all that

were bom in his house, and all that were bought with his money, every male among the men of Abraham's house; and circumcised

the flesh of their foreskin in the self-sarne day, as God had said 24 unto him. And Abraham was ninety years old and nine, when he 25 was circumcised in the fiesh of his foreskin. And Ishmael his son

bein scouting to the promise. Gal. m. 23 3 Corcumcird, &c.] Sve com. chap. xvii. By fath Abrahan prosed in the basd of 10 14 In the seis-same day was Abraham promise as is a strange oantry, dweung in circumcised ani Ismael his son ; and all the tabernacles with i t and Jacob. tbe beirs Deo of his bocse, born in the house, and with hijn of the same promise. Heb. ti. 9. bought with money of the stranger, were cir

At this set time, I will certainly return cumcised Gem Ivii. 36, 37. For I know unto thee, according to the time. Gen hom 'Abraom, that he will command his 10. And Sarah conceived and bare Abraham chdren and his household after him, and a sod in his old age, at the set time of which they she keep the way of the Lord, to do God had spoken to him. Gan . 2 O that justice ard jadgment. Gen. xviii. 19. And thos (O Gd) wouldest aspoint me a set time, anto Hacor, and unto Shechem his son, and remember the. Job óv. 13. It is not bearketed all that went out of the gate of the for you to know the times or the seasons, city; and every male sas circumcised, all that which he Father hath pat in his own power. went out of the gate of bis city. Gen. Inxir. Acte i 7.

24. And the Lord said unto Joshua, This day 22 Talking with him, &c.) And Abram fell bare I roüed away the reproach of Egypt from ons his face, and God talked with him. Gen you (by causing the people to be circumcised). xvii. 3. And the Lord went his way as soon Josh. 8. 9. I made haste, and delayed not to as he had left communing with Abraham. keep thy commandments. Ps. cxir. 60. Boast Gen. xviii. 33. And God appeared unto Jacob not thyself of to-morrow, for thou knowest again when he came out of Padan-aram, and not what a day may bring forth. Proc. xxvii. blessed him; and Jacob called the name of the ). Whatsoever thy band findeth to do, do it place where God spake with him Beth-el with thy might, for there is no work, nor Gen. XIX. 9. 15. And the Lord said unto device, nor knowledge, nor wisdom in the Moses, Thus thou shalt say unto the children grave, whither thou goest. Eccles. ix. 10. of Israel, Ye have seen that I have talked with And (Paul) took and circumcised “him" you from heaven. Exod. xx. 22. And "he" (" Timotheu.5"), because of the Jews which (" the Lord") said, Hear now my words (Vi- were in those quarters. Acts xvi. 3. Cir. riam and Aaron), if there be a prophet among cumcision verily profiteth, if thou keep the you, I, the Lord, will make myself known unto law; but if thou be a breaker of the law, thy him in a vision, and will speak unto him in a circumcision is made uncircumcision. He is dream; with him will I speak mouth to mouth, a Jew which is one inwardly: and circumcision even apparently, and not in dark speeches, is that of the heart, in the spirit, and not in and the similitude of the Lord shall he behold. the letter; whose praise is not of men, but Numb. xii. 6.8. The Lord talked with "you" of God. Rom. ii. 25. 29. Cometh this blessed(" the Israelites") face to face in the Mount, ness then upon the circumcision only, or upon out of the midst of the fire. Deut. v. 4. Then the uncircumcision also? for we say that faith the angel of the Lord put forth the end of was reckoned to Abraham for righteousness. the staff that was in his hand, and touched the (That he might be) the father of circumcision flesh and the unleavened cakes (which Gideon to them who are not of the circumcision only, made ready); and there arose up fire out of but who also walk in the steps of that faith of the rock, and consumed the flesh and the our father Abraham, which he had being yet ununleavened cakes: then the angel of the Lord circumcised. Rom. iv. 9. 12. In Christ Jesus departed out of his (Gideon's) sight. Judges neither circumcision availeth any thing, nor vi. 21. It came to pass, when the flame went uncircumcision, but a new creature. Gal. v. up toward heaven from off the altar (on which 15. Manoah and his wife were offering), that the 24 Abraham was ninety, &c.] See verses angel of the Lord ascended in the flame of the 1. 17. And Abram was seventy and five altar. Judges xiii. 20. No man hath seen years old when he departed out of Haran. Gen God at any time: the only begotten Son, which xii. 4. And being not weak in faith, he conis in the bosom of the Father, he hath declared sidered not his own body now dead, when him. John i. 18. I and my Father are one. he was about an hundred years old. Rom. John x. 30.

iv. 19.

was thirteen years old, when he was circumcised in the flesh of his foreskin. In the self-same day was Abraham circumcised, and 26 Ishmael his son. And all the men of his house, born in the 27 house, and bought with money of the stranger, were circumcised with him.'

CHAPTER XVIII.

And the Lord appeared unto him in the plains of Mamre: and he i sat in the tent door in the heat of the day; And he lift up his eyes 2 and looked, and, lo, three men stood by him: and when he saw them, he ran to meet them from the tent door, and bowed himself toward the ground, And said, My Lord, if now I have found favour 3 in thy sight, pass not away, I pray thee, from thy servant: Let a 4

26 In the self-same day.] See chap. xii. 4. xviii. 22. And there came two angels to And Abraham rose up early in the morning, Sodom at even. Gen. xix. 1. Looking unto and saddled his ass, and took two of his young Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, men with him, and Isaac his son, and clave (let us run with patience the race that is set the wood for the burnt-offering, and rose up before us). Heb. xii. 2. 1. Use hospitality and went unto the place of which God had one to another, without grudging. 1 Pet. iv. 9. told him ; then on the third day Abraham He ran to meet them.] Be kindly affeclifted up his eyes, and saw the place. Gen. tionate one to another, distributing to the

XV. 3, 4. I made haste, and delayed not to necessity of the saints; given to hospitality. keep thy commandments. Ps. cxix. 60. Rom. xii. 10. 13.

27 Circumcised with him.] See Gen. xviii. Bowed himself, &c.] And Abraham stood 18, 19.

up and bowed himself to the people of the

land, even to the children of Heth. Gen. xxij. CHAP. XVIII.- 1 Appeared unto him.] See 7. And he (Jacob) passed over before them com. chap. xv. 1. Gen. xvii. 1. 3. 22. And (his company), and bowed himself to the ground the Lord appeared unto “him” (Isaac") and seven times, until he came near to his “brosaid, Go not down into Egypt; dwell in the ther” (Esau "); and Leah, also, with her land which I shall tell thee of. Gen. xxvi. 2. children, came near, and bowed themselves; And Jacob' said unto Joseph, God Almighty and after came Joseph near and Rachel, and appeared unto me at Luz in the land of Canaan, they bowed themselves. Gen. xxxiii. 3. 7. and blessed me. Gen. xlviii. 3. And Moses And when Joseph came home, they brought answered and said, But behold they will not him the present which was in their hand into believe me, nor hearken unto my voice: for the house, and bowed themselves to him to they will say, The Lord hath not appeared the earth. And “they" ("Joseph's brethren") into thee. Exod. iv. 1. In that night did answered, Thy servant, our father, is in good God appear unto Solomon, and said unto him, health, he is yet alive ; and they bowed down Ask what I shall give thee. 2 Chron. i. 7. their heads, and made obeisance. Gen. xliii. The God of glory appeared to our father 26. 28. And Judah and his brethren came to Abraham when he was in Mesopotamia, before Joseph's house, and they fell before him on he dwelt in Charran. Acts vii. 2.

the ground. Gen. xliv. 14. Then she (Ruth) Mamre.] See com. chap. xiii. 18; xiv. 13. fell on her face, and bowed herself to the · 2 He lift up his eyes.) And the angel of ground, and said unto "him” (Boaz"), Why the Lord appeared unto the “woman" (" Ma- have I found grace in thine eyes, seeing I am noah's wife") and said unto her, Behold now a stranger ? Ruth ii. 10. And when the sons thou art barren, and bearest not, but thou of the prophets, which were to view at Jericho, shalt conceive and bear a son; and God saw him (Elisha, when he had smitten the wahearkened to the voice of Manoah : and the ters), they said, The spirit of Elijah doth rest angel of God came again unto the woman as on Elisha; and they came to meet him, and she sat in the field, but Manoah her husband bowed themselves to the ground before him. was not with her. Judges xiii. 3. 9. Be not 2 Kings ii. 15. forgetful to entertain strangers, for thereby 3 Found favour, &c.] “I” (Jacob") have some have entertained angels unawares. Heb. oxen and asses, flocks, and men-servants, and xiii. 2.

women-servants, and I have sent to tell my Three men. And the men turned their “ lord" (" Esau"), that I may find grace in faces from thence, and went to Sodom. Gen. thy sight. Gen. xxxii. 5.

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