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Abraham: and he called their names after the names by which his father bad called them. And Isaac's servants digged in the valley, 19 and found there a well of springing water. And the herdmen of 20 Gerar did strive with Isaac's herdmen, saying, The water is ours : and he called the name of the well Esek; because they strove. with him. And they digged another well, and strove for that 21 also : and he called the name of it Sitnah. And he removed from 22 thence, and digged another well; and for that they strove not: and he called the name of it Rehoboth; and he said, For now the Lord hath made room for us, and we shall be fruitful in the land. And he went up from thence to Beer-sheba. And the Lord ap- 23 peared unto him the same night, and said, I am the God of Abra- 24 ham thy father : fear not, for I am with thee, and will bless thee,

And he called their names, &c.] See chap. the second (son) called he Ephraim : for God X. 31. and com. And Nebo and Baal-meon hath caused me to be fruitful in the land of (their names being changed) (were built by the my affliction (said Joseph). Ge. xli. 52. children of Reuben), and the children of And the children of Israel were fruitful, and Reuben) gave other names unto the cities increased abundantly, and multiplied, and which they builded. Nu. xxxii. 38. Their waxed exceeding mighty, and the land was sorrows shall be multiplied that hasten after filled with them. Ex. i. 7. another God. Their drinkofferings of blood 23 Beer-sheba.] See chap. xxi. 14. 31. and will I not offer, nor take up their names into com. my lips. Ps. xvi. 4. I will take away the 24 I am the God, &c.] See chap. xv. 1. names of Baalim out of her mouth (Jerusa- and com. And I will establish my covenant lem's), and they shall no more be remem- between me and thee, and thy seed after bered by their name. Ho. ii. 17. And it thee, in their generations, for an everlasting shall come to pass in that day, saith the Lord covenant, to be a God unto thee, and to thy of hosts, that I will cut off the names of the seed after thee. Ge. xvii. 7. O Lord God idols out of the land, and they shall no more of my master Abraham, I pray thee send be remembered. Zec. xiii. 2.

“me(his servant") good speed this day, 19 Springing water.] A fountain of gar- and shew kindness unto my master. Ge. dens, a well of living waters, and streams from xxiv. 12. And behold, the Lord stood above Lebanon. Can. iv. 15. Jesus answered, and “it” (the ladder" in Jacob's vision), and said unto her (the woman of Samaria), If thou said, I am the Lord God of Abraham thy knewest the gift of God, and who it is that father. Ge. xxviii. 13. I see (said Jacob to saith to thee, Give me to drink, thou wouldest his wives) your father's countenance, that it have asked of him, and he would have given is not toward me as before ; but the God of my thee living water. The woman saith unto father hath been with me. Ge. xxxi. 5. him, Sir, thou hast nothing to draw with, and Moreover, he said (to Moses), I am the God of the well is deep; from whence hast thou that Abraham, &c. Ex. iii. 6. I am the God of Abraliving water ? John iv. 10, 11. He that be- ham, and the God of Isaac, and the God of lieveth on me, as the Scripture hath said, out Jacob: God is not the God of the dead, but of of his belly shall flow rivers of living water. the living. Mat. xxii. 32. I am the God of thy John vii. 38.

fathers, the God of Abraham, &c. Then Moses 22 The Lord hath made room.] Thou trembled, and durst not behold. Ac. vii. 32. (O God) hast enlarged me when I was in dis- Fear not, &c.] See verse 3, 4. and com. tress. Ps. iv. I. He brought me forth also See chap. xiii. 16. and com. The Lord is my into a large place ; he delivered me, because light and my salvation, whom shall I fear? he delighted in me. Ps. xviii. 19. I called The Lord is the strength of my life, of whom upon the Lord in distress ; the Lord an- shall I be afraid ? Though an host should swered me, and set me in a large place. Ps. encamp against me, my heart shall not fear : cxviii. 5.

though war should rise against me, in this will Be fruitful in the land.] And I will make I be confident. Ps. xxvii. 1. 3. God is our thee exceeding fruitful, and I will make na- refuge and strength, a very present help in tions of thee, and kings shall come out of trouble. Therefore will we not fear, though " thee" (" Abram"). Ge. xvii. 6. and comthe earth be removed, and though the mounAnd God Almighty bless thee, and make tains be carried into the midst of the sea. Ps. thee (said Isaac to Jacob) fruitful, and mula xlvi. 1, 2. Behold, God is my salvation ; I tiply thee, that thou mayest be a multitude will trust, and not be afraid ; for the Lord of people. Ge. Xxviii. 3. And the name of Jehovah is my strength and my song: he

25 and multiply thy seed for my servant Abraham's sake. And he

builded an altar there, and called upon the name of the Lord, and

pitched his tent there: and there Isaac's servants digged a well. 26 Then Abimelech went to him from Gerar, and Ahuzzath one of his 27 friends, and Phichol the chief captain of his army. And Isaac said

unto them, Wherefore come ye to me, seeing ye hate me, and have 28 sent me away from you? And they said, We saw certainly that

the Lord was with thee: and we said, Let there be now an oath betwixt us, even betwixt us and thee, and let us make a covenant

also is become my salvation. Is. xii. 2. Fear returned into the land of the Philistines. Ge. thou not (O Church of Christ); for I am with xxi. 22. 32. thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I 27 Seeing ye hate me.] See verse xiv. 16. will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; And Jephthah said unto the elders of Gilead, yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of Did not ye hate me, and expel me out of my my righteousness. For I the Lord thy God father's house ? and why are ye come unto me will hold thy right hand, saying unto thee, now when ye are in distress? Ja. xi. 7. Fear not, I will help thee : fear not, thou worm And the patriarchs, moved with envy, sold Jacob, and ye men of Israel, &c. Is. xli. 10. Joseph into Egypt; but God was with him. 13, 14. O Jacob, O Israel, fear not, for I have Then sent Joseph, and called his father Jacob redeemed thee; I have called thee by thy to him, and all his kindred, threescore and name; thou art mine: when thou passest fifteen souls : so Jacob went down into Egypt. through the waters, I will be with thee; and Ac. vii. 9. 14. 15. He that did his neighbour through the rivers, they shall not overflow wrong thrust him away, saying, Who made thee : when thou walkest through the fire, “thee” (Moses”) a ruler and a judge over us! thou shalt not be burnt ; neither shall the This Moses, whom they refused, saying, Who flame kindle upon thee. Is. xliii. 1, 2. Fear made thee a ruler and a judge ? the same did not, O Jacob, my servant; and thou, Jeshurun, God send to be a ruler and deliverer by the whom I have chosen. Is. xliv. 2. Hearken hands of the angel which appeared to him in unto me, ye that know righteousness, the the bush. Ac. vii. 27. 35. Behold, I will people in whose heart is my law ; fear ye make them of the synagogue of Satan, which not the reproach of men, neither be ye afraid say they are Jews, and are not, but do lie; of their revilings. I, even I, am he that com- behold, I will make them to come and worship forteth you: who art thou, that thou shouldest before thy feet, and to know that I have loved be afraid of a man that shall die, and of the son thee. Re. iii. 9. of man which shall be made as grass? Is. li. Sent me away.] See verse 16. 7. 12. Fear not, little flock : for it is your 28 Was with thee.] See chap. xxi. 22, 23. Father's good pleasure to give you the king- with com. And it came to pass from the time dom. Lu. xii. 32. So that we may boldly that he (Potiphar) had made "him" ("Joseph") say, The Lord is my helper, and I will not fear overseer in his house, and over all that he had, what man shall do unto me. He. xiii. 6. I that the Lord blessed the Egyptian's house am he that liveth, and was dead : and behold, for Joseph's sake; and the blessing of the Lord I am alive for evermore, Amen; and have was upon all that he had in the house and in the keys of hell and death. Re. i. 18.

the field. Ge. xxxix. 5. The sons also of 25 Builded an altar.] See chap. viii. 20. them that afflicted thee shall come bending and com. ; xii. 7. and com. ; xiii. 18. and com. unto thee, and all they that despised thee shall And Moses built an altar, and called the name bow themselves down at the soles of thy feet, of it Jehovah-nissi. Ex. xvii. 15.

and they shall call thee the city of the Lord, Called upon the name of the Lord. I will the Zion of the Holy One of Israel. Is. Ix. 14. offer to thee the sacrifice of thanksgiving, and But ye shall be named the priests of the Lord; will call upon the name of the Lord. Ps. men shall call you the ministers of our God; cxvi. 17.

ye shall eat the riches of the Gentiles, and in 26 Abimelech went, &c.] God came to Abi- their glory shall ye boast yourselves : and melech in a dream by night, and said to him, their seed shall be known among the Gentiles, Thou art but a dead man, for the woman which and their offspring among the people; all thou hast taken ; for she is a man's wife. Ge. that see them shall acknowledge them, that XX. 3. And it came to pass, that Abimelech, they are the seed which the Lord hath blessed. and Phichol the chief captain of his host, spake Is. lxi. 6. 9. unto Abraham, saying, God is with thee in all Let there be now an oath.] See chap. xxi. 31, that thou doest. Thus they made a covenant 32. and com. and chap. xxiv. 3. 41. and come at Beer-sheba ; then Abimelech arose up, and This heap is a witness (said Laban to Jacob) Phichol the chief captain of his host, and they between me and thee this day : therefore was

with thee ; That thou wilt do us no hurt, as we have not touched 29 thee, and as we have done unto thee nothing but good, and have sent thee away in peace: thou art now the blessed of the Lord. And he made them a feast, and they did eat and drink. And they 30 rose up betimes in the morning, and sware one to another : and 31 Isaac sent them away, and they departed from him in peace. And it came to pass the same day, that Isaac's servants came, and 32 told him concerning the well which they had digged, and said unto him, We have found water. And he called it Shebah: there- 33 fore the name of the city is Beer-sheba unto this day. And Esau 34 was forty years old when he took to wife Judith the daughter of

the name of it called Galeed and Mizpah; for of the Amalekite), Canst thou bring me down he said, The Lord watch between me and thee to this company? and he said, Swear unto me when we are absent one from another : the by God, that thou wilt neither kill me, nor deGod of Abraham, and the God of Nahor, the liver me into the hands of my master, and I God of their father, judge betwixt us; and will bring thee down to this company" Jacob sware by the fear of his father Isaac. (the Amalekites"). 1 Sa. xxx. 15. Por men Ge. xxxi. 48, 49. 53. For men verily swear verily swear by the greater: and an oath for by the greater; and an oath for confirmation confirmation is to them an end of strife. He. is to them an end of all strife. He. vi. 16. vi. 16.

29 Not touched thee, &c.] See verses 11. 14, 32 We have found water.) See verse 25. 15.

If thou seekest her (wisdom) as silver, and The blessed of the Lord.] See verse 12. and searchest for her as for hid treasures, then chap. xii. 2; xxi. 22; xxiv. 31. with com. Ye shalt thou understand the fear of the Lord, are blessed of the Lord, which made heaven and find the knowledge of God. Pr. ii. 4, 5. and earth. Ps. cxv. 15.

He becometh poor that dealeth with a slack 30 Made them a feast, &c.] See chap. xix. hand; but the hand of the diligent maketh 3. and com. and xxi. 8. and com. Then Jacob rich. Pr. x. 4. The soul of the sluggard deoffered sacrifice upon the mount, and called sireth and hath nothing, but the soul of the his brethren to eat bread, and they did eat diligent shall be made fat. Pr. xiii. 4. Seek, bread, and tarried all night in the mount. Ge. and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened Xxxi. 54. If it be possible, as much as lieth to you. Mat. vii. 7. in you, live peaceably with all men. Ro. xii. 33 Therefore the name, &c.] See chap. xxi. 18. Follow peace with all men. He. xii. 14. 3). and com. . Use hospitality one to another without grudg- 34 Esau was forty years old, &c.] Esau ing. I Pe. iv. 9.

took his wives of the daughters of Canaan; 31 Betimes in the morning.] See chap. xix. Adah the daughter of Elon the Hittite, and 2. and xxi. 14. and com. And early in the Aholibamah the daughter of Anah, the daughmorning Laban rose up, and kissed his sons ter of Zibeon the Hivite : and Aholibamah and his daughters, and blessed them; and bare Jeush, and Jaalam, and Korah; these are Laban departed, and returned unto his place. the sons of Esau which were born unto him Ge. xxxi. 55.

in the land of Canaan : and these are the sons Sware one to another.] See chap. xiv. 22. of “Reuel" ("the son" of Bashemath by Esau), Ge. xxi. 23. 31, 32. Ge. xxv. 33. with com. Nahath, and Zerah, Shammah, and Mizzah ; And the men of Israel were distressed that these were the sons of Bashemath Esau's wife. day, for Saul had adjured the people, saying, Ge. xxxvi. 2. 5. 13. Cursed be the man that eateth any food until the daughter of Beeri, &c.] And I will evening, that I may be avenged on mine make thee swear by the Lord, the God of enemies. 1 Sa, xiv. 24. And David sware heaven, and the God of the earth, that thou moreover, and said, Thy father knoweth that I shalt not take a wife unto my son of the have found grace in thine eyes; and he saith, daughters of the Canaanites, among whom I Let not Jonathan know this, lest he be grieved: dwell. Ge. xxiv. 3. and com. Thou shalt but truly, as the Lord liveth, and as thy soul worship no other God, lest thou make a coliveth, there is but a step between me and venant with the inhabitants of the land, and death : so Jonathan made a covenant with the thou take of their daughters unto thy sons. house of David, saying, Let the Lord even Ex. xxxiv. 14, 15, 16. Nevertheless, to avoid require it at the hand of David's enemies; fornication, let every man have his own wife, and Jonathan caused David to swear again, and let every woman have her own husband. because he loved him: for he loved him as he 1 Co. vii. 2. Follow peace with all men, lookloved his own soul. 1 Sa. xx. 3. 16, 17. And ing diligently, lest there be any fornicator or David said to "him" (" the Egyptian servant" profane person, as Esau. He. xii. 14, 15.

Beeri the Hittite, and Bashemath the daughter of Elon the Hittite: 35 Which were a grief of mind unto Isaac and to Rebekah.

CHAPTER XXVII. 1 And it came to pass, that when Isaac was old, and his eyes were

dim, so that he could not see, he called Esau his eldest son, and said unto him, My son: and he said unto him, Behold, here am I. 2 And he said, Behold now, I am old, I know not the day of my 3 death: Now therefore take, I pray thee, thy weapons, thy quiver

and thy bow, and go out to the field, and take me some venison; 4 And make me savoury meat, such as I love, and bring it to me, 5 that I may eat; that my soul may bless thee before I die. And

Bashemath, &c.] See verse 34. and com. bring forth. Pr. xxvii. 1. There is no work,

35 Which were, &c.] It came to pass, that nor device, nor knowledge, nor wisdom, in the the sons of God saw the daughters of men grave, whither thou goest. Ec. ix. 10. In that they were fair, and they took them wives those days was Hezekiah sick unto death, and of all which they chose. Ge. vi. 2. and com. Isaiah the prophet the son of Amoz came unto And Isaac called Jacob and blessed him, and him, and said unto him, Thus saith the Lord, charged him, and said unto him, Thou shalt Set thine house in order, for thou shalt die, not take a wife of the daughters of Canaan: and not live: then Hezekiah turned his face arise, go to Padan-aram, to the house of toward the wall, and prayed unto the Lord. Bethuel thy mother's father, and take thee a Is. xxxviii. 1, 2. Watch ye therefore, for ye wife from thence of the daughters of Laban know not when the master of the house thy mother's brother. And Esau seeing that cometh, at even, or at midnight, or at the the daughters of Canaan pleased not Isaac his cock-crowing, or in the morning. Mar. xiil. father, took unto the wives which he had 35. Whereas ye know not what shall be on Mahalath the daughter of Ishmael. Ge. xxviii. the morrow; for what is your life? it is even a 1, 2. 8.

vapour that appeareth for a little time, and

then vanisheth away. Ja. iv. 14. CHAP. XXVII.—1 Dim.] Now the eyes of 3 Take, I pray, &c.] He (Nimrod) was a Israel were dim for age, so that he could not mighty hunter before the Lord. Ge. x. 9. see, and he brought "them” (Joseph's sons") See chap. xxv. 27. and com. near unto him, and he kissed them and em- Take me some some venison. And the boys braced them. Ge. xlviii. 10. And it came to grew, and Esau was a cunning hunter, a man pass at that time (when the child Samuel of the field ; and Jacob was a plain man dwellministered unto the Lord), when Eli was laid ing in tents : and Isaac loved Esau, because he down in his place, and his eyes began to wax did eat of his venison ; but Rebekah loved dim that he could not see, that the Lord called Jacob. Ge. xxv. 27, 28. All things are lawSamuel, &c. 1 Sa. iii. 2, &c. Remember now ful unto me, but all things are not expedient; thy Creator in the days of thy youth, while all things are lawful for me, but I will not be the evil days' come not, nor the years draw brought under the power of any: meats for nigh when thou shalt say, I have no pleasure in the belly, and the belly for meats; but God them; in the day when the keepers of the shall destroy both it and them. I Co. vi. 12, house shall tremble, and the strong men shall 13. bow themselves, and the grinders cease be- 4 That my soul may bless, &c.] Bring me cause they are few, and those that look out of venison, and make me savoury meat, that! the windows be darkened. Ec. xii. 1.3. Jesus may eat, and bless thee before the Lord, before answered those who asked whether the blind my death: and “he" (" Isaac") discerned man had sinned or his parents), Neither hath “him" not (Jacob"), because his hands were this man sinned, nor his parents; but that the hairy as his brother Esau's hands; so he works of God should be made manifest in blessed him: and he said, Bring "it" ("* the him. John ix. 3.

savoury meat") near to me, and I will eat of Eldest son.] See chap. xxv. 23. 25. and com. my son's venison, that my soul may bless

2 I know not the day of my death, &c. And thee: and he brought it near to him, and be Israel said unto Joseph, Behold, I die. Ge. did eat; and he brought him wine, and he did xlviii. 21. There is but a step between me drink : and he came near, and kissed him; and and death (said David to Jonathan, fearing he smelt the smell of his raiment, and blessed Saul). 1 Sa. xx. 3. Boast not thyself of to him, and said, See, the smell of my son is morrow, for thou knowest not what a day may the smell of a field, which the Lord bar

Rebekah heard when Isaac spake to Esau his son. And Esau went to the field to hunt for venison, and to bring it. And 6 Rebekah spake unto Jacob her son, saying, Behold, i heard thy father speak unto Esau thy brother, saying, Bring me venison, 7 and make me savoury meat, that I may eat, and bless thee before the Lord before my death. Now therefore, my son, obey my voice 8 according to that which I command thee. Go now to the flock, 9 and fetch me from thence two good kids of the goats; and I will make them savoury meat for thy father, such as he loveth : And 10 thou shalt bring it to thy father, that he may eat, and that he may bless thee before his death. And Jacob said to Rebekah his 11 mother, Behold, Esau my brother is a hairy man, and I am a smooth man: My father peradventure will feel me, and I shall 12

blessed. Ge. xxvii. 7. 23. 25. 27. And he faith Isaac blessed Jacob and Esau, concerning (Melchizedek) blessed him, and said, Blessed things to come. He. xi. 20. be Abram of the most high God, possessor of 7 Before the Lord.) And this is the blessheaven and earth. Ge. xiv. 19. And they ing wherewith Moses the man of God blessed blessed Rebekah, and said unto her, Thou art the children of Israel before his death. De our sister, be thou the mother of thousands of xxxiii. 1. And Joshua adjured them at that millions. Ge. xxiv, 60. God Almighty bless time, saying, Cursed be the man before the "thee" (" Jacob," said Isaac), and make thee Lord, that riseth up and buildeth this city fruitful, and multiply thee, that thou mayest Jericho. Jos. vi. 26. For if a man find his be a multitude of people. Ge. xxvii. 3. And enemy (said Saul), will he let him go well "he" (" Jacob) said (unto Joseph), Bring away? wherefore the Lord reward thee (David) them (Ephraim and Manasseh), I pray thee, good for that thou hast done unto me this day. unto me, and I will bless them. Ge. xlviii. 1 Sa. xxiv. 19. 2. And he blessed Joseph, and he blessed 8 Obey my voice.] And his mother said "them” (Ephraim and Manasseh'') that day, unto him, Upon me be thy curse, my son; only saying, In thee shall Israel bless, saying, God obey my voice, and go fetch me them (two make thee as Ephraim and as Manasseh. Ge. kids). Ge. xxvii. 13. And the Lord said xlviii. 15. 20. All these are the twelve tribes unto “her” (Rebekah"), Two nations are in of Israel, and this is it that their father spake thy womb, and two manner of people shall be unto them, and blessed them: every one ac- separated from thy bowels, and the one people cording to his blessing, he blessed them. Ge. shall be stronger than the other people, and xlix. 28. And Aaron lifted up his hand to the elder shall serve the younger. Ge. xxv. ward the people, and blessed them, and came 23. But Peter and John answered and said down from offering of the sin-offering, and unto them (the Jewish council), Whether it be the burnt-offering, and peace-offerings. And right in the sight of God, to hearken unto Moses and Aaron went into the tabernacle of you more than unto God, judge ye. Ac. iv. 19. the congregation, and came out and blessed Then Peter and the other apostles answered the people. Le. ix. 22, 23. And this is the and said, We ought to obey God rather than blessing wherewith Moses the man of God men. Ac. v. 29. Children, obey your parents blessed the children of Israel before his death in the Lord; for this is right. Ep. vi. l. De. xxxiii. 1, &c. And Joshua blessed him, 9 Two good kids, &c.] And Manoah said and gave unto Caleb the son of Jephunneh unto the angel of the Lord, Let us detain thee Hebron for an inheritance. Jos. xiv. 13. So until we shall have made ready a kid for thee, Joshua blessed "them" ("the Reubenites,and Ju. 13–15. And Jesse took an ass laden with the Gadites, and the half-tribe of Manasseh), bread, and a bottle of wine, and a kid, and and sent them away, and they went unto their sent them by David his son unto Saul. 1 Sa. tents. Jos. xxii. 6. Give strong drink unto xvi. 20. him that is ready to perish, and wine unto 11 A hairy man.] And the first (of Rethose that be of heavy hearts. Pr. xxxi. 6. bekah's children) came out red, all over like an And Simeon blessed ""them” (Mary and hairy garment. Ge. xxv. 25. and com. Joseph"), and said unto Mary his (Jesus) 12 Feel me.) And Jacob went near unto mother, This child is set for the fall and rising Isaac his father, and he felt him, and said, The again of many in Israel. Lu. ii. 34. And it voice is Jacob's voice, but the hands are the came to pass, while he (Jesus) blessed them hands of Esau. Ge. xxvii. 22. With him is (kis disciples), he was parted from them, and strength and wisdom; the deceived and the carried up into heaven. Lu. xxiv. 51. By deceiver are his. Job xii. 16. In all things

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