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15 And behold, I am with thee, is deceived with Leah; 28 but and will keep thee in all places, marrieth also Rachel. whither thou , bring thee for I HEN will not leave thee, until I have journey, and came into the land done that which I have spoken to of the people of the east. thee of.

2 And he looked, and behold, 16 | And Jacob awaked out of a well in the field, and lo, there his sleep, and he said, Surely the were three flocks of sheep lying Lord is in this place; and I knew by it; for out of that well they it not.

watered the flocks : and a great 17 And he was afraid, and said, stone was upon the well's mouth. How dreadful is this place! this is 3 And thither were all the flocks none other but the house of God, gathered, and they rolled || the stone and this is the gate of heaven. * from the well's mouth, and watered

18 And Jacob rose up early in the sheep, and put the stone again the morning, and took the stone upon the well's

mouth in his place. that he had put for his pillows, 4 And Jacob said unto them, and set it up for a pillar, and My brethren, whence be ye? And poured oil upon the top of it. they said, Of Haran ure we.

19 And he called the name of 5 And he said unto them, Know that place Beth-el : but the name ye Laban the son of Nabor? And of that city was called Luz at the they said, We know him. first.

6 And he said unto them, Is he 20 And Jacob vowed a vow, well? And they said, He is well: saying, If God will be with me, s and behold, Rachel his daughter and will keep me in this way that cometh with the sheep. I go, and will give me bread to 7 And he said, Lo, it is ** yet eat, and raiment to put on; high day, neither is it time that

21 So that I come again to my the cattle should be gathered tofather's house in peace: then shall gether: water ye the sheep, and the LORD be my God.

go and feed them. 22 And this stone, which I have 8 And they said, We cannot, set for a pillar, shall be God's

shall be God's until all the flocks be gathered house: and of all that thou shalt together, $$ and till they roll the give me, I will surely give the stone from the well's mouth; then tenth unto thee.

we water the sheep. CHAP. XXIX.

9 And while he yet spake 1 Jacob coming to the well of Haran, with them, Rachel came with her

13 Is entertained by Laban, 18 father's sheep; for she kept them. covenanteth for Rachel, 23 and 10 And it came to pass, when * That is, as Aben Ezra observes, a proper and acceptable place, fue man to pray in, to the Supreme Being in time of need.

Š He speaks not thus as if he doubted God's promises, or like a mercenary person would make a bargain with God; but on the contrary, is certain of God's perforigance; and therefore, binds himself under an obligation in a grateful return to Gud for his great mercy; for the Hebrew word, Dx denotes surely, as well as if.

Heb. Lift up his feet. # Ver. 3, 8, and 9. I am of opinion, that removed in this sentence would have been more proper, than the expression rolled, as used by the English translator. It is true, the Hebrew word 563 is to rollo but I must observe here, that, in defective verbs, that lose a letter in their conjugation, Scripture very often runs one verb for another, when both have two permanent letters alike, as, in this verb, 53 are the two permanent letters; and so the verb ma to remove, &c.-as in Psalm crix. verse 2%, bais rendered remove ; for, how can a rolling-stone be supposed to cover a well? Heb. Is there peace to him?

** Heb. Yet the day is great $$ That is, all the shepherds : for as the stone was of an extraordinary bulk, one or two of them could not remove it.


15 וְהִנֵּה אָנֹכִי עַמָּךְ וּשְׁמַרְתִּיךְ בְּכָל אֲשֶׁר־־תֵּלֶךְ וַהֲשָׁבתִּיךְ אֶל־הָאֲדָמָה הַזֹּאת כִּי לֹא אֵעֶבְךְ עַד אֲשֶׁר אִם־עָשִׂיתִי אֵת אֲשֶׁר־־דְבַּרְתִּי לָךְ : : 16 וייקץ יעקב מִשְׁנָתוֹ וַיֹּאמֶר אָכֵן יֵשׁ יְהוָה בַּמָּקוֹם הַזֶּה וְאָנֹכִי לֹא יָדֶעֶתִּי: 17 וַיִּירָא וַיֹּאמַר מַה־נוֹרָא הַמָּקוֹם הַזֶּה אֵין זֶה כִּי אִם־בֵּית אֱלֹהִים וְזֶה שַׁעַר הַשָּׁמָיִם: 18 וַיַּשְׁכֵּם יַעֲקֹב בַּבּקֶר וַיָּקָם אֶת־הָאֶבֶן אֲשֶׁר־שֶׁם מְרַאֲשֹׁתָיו וַיָּשֶׂם אֹתָה מַצֵבָה וַיִצְק שֶׁמֶן עַל־רֹאשָׁה : 19 וַיִּקְרָא אֶת־שֵׁם־הַמָּקוֹם הַהוּא בֵּית־אֵל וְאוּלָם לָוּז שֵׁם־הָעֶר לָרִאשֹׁנָה: 20 וַיִּדֶר יַעֲקב נֶדֶר לַאמֹר אִם־־יִהְיֶה אֱלהִים עֲמָדִי וּשְׁמָרֵנִי בַּדֶּרֶךְ הַזֶּה אֲשֶׁר אָנֹכִי הוֹלֵךְ וְנָתַן־לִי לֶחֶם לֶאֱכָל וּבֶגֶד לִלְבָּשׁ: 21 וְשַׁבְתִּי בְשָׁלוֹם אֶל־בֵּית אָבִי וְהָיָה יְהוָה לִי לֵאלהִים : 22 וְהָאֶבֶן

הַזֹּאת אֲשֶׁר־שַׁמְתִּי מַעֲלָה יִהְיֶה בֵּית אֱלֹהִים וכל כט אֲשֶׁר תִּתֶּן־לִי עָשָׂר אֲעַשְׂרֵנוּ לָךְ: וַיִּשָּׂא יְעַקב רַגְלָיו

וַיֵּלֶךְ אַרְצָה בְנֵי-קֶדֶם : 2 וַיַּרְא וְהִנֵּה בְאֵר בַּשָּׂדֶה וְהִנֵּה־שָׁם שְׁלֹשָׁה עֶדְרֵי־צאן לִבְנֵים עָלֶיהָ כִּי מִן־הַבְּאֵר הַהִוא יַשְׁקִוּ הָעֲדָרִים וְהָאֵבֶן גַּדְלָה עַל־פִּי הַבְּאֵר : 3 וְנֶאֶסְפוּ־שָׁמָּה כָל־הָעֲדָרִים וְנָלָלוּ אֶת־הָאֶבֶן מֵעַל פִּי הַבְּאֵר וְהִשְׁקָוּ אֶת־הַצְאן וְהֵשִׁיבוּ אֶת־הָאֶבֶן עַל־פִּי הַבְּאֵר לִמְקֹמָהּ: 4 וַיֹּאמֶר לָהֶם יַעֲקֹב אַחַי מֵאַיִן אַתֶּם וַיֹּאמְרוּ מֵחָרָן אֲנָחְנוּ : 5 וַיֹּאמֶר לָהֶם הָיְדַעְתֶּם אֶת־ לָבָן בֶּן־נָחוֹר וַיֹּאמְרוּ יָדֶעָנוּ: 6 וַיֹּאמֶר לָהֶם הֲשָׁלום לו וַיֹּאמְרוּ שָׁלוֹם וְהִנֵּה רָחֵל בַּתּוֹ בָּאָה עִם־־הַצְאן : ד וַיֹּאמֶר הֵן עוֹד הַיּוֹם גָּדוֹל לֹא־עֵת הֵאָסֵף הַמִּקְנֶה הַשְׁקוּ הַצְאן וּלְכָוּ רְעוּ: 8 וַיֹּאמְרוּ לֹא נוּכַל עֶר אֲשֶׁר !אסְפוּ כָּל־הָעֲדָרִים וְגָלֵלוּ אֶת־הָאֶבֶן מֵעַל פִּי הַבְּאֵן וְהִשְׁקִינוּ הַצְאן : 9 שָׂדֶנּוּ מְדַבֶּר עמָּם וְרָחֵלי בָּאָד עָם-הצאן אֲשֶׁר לְאָבִיהָ כִּי רֹעֶה הִוא: 10 וַיְהִי כַּאֲשֶׁ





46 And Rebekah said to Isaac, charge, saying, Thou shalt not I am weary of my life, because of take a wife of the daughters of the daughters of Heth : If Jacob Canaan; take a wife of the daughters of 7 And that Jacob obeyed his Heth, * such as these which are father, and his mother, and was of the daughters of the land, what gone to Padan-aram; good shall my life do me.

8 And Esau seeing that the CHAP. XXVII.

daughters of Canaan pleased not 1 Jacob is blessed and sent to

Isaac his father : | Padan-aram. 12 His vision. 18 9 Then went Esau unto Ishmael, The stone of Beth-el. 20 Jacob's and took unto the wives which

he had, Mahalath the daughter

of Ishmael Abraham's son, the AND Isaac called Jacob, and

sister of Nabajoth, to be his wife. blessed him, and charged him, and 10 | And Jacob went out from said unto him, Thou shalt not take Beer-sheba, and went toward a wife of the daughters of Canaan. Haran.

2 Arise, go to Padan-aram, to 11 And he lighted upon a certain the house of Bethuel thy mother's place, and tarried there all night, father; and take thee a wife from because the sun was set; and he thence of the daughters of Laban took of the stones of that place, thy mother's brother.

and put ** them for his pillows, 3 And God Almighty bless thee, and lay down in that place to and make thee fruitful, and multi- sleep. ply thee, that thou mayest be a 12 And he dreamed, and behold, multitude of people : $

a ladder set upon the earth, and 4 And give thee the blessing of the top of it reached to heaven: Abraham, to thee, and to thy seed and behold, the angels of God with thee; that thou mayest inherit ascending and descending on it. $$ the land I wherein thou art a 13 And behold, the LORD stood stranger, which God gave unto above it, and said, I am the Lord Abraham.

God of Abraham thy father, and 5 And Isaac sent away Jacob, the God of Isaac: the land whereon and he went to Padan-aram unto thou liest, to thee will I give it, Laban, son of Bethuel the Syrian, and to thy seed. the brother of Rebekah, Jacob's 14 And thy seed shall be as the and Esau's mother.

dust of the earth; and thou shalt 6 | When Esau saw that Isaac spread abroad to the west, and to had blessed Jacob, and sent him the east, and to the north, and away to Padan-aram, to take him to the south: and in thee, and in a wife from thence; and that as thy seed, shall all the families of he blessed him, he gave him a the carth be blessed.

* And therefore, let us follow the example of thy father Abrahani, and send him to take a wife from among his own kindred. This, she made as the chief cause of her sending him away, and wisely concealed the real one.

♡ Heb. An assembly of people. # Heb. The land of thy sojournings.

|| Heb. Were evil in the eyes. q Here we have a clear proof of the hypocrisy of Esau : for although, under pretence of pleasing his father, he went to take a wife of his own family : yet, did he not divorce those, which he saw were evil in his parents sight.

** Heb. And he put (it) under his head. $$ For as by the angels ascending, and descending, is shewn the providence of God, who, though he dwells in heaven, extends his care and government to the earth, by means of the angels, who are bis ministering spirits : so by the Lord's being above it, and saying, “ I am the Lord God of thy father Abraham,” was to inform him, that, both he and his seed should be under his immediate protection; and not vnder that of the angels, as he says in verse 15, “ And behold, I am with thee, &c.

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