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him in peace.

28 And they said, We saw Isaac was old, and his eyes were certainly that the LORD was with dim, so that he could not see, he thee : * and we said, Let there called Esau his eldest son, and be now an oath, betwixt us, even said unto him, My son: And he betwixt us and thee, and let us said unto him, Behold, here am I. make a covenant with thee;

2 And he said, Behold now, I 29 That thou wilt do us no hurt, am old, I know not the day of my as we have not touched thee, $ death. and as we have done unto thee 3 Now therefore take, I pray nothing but good, and have sent thee, thy weapons, thy quiver, thee away


peace: thou art now and thy bow, and go out to the the blessed of the LORD.

field, and take ** me some venison. 30 And he made them a feast, 4 And make me savoury meat, and they did eat and drink. such as I love, and bring it to me,

31 And they rose up betimes in that I may eat; that my soul may the morning, and sware one to bless thee before I die. another: and Isaac' sent them 5 And Rebekah heard when away, and they departed from Isaac spake to Esau his son: and

Esau went to the field to hunt for 32 And it came to pass the same venison, and to bring it. day that Isaac's servants came, 6 And Rebekah spake unto and told him concerning the well Jacob her son, saying, Behold, I which they had digged, and said heard thy father speak unto Esau unto him, We have found water. thy brother, saying,

33 And he called it Sheba: t 7 Bring me venison, and make therefore the name of the city is me savoury meat, that I may eat, Beer-sheba unto this day.

and bless thee before the LORD 34 | And Esau was forty years before my death. $8 old when he took to wife Judith 8 Now therefore, my son, obey the daughter of Beeri the Hittite, my voice, according to that which and Bashemath the daughter of I command thee. Elon the Hittite:

9 Go now to the flock, and fetch 35 Which were a grief of mind me from thence two good kids of unto Isaac and to Rebekah. the goats; and I will make them CHAP. XXVII.

savoury meat for thy father, such | Isaac' sendeth Esaú for venison.

as he loveth. 6 Jacob instructed by Rebekah,

10 And thou shalt bring it to thy obtaineth the blessing. 41 Esaú father that he may eat, and that threatening him, 42 is prevented. he may bless thee before his death.

11 And Jacob said to Rebekah AND it came to pass, that when his mother, Behold, Esau my

This is more properly expressed in the Hebrew 10x7 789 i.e. seeing we have seen; that is, as Jarchi explains it, we have seen by thy father, and have seen it again by thee.

For although we desired thee to go from us, yet did we not take any thing from thee, or injure thee in any manner whatever, but sent thee away in peace. # That is an oath; and was so called on account of the oath or covenant.

|| Heb. Bitterness of spirit. For which reason, I will bless thee while my spirit is fit: and that it may be refreshed, take thy weapons, &c. And this blessing, was the solemn, extraordinary, and prophetical benediction, which by God's concurrence, was to constitute him the heir not only of his inheritance, but of Abrahani's covenant, and all the promises both temporal and spiritual, that were annexed to it: as we find the same by Jacob before his death, &c.

*** Heb. Hunt S$ As we do not find that Isaac said the words, “ before the Lord :" Nachmanides is of opinion, that it was the divine spirit that caused her to utter that expression, in order to shew Jacub, that it was a solemn blessing, in God's presence, and with his concurrence; and which if Esau unce obtained, it would certainly be confirmed to him and his seed; therefore says she, my son obey my voice, &c.






מֵאֲתְכֶס : 28 וַיֹּאמְרוּ רָאוֹ רָאִינוּ כִּי־הָיָה יְהוָה עִמָּךְ וָנֹאמֶר תְּהִי נָא אָלָה בֵּינוֹתֵינוּ בֵּינֵינוּ וּבֵינֶךָ וְנִכְרְתָה בְרִית עִמָּךְ : 29 אִם־תַּעֲשֶׂה עִמָּנוּ רָעָה כַּאֲשֶׁר לֹא

נְנֶעָנוּךְ וְכַאֲשֶׁר עָשִׂינוּ עמָּךְ רַק־טוֹב וַבְּשַׁלַּח בְּשָׁלוֹם חמישי אַתָּה עַתָּה בְּרִיךְ יְהוָה: 30 וַיַּעַשׂ לָהֶם מִשְׁתֶּה וַיֹּאכְלְוּ

וַיִּשְׁתּוּ: 31 וַיַּשְׁכִּימוּ בַבֹּקֶר וַיִּשְׁמְעוּ אִישׁ לְאָחִיו וַיִשלְחֵם יִצְחָק וַיֵּלְכוּ מֵאִתּוֹ בְּשָׁלוֹם: 32 וַיְהִי בַּיּוֹם הַהוּא וַיָּבֹאוּ עַבְדֵי יִצְחָק וַיַּגִּדוּ לוֹ עַל־אֹדוֹת הַבְּאֵר אֲשֶׁר חָפָרוּ וַיֹּאמְרוּ לוֹ מָצָאנוּ מָיִם: 33 וַיִּקְרָא אֹתָהּ שִׁבְעָה עַל־כָּן שֵׁם-הָעִיר בְּאֵר שֶׁבַע עַד הַיּוֹם הַזֶּה : ס

וַיְהִי עֵשָׂו בֶּן־אַרְבָּעִים שָׁנָה וַיִּקְח אִשָּׁה אֶת־ יְהוּדִית בַּת־־בְּאֵרִי הַחִתִּי וְאֶת־בְּשְׂמַת בַּת־־אֵילְן הַחִתִּי : 35 וַתִּהְוֶן מְחַת רוּחַ לְיִצְחָק וּלְרִבְקָה :

וַיְהִי כִּי־זָקֵן יִצְחָק וַתִּכְאֵין עֵינָיו מֵרְאת וַיִּקְרָא אֶת־עֲשָׂו בְּנוֹ הַגָּדֹל וַיֹּאמֶר אֵלָיו בְּנִי וַיֹּאמֶר אֵלָיו הִנֵּנִי : 2 וַיֹּאמֶר הִנֵּה־נָא זָקַנְתִּי לֹא יָדַעְתִּי יוֹם

מוֹתִי : 3 וְעַתָּה שָׂא נָא כֵלִיךְ תֵּלְיִךְ וְקַשְׁתִּךְ וְצֵא ה' יחודוּ הַשָּׂדֶה וְצוּדָה לִי צְיָדה: 4 וַעֲשֵׂה-לִי מַטְעַמִּים כַּאֲשֶׁר

אָהַבְתִּי וְהָבִיאָה לִי וְאֹכְלָה בַּעֲבוּר תְּבָרֶכְךָ נַפְשִׁי בְּטֶרֶם אָמוּת: 5 וְרִבְקָה שׁמַעַת בְּדַבֵּר יִצְחָק אֶל־ עשר בִּנְוֹ וַיֵּלֶךְ עֵשָׂו הַשָּׂדֶה לָצוּד צַיָד לְהָבִיא: 6 וְרִבְקָה אָמְרָה אֶל־יַעֲקֹב בְּנָהּ לֵאמֹר הִנֵּה שָׁמַעְתִּי אֶת־אָבִיךְ מְדַבֵּר בעֲשָׂו אָחִיךְ לַאמְר: 7 הָבִיאָה לִי צֵיד וַעֲשֵׂה-לִי מַטְעַמִּים וְאֹכְלָה וַאֲבָרֶכְכָה לִפְנֵי יְהוָה לִפְנֵי מוֹתִי : 8 וְעַתָּה בְנִי שְׁמָע בְּקֹלִי לַאֲשֶׁר אֲנִי מְצַוּה אֹתָךְ : 9 לֶךְ־נָא אֶל־הַכֹּאן וְקַח לִי מִשָּׁם שְׁנֵי גְדָיי עיסרֹבִים וְאֶעֶשֶׂה אֹתָם מַטְעַמִּים לְאָבִיךְ כַּאֲשֶׁר אָהֵב: 10 וְהֵבֵאתָ לְאָבִיךְ וְאָכָל בַּעַבָר אֲשֶׁר יְבָרֶכְךָ לִפְנֵי מוֹתוֹ : 11 וַיֹּאמֶר יַעֲקב אֶל־רִבְקָה אִמְוֹ הֵן עֵשָׂו אָחִי





10 And Abimelech said, What in the valley, $$ and found there a is this thou hast done unto us? well of springing 11 water. one of the people * might lightly 20 And the herdmen of Gerar have lien with thy wife, and thou did strive with Isaac's herdmen, shouldest have brought guiltiness saying, The water is ours : || and upon us. §

he called the name of the well 11 And Abimelech charged all Esek, 1 because they strove with his people, saying, He that touch

him. eth this man or his wife, shall 21 And they digged another surely be put to death.

well, and strove for that also: 12 Then Isaac sowed in that and he called the name of it land, I and received in the same Sitnah. + year an hundred fold, and the 22 And he removed from thence, Lord blessed him. :

and digged another well; and for 13 And the man waxed great, that they strove not: and he called and went || forward, and grew the name of it Rehoboth: tt and until he became very great. he said, For now the LORD hath

14 For he had possession of made room for us, and we shall flocks, and possession of herds, be fruitful in the land. and great store of servants, and 23 And he went up from thence the Philistines envied him.

to Beer-sheba. 15 For all the wells which his 24 And the LORD appeared unto father's servants had digged in him the same night, and said, I the days of Abraham his father, am the God of Abraham thy father: the Philistines had stopped them, fear not, for I am with thee, and and filled them with earth.

will bless thee, and multiply thy 16 And Abimelech said unto . seed, for my servant Abraham's Isaac, Go from us : for thou art sake. much mightier than we.

25 And he builded an altar 17 And Isaac departed thence, there, and called upon the name and pitched his tent in the valley of the LORD, and pitched his tent of Gerar, and dwelt there.

there : and there Isaac's servants 18 And Isaac digged again the digged a well. wells of water which they had 26 | Then Abimelech went to digged in the days of Abraham his him from Gerar, and Ahuzzath one father; for the Philistines had of his friends, and Phichol the stopped them after the death of chief captain of his army. Abraham : ** and he called their 27 And Isaac said unto them, names after the names by which Wherefore come ye to me, seeing his father had called them.

ye hate me, and have sent, me 19 And Isaac's servants digged away from you?

* The most honorable of the people, i. e, the king. Jarchi.

The guilt of adultry : for although they might not generally have thought it heinous among the heathens ; yet, here it was fresh in their memory, how sorely God had punished Abimelech, and all his family, for only attempting it. # Heb Found.

| Heb. Went going. I may means husbandry, or a farm. Vide Job, chap. i. verse 3. ** Under pretence, that if their country should chance to be invaded by an enemy, the finding of water, would be very favorable to the invader and prejudicial to the inhabitants of the country.

$Ver. 17, 19, &c.—mu always means, in Scripture, a brook, or river, never a valley; and the digging of a well near a brook is no inconsistency ; for, the waters of the brook might be bad, and so it appears from the expression in verse 19, viz. “ that they found there a well of springing water."

## Heb. Living. Il Because, as they pretended, it was digged in their soil, as some think: but I imagine, that they claimed a prior right to it, as having before opened it. IT That is, contention. † That is, hindrance, tt That is, room.

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