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48 And I bowed down my head, and worshipped the A.C. 1856. LORD, and blessed the LORD God of my master Abraham, which had led me in the right way to take my master's brother's daughter unto his son.

49 And now if ye will deal kindly and truly with my master, tell me: and if not, tell me; that I may turn to the right hand, or to the left.

50 Then Laban and Bethuel answered and said, The thing proceedeth from the LORD: we cannot speak unto thee bad or good.

51 Behold, Rebekah is before thee, take her, and let her be thy master's son's wife, as the Lord hath spoken.

52 And it came to pass, that, when Abraham's servant heard their words, he worshipped the LORD, bowing himself to the earth.

53 And the servant brought forth jewels of silver, and Heb. vessels. jewels of gold, and raiment, and gave them to Rebekah : he gave also to her brother and to her mother precious things.

54 And they did eat and drink, he and the men that were with him, and tarried all night; and they rose up in the morning, and he said, Send me away unto my master. a ver. 58, 59.

55 And her brother and her mother said, Let the damsel abide with us t a few days, at the least ten ; after that she + Or, a full

56 And he said unto them, Hinder me not, seeing the Lord hath prospered my way; send me away that I may go to my master.

57 And they said, We will call the damsel, and enquire at her mouth.

58 And they called Rebekah, and said unto her, Wilt thou go with this man? And she said, I will

go. 59 And they sent away Rebekah their sister, and her nurse, and Abraham's servant, and his men.'

60 And they blessed Rebekah, and said unto her, Thou art our sister, be thou the mother of thousands of millions, and let thy seed possess the gate of those which hate them.

61 And Rebekah arose, and her damsels, and they rode upon the camels, and followed the man : and the servant took Rebekah, and went his way.

62 And Isaac came from the way of the well Lahai-roi; b ch. xvi. 14. for he dwelt in the south country.

63 And Isaac went out to meditate in the field at the Or, to pray. eventide: and he lifted up his eyes, and saw, and, behold, the camels were coming.

64 And Rebekah lifted up her eyes, and when she saw Isaac, she lighted off the camel.

shall go.

year, or ten months,

& xxv. II.

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65 For she had said unto the servant, What man is this that walketh in the field to meet us? And the servant had said, It is my master : therefore she took a vail, and covered herself.

66 And the servant told Isaac all things that he had done.

67 And Isaac brought her into his mother Sarah's tent, and took Rebekah, and she became his wife ; and he loved her : and Isaac was comforted after his mother's death.

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cl Chron. xxiii. I.

Marriage of Abraham with Keturah.

1 Then again Abraham took a wife, and her name was

2 And she bare him Zimran, and Jokshan, and Medan,
and Midian, and Ishbak, and Shuah.

3 And Jokshan begat Sheba, and Dedan. And the sons of Dedan were Asshurim, Letushim, and Leummim.

4 And the sons of Midian; Ephah, and Epher, and Hanoch, and Abidah, and Eldaah. All these were the children of Keturah.

5 And Abraham gave all that he had unto Isaac.

6 But unto the sons of the concubines, which Abraham had, Abraham gave gifts, and sent them away from Isaac his son, while he yet lived, eastward, unto the east country.



Birth of Esau and Jacob.

GENESIS XXV. ver. 1929.
19 | And these are the generations of Isaac, Abraham's
son : Abraham begat Isaac :

20. And Isaac was forty years old when he took Rebekah
to wife, the daughter of Bethuel the Syrian of Padan-
aram, the sister to Laban the Syrian.

21 And Isaac intreated the LORD for his wife, because she was barren: and the LORD was intreated of him, and Rebekah his wife conceived.

22 And the children struggled together within her; and she said, If it be so, why am I thus ? and she went to enquire of the LORD.

23 And the LORD said unto her, Two nations are in thy womb, and two manner of people shall be separated from

thy bowels; and the one people shall be stronger than the Rom. ix. 12. other people; and the elder shall serve the younger.

24 I And when her days to be delivered were fulfilled, A.C. 1836. behold, there were twins in her womb.

25 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 e his hand e Hos. xii. 3. took hold on Esau's heel; and his name was called Jacob: and Isaac was threescore years old when she bare them.

27 And the boys grew: and Esau was a cunning hunter, a man of the field; and Jacob was a plain man, dwelling in tents.

28 And Isaac loved Esau, because * he did eat of his Heb. veni. venison : but Rebekah loved Jacob.

son was in his mouth,



Death of Abraham.

GENESIS XXV. VER. 7-11. 7 And these are the days of the years of Abraham's life which he lived, an hundred threescore and fifteen years.

8 Then Abraham gave up the ghost, and died in a good old age, an old man, and full of years; and was gathered to his people.

9 And his sons Isaac and Ishmael buried him in the cave of Machpelah, in the field of Ephron the son of Zohar the Hittite, which is before Mamre;

10 The field which Abraham purchased of the sons of r Ch. xxiii. 16. Heth : there was Abraham buried, and Sarah his wife.


From the Death of Abraham, to the selling of Joseph by his



Esau sells his Birthright ; Covenant of Isaac with Abimelech

at Gerar; Death of Ishmael.

GENESIS XXV. VER. 11. 11 1 And it came to pass after the death of Abraham, that God blessed his son Isaac; and Isaac dwelt by the * well Lahai-roi.

GENESIS XXVI. FORMER PART OF Ver. 1. 1 And there was a famine in the land, beside the first famine that was in the days of Abraham.

GENESIS XXV. VER. 29, TO THE END. 29 4 And Jacob sod pottage: and Esau came from the field, and he was faint:


a Ch. xvi. 14. & xxiv. 62.


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* Heb. with

that red pottage.

to die.

30 And Esáu said to Jacob, Feed me, I pray thee, * with

that same red pottage ; for I am faint: therefore was his that red, with name called Edom.

31 And Jacob said, Sell me this day thy birthright 8. + Heb. going 32 And Esau said, Behold, I am † at the point to die :

and what profit shall this birthright do to me?

33 And Jacob said, Swear to me this day; and he sware b Heb. xii. 16. unto him: and bhe sold his birthright unto Jacob.

34 Then Jacob gave Esau bread and pottage of lentiles; and he did eat and drink, and rose up, and went his way: thus Esau despised his birthright.

& xv. 18.


1 And Isaac went unto Abimelech king of the Philistines unto Gerar.

2 And the LORD appeared unto him, and said, Go not down into Egypt; dwell in the land which I shall tell thee of:

3 Sojourn in this land, and I will be with thee, and will • Ch. xii, 13. bless thee; for unto thee, and unto thy seed, " I will give

all these countries, and I will perform the oath which I sware unto Abraham thy father :

4 And I will make thy seed to multiply as the stars of heaven, and will give unto thy seed all these countries; and in thy seed shall all the nations of the earth be dblessed;

5 Because that Abraham obeyed my voice, and kept my charge, my commandments, my statutes, and my laws.

6 | And Isaac dwelt in Gerar:

7 And the men of the place asked him of his wife; and he 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.

8 And it came to pass, when he had been there a long time, that Abimelech king of the Philistines looked out at

d Ch. xii. 3. & xxii. 18.

8 The same famine which compelled Isaac to go to Gerar, (Gen. xxvi. 1.) caused Esau to sell his birthright. Some powerful reason seems to be necessary to account for this absurd, and wicked exchange of the privileges of the birthright for a mess of lentile pottage, the commonest food of the country. Esau was the eldest son of a Prince or Emir; and the situation of the country must have been deplorable, when such a man on his return from hunting, could not find in his father's tent, sufficient food to appease the cravings of hunger. Esau, for this mess of pottage, yielding to the temptation of the moment, renounced, both for himself and his descendants, all the privileges of primogeniture, and the covenant which God made with Abraham, that from him the Messiah should descend.-Lightfoot, Stackhouse.



a window, and saw, and, behold, Isaac was sporting with A.C. 1804. Rebekah his wife.

9 And Abimelech called Isaac, and said, 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.

10 And Abimelech said, What is this thou hast done unto us? one of the people might lightly have lien with thy wife, and thou shouldest have brought guiltiness upon us.

11 And Abimelech charged all his people, saying, He that toucheth this man or his wife shall surely be put to death.

12 Then Isaac sowed in that land, and * received in the * Het, found. same year an hundredfold : and the LORD blessed him:

13 And the man waxed great, and + went forward, and +Hch. went grew until he became very great :

14 For he had possession of flocks, and possession of herds, and great store of I servants : and the Philistines : Or, husban. envied him.

15 For all the wells which his father's servants had digged in the days of Abraham his father, the Philistines had stopped them, and filled them with earth.

16 And Abimelech said unto Isaac, Go from for thou art much mightier than we.

17 9 And Isaac departed thence, and pitched his tent in the valley of Gerar, and dwelt there.

18 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 Abraham : and he called their names after the names by which his father had called them.

19 And Isaac's servants digged in the valley, and found there a well of springing water.

| Heb. living 20 And the herdmen of Gerar did strive with Isaac's. herdmen, saying, The water is our's: and he called the name of the well || Esek; because they strove with him.

11 That is, con21 And they digged another well, and strove for that also: and he called the name of it * Sitnah.

22 And he removed from 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 + That is; made room for us, and we shall be fruitful in the land.

23 And he went up from thence to Beersheba.
24 And the LORD appeared unto him the same night',



* That is, ha. tred.


? A constant intercourse was maintained between the Patriarch, and the angel Jehovah, the protecting God of his family, so far as it was necessary either to

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