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James Burton Coffman

Coffman Commentaries on the Bible - Genesis 25:19-24

THE TOLEDOTH OF ISAAC"These are the generations of Isaac, Abraham's son: Abraham begat Isaac: and Isaac was forty years old when he took Rebekah, the daughter of Bethuel the Syrian of Padan-aram, the sister of Laban the Syrian to be his wife. And Isaac entreated Jehovah for his wife, because she was barren: and Jehovah was entreated of him, and Rebekah his wife conceived. And the children struggled together within her; and she said, If it be so, wherefore do I live? And she went to inquire of... read more

Robert Jamieson; A. R. Fausset; David Brown

Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible - Genesis 25:21

21. Isaac entreated the Lord for his wife—Though tried in a similar way to his father, he did not follow the same crooked policy. Twenty years he continued unblessed with offspring, whose seed was to be "as the stars" [ :-]. But in answer to their mutual prayers ( :-), Rebekah was divinely informed that she was to be the mother of twins, who should be the progenitors of two independent nations; that the descendants of the younger should be the more powerful and subdue those of the other (Romans... read more

Thomas Constable

Expository Notes of Dr. Thomas Constable - Genesis 25:19-26

1. Isaac’s twin sons 25:19-26Genesis 25:19-34 introduce the whole Jacob and Esau saga.In the first pericope (Genesis 25:19-26) we have the record of God answering Isaac’s prayers by making Rebekah fertile (blessing). He gave her two sons, Esau and Jacob, and foretold that from them two nations would come with the elder serving the younger.The emphasis of this section is on the divine oracle (Genesis 25:23) as is clear from the chiastic structure of the narrative."A Isaac was forty years old... read more

Thomas Constable

Expository Notes of Dr. Thomas Constable - Genesis 25:19-29

C. What became of Isaac 25:19-35:29A new toledot begins with Genesis 25:19. Its theme is "the acquisition of the blessing and its development and protection by the Lord." [Note: Ross, Creation and . . ., p. 433.] Moses set up the whole Jacob narrative in a chiastic structure that emphasizes the fulfillment of the promise of the seed and the seed’s prosperity."A Oracle sought; Rebekah struggles in childbirth; bekorah birthright; birth; themes of strife, deception, fertility (Genesis 25:19-34).B... read more

Thomas Constable

Expository Notes of Dr. Thomas Constable - Genesis 25:21

Rebekah was barren for 20 years after she married Isaac (Genesis 25:20; Genesis 25:26). God closed her womb so the chosen family would recognize her children as the fruit of His grace rather than simply the fruit of nature. Isaac was apparently the only monogamous patriarch among the first three: Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. read more

John Dummelow

John Dummelow's Commentary on the Bible - Genesis 25:1-34

The Sons of Abraham by Keturah. Death and Burial of Abraham. Descendants of Ishmael. Birth and Youth of Esau and Jacob1. It is not known at what period of his life Abraham took Keturah as his secondary wife or concubine; for it is clear from Genesis 25:6 and 1 Chronicles 1:32 that she only held that position. Some of the names of Keturah’s children have been identified in Arabia as tribes. 2. Midian] The Midianites became a considerable nation, spreading over the country S. and SE. of Palestine... read more

Charles John Ellicott

Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers - Genesis 25:19-34

THE TÔLDÔTH ISAAC (Genesis 25:19 to Genesis 35:29). THE BIRTH OF ISAAC’S SONS.Abraham begat Isaac—The Tôldôth in its original form gave probably a complete genealogy of Isaac, tracing up his descent to Shem, and showing thereby that the right of primogeniture belonged to him; but the inspired historian uses only so much of this as is necessary for tracing the development of the Divine plan of human redemption.The Syrian.—Really, the Aramean, or descendant of Aram. (See Genesis 10:22-23.) The... read more

William Nicoll

Expositor's Dictionary of Texts - Genesis 25:1-34

Genesis 25:32 Esau's weakness and fall in the presence of his overmastering temptation. I. Esau's good qualities are very evident, being of the kind easily recognized and easily popular among men, the typical sportsman who is only a sportsman, bold and frank and free and generous, with no intricacies of character, impulsive and capable of magnanimity. The very opposite of the prudent, dexterous, nimble man of affairs, rather reckless indeed and hotheaded and passionate. His virtues are, we see,... read more

William Nicoll

Expositor's Bible Commentary - Genesis 25:1-34

ESAU AND JACOBGenesis 25:1-34"He goeth as an ox goeth to the slaughter, till a dart strike through his liver; as a bird hasteth to the snare, and knoweth not that it is for his life."- Proverbs 7:22-23THE character and career of Isaac would seem to tell us that it is possible to have too great a father. Isaac was dwarfed and weakened by growing up under the shadow of Abraham. Of his life there was little to record, and what was recorded was very much a reproduction of some of the least glorious... read more

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