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Matthew Henry

Matthew Henry's Complete Commentary - Genesis 27:6-17

Rebekah is here contriving to procure for Jacob the blessing which was designed for Esau; and here, I. The end was good, for she was directed in this intention by the oracle of God, by which she had been governed in dispensing her affections. God had said it should be so, that the elder should serve the younger; and therefore Rebekah resolves it shall be so, and cannot bear to see her husband designing to thwart the oracle of God. But, II. The means were bad, and no way justifiable. If it was... read more

John Gill

John Gills Exposition of the Bible Commentary - Genesis 27:11

And Jacob said to Rebekah his mother ,.... Being timorous lest he should do an ill thing, and be accounted a deceiver, and bring a curse upon himself: behold, Esau my brother is a hairy man ; covered all over with hair; as with a hairy garment; so he was born, and so he continued, and no doubt his hair increased, Genesis 25:25 , and I am a smooth man : without hair, excepting in those parts where it is common for all men to have it. read more

John Calvin

John Calvin's Commentary on the Bible - Genesis 27:11

Verse 11 11.And Jacob said to Rebekah. That Jacob does not voluntarily present himself to his father, but rather fears lest, his imposture being detected, he should bring a curse upon himself, is very contrary to faith. (43) For when the Apostle teaches, that “whatsoever is not of faith is sin,” (Romans 14:23,) he trains the sons of God to this sobriety, that they may not permit themselves to undertake anything with a doubtful and perplexed conscience. This firm persuasion is the only rule of... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Genesis 27:1-14

The stolen blessing: a domestic drama. 1. Issac and Rebekah , or plotting and counterplotting . I. THE SCHEME OF ISAAC . 1. Its sinful object . The heavenly oracle having with no uncertain sound proclaimed Jacob the theocratic heir, the bestowment of the patriarchal benediction on Esau was clearly an unholy design. That Isaac, who on Mount Moriah had evinced such meek and ready acquiescence in Jehovah's will, should in old age, from partiality towards his firstborn,... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Genesis 27:11

And Jacob said to Rebekah his mother, Behold, Esau my brother is a hairy man ( vide Genesis 25:25 ) and I am a smooth man — חָלָק , smooth (opposed to שָׂעִיר ," hairy); the primary idea of which is to cut off the hair. Cf . χαλκός χάλιξ κόλαξ γλυκός, γλοῖος γλίσχρος ; glacies, glaber, gladius, glisco; gluten, glatt, gleiten, glas—all of which convey the notion of smoothness. read more

Albert Barnes

Albert Barnes' Notes on the Whole Bible - Genesis 27:1-46

- Isaac Blessing His SonsThe life of Isaac falls into three periods. During the first seventy-five years he is contemporary with his father. For sixty-one years more his son Jacob remains under the paternal roof. The remaining forty-four years are passed in the retirement of old age. The chapter before us narrates the last solemn acts of the middle period of his life.Genesis 27:1-4Isaac was old. - Joseph was in his thirtieth year when he stood before Pharaoh, and therefore thirty-nine when... read more

Donald C. Fleming

Bridgeway Bible Commentary - Genesis 27:1-46

Jacob receives Isaac’s blessing (26:34-28:9)The custom in ancient times was for the father of the household to confirm the birthright on his firstborn son by giving his special blessing just before he died. People considered this blessing to be more than just a promise; they saw it as a prophecy that carried God’s favour. Isaac knew that God’s will was for Jacob, not Esau, to receive the firstborn’s blessing (see 25:23). Yet he was determined to give the blessing to Esau, even though Esau, by... read more

James Burton Coffman

Coffman Commentaries on the Bible - Genesis 27:5-17

"And Rebekah heard when Isaac spake to Esau his son. And Esau went to the field to hunt for venison, and to bring it. And Rebekah spake unto Jacob her son, saying, Behold, I heard thy father speak unto Esau thy brother, saying, Bring me venison, and make me savory food, that I may eat, and bless thee before Jehovah before my death. Now therefore, my son, obey my voice according to that which I command thee. Go now to the flock, and fetch me from thence two good kids from the goats; and I will... read more

Robert Jamieson; A. R. Fausset; David Brown

Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible - Genesis 27:11

11. Jacob said, Esau my brother is a hairy man—It is remarkable that his scruples were founded, not on the evil of the act, but on the risk and consequences of deception. read more

Thomas Constable

Expository Notes of Dr. Thomas Constable - Genesis 27:5-17

It seems consistent with the character of Rebekah as presented elsewhere in Genesis to interpret her actions here as predictable, if not commendable. A sincere desire to make sure that Isaac’s blessing went to the divinely chosen, more responsible of her sons apparently motivated her. While her motive seems to have been good, her method evidenced lack of faith in God. [Note: See Sharp, pp. 164-68.] She tried to "pull the wool" over Isaac’s eyes."Jacob is clearly less concerned with the... read more

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