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Robert Jamieson; A. R. Fausset; David Brown

Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible - Genesis 27:28

28. God give thee of the dew of heaven—To an Oriental mind, this phraseology implied the highest flow of prosperity. The copious fall of dew is indispensable to the fruitfulness of lands, which would be otherwise arid and sterile through the violent heat; and it abounds most in hilly regions, such as Canaan, hence called the "fat land" (Nehemiah 9:25; Nehemiah 9:35). plenty of corn and wine—Palestine was famous for vineyards, and it produced varieties of corn, namely, wheat, barley, oats, and... read more

Thomas Constable

Expository Notes of Dr. Thomas Constable - Genesis 27:18-29

The response to Isaac’s blessing in Genesis 27:23 is proleptic; it refers to the blessing in Genesis 27:27-29, not another blessing that preceded that one.Jacob’s kiss recalls another deceptive show of affection, namely, Judas’ kiss of Jesus (Matthew 26:48-49).Isaac uttered his blessing (Genesis 27:27-29) in poetic language and God’s Spirit doubtless inspired it since it proved to be prophetic (cf. Genesis 49:1-27; Deuteronomy 33; et al.). It was an oracle.The writer mentioned two of the... read more

John Dummelow

John Dummelow's Commentary on the Bible - Genesis 27:1-46

Jacob by Subtilty obtains the BlessingUrged on by his mother, Jacob attempts by unworthy means to secure the blessing of the firstborn with all the privileges it involved. But the wrongdoing of the actors in the story was soon followed by the suffering which assuredly waits on sin. To quote Delitzsch: ’(a) Isaac suffers for his preference for Esau, which was not determined by the will of God but by his weak affection: (b) Esau suffers for despising the blessing of the firstborn: (c) Rebekah... read more

Charles John Ellicott

Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers - Genesis 27:1-46

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

Charles John Ellicott

Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers - Genesis 27:28

(28) Therefore God give thee.—Heb., And the Elohim give thee. Here, as not unfrequently is the case, the name Elohim follows immediately upon that of Jehovah. As the blessings of dew and fertile land are the gifts of the God of nature, the use of the title Elohim is in accordance with the general rule.The fatness of the earth.—Heb., the fatnesses: that is, the fat places. In the countries where Esau and Jacob were to have their homes, the land varies from districts of extraordinary fertility to... read more

William Nicoll

Expositor's Dictionary of Texts - Genesis 27:1-46

Music to the House of God (At a Musical Festival) Genesis 27:17 I. If we ask what is the true place of music in the Church of God, we can but answer that it has a wondrous power of creating and sustaining emotion and enthusiasm. The danger lies in our confusing music designed and executed for devotional purposes with music designed for other purposes. The devotion of the performer's heart in spiritual penitence or praise must inspire the music of the Church if it is to be for the worship of... read more

William Nicoll

Expositor's Bible Commentary - Genesis 27:1-46

JACOB’S FRAUDGenesis 27:1-46"The counsel of the Lord standeth for ever."- Psalms 33:11THERE are some families whose miserable existence is almost entirely made up of malicious plottings and counter-plottings, little mischievous designs, and spiteful triumphs of one member or party in the family over the other. It is not pleasant to have the veil withdrawn, and to see that where love and eager self-sacrifice might be expected their places are occupied by an eager assertion of rights, and a cold,... read more

Arno Clemens Gaebelein

Arno Gaebelein's Annotated Bible - Genesis 27:1-46

CHAPTER 27 The Story of Jacob and the Deception of Rebekah and Jacob 1. Esau sent (Genesis 27:1-4 ) 2. Rebekah’s deception (Genesis 27:5-17 ) 3. Jacob’s deception (Genesis 27:18-25 ) 4. Jacob blessed (Genesis 27:26-29 ) 5. The discovery (Genesis 27:30-40 ) 6. Esau hates Jacob (Genesis 27:41 ) 7. Rebekah advises Jacob to flee (Genesis 27:42-46 ) With this chapter the story of Jacob begins. Three periods of his life are especially to be noticed: 1. His life in Canaan; 2. His... read more

L.M. Grant

L. M. Grant's Commentary on the Bible - Genesis 27:1-46

JACOB DECEIVES HIS FATHER In spite of Esau's wrong marriages, and in spite of God's word that Isaac's older son would serve the younger (ch.25:23). Isaac was ready to confer his chief blessing on Esau. We are told in verse 1 that his eyes were dim, and no doubt his spiritual eyes were dim also, evidently because he allowed his natural appetite to take precedence over the revealed will of God (ch.25:28). But in order that he might bless Esau, he wanted Esau first to take his bow and quiver of... read more

James Gray

James Gray's Concise Bible Commentary - Genesis 27:1-46

JACOB AND ESAU THE DEFRAUDED BIRTHRIGHT (Genesis 25:19-34 ) As we read the introductory part of this chapter, we are impressed that many of the mothers of the notable men of the Bible were for a long while childless: Sarah, Rebekah, Rachel, and the mothers of Samson, Samuel and John the Baptist. Was this that their faith might be proved? We wonder, too, what is meant by the statement that Rebekah “went to inquire of Jehovah.” There seems to have been some way, even in that early time,... read more

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