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Matthew Henry

Matthew Henry's Complete Commentary - Genesis 27:30-40

Here is, I. The covenant-blessing denied to Esau. He that made so light of the birthright would now have inherited the blessing, but he was rejected, and found no place of repentance in his father, though he sought it carefully with tears, Heb. 12:17. Observe, 1. How carefully he sought it. He prepared the savoury meat, as his father had directed him, and then begged the blessing which his father had encouraged him to expect, Gen. 27:31. When he understood that Jacob had obtained it... read more

John Gill

John Gills Exposition of the Bible Commentary - Genesis 27:35

And he said, thy brother came with subtilty ,.... The Targums of Onkelos and Jonathan, and so Jarchi, interpret it, "with wisdom", taking it in a good sense, and as excusing the fact; or rather commending it, as if it was wisely and prudently managed; but the word signifies fraud and deceit, and so it must be understood; though it may be Isaac says this, not so much to blame Jacob for what he had done, as to excuse himself to Esau, that he did not intend to give the blessing from him, but... read more

Adam Clarke

Adam Clarke's Commentary on the Bible - Genesis 27:35

Hath taken away thy blessing - This blessing, which was a different thing from the birthright, seems to consist of two parts: The dominion, generally and finally, over the other part of the family; and, Being the progenitor of the Messiah. But the former is more explicitly declared than the latter. See note on Genesis 25:31 . read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Genesis 27:30-40

The stolen blessing: a domestic drama.-3. Isaac and Esau, or the hunter's lamentation. I. Isaac's STARTLING DISCOVERY . 1. Unexpectedly made . The return of Esau from the hunting-field with a dish of venison was a sudden and most unpleasant revelation to the aged patriarch, showing that in some inexplicable manner he had been out-maneuvered, and, as it were, constrained against his will to bestow the blessing upon Jacob. So in common life it is not infrequently seen that the... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Genesis 27:35

And he ( i . e . Isaac) said, Thy brother came with subtlety ,—with wisdom (Onkelos); rather with fraud, μετά δόλου ( LXX .)—and hath taken away thy blessing—i.e. the blessing which I thought was thine , since Isaac now understood that from the first it had been designed for Jacob. 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 27:30-40

"And it came to pass, as soon as Isaac had made an end of blessing Jacob, and Jacob had scarce gone out from the presence of Isaac his father, that Esau his brother came in from his hunting. And he also made savory food, and brought it unto his father; and he said unto his father, Let my father arise, and eat of his son's venison, that thy soul may bless me. And Isaac his father said unto him, Who art thou? And he said, I am thy son, thy first-born, Esau. And Isaac trembled exceedingly, and... read more

Thomas Constable

Expository Notes of Dr. Thomas Constable - Genesis 27:30-45

Isaac evidently knew that he had been resisting God’s will and finally accepted defeat submissively (Genesis 27:33). Besides in that culture a paternal blessing, much more a divine oracle, such as the one Isaac had uttered, was irrevocable. [Note: See A. C. Thiselton, "The Supposed Power of Words in the Biblical Writings," Journal of Theological Studies NS25:2 (October 1972):294.] "By showing that the blessing was irrevocable, even by the father who gave the blessing, the writer underscores an... 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

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