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Matthew Henry

Matthew Henry's Complete Commentary - Genesis 28:1-5

Jacob had no sooner obtained the blessing than immediately he was forced to flee from his country; and, as it if were not enough that he was a stranger and sojourner there, he must go to be more so, and no better than an exile, in another country. Now Jacob fled into Syria, Hos. 12:12. He was blessed with plenty of corn and wine, and yet he went away poor, was blessed with government, and yet went out to service, a hard service. This was, 1. Perhaps to correct him for his dealing fraudulently... read more

John Gill

John Gills Exposition of the Bible Commentary - Genesis 28:4

And give thee the blessing of Abraham, to thee, and to thy seed with thee ,.... Which was promised to Abraham, and was entailed upon Isaac and his seed, and now upon Jacob and his seed, which follows: that thou mayest inherit the land wherein thou art a stranger, which God gave to Abraham ; the land of Canaan, which was given to Abraham by promise, but not in possession; he was a sojourner and stranger in it, and so Isaac had been all his days, and now Jacob, who through the blessing was... read more

Adam Clarke

Adam Clarke's Commentary on the Bible - Genesis 28:4

Give thee the blessing of Abraham - May he confirm the inheritance with all its attendant blessings to thee, to the exclusion of Esau; as he did to me, to the exclusion of Ishmael. But, according to St. Paul, much more than this is certainly intended here, for it appears, from Galatians 3:6-14 , that the blessing of Abraham, which is to come upon the Gentiles through Jesus Christ, comprises the whole doctrine of justification by faith, and its attendant privileges, viz., redemption from... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Genesis 28:1-9

Jacob and Esau, or diverging paths. I. JACOB 'S JOURNEY TO PADAN - ARAM . 1. The path of duty . Entered on in obedience to his mother's wish and his father's commandment, it was an e vide nce of filial piety. It is the token of a good son that he "hears the instruction of his father, and forsakes not the taw of his mother" ( Proverbs 1:8 ). Sons come to mature age should respect and, where not inconsistent with allegiance to God, yield submission to parental... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Genesis 28:1-9

Life with, and life without, God. The divergence of the two representative men is seen in this short statement of their marriage relations. 1. Domestic life under the blessing of God and apart from that blessing. 2. The true blessing is the blessing of Abraham, the blessing which God has already provided, promised, and secured. 3. The heir of the blessing must be sent away and learn by experience how to use it. 4. The disinherited man, who has scorned his opportunity,... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Genesis 28:4

And give thee the Blessing of Abraham ,— i . e . promised to Abraham ( vide Genesis 12:2 ; Genesis 22:17 , Genesis 22:18 ). The additions of τοῦ παρός μου ( LXX .), אביךְ = τοῦ πατρὸς σου (Samaritan), are unwarranted— to thee, and to thy seed with thee; that thou mayest inherit the land wherein thou art a stranger ,—literally, the land of thy sojournings ( Genesis 17:8 )— which God gave unto Abraham —by promise (cf. Genesis 12:7 ; Genesis 13:15 ; Genesis... read more

Albert Barnes

Albert Barnes' Notes on the Whole Bible - Genesis 28:1-22

- Jacob’s Journey to Haran3. קהל qâhāl, “congregation.”9. מחלת māchălat, Machalath, “sickness, or a harp.”19. לוּז lûz, Luz, “almond.”The blessing of his sons was the last passage in the active life of Isaac, after which he retires from the scene. Jacob now becomes the leading figure in the sacred history. His spiritual character has yet come out to view. But even now we can discern the general distinction in the lives of the three patriarchs. Abraham’s is a life of authority and decision;... read more

Donald C. Fleming

Bridgeway Bible Commentary - Genesis 28:1-9

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

E.W. Bullinger

E.W. Bullinger's Companion Bible Notes - Genesis 28:4

wherein thou art a stranger. Hebrew of thy sojournings. God. Hebrew. Elohim. App-4 . read more

James Burton Coffman

Coffman Commentaries on the Bible - Genesis 28:1-4

"And Isaac called Jacob, and blessed him, and charged him, and said unto him, Thou shalt not take a wife of the daughters of Canaan. Arise, go to Paddan-aram, to the house of Bethuel thy mother's brother; and take thee a wife from thence of the daughters of Laban thy mother's brother. And God Almighty bless thee, and make thee fruitful, and multiply thee, that thou mayest be a company of peoples; and give the blessing of Abraham, to thee, and to thy seed with thee; that thou mayest inherit the... read more

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