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Matthew Henry

Matthew Henry's Complete Commentary - Genesis 33:16-20

Here, 1. Jacob comes to Succoth. Having in a friendly manner parted with Esau, who had gone to his own country (Gen. 33:16), he comes to a place where, it should seem, he rested for some time, set up booths for his cattle, and other conveniences for himself and family. The place was afterwards known by the name of Succoth, a city in the tribe of Gad, on the other side Jordan (it signifies booths), that when his posterity afterwards dwelt in houses of stone, they might remember that the Syrian... read more

John Gill

John Gills Exposition of the Bible Commentary - Genesis 33:16

So Esau returned that day on his way unto Seir. Took his leave of Jacob the same day he met him, and proceeded on in his journey towards Seir; whether he arrived there the same day is not certain, probably it was more than a day's journey. read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Genesis 33:1-20

Jacob and Esau, or the brothers reconciled. I. THE MEETING OF THE BROTHERS . 1. The approach of Esau . 2. The advance of Jacob . 3. The reconciliation of both . The conflict of emotions in the breast of Esau was brought to a decision by the sight of Jacob, which at once cast the balance on the side of fraternal affection. Old memories of boyhood and home revived in the bosom of the stalwart hunter as he looked on his twin-brother, and, under the impulse of... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Genesis 33:1-20

The fruits of prayer. The " prince " who has been lifted by the grace of God out of the humiliation of his fear and shame to the height of his favor at the throne of the Most High now reveals his princely power. He takes captive Esau's heart; he blesses him in the name of God, he bestows his gifts upon him. Notice the fruits of Divine discipline in the patriarch . I. THE THEOCRATIC FEELING IS ALIVE IN JACOB 'S HEART . He puts the handmaids first, Leah next, Rachel... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Genesis 33:16-17

So (literally, and, complying with his brother's request) Esau returned that day on his way unto Seir —from which he had come to meet Jacob ( vide Genesis 32:3 ). And Jacob journeyed to Succoth. Succoth, so called here by anticipation, and afterwards belonging to the tribe of Gad, was situated in the valley of the Jordan, on the east side of the river, and to the south of the Jabbok ( Joshua 13:27 ; 8:4 , 8:5 ), and consequently is not to be identified with Sakut, on the... read more

Albert Barnes

Albert Barnes' Notes on the Whole Bible - Genesis 33:1-20

- Jacob and Esau Meet17. סכת sûkkôth, Sukkoth, “booths,” consisting of poles forming a roof covered with branches, leaves, or grass.19. חמור chămôr Chamor, “ass, red, heap.” קשׂיטה qeśı̂yṭâh Qesitah, weighed or measured. Ἀμνὸς Amnos, Septuagint and OnkelosJacob has a friendly interview with Esau, and re-+enters Kenaan.Genesis 33:1-3Jacob, upon seeing Esau approach with his four hundred men, advances with circumspection and lowly obeisance. He divided his family, arranged them according... read more

Donald C. Fleming

Bridgeway Bible Commentary - Genesis 33:1-17

Meeting with Esau (33:1-17)Jacob may have had a dramatic spiritual experience with God, but he still had to face Esau the next day. He took precautions to protect his family against any possible hostility, then went ahead to meet Esau personally (33:1-3). Esau showed a generous spirit of forgiveness, with the result that the dreaded meeting proved to be a happy reunion. Jacob had gained Esau’s birthright and blessing by cunning and deceit, but he was not allowed to enjoy them fully till he... read more

James Burton Coffman

Coffman Commentaries on the Bible - Genesis 33:12-17

"And he said, Let us take our journey, and let us go, and I will go before thee. And he said unto him, My lord knoweth that the children are tender, and that the flocks and herds with me have their young; and if they overdrive them one day, all the flocks will die. Let my Lord, I pray thee, pass over before his servant; and I will lead gently, according to the pace of the cattle that are before me and according to the pace of the children, until I come unto my Lord unto Seir. And Esau said, Let... read more

Thomas Constable

Expository Notes of Dr. Thomas Constable - Genesis 33:1-17

Jacob arranged his family to preserve those who were most precious to him if his brother proved to be violently hostile (Genesis 33:1-3)."This kind of ranking according to favoritism no doubt fed the jealousy over Joseph that later becomes an important element in the narrative. It must have been painful to the family to see that they were expendable." [Note: The NET Bible note on 33:2.] His going ahead of them to meet Esau shows the new Israel overcoming the fear that had formerly dominated the... read more

John Dummelow

John Dummelow's Commentary on the Bible - Genesis 33:1-20

1-16.Jacob and Esau meet peaceably.17-20. Jacob settles in Canaan.3. Bowed seven times] in token of submission to Esau. 4. Jacob’s prayer (Genesis 32:11) is answered, and Esau, whatever his original purpose, now shows his brother only goodwill and affection. 10. I have seen thy face, etc.] i.e. I find thee as favourable to me as God is, alluding, no doubt, to the name Peniel (Genesis 32:30).11. My blessing] RV ’my gift’: the present which accompanied expressions of good-will. So Naaman said to... read more

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