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Why have I conceived, if I must feel such painful unquietness within me? And she sought to God in her prayers, to know the reason and issue of this inward strife.

XXV. 23 Two nations are in thy womb, &c.

The twins, which are struggling within thee, shall be the fathers of two opposite nations, the Israelites and the Edomites.

XXV. 31 Sell me this day thy birthright.

Make over to me all the privileges of thy birth-right; the consecration, the honour, the double portion that belongeth thereunto.

XXVII. 27 See, the smell of my son is as the smell of a field which the LORD hath blessed.

The smell of the garments of my son is as the sweet perfume, which is sent up from a field, richly furnished with all manner of pleasant and fragrant flowers and herbs.

XXVII. 33 And Isaac trembled very exceedingly.

And Isaac was exceedingly astonished in himself, at the thought of the conveyance of the blessing upon a person, that he intended


XXVII. 40 By thy sword shalt thou live, and shall serve thy brother.

The course of thy life shall be troublesome and unquiet; and thou shalt uphold thy state by wars: and, though thy person shall be free, yet, in thy posterity, thou shalt be subject to the issue of thy brother Jacob.

XXVII. 45 Why should I be deprived of you both in one day? If Esau should in his fury kill thee, the law will justly kill him, and so we lose both at once.

XXVII. 46 I am weary of my life because of the daughters of Heth.

These heathenish wives of Esau are a perpetual and intolerable véxation to my soul, by reason of their idolatry and viciousness.

XXVIII. 16 Surely the LORD is in this place; and I knew it


Surely the Lord hath, in a divine dream or vision, represented himself to me, unexpectedly in this place.

XXVIII. 17 How dreadful is this place! this is none other than the house of God, and this is the gate of heaven.

How full of awe and reverend respect is this place, which God hath thus sanctified by his presence; having so familiarly manifested himself to me here, as men do in their dwelling houses to their friends. This is no other than a representation of God's spiritual house, his Church, by which we enter into the glory of heaven. XXVIII. 22 And this stone, which I have set for a pillar, shall

be God's house.

The place, where I set up this stone, shall be dedicated to the worship and service of my God, where I will build an altar to his


XXIX. 12 Her father's brother.
Her father's cousin, or nephew.
XXIX. 17 Leah was tender eyed.

Leah had an unbecoming weakness in her eyes.

XXIX. 27 Fulfil her week, and we will give thee this also, &c. Do thou celebrate the consummation of Leah's marriage seven days, according to the custom; and then, when this former marriage is fully ratified and complete, I will give thee her other sis

ter to wife.

XXIX. 31 That Leah was hated.

That Leah was less regarded, or disesteemed, in comparison of Rachel.

XXX. 1 Give me children, or else I die.

Grief and impatience will kill me, if I have not children from thy loins, as well as my sister Leah.

XXX. 3 Behold my maid Bilhah, go in unto her; and she shall bear upon my knees, that I may also have children by her. Behold my maid Bilhah; go, retire thyself into her chamber, and lie with her; and I shall have children by her, which I shall bear upon my knees, and in my bosom, as my own.

XXX. + And she gave him Bilhah her handmaid to wife. Then she gave him Bilhah her maid, to converse with as a wife. XXX. 14 And found mandrakes in the field, and brought them unto his mother Leah.

And found mandrake apples in the field, which he had perceived his mother to esteem for their medicinable use, and brought them therefore to her.

XXX. 18 And Leah said, God hath given me my hire, because I have given my maiden to my husband.

Then said Leah, God hath repaid me my reward for the good office, which I did to my husband, in giving him my hand-maid for his concubine.

XXX. 22 And God hearkened to her, and opened her womb. And God heard her prayers, and gave her power to conceive, XXX. 40 And Jacob did separate the lambs, and set the faces of the flocks towards the ringstraked, and all the brown in the flock of Laban.

And turned the faces of those sheep, which were in the flock of Laban, towards the party-coloured and black, which were of his flock, that the sight thereof might cause those colours in their conception.

XXXI. 7 And your father hath deceived me, and changed my wages ten times, &c.

But your father hath deceived me, and changed my wages agreed upon, very often; but God hath so ordered it, that his changes have been no loss to my estate.

XXXI. 10. And it came to pass at the time that the cattle conceived, that I lifted up mine eyes, and saw in a dream, and, be

hold, the rams which leaped upon the cattle were ringstraked, speckled, and grisled.

For in ramming time, God premonished me in a dream, of this course of enriching myself, by the party-coloured goats male and female; and, of this means, to effect that diversity of colour.

XXXI. 15 Are we not counted of him strangers? for he hath sold us, and hath quite devoured also our money.

Hath he not dealt with us as strangers? for he hath sold us to thee for thy service, instead of a dowry; and since he hath thus used us, shall we stay still, that he may prey upon us, and consume that substance which we have.

XXXI. 19 And Rachel had stolen the images that were her father's.

Then Rachel, whether out of some superstition of her own, or in some purpose to bereave her father of those means of his idolatry, stole the images which her father had wont to worship.

XXXI. 20 And Jacob stole away unawares to Laban the Sy


Then Jacob stole away secretly, without the knowledge or consent of Laban, his father-in-law.

XXXI. 23 And he took his brethren with him.

He took his kinsfolk with him, &c.

XXXI. 35 Let it not displease my lord that I cannot rise up before thee; for the custom of women is upon me.

The accustomed infirmity of women is upon me, and makes me unfit for these outward duties of courtesy; I beseech thee hold me excused, in the forbearance of this ceremony of my due respect to thee.

XXXI. 42 Except the God of my father, the God of Abraham, and the fear of Isaac, had been with me, surely thou hadst sent me away now empty.

If the God of my father, I mean the God of Abraham, and the same God whom Isaac my father feareth and worshippeth, had not been with me, and prospered me, &c.

XXXI. 47 And Laban called it Jegar-Sahadutha: but Jacob called it Galeed.

And Laban in the Syrian tongue, and Jacob in the Hebrew called it, The heap of the witness.

XXXI. 53 The God of Abraham, and the God of Nahor, the God of their father, judge betwixt us. But Jacob sware by the fear of his father Isaac.

The God which once Abraham worshipped, and the gods of his predecessors, be judge between us; but Jacob sware by the true God, whom his father Isaac feared.

XXXII. 1 And Jacob went on his way, and the angels of God met him.

And the angels of God appeared to him in the way, in the form of heavenly soldiers.

XXXII. 5 And I have sent to tell thee my lord, that I may find grace in thy sight.

And I have sent to give thee, my lord Esau, notice, both of my purpose of passing through thy country, and of my estate.

XXXII. 11 Deliver me, I pray thee, from the hand of my brother, from the hand of Esau: for I fear him, &c.

Deliver me from the revenge of my brother, even my brother Esau; for I fear, lest he will come and put all to the sword, without regard of sex or age.

XXXII. 13 And took of that which came to his hand a present for Esau his brother.

And took of the choicest of that substance he had, for a present for Esau.

XXXII. 24 And there wrestled a man with him until the breaking of the day.

God the Son appeared to him, and wrestled with him, in the likeness of a man; exercising both his bodily and spiritual strength.

XXXII. 25 And when he saw that he prevailed not against him, he touched the hollow of his thigh; and the hollow of Jacob's thigh was out of joint, as he wrestled with him.

And when he had proved the strength of his faith such, as that it could not be daunted, &c. lest Jacob should have been puffed up with the opinion of his strength, Christ left him a bodily afflic tion to humble him by, such as might testify, it was not the hand of a mere man that strove with him.

XXXII. 26 And he said, Let me go, for the day breaketh: And he said, I will not let thee go, except thou bless me.


And he, as yet concealing himself from Jacob, said, after the manner men, as if the violence of Jacob had compelled him, Let me go, for the morning appeareth; but Jacob, now perceiving some more than human matter in this his wrestler, answered, Let me be importunate with thee, not to depart from me, till thou have blessed me.

XXXII. 27 And he said unto him, What is thy name? And he said, Jacob.

Then asked he, not as being ignorant, but as desirous to take occasion from Jacob's own report of his name, to pronounce his purpose of the alteration of it, What is thy name?

XXXII. 28 For as a prince hast thou power with God and with men, and hast prevailed.

Because thy faith and importunity hath prevailed with God, much more shalt thou prevail with Esau, and with whatsoever adversary.

XXXII. 30 For I have seen God face to face, and my life is preserved.

I have seen the Son of God in the assumed shape of a man, face to face, and have escaped death; both from this sight, and also from the danger of Esau.

XXXII. 32 Therefore the children of Israel eat not of the tinew which shrank.

Therefore, the children of Israel, in a reverent remembrance of this act and event, concerning Jacob, eat not of the hinder sinews, &c.

XXXIII. 3 And he passed over before them, and bowed himself to the ground seven times, until he came near to his brother.

So he went before them, and bowed himself in an humble manner sundry times, while he was within the sight of Esau.

XXXIII. 10 For therefore have I seen thy face, as though I had seen the face of God.

It is unspeakably comfortable to me, that I have seen thy face thus loving and friendly to me.

XXXIII. 20 And he erected there an altar, and called it ElElohe-Israel.

And he consecrated there, anew, that altar, which was set up by his grandfather Abraham; which he called, The Altar of the mighty God of Israel.

XXXIV. 3 And his soul clave unto Dinah the daughter of Jacob.

So his affections were set upon Dinah.

XXXIV. 17 Then will we take our daughter, and we will be gone.

Then will we take our sister away out of your custody, and depart. XXXIV. 23 Shall not their cattle and their substance and every beast of their's be our's?

It shall not be only a matter of pleasure and contentment to us, but also of great profit unto you all; for shall we not have a right in all their substance and strength?

XXXIV. 24 All that went out of the gate of his city.

All that dwelt within the city.

XXXIV. 25 And it came to pass on the third day, when they

were sore.

And on the third day, when they were sore and stiff of the wound of their circumcision.

XXXIV. 30 And Jacob said to Simeon and Levi, Ye have troubled me &c.

Ye have put me to much unquietness, in unsettling my estate, and have made me odious to the inhabitants.

XXXV. 2 Put away the strange gods that are among you, and change your garments.

Cast away those false gods of the heathen, which you learned to worship in Syria, the idols of Laban or Shechem, and cleanse both your souls and bodies; and, by the change of your very apparel, testify the change of your hearts.

XXXV. 10 And God said unto him, Thy name is Jacob: thy name shall not be called any more Jacob.

Moreover, God said unto him, in a confirmation and reiteration of the same favour, which he had formerly shewed to Jacob, Thy name shall no more be called Jacob.

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