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the wife of Nahor, Abraham's brother, with and provender for the camels, and water to her pitcher upon her shoulder.

wash his feet, and the men's feet that were 16 And the damsel was * very fair to look with him. upon, a virgin, neither had any man known 33 And there was set meat before him to her : and she went down to the well, and eat: but he said, I will not eat, until I have filled her pitcher, and came up.

told mine errand. And he said, Speak on. 17 And the servant ran to meet her, and 34 And he said, I am Abraham's servant. said, Let me, I pray thee, drink a little water 35 And the LORD hath blessed my master of thy pitcher.

greatly; and he is become great: and he 18 And she said, Drink, my lord : and she hath given him flocks, and herds, and silver, hasted, and let down her pitcher upon her and gold, and menservants, and maidservants, hand, and gave him drink.

and camels, and asses. 19 And when she had done giving him 36 And Sarah my master's wife bare a son drink, she said, I will draw water for thy to my master when she was old: and unto camels also, until they have done drinking. him hath he given all that he hath.

20 And she hasted, and emptied her pitcher 37 And my master made me swear, saying, into the trough, and ran again unto the well Thou shalt not take a wife to my son of the to draw water, and drew for all his camels.

daughters of the Canaanites, in whose land 21 And the man wondering at her held his I dwell: peace, to wit whether the LORD had made his 38 But thou shalt go unto my father's journey prosperous os not.

house, and to my kindred, and take a wife 22 And it came to pass, as the camels had unto my son. done drinking, that the man took a golden 39 And I said unto my master, Peradven6 earring of half a shekel weight, and two ture the woman will not follow me. bracelets for her hands of ten shekels weight 40 And he said unto me, The Lord, before of gold;

whom I walk, will send his angel with thee, 23 And said, Whose daughter art thou? and prosper thy way; and thou shalt take a tell me, I pray thee: is there room in thy wife for my son of my kindred, and of my father's house for us to lodge in ?

father's house : 24 And she said unto him, I am the 41 Then shalt thou be clear from this my daughter of Bethuel the son of Milcah, which oath, when thou comest to my kindred; and she bare unto Nahor.

if they give not thee one, thou shalt be clear 25 She said moreover unto him, We have from my oath. both straw and provender enough, and room 42 And I came this day unto the well, and to lodge in.

said, O LORD God of my master Abraham, if 26 And the man bowed down his head, now thou do prosper my way which I go : and worshipped the LORD.

43 Behold, I stand by the well of water; 27 And he said, Blessed be the LORD God

and it shall come to pass, that when the virgin of my master Abraham, who hath not left cometh forth to draw water, and I say to her, destitute my master of his mercy and his Give me, I pray thee, a little water of thy truth : I being in the way, the LORD led me pitcher to drink; to the house of my master's brethren.

44 And she say to me, Both drink thou, 28 And the damsel ran, and told them of and I will also draw for thy camels: let the her mother's house these things.

same be the woman whom the LORD hath 29 And Rebekah had a brother, and his appointed out for my master's son. name was Laban: and Laban ran out unto 45 And before I had done speaking in the man, unto the well.

mine heart, behold, Rebekah came forth with 30 And it came to pass, when he saw the her pitcher on her shoulder; and she went earring and bracelets upon his sister's hands, down unto the well, and drew water : and I and when he heard the words of Rebekah his said unto her, Let me drink, I pray thee. sister, saying, Thus spake the man unto me; 46 And she made haste, and let down her that he came unto the man; and, behold, he

pitcher from her shoulder, and said, Drink, stood by the camels at the well.

and I will give thy camels drink also : 31 And he said, Come in, thou blessed of so I drank, and she made the camels drink the LORD; wherefore standest thou without ? also. for I have prepared the house, and room for 47 And I asked her, and said, Whose the camels.

daughter art thou? And she said, The 32 | And the man came into the house : daughter of Bethuel, Nahor's son, whom and he ungirded his camels, and gave straw Milcah bare unto him: and I put the earring

64 And Rebekah lifted up her eyes, and when she saw Isaac, she lighted off the camel.

65 For she had said unto the servant, What man is this that walketh in the field to meet us? And the servant had said, It is my master: therefore she took a vail, and covered herself.

66 And the servant told Isaac all things that he had done.

67 And Isaac brought her into his mother Sarah's tent, and took Rebekah, and she became his wife ; and he loved her: and Isaac was comforted after his mother's death.

(1) Heb. gone into days.

|(5) Or, jewel for the forehead. (2) Or, and.

(6) Heb. vessels. (3) Heb. that women which draw (7) Or, a full

year, or, ten water go forth.

months. (1) Heb.good of countenance. (8) Or, to pray.

upon her face, and the bracelets upon her hands.

48 And I bowed down my head, and worshipped the LORD, and blessed the LORD God of my master Abraham, which had led me in the right way to take my master's brother's daughter unto his son.

49 And now if ye will deal kindly and truly with my master, tell me: and if not, tell me; that I may turn to the right hand, or to the left.

50 Then Laban and Bethuel answered and said, The thing proceedeth from the LORD: we cannot speak unto thee bad or good.

51 Behold, Rebekah is before thee, take her, and go, and let her be thy master's son's wife, as the LORD hath spoken.

52 And it came to pass, that, when Abraham's servant heard their words, he worshipped the LORD, bowing himself to the earth.

53 And the servant brought forth jewels of silver, and jewels of gold, and raiment, and gave them to Rebekah : he gave also to her brother and to her mother precious things.

54 And they did eat and drink, he and the men that were with him, and tarried all night; and they rose up in the morning, and he said, Send me away unto my master.

55 And her brother and her mother said, Let the damsel abide with us 'a few days, at the least ten; after that she shall go.

56 And he said unto them, Hinder me not, seeing the LORD hath prospered my way; send me away that I may go to my master.

57 And they said, We will call the damsel, and enquire at her mouth.

58 And they called Rebekah, and said unto her, Wilt thou go with this man? And she said, I will go.

59 And they sent away Rebekah their sister, and her nurse, and Abraham's servant, and his men.

60 And they blessed Rebekah, and said unto her, Thou art our sister, be thou the mother of thousands of millions, and let thy seed possess the gate of those which hate them.

61 And Rebekah arose, and her damsels, and they rode upon the camels, and followed the man: and the servant took Rebekah, and went his way.

62 And İsaac came from the way of the well Lahai-roi; for he dwelt in the south country.

63 And Isaac went out sto meditate in the field at the eventide: and he litted up his eyes, and saw, and, behold, the camels were coming.

This is a very remarkable chapter. It contains an account of the marriage of Isaac. The Spirit of God has marked the interesting occasion with such a particular narration of circumstances, that we are bound to consider it in its practical bearings, and turn the whole to our own improvement.

Observe the blessedness of Abraham. He is a striking instance of the truth of the proverb, “The hoary head is a crown of glory, if it be found in the way of righteousness.” (Prov. xvi. 31.) But how few such can we behold! There is something venerable in an aged saint; though we are but too seldom greeted with such a sight. Most people die as they live, without Christ, without hope, and without God in the world. Oh, wretched life! Oh, miserable death and eternity beyond the grave! Abraham was a happy and a blessed old

Three things are here named: he was old; he was well stricken in age; and the Lord had blessed him in all things. Of how few can this, too, be said ? How few have the blessing of God in all things! Yet, is not godliness“ profitable unto all things?” Hath it not the “promise of the life that now is, and of that which is to come ?” (1 Tim. iv. 8.) Be not satisfied with the blessing of God in some things ; Abraham was blessed in all things. And all believers are “blessed with all spiritual blessings” in Christ, as God hath chosen them to partake of those blessings in the Son of his love. (See Eph. i. 3--4.)

Next, remark Abraham's care for the welfare of his son. What a pattern is here for all Christian parents to imitate ! None of the daughters

man,

of the land would he allow for a wife to his son. 2 And she bare him Zimran, and Jokshan, No connexion would he form with the lords and Medan, and Midian, and Ishbak, and

Shuah. and princes of the country where he dwelt. He knew that either would be a snare to his

3 And Jokshan begat Sheba, and Dedan.

And the sons of Dedan were Asshurim, and son; and he charged the ruler of his house

Letushim, and Leummim. hold to preserve him from such a step. Is

4 And the sons of Midian; Ephah, and not the Word of God clear on this point? Epher, and Hanoch, and Abidah, and Eldaah. Can there be any prospect of usefulness, All these were the children of Keturah. happiness, or peace, if you be “unequally

5 And Abraham gave all that he had yoked with unbelievers ?” (2 C'or. vi. 14.)

unto Isaac. Ought you not always to remember the divine

6 But unto the sons of the concubines,

which Abraham had, Abraham gave gifts, sanction, “ only in the Lord” (1 Cor. vii. 39),

and sent them away from Isaac his son, while in all such cases ? Who has ever departed he yet lived, eastward, unto the east country. from that rule without suffering for it, in body 7 And these are the days of the years of or mind, in this world or the next?

Abraham's life which he lived, an hundred But, further, note the overruling providence threescore and fifteen years. of God. Nothing is more sure than that when 8 Then Abraham gave up the ghost, and God is about to accomplish his own will, all

died in a good old age, an old man, and full things concur to bring it to pass; and one of

of years; and was gathered to his people.

9 And his sons Isaac and Ishmael buried the most delightful exercises of the Christian

him in the cave of Machpelah, in the field of mind is to be able to trace the divine hand

Ephron the son of Zohar the Hittite, which amidst a variety of events, which otherwise is before Mamre ; would be inexplicable; but which, in answer 10 The field which Abraham purchased of to prayer, are all made plain before him. the sons of Heth: there was Abraham buried,

and Sarah his wife. The charge of Abraham, the mission of his

11 | And it came to pass after the death of servant, his journey, prayer, and success, all

Abraham, that God blessed his son Isaac; clearly proved the hand of God throughout

and Isaac dwelt by the well Lahai-roi. the whole.

12 9 Now these are the generations of IshHow the Lord disposes all hearts to fulfil mael, Abraham's son, whom Hagar the Egyphis fixed designs ! The man delivers his tian, Sarah's handmaid, bare unto Abraham :

13 And these are the names of the sons of message; Laban's heart is moved; Rebecca is willing to go; Bethuel is ready to part with

Ishmael, by their names, according to their her; and all this took place at the word of generations: the firstborn of Ishmael, Nebaone whom they had never seen nor heard of joth; and Kedar, and Adbeel, and Mibsam,

14 And Mishma, and Dumah, and Massa, before ; but who merely spoke in his master's 15 'Hadar, and Tema, Jetur, Naphish, name, and delivered his master's message! and Kedemah: Thus, too, it is, that the Lord makes all his

16 These are the sons of Ishmael, and people willing in the day of his power. (Ps. these are their names, by their towns, and by cx. 3.) The message of the gospel is de- their castles; twelve princes according to

their nations, livered; the sinner's heart is touched; he is

17 And these are the years of the life of secretly drawn to the Saviour, and so receives

Ishmael, an hundred and thirty and seven the life of his soul; he leaves all for the sake

years: and he gave up the ghost and died; of Jesus and the blessings of his great sal- and was gathered unto his people. vation.

18 And they dwelt from Havilah unto

Shur, that is before Egypt, as thou goest CHAPTER XXV.

toward Assyria : and he died in the preI The sons of Abraham by Keturah. 5 The division of his

sence of all his brethren. goods. 7 His age, and death. 9 His burial. 12 The 19 And these are the generations of generations of Ishmael. 17 His age, and death.

Isaac, Abraham's son: Abraham begat Isaac: Isaac prayeth for Rebekah, being barren. 22 The children strir: in her womb. 24 The birth of Esau and Jacob. 20 And Isaac was forty years old when he 27 Their difference. 29 Esau selleth his birthright. took Rebekah to wife, the daughter of Bethuel THEN again Abraham took a wife, and the Syrian of Padan-aram, the sister to Laban her name was Keturah.

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21 And Isaac intreated the LORD for his are facts utterly beyond the expectations of wife, because she was barren: and the Lord

nature. It is clear that nothing but the was intreated of him, and Rebekah his wife

power and blessing of God could have conceived. 22 And the children struggled together

brought them to pass. And cannot the Lord, within her; and she said, If it be so, why am

with as much ease and certainty, raise up a I thus? And she went to enquire of the spiritual seed to shew forth his glory in the LORD.

faith of Jesus Christ, as he raised up this 23 And the LORD said unto her, Two na fruitful race to Abraham ? If he “ called him tions are in thy womb, and two manner of alone, and blessed him, and increased him ” people shall be separated from thy bowels;

(Is. li. 2), in this astonishing manner, can he and the one people shall be stronger than the

not raise up others one after another, and bless other people; and the elder shall serve the

and increase them with all the mercies of his younger. 24 And when her days to be delivered

salvation? Doubtless he can. (See Is. xl. 1-5.) were fulfilled, behold, there were twins in Let us never despond. The church may be her womb.

at a low ebb; the number of believers may 25 And the first came out red, all over like be small; but he can “ build the old waste an hairy garment; and they called his name

places” (Is. lviii. 12), and make the “ feeble Esau. 26 And after that came his brother out,

to become as David” (Zech. xii. 8), and the and his hand took hold on Esau's heel; and

“ little one a thousand.” (Is. Ix. 22.) May he his name was called Jacob: and Isaac was

hasten it in its time, that our eyes may bethreescore years old when she bare them.

hold it! 27 And the boys grew: and Esau was a But here again we are reminded of death. cunning hunter, a man of the field; and Jacob

Abraham must die, as well as Sarah. The was a plain man, dwelling in tents.

time is come, and he departs in peace, in a 28 And Isaac loved Esau, because he did eat of his venison : but Rebekah loved Jacob.

good old age, and was gathered to his people. 29 | And Jacob sod pottage: and Esau

So died the father of the faithful. All his came from the field, and he was faint:

wanderings were now over; his pilgrimage 30 And Esau said to Jacob, Feed me, I was ended; he entered the joy of his Lord, pray thee, *with that same red pottage; for full of blessings as he was full of years ! I am faint: therefore was his name called

Long had he foreseen the day of Christ; 5 Edom. 31 And Jacob said, Sell me this day thy

largely had his soul rejoiced in him ; and birthright.

now he stands in his presence, and tastes of 32 And Esau said, Behold, I am at the

the joys above. Happy Abraham! May we point to die : and what profit shall this birth

be followers of him, and of all others, “who right do to me?

through faith and patience inherit the pro33 And Jacob said, Swear to me this day; mises." (Heb. vi. 12.) and he sware unto him: and he sold his birth

How pleasing is it to witness the filial affecright unto Jacob.

tion of his two sons! Isaac and Ishmael buried 34 Then Jacob gave Esau bread and pottage of lentiles; and he did eat and drink, and

him. The very spot is named where, with rose up, and went his way: thus Esau de

his beloved Sarah, his mortal remains rest till spised his birthright.

“the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall (4) Heb. with that red, with thal

be raised.” (1 Cor. xv. 52.) Thus we see

red pottage. (3) Heb. venison was in his mouth. 1.(6) That is, Red.

how, one after another, we all come down to (6) Heb. going to die.

the grave. Sarah was buried by Abraham ; he

by his sons Isaac and Ishmael; they in their The history of Abraham develops the glo turn by others; and we in due time shall rious truth, that nothing is impossible with follow. Oh! that we may be wise. Oh! that God. That he should be the father of Isaac

we may possess Abraham's faith, die as he in his old age; that after Isaac was grown died, and rest with him in the kingdom above! and settled, by his marriage with Rebecca, he But there are some other points demanding should yet become the father of several other our notice. First, the birth of Rebekah's chilchildren, as is recorded in this chapter, dren; secondly, the spirit and manner of their

(1) Or, Hadad. (2) Heb. fell.

youth. The birth of these twins is remarkable. seed shall all the nations of the earth be The mother was distressed; she consults the

blessed; Lord. The answer to her prayer shews how the

5 Because that Abraham obeyed my voice, Lord Jehovah knows and appoints all events

and kept my charge, my commandments, my

statutes, and my laws. as seemeth best to his godly wisdom (v. 23).

6 And Isaac dwelt in Gerar: From this very circumstance the apostle

7 And the men of the place asked him of illustrates the glorious sovereignty of divine his wife; and he said, She is my sister : for grace, and proves the truth of that blessed he feared to say, She is my wife ; lest, said assertion, “I will have mercy upon whom 1 he, the men of the place should kill me for will have mercy; and I will have compassion

Rebekah; because she was fair to look upon. upon whom I will have compassion.” (Rom.

8 And it came to pass, when he had been ix. 11-15.) Of this truth every child of God is

there a long time, that Abimelech king of the

Philistines looked out at a window, and saw, a living witness on earth; and will be a glo- and, behold, Isaac was sporting with Rebekah rious and eternal monument of its reality in his wife. heaven.

9 And Abimelech called Isaac, and said, We must not overlook the spirit and con- Behold, of a surety she is thy wife: and how duct of these children as they grew up. Esau

saidst thou, She is my sister? And Isaac was a cunning hunter, a man of the field.

said unto him, Because I said, Lest I die

for her. Jacob was a plain man, dwelling in tents.

10 And Abimelech said, What is this thou But this man of the field despised his birth

hạst done unto us? one of the people might right; and this plain man obtained the bless- lightly have lien with thy wife, and thou ing. Is it not so still? Esau is the man of shouldest have brought guiltiness upon us. the world. What do the people of the world 11 And Abimelech charged all his people, care for the gospel birthright? Who among saying, He that toucheth this man or his wife them prizes the gospel blessing? For the

shall surely be put to death. sake of any mess of pottage, any momentary

12 Then Isaac sowed in that land, and

received in the same year an hundredfold: indulgence, any fleshly gratification, they are

and the Lord blessed him. ready to barter their souls; and too often

13 And the man waxed great, and 'went they continue thus infatuated with worldly forward, and grew until he became very great: pleasure, till the blessing is irrecoverably 14 For he had possession of flocks, and gone, and the tears of an unavailing repent- possession of herds, and great store of serance are shed too late! (See Heb. xii. 15–17.)

vants: and the Philistines envied him.

15 For all the wells which his father's servants had digged in the days of Abraham his

father, the Philistines had stopped them, and CHAPTER XXVI.

filled them with earth. 1 Isaac because of famine went to Gerar. 2 God instructeth, 16 And Abimelech said unto Isaac, Go

and blesseth him. 7 He is reproved by Abimelech for from us; for thou art much mightier than we. denying his wife. 12 He groweth rich. 18 He diggeth Esek, Sitnah, and Rehoboth. 26 Abimelech maketh a 17 | And Isaac departed thence, and pitched corenant with him at Beer-sheba, 34 Esau's wives. his tent in the valley of Gerar, and dwelt there. ND there was a famine in the land, be- 18 And Isaac digged again the wells of

water, which they had digged in the days of of Abraham. And Isaac went unto Abimelech Abraham his father; for the Philistines had king of the Philistines unto Gerar.

stopped them after the death of Abraham: 2 And the Lord appeared unto him, and and he called their names after the names by said, Go not down into Egypt; dwell in the which his father had called them. land which I shall tell thee of:

19 And Isaac's servants digged in the valley, 3 Sojourn in this land, and I will be with and found there a well of springing water. thee, and will bless thee; for unto thee, and 20 And the herdmen of Gerar did strive unto thy seed, I will give all these countries, with Isaac's herdmen, saying, The water is and I will perform the oath which I sware our's: and he called the name of the well unto Abraham thy father;

• Esek; because they strove with him. 4 And I will make thy seed to multiply 21 And they digged another well, and strove as the stars of heaven, and will give unto for that also : and he called the name of it thy seed all these countries; and in thy 6 Sitnah.

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