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V. 1.—" And it came to pass after these things that God did tempt Abraham." After these things, —forty-nine years from the time that God called Abraham from Ur of the Chaldees, and promised to be his God—twenty years after the child, so repeatedly promised, and so earnestly looked for, bad been given—after that child had passed through the periods of infancy and childhood, to an age when he was capable, of becoming the intelligent companion, the prop and support of his father's declining years—after these things, it came to pass, that God did tempt Abraham.
The word tempt is used in Scripture in two senses; 1st positively to move to evil; as is the case with Satan ; (1 Thess. iii. 5.) with wicked men, who endeavour to persuade each other to practise wickedness; and with our own corrupt hearts. "Every man is tempted when he is drawn away of his own lust and enticed:" but, in this sense, rt Let no man say, when he is tempted, I am tempted of God, for God cannot be tempted of evil, neither tempteth he any man." (James i. 13.) 2dly. To tempt, means to prove; and, in this sense, God is said to tempt men, as in this instance of Abraham and in others. (Deut. viii. 2. 2 Cor. xii. 7—9.)
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