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47 and she made the camels drink also. And I asked her, and said,
Whose daughter art thou? And she said, The daughter of Be
thuel, Nahor's son, whom Milcah bare unto him: and I put the 48 ear-ring upon her face, and the bracelets upon her hands. 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 49 way, to take my master's brother's daughter unto his son. 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 51 from the Lord: we cannot speak unto thee bad or good. Behold,
ii. 27. Then the king (Artaxerxes) said to a city of habitation. Ps. cvii. 7. Trust in unto me (Nehemiah), For what dost thou make the Lord with all thine heart, and lean not request ? So I prayed to the God of heaven. unto thine own understanding; in all thy Ne. ii. 4. Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct infirmities; for we know not what we should thy paths. Pr. iii, 5, 6. I have taught thee in pray for as we ought. But the Spirit itself the way of wisdom; I have led thee in right maketh intercession for us, with groanings paths. Pr. iv. ll. Thus saith the Lord, which cannot be uttered. Ro. viii. 26. thy Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel; I am
47 And I put the ear-ring, &c.] See verse 22. the Lord thy God, which teacheth thee to and com. And the servant brought forth jewels profit, which leadeth thee by the way that of silver, and jewels of gold, and raiment, and thou shouldest go. Is. xlviii. 17. gave them to Rebekah. Ge. xxiv. 53. Kings' 49 Dealkindly and truly with my master, &c.] daughters were among thy honourable women: Deal kindly and truly with me (said Jacob to upon thy right hand did stand the queen in Joseph); bury me not, I pray thee, in Egypt. gold of Ophir. Ps. xlv. 9. The king's Ge. xlvii. 29. When the Lord has given us “daughter" ("the church" of Christ) is all the land (said the spies to Rahab), we will glorious within: her clothing is of wrought deal kindly and truly with thee. Jos. ii. 14. gold: she shall be brought to the king in Deal kindly.) I am not worthy of the raiment of needlework, &c. Ps. xlv. 13, 14. least of all the mercies, and of all the truth Thou shalt also be a crown of glory in the which thou hast shewed unto thy servant. hand of the Lord, and a royal diadem in the Ge. xxxii, 10. Let not mercy and truth forhand of thy God; for as a young man mar- sake thee : bind them about thy neck, write rieth a virgin, so shall thy sons marry “thee" them upon the table of thine heart. Pr. iii, 3. (“ the church of Christ"). Is. Ixii. 3. 5. I Mercy and truth have met together. Ps. clothed “thee" (" Jerusalem") also with broi- lxxxv. 10. dered work. Eż. xvi. 10. Thus wast thou . That I may turn to the right hand, &c.] decked with gold and silver. Ex. xvi. 13. Let us pass, “I” (“ Moses") pray thee, through Christ also gave himself for "it" (“his thy "country" (« Edom"): we will not pass church"), that he might sanctify and cleanse through the fields or through the vineyards, it with the washing of water, by the word; neither will we drink of the waters of the wells: that he might present it to himself a glorious we will go by the king's highway, we will not church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any turn to the right hand or to the left, until we such thing; but that it should be holy, and have passed thy borders. Nu. xx. 17. Let me without blemish. Ep. v. 26, 27.
pass through thy land (the land of Sihen the • 48 See verse 26, 27. 52.
Amorite, king of Heshbon): I will go along by Which had led me in the right way.] See verse the highway, I will neither turn unto the 27. chap. xxii. 23. and com. And thou (Moses) right hand nor to the left. De. ii. 27. shalt teach them ordinances and laws, and 50 Laban and Bethuel.] See verses 15. 28. shalt shew them the way wherein they must 55. 60. walk, and the work that they must do (said The thing proceedeth, &c.] This is the Jethro the priest of Midian, Moses' father-in- Lord's doing; it is marvellous in our eyes law). Er. xviii. 20. Then I proclaimed a Ps. cxviii. 23. Jesus saith unto " them" fast there, that we might afflict ourselves be- ("the priests and elders"), Did ye never read fore our God, to seek of him a right way for us. in the Scriptures, The stone which the builders Ezr. viii. 21. I will instruct thee, and teach rejected, the same is become the head of the thee in the way which thou shalt go; I will corner ? this is the Lord's doing, and it 18 guide thee with mine eye: for this God is our marvellous in our eyes. Mat. xxi. 42. God for ever ; he will be our guide even unto We cannot speak unto thee, &c.] Ando death. Ps. xlviii. 14. And he (the Lord) led came to Laban the Syrian in a dream by night, them forth by the right way, that they might go and said unto him, Take heed that thou speak
Rebekah is before thee, take her, and go, and let her be thy master's son's wife, as the Lord hath spoken. And it came to pass, 52 that, when Abraham's servant heard their words, he worshipped the Lord, boring himself to the earth. And the servant brought forth 53 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. And they did eat and drink, he and the men that were 54 with him, and tarried all night; and they rose up in the morning, and he said, Send me away unto my master. And her brother 55 not to Jacob either good or bad. It is in the borrowed of the Egyptians jewels of silver, power of my hand (said Laban) to do you and jewels of gold, and raiment. Ex. xii. hurt, but the God of your fathers spake to me 35. Festernight, saying, Take heed that thou speak Precious things.] And of Joseph he (Moses) not to Jacob either good or bad. Ge. xxxi. said, Blessed of the Lord be his land, for the 24. 29. And Absalom spake unto his brother precious things of heaven, for the dew, and Amnon neither good nor bad: for Absalom for the deep which coucheth beneath, and for kated Amnon, because he had forced his sister the precious things of the earth, and the Tamar. 2 Sa. xiii. 22. Forasmuch then as fulness thereof. De. xxxiii. 13. 16. And God gave them (the Gentiles) the like gift as their father (Jehoshaphat) gave them (his sons, he did unto us, who believed on the Lord Azariah, and Michael, and Shephatiah) great Jesus Christ, what was I, that I could with- gifts of silver and of gold, and of precious things, stand God ? Ac. xi. 17.
&c. 2 Ch. xxi. 3. And all they that were 51 Is before thee.) And Abimelech said about " them" (" the priests and the Levites") (lo Abraham), My land is before thee : dwell strengthened their hands with vessels of silver, where it pleaseth thee. Ge. xx. 15.
with gold, with goods, with beasts, and with Hath spoken.] See verse 15. And the king precious things. Ezr. i. 6. Thy plants are an (David) said, What have I to do with you, ye orchard of pomegranates, with pleasant fruits. sons of Zeruiah (Abishai, fc.)? So let him Can. iv. 13. And Hezekiah was glad of them (Shimei) curse, because the Lord hath said (the ambassadors of Merodach-baladan, king of unto him, Curse David. Who shall then say, Babylon), and shewed them the house of his Wherefore hast thou done so? 2 Sa. xvi. 10. precious things, the silver, and the gold, and
52 Worshipped the Lord.] See verse 26. the spices, and the precious ointments, and all and com. I will bless the Lord at all times: the house of his armoury, and all that was his praise shall be continually in my mouth. found in his treasures. Is. xxxix. 2. My soul shall make her boast in the Lord : 54 Send me away, &c.] Hinder me not, the humble shall hear thereof, and be glad. seeing the Lord hath prospered my way: send Ps. xxxiv, 1, 2. O that men would praise the me away, that I may go to my master. And Lord for his goodness, and for his wonderful they sent away Rebekah their sister and her works to the children of men. And let them nurse, and Abraham's servant, and his men. sacrifice the sacrifices of thanksgiving, and Ge. xxiv. 56. 59. And I will fetch a morsel declare his works with rejoicing. Ps. cvii. of bread (said Abraham), and comfort ye your 21, 22. I love the Lord, because he hath hearts; after that ye shall pass on. And Abraheard my voice and my supplications : because ham hastened into the tent unto Sarah, and he hath inclined his ear unto me, therefore said, Make ready quickly three measures of will I call upon him as long as I live. Ps. fine meal, and make cakes upon the hearth. CIVİ. 1, 2. And when “they" ("the wise Ge. xviii. 5, 6. And Isaac sent away Jacob, mex") were come into the house, they saw the and he went to Padan-aram unto Laban, &c. Foung child (Jesus) with Mary his mother, When Esau saw that Isaac had blessed Jacob, and fell down and worshipped him. Mat. ii. and sent him away to Padan-aram, &c. &c. 11. A. Peter was coming, Cornelius met Then went Esau unto Ishmael, and took unto him, and fell down at his feet, and worshipped the wives which he had Mahalath the bim : but Peter took him up, saying, Stand daughter of Ishmael. Ge. xxviii. 5, 6. 9. up; I myself also am a man. Ac. X. 25, 26. So he (Joseph) sent his brethren away, and
53 Jewels. But every woman shall bor- they departed : and he said unto them, See Tow of her neighbour jewels of silver, and that ye fall not out by the way. Ge. xlv. 24. jewels of gold, and raiment, &c. Ex. iii. 32. Then said Ahimaaz the son of Zadok, Let me Speak now (said the Lord to Moses) in the now run and bear the king (David) tidings, Ears of the people, and let every man borrow how that the Lord hath avenged him of his of his neighbour, and every woman of her enemies (in the death of Absolom). And the neighbour, jewels of silver, and jewels of gold. watchman (of David) said, Methinketh the Er. xi. 2. And the children of Israel did running of the foremost (of two men who according to the word of Moses, and they were seen approaching) is like the running of
and her mother said, Let the damsel abide with us a few days, at 56 the least ten; after that she shall go. And he said unto them,
Hinder me not, seeing the Lord hath prospered my way; send me 57 away, that I may go to my master. And they said, We will call 58 the damsel, and enquire at her mouth. And they called Rebekah,
and said unto her, Wilt thou go with this man? and she said, I 59 will go. And they sent away Rebekah their sister, and her nurse, 60 and Abraham's servant, and his men. 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 61 which hate them. And Rebekah arose, and her damsels, and
they rode upon the camels, and followed the man: and the servant
Ahimaaz the son of Zadok. And the king 59 Their sister.] See verses 50. 53. 60. said, He is a good man, and cometh with good Her nurse.) But Deborah, Rebekah's nurse, tidings. And Ahimaaz called, and said unto died, and she was buried beneath Bethel, under the king, All is well: and he fell down on his an oak. Ge. xxxv. 8. Have "I" (" Moses") face before the king, and said, Blessed be the conceived all this “people" (" Israel"')? have Lord thy God, which hath delivered up the I begotten them, that thou shouldest say unto men that lifted up their hand against my lord me, Carry them in thy bosom, as a nursing the king. 2 Sa. xviii. 19, 27, 28. Seest thou father beareth the sucking child, unto the a man diligent in his business ? he shall stand land which thou swarest unto their fathers ? Nu. before kings. Pr. xxii. 29. Now the man xi. 12. But we were gentle among you, events out of whom the devils were departed be- a nurse cherisheth her children. Th. ii. 7. sought him that he might be with him; but 60 They blessed Rebekah, &c.] See chap. Jesus sent him away, saying, Return to thine i. 28; ix. 1; xiv. 19; and xvii. 16. with com. own house, and shew how great things God And God Almighty bless thee (said Isaar to hath done unto thee. And he went his way, Jacob), and make thee fruitful, and multiply and published throughout the whole city how thee, that thou mayest be a multitude of great things Jesus had done unto him. Lu. people. Ge. xxviii. 3. And he (Jacob) blessed viii. 38, 39.
Joseph, and said, God, before whom my fa55 A few days.] And in process of time it thers Abraham and Isaac did walk, the God came to pass, that Cain brought of the fruit which fed me all my life long unto this day, of the ground an offering unto the Lord. the angel which redeemed me from all evil, Ge. iy. 3. And if a man sell a dwelling-house bless “the lads" (" Ephraim and Manassel"). in a walled city, then he may redeem it with. And he blessed them that day, saying, In thee in a whole year after it is sold; within a full shall Israel bless, saying, God make thee 33 year may he redeem it. Le. xxv. 29. And Ephraim, and as Manasseh. Ge. xlviii. 15, after a time “he" (" Samson") returned to 16. 20. The Lord make the woman that is take her (his wife), and he turned aside to come into thine house like Rachel, and like see the carcase of the lion ; and behold, there Leah, which two did build the house of Israel. was a swarm of bees and honey in the car. And let thy house (Boaz's) be like the house case of the lion, Ju. xiv. 8.
of Pharez, whom Tamar bare unto Judah, of 56 Prospered my way.) This book of the the seed which the Lord shall give thee of law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but this young woman. Ru. iv. 11, 12. thou shalt meditate therein day and night, Thousands, &c.] A fiery stream issued and that thou mayest observe to do according to came forth from before “ him" (" the Ancient all that is written therein ; for then thou shalt of days," in Daniel's vision of God's kingdom): make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt thousand thousands ministered unto him, and have good success. Jos. i. 8. I, even I, have ten thousand times ten thousand stood before spoken; yea, I have called him (Israel): I have him: the judgment was set, and the books brought him, and he shall make his way pros- were opened. Da. vii. 10. perous. Is. xlviii. 15.
Thy seed possess the gate, &c.] See chap. 58 Wilt thou go with this man?] Hearken, xxii. 17. and com. And ye shall take " them O daughter, and consider, and incline thine (" the children of the strangers") as an inear; forget also thine own people, and thy heritance for your children after you, to father's house ; so shall the king greatly desire inherit them for a possession; they shall be thy beauty, for he is thy lord, and worship your bondmen for ever: but over your brethou him. Ps. xlv. 10, U. And Mary said, thren, the children of Israel, ye shall not rule Behold the handmaid of the Lord, be it unto one over another with rigour. Le. xxv. 46. me according to thy word. Lu. i. 38.
61 They rode upon the camels, &c.] Now
took Rebekah, and went his way. And Isaac came from the way 62 of the well Lahai-roi; for he dwelt in the south country. And 63 Isaac went out to meditate in the field at the even-tide: and he lifted up his eyes, and saw, and, behold, the camels were coming. And Rebekah lifted up her eyes, and when she saw Isaac, she 64 lighted off the camel. For she had said unto the servant, What 65 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. And the servant told Isaac all things that he had done. 66 And Isaac brought her into his mother Sarah's tent, and took 67
Rachel had taken the images, and put them thee. Ps. cxxxix. 17, 18. I meditate on all in the camel's furniture, and sat upon them. thy works; I muse on the work of thy hands : Ge. xxxi. 34. And David smote" them" I stretch forth my hands unto thee; my soul (" the Amalekites") from the twilight even thirsteth after thee, as a thirsty land. Ps. unto the evening of the next day; and there cxliii. 5, 6. escaped not a man of them, save four hun 64 She lighted off the camel.] And it came dred young men, which rode upon camels, to pass, as she (Achish, the daughter of Caleb) and fed. 1 Sa. xxx. 17. And he (Haman) came unto him (Othniel, to whom her father wrote in king Ahasuerus' name, and sealed it gave her as wife, for smiting Kirjath-sepher), with the king's ring, and sent letters by posts that she moved him to ask of her father a on horseback, and riders on mules, camels, field. And she lighted off her ass; and Caleb and young dromedaries. So the posts that said unto her, What wouldest thou ? Jos. xv. rode upon mules and camels went out, being 18. See Ju. i. 14. hastened and pressed on by the king's com- 65 A vail.] And unto Sarah he (Abimemandment. Es. viii. 10. 14.
lech) said, Behold he (whom thou callest thy Followed the man.] Therefore shall a man brother) is to thee a covering of thy eyes, leave his father and his mother, and shall unto all that are with thee, and with all cleave unto his wife, and they shall be one other. Ge. xx. 16. Be ye followers of me flesh. Ge. ii. 24. Hearken, O daughter, and (Paul), even as I also am of Christ. But consider; incline thine ear; forget also thine every woman that prayeth or prophesieth own people, and thy father's house. Ps. xly. with her head uncovered, dishonoureth her 10.
head; for that is even all one as if she were 62 Lahai-roi.] “ Wherefore" (" because shaven: for if the woman be not covered, let the angel had appeared to Hagar, by the foun- her also be shorn: but if it be a shame for a lain, in the way to Shur") the well was called woman to be shorn or shaven, let her be Beer-lahai-roi; behold it is between Kadesh covered. For this cause ought a woman to and Bered. Ge. xvi. 14. And it came to have power on her head, because of the angels. pass after the death of Abraham, that God 1 Co. xi. 1. 5, 6. 10. I will therefore that blessed his son Isaac, and Isaac dwelt by the women adorn themselves in modest apparel, well Lahai-roi. Ge. xxv. 11.
with shamefacedness and sobriety. I Ti. ii. 9. South country.] See chap. xii. 9. and com. 66 Told Isaac.] And the Apostles gathered
63 Meditate. This book of the law (said themselves together unto Jesus, and told him the Lord unto Joshua) shall not depart out of all things, both what they had done and what thy mouth, but thou shalt meditate therein they had taught. Mar. vi. 30. day and night, that thou mayest observe to do 67 His mother Sarah's tent.] See chap. according to all that is written therein. Jos. xviii. 6. 9, 10. and com. I would lead thee i. &. “His" delight (" of him" who walketh (saith the Church to Christ), and bring thee not in the counsel of the ungodly) is in the law into my mother's house, who would instruct of the Lord, and in his law doth he meditate me. I would cause thee to drink of spiced day and night. Ps. i. 2. I will remember wine of the juice of my pomegranate. Can. the works of the Lord ; surely I will remem- viii. 2. Sing, O barren, thou that didst not ber thy wonders of old. I will meditate also bear ; break forth into singing, and cry aloud, of all thy work, and talk of thy doings. Ps. thou that didst not travail with child : for lxxvii. 11, 12. My meditation of “him” more are the children of the desolate than the ("the Lord') shall be sweet. Ps. civ. 34. children of the married wife, saith the Lord.
will meditate in tby precepts, and have for "thy" Maker (“ of the Church") is thine respect unto thy ways. Ps. cxix. 15. How husband; the Lord of hosts is his name: and precious also are thy thoughts unto me, ( thy Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel, The God; how great is the sum of them! If I God of the whole earth shall he be called, should count them, they are more in number Isa. liv. I. 5. than the sand : when I awake, I am still with And took Rebekah.] See chap, ii. 22. 24.
Rebekah, and she became his wife; and he loved her: and Isaac was comforted after his mother's death.
1 THEN again Abraham took a wife, and her name was Keturah. 2 And she bare him Zimran, and Jokshan, and Medan, and Midian, 3 and Ishbak, and Shuah. And Jokshan begat Sheba and Dedan.
and com. Would to God ye could bear with Zimri, and the kings of Elam, and all the me a little in my folly, and indeed bear with kings of the Medes. Je. xxv. 17. 25. me; for I am jealous over you with godly Midian.] And the children of Anah were jealousy; for I have espoused you to one these: Dishon, and Aholibamah, the daughter husband, that I may present you as a chaste of Anah. And these are the kings that virgin to Christ. 2 Co. xi. 1, 2. Wives, sub- reigned in the land of Edom: Bela, the son mit yourselves unto your own husbands, as of Beor, and Jobab, and Husham. And Hu. unto the Lord. Nevertheless, let every one sham died, and Hadad, the son of Bedad (toko of you in particular so love his wife even as smote Midian in the field of Moab) reigned in himself; and the wife see that she reverence his stead. And the name of his city was Avith. her husband. Ep. v. 22. 33.
Ge. xxxvi. 25. 31. 35. And there passed by Comforted after his mother's death.] And Midianites merchantmen; and they drew and all his sons and all his daughters rose up to lifted up Joseph out of the pit, and sold comfort “him" (" Jacob,” supposing his son Joseph to the Ishmaelites for twenty pieces Joseph devoured by an evil beast), but he re- of silver : and they brought Joseph into fused to be comforted ; and he said, For I will Egypt. And the Midianites sold him into go down into the grave unto my son, mourn. Egypt, unto Potiphar, an officer of Pharaoh's, ing. Ge. xxxvii. 35. And in process of time, and captain. Ge. xxxvii. 28. 36. Moses filed the daughter of Shuah, Judah's wife, died; from the face of Pharaoh, and dwelt in the and Judah was comforted, and went up unto land of Midian. Now the priest of Midian his sheep-shearers to Timnath. Ge. xxxviii. (Jethro) had seven daughters. Ex. ii. 15, 16. 12. But I would not have you to be ignorant, When Jethro, the priest of Midian, Moses' brethren, concerning them which are asleep, father-in-law, heard of all that God had done that ye sorrow not even as others which have for Moses, and for Israel his people, then no hope. For this we say unto you by the Jethro, Moses' father-in-law, took Zipporah, word of the Lord, that we which are alive, Moses' wife, after he had sent her back, and and remain unto the coming of the Lord, shall her two sons, of which the name of the one not prevent them which are asleep. 1 Th. iv. was Gershom; for he said, I have been an 13. 15.
alien in a strange land: and the name of the
other was Eliezer; for the God of my father, CHAP. XXV.- Again Abraham took, &c.] said he, was mine help, and delivered me from And Sarah was an hundred and seven and the sword of Pharaoh. Ex. xviii. 1-4. See twenty years old : these were the years of the Nu. xxii. 4; xxv. 17, 18; xxxi. 2. 8. Ju. vi. life of Sarah. And Sarah died in Kirjath- vii. viii. throughout. arba, the same is Hebron, in the land of Shuah.] Now when Job's three friends Canaan. And Abraham came to mourn for heard of all this evil that was come upon him, Sarah, and to weep for her. Ge. xxiii. 1, 2. they came every one from his own place, And Isaac called Jacob and blessed him, and Eliphaz the Temanite, and Bildad the Shucharged him, and said unto him, Thou shalt hite, and Zophar the Naamathite; for they not take a wife of the daughters of Canaan. had made an appointment together to come to Ge. xxviii. 1. Now the sons of Keturah, mourn with him, and to comfort him. Job ii. Abraham's concubine; she bare Zimran, and 11. Jokshan, and Medan, and Midian, and Ish- 3 Sheba.] See chap. x. 7. The troops of bak, and Shuah. And the sons of Jokshan, Tema looked, the companies of Sheba waited Sheba and Dedan: and the sons of Midian, for them. Job vi. 19. The kings of Tarshish Ephah, and Epher, and Henoch, and Abida, and of the isles shall bring presents; the kings and Eldaah. All these are the sons of Ke of Sheba and Seba shall offer gifts. Ps. Ixxii. turah. 1 Ch. i. 32, 33.
10. 2 She bare him, &c.] See 1 Ch. i. 32, 33. Dedan.) Dedan, and Tema, and Buz, and preced. com. Then took I the cup at the all that are in the utmost corners (to drink Lord's hand, and made all the nations to of the cup at the Lord's hand). Je. xxv. 23. drink; (and among others) all the kings of Flee ye, turn back, dwell deep, O inhabitants