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of our sepulchres bury thy dead: none of || field; take it of me, and I will bury my us shall withhold from thee his sepulchre, | dead there. but that thou mayest bury thy dead. 1 14 And Ephron answered Abraham.

7 And Abraham stood up, and j bowed saying unto him, himself to the people of the land, even to | 15 My lord, hearken unto me: the land the children of Heth.

is worth four hundred shekels of silver; 8 And he communed with them, say-|| what is that betwixt me and thee? bury ing, If it be your mind that I should bury || therefore thy dead. my dead out of my sight, hear me, and || 16 And Abraham hearkened unto Eph* intreat for me to Ephron the son of Zo-ron, and Abraham 'weighed to Ephron har:

| the silver, which he had named in the 9 That he may give me the cave of audience of the sons of Heth, P four hunMachpelah, which he hath, which is indred shekels of silver, current money with the end of his field; for * as much mon the merchant. ey as it is worth he shall give it me, for all 17 And 9 the field of Ephron, which possession of a burying-place amongst you. I was in Machpelah, which was beforc Mam.

10 And Ephron dwelt among the chil-re, the field and the cave which was theredren of Heth. And Ephron the Hittite in, and all the trees that were in the field, answered Abraham in the + audience of that were in all the borders round about, the children of Heth, even of all that were 'made sure went in at the gates of his city, saying, 18 Unto Abraham, for a possession, in

11 Nay, " my lord, hear me: the field the presence of the children of Heth, begive 1 thee, and the cave that is therein, 1 | fore all that went in at the gate of his give it thee; in the presence of the sons city. of my people give I it thee: bury thy | 19 | And after this, Abraham buried dead.

Sarah his wife in the cave of the field of 12 And Abraham bowed down himself | Machpelah, before Mamre: the same is before the people of the land.

Hebron in the land of Canaan. 13 And he spake unto Ephron in the | 20 And the field, and the cave that is audience of the people of the land, say-|| therein, were made sure unto Abraham ing, But if thou will give it, I pray thee | for a possession of a burying place, by hear me: “I will give thee money for the the sons of Heth. , 18:2, 19:1.

0 43:21. Ezra 8:25—30. Job ! 7:16.

| Job 29:7. Is. 28:6. ki Kings 2:17. Luke 7:3,4. Heb. / m 6. 2 Sam. 24:20–24. i Chr. || 28:15. Jer. 32:9. Zech. 11:12. |r Ruth 4:7--10. Jer. 32:7_-14. 7:28. i John 2:1,2. 21:22-24.

Ip 16. Ex. 30:13. Ez. 45:12. s 25:9,10. 35:27-29. 47:50. 49: * Heb. full money.

n 14:22.23. Phil. 4:5-8. Col. 119 25:9, 49:30,32. 50:13. Acts | 29–32. 50:13,25. Heb. ears.

4:5. Heb. 13:5. 1 18. 34:20,24. Ruth 4:1-4.

was a stranger and a sojourner” among them; || coined and stamped; but the precious metals one who had no fixed settlement, and did not || passed by weight. A shekel is about half an attempt to acquire any. (Marg. Ref. e.)- It lounce. (Tables.) has renerally been the custom, in the church || V. 20. Thus Abraham, in a burying-place, of God, to inter the dead; though burning has had an earnest of Canaan, and a pledge of his elsewhere been much in use; and indeed in reversionary inheritance! terring more aptly expresses an acquiescence This chapter not only illustrates the excellent in that sentence, “until thou return unto the || 'spirit of “the father of the faithful,” but exground, whence thou wast taken: ... for dust "hibits a specimen of manners which inight do thou art, and unto dust shalt thou return." 'honor to any age and country. The scene of

V. 6. According to those times, Abraham's 'the transaction appears to be a public assemretinue, wealth, and prosperity, would rank 'bly of the chief persons among “the sons of him among the surrounding princes. Yet the l'Heth,”-"in the audience of the people of the sons of Heth, in calling him “a prince of God,” land." Abraham "stands up and bows hirnself" (marg.) might perhaps also advert to his reli-l'before them, with respect and deference, at gion, as respecting his honorable character. l 'the commencement of his suit, and reseats his • v. 7. Bored.) Ábraham rendered honor and ||'courtesy on hearing their kindness and readirespect to the sons of Heth, according to the 'ness to comply with his wishes. He assumes custom of that age and country.-It is evident || ‘no civil superiority on the ground of his ligh lv no part of the religion of the Bible, to refuse l'religious distinctions; nor cherishes any sense such expressions of regard; but an ornament l'of right to what he asked, in virtue of the whole to codliness to render them, as far as it can be l land being promised to his family: on the con done, without flattering the persons, or coun- | 'trary, while they pronounce him “a mighty tenancing the crimes, of those to whom they ll'prince among them," he styles himself a mere are addressed.

Crostranger and sojourner" in the country: and V.9. Abraham would have a separate bury- | 'when, in compliance with their invitations, he ins-place; perhaps intimating, that, though the 'selects a particular portion of land as what he richteous live intermingled with the ungodly \l 'should desire, he requests the good offices of in this world, there will be a separation after | “the assembly with one of their principal mcmdeath.

'bers, (such we may suppose Ephron to have V. 15, 16. Shekel comes from a Hebrew verb, ||been,) to obtain it for him. They, on the othsignifying to weigh; for money was not then ll'er hand, evidently sympathize with him, and 987


!! 4 But thou shalt go unto my country, Abraham commissions bis servant to go to Mesopotamia in order and ito my kindred, and take a wise unto

to take a wife for Isaac, 1--9. The servant arrives at the city of Nahor; his prayer is answered, and he is entertained by Laban, 10–33. He proposes a marriage betweep Isaac and Re bekab, which is acceded to. 34—58. Rebekah goes with him, ! 5 And the servant said unto him, " Perand is married to Isaac, 59-67.

| adventure the woman will not be willing AND Abraham was a old and * well ||

to follow me unto this land: must I needs A stricken in age; and the Lord had | i o blessed Abraham in all things..

' || bring thy son again unto the land from 2 And Abraham said unto his eldest

whence thou camest?

6 And Abraham said unto hiin, 'Beservant of his house, that d ruled over all that he had, e Put, I pray thee, thy hand i thither again.

ware thou, that thou bring not my son under my thigh:

17 The " LORD God of heaven, which 3 And I will make thee 'swear by the .

their took me from my father's house, and LORD, 8 the God of heaven, and the God!

from the land of my kindred, and which of the earth, bthat thou shalt not take a

spake unto me, and that sware unto me, wife unto my son, of the daughters of the

saying, Unto thy seed will I give this land; Canaanites amongst whom I dwell: . 18:11. 21:5. 25:20. 1 Kings 1:1. 20:7. 22:11. Deut 6:13. 10:20.

he shall send his P angel before thee, and Luke 1:7. Josb. 2:12. 1 Sam. 20:17. Jer, lli 12:1. 22:20-23. 28:2.

10 13:15. 15:18. 17:8. 22:16—18. • Heb. gone into days.

4:2. 12:16.
Ik 58. E.c. 5:2.

26:3,4,24. Ex. 13:5. Num. 14: b 35. 12:2. 49:25. Ps. 112:1-3.5 1422. 2 Kings 19:15. 2Chr. Ili Heb. 10:39. 11:13—16. 2 Pet | 16,30. 32:11. Deut. 1:8. Josh Prov. 10:22. Is. 51:2. Gal. 3: 2:12. Neh. 9:6. Ps. 115:15. || 2:20_22.

16. Judg. 2:1. 9. Eph. 1:3.

Jer. 10:11.

ljm Ezra 1:2. Dan. 2:44. Jon. 1:9. p Ex. 23:20–23. 33-2. Ps. 34:7. c 15:2. h 6:2,4. 26:34,35. 27:46. 28:8. Rev. 11:13.

103-20. Is. 63:9. Heb 1:14. d 10. 39:46,8,9. 44:1.

Ex. 34:16. Deut. 7:3,4. 1 Cor. | o 12:1. e 9. 47:29.

7:39. 2 Cor. 6:14-17. f 21:23. 26:28–31. 31:53. Ex.

study to shew him all the respect due to his cannot part; and that sinners are invited to "character and his circumstances. They desire enter into this indissoluble union and intimate "him to choose his own place of sepulture, assur- relation, with "the everlasting God," by faith led that no one of them all would withhold in his only begotten Son. “He that is joined to

from him the object of his choice. When he the Lord is one spirit;" and no separation can •pitches upon the field of Ephron, Ephron imme- injure, or should terrify him, who can never

diately steps forward, without waiting for any feel that separation from God, which is the "such intervention as Abraham had requested, l1 second death."-Soon they whom we most love, and begs he will accept the land as a free gift. Il yea, our very bodies which we often inordinate« «The field give 1 thee, and the cave that is ly care for, will become so deformed, that they "therein, I give it thee; in the presence of the must be buried out of sight.” How vain then, “sons of my people give I it thee: bury thy to boast of vigor and comeliness! how mean to dead” (11). Of this liberal offer Abraham, pamper and decorate these bodies of humilia. however, is too disinterested to avail himself, i tion! and how loose should we be to all earthly and Ephron consents to accept the price of the attachments! Let us rather seek to have our "land, at the same time observing, that it was a souls adorned with heavenly graces: then shall matter of no consideration between him and they flourish in immortal beauty; and the very Abraham.-Nothing could, throughout, bel body shall rise incorruptible and glorious, meet •more agreeable to every principle of good for the eternal enjoyment of God, in the blessed 'manners, and it is impossible not to admire the society of the angelic hosts.-As we, if true be"behavior of both parties.-How strong must lievers, a re "strangers anl sojourners" here behave been the impression made by Abraham's low, are seeking a heavenly city, and shall 'general character and conduct, to procure him shortly want nothing but a burying-place; let "such treatment among persons to whom his re us mourn de parted friends with submission and ligion would naturally be obnoxious, and his in hope, and not indulge sorrow so as to inter“prosperity an object of jealousy or envy! fere with present duty, any more than other

The closing verses of the chapter exhibit || passions, which are of worse repute: for indulg"the earliest instance on record of the regular | ed grief, however plausible, is rebellion against .conveyance of landed property: “the field, and Providence; ingratitude for remaining unde"the cave that was therein, and all the trees served mercies; and a proof of the want or "that were in the field, and that were in all weakness of faith, and of confidence in the "the borders round about.”

promises and all-sufficiency of the living God. PRACTICAL OBSERVATIONS.

-Let us also avoid every appearance of selfishThe longest life must shortly close; and the

ness, and not be out-done by the people of this

world, in courteousness or generosity, when survivors among relations only live to experience painful separations.-The more valued

consistent with sincerity and a good conscience;

| let us manage our concerns with punctuality any earthly enjoyment is, the greater must be

and precision, in order to avoid contention; and our anxiety about it, and our reluctance to

thus let us stand prepared, and waiting for the part with it; and the sharper the anguish when this trial takes place: and when those, coming of our Lord. who have lived together in conjugal affec

NOTES. tion for many years, are parted by death, the CHAP. XXIV. V.1. These events took place separation bears some resemblance to the dis- || three years after Sarah's death, when Isaac solution of soul and body. Thus the entrance was forty years of age, and Abraham a hundred of sin, and the sentence of death, have filled all land forty. It is remarkable, that though a nubelow with vanity and vexation.-Blessed be merous posterity was so eminent a part of the God, that there is a world, where sin, death, I promised blessing, no great haste was made anxiety, and sorrow, gain no admission; that about Isaac's marriage, and much less afterwards there are relations formed, which even death ll about that of Jacob.-_“The LORD had blessed

thou shalt take a wife unto my son from || were in his hand:) and he arose, and went thence.

to • Mesopotamia, unto the " city of 8 And if the woman will not be willing Nahor. to follow thee, then shalt thou be a clear I 11 And he made his camels to kneel from this my oath: only bring not my son down without the city, by a well of thither again.

water, at the time of the evening, even 9 And the servant 'put his hand under the time that t women go out to draw the thigh of Abraham his master, and || water. sware to him concerning that matter.

12 And he said, * O Lord God of my (Practical Observations.]

master Abraham, yI pray thee send me 10 I And the servant took ten camels, ll . Deut. 23:4. Judy. 3:8–10. 1, 1 27. 31:42. 32:9. 1 Kings 18:36.

Chr. 19:6. Acts 2:9. of the camels of his master, and depart

y 43:14. Neh. 1:11. 2:4. Ps. 37: ed, (* for all the goods of his master Num 30:5,6. Josh. 2:17–20. * Or, and.

s 2. 39:4 6,8,9,22,23.

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Abraham in all things,” notwithstanding his cipalities, and powers;" that they are now contrials, and even by means of them.

firmed in holiness, and felicity; ihat they excel v. 2–9. There can be no reasonable doubt, in wisdom, knowledge, and strength; and that that Eliezer of Damascus was the servant em- they are as a flame of fire, with fervent love, ployed on this occasion. (15:2.) About sixty Il gratitude, and active zeal; and yet proportionyears had elapsed, since Abraham spoke of himably influenced by deep humility, and reverenas "the steward of his house;" and the words, tial awe of God. They are represented as rendered “the eldest servant of his house,” or standing in his presence, waiting his commands; his servant, the elder of his house, are of similar covering their faces with their wings, or prosimport. He was, therefore, not only far ad- |trate in profound adoration; hearkening to his vanced in years, but a person of singular piety || voice, doing his will, and fulfilling his pleasure. and wisdom.-"Lifting up the hand to the LORD" || (Notes, Ps. 68:17. 103:20-22. 18. 6:1-4. Río. was before mentioned, as the form of taking an || 5:11-14.) They are, on this account, called oath; (Note, 14:22–24.) but putting the hand | angels, or messengers: for though he puts no under the thigh" might be used to express sub-| trust in them,” and even, in comparison with missive duty and fidelity.-Eliezer was required his own infinite wisdom, “charges them with to swear, that he would diligently use his influ-folly;" yet he is pleased, to honor, and, (if we ence to prevent Isaac from marrying a wife of may so speak,) to indulge them with his comthe Canaanites, who were then generally idol-mands, which they execute with unwearied aters, and not proper persons with whom to | alacrity: and when he appoints and approves, form so intimate a connexion; (especially as the meanest or the most important services are the Lord had shewn Abraham, that they were alike delightful to them. These blessed beings filling up their measure of iniquity, and were are the ministers of his providence, and are often doomed to destruction;) but that he would en introduced as executing his awful vengeance; deavor to procure him one of Abraham's kin-| but more generally they are considered as dred, among whom the worship of God was sent forth to minister to them who shall be still, in some measure, maintained. There | heirs of salvation." (Notes, 2 Kings 19:35. does not appear in all this concern the least | Heb. 1:13,14.) There is not a bright seraph "taint of worldly policy, or any of those motives through all the heavenly train, who would not 'which usually govern men in the settlement of delight and glory in attending a poor despised "their children. No mention is made of riches, Lazarus, in a hospital or a dungeon, to ward ‘or honors, or natural accomplishments; but off the machinations of evil spirits, to procure •merely of what related to God. Fuller.-Be a calm to his dying moments, and to hail his fore, however, Eliezer thus engaged, he inquir departing soul to the mansions of the blessed: ed whether, if the proper person, when found, for they are all free from pride and envy, all should not consent to leave home, and become full of love to the Redeemer and redeemed, and a stranger in Canaan, Isaac ought to go and all rejoice, even over one sinner brought to live in Mesopotamia. But the sojourning of the true repentance. Our obligations to them are patriarchs in Canaan represented the state of great: but all the adoration and praise belong helievers in this world; and Isaac's returning | to Him who works by them; for they are our and settling in that country, from which Abra- | fellow-servants, and have no claim to our ham at God's command had come, would have || worship, but abhor it as sacrilege and idolatry; been an emblem of apostasy in a professed wor-|| (Note, Rev. 19:9,10.) We may, however, feel shipper of God. Abraham, therefore, declared || à love for them, and rejoice in the thought of his assurance, grounded on the former mercies | being with them, and like them for ever: and of the Lord, and on his promises, and his cove- || we may well endeavor to copy the example of nant confirmed by an oath, that "he would their humble zeal, their fervent love, their solsend his angel before him” to prosper his way. lemn worship and cheerful services; and, in our And this assurance, with the express stipula- || conduct to each other, take pattern from them, tion, that the oath should not otherwise be bind- || by condescending to the meanest, and the ing, fully satisfied this faithful and conscien- || vilest, without envying, disdaining, or overlook tious servant.-We may here make some re- ling one another. For the lowest and worst of marks about good angels, as we formerly did | human creatures is not so mean and vile, com. about fallen angels. (Note, Gen. 3:1.) It ap- l pared with the greatest and the best of men; pears then from Scripture, that the holy angels as the greatest and best of men is mean and were created by God, complete in derived and || vile, compared even with a created angel. dependent excellence; that they are very nu- V. 10It is evident that these ten camels merous, and of different orders," "angels, prin-|| carried every thing requisite for the journey, 100]

speed this dabraham.

the well of had made his

good speed this day, and shew kindness || 21 And the man wondering at her unto my master Abraham.

| held his peace, to wit whether the LORD 13 Behold, I stand here by the well of had made his journey prosperous, or not. water, and the 2 daughters of the men of ll 22 And it came to pass, as the camels the city come out to draw water: || had done drinking, that the man took a

14 And let it come to pass, that the golden t ear-ring, m of half a shekel weight, damsel to whom I shall say, Let down and two bracelets for her hands, of ten thy pitcher, I pray thee, that I may drink;|| shekels weight of gold; i and she shall say, Drink, and I will give|| 23 And said, Whose daughter art thou? thy camels drink also; let the same be she tell me, I pray thee; is there room in thy a that thou hast appointed for thy ser-|| father's house for us to lodge in? vant Isaac; b and thereby shall I know I 24 And she said unto him, "I am the that thou hast shewed kindness unto my daughter of Bethuel, the son of Milcah, master.

// which she bare unto Nahor. 15 | And it came to pass before he |25 She said moreover unto him, We had done speaking, that behold, Rebekah | have both straw and provender enough, came out, who was born to Bethuel, son and room to lodge in. of e Milcah, the wife of Nahor, Abraham's | 26 And the man P bowed down his brother, with her 'pitcher upon her head, and worshipped the LORD. shoulder.

27 And he said, 9 Blessed be the LORD 16 And the damsel was very * fair to God of my master Abraham, who hath look upon, a virgin, neither had any man not left destitute my master of his merknown her; and she went down to the well, ll cy and his truth: I being in the way, the and filled her pitcher and came up. Lord led me to the house of my master's

17 And the servant ran to meet her, brethren. and said, Let me, I pray thee, drink al 28 And the damsel ran, and told little water of thy pitcher.

| them " of her mother's house of these 18 And she said, Drink, my lord: and things. she hasted, and let down her pitcher upon | 29 And Rebekah had ' a brother, and her hand, and gave him drink.

| his name was Laban: and Laban ran out 19 And when she had done giving unto the man, unto the well. him drink, 'she said, I will draw water || 30 And it came to pass when he saw for thy camels also, until they have done the ear-ring, and bracelets upon his sister's drinking.

hands, and when he heard the words of 20 And she hasted, and emptied her Rebekah his sister, saying, Thus spake pitcher into the trough, and ran again the man unto me; that he came unto the unto the well to draw water, and drew for man, and behold, he stood by the camels all his camels.

at the well. z 11. 29:9,10. le 11:27,29.

k Luke 2:19,51.

16. Ps. 95:6. a 44. Prov. 19:14. f 21:14. Ruth 2:2.17. Prov. 31:

| 1 30. Ex. 32-2,3. Esth. 5:1. Jer. I a 12. Ex. 18:10. Ruth 4:14. 1 b 15:8. Ex. 4:1-9. Judg. 6:17, 27.

2:32. 1 Tim. 2:9,10. 1 Pet. 3:8. Sam. 26:32,39. 2 Sam. 18:28. 37. 7:13 15. 1 Sam. 6:7-9. * Heb.good of countenance. 26:

| Or, jeroel for the forehead. Is. Luke 1:68. 10:2-10. 14:10. 2 Sam. 5:24. 7. 39:6. Heb.

3:20-23. Ez. 16:11,12.

r 32:10. Ps. 98:3. 100:5. Mic. 7: 2 Kings 20:8-11. Is. 7:11. s 1 Kings 17:10. John 4:7,9.

m 23:15,16.

20. John 1:17. c Ps. 34:15. 145:18,19. Is 65:24. / h Prov. 31:26. 1 Pet. 3:8. 4:8.

o 15.

s Prov. 3:6. 4:11-13. 8:20. Dan. 9:20-_-23. i 14,45,45.

10 18:4-8. Judg. 19:19–21. Is. 14. 13:8. Ex. 2:11. d 24. 22:20—23.

32:8. 1 Pet. 4:9.

u 55.

p 48,52. Ex. 4:31. 34:8. Neh. 8: x 65,60. 29:5. and suited to the occasion: and that Eliezer was practices; nor takes men off from attending to accompanied by other servants. (30-32,59.)ll the ordinary means of instruction: nor is sub-The word rendered Mesopotamia, is literally || stituted as the foundation of hope, instead of Aram of the two rivers; that is, Aram, or Syria, the promises of God, and the work of his Spirit which lies between the Euphrates and the Ti- upon the heart. It is observable that Abragris. Nahor did not dwell at Ur of the Chal-ham's servant had in mind, in this address, the dees, but at Haran. (11:31. 29:4.)

idea of a wife for Isaac, as one who united in V. 11–14. “That which is done for life, and her character, simplicity, industry, humility, "which may involve things of another life, re- affability, and cheerfulness in being serviceable "quires to be done well; and nothing can be and hospitable. done well, in which the will of God is not V. 21. Abraham's servant had attendants, "consulted, and his blessing implored.' Fuller. who might have spared Rebekah; and the labor Great humility and caution are requisite, in of drawing water for ten camels must have imitating such examples as this of Abraham's been great: but he would not interpose, that servant: yet we must not limit God by our he might observe her conduct, and wait the an. rules; and he may still at some times so impress swer to his prayer. the minds of his servants in perplexity, as to Il V. 22. About six ounces of gold, in all. lead them to expect extraordinary interposi. V. 28. It was her mother's house, not her tions, and then evidently to answer these ex father's,'_The whole narrative implies, that pectations. We should not, therefore, hastily Bethuel, Rebekah's father, was dead; and that condemn every thing of this kind; provided it|| Bethuel, afterwards mentioned, was Laban's neither countenances unscriptural opinions or younger brother. (50,53.)


31 And he said, Come in, y thou bless-|| and said, "O LORD God of my master ed of the Lord: wherefore standest thou|| Abraham, if now thou do 'prosper my way without? z for I have prepared the house, which I go; and room for the camels.

43 Behold, I stand by the well of water; 32 And the man came into the house and it shall come to pass, that when the and he ungirded his camels, and gave || virgin cometh forth to draw water, and I straw and provender for the camels, and say to her, Give me, I pray thee, a little water to a wash his feet, and the men's feet water of thy pitcher to drink; that were with him.

44 And she say unto me, " Both drink [Practical Observations.]

thou, and I will also draw for thy camels: 33. And there was set meat before I let the same be " the woman whom the him to eat: but he said, b) will not eat, LORD hath appointed out for my master's until I have told my errand. And he

son. said, Speak on.

45 And before I had done P speaking 34 And he said, I am Abraham's ser in mine heart, behold Rebekah came forth vant.

with her pitcher on her shoulder; and she 35. And c the Lord hath blessed my went down unto the well, and drew water: master greatly, and he is become great:

and I said unto her, Let me drink, I pray and he hath given him flocks, and herds,

thee. and silver, and gold, and men-servants,

46 And she made haste, and let down and maid-servants, and camels, and asses. Is her pitcher from her shoulder, and said,

36 And e Sarah my master's wife bare|| Drink, and I will give thy camels drink a son to my master when she was old: and also: so 1 drank, and she made the camels unto him hath he given all that he hath. drink also..

37. And & my master made me swear. I 47 And I asked her, and said, Whose saying, Thou shalt not take a wife to my daughter art thou? And she said, The son of the daughters of the Canaanites, daughter of Bethuel, Nahor's son, whom in whose land I dwell;

| Milcah bare unto him: and ? I put ihe ear38 But thou shalt go unto my father's ring upon her face, and the bracelets upon house, and to my kindred, and take a wife unto my son.

| 48 And 'I bowed down my head, and 39 And I said unto my master, Perad-/ worshipped the Lorn, ard blessed the venture the woman will not follow me. | LORD God of my master Abraham, which

40 And he said unto me, The Lord, I had sled me in the right way to take my h before whom I walk, I will send his angel

master's brother's daughter unto his son. with thee, and prosper thy way: and

49 And now t if ye will deal kindly and thou shalt take a wife for my son of my truly with my master, tell me: and if not, kindred, and of my father's ňouse. " tell me: “that I may turn to the right hand,

41 Then thou shalt be clear from this or to the left. my oath, when thou comest to my kindred; I 50 Then *Laban and Bethuel answerand if they give not thee one, thou shalted and said, "The thing proceedeth from be clear from my oath.

the LORD: ? we cannot speak unto thee bad 42 And I came this day unto tl.c well, // or good.

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V. 33–36. Abraham had received intelli- l) and the persuasion of this does not prevent, gence concerning the family of Nahor, and we but rather encourage, the use of all proper may suppose they had also heard of him; but means; at the same time that it con fines us to now the report was authenticated, and the par-li proper means, and delivers the mind from useticulars ascertained. The narration is beauti- || less anxiety about consequences. fully simple; well suited to recommend Isaac, V. 45. Some things form more proper suband to promote the object of the journey.- jects for secret than for social prayer: AbraThe servant's heart was so deeply engaged in ham's servant therefore used 'mental praythe business, that he could not eat till he had er, and was silent, till the singularity of the declared it (Marg. Ref.)

answer required that it should be communicalV. 44. Appointed.] Those events, which ap- || ed. pear to us the effect of choice, contrivance, or V. 50. The whole concern was so evidently chance, are matters of appointment with God:]) according to the appointment, and under the

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