“For ye know how that afterward, when he would have inherited the blessing, he was rejected: for he found no place of repentance, though he sought it carefully with tears.”
King James Version (KJV)
12:17 He was rejected - He could not obtain it. For he found no place for repentance - There was no room for any such repentance as would regain what he had lost. Though he sought it - The blessing of the birth - right. Diligently with tears - He sought too late. Let us use the present time.
Heb 12:17 When he would have inherited the blessing, he was rejected. See Ge 27:31-34. The spiritual blessing that belonged to the birthright was denied to Esau though he wept over the disappointment. For he found no place of repentance. No way to correct the mistake and to secure the blessing. It was too late for this, since he had forfeited his birthright. The apostle holds up his case as a warning example.