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Song of Solomon
Genesis 27:43 MEANING
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Now therefore, my son, obey my voice
; - i.e. be guided by my counsel; a request Rebekah might perhaps feel herself justified in making, not only by her maternal solicitude for Jacob's welfare, but also from the successful issue of Her previous stratagem (
on ver. 8) -
and arise, flee thou
to Laban my brother to Haran
and tarry with him a few days
, - literally,
. The few days eventually proved to be at least twenty years (
). It is not probable that Rebekah ever again beheld her favorite son, which was a signal chastisement for her sinful ambition for, and partiality towards, Jacob -
until thy brother's fury turn away; until thy brother's anger turn away from thee,
- the rage of Esau is here described by two different words, the first of which,
, from a root signifying to be warm, suggests the heated and inflamed condition of Esau's soul, while the second,
, to breathe through the nostrils, depicts the visible manifestations of that internal fire in hard and quick breathing -
and he forget that which thou hast done to him,
- Rebekah apparently had conveniently become oblivious of her own share in the transaction by which Esau had been wronged.
Then will I send, and fetch thee from thence
- which she never did. Man proposes, but God disposes.
Why should I be deprived also of you both in one day?
. of Jacob by the hand of Esau, and of Esau by the hand of the avenger of blood (
2 Samuel 14:6, 7
; Calvin, Keil, Rosenmüller, Kalisch), rather than by his own fratricidal act, which would forever part him from Rebekah (Lange).
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary
27:41-46 Esau bore malice to Jacob on account of the blessing he had obtained. Thus he went in the way of Cain, who slew his brother, because he gained that acceptance with God of which he had rendered himself unworthy. Esau aimed to prevent Jacob or his seed from having the dominion, by taking away his life. Men may fret at God's counsels, but cannot change them. To prevent mischief, Rebekah warned Jacob of his danger, and advised him to withdraw for his safety. We must not presume too far upon the wisdom and resolution, even of the most hopeful and promising children; but care must be taken to keep them out of the way of evil. When reading this chapter, we should not fail to observe, that we must not follow even the best of men further than they act according to the law of God. We must not do evil that good may come. And though God overruled the bad actions recorded in this chapter, to fulfil his purposes, yet we see his judgment of them, in the painful consequences to all the parties concerned. It was the peculiar privilege and advantage of Jacob to convey these spiritual blessings to all nations. The Christ, the Saviour of the world, was to be born of some one family; and Jacob's was preferred to Esau's, out of the good pleasure of Almighty God, who is certainly the best judge of what is fit, and has an undoubted right to dispense his favours as he sees proper, Ro 9:12-15.
Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible
Now therefore, my son, obey my voice,.... Hearken to what I say, and do according to it, as he had already in many instances, and particularly in a late one, in which he succeeded, and therefore had good reason to attend to her advice and direction, see
and arise, flee thou to Laban my brother, to Haran; where Laban her brother, dwelt.
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