The New John Gill Exposition of the Entire BibleGenesis 28:1
And Isaac called Jacob…
Or therefore F4, because of what
Rebekah had said to him, related in the latter part of the preceding
chapter, he sent for Jacob to come to him from his tent or apartment
where he was, or from the field where he was keeping the flocks; thus
paying a great regard to what his wife Rebekah had suggested to him,
and which appeared to him very right and reasonable:
and blessed him;
he did not send for him to chide and reprove him for
his fraudulent dealings with him to get the blessing from his brother,
much less to revoke it, but to confirm it; which was necessary to
prevent doubts that might arise in the mind of Jacob about it, and to
strengthen him against the temptations of Satan; since he was about to
be sent away from his father's house solitary and destitute, to go into
another country, where he was to be for awhile in a state of servitude;
all which might seem to contradict the blessing and promises he had
received, and would be a trial of his faith in them, as well as a
chastisement on him for the fraudulent manner in which he obtained
and charged him, and said unto him, thou shall not take a wife of the
daughters of Canaan;
it was time that he was married; for he was now,
as the Jewish writers F5 say, seventy seven, years of age, which
exactly agrees with what Polyhistor F6, an Heathen writer, relates
from Demetrius, that Jacob was seventy seven years of age when he came
to Haran, and also his father Isaac was then one hundred and thirty
seven years old; and so it is calculated by the best chronologers, and
as he must be, since he was born when his father was sixty years of
age, (See Gill on 27:1); and being now declared the heir of the
promised land, it was proper he should marry, but not with any of the
Canaanites, who were to be dispossessed of the land of Canaan, and
therefore their seed, and Abraham's, to whom it was given, must not be
mixed. Isaac takes the same care, and gives the same charge concerning
the marriage of his son Jacob, on whom the entail of the land was
settled, as his father Abraham did concerning his, (Genesis 24:3) .
F4 (arqyw) "itaque", V. L. Schmidt, Tigurine version, Junius &
Tremellius, Piscator; "igitur", Drusius.
F5 Pirke Eliezer, c. 35. Vid. Seder Olam Rabba, c. 2. p. 4.
F6 Apud Euseb. Praepar. Evangel. l. 9. c. 21. p. 422.
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Gill, John. "Commentary on Genesis 28:1". "The New John Gill Exposition of the Entire Bible". <http://classic.studylight.org/com/geb/view.cgi?book=ge&chapter=028&verse=001>. 1999.