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(Continued. from p. 485, vol. 5.)

V. 1. "BLESSED him."-Voluntarily confirmed

to him the blessing which he had before obtained

by subtilty.

V. 4. Blessing of Abraham."-Not only the

inheritance of the land of Canaan, but that God

should be his God, and that the promised Messiah

should be of his seed:-in short, all those privileges

mentioned in Rom. ix. 4, 5.

V.6-9. Esau took this step to please his father

and mother, but in no part of his conduct does he
appear to have been influenced by a regard to the
will of God. He was one of those common cha-
racters, whose first object is their own gratification,
but who, when it does not too much contradict
their own inclinations, are willing to please others.
But their kindness just depends on the humour of
the moment:-it is not that Christian love, spoken
of by the apostle, (1 Cor. xiii. 4, 5.)" which suffereth
long, and is kind; and seeketh not her own."

V. 10-12. "Who is a God like unto thee, that

pardoneth iniquity, and passeth by the transgression

of the remnant of his heritage? He retaineth not

his anger for ever, because he delighteth in mercy.

NO. 1. VOL. VI.



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