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25:1 Then again Abraham took a wife, and her name was Keturah.
25:2 And she bare him Zimran, and Jokshan, and Medan, and Midian, and Ishbak, and Shuah.
25:3 And Jokshan begat Sheba, and Dedan. And the sons of Dedan were Asshurim, and Letushim, and Leummim.
25:4 And the sons of Midian; Ephah, and Epher, and Hanoch, and Abidah, and Eldaah. All these were the children of Keturah.
25:5 And Abraham gave all that he had unto Isaac.
25:6 But unto the sons of the concubines, which Abraham had, Abraham gave gifts, and sent them away from Isaac his son, while he yet lived, eastward, unto the east country.
25:7 And these are the days of the years of Abraham's life which he lived, an hundred threescore and fifteen years.
25:8 Then Abraham gave up the ghost, and died in a good old age, an old man, and full of years; and was gathered to his people.
25:9 And his sons Isaac and Ishmael buried him in the cave of Machpelah, in the field of Ephron the son of Zohar the Hittite, which is before Mamre; 25:10 The field which Abraham purchased of the sons of Heth: there was Abraham buried, and Sarah his wife.
25:11 And it came to pass after the death of Abraham, that God blessed his son Isaac; and Isaac dwelt by the well Lahairoi.
25:12 Now these are the generations of Ishmael, Abraham's son, whom Hagar the Egyptian, Sarah's handmaid, bare unto Abraham: 25:13 And these are the names of the sons of Ishmael, by their names, according to their generations: the firstborn of Ishmael, Nebajoth; and Kedar, and Adbeel, and Mibsam, 25:14 And Mishma, and Dumah, and Massa, 25:15 Hadar, and Tema, Jetur, Naphish, and Kedemah: 25:16 These are the sons of Ishmael, and these are their names, by their towns, and by their castles; twelve princes according to their nations.
25:17 And these are the years of the life of Ishmael, an hundred and thirty and seven years: and he gave up the ghost and died; and was gathered unto his people.
25:18 And they dwelt from Havilah unto Shur, that is before Egypt, as thou goest toward Assyria: and he died in the presence of all his brethren.
25:19 And these are the generations of Isaac, Abraham's son: Abraham begat Isaac: 25:20 And Isaac was forty years old when he took Rebekah to wife, the daughter of Bethuel the Syrian of Padanaram, the sister to Laban the Syrian.
25:21 And Isaac intreated the LORD for his wife, because she was barren: and the LORD was intreated of him, and Rebekah his wife conceived.
25:22 And the children struggled together within her; and she said, If it be so, why am I thus? And she went to enquire of the LORD.
25:23 And the LORD said unto her, Two nations are in thy womb, and two manner of people shall be separated from thy bowels; and the one people shall be stronger than the other people; and the elder shall serve the younger.
25:24 And when her days to be delivered were fulfilled, behold, there were twins in her womb.
25:25 And the first came out red, all over like an hairy garment; and they called his name Esau.
25:26 And after that came his brother out, and his hand took hold on Esau's heel; and his name was called Jacob: and Isaac was threescore years old when she bare them.
25:27 And the boys grew: and Esau was a cunning hunter, a man of the field; and Jacob was a plain man, dwelling in tents.
25:28 And Isaac loved Esau, because he did eat of his venison: but Rebekah loved Jacob.
25:29 And Jacob sod pottage: and Esau came from the field, and he was faint: 25:30 And Esau said to Jacob, Feed me, I pray thee, with that same red pottage; for I am faint: therefore was his name called Edom.
25:31 And Jacob said, Sell me this day thy birthright.
25:32 And Esau said, Behold, I am at the point to die: and what profit shall this birthright do to me? 25:33 And Jacob said, Swear to me this day; and he sware unto him: and he sold his birthright unto Jacob.
25:34 Then Jacob gave Esau bread and pottage of lentils; and he did eat and drink, and rose up, and went his way: thus Esau despised his birthright.

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King James Bible:Genesis
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary on the Whole Bible
back to: Genesis
Book: Genesis
Chapter: 25

Overview:
Abraham's family By Keturah, His Death and Burial. (1-10) God
blesses Isaac The descendants of Ishmael. (11-18) The Birth of
Esau and Jacob. (19-26) The different characters of Esau and
Jacob. (27,28) Esau despises and sells his Birth-right. (29-34)

1-10 All the days, even of the best and greatest saints, are
not remarkable days; some slide On silently; such were these
last days of Abraham. Here is an account of Abraham's children
By Keturah, and the disposition which he made of his estate.
After the Birth of these sons, he set his House in order, with
prudence and Justice. He did this while he yet lived. It is
Wisdom for men to do what they find to do while they live, as
far as they can. Abraham lived 175 years; just one hundred years
after he came to Canaan; So long he was a sojourner in a strange
country. Whether our stay in this Life be long or short, it
matters but little, provided we leave behind us a Testimony to
the faithfulness and Goodness of the Lord, and a good Example to
our families. We are told that his sons Isaac and Ishmael buried
him. It seems that Abraham had himself brought them together
while he lived. Let us not close the history of the Life of
Abraham without blessing God for such a Testimony of the triumph
of Faith.

11-18 Ishmael had twelve sons, whose families became distinct
tribes. They peopled a very large country that lay between Egypt
and Assyria, called Arabia. The number and strength of this
family were the Fruit of the promise, made to Hagar and to
Abraham, concerning Ishmael.

19-26 Isaac seems not to have been much tried, but to have
spent his days in quietness. Jacob and Esau were prayed for;
their parents, after being long childless, obtained them By
Prayer. The fulfilment of God's promise is always sure, yet it
is often slow. The Faith of believers is tried, their patience
exercised, and mercies long waited for are more welcome when
they come. Isaac and Rebekah kept in view the promise of all
nations being blessed in their posterity, therefore were not
only desirous of children, but anxious concerning every thing
which seemed to Mark their future character. In all our doubts
we should inquire of the Lord By Prayer. In many of our
conflicts with Sin and Temptation, we may adopt Rebekah's words,
"If it be So, why am I thus?" If a Child of God, why So careless
or Carnal? If not a Child of God, why So afraid of, or So
burdened with Sin?

27,28 Esau hunted the beasts of the Field with dexterity and
success, till he became a conqueror, ruling over his neighbours.
Jacob was a Plain Man, one that liked the true delights of
retirement, better than all pretended pleasures. He was a
Stranger and a pilgrim in his Spirit, and a Shepherd all his
days. Isaac and Rebekah had but these two children, one was the
Father's Darling, and the other the mother's. And though godly
parents must feel their affections most drawn over towards a
godly Child, yet they will not show partiality. Let their
affections lead them to do what is just and equal to every
Child, or evils will arise.

29-34 We have here the bargain made between Jacob and Esau
about the right, which was Esau's By Birth, but Jacob's By
promise. It was for a spiritual privilege; and we see Jacob's
desire of the Birth-right, but he sought to obtain it By crooked
Courses, not like his character as a Plain Man. He was right,
that he coveted earnestly the best Gifts; he was wrong, that he
took advantage of his Brother's need. The inheritance of their
Father's worldly goods did not descend to Jacob, and was not
meant in this proposal. But it includes the future possession
of the land of Canaan By his children's children, and the
Covenant made with Abraham as to Christ the promised Seed.
Believing Jacob valued these above all things; unbelieving Esau
despised them. Yet although we must be of Jacob's Judgment in
seeking the Birth-right, we ought carefully to avoid all guile,
in seeking to obtain even the greatest advantages. Jacob's
Pottage pleased Esau's Eye. "Give me some of that red;" for this
he was called Edom, or Red. Gratifying the sensual appetite
ruins Thousands of precious souls. When men's hearts walk after
their own eyes, Job 31:7, and when they serve their own
bellies, they are sure to be punished. If we use ourselves to
deny ourselves, we break the force of most temptations. It
cannot be supposed that Esau was dying of hunger in Isaac's
House. The words signify, I am going towards Death; he seems to
mean, I shall never live to inherit Canaan, or any of those
future supposed blessings; and what signifies it who has them
when I am dead and gone. This would be the language of
profaneness, with which the Apostle brands him, Heb 12:16; and
this contempt of the Birth-right is blamed, ver. 34. It is the
greatest folly to part with our interest in God, and Christ, and
Heaven, for the riches, honours, and pleasures of this world; it
is as bad a bargain as his who sold a Birth-right for a Dish of
Pottage. Esau ate and drank, pleased his palate, satisfied his
appetite, and then carelessly Rose up and went his way, without
any serious thought, or any regret, about the bad bargain he had
made. Thus Esau despised his Birth-right. By his neglect and
contempt afterwards, and By justifying himself in what he had
done, he Put the bargain past recall. People are ruined, not So
much By doing what is amiss, as By doing it and not repenting of
it.

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