¶ Then again Abraham took a wife, and her name was Keturah.
2 And she bare him Zimran, and Jokshan, and Medan, and Midian, and Ishbak, and Shuah.
.3 And Jokshan begat Sheba, and Dedan. And the sons of Dedan were Asshurim, and Letushim, and Leummim.
4 And the sons of Midian; Ephah, and Epher, and Hanoch, and Abida, and Eldaah. All these were the children of Keturah.
5 And Abraham gave all that he had unto Isaac.
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.
|1 - Abraham took a wife This was apparently after Sarah died. See the previous verse ge2467. He was 137 at the death of Sarah and 140 when Isaac was married!|
And these are the days of the years of Abraham's life which he lived, an
hundred threescore and fifteen years.
.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.
.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;
10 The field which Abraham purchased of the sons of Heth: there was Abraham buried, and Sarah his wife.
11 ¶ And it came to pass after the death of Abraham, that God blessed his son Isaac; and Isaac dwelt by the well Lahairoi.
- Abraham gave up the ghost He stopped breathing. As described
in Ecclesiastes, his breath returned to God. The three words, "breath,"
"spirit," and "ghost" are from the same Hebrew word ruwach in ec1207.
which clarifies that the dead no know nothing. Also is3818,
Here the word is gava, "a primitive root; to breathe out, i.e. (by
implication) expire:--die, be dead, give up the ghost, perish."
8 - Gathered to his people Has he received his reward in heaven? See he1108-10 and follow the links. He as with others have not received their reward. They are dead in their graves.
.12 Now these are the generations of Ishmael, Abraham's son, whom Hagar the Egyptian, Sarah's handmaid, bare unto Abraham:
.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,
.14 And Mishma, and Dumah, and Massa,
15 Hadar, and Tema, Jetur, Naphish, and Kedemah:
.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.
.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.
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.
- Castles Rather, enclosures for camps. See on ez2504.
18 - Toward Assyria It extended in a northern direction.
18 - Died in the presence of all his brethren Literally, "fell over against. . . ." NASB reads "in defiance of. . . ."
¶ And these are the generations of Isaac, Abraham's son: Abraham begat
.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.
.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.
.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.
.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.
- Generations See note
with chapter 7.
21 - Isaac intreated He had learned a lesson from Abraham's mistake in having a child by his wife's maid.
22 - If it be so, why Some infer that Rebekah spoke through an intermediary. The text does not support this idea. We may all speak to the Lord in prayer. In this case, He responded directly.
And when her days to be delivered were fulfilled, behold, there were twins
in her womb.
25 And the first came out red, all over like an hairy garment; and they called his name Esau.
.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.
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.
28 And Isaac loved Esau, because he did eat of his venison: but Rebekah loved Jacob.
- Esau ... cunning hunter Different personalities but not
a excuse for Esau's turning away from God. Temptations and strengths vary
depending on personalities. Esau's skill in tracking animals could have
been transformed into skill in winning people for the true God or into
making the things of God appealing to his children.
28 - Isaac loved ... Rebekah loved It was a dysfunctional family.
¶ And Jacob sod pottage: and Esau came from the field, and he was
.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.
31 And Jacob said, Sell me this day thy birthright.
32 And Esau said, Behold, I am at the point to die: and what profit shall this birthright do to me?
33 And Jacob said, Swear to me this day; and he sware unto him: and he sold his birthright unto Jacob.
34 Then Jacob gave Esau bread and pottage of lentiles; and he did eat and drink, and rose up, and went his way: thus Esau despised his birthright.
- Jacob sod "Now Jacob cooked a stew;
and Esau came in from the field, and he was weary." (NKJV)
31 - Birthright We can't justify the actions of either brother. Notice that Esau despised his birthright. He despised the spiritual part. Later he wanted the material part.
32 - At the point to die "And Esau said, 'Behold, I am about to die; so of what use then is the birthright to me'"? (NASB)