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Hello everyone. As I have often said in my blog, I have spent the last several years studying the Bible in-depth. Taking the text back to the original language and deciphering what was really being said. I have not completed this work yet but I am posting the entire Bible here along with what I do have finished.
After trying multiple times, I just can't get it here. Go to www.theconservativewife.com I have much more over there and I am adding more all the time.
Hello everyone. As I have often said in my blog, I have spent the last several years studying the Bible in-depth. Taking the text back to the original language and deciphering what was really being said. I have not completed this work yet but I am posting the entire Bible here along with what I do have finished.
Please excuse the typo's you will undoubtedly come across, I will get to them as I can. Also, I use a Strong's Concordance with Hebrew and Greek Lexicon as well as the Septuagint and the Masoretic text, along with a Green's Interlinear Bible. When you see either a "H" or a "G" with a number that follows, that is the number for that particular word in the Concordance.
I will be adding to this as I get more accomplished on this work. I started this about 5 years ago, so you can see it is quite an undertaking. I will not apologize for anything that is written here because doing so would mean apologizing for God's word. I will not do that! Having said all of that, I hope you enjoy and feel free to leave a comment if you have a question. And just so you know, ALL comments that relate to you being a jerk about God and His word WILL be deleted. I won't bother responding if all you want to do is cause trouble. If you want to be swine, then you will get no pearls.
And one last thing. Check all of this out for yourself. A lie cannot stand before the truth. Never rely on man to give you what you need. Only rely on God and pray for His wisdom and understanding to be given to you. Then watch as His word opens up.
THE COMPLETE STUDY BIBLE
CONTAINING THE OLD AND NEW TESTAMENTS
Understanding God's Word the way He intended.
Written by God.
Scribed by Moses, Joshua, Samuel, Isaiah, Elijah, Ezra, Job, David, Hezekiah, Solomon, Jeremiah, Daniel, Nebechenezer, Nehemiah, Ezekiel, Hosea, Joel, Amos, Obadiah, Jonah, Micah, Nahum, Habakkuk, Zephaniah, Haggai, Zechariah, Malachi, Matthew, Mark, Luke, John, James, Peter, Jude and Paul.
Translated from Hebrew, Greek and Aramaic to English in 1611 by scholars appointed by King James I.
Explained by A. Petree.
This study bible is meant to be used with a Strong's Concordance with Hebrew and Greek Lexicon.
THE FIRST BOOK OF MOSES, CALLED
B'Resheet (In The Beginning)
1 In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.
(This is the first of the three earth ages. The time when the earth was first created. See 2 Peter 3:5-8. We are currently in the second earth age. This happened billions of years ago. It doesn’t say when He did this but we know through science that the earth is billions of years old. See Proverbs 8:22-26 and you will see who was with God in the beginning. It was wisdom. Wisdom speaks and tells us about this creation. Also see John 1:1-5 for more on this beginning. Once we understand the beginning we can then understand why we are here, what our purpose is, and our destiny.)
2 And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters.
(Notice how this verse and several more that follow begin with the word “and.” This is considered a polysyndeton, which means that there is more said than what is written. It stands for an emphasis to be placed on the entire sentence. What this is really saying every time this “and” is used to begin these verses, is that The Holy Spirit of God is letting you know that it is He that has caused these things. It isn’t meant to be taken lightly. The word "was" is Strong's H1961 and is hayah and means became. So the earth became without form. See Isaiah 45:18-19 for more on this. This is because God destroyed the first earth age because of the rebellion of Satan. 1/3 of God's children followed Satan in this rebellion so instead of killing children that He loves, God created this second earth age in which all of His children have to pass through once to see who we will love, either God or Satan. God’s spirit moved upon the face of the waters because this is how God destroyed that first earth age. With a massive flood that completely filled the earth. Even larger than the flood of Noah. Again, see 2 Peter 3:6.)
3 And God said, Let there be light: and there was light.
(Again, this “and” means And The Holy Spirit of God. It is emphatic.)
4 And God saw the light, that it was good: and God divided the light from the darkness.
(Think of the children of light and the children of darkness, or the Prince of light and the prince of darkness. These He separated. See John 1:5.)
5 And God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night. And the evening and the morning were the first day.
(This is the end of the first day and there is light, even though the sun, moon and stars have not yet been created. This light is the very presence of God. See Revelation 21:23 and you will see what light is being discussed here.)
6 And God said, Let there be a firmament in the midst of the waters, and let it divide the waters from the waters.
(This firmament is in the atmosphere. It is a barrier of water that was once in place that protected people against the harmful rays of the sun. God put this in place first before He created the sun for protection.)
7 And God made the firmament, and divided the waters which were under the firmament from the waters which were above the firmament: and it was so.
(God caused the waters to recede and made part of it go into the atmosphere and part left here on earth.)
8 And God called the firmament Heaven. And the evening and the morning were the second day.
(Remember that one day with God is as a thousand years to man. See 2 Peter 3:8 to document this. This would now be 2,000 years into this second earth age.)
9 And God said, Let the waters under the heaven be gathered together unto one place, and let the dry land appear: and it was so.
(This lays out the oceans and the dry earth.)
10 And God called the dry land Earth; and the gathering together of the waters called He Seas: and God saw that it was good.
11 And God said, Let the earth bring forth grass, the herb yielding seed, and the fruit tree yielding fruit after his kind, whose seed is in itself, upon the earth: and it was so.
(The seed to replenish itself was in itself, each after their own kind. God likes things to stay as He created them.)
12 And the earth brought forth grass, and herb yielding seed after his kind, and the tree yielding fruit, whose seed was in itself, after his kind: and God saw that it was good.
(God has established fruit and vegetables for mankind in the flesh. He prepared for us.)
13 And the evening and the morning were the third day.
14 And God said, Let there be lights in the firmament of the heaven to divide the day from the night; and let them be for signs, and for seasons, and for days, and years:
(The firmament of heaven is the atmosphere. We are to utilize the sun and moon for signs and seasons. This is our time clock. The solar calendar. All prophecy concerning God’s children are given in days, or solar. All prophecy concerning Satan is given in moons, or night.)
15 And let them be for lights in the firmament of the heaven to give light upon the earth: and it was so.
(This is a different light from the light of God.)
16 And God made two great lights; the greater light to rule the day, and the lesser light to rule the night: he made the stars also. (This is the creation of the sun, moon and stars. God wants us to utilize them; He doesn't want us to make a religion out of them.)
17 And God set them in the firmament of the heaven to give light upon the earth,
(Again, this is the atmosphere. The firmament was the layer of water that was about 6 miles deep that acted as a barrier against the sun.)
18 And to rule over the day and over the night, and to divide the light from the darkness: and God saw that it was good.
19 And the evening and the morning were the fourth day.
20 And God said, Let the waters bring forth abundantly the moving creature that hath life, and fowl that may fly above the earth in the open firmament of heaven.
21 And God created great whales, and every living creature that moveth, which the waters brought forth abundantly, after their kind, and every winged fowl after his kind: and God saw that it was good.
22 And God blessed them, saying, Be fruitful, and multiply, and fill the waters in the seas, and let fowl multiply in the earth.
23 And the evening and the morning were the fifth day.
24 And God said, Let the earth bring forth the living creature after his kind, cattle, and creeping thing, and beast of the earth after his kind: and it was so.
25 And God made the beast of the earth after his kind, and cattle after their kind, and every thing that creepeth upon the earth after his kind: and God saw that it was good.
26 And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth.
(God is talking to the sons who were with Him. We are made to look exactly as we did when we were in our spiritual bodies. The word "man" is Strong's H120 and is 'adam and means mankind. It is important to know the root of these words and their meanings. Notice that God has told them they will be fisher’s, hunter’s, and herdsmen. He didn’t say farmer’s. We will learn why in a few more verses.)
27 So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them.
(The "own" in this verse is in italics and means it was added. It is saying that God created man in His own and His children's own image. Jesus Christ was created in God’s own image. The male and female were created, not formed, at the exact same time.)
28 And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth.
(Did you notice the word "replenish"? Why would you need to replenish something if it were brand new and never had anything in it? The earth had once been full and became without form. This is why it needed to be replenished. God is telling the races to replenish the earth.)
29 And God said, Behold, I have given you every herb bearing seed, which is upon the face of all the earth, and every tree, in the which is the fruit of a tree yielding seed; to you it shall be for meat.
(EVERY TREE. God gave every tree that has fruit for them to eat. Nothing was withheld. God is talking about the fruit trees but no mention of the word apple.)
30 And to every beast of the earth, and to every fowl of the air, and to every thing that creepeth upon the earth, wherein there is life, I have given every green herb for meat: and it was so.
(God has given of everything he had created for man to eat.)
31 And God saw every thing that he had made, and, behold, it was very good. And the evening and the morning were the sixth day.
(God created the all of the races on this sixth day. God created every race the way He wanted them to be. It is important to know here again, that to God, one day is as a thousand years. See 2 Peter 3:8. This needs to be understood. One of God's days is a thousand years to us.)
1 Thus the heavens and the earth were finished, and all the host of them.
(To say the host of heaven is talking about the angelic beings or spiritual sons of men.)
2 And on the seventh day God ended his work which he had made; and he rested on the seventh day from all his work which he had made.
3 And God blessed the seventh day, and sanctified it: because that in it he had rested from all his work which God created and made.
4 These are the generations of the heavens and of the earth when they were created, in the day that the LORD God made the earth and the heavens,
(To say generations is to say history. God is telling us the history of the heavens and the earth. This is the history from the very beginning to the regeneration of this earth age.)
5 And every plant of the field before it was in the earth, and every herb of the field before it grew: for the LORD God had not caused it to rain upon the earth, and there was not a man to till the ground.
(It has been 7000 years since God first decided to replenish the earth. Remember how long one day is to God? God created man on the sixth day, but had no man to till the ground. Remember there was no farmer named?)
6 But there went up a mist from the earth, and watered the whole face of the ground.
(The firmament is still in the atmosphere. It had not rained upon the earth. There was no need. A mist came up from the earth to provide water.)
7 And the LORD God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul.
(God formed man out of the dust of the earth. He did not create him, but formed him. The word "man" in this verse is Strong's H119 and has a particle and an article so it becomes ‘eth-haa'-'adam, or, The Man Adam, meaning to be fair complected or to show blood in the face. The original manuscripts document this difference between 'adam and ‘eth-haa'-'adam. This shows the difference as it is written in the original manuscripts.
8 And the LORD God planted a garden eastward in Eden; and there he put the man whom he had formed.
9 And out of the ground made the LORD God to grow every tree that is pleasant to the sight, and good for food; the tree of life also in the midst of the garden, and the tree of knowledge of good and evil.
(God put every fruit bearing tree in the garden for Adam. Also in the garden is the Tree of Life and the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil. These aren't really trees. The Tree of Life is Jesus Christ and the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil is Satan. God refers of men as trees many times throughout the Bible. We still do today. Ever hear of the trunk of the body or our arms and legs as our limbs? Why did Satan have knowledge of good and evil? Because he was once very good. He earned the right to be the guardian of the mercy seat, the very throne of God. It was pride that got in his way and made him evil. He knew both ways.)
10 And a river went out of Eden to water the garden; and from thence it was parted, and became into four heads.
11 The name of the first is Pison: that is it which compasseth the whole land of Havilah, where there is gold;
12 And the gold of that land is good: there is bdellium and the onyx stone.
(Bdellium is a type of resin)
13 And the name of the second river is Gihon: the same is it that compasseth the whole land of Ethiopia.
14 And the name of the third river is Hiddekel: that is it which goeth toward the east of Assyria. And the fourth river is Euphrates.
15 And the LORD God took the man, and put him into the garden of Eden to dress it and to keep it.
(Again, God is talking about The Man Adam, through which Jesus Christ will come. Adam was not meant to hunt or to fish. He was to farm the land. To tend the garden.)
16 And the LORD God commanded the man, saying, Of every tree of the garden thou mayest freely eat:
17 But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die.
(In the day it is eaten, thou will die. It is important to remember how long a day is with God. This is the very first law God has made. He is telling us to leave the devil alone because if we don’t, we will die. We will die a spiritual death, of which there is no return.)
18 And the LORD God said, It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him an help meet for him.
(On day six, God made females and males at the same time. God is talking about someone who is the same as Adam.)
19 And out of the ground the LORD God formed every beast of the field, and every fowl of the air; and brought them unto Adam to see what he would call them: and whatsoever Adam called every living creature, that was the name thereof.
(The animals formed here are domestic animals. These are farm animals. Not wild animals that were created to hunt. These would be horses, donkey’s and cattle. There were no mules because a mule is a hybrid between a horse and a donkey. God did not create hybrids.)
20 And Adam gave names to all cattle, and to the fowl of the air, and to every beast of the field; but for Adam there was not found an help meet for him.
21 And the LORD God caused a deep sleep to fall upon Adam, and he slept: and he took one of his ribs, and closed up the flesh instead thereof;
(The word "rib" is Strong's H6760 and is tsela' and means curve. Understand that at the time the manuscripts were translated, the only "curve" that could be thought of to take out of the side of man would be rib. They knew nothing of DNA and the Helix Curve, but this is the "rib" that God took from Adam. He took his DNA to create Eve.)
22 And the rib, which the LORD God had taken from man, made he a woman, and brought her unto the man.
23 And Adam said, This is now bone of my bones, and flesh of my flesh: she shall be called Woman, because she was taken out of Man.
(She is called wo-man because she had a womb. The womb through which Christ would come.)
24 Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh.
(This is true in the miracle of birth. A child has the DNA of both the mother and the father, making the flesh as one.)
25 And they were both naked, the man and his wife, and were not ashamed.
(They had done nothing wrong to be ashamed of. Sin is what brings about shame.)
1 Now the serpent was more subtil than any beast of the field which the LORD God had made. And he said unto the woman, Yea, hath God said, Ye shall not eat of every tree of the garden?
(The word "serpent" is Strong's H5175 (from the root word H5172) and is nachash and means snake. Snake is H5172 and is nachash also and means to practice divination or to hiss, meaning to weave a magic spell. The serpent in this verse is not a literal snake, it is Satan telling lies and weaving his web of deceit. Satan was a spiritual being yet he was very dangerous and deceitful as well as beautiful.)
2 And the woman said unto the serpent, We may eat of the fruit of the trees of the garden:
(Adam and Eve were allowed to eat of any of the fruit trees in the garden, including the apple tree.)
3 But of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, God hath said, Ye shall not eat of it, neither shall ye touch it, lest ye die.
(The word "touch" is Strong's H5060 and is naga' and means to lie with a woman. God had told Adam and Eve to not "touch", or have a sexual relationship with Satan, who is the tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil. See 2 Corinthians 11:2, you will have a better understanding of this verse. We will cover the word "beguiled" in verse 13 of this chapter.)
4 And the serpent said unto the woman, Ye shall not surely die:
(He is lying. This is the first lie. God has already told them that they will. This is what life comes down to. God gave us free will. We can choose to listen to God's truth or we can choose to listen to Satan's lies. The choice is completely ours to make, we just need to be aware of the consequences or rewards of our choice.)
5 For God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil.
(Satan is telling Eve that they will be like the angelic beings, even as God. This is another lie. The word “tree” is Strong’s H6086 and is ‘ets and it means a tree, of any variety. However, the primitive root of H6086 is H6095 and is ‘atsah and it means to shut. Satan is telling Eve that her eyes will be opened when in fact they will be shut. Shut to the truth. When our flesh eyes are opened, our spiritual eyes are closed. From H6095 comes H6096 which is ‘atseh which means the spine. What goes through your spine? Your Central Nervous System that allows your brain to work your entire body. It is what gives you knowledge of good and evil. You know right from wrong and if your brain tells you that stealing is wrong, then it won’t let your hand reach out to take something. This is the tree they were not to partake of. Isaiah 61:3 tells us how God refers to man as trees. Satan knows that it will be through Adam and Eve’s line that Christ will come so he is trying to destroy the purity of it.)
6 And when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree to be desired to make one wise, she took of the fruit thereof, and did eat, and gave also unto her husband with her; and he did eat.
(Eve had a sexual relationship with Satan as did Adam. Understand that Satan was a beautiful spiritual being and could be whatever he chose to be to someone, either man or woman.)
7 And the eyes of them both were opened, and they knew that they were naked; and they sewed fig leaves together, and made themselves aprons.
(They made aprons to cover their nakedness, not masks for their mouths. They covered the part of the body that they had sinned with. No where will you read that Adam and Eve ate an apple. The fig leaves tells us where they were. They were in the fig garden. This is why the parable of the fig tree is so important. God said we should know it, not maybe we should know it. See Mark 13:28-31.)
8 And they heard the voice of the LORD God walking in the garden in the cool of the day: and Adam and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the LORD God amongst the trees of the garden.
9 And the LORD God called unto Adam, and said unto him, Where art thou?
10 And he said, I heard thy voice in the garden, and I was afraid, because I was naked; and I hid myself.
11 And he said, Who told thee that thou wast naked? Hast thou eaten of the tree, whereof I commanded thee that thou shouldest not eat?
12 And the man said, The woman whom thou gavest to be with me, she gave me of the tree, and I did eat.
(Adam is trying to pass this off and blame it on the woman. Adam was the one in charge and therefore responsible for the woman and her doings. He was deceived by Satan just as much as Eve.)
13 And the LORD God said unto the woman, What is this that thou hast done? And the woman said, The serpent beguiled me, and I did eat.
(The word "beguiled" is Strong's H5377 and is nasha' and means to seduce wholly. This is further truth that there had been a sexual relationship with Satan.)
14 And the LORD God said unto the serpent, Because thou hast done this, thou art cursed above all cattle, and above every beast of the field; upon thy belly shalt thou go, and dust shalt thou eat all the days of thy life:
(The serpent is one of Satan’s names. God is telling Satan that he will never again be able to rise to a point of salvation. This is a statement of degradation. Satan is the only one mentioned by name in the Bible that is destined to perish.)
15 And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel.
(This is the first prophecy in the Bible. It was Satan’s children, the Kenites, that caused Christ to be crucified. See Matthew 13:37-39 and John 8:42-44. Enmity is hostility. Between her seed and Satan's seed means children. God has put hostility between the offspring of Satan and the offspring of God's children. When God says it shall bruise thy head, He is talking about when Christ returns at the second advent and crushes Satan. To bruise His heel, is when Jesus was crucified and nailed to the cross. Satan knew that Christ would come through this woman and therefore tried to destroy it. This isn’t the only time he will try to corrupt the bloodline.)
16 Unto the woman he said, I will greatly multiply thy sorrow and thy conception; in sorrow thou shalt bring forth children; and thy desire shall be to thy husband, and he shall rule over thee.
(Conception has occurred. A child conceived between the union of Eve and Satan.)
17 And unto Adam he said, Because thou hast hearkened unto the voice of thy wife, and hast eaten of the tree, of which I commanded thee, saying, Thou shalt not eat of it: cursed is the ground for thy sake; in sorrow shalt thou eat of it all the days of thy life;
18 Thorns also and thistles shall it bring forth to thee; and thou shalt eat the herb of the field;
19 In the sweat of thy face shalt thou eat bread, till thou return unto the ground; for out of it wast thou taken: for dust thou art, and unto dust shalt thou return.
(This is why it is not easy to farm the land. God is not a liar and the things that were are the things that are today.)
20 And Adam called his wife's name Eve; because she was the mother of all living.
(The mother of all living means Christ. Christ is life for all who will believe on Him and walk in His ways.)
21 Unto Adam also and to his wife did the LORD God make coats of skins, and clothed them.
(This meant that God had to sacrifice the life of animals so they could have clothing. Sin changes everything.)
22 And the LORD God said, Behold, the man is become as one of us, to know good and evil: and now, lest he put forth his hand, and take also of the tree of life, and eat, and live for ever:
(God is using the word "take", not "touch". This means to partake of the word of God and Christ, who is the Tree of Life. This would be their only salvation. Christ is our only salvation. If we don't believe in Jesus Christ, then neither do we believe in God.)
23 Therefore the LORD God sent him forth from the garden of Eden, to till the ground from whence he was taken.
24 So he drove out the man; and he placed at the east of the garden of Eden Cherubims, and a flaming sword which turned every way, to keep the way of the tree of life.
(This flaming sword is the tongue that is a two edged sword. It is God’s truth.)
1 And Adam knew Eve his wife; and she conceived, and bare Cain, and said, I have gotten a man from the LORD.
2 And she again bare his brother Abel. And Abel was a keeper of sheep, but Cain was a tiller of the ground.
(The word "again" is Strong's H3254 and is yacaph and means to continue. So Eve continued in labor to bare Abel. Cain and Abel were twins. Cain being Satan's offspring and Abel being Adam's offspring. She conceived twice while in the same cycle by two different men; one being Satan and the other being Adam.)
3 And in process of time it came to pass, that Cain brought of the fruit of the ground an offering unto the LORD.
(The process of time means the boy's came of age. They did this together because they were twins. Cain brought his offering to God. It says of the ground. Cain gathered up some old fruit off the ground and brought it to God as an offering. There was no love involved in this offering. He did not give the best he had to God.)
4 And Abel, he also brought of the firstlings of his flock and of the fat thereof. And the LORD had respect unto Abel and to his offering:
(Abel brought the very best of what he had to God. There is much love to God in this act. We should always give the best of what God gives us back to Him. All of the blessings we receive come from God.)
5 But unto Cain and to his offering he had not respect. And Cain was very wroth, and his countenance fell.
(Cain was angry at God.)
6 And the LORD said unto Cain, Why art thou wroth? and why is thy countenance fallen?
7 If thou doest well, shalt thou not be accepted? and if thou doest not well, sin lieth at the door. And unto thee shall be his desire, and thou shalt rule over him.
(God is trying to teach Cain that by doing your best, everything can be overcome. We have to put God first in all that we do. If we don't, sin is always right there ready to consume us.)
8 And Cain talked with Abel his brother: and it came to pass, when they were in the field, that Cain rose up against Abel his brother, and slew him.
(Cain was still angry with God and very jealous of Abel. He premeditated to take Abel to the field and murdered him. These feelings of jealousy and hatred were inherited to him by his father, the devil. This shows the war beginning between the seed of Satan and the seed of God. See Matthew 23:33-35 and you will see Jesus talking to the Kenites, who are the sons of Cain, the offspring of Satan. Also see John 3:11-12 and 8:44.)
9 And the LORD said unto Cain, Where is Abel thy brother? And he said, I know not: Am I my brother's keeper?
(Cain is attempting to lie to God. We can never lie to God as He already knows what we have done. By confessing our sin to God, He then knows we are sorry and He forgives. Even though He already knows, we still have to ask for that forgiveness.)
10 And he said, What hast thou done? the voice of thy brother's blood crieth unto me from the ground.
(In the manuscripts, the word blood is plural. All of the offspring that Abel would have had, Cain also destroyed when he murdered him. It is the same today when someone is murdered. Murder must always be settled with God and not with man.)
11 And now art thou cursed from the earth, which hath opened her mouth to receive thy brother's blood from thy hand;
12 When thou tillest the ground, it shall not henceforth yield unto thee her strength; a fugitive and a vagabond shalt thou be in the earth.
(Cain will never again be able to farm the land. Even to this day, a Kenite cannot farm, unless they own the land and hire someone to farm the land for them. The earth will not produce for a Kenite. In Jeremiah 35, we find that the Kenites were vagabonds. They lived in tents and moved about. This is the beginning of the Kenites being introduced into Judah. They soon began to be known as Judean when they were in fact Kenites.)
13 And Cain said unto the LORD, My punishment is greater than I can bear.
14 Behold, thou hast driven me out this day from the face of the earth; and from thy face shall I be hid; and I shall be a fugitive and a vagabond in the earth; and it shall come to pass, that every one that findeth me shall slay me.
(Cain knew the sixth day creation was out there and was speaking of them. He was scared that they would kill him because of what he had done.)
15 And the LORD said unto him, Therefore whosoever slayeth Cain, vengeance shall be taken on him sevenfold. And the LORD set a mark upon Cain, lest any finding him should kill him.
(This is the beginning of the mark of the beast. It is the mark of a man. The number six in Biblical numerics means mankind. Cain means possessor and Abel means vapor. Abel ended up being not much more than a vapor in this life.)
16 And Cain went out from the presence of the LORD, and dwelt in the land of Nod, on the east of Eden.
(Cain went to the land of Nod where there was a population of people. Please notice that it says the land of Nod and not the city of Nod. This is important.)
17 And Cain knew his wife; and she conceived, and bare Enoch: and he builded a city, and called the name of the city, after the name of his son, Enoch.
(Cain took a wife from the sixth day creation. Pay attention to the genealogy of Cain as it will closely match the genealogy of Adam. Satan did this on purpose to confuse. Cain built the first city. The son of Satan was the creator of cities, a place where there is much crime and pollution. Cities are a part of Satan’s plan, not God’s.)
18 And unto Enoch was born Irad: and Irad begat Mehujael: and Mehujael begat Methusael: and Methusael begat Lamech.
(It is important that we pay close attention to the genealogy of Cain as the names will be very similar to the names of Adam’s genealogy. This is not done by coincidence but to confuse. It is the way Satan operates. He is the father of confusion. Cain will not be listed in Adam’s genealogy because he is not Adam’s son. Enoch means dedicated. Irad means fleet, as in fast. Mehujael means smitten by God. Methusael means man of God and Lamech means powerful.)
19 And Lamech took unto him two wives: the name of the one was Adah, and the name of the other Zillah.
(Adah means beautiful and Zillah means shade.)
20 And Adah bare Jabal: he was the father of such as dwell in tents, and of such as have cattle.
(Jabal means stream.)
21 And his brother's name was Jubal: he was the father of all such as handle the harp and organ.
(Jubal means music.)
22 And Zillah, she also bare Tubal-cain, an instructer of every artificer in brass and iron: and the sister of Tubal-cain was Naamah.
(Tubal-cain means of Cain. Naamah means loveliness. We can see the talents that these people held. City builders, musicians, and metal workers. This is not saying that everyone who holds one of these talents is a Kenite. There are good Christian city builders, musicians, and metal workers. This is simply talking about the type of work they did.)
23 And Lamech said unto his wives, Adah and Zillah, Hear my voice; ye wives of Lamech, hearken unto my speech: for I have slain a man to my wounding, and a young man to my hurt.
(Lamech is bragging about being a murderer.)
24 If Cain shall be avenged sevenfold, truly Lamech seventy and sevenfold.
(He is bragging about their lack of care in serving God. Lamech is setting himself as more important than Cain because of these murders. Only God has the authority to say who will or who will not perish.)
25 And Adam knew his wife again; and she bare a son, and called his name Seth: For God, said she, hath appointed me another seed instead of Abel, whom Cain slew.
(This is the genealogy of Adam. Watch the names. Again, Cain will not be named in this genealogy.)
26 And to Seth, to him also there was born a son; and he called his name Enos: then began men to call upon the name of the LORD.
(The word "began" is Strong's H2490 and is chalal and means to profane, defile or pollute. So man began to profane the name of God. They were worshipping other god's, or idols, and had begun to intermix with the Nephilim, or fallen angels. Seth means compensation.)
1 This is the book of the generations of Adam. In the day that God created man, in the likeness of God made He him;
(God made man in the exact likeness as we were in our spiritual bodies.)
2 Male and female created he them; and blessed them, and called their name Adam, in the day when they were created.
3 And Adam lived an hundred and thirty years, and begat a son in his own likeness, after his image; and called his name Seth:
(Notice that Cain is not listed. Cain was not Adam's son. Abel is not listed because he was murdered.)
4 And the days of Adam after he had begotten Seth were eight hundred years: and he begat sons and daughters:
5 And all the days that Adam lived were nine hundred and thirty years: and he died.
(Adam lived 930 years. How long is a day to God? A thousand years. So adam did not live through one of God's days just as God promised would happen. No one in the entire history of mankind has lived through even one of God’s days.)
6 And Seth lived an hundred and five years, and begat Enos:
(Enos means mortal.)
7 And Seth lived after he begat Enos eight hundred and seven years, and begat sons and daughters:
8 And all the days of Seth were nine hundred and twelve years: and he died.
9 And Enos lived ninety years, and begat Cainan:
(Cainan means possessor also.)
10 And Enos lived after he begat Cainan eight hundred and fifteen years, and begat sons and daughters:
11 And all the days of Enos were nine hundred and five years: and he died.
12 And Cainan lived seventy years, and begat Mahalaleel:
(Note Mahalaleel is similar to Mehujael in Cain's line. Mehujael means smitten by God and Mahalaleel means Praise of God.)
13 And Cainan lived after he begat Mahalaleel eight hundred and forty years, and begat sons and daughters:
14 And all the days of Cainan were nine hundred and ten years: and he died.
15 And Mahalaleel lived sixty and five years, and begat Jared:
16 And Mahalaleel lived after he begat Jared eight hundred and thirty years, and begat sons and daughters:
17 And all the days of Mahalaleel were eight hundred ninety and five years: and he died.
18 And Jared lived an hundred sixty and two years, and he begat Enoch:
(Note that there is an Enoch in Cain's line as well. This Enoch was a prophet. Prior to this, God walked and talked with Adam and Eve, there was no need of a prophet. We will find out in a moment that Enoch walked and talked with God.)
19 And Jared lived after he begat Enoch eight hundred years, and begat sons and daughters:
20 And all the days of Jared were nine hundred sixty and two years: and he died.
21 And Enoch lived sixty and five years, and begat Methuselah:
(Methuselah is similar to Methusael in Cain's genealogy.)
22 And Enoch walked with God after he begat Methuselah three hundred years, and begat sons and daughters:
(Enoch was a righteous man.)
23 And all the days of Enoch were three hundred sixty and five years:
24 And Enoch walked with God: and he was not; for God took him.
(This means that Enoch did not die, he was transfigured. One of the few who were.)
25 And Methuselah lived an hundred eighty and seven years, and begat Lamech:
(Another Lamech. The Lamech of Cain was a murderer and proud of the fact. This Lamech was a man of God and the father of Noah. It is important to know the difference between the people. We have to be able to know who our enemy is. If we don’t, then it is easy for Satan to deceive.)
26 And Methuselah lived after he begat Lamech seven hundred eighty and two years, and begat sons and daughters:
27 And all the days of Methuselah were nine hundred sixty and nine years: and he died.
(Methuselah was the oldest living human of all time and even he did not make it through even one of God's days.)
28 And Lamech lived an hundred eighty and two years, and begat a son:
29 And he called his name Noah, saying, This same shall comfort us concerning our work and toil of our hands, because of the ground which the LORD hath cursed.
30 And Lamech lived after he begat Noah five hundred ninety and five years, and begat sons and daughters:
31 And all the days of Lamech were seven hundred seventy and seven years: and he died.
32 And Noah was five hundred years old: and Noah begat Shem, Ham, and Japheth.
(Noah was very old before he married and had children. It took him a long time to find a wife that had no mixing with the Nephilim. The Nephilim were those who followed Satan and refused to be born in the flesh. They were coming to earth and having children with the daughters of man. This is the second time that Satan is trying to ruin the line that Jesus Christ would come through. We will see this in the next chapter. Noah was being very careful as to who he chose to take to wife. He knew that there should be no mixing. Christ will come through this line.)
1 And it came to pass, when men began to multiply on the face of the earth, and daughters were born unto them,
2 That the sons of God saw the daughters of men that they were fair; and they took them wives of all which they chose.
(This is the Nephilim talked about before. The sons of God (see Job 38:6 and Jude verse 6) are angelic beings. God created woman to have children thereby giving each entity the opportunity to be born of woman and pass through this earth to make up their minds whether they will love God or Satan. These angelic beings did not come through woman, they fell to earth and took them wives. Children were born of these un-natural unions, and they were called gibbors.)
3 And the LORD said, My spirit shall not always strive with man, for that he also is flesh: yet his days shall be an hundred and twenty years.
(The "he" God is talking about here is The Man Adam. God changed the generations to 120 years.)
4 There were giants in the earth in those days; and also after that, when the sons of God came in unto the daughters of men, and they bare children to them, the same became mighty men which were of old, men of renown.
(The word "giant" is Strong's H5303 and is nĕphiyl and means the Nephilim. It comes from H5307 and is naphal and means to fall. To say men of old means they had full recall of the first earth age. Men of renown is to say they were very large and very strong. They were a very un-natural being here on earth.)
5 And GOD saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually.
6 And it repented the LORD that he had made man on the earth, and it grieved him at his heart.
(God was sorry that He had created man in the flesh. It broke His heart that man, that He created, delighted in doing evil all the time.)
7 And the LORD said, I will destroy man whom I have created from the face of the earth; both man, and beast, and the creeping thing, and the fowls of the air; for it repenteth me that I have made them.
(You know the world had become very bad for God to have to destroy it completely.)
8 But Noah found grace in the eyes of the LORD.
(Noah was a righteous man and therefore found grace in God's eyes.)
9 These are the generations of Noah: Noah was a just man and perfect in his generations, and Noah walked with God.
(The word "perfect" is Strong's H8549 and is tamiym and means without spot or blemish. Neither Noah or his family had intermixed with the Nephilim. The word "generations" is Strong's H8435 and is towlĕdah and comes from the prime root of H3205 and is yalad and means to begat or bring forth in childhood. Specifically to show lineage. Noah and his family had a perfect pedigree. Out of all the earth, only one perfect man was found. This is important because this is the line through which Christ will come.)
10 And Noah begat three sons, Shem, Ham, and Japheth.
(The order of Noah's three sons are reversed. Japheth was born first, then Ham and then Shem.
11 The earth also was corrupt before God, and the earth was filled with violence.
12 And God looked upon the earth, and, behold, it was corrupt; for all flesh had corrupted his way upon the earth.
13 And God said unto Noah, The end of all flesh is come before me; for the earth is filled with violence through them; and, behold, I will destroy them with the earth.
(God is saying He will destroy them from the earth.)
14 Make thee an ark of gopher wood; rooms shalt thou make in the ark, and shalt pitch it within and without with pitch.
(The word "pitch" is Strong's H3722 and is kaphar and means atonement. It means to cover it and it will protect you.)
15 And this is the fashion which thou shalt make it of: The length of the ark shall be three hundred cubits, the breadth of it fifty cubits, and the height of it thirty cubits.
(A cubit is about 18 1/2 inches. So the length of the ark was about 462 feet, the breadth 78 feet and the height 46 feet. It had three decks. It would need to be big enough to hold not only the animals of the earth, but also two of every race of human flesh.)
16 A window shalt thou make to the ark, and in a cubit shalt thou finish it above; and the door of the ark shalt thou set in the side thereof; with lower, second, and third stories shalt thou make it.
17 And, behold, I, even I, do bring a flood of waters upon the earth, to destroy all flesh, wherein is the breath of life, from under heaven; and every thing that is in the earth shall die.
18 But with thee will I establish my covenant; and thou shalt come into the ark, thou, and thy sons, and thy wife, and thy sons' wives with thee.
(A covenant is a contract.)
19 And of every living thing of all flesh, two of every sort shalt thou bring into the ark, to keep them alive with thee; they shall be male and female.
(Every living thing of all flesh. This means that Noah was to take not only two of every animal, but two of every race from the sixth day creation, also.)
20 Of fowls after their kind, and of cattle after their kind, of every creeping thing of the earth after his kind, two of every sort shall come unto thee, to keep them alive.
21 And take thou unto thee of all food that is eaten, and thou shalt gather it to thee; and it shall be for food for thee, and for them.
22 Thus did Noah; according to all that God commanded him, so did he.
(Grace means unmerited favor. Noah found grace in God's eyes because he listened to God and did what God told him to do. Remember, it still has not rained upon the earth up to this point. God is telling Noah to build a very large boat. Noah didn't question God but he did as he was told. This is how Noah found grace in God's eyes.)
1 And the LORD said unto Noah, Come thou and all thy house into the ark; for thee have I seen righteous before me in this generation.
(Noah and his family were the only ones that did not have a polluted blood line. Only his family had remained pure by not intermixing with the Nephilim.)
2 Of every clean beast thou shalt take to thee by sevens, the male and his female: and of beasts that are not clean by two, the male and his female.
(The clean beasts were taken by sevens so they would also have food.)
3 Of fowls also of the air by sevens, the male and the female; to keep seed alive upon the face of all the earth.
4 For yet seven days, and I will cause it to rain upon the earth forty days and forty nights; and every living substance that I have made will I destroy from off the face of the earth.
(The number seven is spiritual completeness. The number forty is probation.)
5 And Noah did according unto all that the LORD commanded him.
(Noah always obeyed God even though Noah didn't even really know what rain was. No one had ever seen it. Yet.)
6 And Noah was six hundred years old when the flood of waters was upon the earth.
7 And Noah went in, and his sons, and his wife, and his sons' wives with him, into the ark, because of the waters of the flood.
8 Of clean beasts, and of beasts that are not clean, and of fowls, and of every thing that creepeth upon the earth,
9 There went in two and two unto Noah into the ark, the male and the female, as God had commanded Noah.
(Remember also that there were two of every flesh. That includes all the races. Even the Kenites.)
10 And it came to pass after seven days, that the waters of the flood were upon the earth.
(Just as God had said did it all come to pass. God does not lie. You can be sure that if He said it, it is true.)
11 In the six hundredth year of Noah's life, in the second month, the seventeenth day of the month, the same day were all the fountains of the great deep broken up, and the windows of heaven were opened.
(The great deep is the abyss and the windows of heaven is the firmament. The time spent on the ark is exactly one solar year, not a lunar year. We are children of the day, or light, not children of the night, or of Satan.)
12 And the rain was upon the earth forty days and forty nights.
13 In the selfsame day entered Noah, and Shem, and Ham, and Japheth, the sons of Noah, and Noah's wife, and the three wives of his sons with them, into the ark;
(Here are 8 Adamec beings going into the ark. That is to say, 8 people who were from The Man Adam's lineage. The number 8 in Hebrew numerology is New Beginnings.)
14 They, and every beast after his kind, and all the cattle after their kind, and every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth after his kind, and every fowl after his kind, every bird of every sort.
15 And they went in unto Noah into the ark, two and two of all flesh, wherein is the breath of life.
(Notice that the animals were mentioned in the previous verse. In this verse, all flesh is mentioned. This is talking of human flesh. So two of every kind that God had created.)
16 And they that went in, went in male and female of all flesh, as God had commanded him: and the LORD shut him in.
(God himself shut the door. That is to say He sealed them in with pitch, or atonement.)
17 And the flood was forty days upon the earth; and the waters increased, and bare up the ark, and it was lift up above the earth.
(The water lifted the ark off the earth so that it was floating upon the water.)
18 And the waters prevailed, and were increased greatly upon the earth; and the ark went upon the face of the waters.
19 And the waters prevailed exceedingly upon the earth; and all the high hills, that were under the whole heaven, were covered.
20 Fifteen cubits upward did the waters prevail; and the mountains were covered.
(The waters rose 23 feet above the top of the mountains.)
21 And all flesh died that moved upon the earth, both of fowl, and of cattle, and of beast, and of every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth, and every man:
(God created a clean slate.)
22 All in whose nostrils was the breath of life, of all that was in the dry land, died.
23 And every living substance was destroyed which was upon the face of the ground, both man, and cattle, and the creeping things, and the fowl of the heaven; and they were destroyed from the earth: and Noah only remained alive, and they that were with him in the ark.
(Again, those that were with Noah included two of every race. That is why we still have different races today.)
24 And the waters prevailed upon the earth an hundred and fifty days.
(150 days is exactly 5 solar months. It is like the 5 month period in Revelation when the anti-Christ will be upon the earth. Just like Noah's flood, the end times will hold a flood of lies that we will face during that time.)
1 And God remembered Noah, and every living thing, and all the cattle that was with him in the ark: and God made a wind to pass over the earth, and the waters asswaged;
(The rains stopped.)
2 The fountains also of the deep and the windows of heaven were stopped, and the rain from heaven was restrained;
3 And the waters returned from off the earth continually: and after the end of the hundred and fifty days the waters were abated.
4 And the ark rested in the seventh month, on the seventeenth day of the month, upon the mountains of Ararat.
5 And the waters decreased continually until the tenth month: in the tenth month, on the first day of the month, were the tops of the mountains seen.
6 And it came to pass at the end of forty days, that Noah opened the window of the ark which he had made:
7 And he sent forth a raven, which went forth to and fro, until the waters were dried up from off the earth.
(A raven is an unclean bird. It is not good for food or for sacrifice. It did not come back but no doubt this raven was able to sustain itself on the carcasses that were floating upon the water.)
8 Also he sent forth a dove from him, to see if the waters were abated from off the face of the ground;
(A dove is a clean animal. It is symbolic of the Holy Spirit.)
9 But the dove found no rest for the sole of her foot, and she returned unto him into the ark, for the waters were on the face of the whole earth: then he put forth his hand, and took her, and pulled her in unto him into the ark.
10 And he stayed yet other seven days; and again he sent forth the dove out of the ark;
11 And the dove came in to him in the evening; and, lo, in her mouth was an olive leaf pluckt off: so Noah knew that the waters were abated from off the earth.
(The Olive tree is the tree of our people, meaning all Christians, and the oil that we anoint with. Olive oil is essential in many things such as healthy cooking and healing also.)
12 And he stayed yet other seven days; and sent forth the dove; which returned not again unto him any more.
(Noah knew that when the dove did not return, that the earth was dry.)
13 And it came to pass in the six hundredth and first year, in the first month, the first day of the month, the waters were dried up from off the earth: and Noah removed the covering of the ark, and looked, and, behold, the face of the ground was dry.
14 And in the second month, on the seven and twentieth day of the month, was the earth dried.
15 And God spake unto Noah, saying,
16 Go forth of the ark, thou, and thy wife, and thy sons, and thy sons' wives with thee.
(Noah waited for God's word before he left the ark. It is always best to wait for God to lead us. He will never lead us astray.)
17 Bring forth with thee every living thing that is with thee, of all flesh, both of fowl, and of cattle, and of every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth; that they may breed abundantly in the earth, and be fruitful, and multiply upon the earth.
(God gave us a clean start. The fallen angels, Nephilim, and the offspring of the fallen angels, Gibbor, have been wiped out. There will be a second influx you will see. Remember Goliath?)
18 And Noah went forth, and his sons, and his wife, and his sons' wives with him:
19 Every beast, every creeping thing, and every fowl, and whatsoever creepeth upon the earth, after their kinds, went forth out of the ark.
20 And Noah builded an altar unto the LORD; and took of every clean beast, and of every clean fowl, and offered burnt offerings on the altar.
(The first thing Noah did was build an altar to God. This is also the first time an altar had been built unto God. Noah loved God and always wanted to praise Him and follow Him.)
21 And the LORD smelled a sweet savour; and the LORD said in his heart, I will not again curse the ground any more for man's sake; for the imagination of man's heart is evil from his youth; neither will I again smite any more every thing living, as I have done.
22 While the earth remaineth, seedtime and harvest, and cold and heat, and summer and winter, and day and night shall not cease.
1 And God blessed Noah and his sons, and said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth.
(The word replenish yet again. Once again, the earth needs to be replenished.)
2 And the fear of you and the dread of you shall be upon every beast of the earth, and upon every fowl of the air, upon all that moveth upon the earth, and upon all the fishes of the sea; into your hand are they delivered.
(God has given us power over the animals. This is not to say that we can order an animal around, it simply means that we have the common sense to overpower them in an intelligent manner. Not run around with snakes and vipers thinking we won’t get hurt.)
3 Every moving thing that liveth shall be meat for you; even as the green herb have I given you all things.
4 But flesh with the life thereof, which is the blood thereof, shall ye not eat.
(This brought in the blood ritual or the bleeding of an animal before it is eaten. If something is killed and not bled, the blood will coagulate and ruin the meat and make you sick if you try to eat it.)
5 And surely your blood of your lives will I require; at the hand of every beast will I require it, and at the hand of man; at the hand of every man's brother will I require the life of man.
6 Whoso sheddeth man's blood, by man shall his blood be shed: for in the image of God made He man.
(This is a judicial law from God. It is speaking of capital punishment. If a person commits murder, then the murderer is to be killed by the community so that his soul can be sent immediately to God. If one commits murder, he cannot be forgiven while still in the flesh. He has to be sent to God for this.)
7 And you, be ye fruitful, and multiply; bring forth abundantly in the earth, and multiply therein.
8 And God spake unto Noah, and to his sons with him, saying,
9 And I, behold, I establish my covenant with you, and with your seed after you;
(God is making a promise to Noah and to all of us.)
10 And with every living creature that is with you, of the fowl, of the cattle, and of every beast of the earth with you; from all that go out of the ark, to every beast of the earth.
11 And I will establish my covenant with you; neither shall all flesh be cut off any more by the waters of a flood; neither shall there any more be a flood to destroy the earth.
12 And God said, This is the token of the covenant which I make between me and you and every living creature that is with you, for perpetual generations:
13 I do set my bow in the cloud, and it shall be for a token of a covenant between me and the earth.
(Every time we see a rainbow, we can be reminded of God's promise to us.)
14 And it shall come to pass, when I bring a cloud over the earth, that the bow shall be seen in the cloud:
15 And I will remember my covenant, which is between me and you and every living creature of all flesh; and the waters shall no more become a flood to destroy all flesh.
16 And the bow shall be in the cloud; and I will look upon it, that I may remember the everlasting covenant between God and every living creature of all flesh that is upon the earth.
17 And God said unto Noah, This is the token of the covenant, which I have established between me and all flesh that is upon the earth.
(All flesh. God made a promise to each and every one of us.)
18 And the sons of Noah, that went forth of the ark, were Shem, and Ham, and Japheth: and Ham is the father of Canaan.
(Notice here that God has given us the name of Ham's firstborn before he is even born. You will see why.)
19 These are the three sons of Noah: and of them was the whole earth overspread.
20 And Noah began to be an husbandman, and he planted a vineyard:
(Noah became a farmer.)
21 And he drank of the wine, and was drunken; and he was uncovered within his tent.
22 And Ham, the father of Canaan, saw the nakedness of his father, and told his two brethren without.
(The nakedness of his father means to sleep with your fathers wife. Ham slept with his mother. See Leviticus 18:8 and 20:11 and you will see what the nakedness of your father means.)
23 And Shem and Japheth took a garment, and laid it upon both their shoulders, and went backward, and covered the nakedness of their father; and their faces were backward, and they saw not their father's nakedness.
(Shem and Japheth did what was right and covered their mother with a garment.)
24 And Noah awoke from his wine, and knew what his younger son had done unto him.
25 And he said, Cursed be Canaan; a servant of servants shall he be unto his brethren.
(Noah was angry with Ham and made Canaan, who was the offspring of Ham and his mother, a servant unto Shem and Japheth. Notice that it was Noah that cursed Canaan, not God.)
26 And he said, Blessed be the LORD God of Shem; and Canaan shall be his servant.
27 God shall enlarge Japheth, and he shall dwell in the tents of Shem; and Canaan shall be his servant.
28 And Noah lived after the flood three hundred and fifty years.
29 And all the days of Noah were nine hundred and fifty years: and he died.
1 Now these are the generations of the sons of Noah, Shem, Ham, and Japheth: and unto them were sons born after the flood.
2 The sons of Japheth; Gomer, and Magog, and Madai, and Javan, and Tubal, and Meshech, and Tiras.
3 And the sons of Gomer; Ashkenaz, and Riphath, and Togarmah.
4 And the sons of Javan; Elishah, and Tarshish, Kittim, and Dodanim.
5 By these were the isles of the Gentiles divided in their lands; every one after his tongue, after their families, in their nations.
(Tongue does not mean different language. It means tribe. The word "gentiles" is Strong's H1471 and is gowy and means a foreigner or stranger. These were not of the children of Noah. Here is another proof that other humans were taken into the ark at the time of the flood. This is the reason that we have the different races today.)
6 And the sons of Ham; Cush, and Mizraim, and Phut, and Canaan.
7 And the sons of Cush; Seba, and Havilah, and Sabtah, and Raamah, and Sabtecha: and the sons of Raamah; Sheba, and Dedan.
8 And Cush begat Nimrod: he began to be a mighty one in the earth.
(Nimrod is Strong's H5248 and is Nimrowd and means rebellion. Mighty one is Strong's H1368 which is gibbowr, or gibbor and comes from H1396 and is gabar and means to act proudly toward god.)
9 He was a mighty hunter before the LORD: wherefore it is said, Even as Nimrod the mighty hunter before the LORD.
(We aren't too far into the generations of Noah since the flood and there is already a bad one in the bunch. Satan is right back at work.)
10 And the beginning of his kingdom was Babel, and Erech, and Accad, and Calneh, in the land of Shinar.
(Babel means confusion. Nimrod brought about confusion by bringing forth his own leadership over God. Confusion is any time you take the traditions of men and put them before the traditions of God.)
11 Out of that land went forth Asshur, and builded Nineveh, and the city Rehoboth, and Calah,
12 And Resen between Nineveh and Calah: the same is a great city.
13 And Mizraim begat Ludim, and Anamim, and Lehabim, and Naphtuhim,
(The meaning of all of these names can be found in the Strong’s concordance.)
14 And Pathrusim, and Casluhim, (out of whom came Philistim,) and Caphtorim.
15 And Canaan begat Sidon his firstborn, and Heth,
16 And the Jebusite, and the Amorite, and the Girgasite,
17 And the Hivite, and the Arkite, and the Sinite,
18 And the Arvadite, and the Zemarite, and the Hamathite: and afterward were the families of the Canaanites spread abroad.
19 And the border of the Canaanites was from Sidon, as thou comest to Gerar, unto Gaza; as thou goest, unto Sodom, and Gomorrah, and Admah, and Zeboim, even unto Lasha.
20 These are the sons of Ham, after their families, after their tongues, in their countries, and in their nations.
21 Unto Shem also, the father of all the children of Eber, the brother of Japheth the elder, even to him were children born.
22 The children of Shem; Elam, and Asshur, and Arphaxad, and Lud, and Aram.
23 And the children of Aram; Uz, and Hul, and Gether, and Mash.
24 And Arphaxad begat Salah; and Salah begat Eber.
25 And unto Eber were born two sons: the name of one was Peleg; for in his days was the earth divided; and his brother's name was Joktan.
(Peleg means to divide. When it says the earth was divided, it is talking about dividing their inheritance of land.)
26 And Joktan begat Almodad, and Sheleph, and Hazarmaveth, and Jerah,
27 And Hadoram, and Uzal, and Diklah,
28 And Obal, and Abimael, and Sheba,
29 And Ophir, and Havilah, and Jobab: all these were the sons of Joktan.
30 And their dwelling was from Mesha, as thou goest unto Sephar a Mount of the east.
31 These are the sons of Shem, after their families, after their tongues, in their lands, after their nations.
32 These are the families of the sons of Noah, after their generations, in their nations: and by these were the nations divided in the earth after the flood.
1 And the whole earth was of one language, and of one speech.
(Even though everyone spoke the same language, they were still people of every race. It is important to know and understand this because false teaching will lead you astray if you don’t.)
2 And it came to pass, as they journeyed from the east, that they found a plain in the land of Shinar; and they dwelt there.
(The land of Shinar is Babel. This is where Iraq is today.)
3 And they said one to another, Go to, let us make brick, and burn them throughly. And they had brick for stone, and slime had they for morter.
(The slime they used was like cement. It was a natural asphalt and it oozed up from the ground. It was what they used to hold the bricks together.)
4 And they said, Go to, let us build us a city and a tower, whose top may reach unto heaven; and let us make us a name, lest we be scattered abroad upon the face of the whole earth.
(Man is always trying to create his own salvation. Trying to figure a way into heaven without going through God. The rapture theory is another form of man trying to create his own salvation.)
5 And the LORD came down to see the city and the tower, which the children of men builded.
6 And the LORD said, Behold, the people is one, and they have all one language; and this they begin to do: and now nothing will be restrained from them, which they have imagined to do.
7 Go to, let us go down, and there confound their language, that they may not understand one another's speech.
8 So the LORD scattered them abroad from thence upon the face of all the earth: and they left off to build the city.
(God broke them up into a group of seven. There are seven continents. There are seven original languages that all other dialects derive. God scattered man all over the earth.)
9 Therefore is the name of it called Babel; because the LORD did there confound the language of all the earth: and from thence did the LORD scatter them abroad upon the face of all the earth.
(Babel is confusion. By changing everyone’s language, they were not able to finish the tower.)
10 These are the generations of Shem: Shem was an hundred years old, and begat Arphaxad two years after the flood:
11 And Shem lived after he begat Arphaxad five hundred years, and begat sons and daughters.
12 And Arphaxad lived five and thirty years, and begat Salah:
(Salah means a missile of attack.)
13 And Arphaxad lived after he begat Salah four hundred and three years, and begat sons and daughters.
14 And Salah lived thirty years, and begat Eber:
15 And Salah lived after he begat Eber four hundred and three years, and begat sons and daughters.
16 And Eber lived four and thirty years, and begat Peleg:
17 And Eber lived after he begat Peleg four hundred and thirty years, and begat sons and daughters.
18 And Peleg lived thirty years, and begat Reu:
19 And Peleg lived after he begat Reu two hundred and nine years, and begat sons and daughters.
20 And Reu lived two and thirty years, and begat Serug:
21 And Reu lived after he begat Serug two hundred and seven years, and begat sons and daughters.
22 And Serug lived thirty years, and begat Nahor:
23 And Serug lived after he begat Nahor two hundred years, and begat sons and daughters.
24 And Nahor lived nine and twenty years, and begat Terah:
25 And Nahor lived after he begat Terah an hundred and nineteen years, and begat sons and daughters.
26 And Terah lived seventy years, and begat Abram, Nahor, and Haran.
27 Now these are the generations of Terah: Terah begat Abram, Nahor, and Haran; and Haran begat Lot.
(Abram will later be changed to Abraham.)
28 And Haran died before his father Terah in the land of his nativity, in Ur of the Chaldees.
29 And Abram and Nahor took them wives: the name of Abram's wife was Sarai; and the name of Nahor's wife, Milcah, the daughter of Haran, the father of Milcah, and the father of Iscah.
(Sarai will later be changed to Sarah.)
30 But Sarai was barren; she had no child.
(There are no boundaries with God and with Him all things are possible. We will see that even though Sarai is barren, she won’t stay that way.)
31 And Terah took Abram his son, and Lot the son of Haran his son's son, and Sarai his daughter in law, his son Abram's wife; and they went forth with them from Ur of the Chaldees, to go into the land of Canaan; and they came unto Haran, and dwelt there.
(They came out of Babel, or confusion.)
32 And the days of Terah were two hundred and five years: and Terah died in Haran.
1 Now the LORD had said unto Abram, Get thee out of thy country, and from thy kindred, and from thy father's house, unto a land that I will shew thee:
2 And I will make of thee a great nation, and I will bless thee, and make thy name great; and thou shalt be a blessing:
(It will be through Abram and Sarai's lineage that Christ will come, even though Sarai is barren. God has made a promise and Abram believes God and follows His bidding.)
3 And I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee: and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed.
(Again, this is because Christ will come through this line.)
4 So Abram departed, as the LORD had spoken unto him; and Lot went with him: and Abram was seventy and five years old when he departed out of Haran.
5 And Abram took Sarai his wife, and Lot his brother's son, and all their substance that they had gathered, and the souls that they had gotten in Haran; and they went forth to go into the land of Canaan; and into the land of Canaan they came.
6 And Abram passed through the land unto the place of Sichem, unto the plain of Moreh. And the Canaanite was then in the land.
(Canaanite means merchant. There were Kenites mixed in here and the second influx of Nephilim has come.)
7 And the LORD appeared unto Abram, and said, Unto thy seed will I give this land: and there builded he an altar unto the LORD, who appeared unto him.
(Abram built an altar to God. He decided to follow God and abide His wishes.)
8 And he removed from thence unto a mountain on the east of Beth-el, and pitched his tent, having Beth-el on the west, and Hai on the east: and there he builded an altar unto the LORD, and called upon the name of the LORD.
(Beth-el means House of God and Hai means heaps and ruins. Each time Abram did something, he called upon the name of God. He always followed God's instructions.)
9 And Abram journeyed, going on still toward the south.
10 And there was a famine in the land: and Abram went down into Egypt to sojourn there; for the famine was grievous in the land.
11 And it came to pass, when he was come near to enter into Egypt, that he said unto Sarai his wife, Behold now, I know that thou art a fair woman to look upon:
(Remember that Abram is 75 years old and Sarai is 65 years old. Sarai is a very beautiful woman. )
12 Therefore it shall come to pass, when the Egyptians shall see thee, that they shall say, This is his wife: and they will kill me, but they will save thee alive.
(This is something that did happen in those days.)
13 Say, I pray thee, thou art my sister: that it may be well with me for thy sake; and my soul shall live because of thee.
(Abram had a great deal of trust for Sarai. However, see Genesis 20:12 and you will see that Sarai is Abram's sister. She was the daughter of his father but not his mother. During this time, this was acceptable. God had not changed this law yet. Abram was not exactly lying.)
14 And it came to pass, that, when Abram was come into Egypt, the Egyptians beheld the woman that she was very fair.
(Sarai was incredibly beautiful. There wasn’t pollution in these days as there is now.)
15 The princes also of Pharaoh saw her, and commended her before Pharaoh: and the woman was taken into Pharaoh's house.
(To be taken into Pharaoh's house is to say to be taken to a room to begin the process of cleansing to become Pharaoh's wife.)
16 And he entreated Abram well for her sake: and he had sheep, and oxen, and he asses, and menservants, and maidservants, and she asses, and camels.
(Abram's riches increased greatly.)
17 And the LORD plagued Pharaoh and his house with great plagues because of Sarai Abram's wife.
(Here is divine intervention from God because of Sarai.)
18 And Pharaoh called Abram, and said, What is this that thou hast done unto me? why didst thou not tell me that she was thy wife?
19 Why saidst thou, She is my sister? so I might have taken her to me to wife: now therefore behold thy wife, take her, and go thy way.
20 And Pharaoh commanded his men concerning him: and they sent him away, and his wife, and all that he had.
(Pharaoh just wanted Abram and Sarai gone. He didn't even want all of the things he had given Abram back.)
1 And Abram went up out of Egypt, he, and his wife, and all that he had, and Lot with him, into the south.
2 And Abram was very rich in cattle, in silver, and in gold.
3 And he went on his journeys from the south even to Beth-el, unto the place where his tent had been at the beginning, between Beth-el and Hai;
4 Unto the place of the altar, which he had made there at the first: and there Abram called on the name of the LORD.
(Again, Abram seeks God's direction. He is doing all that God asks of him. His faith in God never waivers. Abram never took credit for all the riches he had or for the things he did. He always gave credit to God.)
5 And Lot also, which went with Abram, had flocks, and herds, and tents.
6 And the land was not able to bear them, that they might dwell together: for their substance was great, so that they could not dwell together.
(Between the two of them, they had so many animals that the land could not sustain them.)
7 And there was a strife between the herdmen of Abram's cattle and the herdmen of Lot's cattle: and the Canaanite and the Perizzite dwelled then in the land.
(Strife always comes about when a Canaanite is around. There are some Kenites mixed in with the Canaanite and the Perizzites are from the second influx of the Nephilim. There is never peace or harmony within Satan’s camp. There is always strife and trouble.)
8 And Abram said unto Lot, Let there be no strife, I pray thee, between me and thee, and between my herdmen and thy herdmen; for we be brethren.
(Abram took the high road so to speak and resolved the situation without trouble.)
9 Is not the whole land before thee? separate thyself, I pray thee, from me: if thou wilt take the left hand, then I will go to the right; or if thou depart to the right hand, then I will go to the left.
(Abram gave Lot the choice of which way he would go. Whatever land you choose, I will take the other.)
10 And Lot lifted up his eyes, and beheld all the plain of Jordan, that it was well watered every where, before the LORD destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah, even as the garden of the LORD, like the land of Egypt, as thou comest unto Zoar.
11 Then Lot chose him all the plain of Jordan; and Lot journeyed east: and they separated themselves the one from the other.
(Lot chose the best of the land for himself. He actually took advantage of Abram's generosity.)
12 Abram dwelled in the land of Canaan, and Lot dwelled in the cities of the plain, and pitched his tent toward Sodom.
(The name Sodom got its name because of the acts performed by the men who lived there. They were having sexual relationships with each other and even forcing those who did not wish to participate in this un-natural act.)
13 But the men of Sodom were wicked and sinners before the LORD exceedingly.
14 And the LORD said unto Abram, after that Lot was separated from him, Lift up now thine eyes, and look from the place where thou art northward, and southward, and eastward, and westward:
15 For all the land which thou seest, to thee will I give it, and to thy seed for ever.
(God is blessing Abram for following His word and living right.)
16 And I will make thy seed as the dust of the earth: so that if a man can number the dust of the earth, then shall thy seed also be numbered.
17 Arise, walk through the land in the length of it and in the breadth of it; for I will give it unto thee.
18 Then Abram removed his tent, and came and dwelt in the plain of Mamre, which is in Hebron, and built there an altar unto the LORD.
(Mamre means fatness. Here Abram built an altar unto God. This is the first thing that Abram always does.)
1 And it came to pass in the days of Amraphel king of Shinar, Arioch king of Ellasar, Chedorlaomer king of Elam, and Tidal king of nations;
(Remember that the land of Shinar is Babel. The names here are Babylonian names and therefore difficult to translate. Amraphel means king of the gods.)
2 That these made war with Bera king of Sodom, and with Birsha king of Gomorrah, Shinab king of Admah, and Shemeber king of Zeboiim, and the king of Bela, which is Zoar.
(Here, Bera means son of evil. Zoar means small.)
3 All these were joined together in the vale of Siddim, which is the salt sea.
4 Twelve years they served Chedorlaomer, and in the thirteenth year they rebelled.
5 And in the fourteenth year came Chedorlaomer, and the kings that were with him, and smote the Rephaims in Ashteroth Karnaim, and the Zuzims in Ham, and the Emims in Shaveh Kiriathaim,
(Ashteroth means idol.)
6 And the Horites in their mount Seir, unto El-paran, which is by the wilderness.
7 And they returned, and came to En-mishpat, which is Kadesh, and smote all the country of the Amalekites, and also the Amorites, that dwelt in Hazezon-tamar.
8 And there went out the king of Sodom, and the king of Gomorrah, and the king of Admah, and the king of Zeboiim, and the king of Bela (the same is Zoar;) and they joined battle with them in the vale of Siddim;
9 With Chedorlaomer the king of Elam, and with Tidal king of nations, and Amraphel king of Shinar, and Arioch king of Ellasar; four kings with five.
10 And the vale of Siddim was full of slimepits; and the kings of Sodom and Gomorrah fled, and fell there; and they that remained fled to the mountain.
(These slimepits are the same slime that is natural asphalt. They oozed from the ground much like a tar pit.)
11 And they took all the goods of Sodom and Gomorrah, and all their victuals, and went their way.
12 And they took Lot, Abram's brother's son, who dwelt in Sodom, and his goods, and departed.
(Lot and his family have been taken captive and all that he has.)
13 And there came one that had escaped, and told Abram the Hebrew; for he dwelt in the plain of Mamre the Amorite, brother of Eshcol, and brother of Aner: and these were confederate with Abram.
14 And when Abram heard that his brother was taken captive, he armed his trained servants, born in his own house, three hundred and eighteen, and pursued them unto Dan.
(Abram took 318 servants and pursued the five armies, very large armies, that had taken Lot and his family. Abram has complete trust and faith in the Lord.)
15 And he divided himself against them, he and his servants, by night, and smote them, and pursued them unto Hobah, which is on the left hand of Damascus.
(Abram put half of his small army on one side and the other half on the other and defeated these five large armies. Only through the grace of God could this happen.)
16 And he brought back all the goods, and also brought again his brother Lot, and his goods, and the women also, and the people.
17 And the king of Sodom went out to meet him after his return from the slaughter of Chedorlaomer, and of the kings that were with him, at the valley of Shaveh, which is the king's dale.
18 And Melchizedek king of Salem brought forth bread and wine: and he was the priest of the most high God.
(Melchizedek means King of God's Elect and Salem is Peace. This is very important. Melchizedek was Christ. See Hebrews 6:20-7:3 and St. John 8:56-58. You will see that Melchizedek could be none other than Christ. The bread and wine are the items of the sacrament.)
19 And he blessed him, and said, Blessed be Abram of the most high God, possessor of heaven and earth:
20 And blessed be the most high God, which hath delivered thine enemies into thy hand. And he gave him tithes of all.
(Abram gave 1/10th of all that he had, including the new riches he had gotten from the victory God had given him. He gave a 10 percent tithe unto the Lord.)
21 And the king of Sodom said unto Abram, Give me the persons, and take the goods to thyself.
(The king of Sodom was not even in on the battle and doesn't deserve anything.)
22 And Abram said to the king of Sodom, I have lift up mine hand unto the LORD, the most high God, the possessor of heaven and earth,
23 That I will not take from a thread even to a shoelatchet, and that I will not take any thing that is thine, lest thou shouldest say, I have made Abram rich:
24 Save only that which the young men have eaten, and the portion of the men which went with me, Aner, Eshcol, and Mamre; let them take their portion.
(Abram wanted nothing to do with the riches that he had gotten from the victory. He let the others who were with him have their portion and let the king of Sodom have the rest, but he did not give him the people. Abram wanted nothing to do with the riches that were gained from Sodom. It was a wicked place.)
1 After these things the word of the LORD came unto Abram in a vision, saying, Fear not, Abram: I am thy shield, and thy exceeding great reward.
2 And Abram said, Lord GOD, what wilt thou give me, seeing I go childless, and the steward of my house is this Eliezer of Damascus?
(Abram is asking who he will leave all of his riches and blessings to as he has no child.)
3 And Abram said, Behold, to me thou hast given no seed: and, lo, one born in my house is mine heir.
4 And, behold, the word of the LORD came unto him, saying, This shall not be thine heir; but he that shall come forth out of thine own bowels shall be thine heir.
(God is telling Abram he will have a child even though Sarai is barren.)
5 And he brought him forth abroad, and said, Look now toward heaven, and tell the stars, if thou be able to number them: and he said unto him, So shall thy seed be.
6 And he believed in the LORD; and He counted it to him for righteousness.
(Abram did not question God. He had complete faith that God's promise was good.)
7 And he said unto him, I am the LORD that brought thee out of Ur of the Chaldees, to give thee this land to inherit it.
8 And he said, Lord GOD, whereby shall I know that I shall inherit it?
9 And he said unto him, Take me an heifer of three years old, and a she goat of three years old, and a ram of three years old, and a turtledove, and a young pigeon.
(Here are five things. Five is God's grace in biblical numerics.)
10 And he took unto him all these, and divided them in the midst, and laid each piece one against another: but the birds divided he not.
(Abram made a pathway with the animals as God directed him to do.)
11 And when the fowls came down upon the carcasses, Abram drove them away.
(The fowls would be vultures and they came to attack God's part. They wanted to take what belonged to God. You see that Abram drove them away. It is our duty as Christians to protect that which belongs to God. Vultures, even in human form, will always try to take away from God and from God's children. We must be strong and have courage to stand up and protect God's property. In doing so, God will protect us.)
12 And when the sun was going down, a deep sleep fell upon Abram; and, lo, an horror of great darkness fell upon him.
(This is to say that what is about to happen, Abram had no part of it.)
13 And he said unto Abram, Know of a surety that thy seed shall be a stranger in a land that is not theirs, and shall serve them; and they shall afflict them four hundred years;
(We can also say that God’s elect are strangers in this earth age. They are here for one purpose and that is to serve God.)
14 And also that nation, whom they shall serve, will I judge: and afterward shall they come out with great substance.
(After the 400 years of captivity, they will come out very rich.)
15 And thou shalt go to thy fathers in peace; thou shalt be buried in a good old age.
16 But in the fourth generation they shall come hither again: for the iniquity of the Amorites is not yet full.
17 And it came to pass, that, when the sun went down, and it was dark, behold a smoking furnace, and a burning lamp that passed between those pieces.
(A light passed along the pathway that Abram had made. This is the consuming fire of God.)
18 In the same day the LORD made a covenant with Abram, saying, Unto thy seed have I given this land, from the river of Egypt unto the great river, the river Euphrates:
(God blesses those who follow Him faithfully.)
19 The Kenites, and the Kenizzites, and the Kadmonites,
(Always remember who the Kenites are. They are the offspring of Cain and therefore are the offspring of Satan.)
20 And the Hittites, and the Perizzites, and the Rephaims,
21 And the Amorites, and the Canaanites, and the Girgashites, and the Jebusites.
(This is ten nations that God will give to Abram.)
1 Now Sarai Abram's wife bare him no children: and she had an handmaid, an Egyptian, whose name was Hagar.
(Hagar means flight. She will bare Ishmael who will be the father of the Arab nation.)
2 And Sarai said unto Abram, Behold now, the LORD hath restrained me from bearing: I pray thee, go in unto my maid; it may be that I may obtain children by her. And Abram hearkened to the voice of Sarai.
(During this time, being barren was greatly looked down upon.)
3 And Sarai Abram's wife took Hagar her maid the Egyptian, after Abram had dwelt ten years in the land of Canaan, and gave her to her husband Abram to be his wife.
(This would make Abram 85 years old. God promised him when he was 75 that he would have a child.)
4 And he went in unto Hagar, and she conceived: and when she saw that she had conceived, her mistress was despised in her eyes.
(Hagar began to hold herself above Sarai.)
5 And Sarai said unto Abram, My wrong be upon thee: I have given my maid into thy bosom; and when she saw that she had conceived, I was despised in her eyes: the LORD judge between me and thee.
6 But Abram said unto Sarai, Behold, thy maid is in thy hand; do to her as it pleaseth thee. And when Sarai dealt hardly with her, she fled from her face.
(To deal hardly means that Sarai browbeat Hagar. She complained about everything Hagar did and put her down at every turn.)
7 And the angel of the LORD found her by a fountain of water in the wilderness, by the fountain in the way to Shur.
(Shur means wall. This was the nearest way back to Egypt. Hagar was going to her home land. The angel of the Lord is to say the Spirit of God himself.)
8 And he said, Hagar, Sarai's maid, whence camest thou? and whither wilt thou go? And she said, I flee from the face of my mistress Sarai.
9 And the angel of the LORD said unto her, Return to thy mistress, and submit thyself under her hands.
(God is telling Hagar to not be so proud within herself and to remember that Sarai is the mistress of the house.)
10 And the angel of the LORD said unto her, I will multiply thy seed exceedingly, that it shall not be numbered for multitude.
11 And the angel of the LORD said unto her, Behold, thou art with child, and shalt bear a son, and shalt call his name Ishmael; because the LORD hath heard thy affliction.
(This is one of the very few times that God has named a child before they were born. Ishmael means God has heard. Ishmael will have 12 sons and these 12 princes make up the Arab world of today.)
12 And he will be a wild man; his hand will be against every man, and every man's hand against him; and he shall dwell in the presence of all his brethren.
13 And she called the name of the LORD that spake unto her, Thou God seest me: for she said, Have I also here looked after him that seeth me?
(Hagar is saying that she has looked upon God and lived. Mans tradition at this time said that anyone who looked upon God would die.)
14 Wherefore the well was called Beer-lahai-roi; behold, it is between Kadesh and Bered.
(Beer-lahai-roi means the well of living after seeing. Kadesh means wholly and Bered means hail. Kadesh is also an Arabian word for Jerusalem.)
15 And Hagar bare Abram a son: and Abram called his son's name, which Hagar bare, Ishmael.
(Abram did not hesitate to name his son what God wished.)
16 And Abram was fourscore and six years old, when Hagar bare Ishmael to Abram.
1 And when Abram was ninety years old and nine, the LORD appeared to Abram, and said unto him, I am the Almighty God; walk before me, and be thou perfect.
(The word perfect is to say grow mature in God's word.)
2 And I will make my covenant between me and thee, and will multiply thee exceedingly.
3 And Abram fell on his face: and God talked with him, saying,
4 As for me, behold, my covenant is with thee, and thou shalt be a father of many nations.
(Nations is plural and includes Gentiles.)
5 Neither shall thy name any more be called Abram, but thy name shall be Abraham; for a father of many nations have I made thee.
(Notice that the letter "H" has been added to Abram's name. The letter "H" is the fifth letter of the Hebrew alphabet. Five being for God's grace. The vowels are only there to help us say a word.)
6 And I will make thee exceeding fruitful, and I will make nations of thee, and kings shall come out of thee.
(King James I did come from the line of Abraham. The version of the Bible we use is from this King James.)
7 And I will establish my covenant between me and thee and thy seed after thee in their generations for an everlasting covenant, to be a God unto thee, and to thy seed after thee.
8 And I will give unto thee, and to thy seed after thee, the land wherein thou art a stranger, all the land of Canaan, for an everlasting possession; and I will be their God.
(God is saying that there is a time coming that He will live in this land with us.)
9 And God said unto Abraham, Thou shalt keep my covenant therefore, thou, and thy seed after thee in their generations.
(A covenant is a testament and a testament is a will and we are inheritors of this will that God has made. All we have to do is claim it. God's covenant has to be kept.)
10 This is my covenant, which ye shall keep, between me and you and thy seed after thee; Every man child among you shall be circumcised.
(This is a blood ritual. Blood rituals ended when Christ died on the cross. It is done now as a health ritual.)
11 And ye shall circumcise the flesh of your foreskin; and it shall be a token of the covenant betwixt me and you.
(Circumcision is a bloodletting ritual. This will change in the New Testament when Christ dies on the cross. Circumcision will come to be of the heart, meaning to trim out all the bad from yourself and to keep God in your heart. Christ dying on the cross took away the need of all bloodletting because His blood was enough to wash away all sin.)
12 And he that is eight days old shall be circumcised among you, every man child in your generations, he that is born in the house, or bought with money of any stranger, which is not of thy seed.
(The number 8 is for new beginnings.)
13 He that is born in thy house, and he that is bought with thy money, must needs be circumcised: and my covenant shall be in your flesh for an everlasting covenant.
14 And the uncircumcised man child whose flesh of his foreskin is not circumcised, that soul shall be cut off from his people; he hath broken my covenant.
(Notice that God said that soul. If you don't have God in your heart, you won't have eternal life.)
15 And God said unto Abraham, As for Sarai thy wife, thou shalt not call her name Sarai, but Sarah shall her name be.
(Again the letter "H" is added. God's grace.)
16 And I will bless her, and give thee a son also of her: yea, I will bless her, and she shall be a mother of nations; kings of people shall be of her.
17 Then Abraham fell upon his face, and laughed, and said in his heart, Shall a child be born unto him that is an hundred years old? and shall Sarah, that is ninety years old, bear?
(Abraham is not laughing out of disbelief, but of joy. He is overwhelmed that he and Sarah will have a child since the time has passed when it would be even possible for Sarah to conceive, meaning that she had already gone through the change, or menopause.)
18 And Abraham said unto God, O that Ishmael might live before thee!
(Abraham is asking God to also remember his son Ishmael. He loved Ishmael and did not want him to be forgotten in God's eyes.)
19 And God said, Sarah thy wife shall bear thee a son indeed; and thou shalt call his name Isaac: and I will establish my covenant with him for an everlasting covenant, and with his seed after him.
(Here is the second of the few that God will name before birth. Isaac means laughter. There will be 12 patriarchs that will come through Isaac. Here is the King line through which Christ will come.)
20 And as for Ishmael, I have heard thee: Behold, I have blessed him, and will make him fruitful, and will multiply him exceedingly; twelve princes shall he beget, and I will make him a great nation.
(Again, the 12 princes of Ishmael that make up the Arab world of today.)
21 But my covenant will I establish with Isaac, which Sarah shall bear unto thee at this set time in the next year.
22 And he left off talking with him, and God went up from Abraham.
23 And Abraham took Ishmael his son, and all that were born in his house, and all that were bought with his money, every male among the men of Abraham's house; and circumcised the flesh of their foreskin in the selfsame day, as God had said unto him.
(Abraham did not hesitate in doing God's will.)
24 And Abraham was ninety years old and nine, when he was circumcised in the flesh of his foreskin.
(Remember that God has promised a child to Abraham and Sarah but he is now ninety nine years old. He still has faith in God and knows that it will happen.)
25 And Ishmael his son was thirteen years old, when he was circumcised in the flesh of his foreskin.
(Most of the Arab nation practice circumcision. Israel practices on the eighth day but the majority of the Arab nation circumcise in the 13th year.)
26 In the selfsame day was Abraham circumcised, and Ishmael his son.
27 And all the men of his house, born in the house, and bought with money of the stranger, were circumcised with him.
1 And the LORD appeared unto him in the plains of Mamre: and he sat in the tent door in the heat of the day;
(Mamre means oaks, like oak trees.)
2 And he lift up his eyes and looked, and, lo, three men stood by him: and when he saw them, he ran to meet them from the tent door, and bowed himself toward the ground,
(The three men with the Lord is the angel of the Lord, which is the spirit of God and two other angels with Him.)
3 And said, My Lord, if now I have found favour in thy sight, pass not away, I pray thee, from thy servant:
(Abraham knew this was God.)
4 Let a little water, I pray you, be fetched, and wash your feet, and rest yourselves under the tree:
5 And I will fetch a morsel of bread, and comfort ye your hearts; after that ye shall pass on: for therefore are ye come to your servant. And they said, So do, as thou hast said.
(A morsel of bread means food in general.)
6 And Abraham hastened into the tent unto Sarah, and said, Make ready quickly three measures of fine meal, knead it, and make cakes upon the hearth.
7 And Abraham ran unto the herd, and fetcht a calf tender and good, and gave it unto a young man; and he hasted to dress it.
8 And he took butter, and milk, and the calf which he had dressed, and set it before them; and he stood by them under the tree, and they did eat.
9 And they said unto him, Where is Sarah thy wife? And he said, Behold, in the tent.
10 And he said, I will certainly return unto thee according to the time of life; and, lo, Sarah thy wife shall have a son. And Sarah heard it in the tent door, which was behind him.
11 Now Abraham and Sarah were old and well stricken in age; and it ceased to be with Sarah after the manner of women.
(This is to say that she had already gone through the change, or menopause. It would be a miracle indeed to have a child at this point. But God made a promise and they believed and had faith in Him and knew that He would deliver on that promise.)
12 Therefore Sarah laughed within herself, saying, After I am waxed old shall I have pleasure, my lord being old also?
(Sarah is not laughing out of disbelief but out of hope. It seems too good to be true because it is something that she has wanted for so long.)
13 And the LORD said unto Abraham, Wherefore did Sarah laugh, saying, Shall I of a surety bear a child, which am old?
14 Is any thing too hard for the LORD? At the time appointed I will return unto thee, according to the time of life, and Sarah shall have a son.
15 Then Sarah denied, saying, I laughed not; for she was afraid. And he said, Nay; but thou didst laugh.
(Sarah is scared now so she denied the laughter.)
16 And the men rose up from thence, and looked toward Sodom: and Abraham went with them to bring them on the way.
17 And the LORD said, Shall I hide from Abraham that thing which I do;
(God is asking if He should tell Abraham of His plan to destroy Sodom and Gomorrah.)
18 Seeing that Abraham shall surely become a great and mighty nation, and all the nations of the earth shall be blessed in him?
19 For I know him, that he will command his children and his household after him, and they shall keep the way of the LORD, to do justice and judgment; that the LORD may bring upon Abraham that which he hath spoken of him.
20 And the LORD said, Because the cry of Sodom and Gomorrah is great, and because their sin is very grievous;
(God has heard the cry of those who were molested there.)
21 I will go down now, and see whether they have done altogether according to the cry of it, which is come unto me; and if not, I will know.
(God is very fair. He will find out for certain if the acts being committed in Sodom is as great as the cry of those being molested say it is.)
22 And the men turned their faces from thence, and went toward Sodom: but Abraham stood yet before the LORD.
23 And Abraham drew near, and said, Wilt thou also destroy the righteous with the wicked?
(Remember, Lot, Abraham's nephew, is in Sodom.)
24 Peradventure there be fifty righteous within the city: wilt thou also destroy and not spare the place for the fifty righteous that are therein?
(Abraham is thinking that surely there will be fifty people who are good in these two big cities. We will see however that he re-thinks this position and wonders if there really will be that many.)
25 That be far from thee to do after this manner, to slay the righteous with the wicked: and that the righteous should be as the wicked, that be far from thee: Shall not the Judge of all the earth do right?
26 And the LORD said, If I find in Sodom fifty righteous within the city, then I will spare all the place for their sakes.
(The number fifty is for The Holy Spirit.)
27 And Abraham answered and said, Behold now, I have taken upon me to speak unto the Lord, which am but dust and ashes:
28 Peradventure there shall lack five of the fifty righteous: wilt thou destroy all the city for lack of five? And he said, If I find there forty and five, I will not destroy it.
(Forty five is for preservation. What he is really concerned about is his nephew, Lot, who lives in the city of Sodom.)
29 And he spake unto him yet again, and said, Peradventure there shall be forty found there. And he said, I will not do it for forty's sake.
(Forty is probation.)
30 And he said unto him, Oh let not the Lord be angry, and I will speak: Peradventure there shall thirty be found there. And he said, I will not do it, if I find thirty there.
(Thirty stands for the blood of Christ. Remember the thirty pieces of silver that Christ was betrayed for.)
31 And he said, Behold now, I have taken upon me to speak unto the Lord: Peradventure there shall be twenty found there. And he said, I will not destroy it for twenty's sake.
(Twenty is redemption.)
32 And he said, Oh let not the Lord be angry, and I will speak yet but this once: Peradventure ten shall be found there. And he said, I will not destroy it for ten's sake.
(Ten stands for testimony, law and responsibility. All that had to be found is 10 righteous people and the cities would have been saved.)
33 And the LORD went his way, as soon as he had left communing with Abraham: and Abraham returned unto his place.
1 And there came two angels to Sodom at even; and Lot sat in the gate of Sodom: and Lot seeing them rose up to meet them; and he bowed himself with his face toward the ground;
(To sit in the gate means that you were a judge of a place. So Lot was a judge in Sodom. He had a position of authority in this place.)
2 And he said, Behold now, my lords, turn in, I pray you, into your servant's house, and tarry all night, and wash your feet, and ye shall rise up early, and go on your ways. And they said, Nay; but we will abide in the street all night.
(Lot knew what would happen to them if they stayed in the streets. The men of the city would attempt to rape them.)
3 And he pressed upon them greatly; and they turned in unto him, and entered into his house; and he made them a feast, and did bake unleavened bread, and they did eat.
4 But before they lay down, the men of the city, even the men of Sodom, compassed the house round, both old and young, all the people from every quarter:
(The men of Sodom, all of them, surrounded the house.)
5 And they called unto Lot, and said unto him, Where are the men which came in to thee this night? bring them out unto us, that we may know them.
(The men are telling Lot to bring the angels out so that they could molest them, or to have a sexual relationship with them.)
6 And Lot went out at the door unto them, and shut the door after him,
7 And said, I pray you, brethren, do not so wickedly.
8 Behold now, I have two daughters which have not known man; let me, I pray you, bring them out unto you, and do ye to them as is good in your eyes: only unto these men do nothing; for therefore came they under the shadow of my roof.
(Lot knew that the men were not interested in women. They were only interested in other men.)
9 And they said, Stand back. And they said again, This one fellow came in to sojourn, and he will needs be a judge: now will we deal worse with thee, than with them. And they pressed sore upon the man, even Lot, and came near to break the door.
(Now the men are angry with Lot so they are trying to rape him.)
10 But the men put forth their hand, and pulled Lot into the house to them, and shut to the door.
(The angels grabbed Lot and pulled him back inside.)
11 And they smote the men that were at the door of the house with blindness, both small and great: so that they wearied themselves to find the door.
(The angels made all the men outside blind. Even though they have all just been blinded, they are still trying to find the door. It is a sin for man to lie with his own kind, that is to say homosexual acts. This is not man's opinion, it is God's word. It isn’t about hate. God’s truth is just that. People have free will in this life. They are able to choose their own path. The rewards or consequences will be given to all. By God and by God alone.)
12 And the men said unto Lot, Hast thou here any besides? son in law, and thy sons, and thy daughters, and whatsoever thou hast in the city, bring them out of this place:
13 For we will destroy this place, because the cry of them is waxen great before the face of the LORD; and the LORD hath sent us to destroy it.
(This should make us all wonder how great the cry is to God in today's world.)
14 And Lot went out, and spake unto his sons in law, which married his daughters, and said, Up, get you out of this place; for the LORD will destroy this city. But he seemed as one that mocked unto his sons in law.
(Lot's sons in law and married daughters made fun of Lot. They liked where they lived and did not mind the evil that went on.)
15 And when the morning arose, then the angels hastened Lot, saying, Arise, take thy wife, and thy two daughters, which are here; lest thou be consumed in the iniquity of the city.
16 And while he lingered, the men laid hold upon his hand, and upon the hand of his wife, and upon the hand of his two daughters; the LORD being merciful unto him: and they brought him forth, and set him without the city.
(Lot kept hesitating so the angels made them leave. God was merciful to Lot. He was merciful to Lot because of Abraham, who was righteous before the Lord.)
17 And it came to pass, when they had brought them forth abroad, that he said, Escape for thy life; look not behind thee, neither stay thou in all the plain; escape to the mountain, lest thou be consumed.
(Lot and his family were told not to look back when they left. To look back is to signify that you miss the place in which you were.)
18 And Lot said unto them, Oh, not so, my Lord:
19 Behold now, thy servant hath found grace in thy sight, and thou hast magnified thy mercy, which thou hast shewed unto me in saving my life; and I cannot escape to the mountain, lest some evil take me, and I die:
(Lot doesn't have faith that God will take care of him and his family. He likes dwelling in cities where life is easier.)
20 Behold now, this city is near to flee unto, and it is a little one: Oh, let me escape thither, (is it not a little one?) and my soul shall live.
(Lot is talking about Zoar. Remember Lot had chosen Sodom and chose not to leave. We shouldn't look back too many times in our lives. God's patience goes only so far.)
21 And he said unto him, See, I have accepted thee concerning this thing also, that I will not overthrow this city, for the which thou hast spoken.
(At least not yet. It won't take much encouragement for Lot to head for the mountain.)
22 Haste thee, escape thither; for I cannot do any thing till thou be come thither. Therefore the name of the city was called Zoar.
(Remember that Zoar was called Bela. Bela means destruction, so Lot chose destruction as a place to live. He never really chose very well. He chose places that seemed prosperous over places that would please God.)
23 The sun was risen upon the earth when Lot entered into Zoar.
24 Then the LORD rained upon Sodom and upon Gomorrah brimstone and fire from the LORD out of heaven;
(God will not tolerate perversion.)
25 And he overthrew those cities, and all the plain, and all the inhabitants of the cities, and that which grew upon the ground.
26 But his wife looked back from behind him, and she became a pillar of salt.
(Lots wife did not listen to the order to not look back. She looked back in remorse for having to leave and therefore was turned into a pillar of salt. Sodom and Gomorrah was located on the extreme south of the Dead Sea. The vapors from the Dead Sea will encase everything near it in salt.)
27 And Abraham gat up early in the morning to the place where he stood before the LORD:
28 And he looked toward Sodom and Gomorrah, and toward all the land of the plain, and beheld, and, lo, the smoke of the country went up as the smoke of a furnace.
29 And it came to pass, when God destroyed the cities of the plain, that God remembered Abraham, and sent Lot out of the midst of the overthrow, when he overthrew the cities in the which Lot dwelt.
(Abraham is the reason God spared Lot.)
30 And Lot went up out of Zoar, and dwelt in the mountain, and his two daughters with him; for he feared to dwell in Zoar: and he dwelt in a cave, he and his two daughters.
(Now Lot is afraid to live in a city, especially Zoar, previously known as Bela, or destruction, so he headed for the mountains.)
31 And the firstborn said unto the younger, Our father is old, and there is not a man in the earth to come in unto us after the manner of all the earth:
(The daughters are thinking that all the earth has been destroyed after all that they had just witnessed.)
32 Come, let us make our father drink wine, and we will lie with him, that we may preserve seed of our father.
(Again, this is before God put the law against incest into place.)
33 And they made their father drink wine that night: and the firstborn went in, and lay with her father; and he perceived not when she lay down, nor when she arose.
34 And it came to pass on the morrow, that the firstborn said unto the younger, Behold, I lay yesternight with my father: let us make him drink wine this night also; and go thou in, and lie with him, that we may preserve seed of our father.
35 And they made their father drink wine that night also: and the younger arose, and lay with him; and he perceived not when she lay down, nor when she arose.
36 Thus were both the daughters of Lot with child by their father.
(These conceptions will have a bearing on Israel.)
37 And the firstborn bare a son, and called his name Moab: the same is the father of the Moabites unto this day.
38 And the younger, she also bare a son, and called his name Ben-ammi: the same is the father of the children of Ammon unto this day.
1 And Abraham journeyed from thence toward the south country, and dwelled between Kadesh and Shur, and sojourned in Gerar.
(Kadesh means wholly. It can also mean to be wholly evil, as in a temple of male prostitution.)
2 And Abraham said of Sarah his wife, She is my sister: and Abimelech king of Gerar sent, and took Sarah.
(Sarah is 89 years old and still a very beautiful woman. Even though Abraham had faith in God, he did not always have faith in people.)
3 But God came to Abimelech in a dream by night, and said to him, Behold, thou art but a dead man, for the woman which thou hast taken; for she is a man's wife.
(Here again is the divine intervention of God. God is telling Abimelech to either return her or be killed.)
4 But Abimelech had not come near her: and he said, Lord, wilt thou slay also a righteous nation?
(Abimelech was a good man and tried to do what was right.)
5 Said he not unto me, She is my sister? and she, even she herself said, He is my brother: in the integrity of my heart and innocency of my hands have I done this.
6 And God said unto him in a dream, Yea, I know that thou didst this in the integrity of thy heart; for I also withheld thee from sinning against me: therefore suffered I thee not to touch her.
(God made it that Abimelech did not have a sexual relationship with Sarah.)
7 Now therefore restore the man his wife; for he is a prophet, and he shall pray for thee, and thou shalt live: and if thou restore her not, know thou that thou shalt surely die, thou, and all that are thine.
8 Therefore Abimelech rose early in the morning, and called all his servants, and told all these things in their ears: and the men were sore afraid.
(Even though this was a heathen nation, these people had good morals and wanted to do what was right.)
9 Then Abimelech called Abraham, and said unto him, What hast thou done unto us? and what have I offended thee, that thou hast brought on me and on my kingdom a great sin? thou hast done deeds unto me that ought not to be done.
10 And Abimelech said unto Abraham, What sawest thou, that thou hast done this thing?
11 And Abraham said, Because I thought, Surely the fear of God is not in this place; and they will slay me for my wife's sake.
(Abraham showed fear here. Fear is a natural feeling for a human, however, Satan will always seize on this feeling. Fear is not a feeling to be ashamed of, but what we do while experiencing this feeling is what matters. Remember that Satan is nothing more than a bully and we should always stand up against a bully.)
12 And yet indeed she is my sister; she is the daughter of my father, but not the daughter of my mother; and she became my wife.
13 And it came to pass, when God caused me to wander from my father's house, that I said unto her, This is thy kindness which thou shalt shew unto me; at every place whither we shall come, say of me, He is my brother.
14 And Abimelech took sheep, and oxen, and menservants, and womenservants, and gave them unto Abraham, and restored him Sarah his wife.
(Abimelech increased Abraham's wealth and gave Sarah back to him.)
15 And Abimelech said, Behold, my land is before thee: dwell where it pleaseth thee.
16 And unto Sarah he said, Behold, I have given thy brother a thousand pieces of silver: behold, he is to thee a covering of the eyes, unto all that are with thee, and with all other: thus she was reproved.
(At this time if a woman was taken and then returned, it put a stigma on the woman and upon her family. Abimelech is saying that there will be no shame brought to Sarah or her family.)
17 So Abraham prayed unto God: and God healed Abimelech, and his wife, and his maidservants; and they bare children.
(God had closed all the wombs in the house of Abimelech. No one was able to bare children until Abraham asked God to release them. This is a form of intercessory prayer. It is always good to pray for others.)
18 For the LORD had fast closed up all the wombs of the house of Abimelech, because of Sarah Abraham's wife.
1 And the LORD visited Sarah as he had said, and the LORD did unto Sarah as he had spoken.
(Here is where Sarah will conceive Isaac, just as God had promised 25 years ago.)
2 For Sarah conceived, and bare Abraham a son in his old age, at the set time of which God had spoken to him.
(God has a set time for everything. All of His promises will be fulfilled in His own time.)
3 And Abraham called the name of his son that was born unto him, whom Sarah bare to him, Isaac.
4 And Abraham circumcised his son Isaac being eight days old, as God had commanded him.
5 And Abraham was an hundred years old, when his son Isaac was born unto him.
(God fulfilled His promise as He always does.)
6 And Sarah said, God hath made me to laugh, so that all that hear will laugh with me.
(Sarah is exceedingly happy to finally have a child of her own. Never doubt God. When He promises something, you can be assured it will happen.)
7 And she said, Who would have said unto Abraham, that Sarah should have given children suck? for I have born him a son in his old age.
(Not only did God rejuvenate Sarah's body so that she could bare a child, but also so that she could nurse that child.)
8 And the child grew, and was weaned: and Abraham made a great feast the same day that Isaac was weaned.
9 And Sarah saw the son of Hagar the Egyptian, which she had born unto Abraham, mocking.
(Sarah saw Ishmael watching the festivities concerning Isaac and was mocking it.)
10 Wherefore she said unto Abraham, Cast out this bondwoman and her son: for the son of this bondwoman shall not be heir with my son, even with Isaac.
11 And the thing was very grievous in Abraham's sight because of his son.
(Abraham loved Ishmael. It broke his heart to have to send him away, but he loved Sarah more.)
12 And God said unto Abraham, Let it not be grievous in thy sight because of the lad, and because of thy bondwoman; in all that Sarah hath said unto thee, hearken unto her voice; for in Isaac shall thy seed be called.
(God is telling Abraham that it will be through Isaac's line that Christ will come. Isaac's sons will come to be known as Sac's sons, or Saxons.)
13 And also of the son of the bondwoman will I make a nation, because he is thy seed.
(God is telling Abraham that Ishmael will also be blessed because he is also his son.)
14 And Abraham rose up early in the morning, and took bread, and a bottle of water, and gave it unto Hagar, putting it on her shoulder, and the child, and sent her away: and she departed, and wandered in the wilderness of Beer-sheba.
(Beer-sheba is Strong's H884 and is Bĕ'er Sheba` and means the seven wells of the oath.)
15 And the water was spent in the bottle, and she cast the child under one of the shrubs.
16 And she went, and sat her down over against him a good way off, as it were a bowshot: for she said, Let me not see the death of the child. And she sat over against him, and lift up her voice, and wept.
17 And God heard the voice of the lad; and the angel of God called to Hagar out of heaven, and said unto her, What aileth thee, Hagar? fear not; for God hath heard the voice of the lad where he is.
18 Arise, lift up the lad, and hold him in thine hand; for I will make him a great nation.
19 And God opened her eyes, and she saw a well of water; and she went, and filled the bottle with water, and gave the lad drink.
(God showed her where the hidden well was. Wells in this area were hidden because they were very valuable. This was a dug well.)
20 And God was with the lad; and he grew, and dwelt in the wilderness, and became an archer.
21 And he dwelt in the wilderness of Paran: and his mother took him a wife out of the land of Egypt.
(Paran is the land of caverns.)
22 And it came to pass at that time, that Abimelech and Phichol the chief captain of his host spake unto Abraham, saying, God is with thee in all that thou doest:
(People always notice those who are truly blessed by God. It is easy to discern between those who have been blessed by God and those who haven’t been.)
23 Now therefore swear unto me here by God that thou wilt not deal falsely with me, nor with my son, nor with my son's son: but according to the kindness that I have done unto thee, thou shalt do unto me, and to the land wherein thou hast sojourned.
(The Philistines had lain claim to this particular land.)
24 And Abraham said, I will swear.
25 And Abraham reproved Abimelech because of a well of water, which Abimelech's servants had violently taken away.
26 And Abimelech said, I wot not who hath done this thing: neither didst thou tell me, neither yet heard I of it, but to day.
27 And Abraham took sheep and oxen, and gave them unto Abimelech; and both of them made a covenant.
(They each took an oath to each other that they would not deal falsely with each other.)
28 And Abraham set seven ewe lambs of the flock by themselves.
29 And Abimelech said unto Abraham, What mean these seven ewe lambs which thou hast set by themselves?
30 And he said, For these seven ewe lambs shalt thou take of my hand, that they may be a witness unto me, that I have digged this well.
(Abraham has rendered good for evil. )
31 Wherefore he called that place Beer-sheba; because there they sware both of them.
(Here is the name of the well from before. Beer-sheba means the seven wells of the oath. Beer-sheba is the name of the well where Jesus talked with the Samaritan woman.)
32 Thus they made a covenant at Beer-sheba: then Abimelech rose up, and Phichol the chief captain of his host, and they returned into the land of the Philistines.
33 And Abraham planted a grove in Beer-sheba, and called there on the name of the LORD, the everlasting God.
(The word "grove" is Strong's H815 and is 'eshel and means a tamarisk tree. Grove usually means an idol to worship. See Strong's H842. In this case however, grove means a tree.)
34 And Abraham sojourned in the Philistines' land many days.
1 And it came to pass after these things, that God did tempt Abraham, and said unto him, Abraham: and he said, Behold, here I am.
(God is testing Abraham here. Moreover, God is going to prove Abraham. God does prove his servants. No one will go into battle with a weapon that he has not proven. God is going to give us an example of how He felt when His only begotten son was murdered on the cross. His son who was perfect in all his ways.)
2 And he said, Take now thy son, thine only son Isaac, whom thou lovest, and get thee into the land of Moriah; and offer him there for a burnt offering upon one of the mountains which I will tell thee of.
(The land of Moriah means provided by God and is made up of Calvary and Zion. The Mount of Olives is figured in to Moriah as well. It was most likely Calvary that God chose for Abraham to take Isaac. You can truly see Abraham's faith here. Abraham knows that his seed will be multiplied greatly through Isaac and that Christ would come through him, yet God is telling him to offer him up as a sacrifice.)
3 And Abraham rose up early in the morning, and saddled his ass, and took two of his young men with him, and Isaac his son, and clave the wood for the burnt offering, and rose up, and went unto the place of which God had told him.
(Abraham followed God’s instruction without question. If we can learn to trust in God this much, it would please God very much.)
4 Then on the third day Abraham lifted up his eyes, and saw the place afar off.
(Remember that Christ was in the tomb for three days. Imagine how God must have felt when Jesus was crucified.)
5 And Abraham said unto his young men, Abide ye here with the ass; and I and the lad will go yonder and worship, and come again to you.
(Abraham has no doubt that he will come back with Isaac. He thinks that perhaps God will resurrect Isaac after he is sacrificed.)
6 And Abraham took the wood of the burnt offering, and laid it upon Isaac his son; and he took the fire in his hand, and a knife; and they went both of them together.
7 And Isaac spake unto Abraham his father, and said, My father: and he said, Here am I, my son. And he said, Behold the fire and the wood: but where is the lamb for a burnt offering?
(These words must have touched Abraham. Isaac doesn't yet realize it yet, but he is the sacrifice. This was the son that he and Sarah had waited so long for.)
8 And Abraham said, My son, God will provide himself a lamb for a burnt offering: so they went both of them together.
(And so it is. God always provides.)
9 And they came to the place which God had told him of; and Abraham built an altar there, and laid the wood in order, and bound Isaac his son, and laid him on the altar upon the wood.
10 And Abraham stretched forth his hand, and took the knife to slay his son.
(Abraham's hand was raised above his son with the knife. He was fully prepared to follow through with God's wishes. He never questioned or doubted God.)
11 And the angel of the LORD called unto him out of heaven, and said, Abraham, Abraham: and he said, Here am I.
12 And he said, Lay not thine hand upon the lad, neither do thou any thing unto him: for now I know that thou fearest God, seeing thou hast not withheld thy son, thine only son from me.
(To fear God is to revere God. Abraham passed this test. He was prepared to not withhold his son. Neither did God withhold His son from us.)
13 And Abraham lifted up his eyes, and looked, and behold behind him a ram caught in a thicket by his horns: and Abraham went and took the ram, and offered him up for a burnt offering in the stead of his son.
(God always provides, as it is written. This ram is symbolic of Jesus as the sacrificial lamb given to us so that we could have forgiveness of our sins.)
14 And Abraham called the name of that place Jehovah-jireh: as it is said to this day, In the mount of the LORD it shall be seen.
(Jehovah-jireh means God will provide.)
15 And the angel of the LORD called unto Abraham out of heaven the second time,
16 And said, By myself have I sworn, saith the LORD, for because thou hast done this thing, and hast not withheld thy son, thine only son:
(The Lord has sworn by Himself because there is no greater. Again, neither would God withhold His only begotten son.)
17 That in blessing I will bless thee, and in multiplying I will multiply thy seed as the stars of the heaven, and as the sand which is upon the sea shore; and thy seed shall possess the gate of his enemies;
(The house of Israel has always controlled their gates and possessed the gates of enemies. Also the house of Judah.)
18 And in thy seed shall all the nations of the earth be blessed; because thou hast obeyed my voice.
(When we obey God without question, we will be blessed.)
19 So Abraham returned unto his young men, and they rose up and went together to Beer-sheba; and Abraham dwelt at Beer-sheba.
(Here Abraham went again to Beer-sheba, or the well of the seven oaths. The same well that the covenant was made with Abimelech.)
20 And it came to pass after these things, that it was told Abraham, saying, Behold, Milcah, she hath also born children unto thy brother Nahor;
21 Huz his firstborn, and Buz his brother, and Kemuel the father of Aram,
22 And Chesed, and Hazo, and Pildash, and Jidlaph, and Bethuel.
(Bethuel means to dwell in God.)
23 And Bethuel begat Rebekah: these eight Milcah did bear to Nahor, Abraham's brother.
(Remember that the number 8 means new beginnings. Rebekah means ensnarer. She ensnared by the love she had within her heart. She was very vivacious.)
24 And his concubine, whose name was Reumah, she bare also Tebah, and Gaham, and Thahash, and Maachah.
(All together this would be twelve children.)
1 And Sarah was an hundred and seven and twenty years old: these were the years of the life of Sarah.
2 And Sarah died in Kirjath-arba; the same is Hebron in the land of Canaan: and Abraham came to mourn for Sarah, and to weep for her.
3 And Abraham stood up from before his dead, and spake unto the sons of Heth, saying,
4 I am a stranger and a sojourner with you: give me a possession of a buryingplace with you, that I may bury my dead out of my sight.
(Abraham is saying he wants to purchase a piece of property in their land. He wants to have a legal deed to this land. This will be very important. If he did not have a deed, it could be disputed later.)
5 And the children of Heth answered Abraham, saying unto him,
6 Hear us, my lord: thou art a mighty prince among us: in the choice of our sepulchres bury thy dead; none of us shall withhold from thee his sepulchre, but that thou mayest bury thy dead.
(The people of this land, the Hittites, had a tremendous respect for Abraham. They knew he was a Godly man. At this time, the Hittites buried their dead in the same tomb and just kept pushing them in the same tomb until it would hold no more. Abraham not only wanted a legal deed, he also wanted a tomb of his own for Sarah.)
7 And Abraham stood up, and bowed himself to the people of the land, even to the children of Heth.
8 And he communed with them, saying, If it be your mind that I should bury my dead out of my sight; hear me, and intreat for me to Ephron the son of Zohar,
9 That he may give me the cave of Machpelah, which he hath, which is in the end of his field; for as much money as it is worth he shall give it me for a possession of a buryingplace amongst you.
(Machpelah means a double portion. This piece of land was away from their cemetery.)
10 And Ephron dwelt among the children of Heth: and Ephron the Hittite answered Abraham in the audience of the children of Heth, even of all that went in at the gate of his city, saying,
(Remember that to sit at the gate of a city is to be a judge.)
11 Nay, my lord, hear me: the field give I thee, and the cave that is therein, I give it thee; in the presence of the sons of my people give I it thee: bury thy dead.
(Still, Abraham wished to have a legal deed bought and paid for. This way, if dissention ever arises, he would have a legal title deed to this land.)
12 And Abraham bowed down himself before the people of the land.
13 And he spake unto Ephron in the audience of the people of the land, saying, But if thou wilt give it, I pray thee, hear me: I will give thee money for the field; take it of me, and I will bury my dead there.
14 And Ephron answered Abraham, saying unto him,
15 My lord, hearken unto me: the land is worth four hundred shekels of silver; what is that betwixt me and thee? bury therefore thy dead.
16 And Abraham hearkened unto Ephron; and Abraham weighed to Ephron the silver, which he had named in the audience of the sons of Heth, four hundred shekels of silver, current money with the merchant.
17 And the field of Ephron, which was in Machpelah, which was before Mamre, the field, and the cave which was therein, and all the trees that were in the field, that were in all the borders round about, were made sure.
(Made sure means that legally Abraham had the titled deed to this piece of land.)
18 Unto Abraham for a possession in the presence of the children of Heth, before all that went in at the gate of his city.
19 And after this, Abraham buried Sarah his wife in the cave of the field of Machpelah before Mamre: the same is Hebron in the land of Canaan.
(This burying place of Sarah will also hold Abraham, Isaac, Rebekah and Leah. This is an acrostic for Israel. These are the fathers and mothers through which Christ will come.)
20 And the field, and the cave that is therein, were made sure unto Abraham for a possession of a buryingplace by the sons of Heth.
1 And Abraham was old, and well stricken in age: and the LORD had blessed Abraham in all things.
2 And Abraham said unto his eldest servant of his house, that ruled over all that he had, Put, I pray thee, thy hand under my thigh:
(This servant was most likely Eliezer. To put a hand under the thigh was like swearing a promise to the seed, or all generations to come, and that a person making this oath would die before breaking the promise.)
3 And I will make thee swear by the LORD, the God of heaven, and the God of the earth, that thou shalt not take a wife unto my son of the daughters of the Canaanites, among whom I dwell:
(Remember that there were some Kenites intermixed with the Canaanites. Kenites are the sons of Cain and we all know who Cain's father is. There were also Nephilim mixed in again with the Canaanites. It would have to be that Christ would have a perfect lineage.)
4 But thou shalt go unto my country, and to my kindred, and take a wife unto my son Isaac.
5 And the servant said unto him, Peradventure the woman will not be willing to follow me unto this land: must I needs bring thy son again unto the land from whence thou camest?
(We will see that God is in control of the lineage through which Christ will come, just as He is in control of all things.)
6 And Abraham said unto him, Beware thou that thou bring not my son thither again.
(Abraham does not want Eliezer to take Isaac to his country again.)
7 The LORD God of heaven, which took me from my father's house, and from the land of my kindred, and which spake unto me, and that sware unto me, saying, Unto thy seed will I give this land; he shall send his angel before thee, and thou shalt take a wife unto my son from thence.
8 And if the woman will not be willing to follow thee, then thou shalt be clear from this my oath: only bring not my son thither again.
(Abraham is saying that if the girl won't come with Eliezer then he is released from the promise.)
9 And the servant put his hand under the thigh of Abraham his master, and sware to him concerning that matter.
10 And the servant took ten camels of the camels of his master, and departed; for all the goods of his master were in his hand: and he arose, and went to Mesopotamia, unto the city of Nahor.
(This is to say that Eliezer was trusted and was an overseer of all that Abraham had.)
11 And he made his camels to kneel down without the city by a well of water at the time of the evening, even the time that women go out to draw water.
12 And he said, O LORD God of my master Abraham, I pray thee, send me good speed this day, and shew kindness unto my master Abraham.
13 Behold, I stand here by the well of water; and the daughters of the men of the city come out to draw water:
14 And let it come to pass, that the damsel to whom I shall say, Let down thy pitcher, I pray thee, that I may drink; and she shall say, Drink, and I will give thy camels drink also: let the same be she that thou hast appointed for thy servant Isaac; and thereby shall I know that thou hast shewed kindness unto my master.
15 And it came to pass, before he had done speaking, that, behold, Rebekah came out, who was born to Bethuel, son of Milcah, the wife of Nahor, Abraham's brother, with her pitcher upon her shoulder.
16 And the damsel was very fair to look upon, a virgin, neither had any man known her: and she went down to the well, and filled her pitcher, and came up.
17 And the servant ran to meet her, and said, Let me, I pray thee, drink a little water of thy pitcher.
18 And she said, Drink, my lord: and she hasted, and let down her pitcher upon her hand, and gave him drink.
(Rebekah did not hesitate to give Eliezer a drink of water.)
19 And when she had done giving him drink, she said, I will draw water for thy camels also, until they have done drinking.
(Camels drink a lot of water and here Rebekah is offering to draw water for ten of them.)
20 And she hasted, and emptied her pitcher into the trough, and ran again unto the well to draw water, and drew for all his camels.
(Again, Rebekah hasted, meaning she did not hesitate but got right to the task at hand.)
21 And the man wondering at her held his peace, to wit whether the LORD had made his journey prosperous or not.
22 And it came to pass, as the camels had done drinking, that the man took a golden earring of half a shekel weight, and two bracelets for her hands of ten shekels weight of gold;
23 And said, Whose daughter art thou? tell me, I pray thee: is there room in thy father's house for us to lodge in?
24 And she said unto him, I am the daughter of Bethuel the son of Milcah, which she bare unto Nahor.
25 She said moreover unto him, We have both straw and provender enough, and room to lodge in.
(Rebekah is saying that they have enough room for him, his men and the camels to lodge therein.)
26 And the man bowed down his head, and worshipped the LORD.
(Eliezer immediately prayed to God for he knew that God had answered his prayer. Eliezer knew that Nahor was Abraham's brother and thereby he had found Abraham's kin.)
27 And he said, Blessed be the LORD God of my master Abraham, who hath not left destitute my master of his mercy and his truth: I being in the way, the LORD led me to the house of my master's brethren.
28 And the damsel ran, and told them of her mother's house these things.
29 And Rebekah had a brother, and his name was Laban: and Laban ran out unto the man, unto the well.
(Laban was a man who liked riches. When he saw the golden earring, no doubt he wanted to meet the man who had given it.)
30 And it came to pass, when he saw the earring and bracelets upon his sister's hands, and when he heard the words of Rebekah his sister, saying, Thus spake the man unto me; that he came unto the man; and, behold, he stood by the camels at the well.
31 And he said, Come in, thou blessed of the LORD; wherefore standest thou without? for I have prepared the house, and room for the camels.
(Laban was basically rolling out the red carpet for Eliezer.)
32 And the man came into the house: and he ungirded his camels, and gave straw and provender for the camels, and water to wash his feet, and the men's feet that were with him.
33 And there was set meat before him to eat: but he said, I will not eat, until I have told mine errand. And he said, Speak on.
34 And he said, I am Abraham's servant.
35 And the LORD hath blessed my master greatly; and he is become great: and he hath given him flocks, and herds, and silver, and gold, and menservants, and maidservants, and camels, and asses.
36 And Sarah my master's wife bare a son to my master when she was old: and unto him hath he given all that he hath.
37 And my master made me swear, saying, Thou shalt not take a wife to my son of the daughters of the Canaanites, in whose land I dwell:
38 But thou shalt go unto my father's house, and to my kindred, and take a wife unto my son.
39 And I said unto my master, Peradventure the woman will not follow me.
40 And he said unto me, The LORD, before whom I walk, will send his angel with thee, and prosper thy way; and thou shalt take a wife for my son of my kindred, and of my father's house:
41 Then shalt thou be clear from this my oath, when thou comest to my kindred; and if they give not thee one, thou shalt be clear from my oath.
42 And I came this day unto the well, and said, O LORD God of my master Abraham, if now thou do prosper my way which I go:
43 Behold, I stand by the well of water; and it shall come to pass, that when the virgin cometh forth to draw water, and I say to her, Give me, I pray thee, a little water of thy pitcher to drink;
44 And she say to me, Both drink thou, and I will also draw for thy camels: let the same be the woman whom the LORD hath appointed out for my master's son.
45 And before I had done speaking in mine heart, behold, Rebekah came forth with her pitcher on her shoulder; and she went down unto the well, and drew water: and I said unto her, Let me drink, I pray thee.
46 And she made haste, and let down her pitcher from her shoulder, and said, Drink, and I will give thy camels drink also: so I drank, and she made the camels drink also.
47 And I asked her, and said, Whose daughter art thou? And she said, The daughter of Bethuel, Nahor's son, whom Milcah bare unto him: and I put the earring upon her face, and the bracelets upon her hands.
48 And I bowed down my head, and worshipped the LORD, and blessed the LORD God of my master Abraham, which had led me in the right way to take my master's brother's daughter unto his son.
49 And now if ye will deal kindly and truly with my master, tell me: and if not, tell me; that I may turn to the right hand, or to the left.
(Eliezer is asking them to tell him if they agree or not with what the Lord has set before them.)
50 Then Laban and Bethuel answered and said, The thing proceedeth from the LORD: we cannot speak unto thee bad or good.
(Laban and Bethuel are saying that if it came from God, then they cannot say anything about it one way or the other.)
51 Behold, Rebekah is before thee, take her, and go, and let her be thy master's son's wife, as the LORD hath spoken.
52 And it came to pass, that, when Abraham's servant heard their words, he worshipped the LORD, bowing himself to the earth.
(Again, Eliezer prayed to God for answering his prayer.)
53 And the servant brought forth jewels of silver, and jewels of gold, and raiment, and gave them to Rebekah: he gave also to her brother and to her mother precious things.
54 And they did eat and drink, he and the men that were with him, and tarried all night; and they rose up in the morning, and he said, Send me away unto my master.
(Eliezer was anxious to get back to Abraham and to Isaac.)
55 And her brother and her mother said, Let the damsel abide with us a few days, at the least ten; after that she shall go.
56 And he said unto them, Hinder me not, seeing the LORD hath prospered my way; send me away that I may go to my master.
(Eliezer feels that there is an urgency to the matter since God answered his prayer so quickly. He does not want to wait any longer to get Rebekah to Isaac and to fulfill his oath to Abraham.)
57 And they said, We will call the damsel, and enquire at her mouth.
58 And they called Rebekah, and said unto her, Wilt thou go with this man? And she said, I will go.
(Rebekah knew that God had chosen her and Isaac for the line through which Christ would come.)
59 And they sent away Rebekah their sister, and her nurse, and Abraham's servant, and his men.
(Rebekah’s nurse is Deborah.)
60 And they blessed Rebekah, and said unto her, Thou art our sister, be thou the mother of thousands of millions, and let thy seed possess the gate of those which hate them.
(And it is so. The houses of Israel and Judah do possess the gates of their enemies.)
61 And Rebekah arose, and her damsels, and they rode upon the camels, and followed the man: and the servant took Rebekah, and went his way.
(Rebekah was following God’s wishes.)
62 And Isaac came from the way of the well Lahai-roi; for he dwelt in the south country.
(Lahai-roi means the well of the living God or of Life.)
63 And Isaac went out to meditate in the field at the eventide: and he lifted up his eyes, and saw, and, behold, the camels were coming.
(The word "meditate" is Strong's H7742 and is suwach and means to mourn. So Isaac was in mourning for the passing of Sarah, his mother.)
64 And Rebekah lifted up her eyes, and when she saw Isaac, she lighted off the camel.
(Rebekah jumped off the camel.)
65 For she had said unto the servant, What man is this that walketh in the field to meet us? And the servant had said, It is my master: therefore she took a vail, and covered herself.
66 And the servant told Isaac all things that he had done.
67 And Isaac brought her into his mother Sarah's tent, and took Rebekah, and she became his wife; and he loved her: and Isaac was comforted after his mother's death.
1 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.
(Moses will marry one of the offspring of Midian. Moses did not marry a Kenite as many think. See Exodus 3:1. Moses' father in law was a Midian priest.)
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.
(Isaac was the child promised to Abraham by God.)
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.
7 And these are the days of the years of Abraham's life which he lived, an hundred threescore and fifteen years.
(Now Abraham was 75 years old when God first made the promise of a child to him. 100 years later, the children of the promise were born. The number 100 means the children of the promise. God never does anything in chaos or by mistake. Everything in its time.)
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 Lahai-roi.
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:
(You will see that there are 12 sons born to Ishmael.)
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.
19 And these are the generations of Isaac, Abraham's son: Abraham begat Isaac:
20 And Isaac was forty years old when he took Rebekah to wife, the daughter of Bethuel the Syrian of Padan-aram, the sister to Laban the Syrian.
(Laban was not a Syrian, he only lived in the land of the Syrians. If you are an American and you live in Germany, you aren’t a German. You are still an American.)
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.
(God listened to Isaac.)
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.
(These twins that she carried fought night and day within her.)
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.
(And two nations were there indeed. Esau, or Edom, which is Russia, and Jacob which is to say the free world. See Strong's H3290. Note that God says that the younger shall rule the older.)
24 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.
(Esau means hairy.)
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.
(Jacob means heel grabber.)
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.
(A man of the field means of the world. A plain man means upright and pure.)
28 And Isaac loved Esau, because he did eat of his venison: but Rebekah loved Jacob.
(It was the food of the world that held Esau's interest and he had pulled Isaac into this somewhat. This is living in the flesh and for the flesh instead of in God and for God.)
29 And Jacob sod pottage: and Esau came from the field, and he was faint:
(To sod pottage is to boil soup.)
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.
(Esau was always ruled by his stomach. Edom means red. The red nation is Russia.)
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?
(Esau had no use for his birthright. As the firstborn, Christ would come through him and he didn't care one bit about this. Esau did not care about God or Jesus Christ. He only cared about food. See Romans 9:13 and you will see that God hated Esau while he was still in the womb. God knew Esau before he was born and knew that he did not care about God at all.)
33 And Jacob said, Swear to me this day; and he sware unto him: and he sold his birthright unto Jacob.
(To Esau, this is no big deal but it will be later.)
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.
(Again, the birthright is that through which Christ would come and Esau did not care about it.)
1 And there was a famine in the land, beside the first famine that was in the days of Abraham. And Isaac went unto Abimelech king of the Philistines unto Gerar.
(This Abimelech is not the same one that Abraham had made a covenant with. This is another.)
2 And the LORD appeared unto him, and said, Go not down into Egypt; dwell in the land which I shall tell thee of:
3 Sojourn in this land, and I will be with thee, and will bless thee; for unto thee, and unto thy seed, I will give all these countries, and I will perform the oath which I sware unto Abraham thy father;
4 And I will make thy seed to multiply as the stars of heaven, and will give unto thy seed all these countries; and in thy seed shall all the nations of the earth be blessed;
5 Because that Abraham obeyed my voice, and kept my charge, my commandments, my statutes, and my laws.
(Notice that God mentions 5 things that Abraham had obeyed Him in. Remember that 5 is God's grace.)
6 And Isaac dwelt in Gerar:
7 And the men of the place asked him of his wife; and he said, She is my sister: for he feared to say, She is my wife; lest, said he, the men of the place should kill me for Rebekah; because she was fair to look upon.
(Remember that it was a common thing for a man to be killed and his wife taken by the king.)
8 And it came to pass, when he had been there a long time, that Abimelech king of the Philistines looked out at a window, and saw, and, behold, Isaac was sporting with Rebekah his wife.
(Sporting with means caressing.)
9 And Abimelech called Isaac, and said, Behold, of a surety she is thy wife: and how saidst thou, She is my sister? And Isaac said unto him, Because I said, Lest I die for her.
10 And Abimelech said, What is this thou hast done unto us? one of the people might lightly have lien with thy wife, and thou shouldest have brought guiltiness upon us.
11 And Abimelech charged all his people, saying, He that toucheth this man or his wife shall surely be put to death.
12 Then Isaac sowed in that land, and received in the same year an hundredfold: and the LORD blessed him.
(Remember that there is a famine in the land yet Isaac is blessed greatly. God will always bless those who love Him and follow Him.)
13 And the man waxed great, and went forward, and grew until he became very great:
14 For he had possession of flocks, and possession of herds, and great store of servants: and the Philistines envied him.
(The Philistines were very jealous of the blessings that Isaac was given.)
15 For all the wells which his father's servants had digged in the days of Abraham his father, the Philistines had stopped them, and filled them with earth.
(All the wells that Abraham had dug, the Philistines filled them in with dirt.)
16 And Abimelech said unto Isaac, Go from us; for thou art much mightier than we.
(Abimelech told Isaac to leave so as to keep peace among Isaac and his people.)
17 And Isaac departed thence, and pitched his tent in the valley of Gerar, and dwelt there.
18 And Isaac digged again the wells of water, which they had digged in the days of Abraham his father; for the Philistines had stopped them after the death of Abraham: and he called their names after the names by which his father had called them.
19 And Isaac's servants digged in the valley, and found there a well of springing water.
20 And the herdmen of Gerar did strive with Isaac's herdmen, saying, The water is our's: and he called the name of the well Esek; because they strove with him.
(Esek means contention.)
21 And they digged another well, and strove for that also: and he called the name of it Sitnah.
(Sitnah means hated.)
22 And he removed from thence, and digged another well; and for that they strove not: and he called the name of it Rehoboth; and he said, For now the LORD hath made room for us, and we shall be fruitful in the land.
(Rehoboth means to make room.)
23 And he went up from thence to Beer-sheba.
(This is the very well, or well of the oath, where the first Abimelech and Abraham had made a covenant.)
24 And the LORD appeared unto him the same night, and said, I am the God of Abraham thy father: fear not, for I am with thee, and will bless thee, and multiply thy seed for my servant Abraham's sake.
25 And he builded an altar there, and called upon the name of the LORD, and pitched his tent there: and there Isaac's servants digged a well.
(Here, Isaac gave a part to God because God had blessed him. He loved God.)
26 Then Abimelech went to him from Gerar, and Ahuzzath one of his friends, and Phichol the chief captain of his army.
27 And Isaac said unto them, Wherefore come ye to me, seeing ye hate me, and have sent me away from you?
(Isaac is saying, if you hate me, then why are you here.)
28 And they said, We saw certainly that the LORD was with thee: and we said, Let there be now an oath betwixt us, even betwixt us and thee, and let us make a covenant with thee;
(God is giving this to us twice as a lesson on how to get along with others in this world. Even those who hate us.)
29 That thou wilt do us no hurt, as we have not touched thee, and as we have done unto thee nothing but good, and have sent thee away in peace: thou art now the blessed of the LORD.
30 And he made them a feast, and they did eat and drink.
31 And they rose up betimes in the morning, and sware one to another: and Isaac sent them away, and they departed from him in peace.
32 And it came to pass the same day, that Isaac's servants came, and told him concerning the well which they had digged, and said unto him, We have found water.
33 And he called it Shebah: therefore the name of the city is Beer-sheba unto this day.
(Again, the well of the oath.)
34 And Esau was forty years old when he took to wife Judith the daughter of Beeri the Hittite, and Bashemath the daughter of Elon the Hittite:
(Esau married two Hittites, which were outside of his people. This is another way of showing how he hated his heritage and he always tried to drive God away from him.)
35 Which were a grief of mind unto Isaac and to Rebekah.
1 And it came to pass, that when Isaac was old, and his eyes were dim, so that he could not see, he called Esau his eldest son, and said unto him, My son: and he said unto him, Behold, here am I.
2 And he said, Behold now, I am old, I know not the day of my death:
3 Now therefore take, I pray thee, thy weapons, thy quiver and thy bow, and go out to the field, and take me some venison;
(Isaac is wanting the food that Esau loved so much.)
4 And make me savoury meat, such as I love, and bring it to me, that I may eat; that my soul may bless thee before I die.
5 And Rebekah heard when Isaac spake to Esau his son. And Esau went to the field to hunt for venison, and to bring it.
6 And Rebekah spake unto Jacob her son, saying, Behold, I heard thy father speak unto Esau thy brother, saying,
7 Bring me venison, and make me savoury meat, that I may eat, and bless thee before the LORD before my death.
8 Now therefore, my son, obey my voice according to that which I command thee.
(You will see that Rebekah will see that God's plan will happen. He had told her that the elder would serve the younger and Esau has already sold his birthright to Jacob.)
9 Go now to the flock, and fetch me from thence two good kids of the goats; and I will make them savoury meat for thy father, such as he loveth:
10 And thou shalt bring it to thy father, that he may eat, and that he may bless thee before his death.
11 And Jacob said to Rebekah his mother, Behold, Esau my brother is a hairy man, and I am a smooth man:
12 My father peradventure will feel me, and I shall seem to him as a deceiver; and I shall bring a curse upon me, and not a blessing.
13 And his mother said unto him, Upon me be thy curse, my son: only obey my voice, and go fetch me them.
(Again, Rebekah knew God's plan and she was sure that this plan was right. And so it was.)
14 And he went, and fetched, and brought them to his mother: and his mother made savoury meat, such as his father loved.
15 And Rebekah took goodly raiment of her eldest son Esau, which were with her in the house, and put them upon Jacob her younger son:
(She dressed Jacob in Esau's clothing so that the smell of the earth would be upon him.)
16 And she put the skins of the kids of the goats upon his hands, and upon the smooth of his neck:
(This is so that when Isaac touched Jacob, he would feel the hair that was like Esau.)
17 And she gave the savoury meat and the bread, which she had prepared, into the hand of her son Jacob.
18 And he came unto his father, and said, My father: and he said, Here am I; who art thou, my son?
(No doubt, Jacob was trying to disguise his voice to that of Esau.)
19 And Jacob said unto his father, I am Esau thy firstborn; I have done according as thou badest me: arise, I pray thee, sit and eat of my venison, that thy soul may bless me.
20 And Isaac said unto his son, How is it that thou hast found it so quickly, my son? And he said, Because the LORD thy God brought it to me.
21 And Isaac said unto Jacob, Come near, I pray thee, that I may feel thee, my son, whether thou be my very son Esau or not.
22 And Jacob went near unto Isaac his father; and he felt him, and said, The voice is Jacob's voice, but the hands are the hands of Esau.
23 And he discerned him not, because his hands were hairy, as his brother Esau's hands: so he blessed him.
24 And he said, Art thou my very son Esau? And he said, I am.
25 And he said, Bring it near to me, and I will eat of my son's venison, that my soul may bless thee. And he brought it near to him, and he did eat: and he brought him wine, and he drank.
26 And his father Isaac said unto him, Come near now, and kiss me, my son.
27 And he came near, and kissed him: and he smelled the smell of his raiment, and blessed him, and said, See, the smell of my son is as the smell of a field which the LORD hath blessed:
(This is to say the smell of the world that the Lord had blessed.)
28 Therefore God give thee of the dew of heaven, and the fatness of the earth, and plenty of corn and wine:
29 Let people serve thee, and nations bow down to thee: be lord over thy brethren, and let thy mother's sons bow down to thee: cursed be every one that curseth thee, and blessed be he that blesseth thee.
(Jacob's deception brought about the promise that God gave to Rebekah while they were yet in the womb, that the elder would serve the Younger.)
30 And it came to pass, as soon as Isaac had made an end of blessing Jacob, and Jacob was yet scarce gone out from the presence of Isaac his father, that Esau his brother came in from his hunting.
31 And he also had made savoury meat, and brought it unto his father, and said unto his father, Let my father arise, and eat of his son's venison, that thy soul may bless me.
32 And Isaac his father said unto him, Who art thou? And he said, I am thy son, thy firstborn Esau.
(Esau still claims his birthright, but he sold it and now would never have it. Because Esau hated his birthright, God hated Esau.)
33 And Isaac trembled very exceedingly, and said, Who? where is he that hath taken venison, and brought it me, and I have eaten of all before thou camest, and have blessed him? yea, and he shall be blessed.
34 And when Esau heard the words of his father, he cried with a great and exceeding bitter cry, and said unto his father, Bless me, even me also, O my father.
(Esau did not cry to God, he cried to his father.)
35 And he said, Thy brother came with subtilty, and hath taken away thy blessing.
36 And he said, Is not he rightly named Jacob? for he hath supplanted me these two times: he took away my birthright; and, behold, now he hath taken away my blessing. And he said, Hast thou not reserved a blessing for me?
(Esau is now trying to say that Jacob took Esau's birthright away even though he sold it outright for a bowl of soup. God does not bless those who do not love him. Esau never once asked God for a blessing, he only lived for himself. He didn’t care at the time, but he cares now.)
37 And Isaac answered and said unto Esau, Behold, I have made him thy lord, and all his brethren have I given to him for servants; and with corn and wine have I sustained him: and what shall I do now unto thee, my son?
38 And Esau said unto his father, Hast thou but one blessing, my father? bless me, even me also, O my father. And Esau lifted up his voice, and wept.
(Again, Esau is crying to his own father instead of to God.)
39 And Isaac his father answered and said unto him, Behold, thy dwelling shall be the fatness of the earth, and of the dew of heaven from above;
(The word "of" used here is Strong's G1537 and is ek and means to be separated from. Esau has been separated from the fatness of the earth and from the dew of heaven. Russia lies north of our northern most parallel. See Ezekiel 38:3 and then translate the word "chief" which is H7218 and it is ro'sh and means nation. ro'sh is Russia as it is still called today. )
40 And by thy sword shalt thou live, and shalt serve thy brother; and it shall come to pass when thou shalt have the dominion, that thou shalt break his yoke from off thy neck.
41 And Esau hated Jacob because of the blessing wherewith his father blessed him: and Esau said in his heart, The days of mourning for my father are at hand; then will I slay my brother Jacob.
(Esau was very loyal to Isaac. Out of respect for Isaac he would not kill Jacob while he was alive. He just never cared for God.)
42 And these words of Esau her elder son were told to Rebekah: and she sent and called Jacob her younger son, and said unto him, Behold, thy brother Esau, as touching thee, doth comfort himself, purposing to kill thee.
43 Now therefore, my son, obey my voice; and arise, flee thou to Laban my brother to Haran;
44 And tarry with him a few days, until thy brother's fury turn away;
45 Until thy brother's anger turn away from thee, and he forget that which thou hast done to him: then I will send, and fetch thee from thence: why should I be deprived also of you both in one day?
(The law was that if Esau killed Jacob, then Esau would have been put to death also. Rebekah is sending Jacob to Laban’s house.)
46 And Rebekah said to Isaac, I am weary of my life because of the daughters of Heth: if Jacob take a wife of the daughters of Heth, such as these which are of the daughters of the land, what good shall my life do me?
(It was so very important to keep the line pure because the Messiah would come through this line.)
1 And Isaac called Jacob, and blessed him, and charged him, and said unto him, Thou shalt not take a wife of the daughters of Canaan.
2 Arise, go to Padan-aram, to the house of Bethuel thy mother's father; and take thee a wife from thence of the daughters of Laban thy mother's brother.
(Isaac is telling Jacob to take a wife of his kindred, because it is a pure line. We will soon see just how greedy Laban was.)
3 And God Almighty bless thee, and make thee fruitful, and multiply thee, that thou mayest be a multitude of people;
4 And give thee the blessing of Abraham, to thee, and to thy seed with thee; that thou mayest inherit the land wherein thou art a stranger, which God gave unto Abraham.
5 And Isaac sent away Jacob: and he went to Padan-aram unto Laban, son of Bethuel the Syrian, the brother of Rebekah, Jacob's and Esau's mother.
(Padan-aram was in Syria which is why he is called a Syrian. Only because he dwelt in the land. He was from the Adamec line.)
6 When Esau saw that Isaac had blessed Jacob, and sent him away to Padan-aram, to take him a wife from thence; and that as he blessed him he gave him a charge, saying, Thou shalt not take a wife of the daughters of Canaan;
(Esau is finally understanding that Isaac is not happy with the wives he chose.)
7 And that Jacob obeyed his father and his mother, and was gone to Padan-aram;
(This was Jacob obeying God as well. Esau cannot see this because he does not have a relationship with God.)
8 And Esau seeing that the daughters of Canaan pleased not Isaac his father;
(Notice that it does not matter that his choice did not please God either.)
9 Then went Esau unto Ishmael, and took unto the wives which he had Mahalath the daughter of Ishmael Abraham's son, the sister of Nebajoth, to be his wife.
(Esau took a daughter from Hagar. He is only trying to please his earthly father and not God. He still has not learned his lesson. He willingly chooses to please man and himself and not God.)
10 And Jacob went out from Beer-sheba, and went toward Haran.
11 And he lighted upon a certain place, and tarried there all night, because the sun was set; and he took of the stones of that place, and put them for his pillows, and lay down in that place to sleep.
12 And he dreamed, and behold a ladder set up on the earth, and the top of it reached to heaven: and behold the angels of God ascending and descending on it.
(Christ is our ladder to heaven and there is no other way.)
13 And, behold, the LORD stood above it, and said, I am the LORD God of Abraham thy father, and the God of Isaac: the land whereon thou liest, to thee will I give it, and to thy seed;
14 And thy seed shall be as the dust of the earth, and thou shalt spread abroad to the west, and to the east, and to the north, and to the south: and in thee and in thy seed shall all the families of the earth be blessed.
(All the families of the earth. God is telling Jacob that Christ will come through his line and will be a blessing to everyone.)
15 And, behold, I am with thee, and will keep thee in all places whither thou goest, and will bring thee again into this land; for I will not leave thee, until I have done that which I have spoken to thee of.
16 And Jacob awaked out of his sleep, and he said, Surely the LORD is in this place; and I knew it not.
17 And he was afraid, and said, How dreadful is this place! this is none other but the house of God, and this is the gate of heaven.
(To say dreadful is to say awesome.)
18 And Jacob rose up early in the morning, and took the stone that he had put for his pillows, and set it up for a pillar, and poured oil upon the top of it.
(Jacob anointed the stone that was his pillow. This is the stone of destiny.)
19 And he called the name of that place Beth-el: but the name of that city was called Luz at the first.
20 And Jacob vowed a vow, saying, If God will be with me, and will keep me in this way that I go, and will give me bread to eat, and raiment to put on,
21 So that I come again to my father's house in peace; then shall the LORD be my God:
22 And this stone, which I have set for a pillar, shall be God's house: and of all that thou shalt give me I will surely give the tenth unto thee.
(You can now understand the importance of the stone of destiny. Each King and Queen of the monarchy has had their coronation above this very stone. Their first oath is to protect the faith.)
1 Then Jacob went on his journey, and came into the land of the people of the east.
2 And he looked, and behold a well in the field, and, lo, there were three flocks of sheep lying by it; for out of that well they watered the flocks: and a great stone was upon the well's mouth.
3 And thither were all the flocks gathered: and they rolled the stone from the well's mouth, and watered the sheep, and put the stone again upon the well's mouth in his place.
4 And Jacob said unto them, My brethren, whence be ye? And they said, Of Haran are we.
5 And he said unto them, Know ye Laban the son of Nahor? And they said, We know him.
6 And he said unto them, Is he well? And they said, He is well: and, behold, Rachel his daughter cometh with the sheep.
(Rachel means ewe, or a virgin sheep.)
7 And he said, Lo, it is yet high day, neither is it time that the cattle should be gathered together: water ye the sheep, and go and feed them.
(This is to say that it is still too early to water the sheep for the evening. Jacob was a good farmer and knew these things. He is telling them to water the sheep but to get them back out to pasture.)
8 And they said, We cannot, until all the flocks be gathered together, and till they roll the stone from the well's mouth; then we water the sheep.
(Cattle or sheep that are not fed properly are not very productive.)
9 And while he yet spake with them, Rachel came with her father's sheep: for she kept them.
10 And it came to pass, when Jacob saw Rachel the daughter of Laban his mother's brother, and the sheep of Laban his mother's brother, that Jacob went near, and rolled the stone from the well's mouth, and watered the flock of Laban his mother's brother.
(Notice that Jacob did this by himself. Jacob has immediately fallen in love with Rachel.)
11 And Jacob kissed Rachel, and lifted up his voice, and wept.
(This was a custom and he wept because he was overjoyed. He could not contain his emotion.)
12 And Jacob told Rachel that he was her father's brother, and that he was Rebekah's son: and she ran and told her father.
(A shepherd will not leave their sheep unless they know they are in good hands, and they were in Jacob's hand.)
13 And it came to pass, when Laban heard the tidings of Jacob his sister's son, that he ran to meet him, and embraced him, and kissed him, and brought him to his house. And he told Laban all these things.
14 And Laban said to him, Surely thou art my bone and my flesh. And he abode with him the space of a month.
(Laban knew that Jacob was his kindred and therefore Jacob stayed with them for a month.)
15 And Laban said unto Jacob, Because thou art my brother, shouldest thou therefore serve me for nought? tell me, what shall thy wages be?
16 And Laban had two daughters: the name of the elder was Leah, and the name of the younger was Rachel.
17 Leah was tender eyed; but Rachel was beautiful and well favoured.
(The word "tender" is Strong's H7390 and is rak and means weak or timid. Leah was an introvert while Rachel was an extrovert. Jacob will fall deeply in love with Rachel but would have to suffer many years before he could marry her.)
18 And Jacob loved Rachel; and said, I will serve thee seven years for Rachel thy younger daughter.
(It was customary to have a Hebrew slave for seven years, but after seven years they had to be let go.)
19 And Laban said, It is better that I give her to thee, than that I should give her to another man: abide with me.
20 And Jacob served seven years for Rachel; and they seemed unto him but a few days, for the love he had to her.
21 And Jacob said unto Laban, Give me my wife, for my days are fulfilled, that I may go in unto her.
22 And Laban gathered together all the men of the place, and made a feast.
23 And it came to pass in the evening, that he took Leah his daughter, and brought her to him; and he went in unto her.
(Leah was the oldest one. Jacob was drunk from the feast. Laban didn’t want the shame of having his younger daughter married before his oldest.)
24 And Laban gave unto his daughter Leah Zilpah his maid for an handmaid.
25 And it came to pass, that in the morning, behold, it was Leah: and he said to Laban, What is this thou hast done unto me? did not I serve with thee for Rachel? wherefore then hast thou beguiled me?
26 And Laban said, It must not be so done in our country, to give the younger before the firstborn.
(Laban knew he had broken his promise to Jacob. He also knew that Jacob had made things much better for his household the past seven years. His pride and his greed overrode his promise.)
27 Fulfil her week, and we will give thee this also for the service which thou shalt serve with me yet seven other years.
(A marriage feast lasts for seven days. So here is the promise of his true love, Rachel.)
28 And Jacob did so, and fulfilled her week: and he gave him Rachel his daughter to wife also.
(Jacob agreed to serve another seven years.)
29 And Laban gave to Rachel his daughter Bilhah his handmaid to be her maid.
(Bilhah means shy.)
30 And he went in also unto Rachel, and he loved also Rachel more than Leah, and served with him yet seven other years.
31 And when the LORD saw that Leah was hated, he opened her womb: but Rachel was barren.
(Leah was not hated inasmuch as she was just loved less than Rachel.)
32 And Leah conceived, and bare a son, and she called his name Reuben: for she said, Surely the LORD hath looked upon my affliction; now therefore my husband will love me.
(Reuben means behold, a son.)
33 And she conceived again, and bare a son; and said, Because the LORD hath heard that I was hated, he hath therefore given me this son also: and she called his name Simeon.
(Simeon means a hearing.)
34 And she conceived again, and bare a son; and said, Now this time will my husband be joined unto me, because I have born him three sons: therefore was his name called Levi.
(Levi means joined. The Levites are the priest tribe.)
35 And she conceived again, and bare a son: and she said, Now will I praise the LORD: therefore she called his name Judah; and left bearing.
(Judah means praise. Notice that the names of the tribes are here. Christ will come through the priest line and the king line. These are the twelve tribes.)
1 And when Rachel saw that she bare Jacob no children, Rachel envied her sister; and said unto Jacob, Give me children, or else I die.
2 And Jacob's anger was kindled against Rachel: and he said, Am I in God's stead, who hath withheld from thee the fruit of the womb?
3 And she said, Behold my maid Bilhah, go in unto her; and she shall bear upon my knees, that I may also have children by her.
(Rachel is saying that she will adopt the children of Bilhah.)
4 And she gave him Bilhah her handmaid to wife: and Jacob went in unto her.
5 And Bilhah conceived, and bare Jacob a son.
6 And Rachel said, God hath judged me, and hath also heard my voice, and hath given me a son: therefore called she his name Dan.
(Dan means judging.)
7 And Bilhah Rachel's maid conceived again, and bare Jacob a second son.
8 And Rachel said, With great wrestlings have I wrestled with my sister, and I have prevailed: and she called his name Naphtali.
(Naphtali means my wrestlings.)
9 When Leah saw that she had left bearing, she took Zilpah her maid, and gave her Jacob to wife.
10 And Zilpah Leah's maid bare Jacob a son.
11 And Leah said, A troop cometh: and she called his name Gad.
(Gad means troop.)
12 And Zilpah Leah's maid bare Jacob a second son.
13 And Leah said, Happy am I, for the daughters will call me blessed: and she called his name Asher.
(Asher means happy.)
14 And Reuben went in the days of wheat harvest, and found mandrakes in the field, and brought them unto his mother Leah. Then Rachel said to Leah, Give me, I pray thee, of thy son's mandrakes.
(The word "mandrake" is Strong's H1736 and is duwday and means favoring procreation. A mandrake was at times called Satan's apple. It was actually a root that resembled a man and was believed to be very useful for making one fertile. Rachel wanted more than anything to be able to bare Jacob a child.)
15 And she said unto her, Is it a small matter that thou hast taken my husband? and wouldest thou take away my son's mandrakes also? And Rachel said, Therefore he shall lie with thee to night for thy son's mandrakes.
(Rachel has given way for Jacob to be with Leah that night if Leah gives her the mandrakes. But remember that it was God that closed her womb because of Jacob's lesser feelings for Leah.)
16 And Jacob came out of the field in the evening, and Leah went out to meet him, and said, Thou must come in unto me; for surely I have hired thee with my son's mandrakes. And he lay with her that night.
17 And God hearkened unto Leah, and she conceived, and bare Jacob the fifth son.
18 And Leah said, God hath given me my hire, because I have given my maiden to my husband: and she called his name Issachar.
(Issachar means of my wages.)
19 And Leah conceived again, and bare Jacob the sixth son.
(God blesses Leah because He had mercy on her situation. He knew she was loved less than Rachel.)
20 And Leah said, God hath endued me with a good dowry; now will my husband dwell with me, because I have born him six sons: and she called his name Zebulun.
(Zebulun means dwelling.)
21 And afterwards she bare a daughter, and called her name Dinah.
(Dinah means vindicated.)
22 And God remembered Rachel, and God hearkened to her, and opened her womb.
(Rachel will have two children through Jacob. These two will complete the twelve sons who will be the beginning of the twelve tribes of Israel.)
23 And she conceived, and bare a son; and said, God hath taken away my reproach:
(She knew that God had blessed her at last.)
24 And she called his name Joseph; and said, The LORD shall add to me another son.
(Joseph means adding. The son that will come will bring about Rachel's death.)
25- And it came to pass, when Rachel had born Joseph, that Jacob said unto Laban, Send me away, that I may go unto mine own place, and to my country.
26 Give me my wives and my children, for whom I have served thee, and let me go: for thou knowest my service which I have done thee.
(Laban won’t want Jacob to leave.)
27 And Laban said unto him, I pray thee, if I have found favour in thine eyes, tarry: for I have learned by experience that the LORD hath blessed me for thy sake.
28 And he said, Appoint me thy wages, and I will give it.
29 And he said unto him, Thou knowest how I have served thee, and how thy cattle was with me.
30 For it was little which thou hadst before I came, and it is now increased unto a multitude; and the LORD hath blessed thee since my coming: and now when shall I provide for mine own house also?
(Jacob is ready to have his own place and to begin creating his own wealth as opposed to creating it for Laban.)
31 And he said, What shall I give thee? And Jacob said, Thou shalt not give me any thing: if thou wilt do this thing for me, I will again feed and keep thy flock:
32 I will pass through all thy flock to day, removing from thence all the speckled and spotted cattle, and all the brown cattle among the sheep, and the spotted and speckled among the goats: and of such shall be my hire.
(Jacob is telling Laban that he will take all of the blemished animals as payment.)
33 So shall my righteousness answer for me in time to come, when it shall come for my hire before thy face: every one that is not speckled and spotted among the goats, and brown among the sheep, that shall be counted stolen with me.
34 And Laban said, Behold, I would it might be according to thy word.
35 And he removed that day the he goats that were ringstraked and spotted, and all the she goats that were speckled and spotted, and every one that had some white in it, and all the brown among the sheep, and gave them into the hand of his sons.
36 And he set three days' journey betwixt himself and Jacob: and Jacob fed the rest of Laban's flocks.
37 And Jacob took him rods of green poplar, and of the hazel and chesnut tree; and pilled white strakes in them, and made the white appear which was in the rods.
(He peeled off the bark.)
38 And he set the rods which he had pilled before the flocks in the gutters in the watering troughs when the flocks came to drink, that they should conceive when they came to drink.
(Jacob made a corral with shoots. Only a ram or goat with spots can conceive one with spots. By doing this, there will be a lot of spotted animals. He is making sure that he has plenty to feed his family when he leaves. Laban has ripped him off for years.)
39 And the flocks conceived before the rods, and brought forth cattle ringstraked, speckled, and spotted.
40 And Jacob did separate the lambs, and set the faces of the flocks toward the ringstraked, and all the brown in the flock of Laban; and he put his own flocks by themselves, and put them not unto Laban's cattle.
41 And it came to pass, whensoever the stronger cattle did conceive, that Jacob laid the rods before the eyes of the cattle in the gutters, that they might conceive among the rods.
(This was animal husbandry. Jacob was ensuring that only the healthy animals were breeding.)
42 But when the cattle were feeble, he put them not in: so the feebler were Laban's, and the stronger Jacob's.
43 And the man increased exceedingly, and had much cattle, and maidservants, and menservants, and camels, and asses.
(God always makes sure that those who believe in Him are blessed.)
1 And he heard the words of Laban's sons, saying, Jacob hath taken away all that was our father's; and of that which was our father's hath he gotten all this glory.
2 And Jacob beheld the countenance of Laban, and, behold, it was not toward him as before.
3 And the LORD said unto Jacob, Return unto the land of thy fathers, and to thy kindred; and I will be with thee.
(When God promises to be with you, nothing will get in your way. Jacob was pleasing God.)
4 And Jacob sent and called Rachel and Leah to the field unto his flock,
5 And said unto them, I see your father's countenance, that it is not toward me as before; but the God of my father hath been with me.
6 And ye know that with all my power I have served your father.
(And so he did. He worked very hard for Laban and thereby, the blessings that God had given Jacob were making Laban rich. Laban knew this also and won’t want Jacob to leave.)
7 And your father hath deceived me, and changed my wages ten times; but God suffered him not to hurt me.
(God would not permit Laban to hurt Jacob. Ten means testimony.)
8 If he said thus, The speckled shall be thy wages; then all the cattle bare speckled: and if he said thus, The ringstraked shall be thy hire; then bare all the cattle ringstraked.
9 Thus God hath taken away the cattle of your father, and given them to me.
(It was God's plan that Jacob breed only the spotted and ringstraked cattle.)
10 And it came to pass at the time that the cattle conceived, that I lifted up mine eyes, and saw in a dream, and, behold, the rams which leaped upon the cattle were ringstraked, speckled, and grisled.
11 And the angel of God spake unto me in a dream, saying, Jacob: And I said, Here am I.
12 And he said, Lift up now thine eyes, and see, all the rams which leap upon the cattle are ringstraked, speckled, and grisled: for I have seen all that Laban doeth unto thee.
(You can see that Jacob was only doing God's bidding. Jacob was not trying to trick Laban out of anything. He did what God had told him to do.)
13 I am the God of Beth-el, where thou anointedst the pillar, and where thou vowedst a vow unto me: now arise, get thee out from this land, and return unto the land of thy kindred.
(The anointed pillar is the stone of destiny. It is still being used today.)
14 And Rachel and Leah answered and said unto him, Is there yet any portion or inheritance for us in our father's house?
(Laban even beat them out of a dowry.)
15 Are we not counted of him strangers? for he hath sold us, and hath quite devoured also our money.
(Because of Laban’s greed, there was nothing left to give his daughters. His greed will even cause himself to have nothing.)
16 For all the riches which God hath taken from our father, that is our's, and our children's: now then, whatsoever God hath said unto thee, do.
(This is to say that Rachel and Leah turned away from worshipping idols and turned toward God.)
17 Then Jacob rose up, and set his sons and his wives upon camels;
18 And he carried away all his cattle, and all his goods which he had gotten, the cattle of his getting, which he had gotten in Padan-aram, for to go to Isaac his father in the land of Canaan.
19 And Laban went to shear his sheep: and Rachel had stolen the images that were her father's.
(The word "images" is Strong's H8655 and is tĕraphiym and means idols of household gods. Laban was an idol worshipper. Rachel took them because they were gold, not because she worshipped them.)
20 And Jacob stole away unawares to Laban the Syrian, in that he told him not that he fled.
(Jacob is leaving while Laban is away so that he can avoid a bad confrontation.)
21 So he fled with all that he had; and he rose up, and passed over the river, and set his face toward the mount Gilead.
22 And it was told Laban on the third day that Jacob was fled.
23 And he took his brethren with him, and pursued after him seven days' journey; and they overtook him in the mount Gilead.
(Laban is an idol worshipper but God is with Jacob.)
24 And God came to Laban the Syrian in a dream by night, and said unto him, Take heed that thou speak not to Jacob either good or bad.
25 Then Laban overtook Jacob. Now Jacob had pitched his tent in the mount: and Laban with his brethren pitched in the mount of Gilead.
26 And Laban said to Jacob, What hast thou done, that thou hast stolen away unawares to me, and carried away my daughters, as captives taken with the sword?
(Leah and Rachel were not taken with swords, Laban had already sold them.)
27 Wherefore didst thou flee away secretly, and steal away from me; and didst not tell me, that I might have sent thee away with mirth, and with songs, with tabret, and with harp?
28 And hast not suffered me to kiss my sons and my daughters? thou hast now done foolishly in so doing.
(Laban is trying to make Jacob feel guilty.)
29 It is in the power of my hand to do you hurt: but the God of your father spake unto me yesternight, saying, Take thou heed that thou speak not to Jacob either good or bad.
30 And now, though thou wouldest needs be gone, because thou sore longedst after thy father's house, yet wherefore hast thou stolen my gods?
(Jacob doesn't know that Rachel stole the golden idols.)
31 And Jacob answered and said to Laban, Because I was afraid: for I said, Peradventure thou wouldest take by force thy daughters from me.
32 With whomsoever thou findest thy gods, let him not live: before our brethren discern thou what is thine with me, and take it to thee. For Jacob knew not that Rachel had stolen them.
(This would be the reason that Rachel died in childbirth to Benjamin. Even though Jacob did not know that Rachel had taken the idols, he had still made a deal. In a sense, Jacob signed Rachel’s death warrant right here. Had he known, he would not have said it because he loved Rachel.)
33 And Laban went into Jacob's tent, and into Leah's tent, and into the two maidservants' tents; but he found them not. Then went he out of Leah's tent, and entered into Rachel's tent.
34 Now Rachel had taken the images, and put them in the camel's furniture, and sat upon them. And Laban searched all the tent, but found them not.
(Camel's furniture is like a saddle of sorts. It was filled with camel's hair.)
35 And she said to her father, Let it not displease my lord that I cannot rise up before thee; for the custom of women is upon me. And he searched, but found not the images.
36 And Jacob was wroth, and chode with Laban: and Jacob answered and said to Laban, What is my trespass? what is my sin, that thou hast so hotly pursued after me?
(The word "chode" is Strong's H7378 and is riyb and means to quarrel. Jacob has served Laban for about 20 years now so he is not happy that Laban has chased him like a thief.)
37 Whereas thou hast searched all my stuff, what hast thou found of all thy household stuff? set it here before my brethren and thy brethren, that they may judge betwixt us both.
38 This twenty years have I been with thee; thy ewes and thy she goats have not cast their young, and the rams of thy flock have I not eaten.
39 That which was torn of beasts I brought not unto thee; I bare the loss of it; of my hand didst thou require it, whether stolen by day, or stolen by night.
40 Thus I was; in the day the drought consumed me, and the frost by night; and my sleep departed from mine eyes.
41 Thus have I been twenty years in thy house; I served thee fourteen years for thy two daughters, and six years for thy cattle: and thou hast changed my wages ten times.
42 Except the God of my father, the God of Abraham, and the fear of Isaac, had been with me, surely thou hadst sent me away now empty. God hath seen mine affliction and the labour of my hands, and rebuked thee yesternight.
(Jacob is reminding Laban that God is with him. Remember that Laban had nothing before Jacob came unto him.)
43 And Laban answered and said unto Jacob, These daughters are my daughters, and these children are my children, and these cattle are my cattle, and all that thou seest is mine: and what can I do this day unto these my daughters, or unto their children which they have born?
(Laban is saying that they are his family and he will not cause them trouble.)
44 Now therefore come thou, let us make a covenant, I and thou; and let it be for a witness between me and thee.
(They are making a pact between them and God will serve as a witness to this pact.)
45 And Jacob took a stone, and set it up for a pillar.
46 And Jacob said unto his brethren, Gather stones; and they took stones, and made an heap: and they did eat there upon the heap.
47 And Laban called it Jegarsahadutha: but Jacob called it Galeed.
(Jegarsahadutha is from the Babylonian tongue and Galeed is from the Hebrew tongue. They both mean the witness heap.)
48 And Laban said, This heap is a witness between me and thee this day. Therefore was the name of it called Galeed;
49 And Mizpah; for he said, The LORD watch between me and thee, when we are absent one from another.
(Mizpah means a watch tower. This watch tower means to separate.)
50 If thou shalt afflict my daughters, or if thou shalt take other wives beside my daughters, no man is with us; see, God is witness betwixt me and thee.
51 And Laban said to Jacob, Behold this heap, and behold this pillar, which I have cast betwixt me and thee;
52 This heap be witness, and this pillar be witness, that I will not pass over this heap to thee, and that thou shalt not pass over this heap and this pillar unto me, for harm.
(There will be no more animosity between them.)
53 The God of Abraham, and the God of Nahor, the God of their father, judge betwixt us. And Jacob sware by the fear of his father Isaac.
54 Then Jacob offered sacrifice upon the mount, and called his brethren to eat bread: and they did eat bread, and tarried all night in the mount.
(Jacob worshipped God.)
55 And early in the morning Laban rose up, and kissed his sons and his daughters, and blessed them: and Laban departed, and returned unto his place.
(Laban left peacefully.)
1 And Jacob went on his way, and the angels of God met him.
2 And when Jacob saw them, he said, This is God's host: and he called the name of that place Mahanaim.
(Mahanaim means the two hosts, or camps.)
3 And Jacob sent messengers before him to Esau his brother unto the land of Seir, the country of Edom.
(Seir means hairy.)
4 And he commanded them, saying, Thus shall ye speak unto my lord Esau; Thy servant Jacob saith thus, I have sojourned with Laban, and stayed there until now:
5 And I have oxen, and asses, flocks, and menservants, and womenservants: and I have sent to tell my lord, that I may find grace in thy sight.
(Remember when Jacob first left this land, Esau wanted to kill him. Jacob also knows that God is with him and has promised to bless him.)
6 And the messengers returned to Jacob, saying, We came to thy brother Esau, and also he cometh to meet thee, and four hundred men with him.
7 Then Jacob was greatly afraid and distressed: and he divided the people that was with him, and the flocks, and herds, and the camels, into two bands;
(Esau had wanted to kill Jacob.)
8 And said, If Esau come to the one company, and smite it, then the other company which is left shall escape.
9 And Jacob said, O God of my father Abraham, and God of my father Isaac, the LORD which saidst unto me, Return unto thy country, and to thy kindred, and I will deal well with thee:
10 I am not worthy of the least of all the mercies, and of all the truth, which thou hast shewed unto thy servant; for with my staff I passed over this Jordan; and now I am become two bands.
11 Deliver me, I pray thee, from the hand of my brother, from the hand of Esau: for I fear him, lest he will come and smite me, and the mother with the children.
12 And thou saidst, I will surely do thee good, and make thy seed as the sand of the sea, which cannot be numbered for multitude.
(Jacob is reminding God of His promise. This is what we are supposed to do.)
13 And he lodged there that same night; and took of that which came to his hand a present for Esau his brother;
14 Two hundred she goats, and twenty he goats, two hundred ewes, and twenty rams,
15 Thirty milch camels with their colts, forty kine, and ten bulls, twenty she asses, and ten foals.
(Kine is cattle.)
16 And he delivered them into the hand of his servants, every drove by themselves; and said unto his servants, Pass over before me, and put a space betwixt drove and drove.
17 And he commanded the foremost, saying, When Esau my brother meeteth thee, and asketh thee, saying, Whose art thou? and whither goest thou? and whose are these before thee?
18 Then thou shalt say, They be thy servant Jacob's; it is a present sent unto my lord Esau: and, behold, also he is behind us.
(Jacob was humbling himself.)
19 And so commanded he the second, and the third, and all that followed the droves, saying, On this manner shall ye speak unto Esau, when ye find him.
20 And say ye moreover, Behold, thy servant Jacob is behind us. For he said, I will appease him with the present that goeth before me, and afterward I will see his face; peradventure he will accept of me.
21 So went the present over before him: and himself lodged that night in the company.
22 And he rose up that night, and took his two wives, and his two womenservants, and his eleven sons, and passed over the ford Jabbok.
23 And he took them, and sent them over the brook, and sent over that he had.
24 And Jacob was left alone; and there wrestled a man with him until the breaking of the day.
(The man he is wrestling with is God Himself.)
25 And when he saw that he prevailed not against him, he touched the hollow of his thigh; and the hollow of Jacob's thigh was out of joint, as he wrestled with him.
(Jacob was stubborn and would not quit. God then touched him and put his hip out of joint.)
26 And he said, Let me go, for the day breaketh. And he said, I will not let thee go, except thou bless me.
27 And he said unto him, What is thy name? And he said, Jacob.
28 And he said, Thy name shall be called no more Jacob, but Israel: for as a prince hast thou power with God and with men, and hast prevailed.
(Anytime you have "el" or "ya" mentioned in a word, it is God's name being mentioned. God is like the verb performing the action. For instance Daniel would be God judges. Remember that Dan means judges.)
29 And Jacob asked him, and said, Tell me, I pray thee, thy name. And he said, Wherefore is it that thou dost ask after my name? And he blessed him there.
(God did not tell Jacob what his name is here. It will be Moses that God tells this to. It is a sacred name.)
30 And Jacob called the name of the place Peniel: for I have seen God face to face, and my life is preserved.
31 And as he passed over Penuel the sun rose upon him, and he halted upon his thigh.
32 Therefore the children of Israel eat not of the sinew which shrank, which is upon the hollow of the thigh, unto this day: because he touched the hollow of Jacob's thigh in the sinew that shrank.
(Remember the custom of the hand under the thigh for an oath to be made.)
1 And Jacob lifted up his eyes, and looked, and, behold, Esau came, and with him four hundred men. And he divided the children unto Leah, and unto Rachel, and unto the two handmaids.
2 And he put the handmaids and their children foremost, and Leah and her children after, and Rachel and Joseph hindermost.
3 And he passed over before them, and bowed himself to the ground seven times, until he came near to his brother.
(Jacob did this out of respect because he was the younger that the elder would serve.)
4 And Esau ran to meet him, and embraced him, and fell on his neck, and kissed him: and they wept.
5 And he lifted up his eyes, and saw the women and the children; and said, Who are those with thee? And he said, The children which God hath graciously given thy servant.
6 Then the handmaidens came near, they and their children, and they bowed themselves.
7 And Leah also with her children came near, and bowed themselves: and after came Joseph near and Rachel, and they bowed themselves.
8 And he said, What meanest thou by all this drove which I met? And he said, These are to find grace in the sight of my lord.
9 And Esau said, I have enough, my brother; keep that thou hast unto thyself.
(Remember that God has already said that these two would be nations. Esau being Russia and Jacob being Israel. Russian Christians pay an awesome price to love God. Please do not think that all Russians are bad people, they aren't.)
10 And Jacob said, Nay, I pray thee, if now I have found grace in thy sight, then receive my present at my hand: for therefore I have seen thy face, as though I had seen the face of God, and thou wast pleased with me.
(Jacob was very relieved.)
11 Take, I pray thee, my blessing that is brought to thee; because God hath dealt graciously with me, and because I have enough. And he urged him, and he took it.
(Jacob urged Esau to take his gift.)
12 And he said, Let us take our journey, and let us go, and I will go before thee.
13 And he said unto him, My lord knoweth that the children are tender, and the flocks and herds with young are with me: and if men should overdrive them one day, all the flock will die.
14 Let my lord, I pray thee, pass over before his servant: and I will lead on softly, according as the cattle that goeth before me and the children be able to endure, until I come unto my lord unto Seir.
15 And Esau said, Let me now leave with thee some of the folk that are with me. And he said, What needeth it? let me find grace in the sight of my lord.
16 So Esau returned that day on his way unto Seir.
17 And Jacob journeyed to Succoth, and built him an house, and made booths for his cattle: therefore the name of the place is called Succoth.
(Succoth means booths.)
18 And Jacob came to Shalem, a city of Shechem, which is in the land of Canaan, when he came from Padan-aram; and pitched his tent before the city.
(Shalem means safe. Shechem means backbone. Canaan has some bad people in it.)
19 And he bought a parcel of a field, where he had spread his tent, at the hand of the children of Hamor, Shechem's father, for an hundred pieces of money.
(Hamor means a red male donkey.)
20 And he erected there an altar, and called it El-elohe-Israel.
(El-elohe-Israel means God, The God, of Israel. Jacob is in a land where the people do not follow God yet he built an altar first thing.)
1 And Dinah the daughter of Leah, which she bare unto Jacob, went out to see the daughters of the land.
2 And when Shechem the son of Hamor the Hivite, prince of the country, saw her, he took her, and lay with her, and defiled her.
(This is to say he raped her. By Hebrew law, this act calls for death. You can see that the people here were not of God.)
3 And his soul clave unto Dinah the daughter of Jacob, and he loved the damsel, and spake kindly unto the damsel.
(He fell in love with Dinah. However, he took what he wanted without regard to anyone else.)
4 And Shechem spake unto his father Hamor, saying, Get me this damsel to wife.
5 And Jacob heard that he had defiled Dinah his daughter: now his sons were with his cattle in the field: and Jacob held his peace until they were come.
6 And Hamor the father of Shechem went out unto Jacob to commune with him.
7 And the sons of Jacob came out of the field when they heard it: and the men were grieved, and they were very wroth, because he had wrought folly in Israel in lying with Jacob's daughter; which thing ought not to be done.
(You can see that Satan is still trying to attack the line through which Christ will come.)
8 And Hamor communed with them, saying, The soul of my son Shechem longeth for your daughter: I pray you give her him to wife.
9 And make ye marriages with us, and give your daughters unto us, and take our daughters unto you.
(This was not permissible to God.)
10 And ye shall dwell with us: and the land shall be before you; dwell and trade ye therein, and get you possessions therein.
11 And Shechem said unto her father and unto her brethren, Let me find grace in your eyes, and what ye shall say unto me I will give.
12 Ask me never so much dowry and gift, and I will give according as ye shall say unto me: but give me the damsel to wife.
13 And the sons of Jacob answered Shechem and Hamor his father deceitfully, and said, because he had defiled Dinah their sister:
14 And they said unto them, We cannot do this thing, to give our sister to one that is uncircumcised; for that were a reproach unto us:
(Remember this is answered in deceit. It had nothing to do with circumcision but of the order of God.)
15 But in this will we consent unto you: If ye will be as we be, that every male of you be circumcised;
16 Then will we give our daughters unto you, and we will take your daughters to us, and we will dwell with you, and we will become one people.
(Remember again, deception. This will never happen.)
17 But if ye will not hearken unto us, to be circumcised; then will we take our daughter, and we will be gone.
18 And their words pleased Hamor, and Shechem Hamor's son.
19 And the young man deferred not to do the thing, because he had delight in Jacob's daughter: and he was more honourable than all the house of his father.
(Shechem truly loved Dinah but it is still against God's order because the line through which Christ will come has to remain pure.)
20 And Hamor and Shechem his son came unto the gate of their city, and communed with the men of their city, saying,
21 These men are peaceable with us; therefore let them dwell in the land, and trade therein; for the land, behold, it is large enough for them; let us take their daughters to us for wives, and let us give them our daughters.
22 Only herein will the men consent unto us for to dwell with us, to be one people, if every male among us be circumcised, as they are circumcised.
23 Shall not their cattle and their substance and every beast of their's be our's? only let us consent unto them, and they will dwell with us.
(These people only wanted the riches that belonged to Israel. Remember there are Kenites in this crowd.)
24 And unto Hamor and unto Shechem his son hearkened all that went out of the gate of his city; and every male was circumcised, all that went out of the gate of his city.
(Each and every man in the city was circumcised.)
25 And it came to pass on the third day, when they were sore, that two of the sons of Jacob, Simeon and Levi, Dinah's brethren, took each man his sword, and came upon the city boldly, and slew all the males.
(Understand that God's hand is in this. Two men slew all the men of the city, even though they were sore from the circumcision. You will see that this is what God wanted.)
26 And they slew Hamor and Shechem his son with the edge of the sword, and took Dinah out of Shechem's house, and went out.
27 The sons of Jacob came upon the slain, and spoiled the city, because they had defiled their sister.
(They took all of the riches that was within and without the city.)
28 They took their sheep, and their oxen, and their asses, and that which was in the city, and that which was in the field,
29 And all their wealth, and all their little ones, and their wives took they captive, and spoiled even all that was in the house.
(They made slaves out of the children and the wives.)
30 And Jacob said to Simeon and Levi, Ye have troubled me to make me to stink among the inhabitants of the land, among the Canaanites and the Perizzites: and I being few in number, they shall gather themselves together against me, and slay me; and I shall be destroyed, I and my house.
31 And they said, Should he deal with our sister as with an harlot?
1 And God said unto Jacob, Arise, go up to Beth-el, and dwell there: and make there an altar unto God, that appeared unto thee when thou fleddest from the face of Esau thy brother.
(Now we will see God intervene.)
2 Then Jacob said unto his household, and to all that were with him, Put away the strange gods that are among you, and be clean, and change your garments:
(Get rid of all the idols that may have been picked up in the spoils.)
3 And let us arise, and go up to Beth-el; and I will make there an altar unto God, who answered me in the day of my distress, and was with me in the way which I went.
(This is the place where Jacob had the dream of the ladder to heaven.)
4 And they gave unto Jacob all the strange gods which were in their hand, and all their earrings which were in their ears; and Jacob hid them under the oak which was by Shechem.
5 And they journeyed: and the terror of God was upon the cities that were round about them, and they did not pursue after the sons of Jacob.
(God made the Kenites afraid to touch His children.)
6 So Jacob came to Luz, which is in the land of Canaan, that is, Beth-el, he and all the people that were with him.
(Beth-el was called Luz before being changed to Beth-el.)
7 And he built there an altar, and called the place El-beth-el: because there God appeared unto him, when he fled from the face of his brother.
(El-beth-el means The God of the House of God.)
8 But Deborah Rebekah's nurse died, and she was buried beneath Beth-el under an oak: and the name of it was called Allon-bachuth.
(Allon-bachuth means the oak of weeping.)
9 And God appeared unto Jacob again, when he came out of Padan-aram, and blessed him.
10 And God said unto him, Thy name is Jacob: thy name shall not be called any more Jacob, but Israel shall be thy name: and he called his name Israel.
11 And God said unto him, I am God Almighty: be fruitful and multiply; a nation and a company of nations shall be of thee, and kings shall come out of thy loins;
(You are holding a King James Version Bible now. King James came from this very line.)
12 And the land which I gave Abraham and Isaac, to thee I will give it, and to thy seed after thee will I give the land.
13 And God went up from him in the place where he talked with him.
14 And Jacob set up a pillar in the place where he talked with him, even a pillar of stone: and he poured a drink offering thereon, and he poured oil thereon.
15 And Jacob called the name of the place where God spake with him, Beth-el.
16 And they journeyed from Beth-el; and there was but a little way to come to Ephrath: and Rachel travailed, and she had hard labour.
(Ephrath means fruitful. It will be Bethlehem.)
17 And it came to pass, when she was in hard labour, that the midwife said unto her, Fear not; thou shalt have this son also.
18 And it came to pass, as her soul was in departing, (for she died) that she called his name Ben-oni: but his father called him Benjamin.
(Ben-oni means son of my sorrow. Benjamin means son of my right hand. This twelfth birth brought about the twelve tribes of Israel.)
19 And Rachel died, and was buried in the way to Ephrath, which is Beth-lehem.
(This marks the place where Christ will be born and it will come through Israel. Remember the images that Rachel had stolen and Jacob's words that the person who had taken them not live. The last of the twelve had to be born first. Even though Jacob did not know that Rachel had taken them, it was the words he spoke that sealed her fate.)
20 And Jacob set a pillar upon her grave: that is the pillar of Rachel's grave unto this day.
21 And Israel journeyed, and spread his tent beyond the tower of Edar.
(Edar means the flock.)
22 And it came to pass, when Israel dwelt in that land, that Reuben went and lay with Bilhah his father's concubine: and Israel heard it. Now the sons of Jacob were twelve:
(This is seeing his father's nakedness.)
23 The sons of Leah; Reuben, Jacob's firstborn, and Simeon, and Levi, and Judah, and Issachar, and Zebulun:
24 The sons of Rachel; Joseph, and Benjamin:
25 And the sons of Bilhah, Rachel's handmaid; Dan, and Naphtali:
26 And the sons of Zilpah, Leah's handmaid; Gad, and Asher: these are the sons of Jacob, which were born to him in Padan-aram.
(And these are the twelve tribes of Israel.)
27 And Jacob came unto Isaac his father unto Mamre, unto the city of Arbah, which is Hebron, where Abraham and Isaac sojourned.
(This is to say that Jacob was finally coming home after being gone for so long.)
28 And the days of Isaac were an hundred and fourscore years.
29 And Isaac gave up the ghost, and died, and was gathered unto his people, being old and full of days: and his sons Esau and Jacob buried him.
1 Now these are the generations of Esau, who is Edom.
(Many of the names listed here have been changed. The meanings are the same but the language has changed.)
2 Esau took his wives of the daughters of Canaan; Adah the daughter of Elon the Hittite, and Aholibamah the daughter of Anah the daughter of Zibeon the Hivite;
3 And Bashemath Ishmael's daughter, sister of Nebajoth.
4 And Adah bare to Esau Eliphaz; and Bashemath bare Reuel;
5 And Aholibamah bare Jeush, and Jaalam, and Korah: these are the sons of Esau, which were born unto him in the land of Canaan.
6 And Esau took his wives, and his sons, and his daughters, and all the persons of his house, and his cattle, and all his beasts, and all his substance, which he had got in the land of Canaan; and went into the country from the face of his brother Jacob.
7 For their riches were more than that they might dwell together; and the land wherein they were strangers could not bear them because of their cattle.
8 Thus dwelt Esau in mount Seir: Esau is Edom.
9 And these are the generations of Esau the father of the Edomites in mount Seir:
10 These are the names of Esau's sons; Eliphaz the son of Adah the wife of Esau, Reuel the son of Bashemath the wife of Esau.
11 And the sons of Eliphaz were Teman, Omar, Zepho, and Gatam, and Kenaz.
12 And Timna was concubine to Eliphaz Esau's son; and she bare to Eliphaz Amalek: these were the sons of Adah Esau's wife.
13 And these are the sons of Reuel; Nahath, and Zerah, Shammah, and Mizzah: these were the sons of Bashemath Esau's wife.
14 And these were the sons of Aholibamah, the daughter of Anah the daughter of Zibeon, Esau's wife: and she bare to Esau Jeush, and Jaalam, and Korah.
15 These were dukes of the sons of Esau: the sons of Eliphaz the firstborn son of Esau; duke Teman, duke Omar, duke Zepho, duke Kenaz,
16 Duke Korah, duke Gatam, and duke Amalek: these are the dukes that came of Eliphaz in the land of Edom; these were the sons of Adah.
17 And these are the sons of Reuel Esau's son; duke Nahath, duke Zerah, duke Shammah, duke Mizzah: these are the dukes that came of Reuel in the land of Edom; these are the sons of Bashemath Esau's wife.
18 And these are the sons of Aholibamah Esau's wife; duke Jeush, duke Jaalam, duke Korah: these were the dukes that came of Aholibamah the daughter of Anah, Esau's wife.
19 These are the sons of Esau, who is Edom, and these are their dukes.
20 These are the sons of Seir the Horite, who inhabited the land; Lotan, and Shobal, and Zibeon, and Anah,
21 And Dishon, and Ezer, and Dishan: these are the dukes of the Horites, the children of Seir in the land of Edom.
22 And the children of Lotan were Hori and Hemam; and Lotan's sister was Timna.
23 And the children of Shobal were these; Alvan, and Manahath, and Ebal, Shepho, and Onam.
24 And these are the children of Zibeon; both Ajah, and Anah: this was that Anah that found the mules in the wilderness, as he fed the asses of Zibeon his father.
25 And the children of Anah were these; Dishon, and Aholibamah the daughter of Anah.
26 And these are the children of Dishon; Hemdan, and Eshban, and Ithran, and Cheran.
27 The children of Ezer are these; Bilhan, and Zaavan, and Akan.
28 The children of Dishan are these; Uz, and Aran.
29 These are the dukes that came of the Horites; duke Lotan, duke Shobal, duke Zibeon, duke Anah,
30 Duke Dishon, duke Ezer, duke Dishan: these are the dukes that came of Hori, among their dukes in the land of Seir.
31 And these are the kings that reigned in the land of Edom, before there reigned any king over the children of Israel.
(The land of Edom is Russia.)
32 And Bela the son of Beor reigned in Edom: and the name of his city was Dinhabah.
33 And Bela died, and Jobab the son of Zerah of Bozrah reigned in his stead.
34 And Jobab died, and Husham of the land of Temani reigned in his stead.
35 And Husham died, and Hadad the son of Bedad, who smote Midian in the field of Moab, reigned in his stead: and the name of his city was Avith.
36 And Hadad died, and Samlah of Masrekah reigned in his stead.
37 And Samlah died, and Saul of Rehoboth by the river reigned in his stead.
38 And Saul died, and Baal-hanan the son of Achbor reigned in his stead.
39 And Baal-hanan the son of Achbor died, and Hadar reigned in his stead: and the name of his city was Pau; and his wife's name was Mehetabel, the daughter of Matred, the daughter of Mezahab.
40 And these are the names of the dukes that came of Esau, according to their families, after their places, by their names; duke Timnah, duke Alvah, duke Jetheth,
41 Duke Aholibamah, duke Elah, duke Pinon,
42 Duke Kenaz, duke Teman, duke Mibzar,
43 Duke Magdiel, duke Iram: these be the dukes of Edom, according to their habitations in the land of their possession: he is Esau the father of the Edomites.
(Again, Edom is now known as Russia. The red nation.)
1 And Jacob dwelt in the land wherein his father was a stranger, in the land of Canaan.
(The land of Canaan was a dangerous land because of the Nephilim offspring.)
2 These are the generations of Jacob. Joseph, being seventeen years old, was feeding the flock with his brethren; and the lad was with the sons of Bilhah, and with the sons of Zilpah, his father's wives: and Joseph brought unto his father their evil report.
(Joseph told his father all that his brothers did. Kind of like a tattle tale.)
3 Now Israel loved Joseph more than all his children, because he was the son of his old age: and he made him a coat of many colours.
(The coat of many colours means of the heir of all and priestly.)
4 And when his brethren saw that their father loved him more than all his brethren, they hated him, and could not speak peaceably unto him.
(Josephs brothers could not even manage to speak a kind word to him. It seemed to them that they were doing all the work while Joseph was reaping all the rewards.)
5 And Joseph dreamed a dream, and he told it his brethren: and they hated him yet the more.
6 And he said unto them, Hear, I pray you, this dream which I have dreamed:
(Joseph seemed to be unaware that his brothers did not like him at all.)
7 For, behold, we were binding sheaves in the field, and, lo, my sheaf arose, and also stood upright; and, behold, your sheaves stood round about, and made obeisance to my sheaf.
(In other words, his dream said that he would rule over his brothers.)
8 And his brethren said to him, Shalt thou indeed reign over us? or shalt thou indeed have dominion over us? And they hated him yet the more for his dreams, and for his words.
9 And he dreamed yet another dream, and told it his brethren, and said, Behold, I have dreamed a dream more; and, behold, the sun and the moon and the eleven stars made obeisance to me.
(The sun and moon would be his mother and father and the eleven stars his brothers. These dreams are actually prophecy that will come to pass.)
10 And he told it to his father, and to his brethren: and his father rebuked him, and said unto him, What is this dream that thou hast dreamed? Shall I and thy mother and thy brethren indeed come to bow down ourselves to thee to the earth?
(This didn't go to well, even with Jacob.)
11 And his brethren envied him; but his father observed the saying.
(You will see that his brothers will sell Joseph.)
12 And his brethren went to feed their father's flock in Shechem.
13 And Israel said unto Joseph, Do not thy brethren feed the flock in Shechem? come, and I will send thee unto them. And he said to him, Here am I.
14 And he said to him, Go, I pray thee, see whether it be well with thy brethren, and well with the flocks; and bring me word again. So he sent him out of the vale of Hebron, and he came to Shechem.
15 And a certain man found him, and, behold, he was wandering in the field: and the man asked him, saying, What seekest thou?
16 And he said, I seek my brethren: tell me, I pray thee, where they feed their flocks.
17 And the man said, They are departed hence; for I heard them say, Let us go to Dothan. And Joseph went after his brethren, and found them in Dothan.
(Dothan means two wells.)
18 And when they saw him afar off, even before he came near unto them, they conspired against him to slay him.
(They truly hated Joseph.)
19 And they said one to another, Behold, this dreamer cometh.
20 Come now therefore, and let us slay him, and cast him into some pit, and we will say, Some evil beast hath devoured him: and we shall see what will become of his dreams.
21 And Reuben heard it, and he delivered him out of their hands; and said, Let us not kill him.
22 And Reuben said unto them, Shed no blood, but cast him into this pit that is in the wilderness, and lay no hand upon him; that he might rid him out of their hands, to deliver him to his father again.
(Reuben saved Joseph. He was the oldest and took responsibility and he knew Jacob loved Joseph.)
23 And it came to pass, when Joseph was come unto his brethren, that they stript Joseph out of his coat, his coat of many colours that was on him;
24 And they took him, and cast him into a pit: and the pit was empty, there was no water in it.
25 And they sat down to eat bread: and they lifted up their eyes and looked, and, behold, a company of Ishmeelites came from Gilead with their camels bearing spicery and balm and myrrh, going to carry it down to Egypt.
26 And Judah said unto his brethren, What profit is it if we slay our brother, and conceal his blood?
27 Come, and let us sell him to the Ishmeelites, and let not our hand be upon him; for he is our brother and our flesh. And his brethren were content.
(So they all conspired to sell Joseph to the Ishmeelites.)
28 Then there passed by Midianites merchantmen; and they drew and lifted up Joseph out of the pit, and sold Joseph to the Ishmeelites for twenty pieces of silver: and they brought Joseph into Egypt.
(This is exactly where God wanted him to be. The price of a slave was thirty pieces of silver so his brothers sold him for even less.)
29 And Reuben returned unto the pit; and, behold, Joseph was not in the pit; and he rent his clothes.
(Reuben did not know that Joseph had been sold.)
30 And he returned unto his brethren, and said, The child is not; and I, whither shall I go?
31 And they took Joseph's coat, and killed a kid of the goats, and dipped the coat in the blood;
(They did this to cover up what they had done.)
32 And they sent the coat of many colours, and they brought it to their father; and said, This have we found: know now whether it be thy son's coat or no.
33 And he knew it, and said, It is my son's coat; an evil beast hath devoured him; Joseph is without doubt rent in pieces.
(It never entered Jacobs mind that his own sons would sell their brother. God is always in control and we will see that all of these things happened according to God’s own will. Sometimes blessings come from the darkest moments.)
34 And Jacob rent his clothes, and put sackcloth upon his loins, and mourned for his son many days.
35 And all his sons and all his daughters rose up to comfort him; but he refused to be comforted; and he said, For I will go down into the grave unto my son mourning. Thus his father wept for him.
36 And the Midianites sold him into Egypt unto Potiphar, an officer of Pharaoh's, and captain of the guard.
1 And it came to pass at that time, that Judah went down from his brethren, and turned in to a certain Adullamite, whose name was Hirah.
(This was the time of sheering sheep. Whenever he was with Hirah, he seemed to get into trouble. It will be through Judah that Christ will come so God does intervene when necessary.)
2 And Judah saw there a daughter of a certain Canaanite, whose name was Shuah; and he took her, and went in unto her.
(Shuah means wealth. This means he married her.)
3 And she conceived, and bare a son; and he called his name Er.
(Er should have been Error because it certainly was. God will not allow Christ to come through this line. The Canaanites had mixed with the Nephilim and therefore their lineage was not pure. Canaanites are also mixed with Kenites, or sons of Cain. God will intervene.)
4 And she conceived again, and bare a son; and she called his name Onan.
(Onan means strong.)
5 And she yet again conceived, and bare a son; and called his name Shelah: and he was at Chezib, when she bare him.
(Shelah means petition. Chezib means false or lying.)
6 And Judah took a wife for Er his firstborn, whose name was Tamar.
(Tamar means palm tree and was from the Adamec line. She was pure but Er was not. It will be through Tamar that Christ will come but God cannot allow it to be through Er.)
7 And Er, Judah's firstborn, was wicked in the sight of the LORD; and the LORD slew him.
8 And Judah said unto Onan, Go in unto thy brother's wife, and marry her, and raise up seed to thy brother.
9 And Onan knew that the seed should not be his; and it came to pass, when he went in unto his brother's wife, that he spilled it on the ground, lest that he should give seed to his brother.
10 And the thing which he did displeased the LORD: wherefore he slew him also.
11 Then said Judah to Tamar his daughter in law, Remain a widow at thy father's house, till Shelah my son be grown: for he said, Lest peradventure he die also, as his brethren did. And Tamar went and dwelt in her father's house.
(Judah intends to give his son to Tamar but God has other plans.)
12 And in process of time the daughter of Shuah Judah's wife died; and Judah was comforted, and went up unto his sheepshearers to Timnath, he and his friend Hirah the Adullamite.
13 And it was told Tamar, saying, Behold thy father in law goeth up to Timnath to shear his sheep.
(Tamar was very smart and had the leading of God.)
14 And she put her widow's garments off from her, and covered her with a vail, and wrapped herself, and sat in an open place, which is by the way to Timnath; for she saw that Shelah was grown, and she was not given unto him to wife.
(She knew that Judah had lied.)
15 When Judah saw her, he thought her to be an harlot; because she had covered her face.
(She was not a harlot. She only covered her face so that he would not recognize her.)
16 And he turned unto her by the way, and said, Go to, I pray thee, let me come in unto thee; (for he knew not that she was his daughter in law.) And she said, What wilt thou give me, that thou mayest come in unto me?
17 And he said, I will send thee a kid from the flock. And she said, Wilt thou give me a pledge, till thou send it?
(Tamar is asking for something to hold until she gets the kid.)
18 And he said, What pledge shall I give thee? And she said, Thy signet, and thy bracelets, and thy staff that is in thine hand. And he gave it her, and came in unto her, and she conceived by him.
(The staff of Judah meant he was a ruler and the ring was the Kings ring. The bracelet held the seal for any business he would do. The lineage of Christ is something that God had protected from day one from Satan, no matter how hard he tried to mess it up.)
19 And she arose, and went away, and laid by her vail from her, and put on the garments of her widowhood.
20 And Judah sent the kid by the hand of his friend the Adullamite, to receive his pledge from the woman's hand: but he found her not.
21 Then he asked the men of that place, saying, Where is the harlot, that was openly by the way side? And they said, There was no harlot in this place.
(A harlot in this time in the land of the Canaanites was a sacred thing because of their religion.)
22 And he returned to Judah, and said, I cannot find her; and also the men of the place said, that there was no harlot in this place.
23 And Judah said, Let her take it to her, lest we be shamed: behold, I sent this kid, and thou hast not found her.
(A signet, staff and bracelet would have been very expensive but he decided to let her keep it instead of proclaiming it and he being embarrassed.)
24 And it came to pass about three months after, that it was told Judah, saying, Tamar thy daughter in law hath played the harlot; and also, behold, she is with child by whoredom. And Judah said, Bring her forth, and let her be burnt.
(Judah had refused to follow God's command in who he was supposed to marry and he is ready to burn Tamar.)
25 When she was brought forth, she sent to her father in law, saying, By the man, whose these are, am I with child: and she said, Discern, I pray thee, whose are these, the signet, and bracelets, and staff.
26 And Judah acknowledged them, and said, She hath been more righteous than I; because that I gave her not to Shelah my son. And he knew her again no more.
(Tamar was from a pure line and therefore this child she carried was pure as well. God intervened since Judah had taken the wrong wife.)
27 And it came to pass in the time of her travail, that, behold, twins were in her womb.
28 And it came to pass, when she travailed, that the one put out his hand: and the midwife took and bound upon his hand a scarlet thread, saying, This came out first.
(The red thread is symbolic of the blood that runs from one end of the Bible to the other. It is the blood line, from Adam and Eve, through which Christ would come. It continues on even unto His crucifixion and then even further as being the Saviour for the world.)
29 And it came to pass, as he drew back his hand, that, behold, his brother came out: and she said, How hast thou broken forth? this breach be upon thee: therefore his name was called Pharez.
(Pharez means breach. When the red hand came out it marked the house of the red thread.)
30 And afterward came out his brother, that had the scarlet thread upon his hand: and his name was called Zarah.
(Zarah means rising of the light. If God were not pleased with this, He would not have allowed it to happen.)
1 And Joseph was brought down to Egypt; and Potiphar, an officer of Pharaoh, captain of the guard, an Egyptian, bought him of the hands of the Ishmeelites, which had brought him down thither.
2 And the LORD was with Joseph, and he was a prosperous man; and he was in the house of his master the Egyptian.
(The Lord was with Joseph because Joseph was where God wanted him. Even though he was a slave, he was prosperous.)
3 And his master saw that the LORD was with him, and that the LORD made all that he did to prosper in his hand.
4 And Joseph found grace in his sight, and he served him: and he made him overseer over his house, and all that he had he put into his hand.
(The master knew that whatever Joseph did would turn out good so in putting him over his house, then he would prosper as well.)
5 And it came to pass from the time that he had made him overseer in his house, and over all that he had, that the LORD blessed the Egyptian's house for Joseph's sake; and the blessing of the LORD was upon all that he had in the house, and in the field.
6 And he left all that he had in Joseph's hand; and he knew not ought he had, save the bread which he did eat. And Joseph was a goodly person, and well favoured.
7 And it came to pass after these things, that his master's wife cast her eyes upon Joseph; and she said, Lie with me.
8 But he refused, and said unto his master's wife, Behold, my master wotteth not what is with me in the house, and he hath committed all that he hath to my hand;
9 There is none greater in this house than I; neither hath he kept back any thing from me but thee, because thou art his wife: how then can I do this great wickedness, and sin against God?
(Joseph was not going to do as she wanted.)
10 And it came to pass, as she spake to Joseph day by day, that he hearkened not unto her, to lie by her, or to be with her.
(Potiphars wife tried and tried to get Joseph to lie with her but time and again he refused. The storehouse at this time was at the back of the house. So Joseph would have had to enter the house everyday to get to the back of the house where he worked.)
11 And it came to pass about this time, that Joseph went into the house to do his business; and there was none of the men of the house there within.
(The house was empty save for Potiphars wife. Not a one of the men were in the house on this day.)
12 And she caught him by his garment, saying, Lie with me: and he left his garment in her hand, and fled, and got him out.
13 And it came to pass, when she saw that he had left his garment in her hand, and was fled forth,
(Joseph was running from his masters house without his clothes.)
14 That she called unto the men of her house, and spake unto them, saying, See, he hath brought in an Hebrew unto us to mock us; he came in unto me to lie with me, and I cried with a loud voice:
(Of course she was angry because Joseph had denied her so many times so she lied about what happened to save herself.)
15 And it came to pass, when he heard that I lifted up my voice and cried, that he left his garment with me, and fled, and got him out.
16 And she laid up his garment by her, until his lord came home.
(She laid the garment on the bed as if that is where Joseph had left it.)
17 And she spake unto him according to these words, saying, The Hebrew servant, which thou hast brought unto us, came in unto me to mock me:
18 And it came to pass, as I lifted up my voice and cried, that he left his garment with me, and fled out.
19 And it came to pass, when his master heard the words of his wife, which she spake unto him, saying, After this manner did thy servant to me; that his wrath was kindled.
20 And Joseph's master took him, and put him into the prison, a place where the king's prisoners were bound: and he was there in the prison.
(Remember that Potiphar was the prison keeper. Potiphar most likely knew his own wife pretty well.)
21 But the LORD was with Joseph, and shewed him mercy, and gave him favour in the sight of the keeper of the prison.
22 And the keeper of the prison committed to Joseph's hand all the prisoners that were in the prison; and whatsoever they did there, he was the doer of it.
23 The keeper of the prison looked not to any thing that was under his hand; because the LORD was with him, and that which he did, the LORD made it to prosper.
(Potiphar knew that God was with Joseph and he trusted him because he knew he was a good man.)
1 And it came to pass after these things, that the butler of the king of Egypt and his baker had offended their lord the king of Egypt.
(There is an upper and a lower Egypt. There is a king or Pharaoh ruled over each of these halves. Joseph will marry while in Egypt and we will see more of these upper and lower Egypt's. The shepherd kings had lower Egypt and Pharaoh had upper Egypt.)
2 And Pharaoh was wroth against two of his officers, against the chief of the butlers, and against the chief of the bakers.
3 And he put them in ward in the house of the captain of the guard, into the prison, the place where Joseph was bound.
4 And the captain of the guard charged Joseph with them, and he served them: and they continued a season in ward.
5 And they dreamed a dream both of them, each man his dream in one night, each man according to the interpretation of his dream, the butler and the baker of the king of Egypt, which were bound in the prison.
6 And Joseph came in unto them in the morning, and looked upon them, and, behold, they were sad.
7 And he asked Pharaoh's officers that were with him in the ward of his lord's house, saying, Wherefore look ye so sadly to day?
8 And they said unto him, We have dreamed a dream, and there is no interpreter of it. And Joseph said unto them, Do not interpretations belong to God? tell me them, I pray you.
9 And the chief butler told his dream to Joseph, and said to him, In my dream, behold, a vine was before me;
10 And in the vine were three branches: and it was as though it budded, and her blossoms shot forth; and the clusters thereof brought forth ripe grapes:
11 And Pharaoh's cup was in my hand: and I took the grapes, and pressed them into Pharaoh's cup, and I gave the cup into Pharaoh's hand.
(A butler was a food tester and a cup bearer.)
12 And Joseph said unto him, This is the interpretation of it: The three branches are three days:
13 Yet within three days shall Pharaoh lift up thine head, and restore thee unto thy place: and thou shalt deliver Pharaoh's cup into his hand, after the former manner when thou wast his butler.
(Joseph told that the butler would be reinstated in three days to the position that he had held before.)
14 But think on me when it shall be well with thee, and shew kindness, I pray thee, unto me, and make mention of me unto Pharaoh, and bring me out of this house:
(Joseph is asking to be mentioned before Pharaoh. He will be but not for a good while longer. As soon as the butler is freed, he forgets about Jacob.)
15 For indeed I was stolen away out of the land of the Hebrews: and here also have I done nothing that they should put me into the dungeon.
(Here Joseph is openly denying all that Potiphars wife has said.)
16 When the chief baker saw that the interpretation was good, he said unto Joseph, I also was in my dream, and, behold, I had three white baskets on my head:
(The original manuscripts say that these were wicker baskets with holes in it. The baker was like the head chef and over the storehouses. If the basket had holes, it meant stuff was coming up missing, meaning he was a thief.)
17 And in the uppermost basket there was of all manner of bakemeats for Pharaoh; and the birds did eat them out of the basket upon my head.
18 And Joseph answered and said, This is the interpretation thereof: The three baskets are three days:
19 Yet within three days shall Pharaoh lift up thy head from off thee, and shall hang thee on a tree; and the birds shall eat thy flesh from off thee.
(This means he will die by Pharaohs hand.)
20 And it came to pass the third day, which was Pharaoh's birthday, that he made a feast unto all his servants: and he lifted up the head of the chief butler and of the chief baker among his servants.
(Pharaoh held a trial.)
21 And he restored the chief butler unto his butlership again; and he gave the cup into Pharaoh's hand:
22 But he hanged the chief baker: as Joseph had interpreted to them.
23 Yet did not the chief butler remember Joseph, but forgat him.
(After getting his dream interpreted through God, he forgot him. He will remember him again but not for another two years. That is a long time to wait in prison.)
1 And it came to pass at the end of two full years, that Pharaoh dreamed: and, behold, he stood by the river.
2 And, behold, there came up out of the river seven well favoured kine and fatfleshed; and they fed in a meadow.
(Kine is cattle.)
3 And, behold, seven other kine came up after them out of the river, ill favoured and leanfleshed; and stood by the other kine upon the brink of the river.
(This would be the Nile.)
4 And the ill favoured and leanfleshed kine did eat up the seven well favoured and fat kine. So Pharaoh awoke.
(These dreams will greatly bother Pharaoh.)
5 And he slept and dreamed the second time: and, behold, seven ears of corn came up upon one stalk, rank and good.
(Rank means full, fat and good. To get seven full ears on one stalk means well blessed.)
6 And, behold, seven thin ears and blasted with the east wind sprung up after them.
(The east wind was right off the desert, meaning they were very dry and scarce.)
7 And the seven thin ears devoured the seven rank and full ears. And Pharaoh awoke, and, behold, it was a dream.
8 And it came to pass in the morning that his spirit was troubled; and he sent and called for all the magicians of Egypt, and all the wise men thereof: and Pharaoh told them his dream; but there was none that could interpret them unto Pharaoh.
(Remember, dreams can only be interpreted by God, if the dreams are from God. The dreams were unnatural because cows don't eat cows and corn does not eat corn.)
9 Then spake the chief butler unto Pharaoh, saying, I do remember my faults this day:
(Now the butler remembers Joseph.)
10 Pharaoh was wroth with his servants, and put me in ward in the captain of the guard's house, both me and the chief baker:
11 And we dreamed a dream in one night, I and he; we dreamed each man according to the interpretation of his dream.
12 And there was there with us a young man, an Hebrew, servant to the captain of the guard; and we told him, and he interpreted to us our dreams; to each man according to his dream he did interpret.
13 And it came to pass, as he interpreted to us, so it was; me he restored unto mine office, and him he hanged.
14 Then Pharaoh sent and called Joseph, and they brought him hastily out of the dungeon: and he shaved himself, and changed his raiment, and came in unto Pharaoh.
(Joseph cleaned up before seeing Pharaoh. A beard was a disgrace in Egypt.)
15 And Pharaoh said unto Joseph, I have dreamed a dream, and there is none that can interpret it: and I have heard say of thee, that thou canst understand a dream to interpret it.
16 And Joseph answered Pharaoh, saying, It is not in me: God shall give Pharaoh an answer of peace.
(Joseph gave rightful credit to God for the interpretation. This is how the blessings of God continue to flow. Don't take credit for things done unto yourself. Give to God what is His.)
17 And Pharaoh said unto Joseph, In my dream, behold, I stood upon the bank of the river:
18 And, behold, there came up out of the river seven kine, fatfleshed and well favoured; and they fed in a meadow:
19 And, behold, seven other kine came up after them, poor and very ill favoured and leanfleshed, such as I never saw in all the land of Egypt for badness:
20 And the lean and the ill favoured kine did eat up the first seven fat kine:
21 And when they had eaten them up, it could not be known that they had eaten them; but they were still ill favoured, as at the beginning. So I awoke.
22 And I saw in my dream, and, behold, seven ears came up in one stalk, full and good:
23 And, behold, seven ears, withered, thin, and blasted with the east wind, sprung up after them:
24 And the thin ears devoured the seven good ears: and I told this unto the magicians; but there was none that could declare it to me.
25 And Joseph said unto Pharaoh, The dream of Pharaoh is one: God hath shewed Pharaoh what he is about to do.
(Both dreams being as one means that it is a second witness. Both dreams mean the exact same thing.)
26 The seven good kine are seven years; and the seven good ears are seven years: the dream is one.
(Both dreams mean the same thing.)
27 And the seven thin and ill favoured kine that came up after them are seven years; and the seven empty ears blasted with the east wind shall be seven years of famine.
28 This is the thing which I have spoken unto Pharaoh: What God is about to do He sheweth unto Pharaoh.
(God is letting Pharaoh know that there will be seven years of famine coming.)
29 Behold, there come seven years of great plenty throughout all the land of Egypt:
30 And there shall arise after them seven years of famine; and all the plenty shall be forgotten in the land of Egypt; and the famine shall consume the land;
(In history, the tablets and writings have been found giving testimony to this famine. Man's history backs up Gods word.)
31 And the plenty shall not be known in the land by reason of that famine following; for it shall be very grievous.
32 And for that the dream was doubled unto Pharaoh twice; it is because the thing is established by God, and God will shortly bring it to pass.
(Since God gave him this dream, He also gave him a double witness to it.)
33 Now therefore let Pharaoh look out a man discreet and wise, and set him over the land of Egypt.
34 Let Pharaoh do this, and let him appoint officers over the land, and take up the fifth part of the land of Egypt in the seven plenteous years.
(Joseph is telling Pharaoh to tax everyone one fifth during the good years.)
35 And let them gather all the food of those good years that come, and lay up corn under the hand of Pharaoh, and let them keep food in the cities.
36 And that food shall be for store to the land against the seven years of famine, which shall be in the land of Egypt; that the land perish not through the famine.
37 And the thing was good in the eyes of Pharaoh, and in the eyes of all his servants.
38 And Pharaoh said unto his servants, Can we find such a one as this is, a man in whom the Spirit of God is?
39 And Pharaoh said unto Joseph, Forasmuch as God hath shewed thee all this, there is none so discreet and wise as thou art:
40 Thou shalt be over my house, and according unto thy word shall all my people be ruled: only in the throne will I be greater than thou.
(Pharaoh gave Joseph rule over all of Egypt.)
41 And Pharaoh said unto Joseph, See, I have set thee over all the land of Egypt.
42 And Pharaoh took off his ring from his hand, and put it upon Joseph's hand, and arrayed him in vestures of fine linen, and put a gold chain about his neck;
43 And he made him to ride in the second chariot which he had; and they cried before him, Bow the knee: and he made him ruler over all the land of Egypt.
44 And Pharaoh said unto Joseph, I am Pharaoh, and without thee shall no man lift up his hand or foot in all the land of Egypt.
(Not only will Joseph save Egypt but also Israel.)
45 And Pharaoh called Joseph's name Zaphnath-paaneah; and he gave him to wife Asenath the daughter of Poti-pherah priest of On. And Joseph went out over all the land of Egypt.
46 And Joseph was thirty years old when he stood before Pharaoh king of Egypt. And Joseph went out from the presence of Pharaoh, and went throughout all the land of Egypt.
47 And in the seven plenteous years the earth brought forth by handfuls.
48 And he gathered up all the food of the seven years, which were in the land of Egypt, and laid up the food in the cities: the food of the field, which was round about every city, laid he up in the same.
49 And Joseph gathered corn as the sand of the sea, very much, until he left numbering; for it was without number.
(There was so much corn that it couldn't be counted.)
50 And unto Joseph were born two sons before the years of famine came, which Asenath the daughter of Poti-pherah priest of On bare unto him.
51 And Joseph called the name of the firstborn Manasseh: For God, said he, hath made me forget all my toil, and all my father's house.
(Joseph forgot to be angry at his brothers)
52 And the name of the second called he Ephraim: For God hath caused me to be fruitful in the land of my affliction.
(Some scholars refer to Manasseh and Ephraim as the United States and Great Britain. Manasseh being the United States and Ephraim being great Britain.)
53 And the seven years of plenteousness, that was in the land of Egypt, were ended.
54 And the seven years of dearth began to come, according as Joseph had said: and the dearth was in all lands; but in all the land of Egypt there was bread.
55 And when all the land of Egypt was famished, the people cried to Pharaoh for bread: and Pharaoh said unto all the Egyptians, Go unto Joseph; what he saith to you, do.
56 And the famine was over all the face of the earth: And Joseph opened all the storehouses, and sold unto the Egyptians; and the famine waxed sore in the land of Egypt.
57 And all countries came into Egypt to Joseph for to buy corn; because that the famine was so sore in all lands.
1 Now when Jacob saw that there was corn in Egypt, Jacob said unto his sons, Why do ye look one upon another?
(Jacob is asking why there are standing around doing nothing when there is food in Egypt.)
2 And he said, Behold, I have heard that there is corn in Egypt: get you down thither, and buy for us from thence; that we may live, and not die.
3 And Joseph's ten brethren went down to buy corn in Egypt.
4 But Benjamin, Joseph's brother, Jacob sent not with his brethren; for he said, Lest peradventure mischief befall him.
5 And the sons of Israel came to buy corn among those that came: for the famine was in the land of Canaan.
6 And Joseph was the governor over the land, and he it was that sold to all the people of the land: and Joseph's brethren came, and bowed down themselves before him with their faces to the earth.
(Here is the fulfillment of his dream. Remember he said that his bundle of grain would be upright and theirs would bow down to his.)
7 And Joseph saw his brethren, and he knew them, but made himself strange unto them, and spake roughly unto them; and he said unto them, Whence come ye? And they said, From the land of Canaan to buy food.
(Joseph is not ready for his brothers to know who he is.)
8 And Joseph knew his brethren, but they knew not him.
(It had been a long time and the way Jacob was dressed made for a good disguise.)
9 And Joseph remembered the dreams which he dreamed of them, and said unto them, Ye are spies; to see the nakedness of the land ye are come.
10 And they said unto him, Nay, my lord, but to buy food are thy servants come.
11 We are all one man's sons; we are true men, thy servants are no spies.
12 And he said unto them, Nay, but to see the nakedness of the land ye are come.
13 And they said, Thy servants are twelve brethren, the sons of one man in the land of Canaan; and, behold, the youngest is this day with our father, and one is not.
14 And Joseph said unto them, That is it that I spake unto you, saying, Ye are spies:
15 Hereby ye shall be proved: By the life of Pharaoh ye shall not go forth hence, except your youngest brother come hither.
16 Send one of you, and let him fetch your brother, and ye shall be kept in prison, that your words may be proved, whether there be any truth in you: or else by the life of Pharaoh surely ye are spies.
17 And he put them all together into ward three days.
18 And Joseph said unto them the third day, This do, and live; for I fear God:
19 If ye be true men, let one of your brethren be bound in the house of your prison: go ye, carry corn for the famine of your houses:
20 But bring your youngest brother unto me; so shall your words be verified, and ye shall not die. And they did so.
21 And they said one to another, We are verily guilty concerning our brother, in that we saw the anguish of his soul, when he besought us, and we would not hear; therefore is this distress come upon us.
(They are talking about when they sold Joseph.)
22 And Reuben answered them, saying, Spake I not unto you, saying, Do not sin against the child; and ye would not hear? therefore, behold, also his blood is required.
23 And they knew not that Joseph understood them; for he spake unto them by an interpreter.
24 And he turned himself about from them, and wept; and returned to them again, and communed with them, and took from them Simeon, and bound him before their eyes.
25 Then Joseph commanded to fill their sacks with corn, and to restore every man's money into his sack, and to give them provision for the way: and thus did he unto them.
(He wasn’t going to make his own family pay to be provided with the things they needed.)
26 And they laded their asses with the corn, and departed thence.
27 And as one of them opened his sack to give his ass provender in the inn, he espied his money; for, behold, it was in his sack's mouth.
28 And he said unto his brethren, My money is restored; and, lo, it is even in my sack: and their heart failed them, and they were afraid, saying one to another, What is this that God hath done unto us?
(They thought they were going to be accused of being thieves as well as spies.)
29 And they came unto Jacob their father unto the land of Canaan, and told him all that befell unto them; saying,
30 The man, who is the lord of the land, spake roughly to us, and took us for spies of the country.
31 And we said unto him, We are true men; we are no spies:
32 We be twelve brethren, sons of our father; one is not, and the youngest is this day with our father in the land of Canaan.
33 And the man, the lord of the country, said unto us, Hereby shall I know that ye are true men; leave one of your brethren here with me, and take food for the famine of your households, and be gone:
34 And bring your youngest brother unto me: then shall I know that ye are no spies, but that ye are true men: so will I deliver you your brother, and ye shall traffick in the land.
35 And it came to pass as they emptied their sacks, that, behold, every man's bundle of money was in his sack: and when both they and their father saw the bundles of money, they were afraid.
36 And Jacob their father said unto them, Me have ye bereaved of my children: Joseph is not, and Simeon is not, and ye will take Benjamin away: all these things are against me.
37 And Reuben spake unto his father, saying, Slay my two sons, if I bring him not to thee: deliver him into my hand, and I will bring him to thee again.
38 And he said, My son shall not go down with you; for his brother is dead, and he is left alone: if mischief befall him by the way in the which ye go, then shall ye bring down my gray hairs with sorrow to the grave.
1 And the famine was sore in the land.
2 And it came to pass, when they had eaten up the corn which they had brought out of Egypt, their father said unto them, Go again, buy us a little food.
3 And Judah spake unto him, saying, The man did solemnly protest unto us, saying, Ye shall not see my face, except your brother be with you.
4 If thou wilt send our brother with us, we will go down and buy thee food:
5 But if thou wilt not send him, we will not go down: for the man said unto us, Ye shall not see my face, except your brother be with you.
(They fear they will be killed as spies if they don't bring Benjamin. They also know that Jacob is very protective of Benjamin.)
6 And Israel said, Wherefore dealt ye so ill with me, as to tell the man whether ye had yet a brother?
7 And they said, The man asked us straitly of our state, and of our kindred, saying, Is your father yet alive? have ye another brother? and we told him according to the tenor of these words: could we certainly know that he would say, Bring your brother down?
(They are saying how could they have possibly known that they would be required to bring their youngest brother.)
8 And Judah said unto Israel his father, Send the lad with me, and we will arise and go; that we may live, and not die, both we, and thou, and also our little ones.
9 I will be surety for him; of my hand shalt thou require him: if I bring him not unto thee, and set him before thee, then let me bear the blame for ever:
10 For except we had lingered, surely now we had returned this second time.
11 And their father Israel said unto them, If it must be so now, do this; take of the best fruits in the land in your vessels, and carry down the man a present, a little balm, and a little honey, spices, and myrrh, nuts, and almonds:
12 And take double money in your hand; and the money that was brought again in the mouth of your sacks, carry it again in your hand; peradventure it was an oversight:
13 Take also your brother, and arise, go again unto the man:
14 And God Almighty give you mercy before the man, that he may send away your other brother, and Benjamin. If I be bereaved of my children, I am bereaved.
15 And the men took that present, and they took double money in their hand, and Benjamin; and rose up, and went down to Egypt, and stood before Joseph.
16 And when Joseph saw Benjamin with them, he said to the ruler of his house, Bring these men home, and slay, and make ready; for these men shall dine with me at noon.
17 And the man did as Joseph bade; and the man brought the men into Joseph's house.
18 And the men were afraid, because they were brought into Joseph's house; and they said, Because of the money that was returned in our sacks at the first time are we brought in; that he may seek occasion against us, and fall upon us, and take us for bondmen, and our asses.
19 And they came near to the steward of Joseph's house, and they communed with him at the door of the house,
20 And said, O sir, we came indeed down at the first time to buy food:
21 And it came to pass, when we came to the inn, that we opened our sacks, and, behold, every man's money was in the mouth of his sack, our money in full weight: and we have brought it again in our hand.
22 And other money have we brought down in our hands to buy food: we cannot tell who put our money in our sacks.
(They are telling Jacob that they had the money from the first transaction and have brought that money along with money for another portion.)
23 And he said, Peace be to you, fear not: your God, and the God of your father, hath given you treasure in your sacks: I had your money. And he brought Simeon out unto them.
(The servant is telling them not to worry.)
24 And the man brought the men into Joseph's house, and gave them water, and they washed their feet; and he gave their asses provender.
25 And they made ready the present against Joseph came at noon: for they heard that they should eat bread there.
26 And when Joseph came home, they brought him the present which was in their hand into the house, and bowed themselves to him to the earth.
27 And he asked them of their welfare, and said, Is your father well, the old man of whom ye spake? Is he yet alive?
28 And they answered, Thy servant our father is in good health, he is yet alive. And they bowed down their heads, and made obeisance.
29 And he lifted up his eyes, and saw his brother Benjamin, his mother's son, and said, Is this your younger brother, of whom ye spake unto me? And he said, God be gracious unto thee, my son.
30 And Joseph made haste; for his bowels did yearn upon his brother: and he sought where to weep; and he entered into his chamber, and wept there.
(This means that deep inside the emotion was great for Joseph.)
31 And he washed his face, and went out, and refrained himself, and said, Set on bread.
32 And they set on for him by himself, and for them by themselves, and for the Egyptians, which did eat with him, by themselves: because the Egyptians might not eat bread with the Hebrews; for that is an abomination unto the Egyptians.
(It was customary for someone of Josephs stature to eat at his own table.)
33 And they sat before him, the firstborn according to his birthright, and the youngest according to his youth: and the men marvelled one at another.
34 And he took and sent messes unto them from before him: but Benjamin's mess was five times so much as any of their's. And they drank, and were merry with him.
(The word "mess" is Strong's H4864 and is mas'eth and means portion. So Joseph gave Benjamin five times as much as he gave the others but they were not jealous of him.)
1 And he commanded the steward of his house, saying, Fill the men's sacks with food, as much as they can carry, and put every man's money in his sack's mouth.
2 And put my cup, the silver cup, in the sack's mouth of the youngest, and his corn money. And he did according to the word that Joseph had spoken.
3 As soon as the morning was light, the men were sent away, they and their asses.
4 And when they were gone out of the city, and not yet far off, Joseph said unto his steward, Up, follow after the men; and when thou dost overtake them, say unto them, Wherefore have ye rewarded evil for good?
(Joseph wants Benjamin to stay with him. He misses his full brother greatly. Also, he is testing his brothers again to see what they will do.)
5 Is not this it in which my lord drinketh, and whereby indeed he divineth? ye have done evil in so doing.
6 And he overtook them, and he spake unto them these same words.
7 And they said unto him, Wherefore saith my lord these words? God forbid that thy servants should do according to this thing:
8 Behold, the money, which we found in our sacks' mouths, we brought again unto thee out of the land of Canaan: how then should we steal out of thy lord's house silver or gold?
9 With whomsoever of thy servants it be found, both let him die, and we also will be my lord's bondmen.
10 And he said, Now also let it be according unto your words: he with whom it is found shall be my servant; and ye shall be blameless.
11 Then they speedily took down every man his sack to the ground, and opened every man his sack.
12 And he searched, and began at the eldest, and left at the youngest: and the cup was found in Benjamin's sack.
13 Then they rent their clothes, and laded every man his ass, and returned to the city.
14 And Judah and his brethren came to Joseph's house; for he was yet there: and they fell before him on the ground.
15 And Joseph said unto them, What deed is this that ye have done? wot ye not that such a man as I can certainly divine?
16 And Judah said, What shall we say unto my lord? what shall we speak? or how shall we clear ourselves? God hath found out the iniquity of thy servants: behold, we are my lord's servants, both we, and he also with whom the cup is found.
17 And he said, God forbid that I should do so: but the man in whose hand the cup is found, he shall be my servant; and as for you, get you up in peace unto your father.
18 Then Judah came near unto him, and said, Oh my lord, let thy servant, I pray thee, speak a word in my lord's ears, and let not thine anger burn against thy servant: for thou art even as Pharaoh.
19 My lord asked his servants, saying, Have ye a father, or a brother?
20 And we said unto my lord, We have a father, an old man, and a child of his old age, a little one; and his brother is dead, and he alone is left of his mother, and his father loveth him.
(Judah still does not know that this is Joseph.)
21 And thou saidst unto thy servants, Bring him down unto me, that I may set mine eyes upon him.
22 And we said unto my lord, The lad cannot leave his father: for if he should leave his father, his father would die.
23 And thou saidst unto thy servants, Except your youngest brother come down with you, ye shall see my face no more.
24 And it came to pass when we came up unto thy servant my father, we told him the words of my lord.
25 And our father said, Go again, and buy us a little food.
26 And we said, We cannot go down: if our youngest brother be with us, then will we go down: for we may not see the man's face, except our youngest brother be with us.
27 And thy servant my father said unto us, Ye know that my wife bare me two sons:
28 And the one went out from me, and I said, Surely he is torn in pieces; and I saw him not since:
29 And if ye take this also from me, and mischief befall him, ye shall bring down my gray hairs with sorrow to the grave.
30 Now therefore when I come to thy servant my father, and the lad be not with us; seeing that his life is bound up in the lad's life;
31 It shall come to pass, when he seeth that the lad is not with us, that he will die: and thy servants shall bring down the gray hairs of thy servant our father with sorrow to the grave.
32 For thy servant became surety for the lad unto my father, saying, If I bring him not unto thee, then I shall bear the blame to my father for ever.
33 Now therefore, I pray thee, let thy servant abide instead of the lad a bondman to my lord; and let the lad go up with his brethren.
(He is offering to give himself as a slave instead of Benjamin because of the love his father felt for Benjamin.)
34 For how shall I go up to my father, and the lad be not with me? lest peradventure I see the evil that shall come on my father.
1 Then Joseph could not refrain himself before all them that stood by him; and he cried, Cause every man to go out from me. And there stood no man with him, while Joseph made himself known unto his brethren.
2 And he wept aloud: and the Egyptians and the house of Pharaoh heard.
3 And Joseph said unto his brethren, I am Joseph; doth my father yet live? And his brethren could not answer him; for they were troubled at his presence.
4 And Joseph said unto his brethren, Come near to me, I pray you. And they came near. And he said, I am Joseph your brother, whom ye sold into Egypt.
5 Now therefore be not grieved, nor angry with yourselves, that ye sold me hither: for God did send me before you to preserve life.
6 For these two years hath the famine been in the land: and yet there are five years, in the which there shall neither be earing nor harvest.
7 And God sent me before you to preserve you a posterity in the earth, and to save your lives by a great deliverance.
8 So now it was not you that sent me hither, but God: and he hath made me a father to Pharaoh, and lord of all his house, and a ruler throughout all the land of Egypt.
9 Haste ye, and go up to my father, and say unto him, Thus saith thy son Joseph, God hath made me lord of all Egypt: come down unto me, tarry not:
10 And thou shalt dwell in the land of Goshen, and thou shalt be near unto me, thou, and thy children, and thy children's children, and thy flocks, and thy herds, and all that thou hast:
11 And there will I nourish thee; for yet there are five years of famine; lest thou, and thy household, and all that thou hast, come to poverty.
12 And, behold, your eyes see, and the eyes of my brother Benjamin, that it is my mouth that speaketh unto you.
(In the Hebrew tongue translates this as he is a very blessed man in Egypt. There are no words to express it.)
13 And ye shall tell my father of all my glory in Egypt, and of all that ye have seen; and ye shall haste and bring down my father hither.
14 And he fell upon his brother Benjamin's neck, and wept; and Benjamin wept upon his neck.
(This was a very emotional reunion.)
15 Moreover he kissed all his brethren, and wept upon them: and after that his brethren talked with him.
16 And the fame thereof was heard in Pharaoh's house, saying, Joseph's brethren are come: and it pleased Pharaoh well, and his servants.
17 And Pharaoh said unto Joseph, Say unto thy brethren, This do ye; lade your beasts, and go, get you unto the land of Canaan;
18 And take your father and your households, and come unto me: and I will give you the good of the land of Egypt, and ye shall eat the fat of the land.
19 Now thou art commanded, this do ye; take you wagons out of the land of Egypt for your little ones, and for your wives, and bring your father, and come.
20 Also regard not your stuff; for the good of all the land of Egypt is your's.
21 And the children of Israel did so: and Joseph gave them wagons, according to the commandment of Pharaoh, and gave them provision for the way.
22 To all of them he gave each man changes of raiment; but to Benjamin he gave three hundred pieces of silver, and five changes of raiment.
(He felt a special bond with Benjamin because he was his only natural full brother. He blessed him above the others.)
23 And to his father he sent after this manner; ten asses laden with the good things of Egypt, and ten she asses laden with corn and bread and meat for his father by the way.
24 So he sent his brethren away, and they departed: and he said unto them, See that ye fall not out by the way.
(Joseph is telling them to not lay blame on each other, to just be happy.)
25 And they went up out of Egypt, and came into the land of Canaan unto Jacob their father,
26 And told him, saying, Joseph is yet alive, and he is governor over all the land of Egypt. And Jacob's heart fainted, for he believed them not.
27 And they told him all the words of Joseph, which he had said unto them: and when he saw the wagons which Joseph had sent to carry him, the spirit of Jacob their father revived:
28 And Israel said, It is enough; Joseph my son is yet alive: I will go and see him before I die.
(Jacob was very happy.)
1 And Israel took his journey with all that he had, and came to Beer-sheba, and offered sacrifices unto the God of his father Isaac.
(Here again at the well of the seven oaths. The first thing Jacob did was give God thanks.)
2 And God spake unto Israel in the visions of the night, and said, Jacob, Jacob. And he said, Here am I.
3 And he said, I am God, the God of thy father: fear not to go down into Egypt; for I will there make of thee a great nation:
4 I will go down with thee into Egypt; and I will also surely bring thee up again: and Joseph shall put his hand upon thine eyes.
(God is telling him that he will die in Egypt but that he will be brought back to his land to be buried.)
5 And Jacob rose up from Beer-sheba: and the sons of Israel carried Jacob their father, and their little ones, and their wives, in the wagons which Pharaoh had sent to carry him.
6 And they took their cattle, and their goods, which they had gotten in the land of Canaan, and came into Egypt, Jacob, and all his seed with him:
7 His sons, and his sons' sons with him, his daughters, and his sons' daughters, and all his seed brought he with him into Egypt.
(There will be seventy all together.)
8 And these are the names of the children of Israel, which came into Egypt, Jacob and his sons: Reuben, Jacob's firstborn.
9 And the sons of Reuben; Hanoch, and Phallu, and Hezron, and Carmi.
10 And the sons of Simeon; Jemuel, and Jamin, and Ohad, and Jachin, and Zohar, and Shaul the son of a Canaanitish woman.
11 And the sons of Levi; Gershon, Kohath, and Merari.
(This is the priest line.)
12 And the sons of Judah; Er, and Onan, and Shelah, and Pharez, and Zerah: but Er and Onan died in the land of Canaan. And the sons of Pharez were Hezron and Hamul.
(This is the king line. Pharez and Zerah are the sons of Tamar. Sons she had when she was forced to trick Judah. Everything happens according to God’s will.)
13 And the sons of Issachar; Tola, and Phuvah, and Job, and Shimron.
14 And the sons of Zebulun; Sered, and Elon, and Jahleel.
15 These be the sons of Leah, which she bare unto Jacob in Padan-aram, with his daughter Dinah: all the souls of his sons and his daughters were thirty and three.
16 And the sons of Gad; Ziphion, and Haggi, Shuni, and Ezbon, Eri, and Arodi, and Areli.
17 And the sons of Asher; Jimnah, and Ishuah, and Isui, and Beriah, and Serah their sister: and the sons of Beriah; Heber, and Malchiel.
18 These are the sons of Zilpah, whom Laban gave to Leah his daughter, and these she bare unto Jacob, even sixteen souls.
19 The sons of Rachel Jacob's wife; Joseph, and Benjamin.
(Remember that Jacob changed Benjamin's name.)
20 And unto Joseph in the land of Egypt were born Manasseh and Ephraim, which Asenath the daughter of Poti-pherah priest of On bare unto him.
(Asenath was a daughter of the shepherd kings. Manasseh and Ephraim will receive a double portion in blessings. Ephraim will become known as Europe and Manasseh will become known as America. Even though Manasseh is older, Ephraim will be blessed first.)
21 And the sons of Benjamin were Belah, and Becher, and Ashbel, Gera, and Naaman, Ehi, and Rosh, Muppim, and Huppim, and Ard.
22 These are the sons of Rachel, which were born to Jacob: all the souls were fourteen.
23 And the sons of Dan; Hushim.
24 And the sons of Naphtali; Jahzeel, and Guni, and Jezer, and Shillem.
25 These are the sons of Bilhah, which Laban gave unto Rachel his daughter, and she bare these unto Jacob: all the souls were seven.
26 All the souls that came with Jacob into Egypt, which came out of his loins, besides Jacob's sons' wives, all the souls were threescore and six;
27 And the sons of Joseph, which were born him in Egypt, were two souls: all the souls of the house of Jacob, which came into Egypt, were threescore and ten.
(Seventy is Israel's restoration.)
28 And he sent Judah before him unto Joseph, to direct his face unto Goshen; and they came into the land of Goshen.
(Goshen is in lower Egypt where the shepherd kings dwelled.)
29 And Joseph made ready his chariot, and went up to meet Israel his father, to Goshen, and presented himself unto him; and he fell on his neck, and wept on his neck a good while.
30 And Israel said unto Joseph, Now let me die, since I have seen thy face, because thou art yet alive.
(Meaning that he could now die peacefully and happy because he saw his son's face that he thought was dead.)
31 And Joseph said unto his brethren, and unto his father's house, I will go up, and shew Pharaoh, and say unto him, My brethren, and my father's house, which were in the land of Canaan, are come unto me;
32 And the men are shepherds, for their trade hath been to feed cattle; and they have brought their flocks, and their herds, and all that they have.
33 And it shall come to pass, when Pharaoh shall call you, and shall say, What is your occupation?
34 That ye shall say, Thy servants' trade hath been about cattle from our youth even until now, both we, and also our fathers: that ye may dwell in the land of Goshen; for every shepherd is an abomination unto the Egyptians.
(This is why Egypt was divided into a lower and an upper part. The shepherd kings were in the lower. What Joseph wants is a separation for his family. This Pharaoh was a shepherd king. He had his own herds. This means that this Pharaoh was a Hebrew and not an Egyptian. Egyptians did not own cattle and this proves Pharaoh’s lineage.)
1 Then Joseph came and told Pharaoh, and said, My father and my brethren, and their flocks, and their herds, and all that they have, are come out of the land of Canaan; and, behold, they are in the land of Goshen.
2 And he took some of his brethren, even five men, and presented them unto Pharaoh.
(Remember five is God's grace.)
3 And Pharaoh said unto his brethren, What is your occupation? And they said unto Pharaoh, Thy servants are shepherds, both we, and also our fathers.
4 They said moreover unto Pharaoh, For to sojourn in the land are we come; for thy servants have no pasture for their flocks; for the famine is sore in the land of Canaan: now therefore, we pray thee, let thy servants dwell in the land of Goshen.
5 And Pharaoh spake unto Joseph, saying, Thy father and thy brethren are come unto thee:
6 The land of Egypt is before thee; in the best of the land make thy father and brethren to dwell; in the land of Goshen let them dwell: and if thou knowest any men of activity among them, then make them rulers over my cattle.
7 And Joseph brought in Jacob his father, and set him before Pharaoh: and Jacob blessed Pharaoh.
8 And Pharaoh said unto Jacob, How old art thou?
9 And Jacob said unto Pharaoh, The days of the years of my pilgrimage are an hundred and thirty years: few and evil have the days of the years of my life been, and have not attained unto the days of the years of the life of my fathers in the days of their pilgrimage.
10 And Jacob blessed Pharaoh, and went out from before Pharaoh.
11 And Joseph placed his father and his brethren, and gave them a possession in the land of Egypt, in the best of the land, in the land of Rameses, as Pharaoh had commanded.
(Rameses means child of the son. It was in Goshen.)
12 And Joseph nourished his father, and his brethren, and all his father's household, with bread, according to their families.
(This means he took care of them and made sure all their needs were met.)
13 And there was no bread in all the land; for the famine was very sore, so that the land of Egypt and all the land of Canaan fainted by reason of the famine.
(This is the famine part of the prophecy.)
14 And Joseph gathered up all the money that was found in the land of Egypt, and in the land of Canaan, for the corn which they bought: and Joseph brought the money into Pharaoh's house.
15 And when money failed in the land of Egypt, and in the land of Canaan, all the Egyptians came unto Joseph, and said, Give us bread: for why should we die in thy presence? for the money faileth.
(This means they have no more money.)
16 And Joseph said, Give your cattle; and I will give you for your cattle, if money fail.
17 And they brought their cattle unto Joseph: and Joseph gave them bread in exchange for horses, and for the flocks, and for the cattle of the herds, and for the asses: and he fed them with bread for all their cattle for that year.
(This way they would not have to feed all of their cattle but could keep the food for themselves.)
18 When that year was ended, they came unto him the second year, and said unto him, We will not hide it from my lord, how that our money is spent; my lord also hath our herds of cattle; there is not ought left in the sight of my lord, but our bodies, and our lands:
(They are offering to become bondmen, or servants if you will, to be able to eat. They will ask for seeds to plant food.)
19 Wherefore shall we die before thine eyes, both we and our land? buy us and our land for bread, and we and our land will be servants unto Pharaoh: and give us seed, that we may live, and not die, that the land be not desolate.
(They trusted Joseph and knew that the end of the famine was near as this was the seventh year. They wanted seed to replant the land.)
20 And Joseph bought all the land of Egypt for Pharaoh; for the Egyptians sold every man his field, because the famine prevailed over them: so the land became Pharaoh's.
21 And as for the people, he removed them to cities from one end of the borders of Egypt even to the other end thereof.
22 Only the land of the priests bought he not; for the priests had a portion assigned them of Pharaoh, and did eat their portion which Pharaoh gave them: wherefore they sold not their lands.
23 Then Joseph said unto the people, Behold, I have bought you this day and your land for Pharaoh: lo, here is seed for you, and ye shall sow the land.
24 And it shall come to pass in the increase, that ye shall give the fifth part unto Pharaoh, and four parts shall be your own, for seed of the field, and for your food, and for them of your households, and for food for your little ones.
(Most of what the people have will be theirs to keep. They were treated fairly and were taken care of.)
25 And they said, Thou hast saved our lives: let us find grace in the sight of my lord, and we will be Pharaoh's servants.
26 And Joseph made it a law over the land of Egypt unto this day, that Pharaoh should have the fifth part; except the land of the priests only, which became not Pharaoh's.
27 And Israel dwelt in the land of Egypt, in the country of Goshen; and they had possessions therein, and grew, and multiplied exceedingly.
28 And Jacob lived in the land of Egypt seventeen years: so the whole age of Jacob was an hundred forty and seven years.
(When Jacob is referred to as Jacob, it is talking about his flesh body. When he is referred to as Israel, it is talking about the spiritual aspect and the nation. Seventeen means victory.)
29 And the time drew nigh that Israel must die: and he called his son Joseph, and said unto him, If now I have found grace in thy sight, put, I pray thee, thy hand under my thigh, and deal kindly and truly with me; bury me not, I pray thee, in Egypt:
(Remember that God told Jacob that he would die in Egypt but not be buried there.)
30 But I will lie with my fathers, and thou shalt carry me out of Egypt, and bury me in their buryingplace. And he said, I will do as thou hast said.
31 And he said, Swear unto me. And he sware unto him. And Israel bowed himself upon the bed's head.
(The word “bed” is Strong's H4296 and is from H5186 which is natah and means to bend down. Israel kneeled upon his pallet which was his bed and put his face toward the east to praise God for all the blessings that God had bestowed on him and his family throughout his life. )
1 And it came to pass after these things, that one told Joseph, Behold, thy father is sick: and he took with him his two sons, Manasseh and Ephraim.
(Manasseh means forgetful and Ephraim means fruitful.)
2 And one told Jacob, and said, Behold, thy son Joseph cometh unto thee: and Israel strengthened himself, and sat upon the bed.
(Notice that he is used by both names in this verse. God's spirit strengthened him as Israel.)
3 And Jacob said unto Joseph, God Almighty appeared unto me at Luz in the land of Canaan, and blessed me,
(Luz was named Beth-el and also the place where the stone of destiny was anointed.)
4 And said unto me, Behold, I will make thee fruitful, and multiply thee, and I will make of thee a multitude of people; and will give this land to thy seed after thee for an everlasting possession.
5 And now thy two sons, Ephraim and Manasseh, which were born unto thee in the land of Egypt before I came unto thee into Egypt, are mine; as Reuben and Simeon, they shall be mine.
(This is saying that they are as sons to him, just as his twelve sons. Jacob blessed these two sons greatly.)
6 And thy issue, which thou begettest after them, shall be thine, and shall be called after the name of their brethren in their inheritance.
7 And as for me, when I came from Padan, Rachel died by me in the land of Canaan in the way, when yet there was but a little way to come unto Ephrath: and I buried her there in the way of Ephrath; the same is Beth-lehem.
(Beth-lehem means the house of bread.)
8 And Israel beheld Joseph's sons, and said, Who are these?
9 And Joseph said unto his father, They are my sons, whom God hath given me in this place. And he said, Bring them, I pray thee, unto me, and I will bless them.
10 Now the eyes of Israel were dim for age, so that he could not see. And he brought them near unto him; and he kissed them, and embraced them.
11 And Israel said unto Joseph, I had not thought to see thy face: and, lo, God hath shewed me also thy seed.
12 And Joseph brought them out from between his knees, and he bowed himself with his face to the earth.
(Joseph was very thankful for this blessing.)
13 And Joseph took them both, Ephraim in his right hand toward Israel's left hand, and Manasseh in his left hand toward Israel's right hand, and brought them near unto him.
(Joseph is guiding the boys to the right hands because Jacob can't see.)
14 And Israel stretched out his right hand, and laid it upon Ephraim's head, who was the younger, and his left hand upon Manasseh's head, guiding his hands wittingly; for Manasseh was the firstborn.
(The firstborn is to receive the first blessing by the right hand. Israel crossed his hands knowingly upon the boy's heads.)
15 And he blessed Joseph, and said, God, before whom my fathers Abraham and Isaac did walk, the God which fed me all my life long unto this day,
16 The Angel which redeemed me from all evil, bless the lads; and let my name be named on them, and the name of my fathers Abraham and Isaac; and let them grow into a multitude in the midst of the earth.
(Israel is saying that God made this choice)
17 And when Joseph saw that his father laid his right hand upon the head of Ephraim, it displeased him: and he held up his father's hand, to remove it from Ephraim's head unto Manasseh's head.
18 And Joseph said unto his father, Not so, my father: for this is the firstborn; put thy right hand upon his head.
(Joseph thought that since his father's sight was failing, he did not know what he was doing.)
19 And his father refused, and said, I know it, my son, I know it: he also shall become a people, and he also shall be great: but truly his younger brother shall be greater than he, and his seed shall become a multitude of nations.
20 And he blessed them that day, saying, In thee shall Israel bless, saying, God make thee as Ephraim and as Manasseh: and he set Ephraim before Manasseh.
21 And Israel said unto Joseph, Behold, I die: but God shall be with you, and bring you again unto the land of your fathers.
22 Moreover I have given to thee one portion above thy brethren, which I took out of the hand of the Amorite with my sword and with my bow.
(The word "portion" is Strong's H7926 and is shĕkem and is the same name of the one who raped Jacobs daughter, Dinah. Israel is talking about a portion of the wealth that was attained when those men were killed by Simeon and Levi.)
1 And Jacob called unto his sons, and said, Gather yourselves together, that I may tell you that which shall befall you in the last days.
(The last days talked about here are the literal last days through to the first and second advent. He is talking about the tribes in the last days.)
2 Gather yourselves together, and hear, ye sons of Jacob; and hearken unto Israel your father.
(Jacob gathers all of his sons to him before he dies.)
3 Reuben, thou art my firstborn, my might, and the beginning of my strength, the excellency of dignity, and the excellency of power:
4 Unstable as water, thou shalt not excel; because thou wentest up to thy father's bed; then defiledst thou it: he went up to my couch.
(Remember that Reuben slept with his father's concubine, Bilhah. Even a concubine was considered a wife.)
5 Simeon and Levi are brethren; instruments of cruelty are in their habitations.
6 O my soul, come not thou into their secret; unto their assembly, mine honour, be not thou united: for in their anger they slew a man, and in their selfwill they digged down a wall.
(This is when Dinah was raped and they killed the entire town. God says that if a man rapes a women, he is to be killed the same as a murderer and sent to our father immediately. They were saving the rest of the daughters of Israel by doing this. They will become the most blessed of all the tribes.)
7 Cursed be their anger, for it was fierce; and their wrath, for it was cruel: I will divide them in Jacob, and scatter them in Israel.
8 Judah, thou art he whom thy brethren shall praise: thy hand shall be in the neck of thine enemies; thy father's children shall bow down before thee.
(Judah means praise. It will be through Judah that the king line will come. The King of kings.)
9 Judah is a lion's whelp: from the prey, my son, thou art gone up: he stooped down, he couched as a lion, and as an old lion; who shall rouse him up?
(Judah will always have the victory and this tribe always has throughout history.)
10 The sceptre shall not depart from Judah, nor a lawgiver from between his feet, until Shiloh come; and unto him shall the gathering of the people be.
(Shiloh means peace or rest.)
11 Binding his foal unto the vine, and his ass's colt unto the choice vine; he washed his garments in wine, and his clothes in the blood of grapes:
(Judah will never want for anything. God will provide for his every need.)
12 His eyes shall be red with wine, and his teeth white with milk.
(This is another way to say that he will want for nothing.)
13 Zebulun shall dwell at the haven of the sea; and he shall be for an haven of ships; and his border shall be unto Zidon.
14 Issachar is a strong ass couching down between two burdens:
(This means he doesn't mind hard work.)
15 And he saw that rest was good, and the land that it was pleasant; and bowed his shoulder to bear, and became a servant unto tribute.
(This means that although he doesn't mind hard work, he would rather play than work. He would rather buy his friends.)
16 Dan shall judge his people, as one of the tribes of Israel.
(This will come to pass in Judges 15:20.)
17 Dan shall be a serpent by the way, an adder in the path, that biteth the horse heels, so that his rider shall fall backward.
(This means that he will be beguiled into idolatry. See Judges 18:30.)
18 I have waited for thy salvation, O LORD.
19 Gad, a troop shall overcome him: but he shall overcome at the last.
(Gad means troop. He will always have the victory.)
20 Out of Asher his bread shall be fat, and he shall yield royal dainties.
(Asher means fat. This is to say he will be very prosperous.)
21 Naphtali is a hind let loose: he giveth goodly words.
(See Judges 5:18. Deborah lead the men into battle and she is from Naphtali.)
22 Joseph is a fruitful bough, even a fruitful bough by a well; whose branches run over the wall:
(This is saying that Joseph is blessed abundantly. So much so that it runs over onto others.)
23 The archers have sorely grieved him, and shot at him, and hated him:
(It seems that people who are overly blessed by God are hated. Never be envious of another's wealth. Be happy for them.)
24 But his bow abode in strength, and the arms of his hands were made strong by the hands of the mighty God of Jacob; (from thence is the shepherd, the stone of Israel:)
(Again the stone of destiny. This stone has been carried by this family ever since. It is now in its rightful place in Scotland.)
25 Even by the God of thy father, who shall help thee; and by the Almighty, who shall bless thee with blessings of heaven above, blessings of the deep that lieth under, blessings of the breasts, and of the womb:
(God is the King through whom all blessings flow.)
26 The blessings of thy father have prevailed above the blessings of my progenitors unto the utmost bound of the everlasting hills: they shall be on the head of Joseph, and on the crown of the head of him that was separate from his brethren.
27 Benjamin shall ravin as a wolf: in the morning he shall devour the prey, and at night he shall divide the spoil.
(This means he will be a warrior.)
28 All these are the twelve tribes of Israel: and this is it that their father spake unto them, and blessed them; every one according to his blessing he blessed them.
29 And he charged them, and said unto them, I am to be gathered unto my people: bury me with my fathers in the cave that is in the field of Ephron the Hittite,
(This is the cave that Abraham purchased to bury Sarah. He will be buried there with his family. This cave is still being fought over today.)
30 In the cave that is in the field of Machpelah, which is before Mamre, in the land of Canaan, which Abraham bought with the field of Ephron the Hittite for a possession of a buryingplace.
31 There they buried Abraham and Sarah his wife; there they buried Isaac and Rebekah his wife; and there I buried Leah.
(Remember the acrostic? It is Israel. Isaac, Sarah, Rebekah, Abraham and Leah. Take the el sound from the L in Leah's name. It is Israel.)
32 The purchase of the field and of the cave that is therein was from the children of Heth.
33 And when Jacob had made an end of commanding his sons, he gathered up his feet into the bed, and yielded up the ghost, and was gathered unto his people.
(The word "gathered" is Strong's H622 and is 'acaph and means to receive or take away. It means that his spirit was taken by God. To be absent from the flesh is to be present with the Father. Ever wonder who your ancestors really are?)
1 And Joseph fell upon his father's face, and wept upon him, and kissed him.
(Joseph mourned his father.)
2 And Joseph commanded his servants the physicians to embalm his father: and the physicians embalmed Israel.
(The Israelites did not practice embalming, the Egyptians did and they were very good at it. You know this from the way mummies found today are so very well preserved.)
3 And forty days were fulfilled for him; for so are fulfilled the days of those which are embalmed: and the Egyptians mourned for him threescore and ten days.
(Remember the number forty is for probation. The Egyptians mourned for Israel because of Joseph who had saved all the Egyptians during the seven years of famine. It was customary to let forty days pass for all who were embalmed.)
4 And when the days of his mourning were past, Joseph spake unto the house of Pharaoh, saying, If now I have found grace in your eyes, speak, I pray you, in the ears of Pharaoh, saying,
5 My father made me swear, saying, Lo, I die: in my grave which I have digged for me in the land of Canaan, there shalt thou bury me. Now therefore let me go up, I pray thee, and bury my father, and I will come again.
6 And Pharaoh said, Go up, and bury thy father, according as he made thee swear.
7 And Joseph went up to bury his father: and with him went up all the servants of Pharaoh, the elders of his house, and all the elders of the land of Egypt,
8 And all the house of Joseph, and his brethren, and his father's house: only their little ones, and their flocks, and their herds, they left in the land of Goshen.
(This was a great amount of people. Even the Egyptians went along.)
9 And there went up with him both chariots and horsemen: and it was a very great company.
(Imagine if you will, a very large funeral procession.)
10 And they came to the threshingfloor of Atad, which is beyond Jordan, and there they mourned with a great and very sore lamentation: and he made a mourning for his father seven days.
(The word "threshingfloor" is Strong's H1637 and is goren and means a place leveled or made smooth. Atad means thorn. Seven is Spiritual completeness.)
11 And when the inhabitants of the land, the Canaanites, saw the mourning in the floor of Atad, they said, This is a grievous mourning to the Egyptians: wherefore the name of it was called Abel-mizraim, which is beyond Jordan.
(Abel-mizraim means mourning of the Egyptians. Although, the family doing the true mourning were not Egyptians.)
12 And his sons did unto him according as he commanded them:
13 For his sons carried him into the land of Canaan, and buried him in the cave of the field of Machpelah, which Abraham bought with the field for a possession of a buryingplace of Ephron the Hittite, before Mamre.
14 And Joseph returned into Egypt, he, and his brethren, and all that went up with him to bury his father, after he had buried his father.
15 And when Joseph's brethren saw that their father was dead, they said, Joseph will peradventure hate us, and will certainly requite us all the evil which we did unto him.
(Joseph's brothers feel that Joseph was only good to them for his father's sake and now that he is dead, Joseph will seek revenge upon them for selling him. Even though Joseph has already forgiven them and has tried to make them see that he is sincere in his forgiveness. He told them that it was God's will that he be put in Egypt. If he had not been there, many people would have died in the famine.)
16 And they sent a messenger unto Joseph, saying, Thy father did command before he died, saying,
17 So shall ye say unto Joseph, Forgive, I pray thee now, the trespass of thy brethren, and their sin; for they did unto thee evil: and now, we pray thee, forgive the trespass of the servants of the God of thy father. And Joseph wept when they spake unto him.
(This broke Joseph's heart that his brothers did not believe his forgiveness. How many times do we brake Jesus' heart by not believing that He died on the cross for each and every one of us that we could be forgiven.)
18 And his brethren also went and fell down before his face; and they said, Behold, we be thy servants.
19 And Joseph said unto them, Fear not: for am I in the place of God?
(He is saying to not bow to him because he is not God but that it was God who placed him where He needed him to be.)
20 But as for you, ye thought evil against me; but God meant it unto good, to bring to pass, as it is this day, to save much people alive.
(God turned the evil that was in their hearts and used it to His good. He made it fit into His plan perfectly. God will always use evil for the good when it fits in to His plan. God's plan is perfect.)
21 Now therefore fear ye not: I will nourish you, and your little ones. And he comforted them, and spake kindly unto them.
(He is telling them they will be taken care of.)
22 And Joseph dwelt in Egypt, he, and his father's house: and Joseph lived an hundred and ten years.
23 And Joseph saw Ephraim's children of the third generation: the children also of Machir the son of Manasseh were brought up upon Joseph's knees.
24 And Joseph said unto his brethren, I die: and God will surely visit you, and bring you out of this land unto the land which he sware to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob.
25 And Joseph took an oath of the children of Israel, saying, God will surely visit you, and ye shall carry up my bones from hence.
26 So Joseph died, being an hundred and ten years old: and they embalmed him, and he was put in a coffin in Egypt.
(Joseph will be carried out of Egypt in this coffin.)
THE SECOND BOOK OF MOSES, CALLED
Ve-elah shemot (The Names)
1 Now these are the names of the children of Israel, which came into Egypt; every man and his household came with Jacob.
2 Reuben, Simeon, Levi, and Judah,
3 Issachar, Zebulun, and Benjamin,
4 Dan, and Naphtali, Gad, and Asher.
5 And all the souls that came out of the loins of Jacob were seventy souls: for Joseph was in Egypt already.
(These were the twelve patriarchs. You will see that the house of Israel and the house of Judah are split.)
6 And Joseph died, and all his brethren, and all that generation.
(This is to say all the brothers and their generation died.)
7 And the children of Israel were fruitful, and increased abundantly, and multiplied, and waxed exceeding mighty; and the land was filled with them.
8 Now there arose up a new king over Egypt, which knew not Joseph.
(This would be a new Pharaoh. The memory of all that Joseph had done for Egypt is not known.)
9 And he said unto his people, Behold, the people of the children of Israel are more and mightier than we:
(This is the new Pharaoh talking.)
10 Come on, let us deal wisely with them; lest they multiply, and it come to pass, that, when there falleth out any war, they join also unto our enemies, and fight against us, and so get them up out of the land.
(Pharaoh wants to keep control over Israel, because there were so many of them. He did not want them to fight against him.)
11 Therefore they did set over them taskmasters to afflict them with their burdens. And they built for Pharaoh treasure cities, Pithom and Raamses.
12 But the more they afflicted them, the more they multiplied and grew. And they were grieved because of the children of Israel.
(A healthy diet and hard work made the people of Israel healthier.)
13 And the Egyptians made the children of Israel to serve with rigour:
14 And they made their lives bitter with hard bondage, in morter, and in brick, and in all manner of service in the field: all their service, wherein they made them serve, was with rigour.
(The word "rigour" is Strong's H6531 and is perek and means harsh or cruel to the point of breaking.)
15 And the king of Egypt spake to the Hebrew midwives, of which the name of the one was Shiphrah, and the name of the other Puah:
(Shiphrah means brightness and Puah means splendid.)
16 And he said, When ye do the office of a midwife to the Hebrew women, and see them upon the stools; if it be a son, then ye shall kill him: but if it be a daughter, then she shall live.
(The word "stools" is H70 and is 'oben and means a washing stone. The midwives used this stone to wash the babes and if it was a boy they were to kill it. Pharaoh wants the male population to decrease because of the health of these men. Satan always tries to destroy the people so that Christ cannot be born.)
17 But the midwives feared God, and did not as the king of Egypt commanded them, but saved the men children alive.
(They listened to God and not Pharaoh.)
18 And the king of Egypt called for the midwives, and said unto them, Why have ye done this thing, and have saved the men children alive?
19 And the midwives said unto Pharaoh, Because the Hebrew women are not as the Egyptian women; for they are lively, and are delivered ere the midwives come in unto them.
(The word "lively" is Strong's H2422 and is chayeh and means strong, robust. The Hebrew women did not need the midwives. They were able to give birth on their own.)
20 Therefore God dealt well with the midwives: and the people multiplied, and waxed very mighty.
(God dealt well with the midwives because they did God's bidding and not Satan's.)
21 And it came to pass, because the midwives feared God, that he made them houses.
(The word "houses" is Strong's H1004 and is bayith and means God gave them families and made them prosperous.)
22 And Pharaoh charged all his people, saying, Every son that is born ye shall cast into the river, and every daughter ye shall save alive.
(This was not carried out, but Pharaoh keeps trying.)
1 And there went a man of the house of Levi, and took to wife a daughter of Levi.
(Remember that Levi is the priest line.)
2 And the woman conceived, and bare a son: and when she saw him that he was a goodly child, she hid him three months.
3 And when she could not longer hide him, she took for him an ark of bulrushes, and daubed it with slime and with pitch, and put the child therein; and she laid it in the flags by the river's brink.
(This is the baby Moses. Moses was 7 generations from Abraham, Abraham was 7 generations from Heber, Heber was 7 generations from Enoch and Enoch was 7 generations from Adam. 7 is spiritual completeness. The word "bulrushes" is Strong's H1573 and is gome' and means papyrus. So she used the bark of the papyrus tree to build Moses' ark, or little boat. The bark of the papyrus tree is like paper and is what the original manuscripts was written on. God will intercede.)
4 And his sister stood afar off, to wit what would be done to him.
5 And the daughter of Pharaoh came down to wash herself at the river; and her maidens walked along by the river's side; and when she saw the ark among the flags, she sent her maid to fetch it.
6 And when she had opened it, she saw the child: and, behold, the babe wept. And she had compassion on him, and said, This is one of the Hebrews' children.
(She knew that the baby belonged to the Hebrew people. One tear from him and her heart was opened.)
7 Then said his sister to Pharaoh's daughter, Shall I go and call to thee a nurse of the Hebrew women, that she may nurse the child for thee?
(Moses' sister asks to get a wet nurse for the baby.)
8 And Pharaoh's daughter said to her, Go. And the maid went and called the child's mother.
(Moses' mother was able to nurse her son and watch him grow.)
9 And Pharaoh's daughter said unto her, Take this child away, and nurse it for me, and I will give thee thy wages. And the woman took the child, and nursed it.
(This was to keep the child away from her father, Pharaoh.)
10 And the child grew, and she brought him unto Pharaoh's daughter, and he became her son. And she called his name Moses: and she said, Because I drew him out of the water.
(Moses means drawn out of the water.)
11 And it came to pass in those days, when Moses was grown, that he went out unto his brethren, and looked on their burdens: and he spied an Egyptian smiting an Hebrew, one of his brethren.
(The Egyptian was trying to kill the Hebrew.)
12 And he looked this way and that way, and when he saw that there was no man, he slew the Egyptian, and hid him in the sand.
(Moses knows who his people are.)
13 And when he went out the second day, behold, two men of the Hebrews strove together: and he said to him that did the wrong, Wherefore smitest thou thy fellow?
(He saw two Hebrew men fighting. Moses asked the one who was in the wrong why he was fighting with the other.)
14 And he said, Who made thee a prince and a judge over us? intendest thou to kill me, as thou killedst the Egyptian? And Moses feared, and said, Surely this thing is known.
(No one was around when he killed the Egyptian except for the man he saved, yet it is known. The penalty for killing an Egyptian was death.)
15 Now when Pharaoh heard this thing, he sought to slay Moses. But Moses fled from the face of Pharaoh, and dwelt in the land of Midian: and he sat down by a well.
(See Genesis 25:1 and you will see that Midian is a son of Abraham by Keturah. Midian is a priest and not a Kenite. He was only called a Kenite because he dwelled in the land of the Kenites.)
16 Now the priest of Midian had seven daughters: and they came and drew water, and filled the troughs to water their father's flock.
17 And the shepherds came and drove them away: but Moses stood up and helped them, and watered their flock.
(They were strangers in the land of Kenites and were run off by the Kenites. Moses backed them down so they could water their sheep.)
18 And when they came to Reuel their father, he said, How is it that ye are come so soon to day?
(Reuel means friend of God.)
19 And they said, An Egyptian delivered us out of the hand of the shepherds, and also drew water enough for us, and watered the flock.
(Moses was dressed like an Egyptian.)
20 And he said unto his daughters, And where is he? why is it that ye have left the man? call him, that he may eat bread.
(It was customary that if someone helped you, you offered him food and a place to stay.)
21 And Moses was content to dwell with the man: and he gave Moses Zipporah his daughter.
(Zipporah means sparrow of God.)
22 And she bare him a son, and he called his name Gershom: for he said, I have been a stranger in a strange land.
(Gershom means stranger here. Moses was a Hebrew that was raised by the Egyptians, but was forced to flee the Egyptians to the land of the Kenites where a Midianitte priest dwelled.)
23 And it came to pass in process of time, that the king of Egypt died: and the children of Israel sighed by reason of the bondage, and they cried, and their cry came up unto God by reason of the bondage.
(God always hears our sorrow.)
24 And God heard their groaning, and God remembered his covenant with Abraham, with Isaac, and with Jacob.
(Remember God said in Genesis that Israel would be in captivity for four hundred years.)
25 And God looked upon the children of Israel, and God had respect unto them.
(His heart went out to them.)
1 Now Moses kept the flock of Jethro his father in law, the priest of Midian: and he led the flock to the backside of the desert, and came to the mountain of God, even to Horeb.
(Jethro is the same as Reuel. Jethro is a title and means his excellency. He was a priest. Horeb is Sinai and means dry.)
2 And the angel of the LORD appeared unto him in a flame of fire out of the midst of a bush: and he looked, and, behold, the bush burned with fire, and the bush was not consumed.
(God is a consuming fire. His spirit does not hurt those who love God, only those who are evil will God's fire consume.)
3 And Moses said, I will now turn aside, and see this great sight, why the bush is not burnt.
(Moses was afraid to look.)
4 And when the LORD saw that he turned aside to see, God called unto him out of the midst of the bush, and said, Moses, Moses. And he said, Here am I.
5 And he said, Draw not nigh hither: put off thy shoes from off thy feet, for the place whereon thou standest is holy ground.
6 Moreover he said, I am the God of thy father, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob. And Moses hid his face; for he was afraid to look upon God.
7 And the LORD said, I have surely seen the affliction of my people which are in Egypt, and have heard their cry by reason of their taskmasters; for I know their sorrows;
8 And I am come down to deliver them out of the hand of the Egyptians, and to bring them up out of that land unto a good land and a large, unto a land flowing with milk and honey; unto the place of the Canaanites, and the Hittites, and the Amorites, and the Perizzites, and the Hivites, and the Jebusites.
(Jebusite will later be Jerusalem. These are six heathen states.)
9 Now therefore, behold, the cry of the children of Israel is come unto me: and I have also seen the oppression wherewith the Egyptians oppress them.
10 Come now therefore, and I will send thee unto Pharaoh, that thou mayest bring forth my people the children of Israel out of Egypt.
(Remember that Moses killed a man there and God is telling him to go back.)
11 And Moses said unto God, Who am I, that I should go unto Pharaoh, and that I should bring forth the children of Israel out of Egypt?
12 And he said, Certainly I will be with thee; and this shall be a token unto thee, that I have sent thee: When thou hast brought forth the people out of Egypt, ye shall serve God upon this mountain.
(God is promising Moses that He will be with him.)
13 And Moses said unto God, Behold, when I come unto the children of Israel, and shall say unto them, The God of your fathers hath sent me unto you; and they shall say to me, What is his name? what shall I say unto them?
14 And God said unto Moses, I AM THAT I AM: and he said, Thus shalt thou say unto the children of Israel, I AM hath sent me unto you.
(This is the sacred name of God. I Am the vine. I AM the way. I AM the truth. In the Hebrew tongue it is 'Ehyeh-asher-'ehyeh.)
15 And God said moreover unto Moses, Thus shalt thou say unto the children of Israel, The LORD God of your fathers, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob, hath sent me unto you: this is my name for ever, and this is my memorial unto all generations.
(This is God's sacred name to be remembered.)
16 Go, and gather the elders of Israel together, and say unto them, The LORD God of your fathers, the God of Abraham, of Isaac, and of Jacob, appeared unto me, saying, I have surely visited you, and seen that which is done to you in Egypt:
17 And I have said, I will bring you up out of the affliction of Egypt unto the land of the Canaanites, and the Hittites, and the Amorites, and the Perizzites, and the Hivites, and the Jebusites, unto a land flowing with milk and honey.
(This is the promise land.)
18 And they shall hearken to thy voice: and thou shalt come, thou and the elders of Israel, unto the king of Egypt, and ye shall say unto him, The LORD God of the Hebrews hath met with us: and now let us go, we beseech thee, three days' journey into the wilderness, that we may sacrifice to the LORD our God.
19 And I am sure that the king of Egypt will not let you go, no, not by a mighty hand.
(God will see to it that he doesn't let them go. God always tests his children to see if they truly love Him or not.)
20 And I will stretch out my hand, and smite Egypt with all my wonders which I will do in the midst thereof: and after that he will let you go.
21 And I will give this people favour in the sight of the Egyptians: and it shall come to pass, that, when ye go, ye shall not go empty:
(In Genesis 15, God said that Israel would leave richer than when they came after the captivity. Here His prophecy comes to pass.)
22 But every woman shall borrow of her neighbour, and of her that sojourneth in her house, jewels of silver, and jewels of gold, and raiment: and ye shall put them upon your sons, and upon your daughters; and ye shall spoil the Egyptians.
(The word "borrow" is Strong's H7592 and is sha'al and means to ask. They will take what they justly deserve for wages that they have not been paid.)
1 And Moses answered and said, But, behold, they will not believe me, nor hearken unto my voice: for they will say, The LORD hath not appeared unto thee.
2 And the LORD said unto him, What is that in thine hand? And he said, A rod.
3 And he said, Cast it on the ground. And he cast it on the ground, and it became a serpent; and Moses fled from before it.
(It was a shepherd's crook. Moses was scared of this.)
4 And the LORD said unto Moses, Put forth thine hand, and take it by the tail. And he put forth his hand, and caught it, and it became a rod in his hand:
(Moses obeyed God. God is showing Moses that He has the ability to do anything.)
5 That they may believe that the LORD God of their fathers, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob, hath appeared unto thee.
6 And the LORD said furthermore unto him, Put now thine hand into thy bosom. And he put his hand into his bosom: and when he took it out, behold, his hand was leprous as snow.
(His hand was instantly diseased.)
7 And he said, Put thine hand into thy bosom again. And he put his hand into his bosom again; and plucked it out of his bosom, and, behold, it was turned again as his other flesh.
(It was instantly restored. This was to strengthen Moses' faith.)
8 And it shall come to pass, if they will not believe thee, neither hearken to the voice of the first sign, that they will believe the voice of the latter sign.
9 And it shall come to pass, if they will not believe also these two signs, neither hearken unto thy voice, that thou shalt take of the water of the river, and pour it upon the dry land: and the water which thou takest out of the river shall become blood upon the dry land.
10 And Moses said unto the LORD, O my Lord, I am not eloquent, neither heretofore, nor since thou hast spoken unto thy servant: but I am slow of speech, and of a slow tongue.
11 And the LORD said unto him, Who hath made man's mouth? or who maketh the dumb, or deaf, or the seeing, or the blind? have not I the LORD?
(God created all souls and all souls belong to God.)
12 Now therefore go, and I will be with thy mouth, and teach thee what thou shalt say.
13 And he said, O my Lord, send, I pray thee, by the hand of him whom thou wilt send.
(Moses knew the prophecy that God will send the Messiah so Moses is asking God to send Jesus instead.)
14 And the anger of the LORD was kindled against Moses, and he said, Is not Aaron the Levite thy brother? I know that he can speak well. And also, behold, he cometh forth to meet thee: and when he seeth thee, he will be glad in his heart.
(Aaron was the head priest.)
15 And thou shalt speak unto him, and put words in his mouth: and I will be with thy mouth, and with his mouth, and will teach you what ye shall do.
16 And he shall be thy spokesman unto the people: and he shall be, even he shall be to thee instead of a mouth, and thou shalt be to him instead of God.
(When God chooses for someone to do something, He will see that it gets done.)
17 And thou shalt take this rod in thine hand, wherewith thou shalt do signs.
18 And Moses went and returned to Jethro his father in law, and said unto him, Let me go, I pray thee, and return unto my brethren which are in Egypt, and see whether they be yet alive. And Jethro said to Moses, Go in peace.
19 And the LORD said unto Moses in Midian, Go, return into Egypt: for all the men are dead which sought thy life.
(Now Moses would not have to worry about his life in returning to Egypt.)
20 And Moses took his wife and his sons, and set them upon an ass, and he returned to the land of Egypt: and Moses took the rod of God in his hand.
21 And the LORD said unto Moses, When thou goest to return into Egypt, see that thou do all those wonders before Pharaoh, which I have put in thine hand: but I will harden his heart, that he shall not let the people go.
(God always has a plan and a purpose.)
22 And thou shalt say unto Pharaoh, Thus saith the LORD, Israel is my son, even my firstborn:
23 And I say unto thee, Let my son go, that he may serve me: and if thou refuse to let him go, behold, I will slay thy son, even thy firstborn.
(This will come to pass.)
24 And it came to pass by the way in the inn, that the LORD met him, and sought to kill him.
(God wanted to kill Moses because He has certain expectations and He expects His law to be followed.)
25 Then Zipporah took a sharp stone, and cut off the foreskin of her son, and cast it at his feet, and said, Surely a bloody husband art thou to me.
(See Genesis 17:14. God said that those who refused to be circumcised were breaking His covenant. Moses had not kept the covenant of God.)
26 So he let him go: then she said, A bloody husband thou art, because of the circumcision.
(The word "bloody" is Strong's H1818 and is from H1826 and is damam and means dumb.)
27 And the LORD said to Aaron, Go into the wilderness to meet Moses. And he went, and met him in the mount of God, and kissed him.
(This is how God told Moses that it would be.)
28 And Moses told Aaron all the words of the LORD who had sent him, and all the signs which he had commanded him.
29 And Moses and Aaron went and gathered together all the elders of the children of Israel:
30 And Aaron spake all the words which the LORD had spoken unto Moses, and did the signs in the sight of the people.
31 And the people believed: and when they heard that the LORD had visited the children of Israel, and that he had looked upon their affliction, then they bowed their heads and worshipped.
(The first thing they did was pray to God.)
1 And afterward Moses and Aaron went in, and told Pharaoh, Thus saith the LORD God of Israel, Let my people go, that they may hold a feast unto me in the wilderness.
2 And Pharaoh said, Who is the LORD, that I should obey his voice to let Israel go? I know not the LORD, neither will I let Israel go.
(Pharaoh was an idol worshipper and also king. He wasn't going to listen to anyone else.)
3 And they said, The God of the Hebrews hath met with us: let us go, we pray thee, three days' journey into the desert, and sacrifice unto the LORD our God; lest he fall upon us with pestilence, or with the sword.
4 And the king of Egypt said unto them, Wherefore do ye, Moses and Aaron, let the people from their works? get you unto your burdens.
5 And Pharaoh said, Behold, the people of the land now are many, and ye make them rest from their burdens.
6 And Pharaoh commanded the same day the taskmasters of the people, and their officers, saying,
7 Ye shall no more give the people straw to make brick, as heretofore: let them go and gather straw for themselves.
(This will double the burden of Israel.)
8 And the tale of the bricks, which they did make heretofore, ye shall lay upon them; ye shall not diminish ought thereof: for they be idle; therefore they cry, saying, Let us go and sacrifice to our God.
(The word "tale" is Strong's H4971 and is mathkoneth and means the number of, the tally.)
9 Let there more work be laid upon the men, that they may labour therein; and let them not regard vain words.
(It wasn't the words of Moses or Aaron, it was the Word of God. Pharaoh called God's word worthless.)
10 And the taskmasters of the people went out, and their officers, and they spake to the people, saying, Thus saith Pharaoh, I will not give you straw.
11 Go ye, get you straw where ye can find it: yet not ought of your work shall be diminished.
(The work was not to be lessened.)
12 So the people were scattered abroad throughout all the land of Egypt to gather stubble instead of straw.
13 And the taskmasters hasted them, saying, Fulfil your works, your daily tasks, as when there was straw.
14 And the officers of the children of Israel, which Pharaoh's taskmasters had set over them, were beaten, and demanded, Wherefore have ye not fulfilled your task in making brick both yesterday and to day, as heretofore?
15 Then the officers of the children of Israel came and cried unto Pharaoh, saying, Wherefore dealest thou thus with thy servants?
16 There is no straw given unto thy servants, and they say to us, Make brick: and, behold, thy servants are beaten; but the fault is in thine own people.
17 But he said, Ye are idle, ye are idle: therefore ye say, Let us go and do sacrifice to the LORD.
18 Go therefore now, and work; for there shall no straw be given you, yet shall ye deliver the tale of bricks.
19 And the officers of the children of Israel did see that they were in evil case, after it was said, Ye shall not minish ought from your bricks of your daily task.
20 And they met Moses and Aaron, who stood in the way, as they came forth from Pharaoh:
21 And they said unto them, The LORD look upon you, and judge; because ye have made our savour to be abhorred in the eyes of Pharaoh, and in the eyes of his servants, to put a sword in their hand to slay us.
22 And Moses returned unto the LORD, and said, Lord, wherefore hast thou so evil entreated this people? why is it that thou hast sent me?
(Remember that God told Moses that He would harden Pharaoh's heart. God told him what He will do.)
23 For since I came to Pharaoh to speak in thy name, he hath done evil to this people; neither hast thou delivered thy people at all.
(Moses complained to God when the people complained to Moses. God will use the word "I" 18 times in the coming verses. The number 18 is bondage.)
1 Then the LORD said unto Moses, Now shalt thou see what I will do to Pharaoh: for with a strong hand shall he let them go, and with a strong hand shall he drive them out of his land.
2 And God spake unto Moses, and said unto him, I am the LORD:
3 And I appeared unto Abraham, unto Isaac, and unto Jacob, by the name of God Almighty, but by my name JEHOVAH was I not known to them.
4 And I have also established my covenant with them, to give them the land of Canaan, the land of their pilgrimage, wherein they were strangers.
5 And I have also heard the groaning of the children of Israel, whom the Egyptians keep in bondage; and I have remembered my covenant.
6 Wherefore say unto the children of Israel, I am the LORD, and I will bring you out from under the burdens of the Egyptians, and I will rid you out of their bondage, and I will redeem you with a stretched out arm, and with great judgments:
7 And I will take you to me for a people, and I will be to you a God: and ye shall know that I am the LORD your God, which bringeth you out from under the burdens of the Egyptians.
8 And I will bring you in unto the land, concerning the which I did swear to give it to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob; and I will give it you for an heritage: I am the LORD.
9 And Moses spake so unto the children of Israel: but they hearkened not unto Moses for anguish of spirit, and for cruel bondage.
10 And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying,
11 Go in, speak unto Pharaoh king of Egypt, that he let the children of Israel go out of his land.
12 And Moses spake before the LORD, saying, Behold, the children of Israel have not hearkened unto me; how then shall Pharaoh hear me, who am of uncircumcised lips?
(Moses is wondering how Pharaoh will hear him when the children of Israel won't.)
13 And the LORD spake unto Moses and unto Aaron, and gave them a charge unto the children of Israel, and unto Pharaoh king of Egypt, to bring the children of Israel out of the land of Egypt.
14 These be the heads of their fathers' houses: The sons of Reuben the firstborn of Israel; Hanoch, and Pallu, Hezron, and Carmi: these be the families of Reuben.
15 And the sons of Simeon; Jemuel, and Jamin, and Ohad, and Jachin, and Zohar, and Shaul the son of a Canaanitish woman: these are the families of Simeon.
16 And these are the names of the sons of Levi according to their generations; Gershon, and Kohath, and Merari: and the years of the life of Levi were an hundred thirty and seven years.
17 The sons of Gershon; Libni, and Shimi, according to their families.
18 And the sons of Kohath; Amram, and Izhar, and Hebron, and Uzziel: and the years of the life of Kohath were an hundred thirty and three years.
19 And the sons of Merari; Mahali and Mushi: these are the families of Levi according to their generations.
20 And Amram took him Jochebed his father's sister to wife; and she bare him Aaron and Moses: and the years of the life of Amram were an hundred and thirty and seven years.
21 And the sons of Izhar; Korah, and Nepheg, and Zichri.
22 And the sons of Uzziel; Mishael, and Elzaphan, and Zithri.
23 And Aaron took him Elisheba, daughter of Amminadab, sister of Naashon, to wife; and she bare him Nadab, and Abihu, Eleazar, and Ithamar.
(Remember the names Nadab and Abihu. They will be mentioned later.)
24 And the sons of Korah; Assir, and Elkanah, and Abiasaph: these are the families of the Korhites.
25 And Eleazar Aaron's son took him one of the daughters of Putiel to wife; and she bare him Phinehas: these are the heads of the fathers of the Levites according to their families.
26 These are that Aaron and Moses, to whom the LORD said, Bring out the children of Israel from the land of Egypt according to their armies.
27 These are they which spake to Pharaoh king of Egypt, to bring out the children of Israel from Egypt: these are that Moses and Aaron.
28 And it came to pass on the day when the LORD spake unto Moses in the land of Egypt,
29 That the LORD spake unto Moses, saying, I am the LORD: speak thou unto Pharaoh king of Egypt all that I say unto thee.
30 And Moses said before the LORD, Behold, I am of uncircumcised lips, and how shall Pharaoh hearken unto me?
1 And the LORD said unto Moses, See, I have made thee a god to Pharaoh: and Aaron thy brother shall be thy prophet.
2 Thou shalt speak all that I command thee: and Aaron thy brother shall speak unto Pharaoh, that he send the children of Israel out of his land.
3 And I will harden Pharaoh's heart, and multiply my signs and my wonders in the land of Egypt.
(This is to teach Pharaoh a lesson.)
4 But Pharaoh shall not hearken unto you, that I may lay my hand upon Egypt, and bring forth mine armies, and my people the children of Israel, out of the land of Egypt by great judgments.
(God loves the children of Egypt. He wants to show them His signs and wonders so that some of them will turn toward Him. This is why he hardens Pharaoh's heart. God always has a plan.)
5 And the Egyptians shall know that I am the LORD, when I stretch forth mine hand upon Egypt, and bring out the children of Israel from among them.
6 And Moses and Aaron did as the LORD commanded them, so did they.
7 And Moses was fourscore years old, and Aaron fourscore and three years old, when they spake unto Pharaoh.
8 And the LORD spake unto Moses and unto Aaron, saying,
9 When Pharaoh shall speak unto you, saying, Shew a miracle for you: then thou shalt say unto Aaron, Take thy rod, and cast it before Pharaoh, and it shall become a serpent.
10 And Moses and Aaron went in unto Pharaoh, and they did so as the LORD had commanded: and Aaron cast down his rod before Pharaoh, and before his servants, and it became a serpent.
(The word "serpent" is Strong's H8577 and is tanniyn and means dragon. This is not the same serpent used in Genesis when applied to Satan. The manuscripts show different characters when applied to this term, meaning that it is different.)
11 Then Pharaoh also called the wise men and the sorcerers: now the magicians of Egypt, they also did in like manner with their enchantments.
12 For they cast down every man his rod, and they became serpents: but Aaron's rod swallowed up their rods.
(Satan does not give up easy. He allowed the other rods to become as serpents as well. God always has the victory.)
13 And he hardened Pharaoh's heart, that he hearkened not unto them; as the LORD had said.
14 And the LORD said unto Moses, Pharaoh's heart is hardened, he refuseth to let the people go.
15 Get thee unto Pharaoh in the morning; lo, he goeth out unto the water; and thou shalt stand by the river's brink against he come; and the rod which was turned to a serpent shalt thou take in thine hand.
16 And thou shalt say unto him, The LORD God of the Hebrews hath sent me unto thee, saying, Let my people go, that they may serve me in the wilderness: and, behold, hitherto thou wouldest not hear.
17 Thus saith the LORD, In this thou shalt know that I am the LORD: behold, I will smite with the rod that is in mine hand upon the waters which are in the river, and they shall be turned to blood.
18 And the fish that is in the river shall die, and the river shall stink; and the Egyptians shall lothe to drink of the water of the river.
(These people worshipped fish. They called the Nile father of life.)
19 And the LORD spake unto Moses, Say unto Aaron, Take thy rod, and stretch out thine hand upon the waters of Egypt, upon their streams, upon their rivers, and upon their ponds, and upon all their pools of water, that they may become blood; and that there may be blood throughout all the land of Egypt, both in vessels of wood, and in vessels of stone.