(Continued. from p. 485, vol. 5.)
V. 1. "BLESSED him."-Voluntarily confirmed
to him the blessing which he had before obtained
V.6-9. Esau took this step to please his father
and mother, but in no part of his conduct does he
appear to have been influenced by a regard to the
will of God. He was one of those common cha-
racters, whose first object is their own gratification,
but who, when it does not too much contradict
their own inclinations, are willing to please others.
But their kindness just depends on the humour of
the moment:-it is not that Christian love, spoken
of by the apostle, (1 Cor. xiii. 4, 5.) "which suffereth
long, and is kind; and seeketh not her own."
V. 10-12. "Who is a God like unto thee, that
pardoneth iniquity, and passeth by the transgression
of the remnant of his heritage? He retaineth not
anger for ever, because he delighteth in mercy.
NO. 1. VOL. VI.