And Abram saith, 'Lord Jehovah, what dost Thou give to me, and I am going childless? and an acquired son in my house is Demmesek Eliezer.'
Genesis 15:2 Additional TranslationsClarke's Commentary on the Bible
What wilt thou give me, seeing I go childless - The anxiety of the Asiatics to have offspring is intense and universal. Among the Hindoos the want of children renders all other blessings of no esteem. See Ward.
And the steward of my house - Abram, understanding the promise as relating to that person who was to spring from his family, in whom all the nations of the earth should be blessed, expresses his surprise that there should be such a promise, and yet he is about to die childless! How then can the promise be fulfilled, when, far from a spiritual seed, he has not even a person in his family that has a natural right to his property, and that a stranger is likely to be his heir? This seems to be the general sense of the passage; but who this steward of his house, this Eliezer of Damascus, was, commentators are not agreed. The translation of the Septuagint is at least curious: Ὁδε υἱος Μασεκ της οικολενους μου, οὑτος Δαμασκος Ελιεζερ·. The son of Masek my homeborn maid, this Eliezer of Damascus, is my heir; which intimates that they supposed משק meshek, which we translate steward, to have been the name of a female slave, born in the family of Abram, of whom was born this Eliezer, who on account of the country either of his father or mother, was called a Damascene or one of Damascus. It is extremely probable that our Lord has this passage in view in his parable of the rich man and Lazarus, Luke 16:19. From the name Eliezer, by leaving out the first letter, Liezer is formed, which makes Lazarus in the New Testament, the person who, from an abject and distressed state, was raised to lie in the bosom of Abraham in paradise.
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Genesis 12:1-3 Now the LORD had said to Abram, Get you out of your country, and from your kindred, and from your father's house...
Genesis 25:21 And Isaac entreated the LORD for his wife, because she was barren: and the LORD was entreated of him, and Rebekah his wife conceived.
Genesis 30:1,2 And when Rachel saw that she bore Jacob no children, Rachel envied her sister; and said to Jacob, Give me children, or else I die...
1 Samuel 1:11 And she vowed a vow, and said, O LORD of hosts, if you will indeed look on the affliction of your handmaid, and remember me...
Psalm 127:3 See, children are an heritage of the LORD: and the fruit of the womb is his reward.
Proverbs 13:12 Hope deferred makes the heart sick: but when the desire comes, it is a tree of life.
Isaiah 56:5 Even to them will I give in my house and within my walls a place and a name better than of sons and of daughters...
Acts 7:5 And he gave him none inheritance in it, no, not so much as to set his foot on...
Genesis 24:2,10 And Abraham said to his oldest servant of his house, that ruled over all that he had, Put, I pray you, your hand under my thigh...
Genesis 39:4-6,9 And Joseph found grace in his sight, and he served him: and he made him overseer over his house...
Genesis 43:19 And they came near to the steward of Joseph's house, and they communed with him at the door of the house,
Genesis 44:1 And he commanded the steward of his house, saying, Fill the men's sacks with food, as much as they can carry...
Proverbs 17:2 A wise servant shall have rule over a son that causes shame, and shall have part of the inheritance among the brothers.
Genesis 15:2 Parallel CommentariesAbram Acquired Child Childless Continue Damascus Eliezer Elie'zer Estate Heir Hence House Inherit Possessor Sovereign Steward Wealth WiltAbram Acquired Child Childless Continue Damascus Eliezer Elie'zer Estate Heir Hence House Inherit Possessor Sovereign Steward Wealth WiltTHE HOLY BIBLE, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION®, NIV® Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984, 2011 by Biblica®.
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