And Adah bore to Esau Eliphaz; and Bashemath bore Reuel;
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EXPOSITORY (ENGLISH BIBLE)Eliphaz, the progenitor of that Eliphaz, Job 2:11.
Reuel, the father of Jethro. See Exodus 2:18 Numbers 10:29. Job 2:11; and so says the Targum of Jonathan on Genesis 36:10; but he rather was the grandson of this man, since he is called the Temanite:
and Bashemath bare Reuel; the name is the same with Reuel or Raguel, the name of Jethro; but cannot be the same person as is said by some, for he was a Midianite and not an Edomite, Exodus 2:18.And Adah bare to Esau Eliphaz; and Bashemath bare Reuel;
EXEGETICAL (ORIGINAL LANGUAGES)4. Eliphaz] Familiar as the name of one of Job’s friends, Job 2:11.
Reuel] The same name as that of Moses’ father-in-law, a Midianite, Exodus 2:18.Verses 4, 5. - And Adah bare to Esau Eliphas; - "The Strength of God" (Gesenius); afterwards the name of one of Job's friends (Job 2:11; Job 4:1; Job 15:1) - and Bashemath bare Reuel; - "The Friend of God" (Gesenius); the name of Moses' father-in-law (Exodus 2:18) - and Aholibamah bare Jeush, - "Collector" (Furst, Lange); "whom God hastens" (Gesenius); afterwards the name of a son of Rehoboam (2 Chronicles 11:19) - and Jaalam, - "whom God hides" (Gesenius); "Ascender of the Mountains" (Furst) - and Korah: - "Baldness" (Furst, Gesenius); the name of a family of Levites and singers in the time of David to whom ten of the psalms are ascribed - these are the sons of Esau, which wore born unto him in the land of Canaan - not necessarily implying' that other sons were born to him in Edom, but rather intimating that all his family were born before he left the Holy Land. Genesis 13:18) by Kirjath-Arbah or Hebron (vid., Genesis 23:2), constituted his entrance into his father's house, to remain there as Isaac's heir. He had probably visited his father during the ten years that had elapsed since his return from Mesopotamia, though no allusion is made to this, since such visits would have no importance, either in themselves or their consequences, in connection with the sacred history. This was not the case, however, with his return to enter upon the family inheritance. With this, therefore, the history of Isaac's life is brought to a close. Isaac died at the age of 180, and was buried by his two sons in the cave of Machpelah (Genesis 49:31), Abraham's family grave, Esau having come from Seir to Hebron to attend the funeral of his father. But Isaac's death did not actually take place for 12 years after Jacob's return to Hebron. For as Joseph was 17 years old when he was sold by his brethren (Genesis 37:2), and Jacob was then living at Hebron (Genesis 37:14), it cannot have been more than 31 years after his flight from Esau when Jacob returned home (cf. Genesis 34:1). Now since, according to our calculation at Genesis 27:1, he was 77 years old when he fled, he must have been 108 when he returned home; and Isaac would only have reached his 168th year, as he was 60 years old when Jacob was born (Genesis 25:26). Consequently Isaac lived to witness the grief of Jacob at the loss of Joseph, and died but a short time before his promotion in Egypt, which occurred 13 years after he was sold (Genesis 41:46), and only 10 years before Jacob's removal with his family to Egypt, as Jacob was 130 years old when he was presented to Pharaoh (Genesis 47:9). But the historical significance of his life was at an end, when Jacob returned home with his twelve sons.
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