And Esau said, I have enough, my brother; keep that you have to yourself.…
1. Natural affection will urge to inquire of the outward state of brethren as well as of relations.
2. Modesty in nature will expostulate about brethren's offers of love rather then covetously take them.
3. Providential occurrences of good pretended may occasion natural men to inquire about them.
4. Humble souls as under providence they do seek favour with men by presents, so they profess it (ver. 8).
5. It is possible for natural men to have a kind of sufficiency and content in their possessions.
6. Nature may desire others to keep their own, as it is contented with its portion.
7. Nature is apt to think earthly possessions enough without God (ver. 9).
8. Ingenuity and grace is not only liberal, but urgent to have fruits of love accepted.
9. Acceptance of loving presents is a token of acceptance of persons.
10. It is just cause of importunity in pressing pacifying presents when God's face is seen in reconciled adversaries.
11. Unexpected love from displeased ones engageth to press kindness on them (ver. 10).
12. Presents of gracious souls from God to men are blessings.
13. Grace is importunate with man as well as with God to win Him.
14. God's gracious respects to saints causeth them so to respect their brethren.
15. God's Jacobs, gracious souls, they have not only enough, but all in the grace of God.
16. The all-sufficiency which God giveth His saints makes them so pressing kindness to others.
17. Nature is overcome by the importunity of grace to accept an outward blessing.
18. Brotherly conference is the way of winning upon men of bad spirits. All this between Jacob and Esau is by loving parley.
(G. Hughes, B. D.)
Parallel VersesKJV: And Esau said, I have enough, my brother; keep that thou hast unto thyself.