As it is written, Jacob have I loved, but Esau have I hated.
I. IN WHAT SENSE.
1. Comparatively, not absolutely.
2. As representatives of a race, not as individuals.
3. In reference to earthly, not heavenly privileges.
II. HOW IS GOD'S JUSTICE AND MERCY VINDICATED IN THIS ORDINATION? He is the Supreme Sovereign, who specially privileges some, but blesses all.
III. WHAT HAS THIS EXAMPLE TO DO WITH THE QUESTION OF INDIVIDUAL SALVATION?
1. Nothing as to its possibility, for all may be saved.
2. Nothing as to its conditions, for all must be saved by grace through faith.
3. Yet much as to special privilege and increased responsibility.
(J. Lyth, D.D.) .
Parallel VersesKJV: As it is written, Jacob have I loved, but Esau have I hated.