And he said, What mean you by all this drove which I met? And he said, These are to find grace in the sight of my lord.
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George Leo Haydock
Favour. Esau had already heard from the servants. But he asks again, meaning to excuse himself from receiving them. (Haydock)
This civil and unexpected behaviour, filled the breast of Jacob with such gratitude and love, that he made use of an hyperbole, I have seen .of God. Chaldean, "of a prince "Syriac, "of an angel "Elohim. See 2 Kings xix. 27; Esther xv. 16. (Calmet)
A little present. Hebrew monée, or mincha, calculated to show the subjection of the giver. (Menochius)