Genesis 27:36

And he said, Is not he rightly named Jacob? for he has supplanted me these two times: he took away my birthright; and, behold, now he has taken away my blessing. And he said, Have you not reserved a blessing for me?
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Augustine of Hippo

AD 430
“And Esau said, ‘Rightly is his name called Jacob.’ ” Tripping up is what Jacob means. And not even tripping up is empty of meaning, because it is to be taken figuratively, like guile. Jacob, you see, was not yet so malicious as to plan to trip his brother up, when he was given his name. He was called a tripperup when as his brother was being born he held his foot with his own hand. That is when he was called “Tripperup.” Now tripping up the materialistically minded is the very life of the spiritually minded. All the materialists are tripped up when they envy the spiritual people in the church, and they thereby become worse. Listen to the apostle saying this very thing, especially because he there mentions the smell that Isaac talked about here, saying, “Behold, the smell of my son is as the smell of an abundant field, which the Lord has blessed.” So the apostle says, “We are the sweet smell of Christ in every place,” and he says, “For some indeed the smell of life, for life; for the o...

George Leo Haydock

AD 1849
Jacob. That is, a supplanter. (Challoner) My blessing. Both Isaac and Esau speak of this blessing, according to the dictates of nature. But God had disposed of it otherwise. The profane and cruel manners of Esau rendered him unworthy of it; and he could not maintain his natural claim, after having freely resigned it even with an oath. He seems to distinguish the blessing from the birth-right, though one necessarily followed the other. (Haydock)

Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation - 2 Peter 1:20

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