Hebrews 12:17

For you know how that afterward, when he would have inherited the blessing, he was rejected: for he found no place of repentance, though he sought it carefully with tears.
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George Leo Haydock

AD 1849
He found That is, he found no way to bring his father to repent, or change his mind, with relation to his having given the blessing to his younger brother, Jacob. (Challoner)

John Chrysostom

AD 407
What now is this? Does he indeed exclude repentance? By no means. 'But how, you say, was it that he found no place of repentance?' For if he condemned himself, if he made a great wailing, why did he find no place of repentance? Because it was not really a case of repentance. For as the grief of Cain was not of repentance, and the murder proved it; so also in this case, his words were not those of repentance, and the murder afterwards proved it. For even he also in intention slew Jacob. For The days of mourning for my father, he said, are at hand; then will I slay my brother Jacob. Genesis 27:41 Tears had not power to give him repentance. And [the Apostle] did not say by repentance simply, but even with tears, he found no place of repentance. Why now? Because he did not repent as he ought, for this is repentance; he repented not as it behooved him. For how is it that he [the Apostle] said this? How did he exhort them again after they had become sluggish Hebrews 6:12? How, when they h...

Thomas Aquinas

AD 1274
683. – Having indicated how we should behave toward enduring evils of chastisement, the Apostle now shows how we should act to avoid the evils of guilt. In regard to this he does two things: first, he gives his admonition; secondly, the reasons (v. 18). In regard to the first he warns men who sin; secondly, those not yet sinning (v. 14). But there are two kinds of sin: omission and transgression: first, therefore, he warns against sins of omission; secondly, against sins of transgression (v. 18). 684. – A sin of omission occurs in two ways: one, when a person fails to do good; another, by failing to endure evil and adversity. In regard to the first he says, Therefore, i.e., because chastisement yields the most peaceable fruit, then to obtain this fruit, lift your drooping hands. For since the hand is the organ of the organs, it is said to droop, when it stops performing good works; therefore, it must be lifted up by a right intention to do things pleasing to God: ‘Let us lift up our...

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

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