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LECTURES.

LECTURE XXV.

ESAU AND JACOB: OR, THE TWIN BRO

THERS.

GEN. 25. 27. And the boys grew, and Esau was a cunning hunter, a man of the field; and Jacob was a plain man, dwelling in

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You have already heard the history of Cain and Abel, the two first brethren that ever lived in the world. We have in the latter part of this Chapter a brief account of two brethren whose characters very much resemble that of Cain and Abel. There was this difference only between Cain and Esau ; that Esau only said in his heart, "the days of mourning of my father are at hand, then will I slay my brother Jacob." Whereas you

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have already heard that "Cain talked with Abel his brother: and it came to pass when they were in the field, that Cain rose up a gainst Abel his brother and slew him."

Let us now attend,

I. To the GENERAL

ESAU and JACOB.

CHARACTERS of

1. We will begin with Esau, because he is the eldest. His name, ESAU, means red; which was given him from his colour when he was born, having red hair on his body. Esau likewise signifies made or formed. By which it was intimated that he was a remarkable, strong, healthy child, even from his birth. It was intended to shew that he he had a very strong constitution, and, as might be expected, he very strong, daring active man. of a sanguine disposition, and his posterity, the Edomites, always cherished a most cruel and bloody hatred towards the Israelites.

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It is also said," and Esau was a cunning hunter, a man of the field." He was a famous sportsman, like Nimrod; he was a mighty hunter, quite a man of the world. Hunting the beasts of

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