Sunday, August 03, 2008

Deceit II

14 He went, and brought, and gave them to his mother. She dressed meats, such as she knew his father liked. 15 And she put on him very good garments of Esau, which she had at home with her:

16 And the little skins of the kids she put about his hands, and covered the bare of his neck. 17 And she gave him the savoury meat, and delivered him bread that she had baked. 18 Which when he had carried in, he said: My father? But he answered: I hear. Who art thou, my son? 19 And Jacob said: I am Esau thy firstborn: I have done as thou didst command me: arise, sit, and eat of my venison, that thy soul may bless me. 20 And Isaac said to his son: How couldst thou find it so quickly, my son? He answered: It was the will of God, that what I sought came quickly in my way.


19 "I am Esau thy firstborn"... St. Augustine (L. Contra mendacium, c. 10), treating at large upon this place, excuseth Jacob from a lie, because this whole passage was mysterious, as relating to the preference which was afterwards to be given to the Gentiles before the carnal Jews, which Jacob by prophetic light might understand. So far is certain, that the first birthright, both by divine election and by Esau's free cession belonged to Jacob: so that if there were any lie in the case, it could be no more than an officious and venial one.

21 And Isaac said: Come hither, that I may feel thee, my son, and may prove whether thou be my son Esau, or not. 22 He came near to his father, and when he had felt him, Isaac said: The voice indeed is the voice of Jacob; but the hands are the hands of Esau. 23 And he knew him not, because his hairy hands made him like to the elder. Then blessing him, 24 He said: Art thou my son Esau? He answered: I am.
Genesis 27:14-24

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