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Verses of Genesis 13

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Genesis 13:1 Commentary - The Cambridge Bible for Schools and Colleges

1. went up out of Egypt ] Cf. Gen 12:10, “went down into Egypt.” Egypt is always regarded as the low-lying country; and Palestine as the high ground.

Lot with him ] Lot was not mentioned in the previous chapter, but it is here implied that Lot had been with Abram in Egypt.

into the South ] i.e. into the Negeb: see note on Gen 12:9. This is a good illustration of the meaning of Negeb. Abram’s journey from Egypt into the Negeb was by a route leading N.E. The English reader, not understanding the technical meaning of “the South,” might suppose that Abram’s journey from Egypt into “the South” would have led in the direction of the Soudan.

Gen 12:10 to Gen 13:2. Abram in Egypt. (J.)

The narrative in this section should be compared with the similar ones in 20, 26. It is repellent to our sense of honour, chivalry, and purity. It is true that Abram’s cowardice is reproved, and that the action of the Egyptian Pharaoh is represented in a more favourable light. On the other hand, Abram, though dismissed from the court, leaves Egypt enriched with great spoil. By a subterfuge he had hoped to save his own life at the cost of his wife’s honour. His cowardly deceit is detected: and his life is not imperilled. Sarai’s honour is spared; and the patriarch withdraws immensely enriched in possessions. This story, doubtless, would not have appeared so sordid to the ancient Israelite as it does to us. Perhaps the cunning, the detection, and the increase of wealth, may have commended the story to the Israelite of old times. Its popularity must account for its re-appearance in 20, 26.

It would be gratifying, if, in this story and in its variants, we were warranted in recognizing under an allegorical form the peril, to which nomad tribes of the Hebrew stock were exposed, of being absorbed among the inhabitants of a civilized community. Such a tribal misadventure might well be commemorated under the imagery of such a story. It is more probable, however, that the story illustrates the Divine protection over the patriarch amid the dangers of a foreign country. God’s goodness, not Abram’s merit, averts the peril.

In the present sequence of patriarchal narratives, this section shews how the fulfilment of the Divine promise is first imperilled through the patriarch’s own failure in courage and faith. The very qualities for which he is renowned, are lacking in the hour of temptation. God’s goodness and grace alone rescue him and his wife. A heathen king of Egypt upholds the universal law of virtue more successfully than the servant of Jehovah. The story reveals that Jehovah causes His will to be felt in Egypt no less than in Palestine. But the moral of the story does not satisfy any Christian standard in its representation either of Jehovah or of the patriarch. The knowledge of God is progressive.

Verses of Genesis 13

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Genesis 13:1 - Albert Barnes' Notes on the Bible

Genesis 13:1 - Joseph Benson’s Commentary on the Old and New Testaments

Genesis 13:1 - Calvin's Complete Commentary

Genesis 13:1 - The Cambridge Bible for Schools and Colleges

Genesis 13:1 - B.H. Carroll's An Interpretation of the English Bible

Genesis 13:1 - Through the Bible Commentary

Genesis 13:1 - Adam Clarke's Commentary and Critical Notes on the Bible

Genesis 13:1 - Commentary on the Holy Bible by Thomas Coke

Genesis 13:1 - College Press Bible Study Textbook Series

Genesis 13:1 - Companion Bible Notes, Appendices and Graphics

Genesis 13:1 - Expository Notes of Dr. Constable (Old and New Testaments)

Genesis 13:1 - Expositors Bible Commentary

Genesis 13:1 - Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers (Old and New Testaments)

Genesis 13:1 - Everett's Study Notes on the Holy Scriptures

Genesis 13:1 - Expositor's Dictionary of Text by Robertson

Genesis 13:1 - F.B. Meyer's Through the Bible Commentary

Genesis 13:1 - Discovering Christ In Selected Books of the Bible

Genesis 13:1 - Gaebelein's Annotated Bible (Commentary)

Genesis 13:1 - Garner-Howes Baptist Commentary

Genesis 13:1 - Geneva Bible Notes

Genesis 13:1 - John Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

Genesis 13:1 - Grant's Commentary on the Bible

Genesis 13:1 - Hawker's Poor Man's Commentary (Old and New Testaments)

Genesis 13:1 - Matthew Henry's Whole Bible Commentary

Genesis 13:1 - Biblical Illustrator Edited by Joseph S. Exell

Genesis 13:1 - Jamieson, Fausset and Brown's Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible

Genesis 13:1 - Keil & Delitzsch Commentary on the Old Testament

Genesis 13:1 - The Popular Commentary on the Bible by Kretzmann

Genesis 13:1 - A Commentary on the Holy Scriptures, Critical, Doctrinal, and Homiletical by Lange

Genesis 13:1 - Neighbour's Wells of Living Water

Genesis 13:1 - Mackintosh's Notes on the Pentateuch

Genesis 13:1 - Expositions Of Holy Scripture by Alexander MacLaren

Genesis 13:1 - An Exposition on the Whole Bible

Genesis 13:1 - The People's Bible by Joseph Parker

Genesis 13:1 - Peake's Commentary on the Bible

Genesis 13:1 - Commentary Series on the Bible by Peter Pett

Genesis 13:1 - English Annotations on the Holy Bible by Matthew Poole

Genesis 13:1 - The Preacher's Complete Homiletical Commentary Edited by Joseph S. Exell

Genesis 13:1 - The Complete Pulpit Commentary

Genesis 13:1 - The Bible of the Expositor and the Evangelist by Riley

Genesis 13:1 - The Sermon Bible

Genesis 13:1 - Sutcliffe's Commentary on the Old and New Testaments

Genesis 13:1 - John Trapp's Complete Commentary (Old and New Testaments)

Genesis 13:1 - The Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

Genesis 13:1 - You Can Understand the Bible: Study Guide Commentary Series by Bob Utley

Genesis 13:1 - Whedon's Commentary on the Old and New Testaments

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