Esau Seeking the Blessing

Hebrews 12:17  •  1 min. read  •  grade level: 8
A.-Gen. 27 is explicit. Esau sought importunately the blessing of his father and with tears. He was a self-willed, profane, and unclean man. Not a word is breathed of repentance. He had already despised his birthright heartlessly God was in none of his thoughts, but he counted on Isaac's carnal partiality; as Jacob, misled by Rebecca, trusted to cunning, instead of crying to God and resting on His purpose, which, spite of their low state, both believed in. Hence the R. V. joins J. N. D.'s, and very properly in parenthetically marking the clause, “for he found no place of (or for) repentance.” One fails to see any sufficient reason for taking μετανοία in any other than its uniform sense elsewhere in the N. T. To make it here only equivalent to μεταμέλεια demands at least the strongest proof, and seems to be uncalled for, though an expositor second to none appears to have been of that opinion for this place.