And he bought a parcel of a field, where he had spread his tent, at the hand of the children of Hamor, Shechem's father…
1. Jacob and his seed desire to usurp nothing but what they buy from the world.
2. God's pilgrims mind no great purchase below, but only a place for a tent: a little place.
3. It is lawful for Jacob to deal with Canaanites in just exchanges (ver. 19).
4. Saints would not have a house but that God should dwell in
5. Succeeding saints repair religion and the means of the exercise of it, set up by progenitors.
6. Altarworship, or worship by Christ, is that which saints have ever practised.
7. True religion is terminated in the Almighty God.
8. Religious worship is the true memorial of God's making His Church truly Israel (ver. 20).
(G. Hughes, B. D.)
He erected there an altar. —
Parallel VersesKJV: And he bought a parcel of a field, where he had spread his tent, at the hand of the children of Hamor, Shechem's father, for an hundred pieces of money.