And Hamor the father of Shechem went out to Jacob to commune with him.…
1. Overflowing sorrows may cause wise and good fathers to entrust young children too much with great affairs.
2. Management of such great affairs wants good success usually, because acted by such hands.
3. Brethren under fathers may have a right as to disposing their sisters, wherein they may give counsel.
4. The sons of Jacob may be guileful, though he be plain.
5. Corruption and thoughts of revenge may move the sons of the Church to deal deceitfully (ver. 13).
6. The children of the Church cannot do justly what God forbids them.
7. It is unlawful for Church members to mingle themselves in marriages with God's enemies (1 Corinthians 7:39).
8. It is a reproach unto the Church to act contrary to God's ordinances.
9. The sons of the Church may urge God's truths to wicked purposes (ver. 14).
10. Visible professors in the Church may wickedly offer God's sacraments to be vilified by men.
11. Church-members may possibly err in annexing God's seals to men's covenants.
12. Hypocrisy makes religion a cloak to iniquity.
13. Foolish men may consent to what God forbids for their wicked ends (ver. 15).
14. Marriages between the Church and God's enemies hypocrites may admit upon design.
15. Wickedness may persuade men of the Church to become one people with the world (ver. 16).
16. Hypocrisy seems resolute to take its course where its conditions are refused.
17. Subtilty suggests men's denials and departure to make adversaries follow after them (ver. 17).
(G. Hughes, B. D.)
Parallel VersesKJV: And Hamor the father of Shechem went out unto Jacob to commune with him.