And he removed from thence unto a mountain on the east
As it was afterwards called by Jacob, which before and at this time had the name of Luz, ( Genesis 28:19 ) now to the east of this place was a mountain, whither Abram removed his tent from Sichem, which was about twenty miles from it, as Sir Walter Raleigh F6 observes, some say twenty eight F7:
and pitched his tent;
that is, upon the mountain, as before upon the plain, fitly representing the state of the people of God, as sojourners in this world, living like Abram in tents and tabernacles, having no abiding place:
having Bethel on the west,
or "on the sea" F8, the Mediterranean sea, which Aben Ezra calls the Spanish sea, and lay to the west of the land of Canaan:
and Hai on the east;
the same which is called "Ai", and said to be on the east side of Bethel, ( Joshua 7:2 ) hard by this place, Rauwolff
and there he
builded an altar unto the Lord:
as he had done at Sichem; for wherever he went he worshipped God, and offered sacrifice unto him:
upon the name of the Lord:
prayed unto him for fresh mercies, as well as gave thanks for past ones; or, "he called in the name of the Lord" F11, he called upon Jehovah the Father, in the name of his Son, the glorious Mediator, who had appeared unto him, and whose day he saw and was glad.
F6 History of the World, par. 1. b. 2. sect. 3. p. 132.
F7 Bunting's Travels, p. 56.
F8 (Mym) "a mari", Montanus, Piscater, Schmidt.
F9 Travels, part 3. ch. 21. p. 317. Ed. Ray.
F11 (hwhy Mvb arqyw) "et invocavit in nomine Domini", Montanus, Tigurine version.