And Isaac his father answered and said unto him
Being willing to bestow what he could upon him, without lessening
or breaking in upon the grant made to Jacob: behold, thy
dwelling shall be the fatness of the earth, and of the
dew of heaven from above:
this agrees with part of the blessing of Jacob, only the clauses
are inverted, and no mention made of corn and wine; the land of
Edom not being so fat and fruitful as the land of Canaan.
Castalio renders the words very differently, "thy habitation
shall be from the fatness of the earth, or without the fatness of
the earth, and without the dew of heaven from above" F3; or
otherwise he thinks Esau would have the same blessing with Jacob,
and so would have no occasion of complaint or grief, or to have
hated his brother and sought his life; to which may be added,
that the land of Edom, which Esau and his posterity inhabited,
was a very desert country, see ( Malachi 1:3 ) .
F3 See the Bishop of Clogher's Chronology of
the Hebrew Bible, p. 142.