Chapter XXXI.—Let us see by what
means we may obtain the divine blessing.
Let us cleave then to His blessing, and consider
what are the means124124
of possessing it. Let us think125125 over the
things which have taken place from the beginning. For what reason was our father Abraham blessed? was
it not because he wrought righteousness and truth through faith?126126 Isaac, with perfect
confidence, as if knowing what was to happen,127127 cheerfully yielded himself as a
sacrifice.128128 Jacob, through reason129129 of his brother, went forth with humility from
his own land, and came to Laban and served him; and there was given to
him the sceptre of the twelve tribes of Israel.