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How did Rebekah know Esau wanted to kill Jacob if he said it only in his heart?



      

Genesis 27:42

AMP - 42 These words of Esau her elder son were repeated to Rebekah. She sent for Jacob her younger son and said to him, See here, your brother Esau comforts himself concerning you [by intending] to kill you.

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Mini Tim Maas Retired Quality Assurance Specialist with the U.S. Army
Although the Bible does not specifically state it, multiple commentators conclude that, although Esau originally made his plans within the secrecy of his own heart (as noted in the text), he must not have kept his feelings and plans entirely to himself, but confided them to one or more other people, through whom Rebekah learned of them.

Alternatively, Esau's anger against Jacob was so freely expressed that, in my opinion, it would not have required supernatural intuition on Rebekah's part to surmise that Esau intended harm to Jacob.

In addition, one might also ask how the writer of Genesis (who recorded Esau's thoughts) knew of them. If it was by inspiration, perhaps Rebekah received the same insight from God, in the interest of protecting Jacob, through whom the Messiah was eventually to be descended.

Finally, there are other instances in Scripture of this same thing happening (that is, the thoughts of a person's heart being known or responded to, despite the fact that the person had said nothing aloud about them). In Genesis 8:21, God is recorded as saying something "in His heart" (although the writer of Genesis was apparently inspired with knowledge of it).

Also, in Genesis 24:45, Abraham's servant (whom Abraham had sent to find a wife for Isaac) says that he had been praying in his heart for the success of his mission when Rebekah (who would have been unaware of the servant's thoughts) appeared in response to the servant's prayer.

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