The Hebrew Text has the reading “they settled” in verse 18 of chapter 25. On the other hand, the LXX and VG, have “he settled” in verse 18 of chapter 25, the latter translations being a reference to Ishmael for the sake of clarity.
The more difficult or awkward reading is often preferable. The reading at first will seem to be more difficult or awkward to understand, but after further investigation, it will be discovered that a scribe deliberately or mistakenly changed the text to an easier reading.
One member of an apologetic Facebook group expressed his inability to understand the often stated, "if God allows man to choose ... that means man's will is stronger." The reason you do not understand it is that it's nonsensical. This is the way of Calvinism and the once saved always saved, eternal security, predestined lost... Continue Reading →