Jacob Meets Esau1 And Jacob lifted up his eyes and looked, and behold, a Esau was coming, and four hundred men with him. So he divided the children among Leah and Rachel and the two female servants. 2 And he put the servants with their children in front, then Leah with her children, and Rachel and Joseph last of all. 3 He himself went on before them, b bowing himself to the ground seven times, until he came near to his brother. 4 c But Esau ran to meet him and embraced him d and fell on his neck and kissed him, and they wept. 5 And when Esau lifted up his eyes and saw the women and children, he said, “Who are these with you?” Jacob said, e “The children whom God has graciously given your servant.” 6 Then the servants drew near, they and their children, and bowed down. 7 Leah likewise and her children drew near and bowed down. And last Joseph and Rachel drew near, and they bowed down. 8 Esau said, “What do you mean by f all this company ▼
▼ Hebrew campthat I met?” Jacob answered, h “To find favor in the sight of my lord.” 9 But Esau said, “I have enough, my brother; keep what you have for yourself.” 10 Jacob said, “No, please, if I have found favor in your sight, then accept my present from my hand. i For I have seen your face, which is like seeing the face of God, and you have accepted me. 11 Please accept my j blessing that is brought to you, because God has dealt graciously with me, and because I have enough.” Thus he k urged him, and he took it. 12 Then Esau said, “Let us journey on our way, and I will go ahead of ▼
▼ Or along withyou.” 13 But Jacob said to him, “My lord knows that the children are frail, and that the nursing flocks and herds are a care to me. If they are driven hard for one day, all the flocks will die. 14 Let my lord pass on ahead of his servant, and I will lead on slowly, at the pace of the livestock that are ahead of me and at the pace of the children, until I come to my lord m in Seir.” 15 So Esau said, “Let me leave with you some of the people who are with me.” But he said, “What need is there? n Let me find favor in the sight of my lord.” 16 So Esau returned that day on his way to o Seir. 17 But Jacob journeyed to p Succoth, and built himself a house and made booths for his livestock. Therefore the name of the place is called Succoth. ▼
▼ Succoth means booths18 And Jacob came safely ▼
▼ Or peacefullyto the city of s Shechem, which is in the land of Canaan, on his way from Paddan-aram, and he camped before the city. 19 And from the sons of t Hamor, Shechem’s father, u he bought for a hundred pieces of money ▼
▼ Hebrew a hundred qesitah; a unit of money of unknown valuethe piece of land on which he had pitched his tent. 20 There he erected an altar and called it El-Elohe-Israel. ▼
▼ El-Elohe-Israel means God, the God of Israel
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