Jacob’s Deception1 Now it came about, when Isaac was old and a his eyes were too dim to see, that he called his b older son Esau and said to him, “My son.” And he said to him, “Here I am.” 2 ▼
▼ Lit He, d Isaac said, “Behold now, I am old and I do not know the day of my death. 3 “Now then, please take your gear, your quiver and your bow, and go out to the field and e hunt game for me; 4 and prepare a savory dish for me such as I love, and bring it to me that I may eat, so that f my soul may bless you before I die.” 5 Rebekah was listening while Isaac spoke to his son Esau. So when Esau went to the field to hunt for game to bring home, 6 g Rebekah said to her son Jacob, “Behold, I heard your father speak to your brother Esau, saying, 7 ‘Bring me some game and prepare a savory dish for me, that I may eat, and bless you in the presence of the Lord before my death.’ 8 “Now therefore, my son, h listen to ▼
▼ Lit my voiceme ▼
▼ Lit according to whatas I command you. 9 “Go now to the flock and ▼
▼ Lit takebring me two choice ▼
▼ Lit kids of goatsyoung goats from there, that I may prepare them as a savory dish for your father, such as he loves. 10 “Then you shall bring it to your father, that he may eat, so that he may bless you before his death.” 11 Jacob ▼
▼ Lit said toanswered his mother Rebekah, “Behold, Esau my brother is a n hairy man and I am a smooth man. 12 o “Perhaps my father will feel me, then I will be as a ▼
▼ Lit mockerdeceiver in his sight, and I will bring upon myself a curse and not a blessing.” 13 But his mother said to him, “Your curse be on me, my son; only q obey my voice, and go, get them for me.” 14 So he went and got them, and brought them to his mother; and his mother made savory food such as his father loved. 15 Then Rebekah took the ▼
▼ Lit desirable; or choicebest s garments of Esau her elder son, which were with her in the house, and put them on Jacob her younger son. 16 And she put the skins of the ▼
▼ Lit kids of the goatsyoung goats on his hands and on the smooth part of his neck. 17 She also gave the savory food and the bread, which she had made ▼
▼ Lit into the hand ofto her son Jacob. 18 Then he came to his father and said, “My father.” And he said, “Here I am. Who are you, my son?” 19 Jacob said to his father, “I am Esau your firstborn; I have done as you told me. v Get up, please, sit and eat of my game, that ▼
▼ Lit your soul, x you may bless me.” 20 Isaac said to his son, “How is it that you have it so quickly, my son?” And he said y “Because the Lord your God caused it to happen to me.” 21 Then Isaac said to Jacob, “Please come close, that z I may feel you, my son, whether you are really my son Esau or not.” 22 So Jacob came close to Isaac his father, and he felt him and said, “The voice is the voice of Jacob, but the hands are the hands of Esau.” 23 He did not recognize him, because his hands were aa hairy like his brother Esau’s hands; so he blessed him. 24 And he said, “Are you really my son Esau?” And he said, “I am.” 25 So he said, “Bring it to me, and I will eat of my son’s game, that ▼
▼ Lit my soul, ac I may bless you.” And he brought it to him, and he ate; he also brought him wine and he drank. 26 Then his father Isaac said to him, “Please come close and kiss me, my son.” 27 So he came close and kissed him; and when he smelled the smell of his garments, he ad blessed him and said, “See ae the smell of my son
Is like the smell of a field af which the Lord has blessed;
28 Now may ag God give you of the dew of heaven,
And of the ah fatness of the earth,
And an abundance of grain and new wine;
29 ai May peoples serve you,
And nations bow down to you;
aj Be master of your brothers,
ak And may your mother’s sons bow down to you.
al Cursed be those who curse you,
And blessed be those who bless you.”
The Stolen Blessing30 Now it came about, as soon as Isaac had finished blessing Jacob, and Jacob had hardly gone out from the presence of Isaac his father, that Esau his brother came in from his hunting. 31 Then he also made savory food, and brought it to his father; and he said to his father am “Let my father arise and eat of his son’s game, that ▼
▼ Lit your soul, ao you may bless me.” 32 Isaac his father said to him, ap “Who are you?” And he said, “I am your son aq your firstborn, Esau.” 33 Then Isaac ▼
▼ Lit trembled with a very great tremblingtrembled violently, and said as “Who was he then that hunted game and brought it to me, so that I ate of all of it before you came, and blessed him? at Yes, and he shall be blessed.” 34 When Esau heard the words of his father au he cried out with an exceedingly great and bitter cry, and said to his father, “Bless me, even me also, O my father!” 35 And he said av “Your brother came deceitfully and has taken away your blessing.” 36 Then he said ▼
▼ Or Was he then named Jacob that he has“Is he not rightly named ax Jacob, for he has supplanted me these two times? He took away my birthright, and behold, now he has taken away my blessing.” And he said, “Have you not reserved a blessing for me?” 37 But Isaac replied to Esau, “Behold, I have made him ay your master, and all his ▼
▼ Lit brothersrelatives I have given to him ▼
▼ Lit foras servants; and with grain and new wine I have sustained him. Now as for you then, what can I do, my son?” 38 Esau said to his father, “Do you have only one blessing, my father? Bless me, even me also, O my father.” So Esau lifted his voice and bb wept. 39 Then bc Isaac his father answered and said to him, “Behold, ▼
▼ Or of, be away from the ▼
▼ Lit fatnessfertility of the earth shall be your dwelling,
▼ Or ofaway from the dew of heaven from above.
40 “By your sword you shall live,
And your brother bh you shall serve;
But it shall come about bi when you become restless,
That you will ▼
▼ Lit tear offbreak his yoke from your neck.”
41 So Esau bk bore a grudge against Jacob because of the blessing with which his father had blessed him; and Esau said ▼
▼ Lit in his heartto himself bm “The days of mourning for my father are near; then I will kill my brother Jacob.” 42 Now when the words of her elder son Esau were reported to Rebekah, she sent and called her younger son Jacob, and said to him, “Behold your brother Esau is consoling himself concerning you by planning to kill you. 43 “Now therefore, my son, bn obey my voice, and arise, ▼
▼ Lit flee for yourselfflee to bp Haran, to my brother bq Laban! 44 “Stay with him br a few days, until your brother’s fury ▼
▼ Lit turns awaysubsides, 45 until your brother’s anger ▼
▼ Lit turns away from youagainst you subsides and he forgets bu what you did to him. Then I will send and get you from there. Why should I be bereaved of you both in one day?” 46 Rebekah said to Isaac, “I am tired of ▼
▼ Lit my lifeliving because of bw the daughters of Heth; bx if Jacob takes a wife from the daughters of Heth, like these, from the daughters of the land, what good will my life be to me?”
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