Genesis 33

Jacob Meets Esau

1Then Jacob lifted his eyes and looked, and behold a  Esau was coming, and four hundred men with him. So he divided the children
Or to
among Leah and Rachel and the two maids.
2He put the maids and their children
Lit first
in front, and Leah and her children
Lit behind
next, and Rachel and Joseph
Lit behind
last.
3But he himself passed on ahead of them and f  bowed down to the ground seven times, until he came near to his brother.

4Then Esau ran to meet him and embraced him, and g  fell on his neck and kissed him, and they wept. 5He lifted his eyes and saw the women and the children, and said
Or What relation are these to you?
Who are these with you?” So he said i  The children whom God has graciously given your servant.”
6Then the maids came near
Lit they and
with their children, and they bowed down.
7Leah likewise came near with her children, and they bowed down; and afterward Joseph came near with Rachel, and they bowed down. 8And he said, “What do you mean by k  all this company which I have met?” And he said l  To find favor in the sight of my lord.” 9But Esau said m  I have plenty, my brother; let what you have be your own.” 10Jacob said, “No, please, if now I have found favor in your sight, then take my present from my hand
Lit for therefore I have seen your face like seeing God’s face
for I see your face as one sees the face of God, and you have received me favorably.
11Please take my
Lit blessing
,
p  gift which has been brought to you, q  because God has dealt graciously with me and because I have
Lit all
plenty.” Thus he urged him and he took it.

12Then
Lit he
Esau said, “Let us take our journey and go, and I will go before you.”
13But he said to him, “My lord knows that the children are frail and that the flocks and herds which are nursing are
Lit upon me
a care to me. And if they are driven hard one day, all the flocks will die.
14Please let my lord pass on before his servant, and I will proceed at my leisure, according to the pace of the cattle that are before me and according to the pace of the children, until I come to my lord at u  Seir.”

15Esau said, “Please let me leave with you some of the people who are with me.” But he said
Lit Why this?
What need is there? w  Let me find favor in the sight of my lord.”
16So Esau returned that day on his way to Seir. 17Jacob journeyed to
I.e. booths
,
y  Succoth, and built for himself a house and made booths for his livestock; therefore the place is named Succoth.

Jacob Settles in Shechem

18Now Jacob came safely to the city of z  Shechem, which is in the land of Canaan, when he came from aa  Paddan-aram, and camped before the city. 19 ab  He bought the piece of land where he had pitched his tent from the hand of the sons of Hamor, Shechem’s father, for one hundred
Heb qesitah
pieces of money.
20Then he erected there an altar and called it
I.e. God, the God of Israel
El-Elohe-Israel.
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