27 Isaac had become old. His eyes were so weak he couldn’t see anymore. One day he called for his older son Esau. He said to him, “My son.”
“Here I am,” he answered.
2Isaac said, “I’m an old man now. And I don’t know when I’ll die. 3Now then, get your weapons. Get your bow and arrows. Go out to the open country. Hunt some wild animals for me. 4Prepare for me the kind of tasty food I like. Bring it to me to eat. Then I’ll give you my blessing before I die.”
6Then Rebekah said to her son Jacob, “Look, I heard your father speaking to your brother Esau. 7He said, ‘Bring me a wild animal. Prepare some tasty food for me to eat. Then I’ll give you my blessing before I die. The Lord will be my witness.’ ”
8Rebekah continued, “My son, listen carefully. Do what I tell you. 9Go out to the flock. Bring me two of the finest young goats. I will prepare tasty food for your father. I’ll make it just the way he likes it. 10I want you to take it to your father to eat. Then he’ll give you his blessing before he dies.”
11Jacob said to his mother Rebekah, “My brother Esau’s body is covered with hair. But my skin is smooth. 12What if my father touches me? He would know I was trying to trick him. That would bring a curse down on me instead of a blessing.”
15The clothes of her older son Esau were in her house. She took the best of them and put them on her younger son Jacob. 16She covered his hands with the skins of the goats. She also covered the smooth part of his neck with them.
“Yes, my son,” Isaac answered. “Who is it?”
“The Lord your God gave me success,” he replied.
“I am,” Jacob replied.
“It really is the smell of my son.
It’s like the smell of a field
that the Lord has blessed.
May he give you the richness of the earth.
May he give you plenty of grain and fresh wine.
May they bow down to you.
Rule over your brothers.
May the sons of your mother bow down to you.
May those who call down curses on you be cursed.
And may those who bless you be blessed.”
30When Isaac finished blessing him, Jacob left his father. Just then his brother Esau came in from hunting. 31He too prepared some tasty food. He brought it to his father. Then Esau said to him, “My father, sit up. Eat some of my wild meat. Then give me your blessing.”
“I’m your son,” he answered. “I’m your oldest son. I’m Esau.”
36Esau said, “Isn’t Jacob just the right name for him? He has cheated me two times. First, he took my rights as the oldest son. And now he’s taken my blessing!” Then Esau asked, “Haven’t you saved any blessing for me?”
“You will live far away from the richness of the earth.
You will live far away from the dew of heaven above.
And you will serve your brother.
But you will grow restless.
Then you will throw off the heavy load
he put on your shoulders.”
41Esau was angry with Jacob. He was angry because of the blessing his father had given to Jacob. He said to himself, “My father will soon die. The days of sorrow over him are near. Then I’ll kill my brother Jacob.”
43“Now then, my son, do what I say. Go at once to my brother Laban in Haran. 44Stay with him until your brother’s anger calms down. 45Stay until your brother isn’t angry with you anymore. When he forgets what you did to him, I’ll let you know. Then you can come back from there. Why should I lose both of you in one day?”