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Genesis 27:1–45

Isaac Blesses Jacob

27 Now it came to pass, when Isaac was aold and bhis eyes were so dim that he could not see, that he called Esau his older son and said to him, “My son.”

And he answered him, “Here I am.”

Then he said, “Behold now, I am old. I cdo not know the day of my death. dNow therefore, please take your weapons, your quiver and your bow, and go out to the field and hunt game for me. And make me 1savory food, such as I love, and bring it to me that I may eat, that my soul emay bless you before I die.”

Now Rebekah was listening when Isaac spoke to Esau his son. And Esau went to the field to hunt game and to bring it. So Rebekah spoke to Jacob her son, saying, “Indeed I heard your father speak to Esau your brother, saying, ‘Bring me game and make 2savory food for me, that I may eat it and bless you in the presence of the Lord before my death.’ Now therefore, my son, fobey my voice according to what I command you. Go now to the flock and bring me from there two choice kids of the goats, and I will make gsavory food from them for your father, such as he loves. 10 Then you shall take it to your father, that he may eat it, and that he hmay bless you before his death.”

11 And Jacob said to Rebekah his mother, “Look, iEsau my brother is a hairy man, and I am a smooth-skinned man. 12 Perhaps my father will jfeel me, and I shall seem to be a deceiver to him; and I shall bring ka curse on myself and not a blessing.”

13 But his mother said to him, lLet your curse be on me, my son; only obey my voice, and go, get them for me.” 14 And he went and got them and brought them to his mother, and his mother mmade 3savory food, such as his father loved. 15 Then Rebekah took nthe choice clothes of her elder son Esau, which were with her in the house, and put them on Jacob her younger son. 16 And she put the skins of the kids of the goats on his hands and on the smooth part of his neck. 17 Then she gave the savory food and the bread, which she had prepared, into the hand of her son Jacob.

18 So he went 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 just as you told me; please arise, sit and eat of my game, othat your soul may bless me.”

20 But Isaac said to his son, “How is it that you have found it so quickly, my son?”

And he said, “Because the Lord your God brought it to me.”

21 Isaac said to Jacob, “Please come near, that I pmay feel you, my son, whether you are really my son Esau or not.” 22 So Jacob went near to Isaac his father, and he felt him and said, “The voice is Jacob’s voice, but the hands are the hands of Esau.” 23 And he did not recognize him, because qhis hands were hairy like his brother Esau’s hands; so he blessed him.

24 Then he said, “Are you really my son Esau?”

He said, “I am.”

25 He said, “Bring it near to me, and I will eat of my son’s game, so rthat my soul may bless you.” So he brought it near to him, and he ate; and he brought him wine, and he drank. 26 Then his father Isaac said to him, “Come near now and kiss me, my son.” 27 And he came near and skissed him; and he smelled the smell of his clothing, and blessed him and said:

“Surely, tthe smell of my son

Is like the smell of a field

Which the Lord has blessed.

28 Therefore may uGod give you

Of vthe dew of heaven,

Of wthe fatness of the earth,

And xplenty of grain and wine.

29 yLet peoples serve you,

And nations bow down to you.

Be master over your brethren,

And zlet your mother’s sons bow down to you.

aCursed be everyone who curses you,

And blessed be those who bless you!”

Esau’s Lost Hope

30 Now it happened, as soon as Isaac had finished blessing Jacob, and Jacob had scarcely gone out from the presence of Isaac his father, that Esau his brother came in from his hunting. 31 He also had made 4savory food, and brought it to his father, and said to his father, “Let my father arise and beat of his son’s game, that your soul may bless me.”

32 And his father Isaac said to him, “Who are you?”

So he said, “I am your son, your firstborn, Esau.”

33 Then Isaac trembled exceedingly, and said, “Who? Where is the one who hunted game and brought it to me? I ate all of it before you came, and I have blessed him—cand indeed he shall be blessed.”

34 When Esau heard the words of his father, dhe cried with an exceedingly great and bitter cry, and said to his father, “Bless me—me also, O my father!”

35 But he said, “Your brother came with deceit and has taken away your blessing.”

36 And Esau said, e“Is he not rightly named 5Jacob? For he has supplanted me these two times. He took away my birthright, and now look, he has taken away my blessing!” And he said, “Have you not reserved a blessing for me?”

37 Then Isaac answered and said to Esau, f“Indeed I have made him your master, and all his brethren I have given to him as servants; with ggrain and wine I have 6sustained him. What shall I do now for you, my son?”

38 And Esau said to his father, “Have you only one blessing, my father? Bless me—me also, O my father!” And Esau lifted up his voice hand wept.

39 Then Isaac his father answered and said to him:

“Behold, iyour dwelling shall be of the 7fatness of the earth,

And of the dew of heaven from above.

40 By your sword you shall live,

And jyou shall serve your brother;

And kit shall come to pass, when you become restless,

That you shall break his yoke from your neck.”

Jacob Escapes from Esau

41 So Esau lhated Jacob because of the blessing with which his father blessed him, and Esau said in his heart, m“The days of mourning for my father 8are at hand; nthen I will kill my brother Jacob.”

42 And the words of Esau her older son were told to Rebekah. So she sent and called Jacob her younger son, and said to him, “Surely your brother Esau ocomforts himself concerning you by intending to kill you. 43 Now therefore, my son, obey my voice: arise, flee to my brother Laban pin Haran. 44 And stay with him a qfew days, until your brother’s fury turns away, 45 until your brother’s anger turns away from you, and he forgets what you have done to him; then I will send and bring you from there. Why should I be bereaved also of you both in one day?”

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