“Here I am,” he answered.
2 Isaac said, “I am now an old man and don’t know the day of my death.g 3 Now then, get your equipment—your quiver and bow—and go out to the open countryh to hunt some wild game for me. 4 Prepare me the kind of tasty food I likei and bring it to me to eat, so that I may give you my blessingj before I die.”k
5 Now Rebekah was listening as Isaac spoke to his son Esau. When Esau left for the open countryl to hunt game and bring it back, 6 Rebekah said to her son Jacob,m “Look, I overheard your father say to your brother Esau, 7 ‘Bring me some game and prepare me some tasty food to eat, so that I may give you my blessing in the presence of the Lord before I die.’n 8 Now, my son, listen carefully and do what I tell you:o 9 Go out to the flock and bring me two choice young goats,p so I can prepare some tasty food for your father, just the way he likes it.q 10 Then take it to your father to eat, so that he may give you his blessingr before he dies.”
11 Jacob said to Rebekah his mother, “But my brother Esau is a hairy mans while I have smooth skin. 12 What if my father touches me?t I would appear to be tricking him and would bring down a curseu on myself rather than a blessing.”
14 So he went and got them and brought them to his mother, and she prepared some tasty food, just the way his father liked it.x 15 Then Rebekah took the best clothesy of Esau her older son,z which she had in the house, and put them on her younger son Jacob. 16 She also covered his hands and the smooth part of his neck with the goatskins.a 17 Then she handed to her son Jacob the tasty food and the bread she had made.
“Yes, my son,” he answered. “Who is it?”b
“The Lord your God gave me success,f” he replied.
21 Then Isaac said to Jacob, “Come near so I can touch you,g my son, to know whether you really are my son Esau or not.”
22 Jacob went close to his father Isaac,h who touchedi him and said, “The voice is the voice of Jacob, but the hands are the hands of Esau.” 23 He did not recognize him, for his hands were hairy like those of his brother Esau;j so he proceeded to bless him. 24 “Are you really my son Esau?” he asked.
“I am,” he replied.
25 Then he said, “My son, bring me some of your game to eat, so that I may give you my blessing.”k
“Ah, the smell of my son
is like the smell of a field
that the Lord has blessed.o
28 May God give you heaven’s dewp
and earth’s richnessq—
and peoples bow down to you.t
Be lord over your brothers,
and may the sons of your mother bow down to you.u
May those who curse you be cursed
and those who bless you be blessed.v”
30 After Isaac finished blessing him, and Jacob had scarcely left his father’s presence, his brother Esau came in from hunting. 31 He too prepared some tasty food and brought it to his father. Then he said to him, “My father, please sit up and eat some of my game, so that you may give me your blessing.”w
32 His father Isaac asked him, “Who are you?”x
“I am your son,” he answered, “your firstborn, Esau.y”
36 Esau said, “Isn’t he rightly named Jacoba?f This is the second time he has taken advantage ofg me: He took my birthright,h and now he’s taken my blessing!”i Then he asked, “Haven’t you reserved any blessing for me?”
37 Isaac answered Esau, “I have made him lord over you and have made all his relatives his servants, and I have sustained him with grain and new wine.j So what can I possibly do for you, my son?”
38 Esau said to his father, “Do you have only one blessing, my father? Bless me too, my father!” Then Esau wept aloud.k
39 His father Isaac answered him,l
“Your dwelling will be
away from the earth’s richness,
But when you grow restless,
you will throw his yoke
from off your neck.q”
42 When Rebekah was told what her older son Esauw had said, she sent for her younger son Jacob and said to him, “Your brother Esau is planning to avenge himself by killing you.x 43 Now then, my son, do what I say:y Flee at once to my brother Labanz in Harran.a 44 Stay with him for a whileb until your brother’s fury subsides. 45 When your brother is no longer angry with you and forgets what you did to him,c I’ll send word for you to come back from there.d Why should I lose both of you in one day?”
46 Then Rebekah said to Isaac, “I’m disgusted with living because of these Hittitee women. If Jacob takes a wife from among the women of this land,f from Hittite women like these, my life will not be worth living.”g
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