1 And Jacob lifteth up his eyes, and looketh, and lo, Esau is coming, and with him four hundred men; and he divideth the children unto Leah, and unto Rachel, and unto the two maid-servants; 2and he setteth the maid-servants and their children first, and Leah and her children behind, and Rachel and Joseph last. 3And he himself passed over before them, and boweth himself to the earth seven times, until his drawing nigh unto his brother, 4and Esau runneth to meet him, and embraceth him, and falleth on his neck, and kisseth him, and they weep.
5 And he lifteth up his eyes, and seeth the women and the children, and saith, ‘What are these to thee?’ And he saith, ‘The children with whom God hath favoured thy servant.’ 6And the maid-servants draw nigh, they and their children, and bow themselves; 7and Leah also draweth nigh, and her children, and they bow themselves; and afterwards Joseph hath drawn nigh with Rachel, and they bow themselves. 8And he saith, ‘What to thee is all this camp which I have met?’ and he saith, ‘To find grace in the eyes of my lord.’ 9And Esau saith, ‘I have abundance, my brother, let it be to thyself that which thou hast.’ 10And Jacob saith, ‘Nay, I pray thee, if, I pray thee, I have found grace in thine eyes, then thou hast received my present from my hand, because that I have seen thy face, as the seeing of the face of God, and thou art pleased with me; 11receive, I pray thee, my blessing, which is brought to thee, because God hath favoured me, and because I have all things;’ and he presseth on him, and he receiveth, 12and saith, ‘Let us journey and go on, and I go on before thee.’ 13And he saith unto him, ‘My lord knoweth that the children are tender, and the suckling flock and the herd are with me; when they have beaten them one day, then hath all the flock died. 14Let my lord, I pray thee, pass over before his servant, and I—I lead on gently, according to the foot of the work which is before me, and to the foot of the children, until that I come unto my lord, to Seir.’ 15And Esau saith, ‘Let me, I pray thee, place with thee some of the people who are with me;’ and he said, ‘Why is this? I find grace in the eyes of my lord.’
16 And turn back on that day doth Esau on his way to Seir; 17and Jacob hath journeyed to Succoth, and buildeth to himself a house, and for his cattle hath made booths, therefore hath he called the name of the place Succoth. 18And Jacob cometh in to Shalem, a city of Shechem, which is in the land of Canaan, in his coming from Padan-Aram, and encampeth before the city, 19and he buyeth the portion of the field where he hath stretched out his tent, from the hand of the sons of Hamor, father of Shechem, for a hundred kesitah; 20and he setteth up there an altar, and proclaimeth at it God—the God of Israel.
About Young’s Literal Translation
Robert Young is best known for his monumental work, Young’s Analytical Concordance To The Bible. Young’s Literal Translation is a very good work to add to your Bible collection for text comparisons. Since this is a very literal translation, it offers a good contrast and comparison to a dynamic equivalent translation like the NIV.