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And he answered him, “Here I am.”
2 Then he said, “Behold now, I am old. I cdo not know the day of my death. 3 dNow therefore, please take your weapons, your quiver and your bow, and go out to the field and hunt game for me. 4 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.”
5 Now Rebekah was listening when Isaac spoke to Esau his son. And Esau went to the field to hunt game and to bring it. 6 So Rebekah spoke to Jacob her son, saying, “Indeed I heard your father speak to Esau your brother, saying, 7 ‘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.’ 8 Now therefore, my son, fobey my voice according to what I command you. 9 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, l“Let 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.
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.”
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.
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!”
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