Bible: Genesis 26:34-28:9

26:34 When 1  Esau was forty years old, 2  he married 3  Judith the daughter of Beeri the Hittite, as well as Basemath the daughter of Elon the Hittite. 26:35 They caused Isaac and Rebekah great anxiety. 4 

Jacob Cheats Esau out of the Blessing

27:1 When 5  Isaac was old and his eyes were so weak that he was almost blind, 6  he called his older 7  son Esau and said to him, “My son!” “Here I am!” Esau 8  replied. 27:2 Isaac 9  said, “Since 10  I am so old, I could die at any time. 11  27:3 Therefore, take your weapons – your quiver and your bow – and go out into the open fields and hunt down some wild game 12  for me. 27:4 Then prepare for me some tasty food, the kind I love, and bring it to me. Then 13  I will eat it so that I may bless you 14  before I die.”

27:5 Now Rebekah had been listening while Isaac spoke to his son Esau. 15  When Esau went out to the open fields to hunt down some wild game and bring it back, 16  27:6 Rebekah said to her son Jacob, “Look, I overheard your father tell your brother Esau, 27:7 Bring me some wild game and prepare for me some tasty food. Then I will eat 17  it and bless you 18  in the presence of the Lord 19  before I die.’ 27:8 Now then, my son, do 20  exactly what I tell you! 21  27:9 Go to the flock and get me two of the best young goats. I’ll prepare 22  them in a tasty way for your father, just the way he loves them. 27:10 Then you will take 23  it to your father. Thus he will eat it 24  and 25  bless you before he dies.”

27:11But Esau my brother is a hairy man,” Jacob protested to his mother Rebekah, “and I have smooth skin! 26  27:12 My father may touch me! Then he’ll think I’m mocking him 27  and I’ll bring a curse on myself instead of a blessing.” 27:13 So his mother told him, “Any curse against you will fall on me, 28  my son! Just obey me! 29  Go and get them for me!

27:14 So he went and got the goats 30  and brought them to his mother. She 31  prepared some tasty food, just the way his father loved it. 27:15 Then Rebekah took her older son Esau’s best clothes, which she had with her in the house, and put them on her younger son Jacob. 27:16 She put the skins of the young goats 32  on his hands 33  and the smooth part of his neck. 27:17 Then she handed 34  the tasty food and the bread she had made to her son Jacob.

27:18 He went to his father and said, “My father!” Isaac 35  replied, “Here I am. Which are you, my son? 36  27:19 Jacob said to his father, “I am Esau, your firstborn. I’ve done as you told me. Now sit up 37  and eat some of my wild game so that you can bless me.” 38  27:20 But Isaac asked his son, “How in the world 39  did you find it so quickly, 40  my son?” “Because the Lord your God brought it to me,” 41  he replied. 42  27:21 Then Isaac said to Jacob, “Come closer so I can touch you, 43  my son, and know for certain if you really are my son Esau.” 44  27:22 So Jacob went over to his father Isaac, who felt him and said, “The voice is Jacob’s, but the hands are Esau’s.” 27:23 He did not recognize him because his hands were hairy, like his brother Esau’s hands. So Isaac blessed Jacob. 45  27:24 Then he asked, “Are you really my son Esau?” “I am,” Jacob 46  replied. 27:25 Isaac 47  said, “Bring some of the wild game for me to eat, my son. 48  Then I will bless you.” 49  So Jacob 50  brought it to him, and he ate it. He also brought him wine, and Isaac 51  drank. 27:26 Then his father Isaac said to him, “Come here and kiss me, my son.” 27:27 So Jacob 52  went over and kissed him. When Isaac caught the scent 53  of his clothing, he blessed him, saying,

Yes, 54  my son smells

like the scent of an open field

which the Lord has blessed.

27:28 May God give you

the dew of the sky 55 

and the richness 56  of the earth,

and plenty of grain and new wine.

27:29 May peoples serve you

and nations bow down to you.

You will be 57  lord 58  over your brothers,

and the sons of your mother will bow down to you. 59 

May those who curse you be cursed,

and those who bless you be blessed.”

27:30 Isaac had just finished blessing Jacob, and Jacob had scarcely left 60  his father’s 61  presence, when his brother Esau returned from the hunt. 62  27:31 He also prepared some tasty food and brought it to his father. Esau 63  said to him, “My father, get up 64  and eat some of your son’s wild game. Then you can bless me.” 65  27:32 His father Isaac asked, 66  “Who are you?” “I am your firstborn son,” 67  he replied, “Esau! 27:33 Isaac began to shake violently 68  and asked, “Then who else hunted game and brought it to me? I ate all of it just before you arrived, and I blessed him. 69  He will indeed be blessed!

27:34 When Esau heard 70  his father’s words, he wailed loudly and bitterly. 71  He said to his father, “Bless me too, my father! 27:35 But Isaac 72  replied, “Your brother came in here deceitfully and took away 73  your blessing.” 27:36 Esau exclaimed, “‘Jacobis the right name for him! 74  He has tripped me up 75  two times! He took away my birthright, and now, look, he has taken away my blessing!” Then he asked, “Have you not kept back a blessing for me?

27:37 Isaac replied to Esau, “Look! I have made him lord over you. I have made all his relatives his servants and provided him with grain and new wine. What is left that I can do for you, my son? 27:38 Esau said to his father, “Do you have only that one blessing, my father? Bless me too!” 76  Then Esau wept loudly. 77 

27:39 So his father Isaac said to him,

Indeed, 78  your home will be

away from the richness 79  of the earth,

and away from the dew of the sky above.

27:40 You will live by your sword

but you will serve your brother.

When you grow restless,

you will tear off his yoke

from your neck.” 80 

27:41 So Esau hated 81  Jacob because of the blessing his father had given to his brother. 82  Esau said privately, 83 The time 84  of mourning for my father is near; then I will kill 85  my brother Jacob!

27:42 When Rebekah heard what her older son Esau had said, 86  she quickly summoned 87  her younger son Jacob and told him, “Look, your brother Esau is planning to get revenge by killing you. 88  27:43 Now then, my son, do what I say. 89  Run away immediately 90  to my brother Laban in Haran. 27:44 Live with him for a little while 91  until your brother’s rage subsides. 27:45 Stay there 92  until your brother’s anger against you subsides and he forgets what you did to him. Then I’ll send someone to bring you back from there. 93  Why should I lose both of you in one day? 94 

27:46 Then Rebekah said to Isaac, “I am deeply depressed 95  because of these daughters of Heth. 96  If Jacob were to marry one of these daughters of Heth who live in this land, I would want to die! 97 

28:1 So Isaac called for Jacob and blessed him. Then he commanded him, “You must not marry a Canaanite woman! 98  28:2 Leave immediately 99  for Paddan Aram! Go to the house of Bethuel, your mother’s father, and find yourself a wife there, among the daughters of Laban, your mother’s brother. 28:3 May the sovereign God 100  bless you! May he make you fruitful and give you a multitude of descendants! 101  Then you will become 102  a large nation. 103  28:4 May he give you and your descendants the blessing he gave to Abraham 104  so that you may possess the land 105  God gave to Abraham, the land where you have been living as a temporary resident.” 106  28:5 So Isaac sent Jacob on his way, and he went to Paddan Aram, to Laban son of Bethuel the Aramean and brother of Rebekah, the mother of Jacob and Esau.

28:6 Esau saw that Isaac had blessed Jacob and sent him off to Paddan Aram to find a wife there. 107  As he blessed him, 108  Isaac commanded him, “You must not marry a Canaanite woman.” 109  28:7 Jacob obeyed his father and mother and left for Paddan Aram. 28:8 Then Esau realized 110  that the Canaanite women 111  were displeasing to 112  his father Isaac. 28:9 So Esau went to Ishmael and married 113  Mahalath, the sister of Nebaioth and daughter of Abraham’s son Ishmael, along with the wives he already had.

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