Bible: Genesis 27:1-41

Jacob Cheats Esau out of the Blessing

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

27:5 Now Rebekah had been listening while Isaac spoke to his son Esau. 11  When Esau went out to the open fields to hunt down some wild game and bring it back, 12  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 13  it and bless you 14  in the presence of the Lord 15  before I die.’ 27:8 Now then, my son, do 16  exactly what I tell you! 17  27:9 Go to the flock and get me two of the best young goats. I’ll prepare 18  them in a tasty way for your father, just the way he loves them. 27:10 Then you will take 19  it to your father. Thus he will eat it 20  and 21  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! 22  27:12 My father may touch me! Then he’ll think I’m mocking him 23  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, 24  my son! Just obey me! 25  Go and get them for me!

27:14 So he went and got the goats 26  and brought them to his mother. She 27  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 28  on his hands 29  and the smooth part of his neck. 27:17 Then she handed 30  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 31  replied, “Here I am. Which are you, my son? 32  27:19 Jacob said to his father, “I am Esau, your firstborn. I’ve done as you told me. Now sit up 33  and eat some of my wild game so that you can bless me.” 34  27:20 But Isaac asked his son, “How in the world 35  did you find it so quickly, 36  my son?” “Because the Lord your God brought it to me,” 37  he replied. 38  27:21 Then Isaac said to Jacob, “Come closer so I can touch you, 39  my son, and know for certain if you really are my son Esau.” 40  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. 41  27:24 Then he asked, “Are you really my son Esau?” “I am,” Jacob 42  replied. 27:25 Isaac 43  said, “Bring some of the wild game for me to eat, my son. 44  Then I will bless you.” 45  So Jacob 46  brought it to him, and he ate it. He also brought him wine, and Isaac 47  drank. 27:26 Then his father Isaac said to him, “Come here and kiss me, my son.” 27:27 So Jacob 48  went over and kissed him. When Isaac caught the scent 49  of his clothing, he blessed him, saying,

Yes, 50  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 51 

and the richness 52  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 53  lord 54  over your brothers,

and the sons of your mother will bow down to you. 55 

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 56  his father’s 57  presence, when his brother Esau returned from the hunt. 58  27:31 He also prepared some tasty food and brought it to his father. Esau 59  said to him, “My father, get up 60  and eat some of your son’s wild game. Then you can bless me.” 61  27:32 His father Isaac asked, 62  “Who are you?” “I am your firstborn son,” 63  he replied, “Esau! 27:33 Isaac began to shake violently 64  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. 65  He will indeed be blessed!

27:34 When Esau heard 66  his father’s words, he wailed loudly and bitterly. 67  He said to his father, “Bless me too, my father! 27:35 But Isaac 68  replied, “Your brother came in here deceitfully and took away 69  your blessing.” 27:36 Esau exclaimed, “‘Jacobis the right name for him! 70  He has tripped me up 71  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!” 72  Then Esau wept loudly. 73 

27:39 So his father Isaac said to him,

Indeed, 74  your home will be

away from the richness 75  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.” 76 

27:41 So Esau hated 77  Jacob because of the blessing his father had given to his brother. 78  Esau said privately, 79 The time 80  of mourning for my father is near; then I will kill 81  my brother Jacob!

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