Bible: Genesis 33:1-20

Jacob Meets Esau

33:1 Jacob looked up 1  and saw that Esau was coming 2  along with four hundred men. So he divided the children among Leah, Rachel, and the two female servants. 33:2 He put the servants and their children in front, with Leah and her children behind them, and Rachel and Joseph behind them. 3  33:3 But Jacob 4  himself went on ahead of them, and he bowed toward the ground seven times as he approached 5  his brother. 33:4 But Esau ran to meet him, embraced him, hugged his neck, and kissed him. Then they both wept. 33:5 When Esau 6  looked up 7  and saw the women and the children, he asked, “Who are these people with you?” Jacob 8  replied, “The children whom God has graciously given 9  your servant.” 33:6 The female servants came forward with their children and bowed down. 10  33:7 Then Leah came forward with her children and they bowed down. Finally Joseph and Rachel came forward and bowed down.

33:8 Esau 11  then asked, “What did you intend 12  by sending all these herds to meet me?” 13  Jacob 14  replied, “To find favor in your sight, my lord.” 33:9 But Esau said, “I have plenty, my brother. Keep what belongs to you.” 33:10 No, please take them,” Jacob said. 15 If I have found favor in your sight, accept 16  my gift from my hand. Now that I have seen your face and you have accepted me, 17  it is as if I have seen the face of God. 18  33:11 Please take my present 19  that was brought to you, for God has been generous 20  to me and I have all I need.” 21  When Jacob urged him, he took it. 22 

33:12 Then Esau 23  said, “Let’s be on our way! 24  I will go in front of you.” 33:13 But Jacob 25  said to him, “My lord knows that the children are young, 26  and that I have to look after the sheep and cattle that are nursing their young. 27  If they are driven too hard for even a single day, all the animals will die. 33:14 Let my lord go on ahead of his servant. I will travel more slowly, at the pace of the herds and the children, 28  until I come to my lord at Seir.”

33:15 So Esau said, “Let me leave some of my men with you.” 29  “Why do that?” Jacob replied. 30 My lord has already been kind enough to me.” 31 

33:16 So that same day Esau made his way back 32  to Seir. 33:17 But 33  Jacob traveled to Succoth 34  where he built himself a house and made shelters for his livestock. That is why the place was called 35  Succoth. 36 

33:18 After he left Paddan Aram, Jacob came safely to the city of Shechem in the land of Canaan, and he camped near 37  the city. 33:19 Then he purchased the portion of the field where he had pitched his tent; he bought it 38  from the sons of Hamor, Shechem’s father, for a hundred pieces of money. 39  33:20 There he set up an altar and called it “The God of Israel is God.” 40 

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