27 1WHEN ISAAC was old and his eyes were dim so that he could not see, he called Esau his elder son, and said to him, My son! And he answered him, Here I am. 2He said, See here now; I am old, I do not know when I may die. 3So now, I pray you, take your weapons, your [arrows in a] quiver and your bow, and go out into the open country and hunt game for me, 4And prepare me appetizing meat, such as I love, and bring it to me, that I may eat of it, [preparatory] to giving you my blessing [as my firstborn] before I die. 5But Rebekah heard what Isaac said to Esau his son; and when Esau had gone to the open country to hunt for game that he might bring it, 6Rebekah said to Jacob her younger son, See here, I heard your father say to Esau your brother, 7Bring me game and make me appetizing meat, so that I may eat and declare my blessing upon you before the Lord before my death. 8So now, my son, do exactly as I command you. 9Go now to the flock, and from it bring me two good and suitable kids; and I will make them into appetizing meat for your father, such as he loves. 10And you shall bring it to your father, that he may eat and declare his blessing upon you before his death. 11But Jacob said to Rebekah his mother, Listen, Esau my brother is a hairy man and I am a smooth man. 12Suppose my father feels me; I will seem to him to be a cheat and an imposter, and I will bring [his] curse on me and not [his] blessing. 13But his mother said to him, On me be your curse, my son; only obey my word and go, fetch them to me. 14So [Jacob] went, got [the kids], and brought them to his mother; and his mother prepared appetizing meat with a delightful odor, such as his father loved. 15Then Rebekah took her elder son Esau’s best clothes which were with her in the house, and put them on Jacob her younger son. 16And she put the skins of the kids on his hands and on the smooth part of his neck. 17And she gave the savory meat and the bread which she had prepared into the hand of her son Jacob. 18So he went to his father and said, My father. And he said, Here am I; who are you, my son? 19And Jacob said to his father, I am Esau your firstborn; I have done what you told me to do. Now sit up and eat of my game, so that you may proceed to bless me. 20And Isaac said to his son, How is it that you have found the game so quickly, my son? And he said, Because the Lord your God caused it to come to me. 21But Isaac said to Jacob, Come close to me, I beg of you, that I may feel you, my son, and know whether you really are my son Esau or not. 22So Jacob went near to Isaac, and his father felt him and said, The voice is Jacob’s voice, but the hands are the hands of Esau. 23He could not identify him, because his hands were hairy like his brother Esau’s hands; so he blessed him. 24But he said, Are you really my son Esau? He answered, I am. 25Then [Isaac] said, Bring it to me and I will eat of my son’s game, that I may bless you. He brought it to him and he ate; and he brought him wine and he drank. 26Then his father Isaac said, Come near and kiss me, my son. 27So he came near and kissed him; and [Isaac] smelled his clothing and blessed him and said, The scent of my son is as the odor of a field which the Lord has blessed. 28And may God give you of the dew of the heavens and of the fatness of the earth and abundance of grain and [new] wine; 29Let peoples serve you and nations bow down to you; be master over your brothers, and let your mother’s sons bow down to you. Let everyone be cursed who curses you and favored with blessings who blesses you. 30As soon as Isaac had finished blessing Jacob and Jacob was scarcely gone out from the presence of Isaac his father, Esau his brother came in from his hunting. 31Esau had also prepared savory food and brought it to his father and said to him, Let my father arise and eat of his son’s game, that you may bless me. 32And Isaac his father said to him, Who are you? And he replied, I am your son, your firstborn, Esau. 33Then Isaac trembled and shook violently, and he said, Who? Where is he who has hunted game and brought it to me, and I ate of it all before you came and I have blessed him? Yes, and he shall be blessed. 34When Esau heard the words of his father, he cried out with a great and bitter cry and said to his father, Bless me, even me also, O my father! 35[Isaac] said, Your brother came with crafty cunning and treacherous deceit and has taken your blessing. 36[Esau] replied, Is he not rightly named Jacob [the supplanter]? For he has supplanted me these two times: he took away my birthright, and now he has taken away my blessing! Have you not still a blessing reserved for me? 37And Isaac answered Esau, Behold, I have made [Jacob] your lord and master; I have given all his brethren to him for servants, and with corn and [new] wine have I sustained him. What then can I do for you, my son? 38Esau said to his father, Have you only one blessing, my father? Bless me, even me also, O my father! And Esau lifted up [could not control] his voice and wept aloud. 39Then Isaac his father answered, Your [blessing and] dwelling shall all come from the fruitfulness of the earth and from the dew of the heavens above; 40By your sword you shall live and serve your brother. But [the time shall come] when you will grow restive and break loose, and you shall tear his yoke from off your neck. 41And Esau hated Jacob because of the blessing with which his father blessed him; and Esau said in his heart, The days of mourning for my father are very near. When [he is gone] I will [H]kill my brother Jacob. 42These words of Esau her elder son were repeated to Rebekah. She sent for Jacob her younger son and said to him, See here, your brother Esau comforts himself concerning you [by intending] to kill you. 43So now, my son, do what I tell you; arise, flee to my brother Laban in Haran; 44Linger and dwell with him for a while until your brother’s fury is spent. 45When your brother’s anger is diverted from you, he will forget [the wrong] that you have done him. Then [I]I will send and bring you back from there. Why should I be deprived of both of you in one day? 46Then Rebekah said to Isaac, I am weary of my life because of the daughters of Heth [these wives of Esau]! If Jacob takes a wife of the daughters of Heth such as these Hittite girls around here, what good will my life be to me?
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