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... Genesis 28
I’ve done as you told me. Here is the wild game.
Now sit up and eat it so you can give me your
20Isaac asked, “How did you find it so quickly,
“The Lord your God put it in my path!” Jacob
21 Then Isaac said to Jacob, “Come closer so I
can touch you and make sure that you really are
Esau.” 22 So Jacob went closer to his father, and
Isaac touched him. “The voice is Jacob’s, but the
hands are Esau’s,” Isaac said. 23But he did not
recognize Jacob, because Jacob’s hands felt hairy
just like Esau’s. So Isaac prepared to bless Jacob.
24“But are you really my son Esau?” he asked.
“Yes, I am,” Jacob replied.
25 Then Isaac said, “Now, my son, bring me
the wild game. Let me eat it, and then I will give
you my blessing.” So Jacob took the food to his
father, and Isaac ate it. He also drank the wine
that Jacob served him. 26Then Isaac said to Jacob, “Please come a little closer and kiss me, my
27So Jacob went over and kissed him. And
when Isaac caught the smell of his clothes, he
was finally convinced, and he blessed his son. He
said, “Ah! The smell of my son is like the smell of
the outdoors, which the Lord has blessed!
Esau heard his father’s words, he let
out a loud and bitter cry. “Oh my father, what
about me? Bless me, too!” he begged.
35 But Isaac said, “Your brother was here, and
he tricked me. He has taken away your blessing.”
36Esau exclaimed, “No wonder his name is Jacob, for now he has cheated me twice. First he
took my rights as the firstborn, and now he has
stolen my blessing. Oh, haven’t you saved even
one blessing for me?”
37 Isaac said to Esau, “I have made Jacob your
master and have declared that all his brothers
will be his servants. I have guaranteed him an
abundance of grain and wine—what is left for me
to give you, my son?”
38Esau pleaded, “But do you have only one
blessing? Oh my father, bless me, too!” Then Esau
broke down and wept.
39Finally, his father, Isaac, said to him,
“From the dew of heaven
and the richness of the earth,
may God always give you abundant harvests
and bountiful new wine.
29 May many nations become your servants,
and may they bow down to you.
May you be the master over your brothers,
and may your mother’s sons bow down
All who curse you will be cursed,
and all who bless you will be blessed.”
Jacob Flees to Paddan-Aram
30As soon as Isaac had finished blessing Jacob,
and almost before Jacob had left his father, Esau
returned from his hunt. 31Esau prepared a delicious meal and brought it to his father. Then he
said, “Sit up, my father, and eat my wild game so
you can give me your blessing.”
32But Isaac asked him, “Who are you?”
Esau replied, “It’s your son, your firstborn son,
33Isaac began to tremble uncontrollably and
said, “Then who just served me wild game? I
have already eaten it, and I blessed him just before you came. And yes, that blessing must
“You will live away from the richness of the
and away from the dew of the heaven
40 You will live by your sword,
and you will serve your brother.
But when you decide to break free,
you will shake his yoke from your neck.”
41From that time on, Esau hated Jacob because
their father had given Jacob the blessing. And
Esau began to scheme: “I will soon be mourning
my father’s death. Then I will kill my brother,
42But Rebekah heard about Esau’s plans. So
she sent for Jacob and told him, “Listen, Esau is
consoling himself by plotting to kill you. 43 So listen carefully, my son. Get ready and flee to my
brother, Laban, in Haran. 44Stay there with him
until your brother cools off. 45 When he calms
down and forgets what you have done to him, I
will send for you to come back. Why should I
lose both of you in one day?”
46Then Rebekah said to Isaac, “I’m sick and
tired of these local Hittite women! I would rather
die than see Jacob marry one of them.”
So Isaac called for Jacob, blessed him, and said,
“You must not marry any of these Canaanite
women. 2Instead, go at once to Paddan-aram, to
the house of your grandfather Bethuel, and
marry one of your uncle Laban’s daughters.
3May God Almighty bless you and give you many