ImmerseBeginnings NLT - Page 52


touched him. “The voice is Jacob’s, but the hands are Esau’s,” Isaac said.
But he did not recognize Jacob, because Jacob’s hands felt hairy just like
Esau’s. So Isaac prepared to bless Jacob. “But are you really my son Esau?”
he asked.
“Yes, I am,” Jacob replied.
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. Then Isaac
said to Jacob, “Please come a little closer and kiss me, my son.”
So 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
“From the dew of heaven
and the richness of the earth,
may God always give you abundant harvests of grain
and bountiful new wine.
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 to you.
All who curse you will be cursed,
and all who bless you will be blessed.”
As soon as Isaac had finished blessing Jacob, and almost before Jacob had
left his father, Esau returned from his hunt. Esau 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.”
But Isaac asked him, “Who are you?”
Esau replied, “It’s your son, your firstborn son, Esau.”
Isaac 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 stand!”
When 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.
But Isaac said, “Your brother was here, and he tricked me. He has taken
away your blessing.”
Esau 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?”
Isaac said to Esau, “I have made Jacob your master and have declared

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