So he went to him and kissed1 him2. When Isaac caught the smell of his clothes,3 he blessed him and said, "Ah, the smell of my son is like the smell of a field that the LORD has blessed.428
May God give you of heaven's dew5 and of earth's richness6-- an abundance of grain7 and new wine.829
May nations serve you and peoples bow down to you.9 Be lord over your brothers, and may the sons of your mother bow down to you.10 May those who curse you be cursed and those who bless you be blessed.11"
After Isaac finished blessing him and Jacob had scarcely left his father's presence, his brother Esau came in from hunting.
He too prepared some tasty food and brought it to his father. Then he said to him, "My father, sit up and eat some of my game, so that you may give me your blessing."1232
His father Isaac asked him, "Who are you?"13 "I am your son," he answered, "your firstborn, Esau.14"
Isaac trembled violently and said, "Who was it, then, that hunted game and brought it to me?15 I ate it just before you came and I blessed him--and indeed he will be blessed!16"
When Esau heard his father's words, he burst out with a loud and bitter cry17 and said to his father, "Bless18 me--me too, my father!"
But he said, "Your brother came deceitfully19 and took your blessing."2036
Esau said, "Isn't he rightly named Jacoba ?21 He has deceived22 me these two times: He took my birthright,23 and now he's taken my blessing!"24 Then he asked, "Haven't you reserved any blessing for me?"
Isaac answered Esau, "I have made him lord over you and have made all his relatives his servants, and I have sustained him with grain and new wine.25 So what can I possibly do for you, my son?"
Esau said to his father, "Do you have only one blessing, my father? Bless me too, my father!" Then Esau wept aloud.2639
His father Isaac answered him,27 "Your dwelling will be away from the earth's richness, away from the dew28 of heaven above.2940
You will live by the sword and you will serve30 your brother.31 But when you grow restless, you will throw his yoke from off your neck.32"