May God give you of heaven's dew1 and of earth's richness2-- an abundance of grain3 and new wine.429
May nations serve you and peoples bow down to you.5 Be lord over your brothers, and may the sons of your mother bow down to you.6 May those who curse you be cursed and those who bless you be blessed.7"
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."832
His father Isaac asked him, "Who are you?"9 "I am your son," he answered, "your firstborn, Esau.10"
Isaac trembled violently and said, "Who was it, then, that hunted game and brought it to me?11 I ate it just before you came and I blessed him--and indeed he will be blessed!12"
When Esau heard his father's words, he burst out with a loud and bitter cry13 and said to his father, "Bless14 me--me too, my father!"
But he said, "Your brother came deceitfully15 and took your blessing."1636
Esau said, "Isn't he rightly named Jacoba ?17 He has deceived18 me these two times: He took my birthright,19 and now he's taken my blessing!"20 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.21 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.2239
His father Isaac answered him,23 "Your dwelling will be away from the earth's richness, away from the dew24 of heaven above.2540
You will live by the sword and you will serve26 your brother.27 But when you grow restless, you will throw his yoke from off your neck.28"
Esau held a grudge29 against Jacob30 because of the blessing his father had given him. He said to himself, "The days of mourning31 for my father are near; then I will kill32 my brother Jacob."3342
When Rebekah was told what her older son Esau34 had said, she sent for her younger son Jacob and said to him, "Your brother Esau is consoling himself with the thought of killing you.3543
Now then, my son, do what I say:36 Flee at once to my brother Laban37 in Haran.3844
Stay with him for a while39 until your brother's fury subsides.
When your brother is no longer angry with you and forgets what you did to him,40 I'll send word for you to come back from there.41 Why should I lose both of you in one day?"
Then Rebekah said to Isaac, "I'm disgusted with living because of these Hittite42 women. If Jacob takes a wife from among the women of this land,43 from Hittite women like these, my life will not be worth living."44