Genesis 33 NIV

Jacob Meets Esau

1 Jacob looked up and there was Esau, coming with his four hundred men; so he divided the children among Leah, Rachel and the two female servants.

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2 He put the female servants and their children in front, Leah and her children next, and Rachel and Joseph in the rear.

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3 He himself went on ahead and bowed down to the ground seven times as he approached his brother.

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4 But Esau ran to meet Jacob and embraced him; he threw his arms around his neck and kissed him. And they wept.

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5 Then Esau looked up and saw the women and children. “Who are these with you?” he asked. Jacob answered, “They are the children God has graciously given your servant.”

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6 Then the female servants and their children approached and bowed down.

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      7 Next, Leah and her children came and bowed down. Last of all came Joseph and Rachel, and they too bowed down.

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          8 Esau asked, “What’s the meaning of all these flocks and herds I met?” “To find favor in your eyes, my lord,” he said.

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          9 But Esau said, “I already have plenty, my brother. Keep what you have for yourself.”

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              10 “No, please!” said Jacob. “If I have found favor in your eyes, accept this gift from me. For to see your face is like seeing the face of God, now that you have received me favorably.

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              11 Please accept the present that was brought to you, for God has been gracious to me and I have all I need.” And because Jacob insisted, Esau accepted it.

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              12 Then Esau said, “Let us be on our way; I’ll accompany you.”
              13 But Jacob said to him, “My lord knows that the children are tender and that I must care for the ewes and cows that are nursing their young. If they are driven hard just one day, all the animals will die.

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              14 So let my lord go on ahead of his servant, while I move along slowly at the pace of the flocks and herds before me and the pace of the children, until I come to my lord in Seir.”

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              15 Esau said, “Then let me leave some of my men with you.” “But why do that?” Jacob asked. “Just let me find favor in the eyes of my lord.”

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              16 So that day Esau started on his way back to Seir.

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              17 Jacob, however, went to Sukkoth, where he built a place for himself and made shelters for his livestock. That is why the place is called Sukkoth.a

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              18 After Jacob came from Paddan Aram,b he arrived safely at the city of Shechem in Canaan and camped within sight of the city.

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                • ø 33:18 - That is, Northwest Mesopotamia
                  19 For a hundred pieces of silver,c he bought from the sons of Hamor, the father of Shechem, the plot of ground where he pitched his tent.

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                    • ù 33:19 - Hebrew "hundred kesitahs" ; a kesitah was a unit of money of unknown weight and value.
                      20 There he set up an altar and called it El Elohe Israel.d

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                        • ú 33:20 - "El Elohe Israel" can mean "El is the God of Israel" or "mighty is the God of Israel."