Jacob looked up and there was Esau, coming with his four hundred men;1 so he divided the children among Leah, Rachel and the two maidservants.22
He put the maidservants and their children3 in front, Leah and her children next, and Rachel and Joseph4 in the rear.
He himself went on ahead and bowed down to the ground5 seven times6 as he approached his brother.
But Esau7 ran to meet Jacob and embraced him; he threw his arms around his neck and kissed him.8 And they wept.95
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.10"
Then the maidservants and their children11 approached and bowed down.127
Next, Leah and her children13 came and bowed down.14 Last of all came Joseph and Rachel,15 and they too bowed down.
Esau asked, "What do you mean by all these droves I met?"16 "To find favor in your eyes, my lord,"17 he said.
But Esau said, "I already have plenty,18 my brother. Keep what you have for yourself."
"No, please!" said Jacob. "If I have found favor in your eyes,19 accept this gift20 from me. For to see your face is like seeing the face of God,21 now that you have received me favorably.2211
Please accept the present23 that was brought to you, for God has been gracious to me24 and I have all I need."25 And because Jacob insisted,26 Esau accepted it.
Then Esau said, "Let us be on our way; I'll accompany you."
But Jacob said to him, "My lord27 knows that the children are tender and that I must care for the ewes and cows that are nursing their young.28 If they are driven hard just one day, all the animals will die.
So let my lord go on ahead of his servant, while I move along slowly at the pace of the droves29 before me and that of the children, until I come to my lord in Seir.30"
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."3116
So that day Esau started on his way back to Seir.3217
Jacob, however, went to Succoth,33 where he built a place for himself and made shelters for his livestock. That is why the place is called Succoth.a18
After Jacob came from Paddan Aram,b34 he arrived safely at thec city of Shechem35 in Canaan and camped within sight of the city.
For a hundred pieces of silver,d he bought from the sons of Hamor,36 the father of Shechem,37 the plot of ground38 where he pitched his tent.3920
There he set up an altar40 and called it El Elohe Israel.e