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.2
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He put the maidservants and their children3 in front, Leah and her children next, and Rachel and Joseph4 in the rear.
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He himself went on ahead and bowed down to the ground5 seven times6 as he approached his brother.
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But Esau7 ran to meet Jacob and embraced him; he threw his arms around his neck and kissed him.8 And they wept.9
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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"
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Then the maidservants and their children11 approached and bowed down.12
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Next, Leah and her children13 came and bowed down.14 Last of all came Joseph and Rachel,15 and they too bowed down.
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Esau asked, "What do you mean by all these droves I met?"16 "To find favor in your eyes, my lord,"17 he said.
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But Esau said, "I already have plenty,18 my brother. Keep what you have for yourself."
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"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.22
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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.
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Then Esau said, "Let us be on our way; I'll accompany you."
But Jacob said to him, "My lord 27 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.
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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"
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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."31
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So that day Esau started on his way back to Seir.32
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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.
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After Jacob came from Paddan Aram,34 he arrived safely at the city of Shechem35 in Canaan and camped within sight of the city.
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For a hundred pieces of silver, he bought from the sons of Hamor,36 the father of Shechem,37 the plot of ground38 where he pitched his tent.39
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There he set up an altar40 and called it El Elohe Israel.
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