Jacob looked up. And there was Esau, coming with his 400 men! So Jacob separated the children. He put them with Leah, Rachel and the two female servants.
He put the servants and their children in front. He put Leah and her children next. And he put Rachel and Joseph last.
He himself went on ahead. As he came near his brother, he bowed down to the ground seven times.
But Esau ran to meet Jacob. He hugged him and threw his arms around his neck. He kissed him, and they cried.
Then Esau looked up and saw the women and children. "Who are these people with you?" he asked. Jacob answered, "They are the children God has so kindly given to me."
Then the female servants and their children came near and bowed down.
Next, Leah and her children came and bowed down. Last of all came Joseph and Rachel. They bowed down too.
Esau asked, "Why did you send all of those herds I saw?" "I hoped I could do something to please you," Jacob replied.
But Esau said, "I already have plenty, my brother. Keep what you have for yourself."
"No, please!" said Jacob. "If I've pleased you, accept this gift from me. Seeing your face is like seeing the face of God. You have welcomed me so kindly.