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Genesis 27 BBE/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 Now when Isaac was old and his eyes had become clouded so that he was not able to see, he sent for Esau, his first son, and said to him, My son: and he said, Here am I. 1 When Isaac was old and his eyes were so weak that he could no longer see, he called for Esau his older son and said to him, "My son." "Here I am," he answered.
2 And he said, See now, I am old, and my death may take place at any time: 2 Isaac said, "I am now an old man and don't know the day of my death.
3 So take your arrows and your bow and go out to the field and get meat for me; 3 Now then, get your weapons--your quiver and bow--and go out to the open country to hunt some wild game for me.
4 And make me food, good to the taste, such as is pleasing to me, and put it before me, so that I may have a meal and give you my blessing before death comes to me. 4 Prepare me the kind of tasty food I like and bring it to me to eat, so that I may give you my blessing before I die."
5 Now Isaac's words to his son were said in Rebekah's hearing. Then Esau went out to get the meat. 5 Now Rebekah was listening as Isaac spoke to his son Esau. When Esau left for the open country to hunt game and bring it back,
6 And Rebekah said to Jacob, her son, Your father said to your brother Esau in my hearing, 6 Rebekah said to her son Jacob, "Look, I overheard your father say to your brother Esau,
7 Go and get some roe's meat and make me a good meal, so that I may be full, and give you my blessing before the Lord before my death. 7 'Bring me some game and prepare me some tasty food to eat, so that I may give you my blessing in the presence of the LORD before I die.'
8 Now, my son, do what I say. 8 Now, my son, listen carefully and do what I tell you:
9 Go to the flock and get me two fat young goats; and I will make of them a meal to your father's taste: 9 Go out to the flock and bring me two choice young goats, so I can prepare some tasty food for your father, just the way he likes it.
10 And you will take it to him, so that he may have a good meal and give you his blessing before his death. 10 Then take it to your father to eat, so that he may give you his blessing before he dies."
11 And Jacob said to Rebekah, his mother, But Esau my brother is covered with hair, while I am smooth: 11 Jacob said to Rebekah his mother, "But my brother Esau is a hairy man, and I'm a man with smooth skin.
12 If by chance my father puts his hand on me, it will seem to him that I am tricking him, and he will put a curse on me in place of a blessing. 12 What if my father touches me? I would appear to be tricking him and would bring down a curse on myself rather than a blessing."
13 And his mother said, Let the curse be on me, my son: only do as I say, and go and get them for me. 13 His mother said to him, "My son, let the curse fall on me. Just do what I say; go and get them for me."
14 So he went and got them and took them to his mother: and she made a meal to his father's taste. 14 So he went and got them and brought them to his mother, and she prepared some tasty food, just the way his father liked it.
15 And Rebekah took the fair robes of her oldest son, which were with her in the house, and put them on Jacob, her younger son: 15 Then Rebekah took the best clothes of Esau her older son, which she had in the house, and put them on her younger son Jacob.
16 And she put the skins of the young goats on his hands and on the smooth part of his neck: 16 She also covered his hands and the smooth part of his neck with the goatskins.
17 And she gave into the hand of Jacob, her son, the meat and the bread which she had made ready. 17 Then she handed to her son Jacob the tasty food and the bread she had made.
18 And he came to his father, and said, My father: and he said, Here am I: who are you, my son? 18 He went to his father and said, "My father." "Yes, my son," he answered. "Who is it?"
19 And Jacob said, I am Esau, your oldest son; I have done as you said: come now, be seated and take of my meat, so that you may give me a blessing. 19 Jacob said to his father, "I am Esau your firstborn. I have done as you told me. Please sit up and eat some of my game so that you may give me your blessing."
20 And Isaac said, How is it that you have got it so quickly, my son? And he said, Because the Lord your God made it come my way. 20 Isaac asked his son, "How did you find it so quickly, my son?" "The LORD your God gave me success," he replied.
21 And Isaac said, Come near so that I may put my hand on you, my son, and see if you are truly my son Esau or not. 21 Then Isaac said to Jacob, "Come near so I can touch you, my son, to know whether you really are my son Esau or not."
22 And Jacob went near his father Isaac: and he put his hands on him; and he said, The voice is Jacob's voice, but the hands are the hands of Esau. 22 Jacob went close to his father Isaac, who touched him and said, "The voice is the voice of Jacob, but the hands are the hands of Esau."
23 And he did not make out who he was, because his hands were covered with hair like his brother Esau's hands: so he gave him a blessing. 23 He did not recognize him, for his hands were hairy like those of his brother Esau; so he blessed him.
24 And he said, Are you truly my son Esau? And he said, I am. 24 "Are you really my son Esau?" he asked. "I am," he replied.
25 And he said, Put it before me and I will take of my son's meat, so that I may give you a blessing. And he put it before him and he took it; and he gave him wine, and he had a drink. 25 Then he said, "My son, bring me some of your game to eat, so that I may give you my blessing." Jacob brought it to him and he ate; and he brought some wine and he drank.
26 And his father Isaac said to him, Come near now, my son, and give me a kiss. 26 Then his father Isaac said to him, "Come here, my son, and kiss me."
27 And he came near and gave him a kiss; and smelling the smell of his clothing, he gave him a blessing, and said, See, the smell of my son is like the smell of a field on which the blessing of the Lord has come: 27 So he went to him and kissed him. When Isaac caught the smell of his clothes, he blessed him and said, "Ah, the smell of my son is like the smell of a field that the LORD has blessed.
28 May God give you the dew of heaven, and the good things of the earth, and grain and wine in full measure: 28 May God give you of heaven's dew and of earth's richness-- an abundance of grain and new wine.
29 Let peoples be your servants, and nations go down before you: be lord over your brothers, and let your mother's sons go down before you: a curse be on everyone by whom you are cursed, and a blessing on those who give you a blessing. 29 May nations serve you and peoples bow down to you. Be lord over your brothers, and may the sons of your mother bow down to you. May those who curse you be cursed and those who bless you be blessed."
30 And when Isaac had come to the end of blessing Jacob, and Jacob had not long gone away from Isaac his father, Esau came in from the field. 30 After Isaac finished blessing him and Jacob had scarcely left his father's presence, his brother Esau came in from hunting.
31 And he made ready a meal, good to the taste, and took it to his father, and said to him, Let my father get up and take of his son's meat, so that you may give me a blessing. 31 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."
32 And Isaac his father said to him, Who are you? And he said, I am your oldest son, Esau. 32 His father Isaac asked him, "Who are you?" "I am your son," he answered, "your firstborn, Esau."
33 And in great fear Isaac said, Who then is he who got meat and put it before me, and I took it all before you came, and gave him a blessing, and his it will be? 33 Isaac trembled violently and said, "Who was it, then, that hunted game and brought it to me? I ate it just before you came and I blessed him--and indeed he will be blessed!"
34 And hearing the words of his father, Esau gave a great and bitter cry, and said to his father, Give a blessing to me, even to me, O my father! 34 When Esau heard his father's words, he burst out with a loud and bitter cry and said to his father, "Bless me--me too, my father!"
35 And he said, Your brother came with deceit, and took away your blessing. 35 But he said, "Your brother came deceitfully and took your blessing."
36 And he said, Is it because he is named Jacob that he has twice taken my place? for he took away my birthright, and now he has taken away my blessing. And he said, Have you not kept a blessing for me? 36 Esau said, "Isn't he rightly named Jacob ? He has deceived me these two times: He took my birthright, and now he's taken my blessing!" Then he asked, "Haven't you reserved any blessing for me?"
37 And Isaac answering said, But I have made him your master, and have given him all his brothers for servants; I have made him strong with grain and wine: what then am I to do for you, my son? 37 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. So what can I possibly do for you, my son?"
38 And Esau said to his father, Is that the only blessing you have, my father? give a blessing to me, even me! And Esau was overcome with weeping. 38 Esau said to his father, "Do you have only one blessing, my father? Bless me too, my father!" Then Esau wept aloud.
39 Then Isaac his father made answer and said to him, Far from the fertile places of the earth, and far from the dew of heaven on high will your living-place be: 39 His father Isaac answered him, "Your dwelling will be away from the earth's richness, away from the dew of heaven above.
40 By your sword will you get your living and you will be your brother's servant; but when your power is increased his yoke will be broken from off your neck. 40 You will live by the sword and you will serve your brother. But when you grow restless, you will throw his yoke from off your neck."
41 So Esau was full of hate for Jacob because of his father's blessing; and he said in his heart, The days of weeping for my father are near; then I will put my brother Jacob to death. 41 Esau held a grudge against Jacob because of the blessing his father had given him. He said to himself, "The days of mourning for my father are near; then I will kill my brother Jacob."
42 Then Rebekah, hearing what Esau had said, sent for Jacob, her younger son, and said to him, It seems that your brother Esau is purposing to put you to death. 42 When Rebekah was told what her older son Esau 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.
43 So now, my son, do what I say: go quickly to Haran, to my brother Laban; 43 Now then, my son, do what I say: Flee at once to my brother Laban in Haran.
44 And be there with him for a little time, till your brother's wrath is turned away; 44 Stay with him for a while until your brother's fury subsides.
45 Till the memory of what you have done to him is past and he is no longer angry: then I will send word for you to come back; are the two of you to be taken from me in one day? 45 When your brother is no longer angry with you and forgets what you did to him, I'll send word for you to come back from there. Why should I lose both of you in one day?"
46 Then Rebekah said to Isaac, My life is a weariness to me because of the daughters of Heth: if Jacob takes a wife from among the daughters of Heth, such as these, the women of this land, of what use will my life be to me? 46 Then Rebekah said to Isaac, "I'm disgusted with living because of these Hittite women. If Jacob takes a wife from among the women of this land, from Hittite women like these, my life will not be worth living."