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Genesis 27 MSG/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 When Isaac had become an old man and was nearly blind, he called his eldest son, Esau, and said, "My son." "Yes, Father?" 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 "I'm an old man," he said; "I might die any day now. 2 Isaac said, "I am now an old man and don't know the day of my death.
3 Do me a favor: Get your quiver of arrows and your bow and go out in the country and hunt me some game. 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 Then fix me a hearty meal, the kind that you know I like, and bring it to me to eat so that I can give you my personal blessing before I die." 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 Rebekah was eavesdropping as Isaac spoke to his son Esau. As soon as Esau had gone off to the country to hunt game for his father, 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 Rebekah spoke to her son Jacob. "I just overheard your father talking with your brother, Esau. He said, 6 Rebekah said to her son Jacob, "Look, I overheard your father say to your brother Esau,
7 'Bring me some game and fix me a hearty meal so that I can eat and bless you with God's blessing before I die.' 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, listen to me. Do what I tell you. 8 Now, my son, listen carefully and do what I tell you:
9 Go to the flock and get me two young goats. Pick the best; I'll prepare them into a hearty meal, the kind that your father loves. 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 Then you'll take it to your father, he'll eat and bless you before he dies." 10 Then take it to your father to eat, so that he may give you his blessing before he dies."
11 "But Mother," Jacob said, "my brother Esau is a hairy man and I have smooth skin. 11 Jacob said to Rebekah his mother, "But my brother Esau is a hairy man, and I'm a man with smooth skin.
12 What happens if my father touches me? He'll think I'm playing games with him. I'll bring down a curse on myself instead 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 "If it comes to that," said his mother, "I'll take the curse on myself. Now, just do what I say. Go and get the goats." 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 brought them to his mother and she cooked a hearty meal, the kind his father loved so much. 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 Rebekah took the dress-up clothes of her older son Esau and put them on her younger son Jacob. 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 She took the goatskins and covered his hands and the smooth nape of his neck. 16 She also covered his hands and the smooth part of his neck with the goatskins.
17 Then she placed the hearty meal she had fixed and fresh bread she'd baked into the hands of her son Jacob. 17 Then she handed to her son Jacob the tasty food and the bread she had made.
18 He went to his father and said, "My father!" "Yes?" he said. "Which son are you?" 18 He went to his father and said, "My father." "Yes, my son," he answered. "Who is it?"
19 Jacob answered his father, "I'm your firstborn son Esau. I did what you told me. Come now; sit up and eat of my game so you can give me your personal 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 Isaac said, "So soon? How did you get it so quickly?" "Because your God cleared the way for me." 20 Isaac asked his son, "How did you find it so quickly, my son?" "The LORD your God gave me success," he replied.
21 Isaac said, "Come close, son; let me touch you - are you really my son Esau?" 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 So Jacob moved close to his father Isaac. Isaac felt him and 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 He didn't recognize him because his hands were hairy, like his brother Esau's. 23 He did not recognize him, for his hands were hairy like those of his brother Esau; so he blessed him.
24 he pressed him, "You're sure? You are my son Esau?" "Yes. I am." 24 "Are you really my son Esau?" he asked. "I am," he replied.
25 Isaac said, "Bring the food so I can eat of my son's game and give you my personal blessing." Jacob brought it to him and he ate. He also brought him wine and he drank. 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 Then Isaac said, "Come close, son, and kiss me." 26 Then his father Isaac said to him, "Come here, my son, and kiss me."
27 He came close and kissed him and Isaac smelled the smell of his clothes. Finally, he blessed him, Ahhh. The smell of my son is like the smell of the open country blessed by God. 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 of Heaven's dew and Earth's bounty of grain and wine. 28 May God give you of heaven's dew and of earth's richness-- an abundance of grain and new wine.
29 May peoples serve you and nations honor you. You will master your brothers, and your mother's sons will honor you. Those who curse you will be cursed, those who bless you will be blessed. 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 then right after Isaac had blessed Jacob and Jacob had left, Esau showed up from the hunt. 30 After Isaac finished blessing him and Jacob had scarcely left his father's presence, his brother Esau came in from hunting.
31 He also had prepared a hearty meal. He came to his father and said, "Let my father get up and eat of his son's game, that he may give me his personal 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 His father Isaac said, "And who are you?" "I am your son, your firstborn, Esau." 32 His father Isaac asked him, "Who are you?" "I am your son," he answered, "your firstborn, Esau."
33 Isaac started to tremble, shaking violently. He said, "Then who hunted game and brought it to me? I finished the meal just now, before you walked in. And I blessed him - he's blessed for good!" 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 Esau, hearing his father's words, sobbed violently and most bitterly, and cried to his father, "My father! Can't you also bless me?" 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 "Your brother," he said, "came here falsely and took your blessing." 35 But he said, "Your brother came deceitfully and took your blessing."
36 Esau said, "Not for nothing was he named Jacob, the Heel. Twice now he's tricked me: first he took my birthright and now he's taken my blessing." He begged, "Haven't you kept back any 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 Isaac answered Esau, "I've made him your master, and all his brothers his servants, and lavished grain and wine on him. I've given it all away. What's left 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 "But don't you have just one blessing for me, Father? Oh, bless me my father! Bless me!" Esau sobbed inconsolably. 38 Esau said to his father, "Do you have only one blessing, my father? Bless me too, my father!" Then Esau wept aloud.
39 Isaac said to him, You'll live far from Earth's bounty, remote from Heaven's dew. 39 His father Isaac answered him, "Your dwelling will be away from the earth's richness, away from the dew of heaven above.
40 You'll live by your sword, hand-to-mouth, and you'll serve your brother. But when you can't take it any more you'll break loose and run free. 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 Esau seethed in anger against Jacob because of the blessing his father had given him; he brooded, "The time for mourning my father's death is close. And then I'll kill my brother Jacob." 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 When these words of her older son Esau were reported to Rebekah, she called her younger son Jacob and said, "Your brother Esau is plotting vengeance against you. He's going to kill you. 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 Son, listen to me. Get out of here. Run for your life 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 Live with him for a while until your brother cools down, 44 Stay with him for a while until your brother's fury subsides.
45 until his anger subsides and he forgets what you did to him. I'll then send for you and bring you back. Why should I lose both of you the same 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 Rebekah spoke to Isaac, "I'm sick to death of these Hittite women. If Jacob also marries a native Hittite woman, why live?" 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."