Genesis 27 NCV/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 When Isaac was old, his eyesight was poor, so he could not see clearly. One day he called his older son Esau to him and said, "Son." Esau answered, "Here I am." 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 Isaac said, "I am old and don't know when I might die. 2 Isaac said, "I am now an old man and don't know the day of my death.
3 So take your bow and arrows and go hunting in the field for an animal for me to eat. 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 When you prepare the tasty food that I love, bring it to me, and I will eat. Then I will bless you 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 So Esau went out in the field to hunt. Rebekah was listening as Isaac said this to his son Esau. 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 She said to her son Jacob, "Listen, I heard your father saying to your brother Esau, 6 Rebekah said to her son Jacob, "Look, I overheard your father say to your brother Esau,
7 'Kill an animal and prepare some tasty food for me to eat. Then I will bless you in the presence of the Lord 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 So obey me, my son, and do what I tell you. 8 Now, my son, listen carefully and do what I tell you:
9 Go out to our goats and bring me two of the best young ones. I will prepare them just the way your father likes them. 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 will take the food to your father, and he will 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 Jacob said to his mother Rebekah, "My brother Esau is a hairy man, and 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 my father touches me, he will know I am not Esau. Then he will not bless me but will place a curse on me because I tried to trick him." 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 So Rebekah said to him, "If your father puts a curse on you, I will accept the blame. Just do what I said and go, get the goats 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 Jacob went out and got two goats and brought them to his mother, and she cooked them in the special way Isaac enjoyed. 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 She took the best clothes of her older son Esau that were in the house and put them on the 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 also took the skins of the goats and put them on Jacob's hands and neck. 16 She also covered his hands and the smooth part of his neck with the goatskins.
17 Then she gave Jacob the tasty food and the bread she had made. 17 Then she handed to her son Jacob the tasty food and the bread she had made.
18 Jacob went in to his father and said, "Father." And his father said, "Yes, my son. Who are you?" 18 He went to his father and said, "My father." "Yes, my son," he answered. "Who is it?"
19 Jacob said to him, "I am Esau, your first son. I have done what you told me. Now sit up and eat some meat of the animal I hunted for you. Then bless me." 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 But Isaac asked his son, "How did you find and kill the animal so quickly?" Jacob answered, "Because the Lord your God helped me to find it." 20 Isaac asked his son, "How did you find it so quickly, my son?" "The LORD your God gave me success," he replied.
21 Then Isaac said to Jacob, "Come near so I can touch you, my son. Then I will know if you are 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 came near to Isaac his father. Isaac touched him and said, "Your voice sounds like Jacob's voice, but your hands are hairy like 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 Isaac did not know it was Jacob, because his hands were hairy like Esau's hands, so Isaac blessed him. 23 He did not recognize him, for his hands were hairy like those of his brother Esau; so he blessed him.
24 Isaac asked, "Are you really my son Esau?" Jacob answered, "Yes, I am." 24 "Are you really my son Esau?" he asked. "I am," he replied.
25 Then Isaac said, "Bring me the food, and I will eat it and bless you." So Jacob gave him the food, and he ate. Jacob gave 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 to him, "My son, come near and kiss me." 26 Then his father Isaac said to him, "Come here, my son, and kiss me."
27 So Jacob went to his father and kissed him. When Isaac smelled Esau's clothes, he blessed him and said, "The smell of my son is like the smell of the field that the Lord has blessed. 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 plenty of rain and good soil so that you will have plenty of grain and new wine. 28 May God give you of heaven's dew and of earth's richness-- an abundance of grain and new wine.
29 May nations serve you and peoples bow down to you. May you be master over your brothers, and may your mother's sons bow down to you. May everyone who curses you be cursed, and may everyone who blesses you 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 Isaac finished blessing Jacob. Then, just as Jacob left his father Isaac, Esau came in from hunting. 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 prepared some tasty food and brought it to his father. He said, "Father, rise and eat the food that your son killed for you and then bless me." 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 Isaac asked, "Who are you?" He answered, "I am your son -- your firstborn son -- Esau." 32 His father Isaac asked him, "Who are you?" "I am your son," he answered, "your firstborn, Esau."
33 Then Isaac trembled greatly and said, "Then who was it that hunted the animals and brought me food before you came? I ate it, and I blessed him, and it is too late now to take back my blessing." 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 When Esau heard the words of his father, he let out a loud and bitter cry. He said to his father, "Bless me -- me, too, 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 But Isaac said, "Your brother came and tricked me. He has taken your blessing." 35 But he said, "Your brother came deceitfully and took your blessing."
36 Esau said, "Jacob is the right name for him. He has tricked me these two times. He took away my share of everything you own, and now he has taken away my blessing." Then Esau asked, "Haven't you saved 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 Isaac answered, "I gave Jacob the power to be master over you, and all his brothers will be his servants. And I kept him strong with grain and new wine. There is nothing left to give 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 Esau continued, "Do you have only one blessing, Father? Bless me, too, Father!" Then Esau began to cry out loud. 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 will live far away from the best land, far from the rain. 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 will live by using your sword, and you will be a slave to your brother. But when you struggle, you will break free from him." 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 After that Esau hated Jacob because of the blessing from Isaac. He thought to himself, "My father will soon die, and I will be sad for him. Then I will kill 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 Rebekah heard about Esau's plan to kill Jacob. So she sent for Jacob and said to him, "Listen, your brother Esau is comforting himself by planning 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 So, my son, do what I say. My brother Laban is living in Haran. Go to him at once! 43 Now then, my son, do what I say: Flee at once to my brother Laban in Haran.
44 Stay with him for a while, until your brother is not so angry. 44 Stay with him for a while until your brother's fury subsides.
45 In time, your brother will not be angry, and he will forget what you did to him. Then I will send a servant to bring you back. I don't want to lose both of my sons on 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 Then Rebekah said to Isaac, "I am tired of Hittite women. If Jacob marries one of these Hittite women here in this land, I want to die." 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."