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Genesis 27 NIRV/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 Isaac had become old. His eyes were so weak he couldn't see anymore. One day he called for his older son Esau. He said to him, "My son." "Here I am," he answered. 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'm an old man now. And I don't know when I'll die. 2 Isaac said, "I am now an old man and don't know the day of my death.
3 Now then, get your weapons. Get your bow and arrows. Go out to the open country. Hunt some wild animals 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 Prepare for me the kind of tasty food I like. Bring it to me to eat. Then I'll give you my 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 listening when Isaac spoke to his son Esau. Esau left for the open country. He went to hunt for a wild animal and bring it back. 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 Then Rebekah said to her son Jacob, "Look, I heard your father speaking to your brother Esau. 6 Rebekah said to her son Jacob, "Look, I overheard your father say to your brother Esau,
7 He said, 'Bring me a wild animal. Prepare some tasty food for me to eat. Then I'll give you my blessing before I die. The LORD will be my witness.' " 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 Rebekah continued, "My son, listen carefully. Do what I tell you. 8 Now, my son, listen carefully and do what I tell you:
9 Go out to the flock. Bring me two of the finest young goats. I will prepare tasty food for your father. I'll make it just the way he likes it. 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 I want you to take it to your father to eat. Then he'll give you his blessing before he dies." 10 Then take it to your father to eat, so that he may give you his blessing before he dies."
11 Jacob said to his mother Rebekah, "My brother Esau's body is covered with hair. But my skin is 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 What if my father touches me? He would know I was trying to trick him. That would bring a curse down on me 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 His mother said to him, "My son, let the curse fall on me. Just do what I say. Go and 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 he went and got the goats. He brought them to his mother. And she prepared some tasty food. She made it just the way his father liked it. 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 The clothes of her older son Esau were in her house. She took the best of them 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 covered his hands with the skins of the goats. She also covered the smooth part of his neck with them. 16 She also covered his hands and the smooth part of his neck with the goatskins.
17 Then she handed to her son 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 He went to his father and said, "My father." "Yes, my son," Isaac answered. "Who is it?" 18 He went to his father and said, "My father." "Yes, my son," he answered. "Who is it?"
19 Jacob said to his father, "I'm your oldest son Esau. I've done as you told me. Please sit up. Eat some of my wild meat. Then give me your 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 asked his son, "How did you find it so quickly, my son?" "The LORD your God gave me success," he replied. 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. I want to know whether you really are 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 Jacob went close to his father. Isaac touched him and said, "The voice is the voice of Jacob. 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 Isaac didn't recognize him. His hands were covered with hair like those of his brother Esau. 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 "Are you really my son Esau?" he asked. "I am," Jacob replied. 24 "Are you really my son Esau?" he asked. "I am," he replied.
25 Isaac said, "My son, bring me some of your wild meat to eat. Then I'll give you my blessing." Jacob brought it to him. So Isaac ate. Jacob also brought some wine. And Isaac 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 Jacob's father Isaac said to him, "Come here, my son. Kiss me." 26 Then his father Isaac said to him, "Come here, my son, and kiss me."
27 So Jacob went to him and kissed him. When Isaac smelled the clothes, he gave Jacob his blessing. He said, "It really is the smell of my son. It's like the smell of a 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 dew from heaven. May he give you the richness of the earth. May he give you plenty of grain and fresh 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. May they bow down to you. Rule over your brothers. May the sons of your mother bow down to you. May those who call down curses on you be cursed. And may those who bless 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 When Isaac finished blessing him, Jacob left his father. Just then his brother 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 too prepared some tasty food. He brought it to his father. Then Esau said to him, "My father, sit up. Eat some of my wild meat. Then give me your 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 asked him, "Who are you?" "I'm your son," he answered. "I'm your oldest son. I'm Esau." 32 His father Isaac asked him, "Who are you?" "I am your son," he answered, "your firstborn, Esau."
33 Isaac was shaking all over. He said, "Then who was it that hunted a wild animal and brought it to me? I ate it just before you came. I gave him my blessing. And he will certainly be blessed!" 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 heard his father's words. Then he began crying loudly and bitterly. He said to his father, "Bless me! Bless 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 took your blessing." 35 But he said, "Your brother came deceitfully and took your blessing."
36 Esau said, "Isn't Jacob just the right name for him? He has cheated me two times. First, he took my rights as the oldest son. And now he's taken my blessing!" Then Esau asked, "Haven't you saved 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 ruler over you. I've made all of his relatives serve him. And I've provided him with grain and fresh wine. So what can I possibly 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 Esau said to his father, "Do you have only one blessing, my father? Bless me too, my father!" Then Esau sobbed loudly. 38 Esau said to his father, "Do you have only one blessing, my father? Bless me too, my father!" Then Esau wept aloud.
39 His father Isaac answered him, "You will live far away from the richness of the earth. You will live far away from the dew of heaven above. 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 the sword. And you will serve your brother. But you will grow restless. Then you will throw off the heavy load he put on your shoulders." 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 was angry with Jacob. He was angry because of the blessing his father had given to Jacob. He said to himself, "My father will soon die. The days of sorrow over him are near. 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 Rebekah was told what her older son Esau had said. So she sent for her younger son Jacob. She said to him, "Your brother Esau is comforting himself with the thought of killing 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 "Now then, my son, do what I say. Go at once to my brother Laban in Haran. 43 Now then, my son, do what I say: Flee at once to my brother Laban in Haran.
44 Stay with him until your brother's anger calms down. 44 Stay with him for a while until your brother's fury subsides.
45 Stay until your brother isn't angry with you anymore. When he forgets what you did to him, I'll let you know. Then you can come back from there. Why should I lose both of you 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 spoke to Isaac. She said, "I'm sick of living because of Esau's Hittite wives. Suppose Jacob also marries a Hittite woman. If he does, my life won't be worth living." 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."