Genesis 27 NLT/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 When Isaac was old and almost blind, he called for Esau, his older son, and said, "My son?" "Yes, Father?" Esau replied. 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 am an old man now," Isaac said, "and I expect every day to be my last. 2 Isaac said, "I am now an old man and don't know the day of my death.
3 Take your bow and a quiver full of arrows out into the open country, and hunt some wild game 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 it just the way I like it so it's savory and good, and bring it here for me to eat. Then I will pronounce the blessing that belongs to you, my firstborn son, 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 But Rebekah overheard the conversation. So when Esau left to hunt for the wild game, 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, "I overheard your father asking Esau 6 Rebekah said to her son Jacob, "Look, I overheard your father say to your brother Esau,
7 to prepare him a delicious meal of wild game. He wants to bless Esau in the LORD's presence before he dies. 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 exactly as I tell you. 8 Now, my son, listen carefully and do what I tell you:
9 Go out to the flocks and bring me two fine young goats. I'll prepare your father's favorite dish from 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 Take the food to your father; then he can eat it and bless you instead of Esau 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 replied. "He won't be fooled that easily. Think how hairy Esau is and how smooth my skin is! 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'll see that I'm trying to trick him, and then he'll curse me instead of blessing me." 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 "Let the curse fall on me, dear son," said Rebekah. "Just do what I tell you. Go out 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 Jacob followed his mother's instructions, bringing her the two goats. She took them and cooked a delicious meat dish, just the way Isaac 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 Then she took Esau's best clothes, which were there in the house, and dressed Jacob with them. 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 made him a pair of gloves from the hairy skin of the young goats, and she fastened a strip of the goat's skin around his neck. 16 She also covered his hands and the smooth part of his neck with the goatskins.
17 Then she gave him the meat dish, with its rich aroma, and some freshly baked bread. 17 Then she handed to her son Jacob the tasty food and the bread she had made.
18 Jacob carried the platter of food to his father and said, "My father?" "Yes, my son," he answered. "Who is it -- Esau or Jacob?" 18 He went to his father and said, "My father." "Yes, my son," he answered. "Who is it?"
19 Jacob replied, "It's Esau, your older son. I've done as you told me. Here is the wild game, cooked the way you like it. Sit up and eat it so you can 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, "How were you able to find it so quickly, my son?" "Because the LORD your God put it in my path!" Jacob 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 over here. I want to touch you to make sure you really are 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 went over to his father, and Isaac touched him. "The voice is Jacob's, but the hands are Esau's," Isaac said to himself. 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 But he did not recognize Jacob because Jacob's hands felt hairy just like Esau's. So Isaac pronounced his blessing on Jacob. 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."Yes, of course," Jacob replied. 24 "Are you really my son Esau?" he asked. "I am," he replied.
25 Then Isaac said, "Now, my son, bring me the meat. I will eat it, and then I will give you my blessing." So Jacob took the food over to his father, and Isaac ate it. He also drank the wine that Jacob served him. Then Isaac said, 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 "Come here and kiss me, my son." 26 Then his father Isaac said to him, "Come here, my son, and kiss me."
27 So Jacob went over and kissed him. And when Isaac caught the smell of his clothes, he was finally convinced, and he blessed his son. He said, "The smell of my son is the good smell of the open fields 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 always give you plenty of dew for healthy crops and good harvests 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 many nations become your servants. May you be the master of your brothers. May all your mother's sons bow low before you. All who curse you are cursed, and all who bless you are 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 As soon as Isaac had blessed Jacob, and almost before Jacob had left his father, Esau returned from his hunting trip. 30 After Isaac finished blessing him and Jacob had scarcely left his father's presence, his brother Esau came in from hunting.
31 Esau prepared his father's favorite meat dish and brought it to him. Then he said, "I'm back, Father, and I have the wild game. Sit up and eat it so you can 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 But Isaac asked him, "Who are you?" "Why, it's me, of course!" he replied. "It's Esau, your older son." 32 His father Isaac asked him, "Who are you?" "I am your son," he answered, "your firstborn, Esau."
33 Isaac began to tremble uncontrollably and said, "Then who was it that just served me wild game? I have already eaten it, and I blessed him with an irrevocable blessing before you came." 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 understood, he let out a loud and bitter cry. "O my father, bless me, too!" he begged. 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 was here, and he tricked me. He has carried away your blessing." 35 But he said, "Your brother came deceitfully and took your blessing."
36 Esau said bitterly, "No wonder his name is Jacob, for he has deceived me twice, first taking my birthright and now stealing my blessing. Oh, haven't you saved even one 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 said to Esau, "I have made Jacob your master and have declared that all his brothers will be his servants. I have guaranteed him an abundance of grain and wine -- what is there left to give?" 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 pleaded, "Not one blessing left for me? O my father, bless me, too!" Then Esau broke down and wept. 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, said to him, "You will live off the land and what it yields, 39 His father Isaac answered him, "Your dwelling will be away from the earth's richness, away from the dew of heaven above.
40 and you will live by your sword. You will serve your brother for a time, but then you will shake loose from him and be 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 hated Jacob because he had stolen his blessing, and he said to himself, "My father will soon be dead and gone. 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 But someone got wind of what Esau was planning and reported it to Rebekah. She sent for Jacob and told him, "Esau is threatening 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 This is what you should do. Flee to your uncle Laban in Haran. 43 Now then, my son, do what I say: Flee at once to my brother Laban in Haran.
44 Stay there with him until your brother's fury is spent. 44 Stay with him for a while until your brother's fury subsides.
45 When he forgets what you have done, I will send for you. 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 said to Isaac, "I'm sick and tired of these local Hittite women. I'd rather die than see Jacob marry one of them." 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."