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Genesis 27 RHE/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 Now Isaac was old, and his eyes were dim, and he could not see: and he called Esau, his elder son, and said to him: My son? And he 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 And his father said to him, Thou seest that I am old, and know not the day of my death. 2 Isaac said, "I am now an old man and don't know the day of my death.
3 Take thy arms, thy quiver, and bow, and go abroad; and when thou hast taken something by hunting, 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 Make me a savoury meat thereof, as thou knowest I like, and bring it that I may eat: and my soul may bless thee, 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 And when Rebecca had heard this, and he was gone into the field to fulfil his father’s commandment, 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 heard thy father talking with Esau, thy brother, and saying to him: 6 Rebekah said to her son Jacob, "Look, I overheard your father say to your brother Esau,
7 Bring me of thy hunting, and make me meats that I may eat, and bless thee in the sight 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 Now therefore, my son, follow my counsel: 8 Now, my son, listen carefully and do what I tell you:
9 And go thy way to the flock, bring me two kids of the best, that I may make of them meat for thy father, such as he gladly eateth. 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 Which when thou hast brought in, and he hath eaten, he may bless thee before he die. 10 Then take it to your father to eat, so that he may give you his blessing before he dies."
11 And he answered her: Thou knowest that Esau, my brother, 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 should feel me, and perceive it, I fear lest he will think I would have mocked him, and I shall bring upon me a curse 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 And his mother said to him: Upon me be this curse, my son: only hear thou my voice, and go, fetch me the things which I have said. 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 He went, and brought, and gave them to his mother. She dressed meats, such as she knew his father liked. 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 she put on him very good garments of Esau, which she had at home with her: 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 the little skins of the kids she put about his hands, and covered the bare of his neck. 16 She also covered his hands and the smooth part of his neck with the goatskins.
17 And she gave him the savoury meat, and delivered him bread that she had baked. 17 Then she handed to her son Jacob the tasty food and the bread she had made.
18 Which when he had carried in, he said: My father? But he answered: I hear. Who art thou, 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, thy firstborn: I have done as thou didst command me: arise, sit and eat of my venison, that thy soul may 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 And Isaac said to his son: How couldst thou find it so quickly, my son? He answered: It was the will of God, that what I sought came quickly in 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 hither, that I may feel thee, my son, and may prove whether thou be my son Esau, or no. 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 He came near to his father, and when he had felt him, Isaac said: The voice indeed 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 And he knew him not, because his hairy hands made him like to the elder. Then blessing him, 23 He did not recognize him, for his hands were hairy like those of his brother Esau; so he blessed him.
24 He said: Art thou my son Esau? He answered: I am. 24 "Are you really my son Esau?" he asked. "I am," he replied.
25 Then he said: Bring me the meats of thy hunting, my son, that my soul may bless thee. And when they were brought, and he had eaten, he offered him wine also, which after he had drunk, 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 He said to him: Come near me, and give me a kiss, my son. 26 Then his father Isaac said to him, "Come here, my son, and kiss me."
27 He came near, and kissed him. And immediately as he smelled the fragrant smell of his garments, blessing him, he said: Behold, the smell of my son is as the smell of a plentiful field, which the Lord hath 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 God give thee of the dew of heaven, and of the fatness of the earth, abundance of corn and wine. 28 May God give you of heaven's dew and of earth's richness-- an abundance of grain and new wine.
29 And let peoples serve thee, and tribes worship thee: be thou lord of thy brethren, and let thy mother’s children bow down before thee. Cursed be he that curseth thee: and let him that blesseth thee be filled with blessings. 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 had scarce ended his words, when, Jacob being now gone out abroad, Esau came, 30 After Isaac finished blessing him and Jacob had scarcely left his father's presence, his brother Esau came in from hunting.
31 And brought in to his father meats, made of what he had taken in hunting, saying: Arise, my father, and eat of thy son’s venison; that thy soul may 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 And Isaac said to him: Why! who art thou? He answered: I am thy firstborn son, Esau. 32 His father Isaac asked him, "Who are you?" "I am your son," he answered, "your firstborn, Esau."
33 Isaac was struck with fear, and astonished exceedingly; and wondering beyond what can be believed, said: Who is he then that even now brought me venison that he had taken, and I ate of all before thou camest? and I have blessed him, and he shall 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 having heard his father’s words, roared out with a great cry; and, being in a consternation, said: Bless me also, 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: Thy brother came deceitfully and got thy blessing. 35 But he said, "Your brother came deceitfully and took your blessing."
36 But he said again: Rightly is his name called Jacob; for he hath supplanted me lo this second time: My birthright he took away before, and now this second time he hath stolen away my blessing. And again he said to his father: Hast thou not reserved me also a blessing? 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 have appointed him thy lord, and have made all his brethren his servants: I have established him with corn and wine, and after this, what shall I do more for thee, 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 him: Hast thou only one blessing, father? I beseech thee bless me also. And when he wept with a loud cry, 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 being moved, said to him: In the fat of the earth, and in the dew of heaven from 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 Shall thy blessing be. Thou shalt live by the sword, and shalt serve thy brother: and the time shall come, when thou shalt shake off and loose his yoke from thy 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 Esau therefore always hated Jacob, for the blessing wherewith his father had blessed him; and he said in his heart: The days will come of the mourning for my father, and I will 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 These things were told to Rebecca: and she sent and called Jacob, her son, and said to him: Behold Esau, thy brother, threateneth to kill thee. 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 therefore, my son, hear my voice, arise and flee to Laban, my brother, to Haran: 43 Now then, my son, do what I say: Flee at once to my brother Laban in Haran.
44 And thou shalt dwell with him a few days, till the wrath of thy brother be assuaged, 44 Stay with him for a while until your brother's fury subsides.
45 And his indignation cease, and he forget the things thou hast done to him: afterwards I will send, and bring thee from thence hither. Why shall I be deprived of both my sons 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 And Rebecca said to Isaac: I am weary of my life, because of the daughters of Heth: if Jacob take a wife of the stock of this land, I choose not to 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."