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Genesis 27 GW/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 When Isaac was old and going blind, he called his older son Esau and said to him, "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'm old. I don't know when I'm going to die. 2 Isaac said, "I am now an old man and don't know the day of my death.
3 Now take your hunting equipment, your quiver and bow, and go 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 a good-tasting meal for me, just the way I like it. Bring it to me to eat so that 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 Rebekah was listening while Isaac was speaking to his son Esau. When Esau went into the open country to hunt for some wild game to bring 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 Rebekah said to her son Jacob, "I've just 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 some wild game, and prepare a good-tasting meal for me to eat so that 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 Now listen to me, Son, and 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 good young goats. I'll prepare them as a good-tasting meal for your father, 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 Then take it to your father to eat so that 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 Jacob said to his mother Rebekah, "My brother Esau is a hairy man, and 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 My father will feel [my skin] and think I'm mocking him. Then I'll bring 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 His mother responded, "Let any curse on you fall on me, Son. Just obey me and go! Get me [the young 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 He went and got them and brought them to his mother. She prepared a good-tasting meal, 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 Then Rebekah took her older son Esau's good clothes, which she had in the house, 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 put the skins from the young goats on his hands and on the back of his neck. 16 She also covered his hands and the smooth part of his neck with the goatskins.
17 Then she gave her son Jacob the good-tasting meal and the bread she had prepared. 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, "Father?" "Yes?" he answered. "Who are you, Son?" 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 Esau, your firstborn. I've done what you told me. Sit up and eat this meat I've hunted for you so that you 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 Isaac asked his son, "How did you find it so quickly, Son?" "The LORD your God brought it to me," he answered. 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 so that I can feel your skin, Son, [to find out] whether or not 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 So Jacob went over to his father. Isaac felt [his skin]. "The voice is Jacob's," he said, "but the hands are Esau's." 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 Jacob, because his hands were hairy like his brother Esau's hands. So he 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 him. "I am," Jacob answered. 24 "Are you really my son Esau?" he asked. "I am," he replied.
25 Isaac said, "Bring me some of the game, and I will eat it, Son, so that I will bless you." Jacob brought it to Isaac, and he ate it. Jacob also brought him wine, and he drank it. 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 his father Isaac said to him, "Come here and give me a kiss, Son." 26 Then his father Isaac said to him, "Come here, my son, and kiss me."
27 He went over and gave him a kiss. When Isaac smelled his clothes, he blessed him and said, "The smell of my son is like the smell of open country 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 the sky, fertile fields on the earth, and plenty of fresh 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. May people bow down to you. Be the master of your brothers, and may the sons of your mother bow down to you. May those who curse you be cursed. 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 Isaac finished blessing Jacob. Jacob had barely left when 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 a good-tasting meal and brought it to his father. Then he said to his father, "Please, Father, eat some of the meat I've hunted for you so that you will 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 "Who are you?" his father Isaac asked him. "I'm your firstborn son Esau," he answered. 32 His father Isaac asked him, "Who are you?" "I am your son," he answered, "your firstborn, Esau."
33 Trembling violently all over, Isaac asked, "Who hunted game and brought it to me? I ate it before you came in. I blessed him, and he will stay 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 When Esau heard these words from his father, he shouted out a very loud and bitter cry and said to his father, "Bless me too, 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 Isaac said, "Your brother came and deceived me and has taken away your blessing." 35 But he said, "Your brother came deceitfully and took your blessing."
36 Esau said, "Isn't that why he's named Jacob? He's cheated me twice already: He took my rights as firstborn, and now he's taken my blessing." So he 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 Esau, "I have made him your master, and I have made all his brothers serve him. I've provided fresh grain and new wine for him. What is left for me to do for you, 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 asked, "Do you have only one blessing, Father? Bless me too, Father!" And 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, "The place where you live will lack the fertile fields of the earth and the dew from the sky 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 use your sword to live, and you will serve your brother. But eventually you will gain your freedom and break his yoke off your 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 So Esau hated Jacob because of the blessing that his father had given him. Esau said to himself, "The time to mourn for my father is 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 When Rebekah was told what her older son Esau had said, she sent for her younger son Jacob and said to him, "Watch out! 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 now, Son, obey me. Quick! Run away 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 awhile, until your brother's anger cools down. 44 Stay with him for a while until your brother's fury subsides.
45 When your brother's anger is gone and he has forgotten what you did to him, I'll send for you and get you back. 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 Rebekah said to Isaac, "I can't stand Hittite women! If Jacob marries a Hittite woman like one of those from around here, I might as well 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."