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Genesis 33 NLT/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 Then, in the distance, Jacob saw Esau coming with his four hundred men. 1 Jacob looked up and there was Esau, coming with his four hundred men; so he divided the children among Leah, Rachel and the two maidservants.
2 Jacob now arranged his family into a column, with his two concubines and their children at the front, Leah and her children next, and Rachel and Joseph last. 2 He put the maidservants and their children in front, Leah and her children next, and Rachel and Joseph in the rear.
3 Then Jacob went on ahead. As he approached his brother, he bowed low seven times before him. 3 He himself went on ahead and bowed down to the ground seven times as he approached his brother.
4 Then Esau ran to meet him and embraced him affectionately and kissed him. Both of them were in tears. 4 But Esau ran to meet Jacob and embraced him; he threw his arms around his neck and kissed him. And they wept.
5 Then Esau looked at the women and children and asked, "Who are these people with you?" "These are the children God has graciously given to me," Jacob replied. 5 Then Esau looked up and saw the women and children. "Who are these with you?" he asked. Jacob answered, "They are the children God has graciously given your servant."
6 Then the concubines came forward with their children and bowed low before him. 6 Then the maidservants and their children approached and bowed down.
7 Next Leah came with her children, and they bowed down. Finally, Rachel and Joseph came and made their bows. 7 Next, Leah and her children came and bowed down. Last of all came Joseph and Rachel, and they too bowed down.
8 "And what were all the flocks and herds I met as I came?" Esau asked.Jacob replied, "They are gifts, my lord, to ensure your goodwill." 8 Esau asked, "What do you mean by all these droves I met?" "To find favor in your eyes, my lord," he said.
9 "Brother, I have plenty," Esau answered. "Keep what you have." 9 But Esau said, "I already have plenty, my brother. Keep what you have for yourself."
10 "No, please accept them," Jacob said, "for what a relief it is to see your friendly smile. It is like seeing the smile of God! 10 "No, please!" said Jacob. "If I have found favor in your eyes, accept this gift from me. For to see your face is like seeing the face of God, now that you have received me favorably.
11 Please take my gifts, for God has been very generous to me. I have more than enough." Jacob continued to insist, so Esau finally accepted them. 11 Please accept the present that was brought to you, for God has been gracious to me and I have all I need." And because Jacob insisted, Esau accepted it.
12 "Well, let's be going," Esau said. "I will stay with you and lead the way." 12 Then Esau said, "Let us be on our way; I'll accompany you."
13 But Jacob replied, "You can see, my lord, that some of the children are very young, and the flocks and herds have their young, too. If they are driven too hard, they may die. 13 But Jacob said to him, "My lord knows that the children are tender and that I must care for the ewes and cows that are nursing their young. If they are driven hard just one day, all the animals will die.
14 So go on ahead of us. We will follow at our own pace and meet you at Seir." 14 So let my lord go on ahead of his servant, while I move along slowly at the pace of the droves before me and that of the children, until I come to my lord in Seir."
15 "Well," Esau said, "at least let me leave some of my men to guide and protect you." "There is no reason for you to be so kind to me," Jacob insisted. 15 Esau said, "Then let me leave some of my men with you." "But why do that?" Jacob asked. "Just let me find favor in the eyes of my lord."
16 So Esau started back to Seir that same day. 16 So that day Esau started on his way back to Seir.
17 Meanwhile, Jacob and his household traveled on to Succoth. There he built himself a house and made shelters for his flocks and herds. That is why the place was named Succoth. 17 Jacob, however, went to Succoth, where he built a place for himself and made shelters for his livestock. That is why the place is called Succoth.
18 Then they arrived safely at Shechem, in Canaan, and they set up camp just outside the town. 18 After Jacob came from Paddan Aram, he arrived safely at the city of Shechem in Canaan and camped within sight of the city.
19 Jacob bought the land he camped on from the family of Hamor, Shechem's father, for a hundred pieces of silver. 19 For a hundred pieces of silver, he bought from the sons of Hamor, the father of Shechem, the plot of ground where he pitched his tent.
20 And there he built an altar and called it El-Elohe-Israel. 20 There he set up an altar and called it El Elohe Israel.