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Genesis 27:5-34 NLT/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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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!"