Genesis 33 TNIV

Jacob Meets Esau

1 Jacob looked up and there was Esau, coming with his four hundred men;1 so he divided the children among Leah, Rachel and the two female servants.2

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2 He put the female servants and their children3 in front, Leah and her children next, and Rachel and Joseph4 in the rear.

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3 He himself went on ahead and bowed down to the ground5 seven times6 as he approached his brother.

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4 But Esau7 ran to meet Jacob and embraced him; he threw his arms around his neck and kissed him.8 And they wept.9

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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.10"

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6 Then the female servants and their children11 approached and bowed down.12

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      7 Next, Leah and her children13 came and bowed down.14 Last of all came Joseph and Rachel,15 and they too bowed down.

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          8 Esau asked, "What do you mean by all these flocks and herds I met?"16 "To find favor in your eyes, my lord,"17 he said.

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          9 But Esau said, "I already have plenty,18 my brother. Keep what you have for yourself."

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              10 "No, please!" said Jacob. "If I have found favor in your eyes,19 accept this gift20 from me. For to see your face is like seeing the face of God,21 now that you have received me favorably.22

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              11 Please accept the present23 that was brought to you, for God has been gracious to me24 and I have all I need."25 And because Jacob insisted,26 Esau accepted it.

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              12 Then Esau said, "Let us be on our way; I'll accompany you."
              13 But Jacob said to him, "My lord 27 knows that the children are tender and that I must care for the ewes and cows that are nursing their young.28 If they are driven hard just one day, all the animals will die.

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              14 So let my lord go on ahead of his servant, while I move along slowly at the pace of the flocks and herds29 before me and the pace of the children, until I come to my lord in Seir.30"

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              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."31

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              16 So that day Esau started on his way back to Seir.32

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              17 Jacob, however, went to Sukkoth,33 where he built a place for himself and made shelters for his livestock. That is why the place is called Sukkoth.a

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              18 After Jacob came from Paddan Aram,b34 he arrived safely at thec city of Shechem35 in Canaan and camped within sight of the city.

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                • b 33:18 - That is, Northwest Mesopotamia
                • c 33:18 - Or "arrived at Shalem, a"
                  19 For a hundred pieces of silver,d he bought from the sons of Hamor,36 the father of Shechem,37 the plot of ground38 where he pitched his tent.39

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                    • d 33:19 - Hebrew "hundred kesitahs"; a kesitah was a unit of money of unknown weight and value.
                      20 There he set up an altar40 and called it El Elohe Israel.e

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                        • e 33:20 - "El Elohe Israel" can mean "El is the God of Israel" or "mighty is the God of Israel."