Genesis 27:35

35 But he said, “Your brother came deceitfully and took your blessing.”

Genesis 27:35 in Other Translations

35 And he said, Thy brother came with subtilty, and hath taken away thy blessing.
35 But he said, "Your brother came deceitfully, and he has taken away your blessing."
35 But Isaac said, “Your brother was here, and he tricked me. He has taken away your blessing.”
35 "Your brother," he said, "came here falsely and took your blessing."
35 But he replied, "Your brother came deceitfully and took your blessing."

Genesis 27:35 Meaning and Commentary

Genesis 27:35

And he said, thy brother came with subtilty
The Targums of Onkelos and Jonathan, and so Jarchi, interpret it, "with wisdom", taking it in a good sense, and as excusing the fact; or rather commending it, as if it was wisely and prudently managed; but the word signifies fraud and deceit, and so it must be understood; though it may be Isaac says this, not so much to blame Jacob for what he had done, as to excuse himself to Esau, that he did not intend to give the blessing from him, but that he was imposed upon through the craft and subtilty of his brother, who feigned himself to be Esau; pretending he had been hunting, and had had wonderful success, and had got venison, and had prepared it; and came with goat, skins upon his hands and neck, that he might seem to be hairy as Esau was, and by these artful tricks he had deceived him, and therefore Esau could not blame him for what he had done: and hath taken away thy blessing;
which belonged to him as the firstborn, and he expected to have, and Isaac intended to have given it to him.

Genesis 27:35 In-Context

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 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 But he said, “Your brother came deceitfully and took your blessing.”
36 Esau said, “Isn’t he rightly named Jacob ? This is the second time he has taken advantage of me: 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 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?”

Cross References 2

  • 1. Jeremiah 9:4; Jeremiah 12:6
  • 2. ver 19,45
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