Genesis 27-29 Bible in Basic English

<< Genesis 26 | Genesis 27-29 | Genesis 30 >>

Jacob Obtains Isaac's Blessing

27 1  Now when Isaac was old and his eyes had become clouded so that he was not able to see, he sent for Esau, his first son, and said to him, My son: and he said, Here am I. 2  And he said, See now, I am old, and my death may take place at any time: 3  So take your arrows and your bow and go out to the field and get meat for me; 4  And make me food, good to the taste, such as is pleasing to me, and put it before me, so that I may have a meal and give you my blessing before death comes to me. 5  Now Isaac's words to his son were said in Rebekah's hearing. Then Esau went out to get the meat.

6  And Rebekah said to Jacob, her son, Your father said to your brother Esau in my hearing, 7  Go and get some roe's meat and make me a good meal, so that I may be full, and give you my blessing before the Lord before my death. 8  Now, my son, do what I say. 9  Go to the flock and get me two fat young goats; and I will make of them a meal to your father's taste: 10  And you will take it to him, so that he may have a good meal and give you his blessing before his death. 11  And Jacob said to Rebekah, his mother, But Esau my brother is covered with hair, while I am smooth: 12  If by chance my father puts his hand on me, it will seem to him that I am tricking him, and he will put a curse on me in place of a blessing. 13  And his mother said, Let the curse be on me, my son: only do as I say, and go and get them for me. 14  So he went and got them and took them to his mother: and she made a meal to his father's taste. 15  And Rebekah took the fair robes of her oldest son, which were with her in the house, and put them on Jacob, her younger son: 16  And she put the skins of the young goats on his hands and on the smooth part of his neck: 17  And she gave into the hand of Jacob, her son, the meat and the bread which she had made ready.

18  And he came to his father, and said, My father: and he said, Here am I: who are you, my son? 19  And Jacob said, I am Esau, your oldest son; I have done as you said: come now, be seated and take of my meat, so that you may give me a blessing. 20  And Isaac said, How is it that you have got it so quickly, my son? And he said, Because the Lord your God made it come my way. 21  And Isaac said, Come near so that I may put my hand on you, my son, and see if you are truly my son Esau or not. 22  And Jacob went near his father Isaac: and he put his hands on him; and he said, The voice is Jacob's voice, but the hands are the hands of Esau. 23  And he did not make out who he was, because his hands were covered with hair like his brother Esau's hands: so he gave him a blessing. 24  And he said, Are you truly my son Esau? And he said, I am. 25  And he said, Put it before me and I will take of my son's meat, so that I may give you a blessing. And he put it before him and he took it; and he gave him wine, and he had a drink. 26  And his father Isaac said to him, Come near now, my son, and give me a kiss. 27  And he came near and gave him a kiss; and smelling the smell of his clothing, he gave him a blessing, and said, See, the smell of my son is like the smell of a field on which the blessing of the Lord has come: 28  May God give you the dew of heaven, and the good things of the earth, and grain and wine in full measure: 29  Let peoples be your servants, and nations go down before you: be lord over your brothers, and let your mother's sons go down before you: a curse be on everyone by whom you are cursed, and a blessing on those who give you a blessing.

30  And when Isaac had come to the end of blessing Jacob, and Jacob had not long gone away from Isaac his father, Esau came in from the field. 31  And he made ready a meal, good to the taste, and took it to his father, and said to him, Let my father get up and take of his son's meat, so that you may give me a blessing. 32  And Isaac his father said to him, Who are you? And he said, I am your oldest son, Esau. 33  And in great fear Isaac said, Who then is he who got meat and put it before me, and I took it all before you came, and gave him a blessing, and his it will be? 34  And hearing the words of his father, Esau gave a great and bitter cry, and said to his father, Give a blessing to me, even to me, O my father! 35  And he said, Your brother came with deceit, and took away your blessing. 36  And he said, Is it because he is named Jacob that he has twice taken my place? for he took away my birthright, and now he has taken away my blessing. And he said, Have you not kept a blessing for me? 37  And Isaac answering said, But I have made him your master, and have given him all his brothers for servants; I have made him strong with grain and wine: what then am I to do for you, my son? 38  And Esau said to his father, Is that the only blessing you have, my father? give a blessing to me, even me! And Esau was overcome with weeping. 39  Then Isaac his father made answer and said to him, Far from the fertile places of the earth, and far from the dew of heaven on high will your living-place be: 40  By your sword will you get your living and you will be your brother's servant; but when your power is increased his yoke will be broken from off your neck.

Jacob Flees from Esau

41  So Esau was full of hate for Jacob because of his father's blessing; and he said in his heart, The days of weeping for my father are near; then I will put my brother Jacob to death. 42  Then Rebekah, hearing what Esau had said, sent for Jacob, her younger son, and said to him, It seems that your brother Esau is purposing to put you to death. 43  So now, my son, do what I say: go quickly to Haran, to my brother Laban; 44  And be there with him for a little time, till your brother's wrath is turned away; 45  Till the memory of what you have done to him is past and he is no longer angry: then I will send word for you to come back; are the two of you to be taken from me in one day? 46  Then Rebekah said to Isaac, My life is a weariness to me because of the daughters of Heth: if Jacob takes a wife from among the daughters of Heth, such as these, the women of this land, of what use will my life be to me?

28 1  Then Isaac sent for Jacob, and blessing him, said, Do not take a wife from among the women of Canaan; 2  But go to Paddan-aram, to the house of Bethuel, your mother's father, and there get yourself a wife from the daughters of Laban, your mother's brother. 3  And may God, the Ruler of all, give you his blessing, giving you fruit and increase, so that you may become an army of peoples. 4  And may God give you the blessing of Abraham, to you and to your seed, so that the land of your wanderings, which God gave to Abraham, may be your heritage. 5  So Isaac sent Jacob away: and he went to Paddan-aram, to Laban, son of Bethuel the Aramaean, the brother of Rebekah, the mother of Jacob and Esau.

6  So when Esau saw that Isaac had given Jacob his blessing, and sent him away to Paddan-aram to get a wife for himself there, blessing him and saying to him, Do not take a wife from among the women of Canaan; 7  And that Jacob had done as his father and mother said and had gone to Paddan-aram; 8  It was clear to Esau that his father had no love for the women of Canaan, 9  So Esau went to Ishmael and took Mahalath, the daughter of Abraham's son Ishmael, the sister of Nebaioth, to be his wife in addition to the wives he had.

God Appears to Jacob at Beth-el

10  So Jacob went out from Beer-sheba to go to Haran. 11  And coming to a certain place, he made it his resting-place for the night, for the sun had gone down; and he took one of the stones which were there, and putting it under his head he went to sleep in that place. 12  And he had a dream, and in his dream he saw steps stretching from earth to heaven, and the angels of God were going up and down on them. 13  And he saw the Lord by his side, saying, I am the Lord, the God of Abraham your father, and the God of Isaac: I will give to you and to your seed this land on which you are sleeping. 14  Your seed will be like the dust of the earth, covering all the land to the west and to the east, to the north and to the south: you and your seed will be a name of blessing to all the families of the earth. 15  And truly, I will be with you, and will keep you wherever you go, guiding you back again to this land; and I will not give you up till I have done what I have said to you.

16  And Jacob, awaking from his sleep, said, Truly, the Lord is in this place and I was not conscious of it. 17  And fear came on him, and he said, This is a holy place; this is nothing less than the house of God and the doorway of heaven. 18  And early in the morning Jacob took the stone which had been under his head, and put it up as a pillar and put oil on it. 19  And he gave that place the name of Beth-el, but before that time the town was named Luz. 20  Then Jacob took an oath, and said, If God will be with me, and keep me safe on my journey, and give me food and clothing to put on, 21  So that I come again to my father's house in peace, then I will take the Lord to be my God, 22  And this stone which I have put up for a pillar will be God's house: and of all you give me, I will give a tenth part to you.

Jacob Serves Laban for Rachel and Leah

29 1  Then Jacob went on his journey till he came to the land of the children of the East. 2  And there he saw a water-hole in a field, and by the side of it three flocks of sheep, for there they got water for the sheep: and on the mouth of the water-hole there was a great stone. 3  And all the flocks would come together there, and when the stone had been rolled away, they would give the sheep water, and put the stone back again in its place on the mouth of the water-hole. 4  Then Jacob said to the herdmen, My brothers, where do you come from? And they said, From Haran. 5  And he said to them, Have you any knowledge of Laban, the son of Nahor? And they said, We have. 6  And he said to them, Is he well? And they said, He is well, and here is Rachel his daughter coming with the sheep. 7  Then Jacob said, The sun is still high and it is not time to get the cattle together: get water for the sheep and go and give them their food. 8  And they said, We are not able to do so till all the flocks have come together and the stone has been rolled away from the mouth of the water-hole; then we will get water for the sheep.

9  While he was still talking with them, Rachel came with her father's sheep, for she took care of them. 10  Then when Jacob saw Rachel, the daughter of Laban, his mother's brother, coming with Laban's sheep, he came near, and rolling the stone away from the mouth of the hole, he got water for Laban's flock. 11  And weeping for joy, Jacob gave Rachel a kiss. 12  And Rachel, hearing from Jacob that he was her father's relation and that he was the son of Rebekah, went running to give her father news of it. 13  And Laban, hearing news of Jacob, his sister's son, came running, and took Jacob in his arms, and kissing him, made him come into his house. And Jacob gave him news of everything. 14  And Laban said to him, Truly, you are my bone and my flesh. And he kept Jacob with him for the space of a month.

15  Then Laban said to Jacob, Because you are my brother are you to be my servant for nothing? say now, what is your payment to be? 16  Now Laban had two daughters: the name of the older was Leah, and the name of the younger was Rachel. 17  And Leah's eyes were clouded, but Rachel was fair in face and form. 18  And Jacob was in love with Rachel; and he said, I will be your servant seven years for Rachel, your younger daughter. 19  And Laban said, It is better for you to have her than another man: go on living here with me. 20  And Jacob did seven years' work for Rachel; and because of his love for her it seemed to him only a very little time. 21  Then Jacob said to Laban, Give me my wife so that I may have her, for the days are ended. 22  And Laban got together all the men of the place and gave a feast. 23  And in the evening he took Leah, his daughter, and gave her to him, and he went in to her. 24  And Laban gave Zilpah, his servant-girl, to Leah, to be her waiting-woman. 25  And in the morning Jacob saw that it was Leah: and he said to Laban, What have you done to me? was I not working for you so that I might have Rachel? why have you been false to me? 26  And Laban said, In our country we do not let the younger daughter be married before the older. 27  Let the week of the bride-feast come to its end and then we will give you the other in addition, if you will be my servant for another seven years. 28  And Jacob did so; and when the week was ended, Laban gave him his daughter Rachel for his wife. 29  And Laban gave Rachel his servant-girl Bilhah to be her waiting-woman. 30  Then Jacob took Rachel as his wife, and his love for her was greater than his love for Leah; and he went on working for Laban for another seven years.

The Children Born to Jacob

31  Now the Lord, seeing that Leah was not loved, gave her a child; while Rachel had no children. 32  And Leah was with child, and gave birth to a son to whom she gave the name Reuben: for she said, The Lord has seen my sorrow; now my husband will have love for me. 33  Then she became with child again, and gave birth to a son; and said, Because it has come to the Lord's ears that I am not loved, he has given me this son in addition: and she gave him the name Simeon. 34  And she was with child again, and gave birth to a son; and said, Now at last my husband will be united to me, because I have given him three sons: so he was named Levi. 35  And she was with child again, and gave birth to a son: and she said, This time I will give praise to the Lord: so he was named Judah; after this she had no more children for a time.

<< Genesis 26 | Genesis 27-29 | Genesis 30 >>

Add Another Translation