Genesis 27-29 Revised Standard Version

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Jacob Obtains Isaac's Blessing

27 1  When Isaac was old and his eyes were dim so that he could not see, he called Esau his older son, and said to him, "My son"; and he answered, "Here I am." 2  He said, "Behold, I am old; I do not know the day of my death. 3  Now then, take your weapons, your quiver and your bow, and go out to the field, and hunt game for me, 4  and prepare for me savory food, such as I love, and bring it to me that I may eat; that I may bless you before I die." 5  Now Rebekah was listening when Isaac spoke to his son Esau. So when Esau went to the field to hunt for game and bring it,

6  Rebekah said to her son Jacob, "I heard your father speak to your brother Esau, 7  'Bring me game, and prepare for me savory food, that I may eat it, and bless you before the Lord before I die.' 8  Now therefore, my son, obey my word as I command you. 9  Go to the flock, and fetch me two good kids, that I may prepare from them savory food for your father, such as he loves; 10  and you shall bring it to your father to eat, so that he may bless you before he dies." 11  But Jacob said to Rebekah his mother, "Behold, my brother Esau is a hairy man, and I am a smooth man. 12  Perhaps my father will feel me, and I shall seem to be mocking him, and bring a curse upon myself and not a blessing." 13  His mother said to him, "Upon me be your curse, my son; only obey my word, and go, fetch them to me." 14  So he went and took them and brought them to his mother; and his mother prepared savory food, such as his father loved. 15  Then Rebekah took the best garments of Esau her older son, which were with her in the house, and put them on Jacob her younger son; 16  and the skins of the kids she put upon his hands and upon the smooth part of his neck; 17  and she gave the savory food and the bread, which she had prepared, into the hand of her son Jacob.

18  So he went in to his father, and said, "My father"; and he said, "Here I am; who are you, my son?" 19  Jacob said to his father, "I am Esau your first-born. I have done as you told me; now sit up and eat of my game, that you may bless me." 20  But Isaac said to his son, "How is it that you have found it so quickly, my son?" He answered, "Because the Lord your God granted me success." 21  Then Isaac said to Jacob, "Come near, that I may feel you, my son, to know whether you are really my son Esau or not." 22  So Jacob went near to Isaac his father, who felt him and said, "The voice is Jacob's voice, but the hands are the hands of Esau." 23  And he did not recognize him, because his hands were hairy like his brother Esau's hands; so he blessed him. 24  He said, "Are you really my son Esau?" He answered, "I am." 25  Then he said, "Bring it to me, that I may eat of my son's game and bless you." So he brought it to him, and he ate; and he brought him wine, and he drank. 26  Then his father Isaac said to him, "Come near and kiss me, my son." 27  So he came near and kissed him; and he smelled the smell of his garments, and blessed him, and said, "See, the smell of my son is as the smell of a field which the Lord has blessed! 28  May God give you of the dew of heaven, and of the fatness of the earth, and plenty of grain and wine. 29  Let peoples serve you, and nations bow down to you. Be lord over your brothers, and may your mother's sons bow down to you. Cursed be every one who curses you, and blessed be every one who blesses you!"

30  As soon as Isaac had finished blessing Jacob, when Jacob had scarcely gone out from the presence of Isaac his father, Esau his brother came in from his hunting. 31  He also prepared savory food, and brought it to his father. And he said to his father, "Let my father arise, and eat of his son's game, that you may bless me." 32  His father Isaac said to him, "Who are you?" He answered, "I am your son, your first-born, Esau." 33  Then Isaac trembled violently, and said, "Who was it then that hunted game and brought it to me, and I ate it all before you came, and I have blessed him? --yes, and he shall be blessed." 34  When Esau heard the words of his father, he cried out with an exceedingly great and bitter cry, and said to his father, "Bless me, even me also, O my father!" 35  But he said, "Your brother came with guile, and he has taken away your blessing." 36  Esau said, "Is he not rightly named Jacob? For he has supplanted me these two times. He took away my birthright; and behold, now he has taken away my blessing." Then he said, "Have you not reserved a blessing for me?" 37  Isaac answered Esau, "Behold, I have made him your lord, and all his brothers I have given to him for servants, and with grain and wine I have sustained him. What then can I do for you, my son?" 38  Esau said to his father, "Have you but one blessing, my father? Bless me, even me also, O my father." And Esau lifted up his voice and wept. 39  Then Isaac his father answered him: "Behold, away from the fatness of the earth shall your dwelling be, and away from the dew of heaven on high. 40  By your sword you shall live, and you shall serve your brother; but when you break loose you shall break his yoke from your neck."

Jacob Flees from Esau

41  Now Esau hated Jacob because of the blessing with which his father had blessed him, and Esau said to himself, "The days of mourning for my father are approaching; then I will kill my brother Jacob." 42  But the words of Esau her older son were told to Rebekah; so she sent and called Jacob her younger son, and said to him, "Behold, your brother Esau comforts himself by planning to kill you. 43  Now therefore, my son, obey my voice; arise, flee to Laban my brother in Haran, 44  and stay with him a while, until your brother's fury turns away; 45  until your brother's anger turns away, and he forgets what you have done to him; then I will send, and fetch you from there. Why should I be bereft of you both in one day?" 46  Then Rebekah said to Isaac, "I am weary of my life because of the Hittite women. If Jacob marries one of the Hittite women such as these, one of the women of the land, what good will my life be to me?"

28 1  Then Isaac called Jacob and blessed him, and charged him, "You shall not marry one of the Canaanite women. 2  Arise, go to Paddan-aram to the house of Bethu'el your mother's father; and take as wife from there one of the daughters of Laban your mother's brother. 3  God Almighty bless you and make you fruitful and multiply you, that you may become a company of peoples. 4  May he give the blessing of Abraham to you and to your descendants with you, that you may take possession of the land of your sojournings which God gave to Abraham!" 5  Thus Isaac sent Jacob away; and he went to Paddan-aram to Laban, the son of Bethu'el the Aramean, the brother of Rebekah, Jacob's and Esau's mother.

6  Now Esau saw that Isaac had blessed Jacob and sent him away to Paddan-aram to take a wife from there, and that as he blessed him he charged him, "You shall not marry one of the Canaanite women," 7  and that Jacob had obeyed his father and his mother and gone to Paddan-aram. 8  So when Esau saw that the Canaanite women did not please Isaac his father, 9  Esau went to Ish'mael and took to wife, besides the wives he had, Ma'halath the daughter of Ish'mael Abraham's son, the sister of Neba'ioth.

God Appears to Jacob at Beth-el

10  Jacob left Beer-sheba, and went toward Haran. 11  And he came to a certain place, and stayed there that night, because the sun had set. Taking one of the stones of the place, he put it under his head and lay down in that place to sleep. 12  And he dreamed that there was a ladder set up on the earth, and the top of it reached to heaven; and behold, the angels of God were ascending and descending on it! 13  And behold, the Lord stood above it and said, "I am the Lord, the God of Abraham your father and the God of Isaac; the land on which you lie I will give to you and to your descendants; 14  and your descendants shall be like the dust of the earth, and you shall spread abroad to the west and to the east and to the north and to the south; and by you and your descendants shall all the families of the earth bless themselves. 15  Behold, I am with you and will keep you wherever you go, and will bring you back to this land; for I will not leave you until I have done that of which I have spoken to you."

16  Then Jacob awoke from his sleep and said, "Surely the Lord is in this place; and I did not know it." 17  And he was afraid, and said, "How awesome is this place! This is none other than the house of God, and this is the gate of heaven." 18  So Jacob rose early in the morning, and he took the stone which he had put under his head and set it up for a pillar and poured oil on the top of it. 19  He called the name of that place Bethel; but the name of the city was Luz at the first. 20  Then Jacob made a vow, saying, "If God will be with me, and will keep me in this way that I go, and will give me bread to eat and clothing to wear, 21  so that I come again to my father's house in peace, then the Lord shall be my God, 22  and this stone, which I have set up for a pillar, shall be God's house; and of all that thou givest me I will give the tenth to thee."

Jacob Serves Laban for Rachel and Leah

29 1  Then Jacob went on his journey, and came to the land of the people of the east. 2  As he looked, he saw a well in the field, and lo, three flocks of sheep lying beside it; for out of that well the flocks were watered. The stone on the well's mouth was large, 3  and when all the flocks were gathered there, the shepherds would roll the stone from the mouth of the well, and water the sheep, and put the stone back in its place upon the mouth of the well. 4  Jacob said to them, "My brothers, where do you come from?" They said, "We are from Haran." 5  He said to them, "Do you know Laban the son of Nahor?" They said, "We know him." 6  He said to them, "Is it well with him?" They said, "It is well; and see, Rachel his daughter is coming with the sheep!" 7  He said, "Behold, it is still high day, it is not time for the animals to be gathered together; water the sheep, and go, pasture them." 8  But they said, "We cannot until all the flocks are gathered together, and the stone is rolled from the mouth of the well; then we water the sheep."

9  While he was still speaking with them, Rachel came with her father's sheep; for she kept them. 10  Now when Jacob saw Rachel the daughter of Laban his mother's brother, and the sheep of Laban his mother's brother, Jacob went up and rolled the stone from the well's mouth, and watered the flock of Laban his mother's brother. 11  Then Jacob kissed Rachel, and wept aloud. 12  And Jacob told Rachel that he was her father's kinsman, and that he was Rebekah's son; and she ran and told her father. 13  When Laban heard the tidings of Jacob his sister's son, he ran to meet him, and embraced him and kissed him, and brought him to his house. Jacob told Laban all these things, 14  and Laban said to him, "Surely you are my bone and my flesh!" And he stayed with him a month.

15  Then Laban said to Jacob, "Because you are my kinsman, should you therefore serve me for nothing? Tell me, what shall your wages be?" 16  Now Laban had two daughters; the name of the older was Leah, and the name of the younger was Rachel. 17  Leah's eyes were weak, but Rachel was beautiful and lovely. 18  Jacob loved Rachel; and he said, "I will serve you seven years for your younger daughter Rachel." 19  Laban said, "It is better that I give her to you than that I should give her to any other man; stay with me." 20  So Jacob served seven years for Rachel, and they seemed to him but a few days because of the love he had for her. 21  Then Jacob said to Laban, "Give me my wife that I may go in to her, for my time is completed." 22  So Laban gathered together all the men of the place, and made a feast. 23  But in the evening he took his daughter Leah and brought her to Jacob; and he went in to her. 24  (Laban gave his maid Zilpah to his daughter Leah to be her maid.) 25  And in the morning, behold, it was Leah; and Jacob said to Laban, "What is this you have done to me? Did I not serve with you for Rachel? Why then have you deceived me?" 26  Laban said, "It is not so done in our country, to give the younger before the first-born. 27  Complete the week of this one, and we will give you the other also in return for serving me another seven years." 28  Jacob did so, and completed her week; then Laban gave him his daughter Rachel to wife. 29  (Laban gave his maid Bilhah to his daughter Rachel to be her maid.) 30  So Jacob went in to Rachel also, and he loved Rachel more than Leah, and served Laban for another seven years.

The Children Born to Jacob

31  When the Lord saw that Leah was hated, he opened her womb; but Rachel was barren. 32  And Leah conceived and bore a son, and she called his name Reuben; for she said, "Because the Lord has looked upon my affliction; surely now my husband will love me." 33  She conceived again and bore a son, and said, "Because the Lord has heard that I am hated, he has given me this son also"; and she called his name Simeon. 34  Again she conceived and bore a son, and said, "Now this time my husband will be joined to me, because I have borne him three sons"; therefore his name was called Levi. 35  And she conceived again and bore a son, and said, "This time I will praise the Lord"; therefore she called his name Judah; then she ceased bearing.

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