Genesis 27-29 Young’s Literal Translation

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Jacob Obtains Isaac's Blessing

27 1  And it cometh to pass that Isaac 'is' aged, and his eyes are too dim for seeing, and he calleth Esau his elder son, and saith unto him, 'My son;' and he saith unto him, 'Here 'am' I.' 2  And he saith, 'Lo, I pray thee, I have become aged, I have not known the day of my death; 3  and now, take up, I pray thee, thy instruments, thy quiver, and thy bow, and go out to the field, and hunt for me provision, 4  and make for me tasteful things, 'such' as I have loved, and bring in to me, and I do eat, so that my soul doth bless thee before I die.' 5  And Rebekah is hearkening while Isaac is speaking unto Esau his son; and Esau goeth to the field to hunt provision—to bring in;

6  and Rebekah hath spoken unto Jacob her son, saying, 'Lo, I have heard thy father speaking unto Esau thy brother, saying, 7  Bring for me provision, and make for me tasteful things, and I do eat, and bless thee before Jehovah before my death. 8  'And now, my son, hearken to my voice, to that which I am commanding thee: 9  Go, I pray thee, unto the flock, and take for me from thence two good kids of the goats, and I make them tasteful things for thy father, 'such' as he hath loved; 10  and thou hast taken in to thy father, and he hath eaten, so that his soul doth bless thee before his death. 11  And Jacob saith unto Rebekah his mother, 'Lo, Esau my brother 'is' a hairy man, and I a smooth man, 12  it may be my father doth feel me, and I have been in his eyes as a deceiver, and have brought upon me disesteem, and not a blessing;' 13  and his mother saith to him, 'On me thy disesteem, my son; only hearken to my voice, and go, take for me.' 14  And he goeth, and taketh, and bringeth to his mother, and his mother maketh tasteful things, 'such' as his father hath loved; 15  and Rebekah taketh the desirable garments of Esau her elder son, which 'are' with her in the house, and doth put on Jacob her younger son; 16  and the skins of the kids of the goats she hath put on his hands, and on the smooth of his neck, 17  and she giveth the tasteful things, and the bread which she hath made, into the hand of Jacob her son.

18  And he cometh in unto his father, and saith, 'My father;' and he saith, 'Here 'am' I; who 'art' thou, my son?' 19  And Jacob saith unto his father, 'I 'am' Esau thy first-born; I have done as thou hast spoken unto me; rise, I pray thee, sit, and eat of my provision, so that thy soul doth bless me.' 20  And Isaac saith unto his son, 'What 'is' this thou hast hasted to find, my son?' and he saith, 'That which Jehovah thy God hath caused to come before me.' 21  And Isaac saith unto Jacob, 'Come nigh, I pray thee, and I feel thee, my son, whether thou 'art' he, my son Esau, or not.' 22  And Jacob cometh nigh unto Isaac his father, and he feeleth him, and saith, 'The voice 'is' the voice of Jacob, and the hands hands of Esau.' 23  And he hath not discerned him, for his hands have been hairy, as the hands of Esau his brother, and he blesseth him, 24  and saith, 'Thou art he—my son Esau?' and he saith, 'I 'am'.' 25  And he saith, 'Bring nigh to me, and I do eat of my son's provision, so that my soul doth bless thee;' and he bringeth nigh to him, and he eateth; and he bringeth to him wine, and he drinketh. 26  And Isaac his father saith to him, 'Come nigh, I pray thee, and kiss me, my son;' 27  and he cometh nigh, and kisseth him, and he smelleth the fragrance of his garments, and blesseth him, and saith, 'See, the fragrance of my son 'is' as the fragrance of a field which Jehovah hath blessed; 28  and God doth give to thee of the dew of heaven, and of the fatness of the earth, and abundance of corn and wine; 29  peoples serve thee, and nations bow themselves to thee, be thou mighty over thy brethren, and the sons of thy mother bow themselves to thee; those who curse thee 'are' cursed, and those who bless thee 'are' blessed.'

30  And it cometh to pass, as Isaac hath finished blessing Jacob, and Jacob is only just going out from the presence of Isaac his father, that Esau his brother hath come in from his hunting; 31  and he also maketh tasteful things, and bringeth to his father, and saith to his father, 'Let my father arise, and eat of his son's provision, so that thy soul doth bless me.' 32  And Isaac his father saith to him, 'Who 'art' thou?' and he saith, 'I 'am' thy son, thy first-born, Esau;' 33  and Isaac trembleth a very great trembling, and saith, 'Who, now, 'is' he who hath provided provision, and bringeth in to me, and I eat of all before thou comest in, and I bless him?—yea, blessed is he.' 34  When Esau heareth the words of his father, then he crieth a very great and bitter cry, and saith to his father, 'Bless me, me also, O my father;' 35  and he saith, 'Thy brother hath come with subtilty, and taketh thy blessing.' 36  And he saith, 'Is it because 'one' called his name Jacob that he doth take me by the heel these two times? my birthright he hath taken; and lo, now, he hath taken my blessing;' he saith also, 'Hast thou not kept back a blessing for me?' 37  And Isaac answereth and saith to Esau, 'Lo, a mighty one have I set him over thee, and all his brethren have I given to him for servants, and 'with' corn and wine have I sustained him; and for thee now, what shall I do, my son?' 38  And Esau saith unto his father, 'One blessing hast thou my father? bless me, me also, O my father;' and Esau lifteth up his voice, and weepeth. 39  And Isaac his father answereth and saith unto him, 'Lo, of the fatness of the earth is thy dwelling, and of the dew of the heavens from above; 40  and by thy sword dost thou live, and thy brother dost thou serve; and it hath come to pass when thou rulest, that thou hast broken his yoke from off thy neck.'

Jacob Flees from Esau

41  And Esau hateth Jacob, because of the blessing with which his father blessed him, and Esau saith in his heart, 'The days of mourning 'for' my father draw near, and I slay Jacob my brother.' 42  And the words of Esau her elder son are declared to Rebekah, and she sendeth and calleth for Jacob her younger son, and saith unto him, 'Lo, Esau thy brother is comforting himself in regard to thee—to slay thee; 43  and now, my son, hearken to my voice, and rise, flee for thyself unto Laban my brother, to Haran, 44  and thou hast dwelt with him some days, till thy brother's fury turn back, 45  till thy brother's anger turn back from thee, and he hath forgotten that which thou hast done to him, and I have sent and taken thee from thence; why am I bereaved even of you both the same day?' 46  And Rebekah saith unto Isaac, 'I have been disgusted with my life because of the presence of the daughters of Heth; if Jacob take a wife of the daughters of Heth, like these—from the daughters of the land—why do I live?'

28 1  And Isaac calleth unto Jacob, and blesseth him, and commandeth him, and saith to him, 'Thou dost not take a wife of the daughters of Caanan; 2  rise, go to Padan-Aram, to the house of Bethuel, thy mother's father, and take for thyself from thence a wife, of the daughters of Laban, thy mother's brother; 3  and God Almighty doth bless thee, and make thee fruitful, and multiply thee, and thou hast become an assembly of peoples; 4  and He doth give to thee the blessing of Abraham, to thee and to thy seed with thee, to cause thee to possess the land of thy sojournings, which God gave to Abraham.' 5  And Isaac sendeth away Jacob, and he goeth to Padan-Aram, unto Laban, son of Bethuel the Aramaean, brother of Rebekah, mother of Jacob and Esau.

6  And Esau seeth that Isaac hath blessed Jacob, and hath sent him to Padan-Aram to take to himself from thence a wife—in his blessing him that he layeth a charge upon him, saying, Thou dost not take a wife from the daughters of Canaan— 7  that Jacob hearkeneth unto his father and unto his mother, and goeth to Padan-Aram— 8  and Esau seeth that the daughters of Canaan are evil in the eyes of Isaac his father, 9  and Esau goeth unto Ishmael, and taketh Mahalath, daughter of Ishmael, Abraham's son, sister of Nebajoth, unto his wives, to himself, for a wife.

God Appears to Jacob at Beth-el

10  And Jacob goeth out from Beer-Sheba, and goeth toward Haran, 11  and he toucheth at a 'certain' place, and lodgeth there, for the sun hath gone in, and he taketh of the stones of the place, and maketh 'them' his pillows, and lieth down in that place. 12  And he dreameth, and lo, a ladder set up on the earth, and its head is touching the heavens; and lo, messengers of God are going up and coming down by it; 13  and lo, Jehovah is standing upon it, and He saith, 'I 'am' Jehovah, God of Abraham thy father, and God of Isaac; the land on which thou art lying, to thee I give it, and to thy seed; 14  and thy seed hath been as the dust of the land, and thou hast broken forth westward, and eastward, and northward, and southward, and all families of the ground have been blessed in thee and in thy seed. 15  'And lo, I 'am' with thee, and have kept thee whithersoever thou goest, and have caused thee to turn back unto this ground; for I leave thee not till that I have surely done that which I have spoken to thee.'

16  And Jacob awaketh out of his sleep, and saith, 'Surely Jehovah is in this place, and I knew not;' 17  and he feareth, and saith, 'How fearful 'is' this place; this is nothing but a house of God, and this a gate of the heavens.' 18  And Jacob riseth early in the morning, and taketh the stone which he hath made his pillows, and maketh it a standing pillar, and poureth oil upon its top, 19  and he calleth the name of that place Bethel, 'house of God,' and yet, Luz 'is' the name of the city at the first. 20  And Jacob voweth a vow, saying, 'Seeing God is with me, and hath kept me in this way which I am going, and hath given to me bread to eat, and a garment to put on— 21  when I have turned back in peace unto the house of my father, and Jehovah hath become my God, 22  then this stone which I have made a standing pillar is a house of God, and all that Thou dost give to me—tithing I tithe to Thee.'

Jacob Serves Laban for Rachel and Leah

29 1  And Jacob lifteth up his feet, and goeth towards the land of the sons of the east; 2  and he looketh, and lo, a well in the field, and lo, there three droves of a flock crouching by it, for from that well they water the droves, and the great stone 'is' on the mouth of the well. 3  (When thither have all the droves been gathered, and they have rolled the stone from off the mouth of the well, and have watered the flock, then they have turned back the stone on the mouth of the well to its place.) 4  And Jacob saith to them, 'My brethren, from whence 'are' ye?' and they say, 'We 'are' from Haran.' 5  And he saith to them, 'Have ye known Laban, son of Nahor?' and they say, 'We have known.' 6  And he saith to them, 'Hath he peace?' and they say, 'Peace; and lo, Rachel his daughter is coming with the flock.' 7  And he saith, 'Lo, the day 'is' still great, 'it is' not time for the cattle to be gathered; water ye the flock, and go, delight yourselves.' 8  And they say, 'We are not able, till that all the droves be gathered together, and they have rolled away the stone from the mouth of the well, and we have watered the flock.'

9  He is yet speaking with them, and Rachel hath come with the flock which her father hath, for she 'is' shepherdess; 10  and it cometh to pass when Jacob hath seen Rachel, daughter of Laban his mother's brother, and the flock of Laban his mother's brother, that Jacob cometh nigh and rolleth the stone from off the mouth of the well, and watereth the flock of Laban his mother's brother. 11  And Jacob kisseth Rachel, and lifteth up his voice, and weepeth, 12  and Jacob declareth to Rachel that he 'is' her father's brother, and that he 'is' Rebekah's son, and she runneth and declareth to her father. 13  And it cometh to pass, when Laban heareth the report of Jacob his sister's son, that he runneth to meet him, and embraceth him, and kisseth him, and bringeth him in unto his house; and he recounteth to Laban all these things, 14  and Laban saith to him, 'Only my bone and my flesh 'art' thou;' and he dwelleth with him a month of days.

15  And Laban saith to Jacob, 'Is it because thou 'art' my brother that thou hast served me for nought? declare to me what 'is' thy hire.' 16  And Laban hath two daughters, the name of the elder 'is' Leah, and the name of the younger Rachel, 17  and the eyes of Leah 'are' tender, and Rachel hath been fair of form and fair of appearance. 18  And Jacob loveth Rachel, and saith, 'I serve thee seven years for Rachel thy younger daughter:' 19  and Laban saith, 'It is better for me to give her to thee than to give her to another man; dwell with me;' 20  and Jacob serveth for Rachel seven years; and they are in his eyes as some days, because of his loving her. 21  And Jacob saith unto Laban, 'Give up my wife, for my days have been fulfilled, and I go in unto her;' 22  and Laban gathereth all the men of the place, and maketh a banquet. 23  And it cometh to pass in the evening, that he taketh Leah, his daughter, and bringeth her in unto him, and he goeth in unto her; 24  and Laban giveth to her Zilpah, his maid-servant, to Leah his daughter, a maid-servant. 25  And it cometh to pass in the morning, that lo, it 'is' Leah; and he saith unto Laban, 'What 'is' this thou hast done to me? for Rachel have I not served with thee? and why hast thou deceived me?' 26  And Laban saith, 'It is not done so in our place, to give the younger before the first-born; 27  fulfil the week of this one, and we give to thee also this one, for the service which thou dost serve with me yet seven other years.' 28  And Jacob doth so, and fulfilleth the week of this one, and he giveth to him Rachel his daughter, to him for a wife; 29  and Laban giveth to Rachel his daughter Bilhah his maid-servant, for a maid-servant to her. 30  And he goeth in also unto Rachel, and he also loveth Rachel more than Leah; and he serveth with him yet seven other years.

The Children Born to Jacob

31  And Jehovah seeth that Leah 'is' the hated one, and He openeth her womb, and Rachel 'is' barren; 32  and Leah conceiveth, and beareth a son, and calleth his name Reuben, for she said, 'Because Jehovah hath looked on mine affliction; because now doth my husband love me.' 33  And she conceiveth again, and beareth a son, and saith, 'Because Jehovah hath heard that I 'am' the hated one, He also giveth to me even this 'one';' and she calleth his name Simeon. 34  And she conceiveth again, and beareth a son, and saith, 'Now 'is' the time, my husband is joined unto me, because I have born to him three sons,' therefore hath 'one' called his name Levi. 35  And she conceiveth again, and beareth a son, and saith this time, 'I praise Jehovah;' therefore hath she called his name Judah; and she ceaseth from bearing.

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