1 IWhen IsaacII was oldIII and his eyesIV were dimV so that he could not see,VI
he calledVII his elderVIII sonIX EsauX and said to him, “My son”;
and he answered, “Here I am.”XI
2 He said, “See,XII, XIII I am old; I do not knowXIV the day of my death.XV
3 Now then, takeXVI, XVII your weapons,XVIII your quiverXIX and your bow,XX
and go outXXI to the field,XXII and huntXXIII gameXXIV for me.
4 Then prepareXXV for me savory food,XXVI such as I like,XXVII and bringXXVIII it to me to eat,XXIX
so thatXXX IXXXI may blessXXXII you before I die.”XXXIII
5 Now RebekahXXXIV was listeningXXXV when Isaac spokeXXXVI to his son Esau. So when Esau wentXXXVII to the field to hunt for gameXXXVIII and bring it,
6 Rebekah said to her son Jacob,XXXIX “XLI heard your fatherXLI say to your brotherXLII Esau,
7 ‘Bring me game, and prepare for me savory food to eat, that I may bless you beforeXLIII the LordXLIV beforeXLV I die.’XLVI
8 Now therefore, my son, obeyXLVII my wordXLVIII as I commandXLIX you.
9 GoL to the flock,LI and getLII me twoLIII choiceLIV kids,LV so that I may prepare from them savory food for your father, such as he likes;
10 and you shall takeLVI it to your father to eat, so that he may bless you beforeLVII he dies.”LVIII
11 But Jacob said to his motherLIX Rebekah, “Look,LX my brother Esau is a hairyLXI man,LXII and I am a man of smoothLXIII skin.
12 Perhaps my father will feelLXIV me, and I shall seem to beLXV mockingLXVI him, and bring a curseLXVII on myself and not a blessing.”LXVIII
13 His mother said to him, “Let your curse be on me, my son; only obey my word, and go, get them for me.” 14 So he went and got them and brought them to his mother; and his mother prepared savory food, such as his father loved.LXIX 15 Then Rebekah tookLXX the bestLXXI garmentsLXXII of her elder son Esau,
which were with her in the house,LXXIII and put them onLXXIV her youngerLXXV son Jacob;
16 and she put the skinsLXXVI of the kids on his handsLXXVII and on the smooth partLXXVIII of his neck.LXXIX
17 Then she handedLXXX the savory food, and the breadLXXXI that she had prepared, to her son Jacob.
18 So he went inLXXXII 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 firstborn.LXXXIII I have doneLXXXIV as you told me; now sit upLXXXV and eat of my game, so that youLXXXVI may bless me.”
20 But Isaac said to his son, “How is it that you have foundLXXXVII it so quickly,LXXXVIII my son?”
He answered, “Because the Lord your GodLXXXIX granted meXC success.”XCI
21 Then Isaac said to Jacob, “Come near,XCII, XCIII that I may feelXCIV you, my son, to know whether you are really my son Esau or not.”
22 So Jacob went upXCV to his father Isaac, who felt him and said, “The voiceXCVI is Jacob’s voice, but the hands are the hands of Esau.” 23 He did not recognizeXCVII 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, “BringXCVIII it to me, that I may eat of my son’s game and bless you.”XCIX So he brought it to him, and he ate; and he broughtC him wine,CI and he drank.CII
26 Then his father Isaac said to him, “Come nearCIII and kissCIV me, my son.” 27 So he came near and kissed him; and he smelledCV the smellCVI of his garments, and blessed him, and said,
“Ah,CVII the smell of my son
is like the smell of a field that the Lord has blessed.
28 May God giveCVIII you of the dewCIX of heaven,CX
and of the fatnessCXI of the earth,CXII
and plentyCXIII of grainCXIV and wine.CXV
29 Let peoplesCXVI serveCXVII you,
and nationsCXVIII bow downCXIX to you.
BeCXX lordCXXI over your brothers,
and may your mother’s sons bow down to you.
Cursed be everyone who cursesCXXII you,
and blessed be everyone who blesses you!”
30 CXXIIIAs soon as Isaac had finishedCXXIV blessing Jacob, when Jacob hadCXXV scarcely gone outCXXVI
from the presenceCXXVII of his father Isaac, his brother Esau came inCXXVIII from his hunting.CXXIX 31 He also prepared savory food, and brought it to his father. And he said to his father, “Let my father sit upCXXX and eat of his son’s game, so that you may bless me.”CXXXI
32 His father Isaac said to him, “Who are you?”
He answered, “I am your firstborn son, Esau.”
33 Then Isaac trembledCXXXII violently,CXXXIII 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 blessed he shall be!”
34 When Esau heard his father’s words,CXXXIV he cried outCXXXV with an exceedinglyCXXXVI greatCXXXVII
and bitterCXXXVIII cry,CXXXIX and said to his father, “Bless me, me also, father!”CXL
35 But he said, “Your brother came deceitfully,CXLI and he has taken awayCXLII your blessing.”
36 Esau said, “Is he not rightly namedCXLIII Jacob? For he has supplantedCXLIV me these two times.CXLV He took away my birthright;CXLVI and look,CXLVII now he has taken away my blessing.”
Then he said, “Have you not reservedCXLVIII a blessing for me?”
37 Isaac answered Esau, “I have alreadyCXLIX madeCL him your lord, and I have given him all his brothers as servants,CLI and with grain and wine I have sustainedCLII him. What then can I do for you, my son?”
38 Esau said to his father, “Have you only oneCLIII blessing, father?CLIV Bless me, me also, father!”CLV And Esau lifted upCLVI his voice and wept.CLVII
39 Then his father Isaac answered him:
“See,CLVIII away from the fatness of the earth shall your homeCLIX be,
and away from the dew of heaven on high.
40 By your swordCLX you shall live,CLXI
and you shall serve your brother;
butCLXII when you break loose,CLXIII
you shall breakCLXIV his yokeCLXV from your neck.”
41 Now Esau hatedCLXVI Jacob because of the blessing with which his father had blessed him, and Esau said to himself,CLXVII “The days of mourningCLXVIII for my father are approaching;CLXIX then I will killCLXX my brother Jacob.”
42 But the words of her elder son Esau were toldCLXXI to Rebekah; so she sentCLXXII and called her younger son Jacob and said to him, “CLXXIIIYour brother Esau is consolingCLXXIV himself by planning to kill you.
43 Now therefore, my son, obey my voice;CLXXV fleeCLXXVI at once to my brother LabanCLXXVII in Haran,CLXXVIII
44 and stayCLXXIX with him a while,CLXXX until your brother’s furyCLXXXI turns awayCLXXXII—
45 until your brother’s angerCLXXXIII against you turns away, and he forgetsCLXXXIV what you have done to him; then I will send, and bring you back from there. Why should I loseCLXXXV bothCLXXXVI of you in one day?”
46 Then Rebekah said to Isaac, “I am wearyCLXXXVII of my lifeCLXXXVIII because ofCLXXXIX the Hittite women.CXC
If Jacob marriesCXCI one of the Hittite women such as these, one of the women of the land,CXCII what good will my life be to me?”CXCIII
Image credit: “Jacob Deceives Isaac” by Richard Gunther.