12 Then Esau said, “Let us be on our way; I’ll accompany you.”

13 But Jacob said to him, “My lord(A) knows that the children are tender and that I must care for the ewes and cows that are nursing their young.(B) If they are driven hard just one day, all the animals will die. 14 So let my lord go on ahead of his servant, while I move along slowly at the pace of the flocks and herds(C) before me and the pace of the children, until I come to my lord in Seir.(D)

15 Esau said, “Then let me leave some of my men with you.”

“But why do that?” Jacob asked. “Just let me find favor in the eyes of my lord.”(E)

16 So that day Esau started on his way back to Seir.(F) 17 Jacob, however, went to Sukkoth,(G) where he built a place for himself and made shelters for his livestock. That is why the place is called Sukkoth.[a]

18 After Jacob came from Paddan Aram,[b](H) he arrived safely at the city of Shechem(I) in Canaan and camped within sight of the city. 19 For a hundred pieces of silver,[c] he bought from the sons of Hamor,(J) the father of Shechem,(K) the plot of ground(L) where he pitched his tent.(M) 20 There he set up an altar(N) and called it El Elohe Israel.[d]

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  1. Genesis 33:17 Sukkoth means shelters.
  2. Genesis 33:18 That is, Northwest Mesopotamia
  3. Genesis 33:19 Hebrew hundred kesitahs; a kesitah was a unit of money of unknown weight and value.
  4. Genesis 33:20 El Elohe Israel can mean El is the God of Israel or mighty is the God of Israel.

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