The Stolen Blessing

30 Now it came about, as soon as Isaac had finished blessing Jacob, and Jacob had hardly gone out from the presence of his father Isaac, that his brother Esau came in from his hunting. 31 Then he also made a delicious meal, and brought it to his father; and he said to his father, “(A)Let my father arise and eat of his son’s game, that [a](B)you may bless me.” 32 His father Isaac said to him, “(C)Who are you?” And he said, “I am your son, (D)your firstborn, Esau.” 33 Then Isaac [b]trembled violently, and said, “(E)Who then was he who hunted game and brought it to me, so that I ate from all of it before you came, and blessed him? (F)Yes, and he shall be blessed.” 34 When Esau heard the words of his father, (G)he cried out with an exceedingly great and bitter cry, and said to his father, “Bless me, me as well, my father!” 35 And he said, “(H)Your brother came deceitfully and has taken away your blessing.” 36 Then Esau said, “[c]Is he not rightly named (I)[d]Jacob, for he has betrayed me these two times? He took away my birthright, and behold, now he has taken away my blessing.” And he said, “Have you not reserved a blessing for me?” 37 But Isaac replied to Esau, “Behold, I have made him (J)your master, and I have given to him all his relatives [e]as servants; and with grain and new wine I have sustained him. What then can I do for you, my son?” 38 Esau said to his father, “Do you have only one blessing, my father? Bless me, me as well, my father.” So Esau raised his voice and (K)wept.

39 Then (L)his father Isaac answered and said to him,

“Behold, [f](M)away from the [g]fertility of the earth shall be your dwelling,
And [h]away from the dew of heaven from above.
40 And by your sword you shall live,
And (N)you shall serve your brother;
But it shall come about (O)when you become restless,
That you will [i]break his yoke from your neck.”

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  1. Genesis 27:31 Lit your soul
  2. Genesis 27:33 Lit trembled with a very great trembling
  3. Genesis 27:36 Or Was he then named Jacob that he has
  4. Genesis 27:36 Fr Heb verb meaning to seize someone by the heel, and so to betray
  5. Genesis 27:37 Lit for
  6. Genesis 27:39 Or of
  7. Genesis 27:39 Lit fatness
  8. Genesis 27:39 Or of
  9. Genesis 27:40 Lit tear off

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