Jacob’s Deception

27 Now it came about, when Isaac was old and (A)his eyes were too dim to see, that he called his (B)older son Esau and said to him, “My son.” And he said to him, “Here I am.” Then [a](C)Isaac said, “Behold now, I am old and I do not know the day of my death. Now then, please take your gear, your quiver and your bow, and go out to the field and (D)hunt game for me; and prepare a delicious meal for me such as I love, and bring it to me that I may eat, so that (E)my soul may bless you before I die.”

Now Rebekah was listening while Isaac spoke to his son Esau. So when Esau went to the field to hunt for game to bring home, (F)Rebekah said to her son Jacob, “Behold, I heard your father speak to your brother Esau, saying, ‘Bring me some game and prepare a delicious meal for me, so that I may eat, and bless you in the presence of the Lord before my death.’ So now, my son, (G)listen to [b]me [c]as I command you. Go now to the flock and [d]bring me two choice [e]young goats from there, so that I may prepare them as a delicious meal for your father, such as he loves. 10 Then you shall bring it to your father, that he may eat, so that he may bless you before his death.” 11 But Jacob said to his mother Rebekah, “Behold, my brother Esau is a (H)hairy man and I am a smooth man. 12 (I)Perhaps my father will touch me, then I will be like a [f]deceiver in his sight, and I will bring upon myself a curse and not a blessing.” 13 But his mother said to him, “Your curse be on me, my son; only (J)obey my voice, and go, get the goats for me.” 14 So he went and got them, and brought them to his mother; and his mother made a delicious meal such as his father loved. 15 Then Rebekah took the [g]best (K)garments of her elder son Esau, which were with her in the house, and put them on her younger son Jacob. 16 And she put the skins of the [h]young goats on his hands and on the smooth part of his neck. 17 She also gave the delicious meal and the bread which she had made [i]to her son Jacob.

18 Then he came 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; I have done as you told me. (L)Come now, sit and eat of my game, so that [j](M)you may bless me.” 20 Isaac said to his son, “How is it that you have it so quickly, my son?” And he said, “(N)Because the Lord your God made it [k]come to me.” 21 Then Isaac said to Jacob, “Please come close, so that (O)I may feel you, my son, whether you are really my son Esau or not.” 22 So Jacob came close to his father Isaac, and he touched him and said, “The voice is the voice of Jacob, but the hands are the hands of Esau.” 23 And he did not recognize him, because his hands were (P)hairy like his brother Esau’s hands; so he blessed him. 24 And he said, “Are you really my son Esau?” And he said, “I am.” 25 So he said, “Bring it to me, and I will eat of my son’s game, that [l](Q)I may bless you.” And he brought it to him, and he ate; he also brought him wine and he drank. 26 Then his father Isaac said to him, “Please come close and kiss me, my son.” 27 So he came close and kissed him; and when he smelled the smell of his garments, he (R)blessed him and said,

“See, (S)the smell of my son
Is like the smell of a field (T)which the Lord has blessed;
28 Now may (U)God give you of the dew of heaven,
And of the (V)fatness of the earth,
And an abundance of grain and new wine;
29 (W)May peoples serve you,
And nations bow down to you;
(X)Be master of your brothers,
(Y)And may your mother’s sons bow down to you.
(Z)Cursed be those who curse you,
And blessed be those who bless you.”

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, “(AA)Let my father arise and eat of his son’s game, that [m](AB)you may bless me.” 32 His father Isaac said to him, “(AC)Who are you?” And he said, “I am your son, (AD)your firstborn, Esau.” 33 Then Isaac [n]trembled violently, and said, “(AE)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? (AF)Yes, and he shall be blessed.” 34 When Esau heard the words of his father, (AG)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, “(AH)Your brother came deceitfully and has taken away your blessing.” 36 Then Esau said, “[o]Is he not rightly named (AI)[p]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 (AJ)your master, and I have given to him all his relatives [q]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 (AK)wept.

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

“Behold, [r](AM)away from the [s]fertility of the earth shall be your dwelling,
And [t]away from the dew of heaven from above.
40 And by your sword you shall live,
And (AN)you shall serve your brother;
But it shall come about (AO)when you become restless,
That you will [u]break his yoke from your neck.”

41 So Esau (AP)held a grudge against Jacob because of the blessing with which his father had blessed him; and Esau said [v]to himself, “(AQ)The days of mourning for my father are near; then I will kill my brother Jacob.” 42 Now when the words of her elder son Esau were reported to Rebekah, she sent word and called her younger son Jacob, and said to him, “Behold your brother Esau is consoling himself concerning you by planning to kill you. 43 Now then, my son, (AR)obey my voice, and arise, [w]flee to (AS)Haran, to my brother (AT)Laban! 44 Stay with him (AU)a few days, until your brother’s fury [x]subsides, 45 until your brother’s anger [y]against you subsides and he forgets (AV)what you did to him. Then I will send word and get you from there. Why should I lose you both in one day?”

46 And Rebekah said to Isaac, “I am tired of [z]living because of (AW)the daughters of Heth; (AX)if Jacob takes a wife from the daughters of Heth like these from the daughters of the land, what good will my life be to me?”

Jacob Is Sent Away

28 So Isaac called Jacob and (AY)blessed him and commanded him, [aa]saying to him, “(AZ)You shall not take a wife from the daughters of Canaan. Arise, go to Paddan-aram, to the house of (BA)Bethuel your mother’s father; and from there take to yourself a wife from the daughters of Laban, your mother’s brother. May [ab](BB)God Almighty (BC)bless you and (BD)make you fruitful and (BE)multiply you, so that you may become a (BF)multitude of peoples. May He also give you the (BG)blessing of Abraham, to you and to your [ac]descendants with you, so that you may (BH)possess the land where you (BI)live as a stranger, which God gave to Abraham.” Then (BJ)Isaac sent Jacob away, and he went to Paddan-aram to Laban, son of Bethuel the Aramean, the brother of Rebekah, the mother of Jacob and Esau.

Now Esau saw that Isaac had blessed Jacob and sent him away to Paddan-aram to take to himself a wife from there, and that when he blessed him he commanded him, saying, “(BK)You shall not take a wife from the daughters of Canaan,” and that Jacob had obeyed his father and his mother and had gone to Paddan-aram. So Esau saw that (BL)the daughters of Canaan displeased [ad]his father Isaac; and Esau went to Ishmael, and [ae]married, (BM)besides the wives that he had, Mahalath the daughter of Ishmael, Abraham’s son, the sister of Nebaioth.

Jacob’s Dream

10 Then Jacob departed from (BN)Beersheba and went toward (BO)Haran. 11 And he [af]happened upon a [ag](BP)particular place and spent the night there, because the sun had set; and he took one of the stones of the place and made it a support for his head, and lay down in that place. 12 And (BQ)he had a dream, and behold, a ladder was set up on the earth with its top reaching to heaven; and behold, (BR)the angels of God were ascending and descending on it. 13 Then behold, (BS)the Lord was standing [ah]above it and said, “I am the Lord, (BT)the God of your father Abraham and the God of Isaac; the land on which you lie I will give (BU)to you and to (BV)your [ai]descendants. 14 Your [aj]descendants will also be like (BW)the dust of the earth, and you will [ak]spread out (BX)to the west and to the east, and to the north and to the south; and (BY)in you and in your [al]descendants shall all the families of the earth be blessed. 15 Behold, (BZ)I am with you and (CA)will keep you wherever you go, and (CB)will bring you back to this land; for (CC)I will not leave you until I have done what I have [am]promised you.” 16 Then Jacob (CD)awoke from his sleep and said, “(CE)The Lord is certainly in this place, and I did not know it!” 17 And he was afraid and said, “(CF)How awesome is this place! This is none other than the house of God, and this is the gate of heaven!”

18 So Jacob got up early in the morning, and took (CG)the stone that he had placed as a support for his head, and set it up as a memorial stone, and poured oil on its top. 19 Then he named that place [an](CH)Bethel; but [ao]previously the name of the city had been (CI)Luz. 20 Jacob also (CJ)made a vow, saying, “(CK)If God will be with me and will keep me on this journey that I [ap]take, and give me [aq](CL)food to eat and garments to wear, 21 and (CM)I return to my father’s house in [ar]safety, (CN)then the Lord will be my God. 22 And this stone, which I have set up as a memorial stone, (CO)will be God’s house, and (CP)of everything that You give me I will assuredly give a tenth to You.”

Jacob Meets Rachel

29 Then Jacob [as]set out on his journey, and went to the land of (CQ)the [at]people of the east. He looked, and [au]saw (CR)a well in the field, and behold, three flocks of sheep were lying there beside it, because they watered the flocks from that well. Now the stone on the mouth of the well was large. When all the flocks were gathered there, they would roll the stone from the mouth of the well and water the sheep. Then they would put the stone back in its place on the mouth of the well.

Jacob said to them, “My brothers, where are you from?” And they said, “We are from (CS)Haran.” So he said to them, “Do you know Laban the (CT)son of Nahor?” And they said, “We know him.” And he said to them, “Is it well with him?” And they said, “It is well, and here is his daughter (CU)Rachel coming with the sheep.” Then he said, “Look, it is still high day; it is not time for the livestock to be gathered. Water the sheep, and go, pasture them.” But they said, “We cannot, until all the flocks are gathered, and they roll the stone from the mouth of the well; then we water the sheep.”

While he was still speaking with them, Rachel came with her father’s sheep, for she was a shepherdess. 10 When Jacob saw Rachel the daughter of his mother’s brother Laban, and the sheep of his mother’s brother Laban, Jacob went up and rolled the stone from the mouth of the well, and watered the flock of his mother’s brother Laban. 11 Then Jacob (CV)kissed Rachel, and raised his voice and wept. 12 Jacob told Rachel that he was a (CW)relative of her father and that he was Rebekah’s son, and (CX)she ran and told her father.

13 So when (CY)Laban heard the news about Jacob, his sister’s son, he ran to meet him, and (CZ)embraced him and kissed him, and brought him to his house. Then he told Laban all these things. 14 And Laban said to him, “You certainly are (DA)my bone and my flesh.” And he stayed with him a month.

15 Then Laban said to Jacob, “Because you are my relative, should you therefore serve me for nothing? Tell me, what shall (DB)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 And Leah’s eyes were weak, but Rachel was (DC)beautiful in figure and appearance. 18 Now Jacob (DD)loved Rachel, so he said, “(DE)I will serve you seven years for your younger daughter Rachel.” 19 Laban said, “It is better that I give her to you than to give her to another man; stay with me.” 20 So Jacob served seven years for Rachel, and they seemed to him like only a few days (DF)because of his love for her.

Laban’s Treachery

21 Then Jacob said to Laban, “Give me my wife, for my [av]time is completed, that I may (DG)have relations with her.” 22 So Laban gathered all the people of the place and held a feast. 23 Now in the evening he took his daughter Leah and brought her to him; and Jacob had relations with her. 24 Laban also gave his female slave Zilpah to his daughter Leah as a slave. 25 So it came about in the morning that, behold, it was Leah! And he said to Laban, “(DH)What is this that you have done to me? Was it not for Rachel that I served with you? Why then have you (DI)deceived me?” 26 But Laban said, “It is not [aw]the practice in our place to [ax]marry off the younger before the firstborn. 27 Complete the week of this one, and we will give you the other also for the service which (DJ)you shall serve with me, for another seven years.” 28 Jacob did so and completed her week, and he gave him his daughter Rachel as his wife. 29 Laban also gave his female slave Bilhah to his daughter Rachel as her slave. 30 So Jacob had relations with Rachel also, and indeed (DK)he loved Rachel more than Leah, and he served with [ay]Laban for (DL)another seven years.

31 Now the Lord saw that Leah was [az]unloved, and He opened her womb, but Rachel was unable to have children. 32 Leah conceived and gave birth to a son, and named him [ba]Reuben, for she said, “Because the Lord has [bb](DM)seen my affliction; surely now my husband will love me.” 33 Then she conceived again and gave birth to a son, and said, “(DN)Because the Lord has [bc]heard that I am [bd]unloved, He has therefore given me this son also.” So she named him Simeon. 34 And she conceived again and gave birth to a son, and said, “Now this time my husband will become [be]attached to me, because I have borne him three sons.” Therefore he was named (DO)Levi. 35 And she conceived again and gave birth to a son, and said, “This time I will [bf]praise the Lord.” Therefore she named him [bg](DP)Judah. Then she stopped having children.

Footnotes

  1. Genesis 27:2 Lit he
  2. Genesis 27:8 Lit my voice
  3. Genesis 27:8 Lit according to what
  4. Genesis 27:9 Lit take
  5. Genesis 27:9 Lit kids of goats
  6. Genesis 27:12 Lit mocker
  7. Genesis 27:15 Lit desirable; or choice
  8. Genesis 27:16 Lit kids of the goats
  9. Genesis 27:17 Lit into the hand of
  10. Genesis 27:19 Lit your soul
  11. Genesis 27:20 Lit meet me
  12. Genesis 27:25 Lit my soul
  13. Genesis 27:31 Lit your soul
  14. Genesis 27:33 Lit trembled with a very great trembling
  15. Genesis 27:36 Or Was he then named Jacob that he has
  16. Genesis 27:36 Fr Heb verb meaning to seize someone by the heel, and so to betray
  17. Genesis 27:37 Lit for
  18. Genesis 27:39 Or of
  19. Genesis 27:39 Lit fatness
  20. Genesis 27:39 Or of
  21. Genesis 27:40 Lit tear off
  22. Genesis 27:41 Lit in his heart
  23. Genesis 27:43 Lit flee for yourself
  24. Genesis 27:44 Lit turns away
  25. Genesis 27:45 Lit turns away from you
  26. Genesis 27:46 Lit my life
  27. Genesis 28:1 Lit and said to
  28. Genesis 28:3 Heb El Shaddai
  29. Genesis 28:4 Lit seed
  30. Genesis 28:8 Lit in the eyes of his
  31. Genesis 28:9 Lit took for his wife
  32. Genesis 28:11 Lit lighted on
  33. Genesis 28:11 Lit the place
  34. Genesis 28:13 Or beside him
  35. Genesis 28:13 Lit seed
  36. Genesis 28:14 Lit seed
  37. Genesis 28:14 Lit break through
  38. Genesis 28:14 Lit seed
  39. Genesis 28:15 Lit spoken to
  40. Genesis 28:19 I.e., the house of God
  41. Genesis 28:19 Lit at the first
  42. Genesis 28:20 Lit go
  43. Genesis 28:20 Lit bread
  44. Genesis 28:21 Lit peace
  45. Genesis 29:1 Lit lifted up his feet
  46. Genesis 29:1 Lit sons
  47. Genesis 29:2 Lit behold
  48. Genesis 29:21 Lit days are
  49. Genesis 29:26 Lit done thus in
  50. Genesis 29:26 Lit give
  51. Genesis 29:30 Lit him
  52. Genesis 29:31 Lit hated
  53. Genesis 29:32 I.e., see, a son
  54. Genesis 29:32 Lit looked at
  55. Genesis 29:33 Heb shama, related to Simeon
  56. Genesis 29:33 Lit hated
  57. Genesis 29:34 Heb lavah, related to Levi
  58. Genesis 29:35 Heb Jadah, related to Judah
  59. Genesis 29:35 Heb Jehudah