Genesis 27

1Isaac grew old, and his eyes became so weak he could not see clearly. One day he called his older son Esau to him. Isaac said, “Son!” Esau answered, “Here I am.” 2Isaac said, “I am old. Maybe I will die soon! 3So take your bow and arrows and go hunting. Kill an animal for me to eat. 4Prepare the food that I love. Bring it to me, and I will eat it. Then I will bless you before I die.” 5So Esau went hunting. Rebekah was listening when Isaac told those things to his son Esau. 6Rebekah said to her son Jacob, “Listen, I heard your father talking to your brother Esau. 7Your father said, 'Kill an animal for me to eat. Prepare the food for me, and I will eat. Then I will bless you before I die.’ 8So listen son, and do what I tell you. 9Go out to our goats and bring me two young goats. I will prepare them the way your father loves them. 10Then you will carry the food to your father. And he will bless you before he dies.” 11But Jacob told his mother Rebekah, “My brother Esau is a hairy man. I am not hairy like him. 12If my father touches me, he will know that I am not Esau. Then he will not bless me—he will curse me! Why? Because I tried to trick him.” 13So Rebekah said to him, “I will accept the blame if there is trouble. Do the things I said. Go and get the goats for me.” 14So Jacob went out and got two goats and brought them to his mother. His mother cooked the goats in the special way that Isaac loved. 15Then Rebekah took the clothes that her older son Esau loved to wear. Rebekah put those clothes on the younger son Jacob. 16Rebekah took the skins of the goats and put them on Jacob’s hands and on his neck. 17Then Rebekah got the food she had cooked and gave it to Jacob. 18Jacob went to his father and said, “Father.” His father said, “Yes, son. Who are you?” 19Jacob said to his father, “I am Esau, your first son. I have done the things you told me. Now sit up and eat the animals that I hunted for you. Then you can bless me.” 20But Isaac said to his son, “How have you hunted and killed the animals so quickly?” Jacob answered, “Because the Lord your God allowed me to find the animals quickly.” 21Then Isaac said to Jacob, “Come near to me so that I can feel you, my son. If I can feel you, then I will know if you are really my son Esau.” 22So Jacob went to Isaac his father. Isaac felt him and said, “Your voice sounds like Jacob’s voice. But your arms are hairy like the arms of Esau.” 23Isaac did not know it was Jacob, because his arms were hairy like Esau’s arms. So Isaac blessed Jacob. 24Isaac said, “Are you really my son Esau?” Jacob answered, “Yes, I am.” 25Then Isaac said, “Bring me the food. I will eat it and bless you.” So Jacob gave him the food, and he ate it. Then Jacob gave him some wine, and he drank it. 26Then Isaac said to him. “Son, come near and kiss me.” 27So Jacob went to his father and kissed him. Isaac smelled Esau’s clothes and blessed him. Isaac said, “My son smells like the fields that the Lord has blessed. 28May the Lord give you plenty of rain so you will have good crops and wine. 29May all people serve you. May nations bow down to you. You will rule over your brothers. Your mother’s sons will bow down to you and obey you. Whoever curses you will be cursed. Whoever blesses you will be blessed.” 30Isaac finished blessing Jacob. Then, just as Jacob left his father Isaac, Esau came in from hunting. 31Esau prepared the food in the special way his father loved. Esau brought it to his father. He said to his father, “Father, I am your son. Get up and eat the meat that I killed ˻and cooked˼ for you. Then you can bless me.” 32But Isaac said to him, “Who are you?” He answered, “I am your son—your first son—Esau.” 33Then Isaac became very worried and said, “Then who was it that cooked and brought me food before you came? I ate it all and I blessed him. Now it is too late to take back my blessing.” 34Esau heard his father’s words. He became very angry and bitter. He cried out. He said to his father, “Then bless me also, father!” 35Isaac said, “Your brother tricked me! He came and took your blessing!” 36Esau said, “His name is Jacob ˻('Tricky’)˼. That is the right name for him. He has tricked me twice. He took away my rights as the firstborn son. And now he has taken away my blessing.” Then Esau said, “Have you saved any blessing for me?” 37Isaac answered, “No, it’s too late. I gave Jacob the power to rule over you. And I said all his brothers will be his servants. And I have given him the blessing for much grain and wine. There is nothing left to give you son.” 38But Esau continued to beg his father. “Do you have only one blessing, father? Bless me also, father!” Esau began to cry. 39Then Isaac said to him, “You will not live on good land. And you will not have much rain. 40You will have to fight to live. And you will be a slave to your brother. But you will fight to be free. You will break away from his control.” 41After that Esau hated Jacob because of this blessing. Esau thought to himself, “My father will soon die, and there will be a time of sadness for him. But after that I will kill Jacob.” 42Rebekah heard about Esau’s plan to kill Jacob. She sent for Jacob and said to him, “Listen, your brother Esau is planning to kill you. 43So, son, do what I say. My brother Laban is living in Haran. Go to him and hide. 44Stay with him for a short time. Stay with him until your brother stops being angry. 45After a short time, your brother will forget what you did to him. Then I will send a servant to bring you back. I don’t want to lose both of my sons in the same day.” 46Then Rebekah said to Isaac, “Your son Esau married Hittite women. I am very upset about these women. Why? Because they are not our people. I’ll just die if Jacob marries one of these women too!”

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