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Posted:Dec 12, 2021 10:02 pm
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The news that Joseph's brothers had arrived became known in Pharaoh's palace; and it
pleased Pharaoh and his servants greatly. Pharaoh said to Joseph, "Say to your brothers,
'Do this: load your beasts, go to the land of Canaan, and take your father and your families
and come to me, and I will give you the best there is in the land of Egypt, and you shall eat
the best that the land can give. Now you are commanded to do this: take wagons from the
land of Egypt for your ones and for your wives, and bring your[39] father and come.
Also do not any attention to your household goods, for the best of all there is in the land
of Egypt is yours.'" And the sons of Jacob did as they were commanded.
So Joseph gave them wagons, as Pharaoh ordered, and what was needed for the journey.
To each of them he gave a change of clothing, but to Benjamin he gave three hundred
pieces of silver and five changes of clothing. To his father he sent this gift: ten asses loaded
with the best products of Egypt and ten asses loaded with grain and bread and provisions
for his father on the journey.
So he sent his brothers away, and, as they went, he said to them, "See that you do not
quarrel on the journey!" So they went up of Egypt and came into the land of Canaan to
Jacob their father, and told him, "Joseph is still alive, and he is ruler over all the land of
Egypt!" Then Jacob's heart stood still, for he could not believe them. But when they told him
all that Joseph had said to them and when he saw the wagons which Joseph had sent to
carry him, the spirit of Jacob their father revived, and he said, "It is enough; Joseph my
is still alive. I will go and see him before I die."

Then Jacob set on his journey with all that he had. He first went to Beersheba and
offered sacrifices to the God of his father Isaac. God spoke to him in a vision by night and
said, "Jacob, Jacob." He answered, "Here am I." God said, "I am God, the God of your
father. Do not fear to go down into Egypt, for there I will make of you a great nation. I myself
will go down with you into Egypt; I will surely bring you back again; and Joseph shall close
your dying eyes."
When Jacob left Beersheba, his sons carried him and their ones and their wives in the
wagons that Pharaoh had sent. Jacob also sent Judah before him to Joseph, that he might
show him the way to Goshen.
When they came into the land of Goshen, Joseph made ready his chariot, and went up to
Goshen to meet Jacob his father. When he met him, Jacob fell on his neck and wept there
a long time.
Then Jacob said to Joseph, "Now let me die, for I have seen your and know that you
are still alive." But Joseph said to his brothers and to his father's household, "I will go up and
tell Pharaoh and will say to him, 'My brothers and my father's family who were in the land of
Canaan have come to me. Now the men[40] are shepherds, for they have been keepers of
cattle; and they have brought their flocks and cattle and all that they have.' When Pharaoh
calls you, and asks, 'What is your business?' you shall say, 'Your servants have been
keepers of cattle from our youth even until now, both we and our fathers.' Say this that you
may live in the land of Goshen, for every shepherd is looked down upon by the Egyptians."
Then Joseph went in and told Pharaoh and said, "My father and my brothers with their
sheep and cattle and all that they possess have come from the land of Canaan; and now
they are in the province of Goshen." And he took five of his brothers and presented them to
Pharaoh. Pharaoh said to them, "What is your business?" They answered, "Your servants
are shepherds, both we and our fathers." They also said to Pharaoh, "We have come to live
in your country; because the famine is severe in the land of Canaan, and there is no pasture
for your servants' flocks. Now, therefore, we beg of you, let your servants stay in the land of
Goshen." Then Pharaoh said to Joseph, "Let them stay in the land of Goshen; and if you
know any able men among them, put them in charge of my cattle."
Joseph also brought in Jacob his father and presented him to Pharaoh; and Jacob blessed
Pharaoh. Then Pharaoh said to Jacob, "How many years have you lived?" Jacob answered,
"I have lived a hundred and thirty years; few and evil have been the years of my life, and
they have not been as many as those that my forefathers lived on earth." After Jacob had
blessed Pharaoh, he went out from Pharaoh's presence. So Joseph gave his father and his
brothers a place to live in and a home in the land of Goshen, in the best part of the land of
Egypt, as Pharaoh had commanded.
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When Judah and his brothers came back to Joseph's house, Joseph was still there; and
they threw themselves before him on the ground. Joseph said to them, "What deed is this
that you have done? Do you not know that a man like me can always tell where things
are?"[37] Judah replied, "What shall we say to my lord? What shall we speak or how shall
we clear ourselves? God has found the guilt of your servants. See, both we and he also
with whom the cup was found are my lord's slaves." But Joseph said, "Far be it from
that I should do so! The man with whom the cup was found shall be my slave; but you
yourselves go up in peace to your father."
Then Judah came close to him and said, "Oh, my lord, let your servant, I beg of you, speak
a word in my lord's ears, and let not your anger be aroused against your servant, for you are
even as Pharaoh. My lord asked his servants, saying, 'Have you a father or a brother?' And
we said to my lord, 'We have a father, an old man, and a of his old age, a one. As
his brother is dead, he is the of his who is left; and his father loves him.'
You said to your servants, 'Bring him down to , that I may see him.' But we said to my
lord, 'The cannot leave his father; for if he should leave his father, his father would die.'
Then you said to your servants, 'Unless your youngest brother comes down with you, you
shall not see me again.'
"When we went up to your servant, my father, we told him the words of my lord; and our
father said, 'Go again, us a food.' But we said, 'We cannot go down. If our
youngest brother is with us, then we will go; for we cannot see the man again unless our
youngest brother is with us.' Your servant, my father, said to us, 'You know that my wife had
two sons; and one went from ,' and I said, 'Surely he is torn in pieces; and I have not
seen him since. If you take this one also from , and harm come to him, you will bring
down my gray hairs with sorrow to the grave.' Now if I return to your servant, my father, and
Benjamin with whose life his heart is bound up is not with us, and he sees that there is no
, he will die, and your servants will bring down the gray hairs of your servant our father
with sorrow to the grave. For your servant became responsible for the to my father,
when I said, 'If I do not bring him to you, then I will bear the blame before my father forever.'
Now, therefore, let me, instead of the , remain as a slave to my lord, I beg of you; but let
the go back with his brothers. For how can I go back to my father, if the is not with
, lest I should see the sorrow that would come upon my father?"
Then Joseph could not control himself before all those who were standing by him; so he
cried , "Let every man leave ." So no Egyptian was present while Joseph made
himself known to his[38]
brothers. But he wept so loudly that the Egyptians and Pharaoh's court heard.
And Joseph said to his brothers, "I am Joseph. Is my father still alive?" But his brothers
could not answer him, for they were too ashamed to him in the . Then Joseph said

to his brothers, "Come near to me, I beg of you." So they came near. He said, "I am
Joseph, your brother, whom you sold into Egypt. Do not be troubled nor angry with
yourselves that you sold me here, for God sent me before you to save your lives. For the
famine has already been two years in the land, and there are still five years in which there
shall be neither ploughing nor harvest. God sent me before you to save your lives through a
great deliverance and thus give you on the earth. So now it is not you who sent me
here, but God. He has made me like a father to Pharaoh and master of all his household
and ruler over all the land of Egypt.
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When Jacob learned that there was grain for in Egypt, he said to his sons, "Why do
you stand looking each other? I have heard that there is grain for in Egypt; go down
there and some for us, that we may live and not die." So Joseph's brothers went
down to grain from Egypt. But Jacob did not send Benjamin, Joseph's own brother, with
his brothers, for he feared that some harm might come to him. So the sons of Jacob went
with others to grain, for the famine was in the land of Canaan.
Now Joseph was the governor over Egypt; it was he who sold grain to all the people of the
land. So Joseph's brothers came and bowed before him with their faces to the earth. When
Joseph saw his brothers, he knew them; but he acted as a stranger toward them and spoke
harshly to them and said, "Where do you come from?" They said, "From the land of Canaan
to food." So Joseph knew his brothers, but they did not know him.
Joseph also remembered the dreams which he had had about them and said to them, "You
spies! you have come to see how defenseless the land is." But they said to him, "No, my
lord; your[33] servants have come to food. We are all sons of one man; we are honest
men; your servants are not spies." But he again said to them, "No, you have come to see
how defenseless the land is." They answered, "We, your servants, are brothers, the
sons of one father in the land of Canaan. The youngest is to- with our father, and one is
dead." Joseph said to them, "It is just as I said to you, 'You are spies.' By this you shall be
tested: as sure as Pharaoh lives you shall not go away unless your youngest brother comes
here. Send one of you, and let him bring your brother, while you remain in prison, that it
may be proved whether you are telling the truth or not. Or else, as sure as Pharaoh lives,
you are indeed spies." So he put them all into prison for three days.
Then Joseph said to them on the third day, "Do this and live, for I fear God: if you are
honest men, let one of your brothers stay in prison, but you go, carry grain for the needs of
your households and bring your youngest brother to me. So you will prove that you have
told the truth and you shall not die."
They did as Joseph commanded, but they said to one another, "We are indeed guilty
because of the way we treated our brother, for when we saw his trouble and when he
pleaded with us, we would not listen. That is why this trouble has come upon us." Reuben
added, "Did I not say to you, 'Do not sin against the ,' but you would not listen?"
They did not know, however, that Joseph understood them, for he had spoken to them
through an interpreter. But he turned away from them and wept. Then he came back and
spoke to them, and taking Simeon from among them, bound him before their eyes. Then
Joseph gave orders to fill their vessels with grain and to put every man's back in his
sack and to give them food for the journey; and thus it was done to them. So they loaded
their asses with their grain and went away.
When they came to Jacob their father in the land of Canaan, they told him all that had
happened, saying, "The man who is master in that land spoke harshly to us and put us in
prison as spies. We said to him, 'We are honest men; we are not spies; we are
brothers, sons of the same father; one is no longer living, and the youngest is to- with
our father in the land of Canaan.' But the man who is master in that land said to us, 'This is
how I shall know that you are honest men: leave one of your brothers with me and take the
grain to supply the needs of your households and go. Bring your youngest brother to me;
then I shall know
[34] that you are not spies, but that you are honest men; and I will give your brother back to
you and you shall be free to go about in the land.'"
As they were emptying their sacks, they found that each man's purse with his was in
his sack; and when they and their father saw their purses and the , they were afraid
and they turned trembling to one another with the question, "What is this that God has done
to us?" Jacob their father said to them, "You have robbed of my : Joseph is no
longer living and Simeon is no longer here, and now you would take Benjamin also! All this
trouble has come to me!" But Reuben said to his father, "You may put my two sons to
death, if I do not bring him to you. Put him in my charge and I will bring him back to you."
Then Jacob said, "My shall not go down with you, for his brother is dead and he is
left. If harm should come to him on the way by which you go, then you will bring down my
gray hairs with sorrow to the grave."
The famine was severe in the land; and when Joseph's brothers had eaten up the grain
which they had brought from Egypt, their father said to them, "Go again, us a
food." But Judah said to him, "The man plainly said to us: 'You shall not see again
unless your brother is with you.' If you will send our brother with us, we will go down and
you food, but if you will not send him, we will not go down; for the man said to us, 'You shall
not see unless your brother is with you.'" Jacob said, "Why did you bring trouble upon
by telling the man you had another brother?" They replied, "The man asked all about us
and our family, saying, 'Is your father still alive? Have you another brother?' So we
answered his questions as he asked them. How were we to know that he would say, 'Bring
your brother down'?"
Then Judah said to Jacob, his father, "Send the lad with , and we will go once, that
both we and you and our ones may live and not die. I will be responsible for him; from
you may demand him. If I do not bring him to you and set him before you, let bear
the blame forever; for if we had not waited so long, surely we would by this time have come
back the second time." So their father said to them, "If it must be so, then do this: take
some of the fruits of the land in your jars and carry a present to the man, a balsam, a
syrup, spices, ladanum, pistachio nuts, and almonds. Take twice as much with
you, carrying back the that was put in your sacks. Perhaps it was a mistake.[35]
Take also your brother and go again to the man. May God Almighty grant that the man may
be merciful to you and free Benjamin and your other brother. But if I am robbed of my sons,
I am bereaved indeed!" So the men took the present and twice as much and
Benjamin, and went down to Egypt and stood before Joseph.
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Two years later Pharaoh had a dream: as he stood by the river Nile, he saw coming up from
the water seven cows, well fed and fat, for they had been feeding in the river grass. Then
seven other[30] cows came up after them out of the Nile, poorly fed and thin, and they stood
by the other cows on the bank of the Nile. The poorly fed, lean cows ate up the seven
well-fed, fat cows. Then Pharaoh awoke.
Afterward he slept and had a second dream and saw seven ears, plump and good, growing
up on one stalk. Also seven ears, thin and withered by the east wind, grew up after them.
The thin ears swallowed up the seven plump, full ears. Then Pharaoh awoke, and knew that
it was only a dream.
In the morning Pharaoh was worried. So he sent for all the magicians and wise men of
Egypt and told them his dreams; but no one could tell him what they meant.
Then the chief butler said to Pharaoh, "I now remember my sins: Pharaoh was very angry
with his servants and put me and the chief baker in prison in the house of the captain of the
guard. We both had dreams the same night, each with a different meaning. There was also
with us a young Hebrew, a servant of the captain of the guard. We told him our dreams and
he told each of us what our dreams meant. And our dreams came true just as he said they
would: I was restored to my office, but the chief baker was hanged."
Then Pharaoh sent for Joseph, and they quickly brought him out of the dungeon; and he
shaved his face, changed his clothes, and came to Pharaoh. Pharaoh said to Joseph, "I
have had a dream, and there is no one who can tell what it means. Now I have heard that
when you hear a dream, you can tell what it means." Joseph answered Pharaoh, "Not I;
God alone can give Pharaoh a true answer."
Then Pharaoh said to Joseph, "In my dream as I stood on the bank of the Nile, I saw seven
cows, fat and well fed, which had been feeding in the river grass. There came up after them
seven more cows, poorly fed and thin, worse than I ever saw in all the land of Egypt; and
the lean and poorly fed cows ate up the first seven fat cows. When they had eaten them up,
one could not tell that they had eaten them, for they were still as thin as at the beginning.
Then I awoke.
"Again I dreamed and saw seven ears, plump and good, grow up on one stalk; then seven
thin ears, withered with the east wind, sprang up after them; and the thin ears swallowed up
the seven good ears. I have told the dream to the magicians, but there is no one who can
tell me what it means."[31]
Then Joseph said to Pharaoh, "Pharaoh's two dreams mean the same thing; God has made
known to Pharaoh what he is about to do. The seven good cows are seven years, and the
seven good ears are seven years. It is one dream. The seven lean and poorly fed cows that
came up after them are seven years, and the seven empty ears withered with the east wind
mean seven years of famine. That is why I said to Pharaoh, 'God has shown to Pharaoh
what he is about to do.' Seven years of great plenty all through the land of Egypt are
coming. They shall be followed by seven years of famine, so that all the plenty will be
forgotten in the land of Egypt. The famine will use up all that the land produces; and plenty
will not be known in the land because of that famine which follows, for it will be very severe.
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Joseph was taken down to Egypt, and Potiphar, an Egyptian, one of Pharaoh's officers, the
captain of the guard, bought him from the Ishmaelites.[28]
Now Jehovah was with Joseph, so that he prospered; and he was in the house of his
master, the Egyptian. When his master saw that Jehovah was with him and made
everything succeed that he undertook, he trusted him and made him his own servant. He
also made him overseer of his household and placed all that he had in his care. From the
time that he made him overseer in his house and over all that he had, Jehovah blessed the
Egyptian's household for Joseph's sake, and the blessing of Jehovah was upon all that he
had in the house and in the field. Potiphar left all that he had in Joseph's charge, and he
knew nothing about his affairs except about the food which he ate. And Joseph was
handsome and attractive.
After these honors had come to Joseph, his master's wife tried to tempt him to be unfaithful
to his trust. But he refused, saying to her, "See, my master knows nothing about what I do
in the house, and he has put all that he has in my charge. How then can I do this great
wrong and sin against God?" Day after day she tempted Joseph, but he did not listen to her.
One day, however, when he went into the house to do his work and when none of the men
of the household were at home, she caught hold of his garment and again tried to tempt
him, but he left his garment in her hand and fled out of the house.
She kept his garment by her until his master came home; then she said to him, "The
Hebrew slave whom you have brought to us came to me to insult me; and when I cried
aloud, he left his garment with me and fled."
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When Joseph was seventeen years old, he and his brothers were shepherds, but he made
them angry, for he brought a bad report about them to their father. Now Jacob loved his
Joseph, who was born in his old age; and he made him a long coat with sleeves. When his
brothers saw that their father loved him more than all his other sons, they hated Joseph and
would not speak to him in a friendly way.
Joseph had a dream which he told to his brothers; and they hated him still more. This is
what he said to them, "I dreamed that, as we were binding sheaves in the field, my sheaf
rose up and remained standing, while your sheaves came around and bowed down to my
sheaf." His brothers said to him, "Will you really be king over us? Will you indeed rule over
us?" So they hated him still more because of his dreams and his words.
Then he had another dream and told it to his brothers, saying, "I have had another dream,
and it seemed to me that the sun and the moon and eleven stars bowed down to me." But
when he told it to his father and his brothers, his father reproved him and said, "What is this
dream that you have dreamed? Shall I and your mother and your brothers indeed come and
bow down to the earth before you?" Therefore his brothers were jealous of him; but his
father remembered the dream.
When his brothers went to pasture his father's flocks in Shechem, Jacob said to Joseph,
"Go, see whether all goes well with your brothers and with the flock, and bring me back
word." So he sent him out, and a certain man found him, as he was wandering in the field,
and the man asked him, "What are you looking for?" He said, "I am looking for my brothers;
tell me, I beg of you, where they are pasturing the flock." The man said, "They have
gone[27] away, for I heard them say, 'Let us go to Dothan.'" So Joseph went after his
brothers and found them in Dothan.
When they saw him in the distance, before he came to them, they planned together to kill
him. And they said one to another, "See, here comes that great dreamer! Come, let us kill
him and throw him into one of the pits, and we will say, 'A fierce beast has devoured him.'
Then we shall see what will become of his dreams!"
Judah, however, when he heard it, saved Joseph's life by saying, "Let us not take his life."
Reuben also said to them, "Do not shed blood; throw him into this pit, here in the
wilderness; but do not harm him." Reuben said this to save Joseph from their hands so that
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In time Jacob became very wealthy, and he had large flocks, slaves, and asses. But he
heard Laban's sons say, "Jacob has taken all that was our father's, and from that which was
our father's he has gotten all this wealth." He also saw that Laban did not act toward him the
same as before. So Jacob rose and put his sons and his wives upon the camels and drove
away all his cattle. He deceived Laban, for he did not tell him that he was fleeing away. So
he fled across the river Euphrates, with all that he had, and set out on his way toward Mount
Then Jacob sent messengers before him to his brother Esau. And he gave them this
command, "Say to my lord Esau: 'Your servant Jacob declares, I have lived with Laban and
have stayed until now. I have oxen and asses, flocks and slaves, and I have sent to tell my
lord, in order that I may win your favor.'" The messengers returned to Jacob with the report,
"We came to your brother Esau, even as he was coming to meet you with four hundred
Then Jacob was greatly alarmed and worried. So he divided the people that were with him
and the flocks and the herds and the camels into two parts and said, "If Esau comes to the
one and attacks and destroys it, then the other which is left can escape."
Jacob also prayed, "O God of my father Abraham and God of my father Isaac, deliver me, I
pray thee, from the hand of my brother, from the hand of Esau, for I fear that he will come
and attack me and kill the mothers and the ."
Then Jacob took as a present for his brother Esau, two hundred female goats and twenty
male goats, two hundred ewes and twenty rams, thirty milch camels and their young, forty
cows and ten bulls, twenty female asses and ten young asses. These he put, each drove by
itself, in the care of his servants and said to them, "Go on before me and leave a space
between the droves."[25]
He gave those in front this command: "When my brother Esau meets you and asks you, 'To
whom do you belong? and where are you going? and whose are these before you?' then
you shall say, 'To your servant Jacob; it is a present sent by him to my lord Esau; and Jacob
himself is just behind us.'" Jacob also commanded the second, and the third, and all that
followed the droves, to make the same answer, and to say, "Jacob himself is just behind
us." For he said to himself, "I will please him with the present that goes before me, and
then, when I meet him, perhaps he will welcome me." So he sent the present over before
him; but he himself spent that night in the camp.
Later that night he rose up and took his two wives, his two maid servants, and his eleven
, and sent them over the river Jabbok.
Jacob was left alone, and one wrestled with him until daybreak. When he saw that he did
not win against Jacob, he struck the socket of his hip, and the socket of Jacob's hip was
strained, as he wrestled with him. Then he said, "Let me go, for the dawn is breaking." But
Jacob replied, "I will not let thee go unless you bless me." So he said to him, "What is your
name?" He answered, "Jacob." Then he said, "Your name shall be no longer Jacob, but
Israel, which means Struggler with God; for you have struggled with God and with men and
have won." So he blessed him there. And Jacob called the place Penuel, which means
Face of God, for he said, "I have seen God face to face, and my life has been saved."
When Jacob looked up, he saw Esau coming with four hundred men. And he put the maid
servants and their in front, Leah and her next, and Rachel and her
Joseph in the rear. Then Jacob himself went in front of them, and he bowed down to the
ground seven times, as he drew near to his brother. Esau ran to meet him, threw his arms
about his neck, and kissed him, and they wept.
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Then Jacob went on his journey and arrived at the land of the of the East. And he
looked and saw a well in the field, and there were three flocks of sheep lying down by it; for
from that well they watered the flocks; but there was a large stone over the well. When all
the flocks were gathered there, they used to roll away the stone and water the sheep and
then put the stone back in its place over the well.[23]
Jacob said to the men, "My friends, from where do you come?" They said, "We are from
Haran." Then he said to them, "Do you know Laban the of Nahor?" And they said, "We
know him." And he said to them, "Is all well with him?" And they said, "All is well; indeed,
this is Rachel his coming with the sheep." And he said, "See, the sun is still high! It
is not time for the cattle to be gathered together. Water the sheep and feed them." But they
said, "We cannot until all the flocks are gathered together, and they roll away the stone from
the well; then we will water the sheep."
While he was still speaking with them, Rachel came with her father's sheep; for she was a
shepherdess. When Jacob saw Rachel the of Laban, his mother's brother, and
Laban's sheep, he went up and rolled the stone from the well and watered the flock of
Laban his mother's brother. Then Jacob kissed Rachel and wept aloud. And when Jacob
told Rachel that he was a relative of her father and that he was Rebekah's , she ran and
told her father.
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Esau hated Jacob because of the blessing which his father had given him. And Esau said to
himself, "My father will soon die; then I will kill Jacob, my brother."
When the words of her older Esau were told to Rebekah, she sent for her younger
Jacob and said to him, "Your brother, Esau,[22] is going to kill you. Now therefore, my ,
listen to me: run away to my brother Laban at Haran and stay with him for a time until your
brother is no longer angry and he forgets what you have done to him. Then I will send and
bring you back. Why should I lose both of you in one day?"
Then Jacob set out from Beersheba and went toward Haran. And when he arrived at a
certain place, he passed the night there, because the sun had set. And he took one of the
stones from its place and put it under his head and lay down to sleep. Then he dreamed
and saw a ladder set up on the earth, and its top reached to heaven; and the angels of God
were going up and down on it.
Jehovah also stood beside him and said, "I am Jehovah, the God of Abraham and the God
of Isaac. The land on which you lie I will give to you and to your . See, I am with
you, and will keep you wherever you go and will bring you again to this land; for I will not
leave you until I have done what I have promised you."
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Now Isaac prayed to Jehovah for his wife, because she had no ; and Jehovah heard
his prayer, and Rebekah became the mother of twin boys. They named one Esau and the
other Jacob.
As they grew up, Esau became a skilful hunter, a man who lived out in the fields; but Jacob
was a quiet man who stayed about the tents. Isaac loved Esau, for he was fond of game;
but Rebekah loved Jacob.
Once when Jacob was preparing a stew, Esau came in from the fields, and he was very
hungry; so he said to Jacob, "Let me swallow some of that red stew, for I am very hungry."
But Jacob said, "Sell me first of all your right as the eldest." Esau replied, "See, I am nearly
dead now! So of what use is this birthright to me?" Jacob said, "First solemnly promise to
give it to me." So Esau solemnly promised and sold his birthright to Jacob. Then Jacob
gave Esau bread and stewed lentils, and when he had had something to eat and drink, he
got up and went away. In this way Esau gave away his birthright.
When Isaac was so old and so nearly blind that he could not see,[20] he called Esau his
oldest and said to him, "My ." Esau answered, "Here am I." Then Isaac said, "See, I
am old and do not know how soon I may die. Now, therefore, take your quiver and your bow
and go out into the fields and hunt game for me and prepare for me savory food, such as I
love, and bring it to me that I may eat and that I may bless you before I die."
Rebekah was listening when Isaac spoke to his Esau. So when Esau went into the
fields to hunt game, Rebekah said to her Jacob, "I just now heard your father say to
your brother Esau, 'Bring me game and prepare for me savory food that I may eat it and
bless you before I die.' Now, my , do as I tell you: Go to the flock and bring me from
there two good , and I will make of them savory food for your father, such as he loves.
Then take it to him, that he may eat, so that he may bless you before he dies." But Jacob
said to Rebekah his mother, "You know that my brother Esau is a hairy man, while I am
smooth. Perhaps my father will feel of me; then I shall appear to him as a deceiver, and I
shall bring blame upon me and not a blessing." But his mother said to him, "Upon me be the
blame, my ; only obey me and go, bring the to me." So he went and brought them
to his mother, and his mother made savory food such as his father loved.
Rebekah also took the fine clothes of her older Esau, which she had with her in the tent,
and put them on her younger Jacob. Then she put the skins of the upon his hands
and upon the smooth part of his neck, and she placed the savory food and the bread which
she had prepared in his hand, and he went to his father and said, "My father." Isaac
answered, "Here am I; who are you, my ?" Jacob said, "I am Esau your oldest . I
have done as you commanded me. Sit up and eat of my game, that you may bless me."
Isaac said to his , "How very quickly you have found it, my ." He answered, "Yes,
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