Genesis chapter 27

Jacob steals Esau’s blessing. Esau’s lost blessing. Jacob flees Esau’s wrath.

 


 

JACOB STEALS ESAU’S BLESSING

 

VERSE 1. When Isaac was old, and his eyes were dim, so that he could not see, he called Esau his elder son, and said to him, “My son?” He said to him, “Here I am.”

 

VERSE 2. He said, “See now, I am old. I don’t know the day of my death.

 

VERSE 3. Now therefore, please take your weapons, your quiver and your bow, and go out to the field, and get me venison.

go out to the field, and take me venison. Prior to Genesis chapter 9, all people were vegans. They ate vegetables and fruits, nuts and seeds.

But in Genesis chapter 9, the LORD God permitted people to hunt down animals and kill them and eat their bodies.

God’s people were not required to eat animals. However, Isaac was obviously a meat-eater.

 

VERSE 4. Make me savory food, such as I love, and bring it to me, that I may eat, and that my soul may bless you before I die.”

 

VERSE 5. Rebekah heard when Isaac spoke to Esau his son. Esau went to the field to hunt for venison, and to bring it.

 

VERSE 6. Rebekah spoke to Jacob her son, saying, “Behold, I heard your father speak to Esau your brother, saying,

 

VERSE 7. ‘Bring me venison, and make me savory food, that I may eat, and bless you before the LORD before my death.’

 

VERSE 8. Now therefore, my son, obey my voice according to that which I command you.

 

VERSE 9. Go now to the flock and get me two good young goats from there. I will make them savory food for your father, such as he loves.

 

VERSE 10. You shall bring it to your father, that he may eat, so that he may bless you before his death.”

 

VERSE 11. Jacob said to Rebekah his mother, “Behold, Esau my brother is a hairy man, and I am a smooth man.

 

VERSE 12. What if my father touches me? I will seem to him as a deceiver, and I would bring a curse on myself, and not a blessing.”

 

VERSE 13. His mother said to him, “Let your curse be on me, my son. Only obey my voice, and go get them for me.”

 

VERSE 14. He went, and got them, and brought them to his mother. His mother made savory food, such as his father loved.

 

VERSE 15. Rebekah took the good clothes of Esau, her elder son, which were with her in the house, and put them on Jacob, her younger son.

 

VERSE 16. She put the skins of the young goats on his hands, and on the smooth of his neck.

 

VERSE 17. She gave the savory food and the bread, which she had prepared, into the hand of her son Jacob.

 

VERSE 18. He came to his father, and said, “My father?” He said, “Here I am. Who are you, my son?”

 

VERSE 19. Jacob said to his father, “I am Esau your firstborn. I have done what you asked me to do. Please arise, sit and eat of my venison, that your soul may bless me.”

I am Esau your firstborn. Jacob lies to his father Isaac, and steals the blessing.

Godly people are forbidden from lying.

 

VERSE 20. Isaac said to his son, “How is it that you have found it so quickly, my son?” He said, “Because the LORD your God gave me success.”

 

VERSE 21. Isaac said to Jacob, “Please come near, that I may feel you, my son, whether you are really my son Esau or not.”

 

VERSE 22. Jacob went near to Isaac his father. He felt him, and said, “The voice is Jacob’s voice, but the hands are the hands of Esau.”

 

VERSE 23. He didn’t recognize him, because his hands were hairy, like his brother Esau’s hands. So he blessed him.

 

VERSE 24. He said, “Are you really my son Esau?” He said, “I am.”

 

VERSE 25. He said, “Bring it near to me, and I will eat of my son’s venison, that my soul may bless you.” He brought it near to him, and he ate. He brought him wine, and he drank.

 

VERSE 26. His father Isaac said to him, “Come near now, and kiss me, my son.”

 

VERSE 27. He came near, and kissed him. He smelled the smell of his clothing, and blessed him, and said, “Behold, the smell of my son is as the smell of a field which the LORD has blessed.

 

VERSE 28. God give you of the dew of the sky, of the fatness of the earth, and plenty of grain and new wine.

 

VERSE 29. Let peoples serve you, and nations bow down to you. Be lord over your brothers. Let your mother’s sons bow down to you. Cursed be everyone who curses you. Blessed be everyone who blesses you.”

 

ESAU’S LOST BLESSING

 

VERSE 30. As soon as Isaac had finished blessing Jacob, and Jacob had just gone out from the presence of Isaac his father, Esau his brother came in from his hunting.

 

VERSE 31. He also made savory food, and brought it to his father. He said to his father, “Let my father arise, and eat of his son’s venison, that your soul may bless me.”

 

VERSE 32. Isaac his father said to him, “Who are you?” He said, “I am your son, your firstborn, Esau.”

 

VERSE 33. Isaac trembled violently, and said, “Who, then, is he who has taken venison, and brought it to me, and I have eaten of all before you came, and have blessed him? Yes, he will be blessed.”

Yes, he will be blessed. Once the blessing is given, it cannot be repealed. It is permanent.

 

VERSE 34. When Esau heard the words of his father, he cried with an exceedingly great and bitter cry, and said to his father, “Bless me, even me also, my father.”

 

VERSE 35. He said, “Your brother came with deceit, and has taken away your blessing.”

 

VERSE 36. He said, “Isn’t he rightly named Jacob? For he has supplanted me these two times. He took away my birthright. See, now he has taken away my blessing.” He said, “Haven’t you reserved a blessing for me?”

 

VERSE 37. Isaac answered Esau, “Behold, I have made him your lord, and all his brothers I have given to him for servants. I have sustained him with grain and new wine. What then will I do for you, my son?”

 

VERSE 38. Esau said to his father, “Do you have just one blessing, my father? Bless me, even me also, my father.” Esau lifted up his voice, and wept.

 

VERSE 39. Isaac his father answered him, “Behold, your dwelling will be of the fatness of the earth, and of the dew of the sky from above.

 

VERSE 40. You will live by your sword, and you will serve your brother. It will happen, when you will break loose, that you will shake his yoke from off your neck.”

 

JACOB FLEES ESAU’S WRATH

 

VERSE 41. Esau hated Jacob because of the blessing with which his father blessed him. Esau said in his heart, “The days of mourning for my father are at hand. Then I will kill my brother Jacob.”

 

VERSE 42. The words of Esau, her elder son, were told to Rebekah. She sent and called Jacob, her younger son, and said to him, “Behold, your brother Esau comforts himself about you by planning to kill you.

 

VERSE 43. Now therefore, my son, obey my voice. Arise, flee to Laban, my brother, in Haran.

 

VERSE 44, Stay with him a few days, until your brother’s fury turns away—

 

VERSE 45. until your brother’s anger turns away from you, and he forgets what you have done to him. Then I will send, and get you from there. Why should I be bereaved of you both in one day?”

 

VERSE 46. Rebekah said to Isaac, “I am weary of my life because of the daughters of Heth. If Jacob takes a wife of the daughters of Heth, such as these, of the daughters of the land, what good will my life do me?”

 


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