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Jacob Meets Esau

1 Then Jacob lifted his eyes and looked, and behold, aEsau was coming, and four hundred men with him. So he divided the children Iamong Leah and Rachel and the two maids. 2 He put the maids and their children Iin front, and Leah and her children IInext, and Rachel and Joseph IIlast. 3 But he himself passed on ahead of them and abowed down to the ground seven times, until he came near to his brother.

[1] IOr to aGn 32:6
[2] ILit first IILit behind
[3] aGn 42:6; 43:26

4 ¶ Then Esau ran to meet him and embraced him, and afell on his neck and kissed him, and they wept. 5 He lifted his eyes and saw the women and the children, and said, “IWho are these with you?” So he said, “aThe children whom God has graciously given your servant.” 6 Then the maids came near Iwith their children, and they bowed down. 7 Leah likewise came near with her children, and they bowed down; and afterward Joseph came near with Rachel, and they bowed down. 8 And he said, “What do you mean by aall this company which I have met?” And he said, “bTo find favor in the sight of my lord.” 9 But Esau said, “aI have plenty, my brother; let what you have be your own.” 10 Jacob said, “No, please, if now I have found favor in your sight, then take my present from my hand, Ifor I see your face as one sees the face of God, and you have received me favorably. 11 Please take my Iagift which has been brought to you, bbecause God has dealt graciously with me and because I have IIplenty.” Thus he urged him and he took [it].

[4] aGn 45:14, 15
[5] IOr What relation are these to you? aGn 48:9; Ps 127:3; Is 8:18
[6] ILit they and
[8] aGn 32:13-16 bGn 32:5
[9] aGn 27:39, 40
[10] ILit for therefore I have seen your face like seeing God’s face
[11] ILit blessing IILit all a1S 25:27 bGn 30:43

12 ¶ Then IEsau said, “Let us take our journey and go, and I will go before you.” 13 But he said to him, “My lord knows that the children are frail and that the flocks and herds which are nursing are Ia care to me. And if they are driven hard one day, all the flocks will die. 14 Please let my lord pass on before his servant, and I will proceed at my leisure, according to the pace of the cattle that are before me and according to the pace of the children, until I come to my lord at aSeir.”

[12] ILit he
[13] ILit upon me
[14] aGn 32:3

15 ¶ Esau said, “Please let me leave with you some of the people who are with me.” But he said, “IWhat need is there? aLet me find favor in the sight of my lord.” 16 So Esau returned that day on his way to Seir. 17 Jacob journeyed to IaSuccoth, and built for himself a house and made booths for his livestock; therefore the place is named Succoth.

[15] ILit Why this? aRu 2:13
[17] II.e. booths aJsh 13:27; Jg 8:5, 14; Ps 60:6

Jacob Settles in Shechem

18 ¶ Now Jacob came safely to the city of aShechem, which is in the land of Canaan, when he came from bPaddan-aram, and camped before the city. 19 aHe bought the piece of land where he had pitched his tent from the hand of the sons of Hamor, Shechem’s father, for one hundred Ipieces of money. 20 Then he erected there an altar and called it IEl-Elohe-Israel.

[18] aGn 12:6; Jsh 24:1; Jg 9:1 bGn 25:20; 28:2
[19] IHeb qesitah aJsh 24:32; Jn 4:5
[20] II.e. God, the God of Israel


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The kindness of Jacob and Esau at their meeting.

1 ¶ And Jacob lifted up his eyes, and looked, and, behold, Esau came, and with him four hundred men. And he divided the children unto Leah, and unto Rachel, and unto the two handmaids. 2 And he put the handmaids and their children foremost, and Leah and her children after, and Rachel and Joseph hindermost. 3 And he passed over before them, and bowed himself to the ground seven times, until he came near to his brother. 4 And Esau ran to meet him, and embraced him, and fell on his neck, and kissed him: and they wept. 5 And he lifted up his eyes, and saw the women and the children; and said, Who [are] those with thee? And he said, The children which God hath graciously given thy servant. 6 Then the handmaidens came near, they and their children, and they bowed themselves. 7 And Leah also with her children came near, and bowed themselves: and after came Joseph near and Rachel, and they bowed themselves. 8 And he said, What [meanest] thou by all this drove which I met? And he said, [These are] to find grace in the sight of my lord. 9 And Esau said, I have enough, my brother; keep that thou hast unto thyself. 10 And Jacob said, Nay, I pray thee, if now I have found grace in thy sight, then receive my present at my hand: for therefore I have seen thy face, as though I had seen the face of God, and thou wast pleased with me. 11 Take, I pray thee, my blessing that is brought to thee; because God hath dealt graciously with me, and because I have enough. And he urged him, and he took [it]. 12 And he said, Let us take our journey, and let us go, and I will go before thee. 13 And he said unto him, My lord knoweth that the children [are] tender, and the flocks and herds with young [are] with me: and if men should overdrive them one day, all the flock will die. 14 Let my lord, I pray thee, pass over before his servant: and I will lead on softly, according as the cattle that goeth before me and the children be able to endure, until I come unto my lord unto Seir. 15 And Esau said, Let me now leave with thee [some] of the folk that [are] with me. And he said, What needeth it? let me find grace in the sight of my lord.

[1] Gn 27:41; 32:6, 7, 16.
[2] Gn 29:30; 30:22; 37:3; Mal 3:17.
[3] Gn 18:2; 42:6; 43:26; 1S 2:5; Pv 6:3; Ec 10:4; Lk 14:11; Jn 10:4, 11, 15.
[4] Gn 32:28; 43:30, 34; 45:2, 14, 15; 46:29; Ne 1:11; Jb 2:12; Ps 34:4; Pv 16:7; 21:1; Lk 15:20; Ac 20:37.
[5] Gn 30:2; 48:9; Ru 4:13; 1S 1:27; 1Ch 28:5; Ps 127:3; Is 8:18; He 2:13.
[8] Gn 32:5, 13; 39:5; Es 2:17.
[9] Gn 4:9; 27:39, 41; Jg 20:23; Pv 16:7; 30:15; Ec 4:8; Ac 9:17; 21:20; Phm 1:7, 16.
[10] Gn 19:19; 32:30; 43:3; 47:29; 50:4; Ex 33:12; Ru 2:10; 1S 20:3; 2S 3:13; 14:24, 28, 32; Jb 33:26; Ps 41:11; Jr 31:2; Mt 18:10; Rv 22:4.
[11] Gn 32:13; 33:9; Jsh 15:19; Jg 1:15; 1S 25:27; 30:26; 2K 2:17; 5:15, 16, 23; Lk 14:23; Ro 8:31; 1Co 3:21; 2Co 6:10; 9:5; Php 4:11, 12, 18; 1Ti 4:8.
[13] 1Ch 22:5; Pv 12:10; Is 40:11; Ezk 34:15, 23; Jn 21:15.
[14] Gn 32:3; Dt 2:1; Jg 5:4; 2Ch 20:10; Is 40:11; Ezk 25:8; 35:2; Mk 4:33; Ro 15:1; 1Co 3:2; 9:19.
[15] Gn 34:11; 47:25; Ru 2:13; 1S 25:8; 2S 16:4.

16 ¶ So Esau returned that day on his way unto Seir.

Jacob cometh to Succoth.

17 And Jacob journeyed to Succoth, and built him an house, and made booths for his cattle: therefore the name of the place is called Succoth.

[17] Ex 12:37; 13:20; Jsh 13:27; Jg 8:5, 8, 16; 1K 7:46; Ps 60:6.

At Shalem he buyeth a field, and buildeth an altar called El-elohe-Israel.

18 ¶ And Jacob came to Shalem, a city of Shechem, which [is] in the land of Canaan, when he came from Padanaram; and pitched his tent before the city. 19 And he bought a parcel of a field, where he had spread his tent, at the hand of the children of Hamor, Shechem's father, for an hundred pieces of money. 20 And he erected there an altar, and called it Elelohe-Israel.

[18] Gn 25:20; 28:6; 35:9; 46:15; Jsh 24:1; Jg 9:1; Jn 3:23; 4:5; Ac 7:16.
[19] Gn 23:17; 34:2; 49:30; Jsh 24:32; Jn 4:5; Ac 7:16.
[20] Gn 8:20; 12:7; 13:18; 21:33; 32:28; 35:7.


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