Jacob Meets Esau
1Jacob looked up and there was Esau, coming with his four hundred men; so he divided the
children among Leah,
Rachel and the two female servants.
2He put the female
servants and their
children in front, Leah and her children next, and Rachel and Joseph in
3He himself went on
ahead and bowed down
to the ground seven times
as he approached his brother.
4But Esau ran to meet Jacob and embraced him;
he threw his arms around
his neck and kissed him. And they wept.
5Then Esau looked up
and saw the women and
children. “Who are these
with you?” he asked.
Jacob answered, “They
are the children God has
graciously given your servant.”
6Then the female servants and their children approached and
7Next, Leah and her children came and bowed
down. Last of all came Joseph and Rachel, and they too bowed down.
8Esau asked, “What’s the
meaning of all these flocks and herds I met?”
“To find favor in your
eyes, my lord,” he said.
9But Esau said, “I already have plenty, my
brother. Keep what you
have for yourself.”
10“No, please!” said Jacob. “If I have found favor in your eyes, accept
this gift from me. For to see your face is like seeing the face of God, now that you have received me favorably.
11Please accept the present that was brought to you, for God has been
gracious to me and I have
all I need.” And because Jacob insisted, Esau accepted it.
12Then Esau said, “Let
us be on our way; I’ll accompany you.”
13But Jacob said to him,
“My lord knows that the
children are tender and
that I must care for the
ewes and cows that are nursing their young.
If they are driven hard just one day, all the animals will die.
14So let my lord go on ahead of his servant, while I move along slowly at the pace of the flocks and herds before
me and the pace of the children, until I come to my lord in Seir.”
15Esau said, “Then let me leave some of my men with you.”
“But why do that?” Jacob
asked. “Just let me find
favor in the eyes of my
16So that day Esau started on his way back to Seir.
17Jacob, however, went
to Sukkoth, where he built a place for himself and made shelters for his
livestock. That is why
the place is called
18After Jacob came from
Paddan Aram, he arrived
safely at the city of Shechem in Canaan and camped within sight of
19For a hundred pieces
of silver, he bought from
the sons of Hamor, the
father of Shechem, the
plot of ground where he
pitched his tent.
20There he set up an altar and called it El Elohe Israel.
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