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Isaac sendeth Esau for venison. CHAP. XXVII. Jacob deceiveth his father. his eldest son, and said unto him, My / of the goats upon his hands, and upon son: and he said unto him, Behold, the smooth of his neck: here am I.

17 And she gave the savoury meat 2 And he said, Behold now, I am and the bread, which she had prepaold, I know not the day of my death: red, into the hand of her son Jacob.

3 Now therefore take, I pray thee, 18 ( And he came unto his father, thy weapons, thy quiver and thy bow, and said, My father. And he said and go out to the field, and take me Here am I ; who art thou, my son ? some venison ;

19 And Jacob said unto his father, I 4 And make me savoury meat, such am Esau thy firstborn; I have done as I love, and bring it to me, that I according as thou badest me: arise, may eat; that my soul may bless thee I pray thee, sit and eat of my venison, before I die.

that thy soul may bless me. 5 And Rebekah heard when Isaac 20 And Isaac said unto his son, spake to Esau his son. And Esau | How is it that thou hast found it so went to the field to hunt for venison, quickly, my son ? And he said, Beand to bring it.

cause the LORD thy God brought it 6 me her son, saying, Behold, I heard thy 21 father speak unto Esau thy brother, near, I pray thee, that I may feel thee, saying,

my son, whether thou be my very son 7 Bring me venison, and make me Esau or not. savoury meat, that I may eat, and bless 22 And Jacob went near unto Isaac thee before the LORD, before my his father; and he felt him, and said, death.

The voice is Jacob's voice, but the 8 Now therefore, my son, obey my hands are the hands of Esau. soice, according to that which I com 23 And he discerned him not, be. mand thee.

cause his hands were hairy, as his bro9 Go now to the flock, and fetch me ther Esau's hands: so he blessed him. from thence two good kids of the goats; 24 And he said, Art thou my very and I will make them savoury meat son Esau ? And he said, I am. for thy father, such as he loveth: 25 And he said, Bring it near to me,

10 And thou shalt bring it to thy and I will eat of my son's venison, father, that he may eat, and that he that my soul may bless thee. And he may bless thee before his death. brought it near to him, and he did

11 And Jacob said to Rebekah his eat: and he brought him wine, and mother, Behold, Esau my brother is he drank. a hairy man, and I am a smooth man: 26 And his father Isaac said unto

12 My father peradventure will feel him, Come near now, and kiss me, me, and I shall seem to him as a de- my son. ceiver; and I shall bring a curse upon 27 And he came near, and kissed me, and not a blessing.

him: and he smelled the smell of his 13 And his mother said unto him, raiment, and blessed him, and said, l'pon me be thy curse, my son : only See, the smell of my son is as the smell obey my voice, and go fetch me them. of a field which the Lord hath blessed:

14 And he went, and fetched, and 28 Therefore God give thee of the brought them to his mother : and his dew of heaven, and the fatness of the mother made savoury meat, such as his earth, and plenty of corn and wine: father loved.

29 Let people serve thee, and na15 And Rebekah took_goodly rai- tions bow down to thee: be lord over ment of her eldest son Esau, which thy brethren, and let thy mother's sons were with her in the house, and put bow down to thee: cursed be every them upon Jacob her younger son: one that curseth thee, and blessed b2 16 And she put the skins of the kids he that blesseth thee.

my father!

Esau obtaineth a blessing. GENESIS.

He threateneth Jacob. 30 | And it came to pass, as soon | shalt break his yoke from off thy neck. as Isaac had made an end of blessing 41 s And Esau hated Jacob beJacob, and Jacob was yet scarce gone cause of the blessing wherewith his out from the presence of Isaac his fa- father blessed him: and Esau said in ther, that Esau his brother came in his heart, The days of mourning for from his hunting,

my father are at hand then will I slay 31 And he also had made savoury my brother Jacob. meat, and brought it unto his father ; 42 And these words of Esau her and said unto his father, Let my fa- elder son were told to Rebekah : and ther arise, and eat of his son's veni- she sent and called Jacob her younger son, that thy soul may

bless me.

son, and said unto him, Behold, thy 32 And Isaac his father said unto brother Esau, as touching thee, doth him, Who art thou? And he said, I comfort himself, purposing to kill thee. am thy son, thy firstborn, Esau. 43 Now therefore, my son, obey my

33 And Isaac trembled very ex- voice: and arise, flee thou to Laban ceedingly, and said, Who? where is my brother to Haran; he that hath taken venison, and brought 44 And tarry with him a few days, it me, and I have eaten of all before until thy brother's fury turn away; thou camest, and have blessed him ? 45 Until thy brother's anger turn yea, and he shall be blessed.

away from thee, and he forget that 34 And when Esau heard the words which thou hast done to him : then I of his father, he cried with a great and will send, and fetch thee from thence. exceeding bitter cry, and said unto Why should I be deprived also of you his father, Bless me, even me also, o both in one day ?

46 And Rebekah said to Isaac, 1 35 And he said, Thy brother came am weary of my life, because of the with subtilty, and hath taken away daughters of Heth: if Jacob take a thy blessing!

wife of the daughters of Heth, such as 36 And he said, Is not he rightly these which are of the daughters of the named Jacob? for he hath supplanted land, what good shall my life do me? me these two times: he took away my

CHAP. XXVIII. birthright; and behold, now he hath i Isaac blesseth Jacob, and sendeth him to Pu

da-dram. 6 Esare marrieth Mahaluth the taken away my blessing. And he

daughter of Ishmael. 12 The vision of Jacob's said, Hast thou not reserved a bless ladder. 18 The stone of Beth-el. 20 Jacob ing for me?

37 And Isaac answered and said unto And Isaac called Jacob, and blessEsau, Behold, I have made him thy ed him, and charged him, and said lord, and all his brethren have I given unto him, Thou shalt not take a wife to him for servants; and with corn and of the daughters of Canaan. wine have I sustained him: and what 2 Arise, go to Padan-aram, to the shall I do now unto thee, my son ? house of Bethuel thy mother's father;

39 And Esau said unto his father, and take thee a wife from thence of Hast thou but one blessing, my fa- the daughters of Laban thy mother's ther ? bless me, even me also, O my brother. father! And Esau lifted up his voice, 3 And God Almighty bless thee, and wept.

and make thee fruitful, and multiply 39 And Isaac his father answered, thee, that thou mayest be a multitude and said unto him, Behold, thy dwell- of people; ing shall be the fatness of the earth, 4 And give thee the blessing of Abraand of the dew of heaven from above; ham, to thee, and to thy seed with thee;

40 And by thy sword shalt thou that thou mayest inherit the landwhereJive, and shalt serve thy brother: and in thou art a stranger, which God gave it shall come to pass when thou unto Abraham. shalt have the dominion, that thou 5 And Isaac sent away Jacob: and he


The rision of Jacob's ladder. CHAP. XXIX.

Jacob's vou. went to Padan-aram unto Laban, son 17 And he was afraid, and said, of Bethuel the Syrian, the brother of How dreadful is this place this is Rebekah, Jacob's and Esau's mother. none other but the house of God, and

6 | When Esau saw that Isaac had this is the gate of heaven. blessed Jacob, and sent him away to 18 And Jacob rose up early in the Padan-aram, to take him a wife from morning, and took the stone that he thence; and that as he blessed him, he had put for his pillows, and set it up gave him a charge, saying, Thou shalt for a pillar, and poured oil upon the not take a wife of the daughters of top of it. Canaan ;

19 And he called the name of that 7 And that Jacob obeyed his father, place Beth-el : but the name of that and his mother, and was gone to Padan- city was called Luz at the first. aram;

20 And Jacob vowed a vow, saying, 8 And Esau seeing that the daugh- If God will be with me, and will keep ters of Canaan pleased not Isaac his me in this way that I go, and will father;

give me bread to eat, and raiment to 9 Then went Esau unto Ishmael, put on, and took unto the wives which he had, 21 So that I come again to my faMahalath the daughter of Ishmael, ther's house in peace; then shall the Abraham's son, the sister of Nebajoth, LORD be my God: to be his wife.

"22 And this stone, which I have 10 And Jacob went out from set for a pillar, shall be God's Beer-sheba, and went toward Haran. house: and of all that thou shalt give

11 And he lighted upon a certain me, I will surely give the tenth unto place, and tarried there all night, be- thee. cause the sun was set : and he took

CHAP. XXIX. of the stoves of that place, and put 1 Jacob cometh to the well of Haran. 9 He them for his pillows, and lay down in taketh acquaintance of Rachel. 13 Laban en that place to sleep.

tertaineth him. 18 Jacob covenanteth for Ra

chel. 23 He is deceived with Leah. 28 He 12 And he dreamed, and behold, a

marrieth also Rachel, and serveth for her seven ladder set up on the earth, and the years more. 32 Leah beareth Reuben, 33 Si. top of it reached to heaven: and be meon, 34 Levi, 35 and Judah. hold, the angels of God ascending and THEN Jacob went on his journey, descending on it.

and came into the land of the people 13 And behold, the LORD stood of the east. above it, and said, I am the Lord God 2 And he looked, and behold, a well of Abraham thy father, and the God in the field, and lo, there were three of Isaac: the land whereon thou liest, flocks of sheep lying by it; for out of to thee will I give it, and to thy seed. that well they watered the flocks: and

14 And thy seed shall be as the dust a great stone was upon the well's of the earth; and thou shalt spread mouth. abroad to the west, and to the east, 3 And thither were all the flocks and to the north, and to the south: gathered : and they rolled the stone and in thee and in thy seed shall all from the well's mouth and watered the families of the earth be blessed. the sheep, and put the stone again

15 And behold, I am with thee, upon the well's mouth in his place. and will keep thee in all places whither 4 And Jacob said unto them, My thou goest, and will bring thee again brethren, whence be ye? And they into this land: for I will not leave said, Of Haran are we. thee, until I have done that which I 5 And he said unto them, Know ye have spoken to thee of.

Laban the son of Nahor ? And they 16 | And Jacob awaked out of his said, We know him. sleep, and he said, Surely the LORD 6 And he said unto them, Is he is in this place; and I knew it not. well? And they said, He is well: and,

Laban entertaineth Jacob.


He is deceived with Leah. behold, Rachel his daughter cometh Rachel; and they seemed unto him with the sheep.

but a few days, for the love he had to 7 And he said, Lo, it is yet high her. day, neither is it time that the cattle 21 And Jacob said unto Laban, should be gathered together : water Give me my wife (for my days are fulye the sheep, and go and feed them. filled) that I may go in unto her.

8 And they said, We cannot, until 22 And Laban gathered together all all the flocks be gathered together, the men of the place, and made a feast. and till they roll the stone from the 23 And it came to pass in the evenwell's inouth; then we water the ing, that he took Leah his daughter, sheep.

and brought her to him; and he went 9 | And while he yet spake with in unto her. them, Rachel came with her father's 24 And Laban gave unto his daughsheep: for she kept them.

ter Leah, Zilpah his maid,

for an hand10 And it came to pass, when Jacob maid. saw Rachel the daughter of Laban 25 And it came to pass, that in the his mother's brother, and the sheep of morning, behold, it was Leah: and he Laban his mother's brother, that Ja- said to Laban, What is this thou hast cob went near, and rolled the stone done unto me ? did not I serve with from the well's mouth, and watered thee for Rachel? wherefore then hast the flock of Laban his mother's bro-thou beguiled me ? ther.

26 And Laban said, It must not be 11 And Jacob kissed Rachel, and so done in our country, to give the lifted up his voice, and wept.

younger before the firstborn. 12 And Jacob told Rachel that he 27 Fulfil her week, and we will give was her father's brother, and that he thee this also, for the seryice which was Rebekah's son: and she ran and thou shalt serve with

ne yet other told her father.

seven years. 13 And it came to pass when Laban 28 And Jacob did so, and fulfilled heard the tidings of Jacob his sister's her week: and he gave him Rachel son, that he ran to meet him, and his daughter to wife also. embraced him, and kissed him, and 29 And Laban gave to Rachel his brought him to his house. And he daughter, Bilhah his handmaid to be told Laban all these things.

her maid. 14 And Laban said to him, Surely 30 And he went in also unto Rabone and

my flesh: and chel, and he loved also Rachel more he abode with him the space of a than Leah, and served with him yet month.

seven other years. 15 And Laban said unto Jacob, 31 | And when the LORD saw that Because thou art my brother, should- Leah was hated, he opened her womb: est thou therefore serve me for nought? but Rachel was barren. tell me, what shall thy wages be? 32 And Leah conceived, and bare

16 And Laban had two daughters : a son; and she called his name Reuthe name of the elder was Leah, and ben: for she said, Surely the LORD the name of the younger was Rachel. hath looked upon my affliction; now

17 Leah was tender eyed; but Ra- therefore my husband will love me. chel was beautiful and well favoured. 33 And she conceived again, and

18 And Jacob loved Rachel; and bare a son; and said, Because the said, I will serve thee seven years | Lord hath heard that I was hated, he for Rachel thy younger daughter. hath therefore given me this son also:

19 And Laban said, It is better that and she called his name Simeon. I give her to thee, than that I should 34 And she conceived again, and givehertoanotherman:abidewith me. bare a son; and said, Now this time 20 And Jacob served sevenyears for I will my husband be joined unto me,

thou art my

Rachel's grief for her barrenness. CHAP. XXX.

Joseph is born. because I have borne him three sons : for the daughters will call me blessed: therefore was his name called Levi. and she called his name Asher.

35 And she conceived again, and 14 | And Reuben went in the days bare a son: and she said, Now will I of wheat harvest, and found mandrakes praise the LORD: therefore she call- in the field, and brought them unto ed his name Judah; and left bearing. his mother Leah. Then Rachel said

to Leah, Give me, I pray thee, of thy CHAP. XXX.

son's mandrakes. 1 Rachel, in grief for her barrenness, giveth Bil 15 And she said unto her, Is it a

hak ker maid unto Jacob. 5 She beareth Dan and Nephtali. 9 Leah giveth Zilpah her maid,

small matter that thou hast taken my teho beareth Gad and Asher. 14 Reuben find

husband? and wouldest thou take eth mandrakes, with which Leah buyeth her away my son's mandrakes also ? And husband of Rachel. 17 Leah beareth Issachar, Zebulun, and Dinah. 22 Rachel beareth

Rachel said, Therefore he shall lie with Jasepk. 25 Jacob desireth to depart. 27 La thee to night for thy son's mandrakes. ban stayetk him on a new covenant. 37 Jacob's 16 And Jacob came out of the field policy, whereby he became rich.

in the evening, and Leah went out to And when Rachel saw that she bare meet him, and said, Thou must come Jacob no children, Rachel envied her in unto me; for surely I have hired sister; and said unto Jacob, Give me thee with my son's mandrakes. And children, or else I die.

he lay with her that night. 2 And Jacob's anger was kindled 17 And God hearkened unto Leah, against Rachel ; and he said, Am I and she conceived, and bare Jacob in God's stead, who hath withheld the fifth son. from thee the fruit of the womb? 18 And Leah said, God hath given

3 And she said, Behold my maid me my hire, because I have given my Bilhah, go in unto her; and she shall maiden to my husband : and she callbear upon my knees, that I may also ed his name Issachar. bare children by her.

19 And Leah conceived again, and 4 And she gave him Bilhah her hand- bare Jacob the sixth son. maid to wife: and Jacob went in unto 20 And Leah said, God hath enher.

dued me with a good dowry; now will 5 And Bilhah conceived, and bare my husband dwell with me, because Jacob a son.

I have borne him six sons : and she 6 And Rachel said, God hath judged called his name Zebulun. me, and hath also heard my voice, 21 And afterwards she bare a daughand hath given me a son: therefore ter, and called her name Dinah. called she his name Dan.

22 | And God remembered Ra7 And Bilhah, Rachel's maid, con- chel, and God hearkened to her, and ceived again, and bare Jacob a second opened her womb. son.

23 And she conceived, and bare a 8 And Rachel said, With great son; and said, God hath taken away wrestlings have I wrestled with my my reproach : sister, and I have prevailed: and she 24 And she called his name Joseph; called his name Naphtali.

and said, The LORD shall add to me 9 When Leah saw that she had left another son. bearing, she took Zilpan, her maid, 25 | And it came to pass, when and gave her Jacob to wife.

Rachel had borne Joseph, that Jacob 10 And Zilpah, Leah's maid, bare said unto Laban, Send me away, that Jacob a son.


may go unto mine own place, and 11 And Leah said, A troop cometh: to my country. and she called his name Gad.

26 Give me my wives and my

child12 And Zilpah, Leah's maid, bare ren, for whom I have served thee, and Jacob a second soni.

let me go: for thou knowest my ser13 And Leah said, Happy am I, Ivice which I have done thee.

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