1 And it came to pass, when Isaac was old and his eyes were so dim that he could not
see, that he summoned Esau his older son and said to him, My son. And he answered him,
Here am I.
2 And he said, Behold now, I am old. I do not know the day of my death.
3 Now therefore, please take your weapons, your quiver and your bow, and go out to the
field and hunt game for me.
4 And make me savory food, such as I love, and bring it to me that I may eat, that my soul
may bless you before I die.
5 And Rebekah heard when Isaac spoke to Esau his son. And Esau went to the field to
hunt game and to bring it.
6 And Rebekah spoke to Jacob her son, saying, Behold, I heard your father speak to
Esau your brother, saying,
7 Bring me game and make savory food for me, that I may eat it and bless you in the
presence of Jehovah before my death.
8 Now therefore, my son, obey my voice according to what I command you.
9 Go now to the flock and bring me from there two choice kids of the goats, and I will
make savory food from them for your father, such as he loves.
10 And you shall take it to your father, that he may eat it, and that he may bless you
before his death.
11 And Jacob said to Rebekah his mother, Behold, Esau my brother is a hairy man, and I
am a smooth man.
12 Perhaps my father will feel me, and I shall seem to be a deceiver to him; and I shall
bring a curse upon myself and not a blessing.
13 And his mother said to him, Let your curse be upon me, my son; only obey my voice,
and go, get them for me.
14 And he went and got them and brought them to his mother, and his mother made
savory food, such as his father loved.
15 And Rebekah took the good clothes of her elder son Esau, which were with her in the
house, and put them on Jacob her younger son.
16 And she put the skins of the kids of the goats on his hands and on the smooth part of
17 And she gave the savory food and the bread, which she had prepared, into the hand of
her son Jacob.
18 And he went in to his father and said, My father. And he said, Here am I. Who are
you, my son?
19 And Jacob said to his father, I am Esau your firstborn; I have done just as you have
spoken to me; please arise, sit and eat of my game, that your soul may bless me.
20 But Isaac said to his son, How is it that you have found it so quickly, my son? And he
said, Because Jehovah your God brought it to me.
21 And Isaac said to Jacob, Please come near, that I may feel you, my son, whether you
are my very son Esau or not.
22 And Jacob went near to Isaac his father, and he felt him and said, The voice is Jacob's
voice, but the hands are the hands of Esau.
23 And he did not recognize him, because his hands were hairy like his brother Esau's
hands; so he blessed him.
24 And he said, Are you really my son Esau? And he said, I am.
25 And he said, Bring it near to me, and I will eat of my son's game, so that my soul may
bless you. So he brought it near to him, and he ate; and he brought him wine, and he
26 And his father Isaac said to him, Come near now and kiss me, my son.
27 And he came near and kissed him; and he smelled the smell of his clothing, and blessed
him and said: Surely, the smell of my son is like the smell of a field which Jehovah has
28 Therefore, God give you of the dew of the heavens, of the fatness of the earth, and
abundance of grain and wine.
29 Let nations serve you, and people bow down to you. Be lord over your brethren, and
let your mother's sons bow down to you. Cursed is everyone who curses you, and blessed
be those who bless you!
30 And it came to pass, as soon as Isaac had finished blessing Jacob, and Jacob had
scarcely gone out from the presence of Isaac his father, that Esau his brother came in from
31 And he also had made savory food, and brought it to his father, and said to his father,
Let my father arise and eat of his son's game, that your soul may bless me.
32 And his father Isaac said to him, Who are you? So he said, I am your son, your
33 And Isaac trembled with a very great trembling, and said, Who? Where is the one who
hunted game and brought it to me? I ate all of it before you came, and I have blessed him;
and moreover, he shall be blessed.
34 And when Esau heard the words of his father, he cried out with an exceedingly great
and bitter cry, and said to his father, Bless me; me also, O my father!
35 And he said, Your brother came with deceit and has taken away your blessing.
36 And Esau said, Is he not rightly called by the name Jacob? For he has supplanted me
these two times. He took away my birthright, and now behold, he has taken away my
blessing! And he said, Have you not reserved a blessing for me?
37 Then Isaac answered and said to Esau, Behold, I have made him your lord, and all his
brethren I have given to him as servants; with grain and wine I have sustained him. What
shall I do now for you, my son?
38 And Esau said to his father, Have you only one blessing, my father? Bless me; me also,
O my father! And Esau lifted up his voice and wept.
39 And Isaac his father answered and said to him: Behold, your dwelling shall be of the
fatness of the earth, and of the dew of the heavens from above.
40 By your sword you shall live, and you shall serve your brother; and it shall come to
pass, when you become restless, that you shall break his yoke from your neck.
41 And Esau hated Jacob because of the blessing with which his father had blessed him,
and Esau said in his heart, The days of mourning for my father are at hand; then I will kill
my brother Jacob.
42 And the words of Esau her older son were told to Rebekah. So she sent and
summoned Jacob her younger son, and said to him, Behold, your brother Esau comforts
himself concerning you by intending to kill you.
43 Now therefore, my son, obey my voice: arise, flee to my brother Laban, to Haran.
44 And stay with him some days, until your brother's fury turns away,
45 until your brother's anger turns away from you, and he forgets what you have done to
him; then I will send and bring you from there. Why should I be bereaved also of you both
in one day?
46 And 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, like these daughters of the land, what kind of
life is that to me?