1 When Isaac was old and his eyes so weak that he could no longer see, he called Esau, his older son, and said to him, My son. Here I am, he answered. 2 Isaac continued, You see I am old and I dont know when I shall die
5 Now Rebekah was listening when Isaac spoke to his son Esau. When Esau went into the country to hunt game and bring it back, 6 Rebe kah said to her son Jacob, I heard your father saying to your brother Esau: 7 Bring me some game and prepare food for me that I may eat and bless you before Yahweh before I die. 8 Now my son, listen and do what I command you. 9 Go to the flock and bring me two fine kids so that I can prepare for your father the food that he likes. 10 You will bring it to your father and he will eat it and give you his blessing before he dies.
11 Jacob said to Rebekah, My brother Esau is a hairy man and I am smooth-skinned. 12 Perhaps my fa ther will feel me and I will seem to be tricking him and so bring a curse on myself in stead of a blessing. 13 But his mother said, Let the curse fall on me, my son! Only do what I tell you
18 He went to his father and said, Father! He answered, Yes, my son, who is it? 19 and Jacob said to his father, It is Esau, your firstborn
22 When Jacob drew near to Isaac, his father felt him and said, The voice is the voice of Jacob but the hands are the hands of Esau. 23 He did not recognize him, for his hands were hairy like the hands of Esau his brother and so he blessed him. 24 He asked, Are you really my son Esau? and Jacob answered, I am. 25 Isaac said, Bring me some of your game, my son, so that I may eat and give you my blessing. So Jacob brought it to him and he ate. And he brought him wine and he drank. 26 Then his father Isaac said to him, Come near and kiss me, my son. 27 So Jacob came near and kissed him.
27 Isaac then caught the smell of his clothes and blessed him, saying,
27 The smell of my son is like the smell of a field which the Lord has blessed.
28 May God give you of the dew of heaven
28 and of the richness of the earth
28 and abundance of grain and wine.
29 Let peoples serve you
29 and nations bow down before you.
29 Be lord over your brothers,
29 and let your mothers sons bow down to you.
29 Cursed be everyone that curses you
29 and blessed be everyone
29 that blesses you!
30 When Isaac had finished blessing him and Jacob had just left Isaacs room, Esau came in from hunting. 31 He also prepared food and brought it to his father and said to him, Father, sit up and eat the game your son has prepared, so that you may give me your blessing. 32 Isaac said, Who are you? I am your son, your firstborn, Esau. 33 Isaac trembled violently and said, Who was it then that hunted game and brought it to me? I ate it all before you came and I blessed him and he will be blessed.
34 On hearing his fathers words, Esau gave a loud and bitter cry and said, Bless me, too, father. 35 But Isaac said, Your brother came de ceitfully and took your blessing. 36 Esau said, Is it because he is called Jacob that he has supplanted me twice? First he took my birthright and now he has taken my blessing. Then he asked, Havent you kept a blessing for me? 37 Isaac answered Esau, I have made him your lord. I have given him all his brothers as servants
38 Esau said to his father, Have you only one blessing? Father, bless me, too. Then Esau wept aloud. 39 Isaac then gave him this answer,
39 Your dwelling place shall be far away from the richness of the earth, away from the dew of heaven above.
40 You shall live by your sword, and you shall serve your brother
40 but when you win your freedom you will throw off his yoke from your neck.
Jacob flees to the house of Laban
41 Now Esau continued to hate his brother because of the blessing his father had given him and he thought to himself, The time of mourning for my father is near
46Rebekah said to Isaac, I am weary of my life because of the Hittite women. If Jacob marries a woman from this land, a Hittite like these, what value is there left in life for me?