|Genesis 33 |
1 Now Jacob raised his eyes and looked, and behold, Esau was coming with four hundred men. So he divided the children among Leah and Rachel and the two maids.
2 And he put the maids and their children in the front, Leah and her children next, and Rachel and Joseph last.
3 Then Jacob passed on ahead of them and bowed himself to the ground seven times, until he came near to his brother.
4 But Esau ran to meet him and embraced him and fell on his neck and kissed him, and they wept.
5 And Esau looked up and saw the women and the children and said, "Who are these with you?" And Jacob said, "The children whom God has graciously given your servant."
6 Then the maids and their children came and bowed down.
7 And Leah also with her children came and bowed down. And last came Joseph and Rachel and bowed down.
8 Then Esau said, "What do you mean by all this company that I met?" And he said, "These are to find favor in the eyes of my lord."
9 And Esau said, "I have plenty, my brother; keep what you have for yourself."
10 But Jacob said, "No, I pray you, if now I have found favor in your sight, then accept this present from me; for to see your face is as though I had seen the face of God, since you have received me favorably.
11 Take, I pray you, my blessing that I have brought to you; because God has dealt graciously with me and I have plenty." Thus he urged him and he took it.
12 And Esau said, "Let us take our journey; let us go and I will go before you."
13 But Jacob said to him, "My lord knows that the children are tender, and flocks and herds with young are with me; and if the men should overdrive them for one day, all the flock will die.
14 Let my lord, I pray you, go on ahead of his servant; and I will lead on slowly, at a pace that the livestock that go before me and the children can endure, until I come to my lord at Seir."
15 And Esau said, "Let me leave with you some of the people who are with me." And he said, "What needs is there? Just let me find favor in the sight of my lord."
16 So Esau returned on his way to Seir that day.
17 And Jacob journeyed to Succoth and built himself a house and made shelters for his livestock; therefore the name of the place is called Succoth [shelters].
18 Now Jacob came from Padanaram to Shalem, a city of Shechem, which is in the land of Canaan, and pitched his tent before the city.
19 And he bought the piece of land where he had pitched his tent from the sons of Hamor, Shechem's father, for a hundred pieces of money.
20 And he erected an altar there, and called it EleloheIsrael.
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