When Isaac was old and his eyes were so weak that he could no longer see,
he called for Esau his older son and said to him, My son.
Here I am, he answered. Isaac said,
I am now an old man and don't know the day of my death.
Now then, get your weapons your quiver and bow and go out
to the open country to hunt some wild game for me. Prepare me
the kind of tasty food I like and bring it to me to eat,
so that I may give you my blessing before I die.
Now Rebekah was listening as Isaac spoke to his son Esau.
When Esau left for the open country to hunt game and bring it back,
Rebekah said to her son Jacob, Look, I overheard your father
say to your brother Esau, Bring me some game and
prepare me some tasty food to eat, so that I may give you my blessing
in the presence of the Lord before I die. Now, my son,
listen carefully and do what I tell you: Go out to the flock
and bring me two choice young goats, so I can prepare some tasty food
for your father, just the way he likes it. Then take it to your father to eat,
so that he may give you his blessing before he dies.
Jacob said to Rebekah his mother, But my brother Esau is a hairy man,
and I'm a man with smooth skin. What if my father touches me?
I would appear to be tricking him and would bring down a curse
on myself rather than a blessing. His mother said to him,
My son, let the curse fall on me. Just do what I say;
go and get them for me. So he went and got them
and brought them to his mother, and she prepared some tasty food,
just the way his father liked it. Then Rebekah took the best
clothes of Esau her older son, which she had in the house,
and put them on her younger son Jacob. She also covered
his hands and the smooth part of his neck with the goatskins.
Then she handed to her son Jacob the tasty food and the
bread she had made. He went to his father and said,
My father. Yes, my son, he answered.
Who is it? Jacob said to his father, I am Esau
your firstborn. I have done as you told me. Please sit up
and eat some of my game so that you may give me your blessing.
Isaac asked his son, How did you find it so quickly, my son?
The Lord your God gave me success, he replied.
Then Isaac said to Jacob, Come near so I can touch you, my son,
to know whether you really are my son Esau or not. Jacob went
close to his father Isaac, who touched him and said, The voice
is the voice of Jacob, but the hands are the hands of Esau.
He did not recognize him, for his hands were hairy
like those of his brother Esau; so he blessed him. Are you really
my son Esau? he asked. I am, he replied. Then he said,
My son, bring me some of your game to eat, so that I may give you
my blessing. Jacob brought it to him and he ate; and he brought
some wine and he drank. Then his father Isaac said to him,
Come here, my son, and kiss me. So he went to him
and kissed him. When Isaac caught the smell of his clothes,
he blessed him and said, Ah, the smell of my son is like
the smell of a field that the Lord has blessed. May God give you
of heaven's dew and of earth's richness an abundance
of grain and new wine. May nations serve you and peoples bow down
to you. Be lord over your brothers, and may the sons of
your mother bow down to you. May those who curse you
be cursed and those who bless you be blessed. After Isaac
finished blessing him and Jacob had scarcely left his father's presence,
his brother Esau came in from hunting. He too prepared some tasty food
and brought it to his father. Then he said to him, My father,
sit up and eat some of my game, so that you may give me your blessing.
His father Isaac asked him, Who are you? I am your son,
he answered, your firstborn, Esau. Isaac trembled violently
and said, Who was it, then, that hunted game and brought it to me?
I ate it just before you came and I blessed him and indeed
he will be blessed! When Esau heard his father's words,
he burst out with a loud and bitter cry and said to his father,
Bless me me too, my father! But he said, Your brother
came deceitfully and took your blessing. Esau said, Isn't he
rightly named Jacob? He has deceived me these two times: He took
my birthright, and now he's taken my blessing! Then he asked,
Haven't you reserved any blessing for me? Isaac answered Esau,
I have made him lord over you and have made all his relatives
his servants, and I have sustained him with grain and new wine.
So what can I possibly do for you, my son? Esau said to his father,
Do you have only one blessing, my father? Bless me too,
my father! Then Esau wept aloud. His father Isaac answered him,
Your dwelling will be away from the earth's richness, away from
the dew of heaven above. You will live by the sword and you will
serve your brother. But when you grow restless, you will
throw his yoke from off your neck. Esau held a grudge
against Jacob because of the blessing his father had given him.
He said to himself, The days of mourning for my father are near;
then I will kill my brother Jacob. When Rebekah was told
what her older son Esau had said, she sent for her younger son Jacob
and said to him, Your brother Esau is consoling himself
with the thought of killing you. Now then, my son, do what I say:
Flee at once to my brother Laban in Haran. Stay with him
for a while until your brother's fury subsides. When your
brother is no longer angry with you and forgets what you did
to him, I'll send word for you to come back from there.
Why should I lose both of you in one day?
~ New International Version ~