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27 (1 And it came to pass, that when

Isaac was old, and his eyes were dim, so that he could not see, he called Esau his lelder son, and said unto

him, My son: and he said unto him, 2 Here am I. 'And he said, Behold

now, I am old, I know not the day of (3 my death.

°Now therefore take, I pray thee, thy weapons, thy quiver

and thy bow, and go out to the field, 4 and take me venison ; oand make me

savoury meat, such as I love, and
bring it to me, that I may eat; that

bless thee before I die. 5 °And Rebekah heard when Isaac

spake to Esau his son. And Esau

went to the field to hunt for venison, 6 and to bring it. And Rebekah spake

unto Jacob her son, saying, Behold, I

heard thy father speak unto Esau thy 7 brother, saying, Bring me venison,

and make me savoury meat, that I

may eat, and bless thee before the 8 Lord before my death. °Now there

fore, my son, obey my voice according 9 to that which I command thee. 'Go

now to the flock, and fetch me from thence two good kids of the goats ; and I will make them savoury meat

for thy father, such as he loveth : 10 °and thou shalt bring it to thy father,

that he may eat, 'sol that he may bless 11 thee before his death. "And Jacob

said to Rebekah his mother, Behold,

Esau my brother is a hairy man, and 12 I am a smooth man.

°My father peradventure will feel me, and I shall seem to him as a 'deceiver; and I

shall bring a curse upon me, and not 13 a blessing. And his mother said

unto him, Upon me be thy curse, my son : only obey my voice, and go

fetch 14 me them. And he went, and fetched,

and brought them to his mother : and

his mother made savoury meat, such * 15) as his father loved. °And Rebekah

took the goodly raiment of Esau her ielderi son, which were with her in

the house, and put them upon Jacob 16 her younger son: and she put the

skins of the kids of the goats upon

his hands, and upon the smooth of his 17 neck: 'and she gave the savoury meat

and the bread, which she had pre

pared, into the hand of her son Jacob. 18 °And he came unto his father, and

said, My father : and he said, Here 19 am I; who art thou, my son ? And

Jacob said unto his father, I am Esau thy firstborn; I have done according as thou badest me: arise, I

sit and eat of my venison, that thy 20 soul may bless me. And Isaac said

unto his son, How is it that thou hast found it so quickly, my son ? And

he said, Because the LORD thy God 21 'sent' me 'good speedl. And Isaac

said unto Jacob, Come near, I pray thee, that I may feel thee, my son,

whether thou be my very son Esau 22 or not. °And Jacob went near unto

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 discerned him not, because

his hands were hairy, as his brother

Esau's hands : so he blessed him. 24 °And he said, Art thou my very son 25 Esau ? And he said, I am. "And he

said, Bring it near to me, and I will eat of my son's venison, that my soul may bless thee. And he brought it near to him, and he did eat: and he

brought him wine, and he drank. 26 °And his father Isaac said unto him,

Come near now, and kiss me, my 27 son. °And he came near, and kissed

him: and he smelled the smell of his
raiment, and blessed him, and said,

See, the smell of my son
Is as the smell of a field which the

LORD hath blessed :
Andi God give thee of the dew of

And of the fatness of the earth,

And plenty of corn and wine: 29 Let 'peoples' serve thee,

And nations bow down to thee:
Be lord over thy brethren,
And let thy mother's sons bow down

to thee :
Cursed be every one that curseth

thee, And blessed be levery one that

blesseth thee. 30 °And it came to pass, as soon as Isaac

had made an end of blessing Jacob, and Jacob was yet scarce gone out from the presence of Isaac his father,

that Esau his brother came in from (31 bis hunting. And he also made

savoury meat, and brought it unto his father; and 'hel said unto his father, Let my father arise, and eat of his son's

venison, that thy soul may bless me. 32 °And Isaac his father said unto him,

Who art thou ? And he said, I am thy 33 son, thy firstborn, Esau. "And Isaac

trembled very exceedingly, and said, Who ithen' is he that hath taken venison, and brought it me, and I have eaten of all before thou camest, and have

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pray thee,

1 Or, Imockeri

VERSION OF 1611.-XXVII. 1 eldest .. (Behold); 3 (some); 10 and; 15 eldest; 20 brought it to; 28 Therefore; 29 people. . he; 31 (had); 33 where. =

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of my

blessed him ? yea, and he shall be (34) blessed. °When Esau heard the words

of his father, he cried with lani exceeding great and bitter cry, and said

unto his father, Bless me, even me 35 also, O my father. And he said, Thy

brother came with 'guile', and hath 36 taken away thy blessing. 'And he

said, Is not he rightly named "Jacob? for he hath supplanted me these two times : he took away my birthright; and, behold, now he hath taken away

my blessing. And he said, Hast thou 37 not reserved a blessing for me? °And

Isaac answered and said unto Esau, Behold, I have made him thy lord, and all his brethren have I given to him for servants; and with corn and wine

have I sustained him: and what then! 38 shall I do ifori thee, my son ? °And

Esau said unto his father, Hast thou but one blessing, my father? bless me,

even me also, O my father. And Esau 39) 'lifted up his voice, and wept. And

Isaac his father answered and said
unto him,
Behold, 2of the fatness of the earth

shall be thy dwelling,
And 2of the dew of heaven from

above; And by thy sword shalt thou live,

and thou shalt serve thy brother; And it shall come to pass when thou

shalt 'break loosel, That thou shalt 'shakel his yoke

from off thy neck. 41 °And Esau hated Jacob because of

the blessing wherewith his father blessed him: and Esau said in his heart, The days of mourning for my

father are at hand; then will I slay 42 my brother Jacob. °And the words

of Esau her elder son were told to Rebekah; and she sent and called Jacob her younger son, and said unto him, Behold, thy brother Esau, as

touching thee, doth comfort himself, 43 purposing to kill thee. Now there

fore, my son, obey my voice; and

arise, flee thou to Laban my brother 4 to Haran; "and tarry with him a few

days, until thy brother's fury turn 45 away; Puntil thy brother's anger turn

away from thee, and he forget that which thou hast done to him: then I will send, and fetch thee from thence: why should I be 'bereaved' of you both in one day ?

And Rebekah said to Isaac, I am weary

life because of the daughters of Heth: if Jacob take a wife of the daughters of Heth, such as these, of the daughters of the

land, what good shall my life do 281 me? And Isaac called Jacob, and

blessed him, and charged him, and said unto him, Thou shalt not take

a wife of the daughters of Canaan. 2 °Arise, go to 'Paddan'-aram, to the

house of Bethuel thy mother's father ; and take thee a wife from thence of

the daughters of Laban thy mother's 3 brother. And 3God Almighty bless

thee, and make thee fruitful, and mul

tiply thee, that thou mayest be a Icom4 pany' of 'peoples'; °and give thee the

blessing of Abraham, to thee, and to thy seed with thee; that thou mayest

inherit the land 'of thy sojournings', 5 which God gave unto Abraham. °And

Isaac sent away Jacob : and he went to 'Paddan-aram unto Laban, son of Bethuel the Syrian, the brother of

Rebekah, Jacob's and Esau's mother. 6 "Nowi Esau saw that Isaac had

blessed Jacob and sent him away to Paddani-aram, to take him a wife from thence; and that as he blessed him he gave him a charge, saying,

Thou shalt not take a wife of the 7 daughters of Canaan ; "and that Jacob

obeyed his father and his mother, and 8 was gone to 'Paddant-aram : 'and Esau

Isawi that the daughters of Canaan 9) pleased not Isaac his father; landi

Esau went unto Ishmael, and took unto the wives which he had Mahalath the daughter of Ishmael Abraham's son, the sister of 'Nebaioth', to be his

wife. 10 And Jacob went out from Beer11 sheba, and went toward Haran. And

he lighted upon 5a certain place, and tarried there all night, because the sun was set; and he took one of the stones of the place, and put it under!

his 'head', and lay down in that place 12 to sleep. °And he dreamed, and be

hold a ladder set up on the earth, and the top of it reached to heaven: and

behold the angels of God ascending 13 and descending on it. °And, behold,

the Lord stood 6above it, and said, I am the LORD, 'the God of Abraham thy father, and the God of Isaac : the land whereon thou liest, to thee will

1 See ch. xxv. 26. 2 Or, laway from

3 Heb. El Shaddai.

Heb. Aramean.

Heb. the place. 6 Or, lbeside him!

VERSION OF 1611.-34 (And)..a; 35 subtilty ; 37 now unto ; 38 lift ; 40 have the dominion.. break ; 42 these; 45 deprived also; 46 (which are). XXVIII. 2 Padan ; 3 multitude. . people ; 4 wherein thou art a stranger ; 5 Padan; 6 When .. Padan ; 7 Padan ; 8 seeing; 9 then . . Nebajoth; 11 that..them for.. pillows. = [34]

14 I give it, and to thy seed ; 'and thy

seed shall be as the dust of the earth, and thou shalt 'spread abroad to the west, and to the east, and to the north, and to the south : and in thee and in thy seed shall all the families of the earth be blessed. And, behold, I am with thee, and will keep thee 'whithersoevert thou goest, and will bring thee again into this land; for I will not

leave thee, until I have done that which 16 I have spoken to thee of. °And Jacob

awaked out of his sleep, and he said,

Surely the Lord is in this place; and 17 I knew it not. "And he was afraid, and

said, How dreadful is this place! this

is none other but the house of God, 18 and this is the gate of heaven. And

Jacob rose up early in the morning, and took the stone that he had put lunderl his 'head', and set it up for a

pillar, and poured oil upon the top of (19 it. And he called the name of that

place 2Beth-el : but the name of ithel 20 city was Luz at the first. "And Jacob

vowed a vow, saying, If God will be with me, and will keep me in this way

that I go, and will give me bread to 21 eat, and raiment to put on, oso that I

come again to my father's house in

peace, 8then shall the Lord be my 22 God, °and this stone, which I have set

'up' for a pillar, shall be God's house: and of all that thou shalt give me I

will surely give the tenth unto thee. 291 Then Jacob 4went on his journey,

and came to the land of the children (2) of the east. °And he looked, and be

hold a well in the field, and, lo, three flocks of sheep lying 'therel by it ; for out of that well they watered the

flocks : and Ithel stone upon the well's 3 mouth was great. "And thither were

all the flocks gathered: and they rolled the stone from the well's mouth, and watered the sheep, and put the

stone again upon the well's mouth in 4 litsi place. °And Jacob said unto

them, My brethren, whence be ye? 5 And they said, Of Haran are we. °And

he said unto them, Know ye Laban

the son of Nahor ? And they said, We 6 know him. And he said unto them,

Is lit! well 'with him!? And they said,

"It is well: and, behold, Rachel his 7 daughter cometh with the sheep. °And

he said, Lo, it is yet high day, neither is it time that the cattle should be gathered together: water ye the sheep,

(8 and go and feed them.

°And they said, We cannot, until all the flock's be gathered together, and they roll

the stone from the well's mouth; then (9 we water the sheep. While he yet

spake with them, Rachel came with

her father's sheep; for she kept them. 10 °And it came to pass, when Jacob saw

Rachel the daughter of Laban his mother's brother, and the sheep of Laban his mother's brother, that Jacob went near, and rolled the stone from the well's mouth, and watered

the flock of Laban his mother's 11 brother. °And Jacob kissed Rachel,

and lifted up his voice, and wept. 12 °And Jacob told Rachel that he was

her father's brother, and that he was

Rebekah's son: and she ran and told 13 her father. And it came to pass,

when Laban heard the tidings of Jacob his sister's son, that he ran to meet him, and embraced him, and kissed him, and brought him to his

house. And he told Laban all these 14 things. "And Laban said to him,

Surely thou art my bone and my flesh.

And he abode with him the space of 15 a month. °And Laban said unto

Jacob, Because thou art my brother, shouldest thou therefore serve me for

nought? tell me, what shall thy wages 16 be?°°And Laban had two daughters :

the name of the elder was Leah, and

the name of the younger was Rachel. 17 °F And Leah's eyes werel tender; but

Rachel was beautiful and well fa18 voured. 'And Jacob loved Rachel;

and he said, I will serve thee seven

years for Rachel thy younger daugh19 ter. 'And Laban said, It is better

that I give her to thee, than that

I should give her to another man: 20 abide with me. And Jacob served

seven years for Rachel; and they

seemed unto him but a few days, for 21 the love he had to her. °And Jacob

said unto Laban, Give me my wife, for

my days are fulfilled, that I may go 22 in' unto her. 'And Laban gathered

together all the men of the place, and 23 made a feast. And it came to pass

in the evening, that he took Leah his

daughter, and brought her to him ; 24) and he went in unto her. °And Laban

gave Zilpah his 'handmaidi 'unto his

daughter Leah for lan' handmaid. 25) °And it came to pass in the morning

that, behold, it was Leah : and he said

1 Heb. break forth. ? That is, The house of God.

3 Or, and the LORD Iwill be my

God, then this stone &c.

* Heb. lifted up his feet.

VERSION OF 1611. 15 in all places whither ; 18 for. pillows ; 19 that . (called). XXIX. 1 into.. people; 2 (there were)..a; 3 his; 6 he.. He; 8 (till); 9 (And); 17 Leah was .. eyed ; 24 maid..a. =

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to Laban, What is this thou hast done unto me? did not I serve with thee

for Rachel ? wherefore then hast thou 26 beguiled me? And Laban said, It

lis, not so done in our 'place', to give 27 the younger before the firstborn. °Ful

till the week tof this onel, and we will give thee ithe otherl also for the ser

vice which thou shalt serve with me (28 yet seven other years. °And Jacob

did so, and fulfilled her week: and he gave

him Rachel his daughter to wife. 29 °And Laban gave to Rachel his daugh

ter Bilhah his handmaid to be her 30 'handmaid'. 'And he went in also

unto Rachel, and he loved also Rachel more than Leah, and served with him

yet seven other years. 31 And the LORD saw that Leah was

hated, 'andi he opened her womb: but 32 Rachel was barren. °And Leah con

ceived, and bare a son, and she called his name Reuben: for she said, 'Because the LORD 'hath looked upon

my affliction; 'for! now my husband 33 will love me. °And she conceived

again, and bare a son; and said, Because the LORD 'hath heard that I lam! hated, he hath therefore given

me this son also: and she called his 34 name 3Simeon. And she conceived

again, and bare a son; and said, Now this time will my husband be joined unto me, because I have borne him

three sons: therefore was his name 35 called Levi. °And she conceived again,

and bare a son: and she said, "This timel will I spraise the Lord: therefore she called his name Judah ; and

shel left bearing. 301 And when Rachel saw that she

bare Jacob no children, Rachel envied

her sister; and 'shel said unto Jacob, 2 Give me children, or else I die. °And

Jacob's anger was kindled against Rachel : and he said, Am F in God's stead, who hath withheld from thee 3) the fruit of the womb? And she said, Behold my maid Bilhah, go in unto her; "that she 'maył bear upon my knees, 'and I also may 7lobtain! 4 children by her. °And she gave him

Bilhah her handmaid to wife: and 5 Jacob went in unto her. 'And Bilhah

conceived, and bare Jacob a 6 °And Rachel said, God hath Sjudged

me, and hath also heard my voice,

and hath given me a son : therefore 1 called she his name Dan. And Bil

hah Rachel's Thandmaid' conceived

again, and bare Jacob a second son. (8 °And Rachel said, With mighty

wrestlings have I 10wrestled with my

sister, and have prevailed: and she 9 called his name Naphtali. When

Leah saw that she had left bearing,

she took Zilpah her 'handmaid', and 10 gave her to Jacob to wife. And

Zilpah Leah's 'handmaid' bare Jacob 11 a son.

°And Leah said, 11. Fortunatel! 12 and she called his name 12Gad. 'And

Zilpah Leah's 'handmaid' bare Jacob a 13 second son. 'And Leah said, 13Happy

am I! for the daughters will 14call me

thappyl: and she called his name 14 Asher. °And Reuben went in the

days of wheat harvest, and found 15mandrakes in the field, and brought them unto his mother Leah. Then

Rachel said to Leah, Give me, I pray 15 thee, of thy son's mandrakes. "And

she said unto her, Is it a small matter that thou hast taken away! my husband? and wouldest thou take away my son's mandrakes also ? And Rachel said, Therefore he shall lie

with thee to-night for thy son's man16) drakes. °And Jacob came 'from the

field in the evening, and Leah went out to meet him, and said, Thou must come in unto me; for I have surely

hired thee with my son's mandrakes. 17 And he lay with her that night. And

God hearkened unto Leah, and she

conceived, and bare Jacobla' fifth son. 18 °And Leah said, God hath given me

my 18hire, because I 'gave' my 'hand

maid' to my husband : and she called 19) his name Issachar. °And Leah con

ceived again, and bare la' sixth son 20 'to' Jacob. 'And Leah said, God hath

lendowed' me with a good dowry ; now will my husband 17dwell with me, because I have "borne' him six sons:

and she called his name Zebulun. 21 °And afterwards she bare a daughter, 22 and called her name Dinah. And

God remembered Rachel, and God

hearkened to her, and opened her 23 womb. "And she conceived, and bare

a son: and said, God hath taken away (24 my reproach: °and she called his name


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19 That is, Fortune. 13 Heb. With my happiness ! 14 Heb. asher, tó call happy. 15 Or, Ilove-applesi 16 Heb. sachar. 11 Heb. zabal, he dwelt.

VERSION OF 1611.-26 must.. be .. country; 27 her . . this; 28 (also); 29 maid ; 31 when; 32 Surely .. therefore; 33 was; 34 born ; 35 Now. ΧΧΣ 3 and .. shall .. that .. have; 7 maid; 8 great ..(I); 9 maid ; 10 maid; 11 A troop cometh ; 12 maid ; 13 blessed ; 16 out of ; 17 the ; 18 have given.. maiden ; 19 the; 20 endued.. born. [36]

Joseph, Isaying!, The LORD ladd to white appear which was in the rods. me another son.

38 °And he set the rods which he had 25 And it came to pass, when Rachel 'peeled over against the flocks in the

had 'bornel Joseph, that Jacob said gutters in the watering troughs 'where! unto Laban, Send me away, that I the flocks came to drink ; tand they

may go unto mine own place, and to my Iconceived when they came to drink. 26 country. °Give me my wives and my (39 °And the flocks conceived before the

children for whom I have served thee, rods, and 'the flocks brought forth ring. and let me go: for thou knowest my 40 straked, speckled, and spotted. And

service Iwherewith! I have iserved Jacob Iseparated the lambs, and set (27_thee. 'And Laban said unto him, If the faces of the flocks toward the

now! I have found favour in thine ringstraked and all the 'black' in the eyes, tarry: for I have divined' that flock of Laban; and he put his own

the LORD háth blessed me for thy Idroves apart, and put them not unto 28 sake. And he said, Appoint me thy 41 Laban's flocki. And it came to 29 wages, and I will give it. 'And he pass, whensoever the stronger lof the

said unto him, Thou knowest how I flocki did conceive, that Jacob laid

have served thee, and how thy cattle the rods before the eyes of the 'flock' 30 Thath fared with me. °For it was little in the gutters, that they might con

which thou hadst before I came, and 42 ceive among the rods ; obut when the it 'hath! 2increased unto a multitude; 'flockl were feeble, he put them not and the LORD hath blessed thee in: so the feebler were Laban's, and 81 whithersoever I turned': and now 43 the stronger Jacob's. And the man

when shall I provide for mine own increased exceedingly, and had large 31) house also? And he said, What flocks, and maidservants and men

shall I give thee? And Jacob said, servants, and camels and asses. Thou shalt not give me laught': if 31(1 And he heard the words of Laban's thou wilt do this thing for me, I will sons, saying, Jacob hath taken away

again feed thy flock and keep 'itl. all that was our father's ; and of that 32 °I will pass through all thy flock to- which was our father's hath he gotten

day, removing from thence levery! 2 all this bglory. °And Jacob beheld the speckled and spotted lonel, and levery countenance of Laban, and, behold, it black onel among the sheep, and the was not toward him as beforetimel.

spotted and speckled among the goats : 3 °And the LORD said unto Jacob, Re33) and of such shall be my hire. So turn unto the land of thy fathers, and

shall my righteousness answer for me to thy kindred ; and I will be with thereafter, when Ithou shalti come 4 thee. °And Jacob sent and called Iconcerning my hire that is before Rachel and Leah to the field unto 'theel: every one that is not speckled 5 his flock, °and said unto them, I see and spotted among the goats, and your father's countenance, that it is

Iblack among the sheep, that if found not toward me as 'beforetimel; but 34 with me shall be counted stolen. "And the God of my father hath been with Laban said, Behold, I would it might

6 me.

°And ye know that with all my (35 be according to thy word. 'And he

power I have served your father. removed that day the he-goats that 7 °And your father hath deceived me, were ringstraked and spotted, and all and changed my wages ten times ; the she-goats that were speckled and but God suffered him not to hurt me. spotted, every one that had white in 8 °If he said thus, The speckled shall it, and all the black ones among the be thy wages; then all the 'flockl bare

sheep, and gave them into the hand speckled: and if he said thus, The 36 of his sons; "and he set three days' ringstraked shall be thy 'wagesl; then

journey betwixt himself and Jacob: 9 bare all the 'flockringstraked. "Thus

and Jacob fed the rest of Laban's God hath taken away the cattle of 37 flocks. And Jacob took him rods your father, and given them to me.

of fresh 4poplar, and of the lalmond 10 And it came to pass at the time that and lof the planel tree; and 'peeled' the 'flock' conceived, that I lifted up white strakes in them, and made the mine eyes, and saw in a dream, and,

1 Heb. joseph.
2 Heb. broken forth.

3 Heb. at my foot.
4 Or, Istorax treel

5 Or, I wealth

VERSION OF 1611.- 24 and said .. (shall); 25 born ; 26 which .. done; 27 (I pray thee).. learned by experience; 29 was; 30 is now.. since my coming; 31 any thing; 32 all the .. cattle. . all the brown cattle; 33 in time to come. . it shall. . for.. thy face. . amongst .. brown amongst ; 35 (and).. (some).. brown amongst; 37 green . . hazel.. chesnut.. pilled; 38 pilled before. . when .. that.. should conceive; 39 (cattle); 40 did separate .. brown . . flocks by themselves . . cattle; 41 cattle . . cattle; 42 cattle ; 43 much cattle. -XXXI. 1 (of); 2 before; 5 before; 8 cattle. . hire. . cattle; 10 cattle. = [73]

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