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  TABLETS OF JACOB (and ESAU)

These are the generations of Jacob. (and Esau)

GENESIS Chapter 25

19 ..............Abraham fathered Isaac;

20 And Isaac was forty years old when he took Rebekah for his wife, the daughter of Bethuel the Aramean of Padan-Aram, the sister to Laban the Aramean.

21 And Isaac prayed to the Lord for his wife, because she was barren; and the Lord granted his prayer, and Rebekah his wife conceived.

22 And the children struggled together inside her; and she said, If it be so, why am I thus? And she went to inquire of the Lord.

23 (K) And the Lord said to her, Two nations are in your womb, and two peoples shall be separated from your bowels; and the one people shall be stronger than the other people; and the elder shall serve the younger.

24 And when her days to be delivered were fulfilled, behold, there were twins in her womb.

25 And the first came out red, all over like a hairy garment; and they called his name Esau.

26 And after that came his brother out, and his hand took hold on Esau's heel; and his name was called Jacob; and Isaac was sixty years old when she bore them.

27 And the boys grew; and Esau was a skilful hunter, a man of the field; and Jacob was a quiet man, living in tents.

28 And Isaac loved Esau, because he ate of his venison; but Rebekah loved Jacob.

29 And Jacob cooked pottage; and Esau came from the field, and he was famished.

30 And Esau said to Jacob, Feed me, I beg you, with that same red pottage; for I am famished; therefore was his name called Edom.

31 And Jacob said, Sell me this day your birthright.

32 And Esau said, Behold, I am at the point of death; and what profit shall this birthright do to me?

33 And Jacob said, Swear to me this day; and he swore to him; and he sold his birthright to Jacob.

34 Then Jacob gave Esau bread and pottage of lentils; and he did eat and drink, and rose up, and went his way; thus Esau despised his birthright.

1 And there was a famine in the land, beside the first famine that was in the days of Abraham. And Isaac went to Abimelech king of the Philistines to Gerar.

2 And the Lord appeared to him, and said, Do not go down to Egypt; live in the land of which I shall tell you;

3 Sojourn in this land, and I will be with you, and will bless you; for to you, and to your seed, I will give all these countries, and I will perform the oath which I swore to Abraham your father;

4 And I will make your seed multiply as the stars of heaven, and will give to your seed all these countries; and in your seed shall all the nations of the earth be blessed;

5 Because Abraham obeyed my voice, and kept my charge, my commandments, my statutes, and my laws.

6 And Isaac lived in Gerar;

7 And the men of the place asked him about his wife; and he said, She is my sister; for he feared to say, She is my wife; lest, said he, the men of the place should kill me for Rebekah; because she was pretty to look upon.

8 And it came to pass, when he had been there a long time, that Abimelech king of the Philistines looked out a window, and saw, and, behold, Isaac was sporting with Rebekah his wife.

9 And Abimelech called Isaac, and said, Behold, certainly she is your wife; and why did you say, She is my sister? And Isaac said to him, Because I said, Lest I die for her.

10 And Abimelech said, What is this you have done to us? one of the people might easily have lain with your wife, and you would have brought guilt upon us.

11 And Abimelech charged all his people, saying, He who touches this man or his wife shall surely be put to death.

12 Then Isaac sowed in that land, and reaped in the same year an hundredfold; and the Lord blessed him.

13 And the man became rich, and gained more and more, until he became very wealthy;

14 For he had possessions of flocks, and possessions of herds, and great store of servants; and the Philistines envied him.

15 For all the wells which his father's servants had dug in the days of Abraham his father, the Philistines had stopped them up, and filled them with earth.

16 And Abimelech said to Isaac, Go from us; for you are mightier than we.

17 And Isaac departed from there, and pitched his tent in the valley of Gerar, and lived there.

18 And Isaac dug again the wells of water, which they had dug in the days of Abraham his father; for the Philistines had stopped them up after the death of Abraham; and he called their names after the names by which his father had called them.

19 And Isaac's servants dug in the valley, and found there a well of springing water.

20 And the herdsmen of Gerar did strive with Isaac's herdsmen, saying, The water is ours; and he called the name of the well Esek; because they strove with him.

21 And they dug another well, and strove for that also; and he called the name of it Sitnah.

22 And he moved from there, and dug another well; and for that they strove not; and he called the name of it Rehoboth; and he said, For now the Lord has made room for us, and we shall be fruitful in the land.

23 And he went up from there to Beersheba.

24 And the Lord appeared to him the same night, and said, I am the God of Abraham your father; fear not, for I am with you, and will bless you, and multiply your seed for my servant Abraham's sake.

25 And he built an altar there, and called upon the name of the Lord, and pitched his tent there; and there Isaac's servants dug a well.

26 Then Abimelech went to him from Gerar, and Ahuzzath one of his friends, and Pikol the chief captain of his army.

27 And Isaac said to them, Why do you come to me, seeing you hate me, and have sent me away from you?

28 And they said, We saw certainly that the Lord was with you; and we said, Let there be now an oath between us, between us and you, and let us make a covenant with you;

29 That you will do us no hurt, as we have not touched you, and as we have done to you nothing but good, and have sent you away in peace; you are now the blessed of the Lord.

30 And he made them a feast, and they did eat and drink.

31 And they rose up in the morning, and took oath with one another; and Isaac sent them away, and they departed from him in peace.

32 And it came to pass the same day, that Isaac's servants came, and told him concerning the well which they had dug, and said to him, We have found water.

33 And he called it Shebah; therefore the name of the city is Beersheba to this day.

34 And Esau was forty years old when he married Judith the daughter of Beeri the Hittite, and Basmath the daughter of Elon the Hittite;

35 And they made life bitter for Isaac and for Rebekah.

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 eldest son, and said to him, My son; and he said to him, Behold, here am I.

2 And he said, Behold now, I am old, I know not the day of my death;

3 (K) Now therefore take, I beg you, your weapons, your quiver and your bow and go out to the field, and catch me some venison;

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 for venison, 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 venison, and make me savory food, that I may eat, and bless you before the Lord before my death.

8 Now therefore, my son, obey my voice according to that which I command you.

9 Go now to the flock, and fetch me from there two good kids of the goats; and I will make them into savory food for your father, such as he loves;

10 And you shall bring it to your father, that he may eat, 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 My father perhaps will feel me, and I shall seem to him as a deceiver; and I shall bring a curse upon me, and not a blessing.

13 And his mother said to him, Upon me be your curse, my son; only obey my voice, and go fetch me them.

14 And he went, and fetched, and brought them to his mother; and his mother made savory food, such as his father loved.

15 And Rebekah took the best garments of her eldest 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 upon his hands, and upon the smooth of his neck;

17 And she gave the savory food and the bread, which she had prepared, to the hand of her son Jacob.

18 And he came 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 according to what you told me; arise, I beg you, sit and eat of my venison, that your soul may bless me.

20 And Isaac said to his son, How is it that you have found it so quickly, my son? And he said, Because the Lord your God brought it to me.

21 And Isaac said to Jacob, Come near, I beg you, that I may feel you, my son, whether you are really my 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 discerned him not, because his hands were hairy, as 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 venison, that my soul may bless you. And he brought it near to him, and he ate; and he brought him wine, and he drank.

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 garment, and blessed him, and said, See, the smell of my son is like the smell of a field which the Lord has blessed;

28 Therefore God give you of the dew of heaven, and the fatness of the earth, and plenty of grain and wine;

29 Let people serve you, and nations bow down to you; be lord over your brothers, and let your mother's sons bow down to you; cursed be every one who curses you, and blessed be he who blesses 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 his hunting.

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 venison, that your soul may bless me.

32 And Isaac his father said to him, Who are you? And he said, I am your son, your firstborn Esau.

33 And Isaac trembled very much, and said, Who then is he who hunted venison, and brought it to me, and I have eaten of all before you came, and have blessed him? moreover, he shall be blessed.

34 And when Esau heard the words of his father, he cried with a great and very bitter cry, and said to his father, Bless me, me also, O my father.

35 And he said, Your brother came with cunning, and has taken away your blessing.

36 And he said, Is not he rightly named Jacob? for he has supplanted me these two times; he took away my birthright; and, behold, now he has taken away my blessing. And he said, Have you not reserved a blessing for me?

37 And Isaac answered and said to Esau, Behold, I have made him your lord, and all his brothers have I given to him for servants; and with grain and wine have I sustained him; and what shall I do now to you, my son?

38 And Esau said to his father, Have you but 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 the fatness of the earth, and of the dew of heaven from above;

40 And by your sword shall you live, and shall serve your brother; and it shall come to pass when you shall have the dominion, that you shall break his yoke from off your neck.

41 And Esau hated Jacob because of the blessing with which his father blessed him; and Esau said in his heart, When the days of mourning for my father are at hand; then will I slay my brother Jacob.

42 And these words of Esau her elder son were told to Rebekah; and she sent and called Jacob her younger son, and said to him, Behold, your brother Esau comforts himself by planning to kill you.

43 Now therefore, my son, obey my voice; and arise, flee to Laban my brother to Haran;

44 And remain with him a few 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 fetch you from there; why should I be deprived of both of you 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, such as these who are of the daughters of the land, what good shall my life be to me?

1 And Isaac called Jacob, and blessed him, and charged him, and said to him, You shall not take a wife of the daughters of Canaan.

2 Arise, go to Padan-Aram, to the house of Bethuel your mother's father; and take a wife from there of the daughters of Laban your mother's brother.

3 And God Almighty bless you, and make you fruitful, and multiply you, that you may be a multitude of people;

4 And give the blessing of Abraham to you, and to your seed with you; that you may inherit the land where you are a stranger, which God gave to Abraham.

5 And Isaac sent away Jacob; and he went to Padan-Aram to Laban, son of Bethuel the Aramean, the brother of Rebekah, Jacob's and Esau's mother.

6 When Esau saw that Isaac had blessed Jacob, and sent him away to Padan-Aram, to take a wife from there; and that as he blessed him he gave him a charge, saying, You shall not take a wife of the daughters of Canaan;

7 And that Jacob obeyed his father and his mother, and was gone to Padan-Aram;

8 And Esau seeing that the daughters of Canaan pleased not Isaac his father;

9 Then went Esau to Ishmael, and took, besides the wives he had, Mahalath the daughter of Ishmael Abraham's son, the sister of Nebaioth, to be his wife.

10 And Jacob went out from Beersheba, and went toward Haran.

11 And he lighted upon a certain place, and remained there all night, because the sun was set; and he took of the stones of that place, and put them for his pillows, and lay down in that place to sleep.

12 And he dreamed, and behold a ladder set up on the earth, and the top of it reached to heaven; and behold the angels of God ascending and descending on it.

13 And, behold, the Lord stood above it, and said, I am the Lord God of Abraham your father, and the God of Isaac; the land on which you lie, to you will I give it, and to your seed;

14 And your seed shall be as the dust of the earth, and you shall spread abroad to the west, and to the east, and to the north, and to the south; and in you and in your seed shall all the families of the earth be blessed.

15 And, behold, I am with you, and will keep you in all places where you go, and will bring you back to this land; for I will not leave you, until I have done that about which I have spoken to you.

16 And Jacob awoke from his sleep, and he said, Surely the Lord is in this place; and I knew it not.

17 And he was afraid, and said, How awesome is this place! this is no other but the house of God, and this is the gate of heaven.

18 And Jacob rose up early in the morning, and took the stone that he had put for his pillows, and set it up for a pillar, and poured oil upon its top.

19 And he called the name of that place Beth-El; but the name of that city was called Luz at the first.

20 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 eat, and garment to put on,

21 So that I come back to my father's house in peace; then shall the Lord be my God;

22 And this stone, which I have set for a pillar, shall be God's house; and of all that you shall give me I will surely give the tenth to you.

1 Then Jacob went on his journey, and came to the land of the people of the east.

2 And he looked, and saw a well in the field, and, lo, there were three flocks of sheep lying by it; for from that well they watered the flocks; and a great stone was upon the well's mouth.

3 And there 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 his place.

4 And Jacob said to them, My brothers, where are your from? And they said, Of Haran are we.

5 And he said to them, Know you Laban the son of Nahor? And they said, We know him.

6 And he said to them, Is he well? And they said, He is well; and, behold, Rachel his daughter comes with the sheep.

7 And he said, Behold, it is yet high day, nor is it time that the cattle should be gathered together; water the sheep, and go and feed them.

8 And they said, We can not, until all the flocks are gathered together, and till they roll the stone from the well's mouth; then we will water the sheep.

9 And while he still spoke 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 brother.

11 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 her father.

13 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 things.

14 And Laban said to him, Surely you are my bone and my flesh. And he abode with him a month.

15 And Laban said to Jacob, Because you are my brother, should you therefore serve me for nothing? Tell me, what shall your wages be?

16 And Laban had two daughters; the name of the elder was Leah, and the name of the younger was Rachel.

17 Leah had weak eyes; but Rachel was beautiful and well favored.

18 And Jacob loved Rachel; and said, I will serve you seven years for Rachel your younger daughter.

19 And Laban said, It is better that I give her to you, than that I should give her to another man; stay with me.

20 And Jacob served seven years for Rachel; and they seemed to him but a few days, for the love he had for her.

21 And Jacob said to Laban, Give me my wife, for my days are fulfilled, that I may go in to her.

22 And Laban gathered together all the men of the place, and made a feast.

23 And it came to pass in the evening, that he took Leah his daughter, and brought her to him; and he went in to her.

24 And Laban gave to his daughter Leah Zilpah his maid for an maidservant.

25 And it came to pass, that in the morning, behold, it was Leah; and he said to Laban, What is this that you have done to me? did not I serve with you for Rachel? why then have you deceived me?

26 And Laban said, It must not be so done in our country, to give the younger before the firstborn.

27 Complete her week, and we will give you this also for the service which you shall serve with me yet seven other years.

28 And Jacob did so, and fulfilled her week; and he gave him Rachel his daughter for his wife also.

29 And Laban gave to Rachel his daughter Bilhah his maidservant to be her maid.

30 And he went in also to Rachel, and he loved also Rachel more than Leah, and served with him yet seven other years.

31 And when the Lord saw that Leah was hated, he opened her womb; but Rachel was barren.

32 And Leah conceived, and bore a son, and she called his name Reuben; for she said, Surely the Lord has looked upon my affliction; now therefore my husband will love me.

33 And she conceived again, and bore a son; and said, Because the Lord has heard that I was hated, he has therefore given me this son also; and she called his name Shimeon.

34 And she conceived again, and bore a son; and said, Now this time will my husband be joined to me, because I have born him three sons; therefore was his name called Levi.

35 And she conceived again, and bore a son; and she said, Now will I praise the Lord; therefore she called his name Judah; and ceased bearing.

1 And when Rachel saw that she bore Jacob no children, Rachel envied her sister; and said to Jacob, Give me children, or else I die.

2 And Jacob's anger was kindled against Rachel; and he said, Am I in God's place, who has withheld from you the fruit of the womb?

3 And she said, Behold my maid Bilhah, go in to her; and she shall bear upon my knees, that I may also have children by her.

4 And she gave him Bilhah her maidservant to wife; and Jacob went in to her.

5 And Bilhah conceived, and bore Jacob a son.

6 And Rachel said, God has judged me, and has also heard my voice, and has given me a son; therefore she called his name Dan.

7 And Bilhah Rachel's maid conceived again, and bore Jacob a second son.

8 And Rachel said, With great wrestlings have I wrestled with my sister, and I have prevailed; and she called his name Naphtali.

9 When Leah saw that she had ceased bearing, she took Zilpah her maid, and gave her for a wife to Jacob.

10 And Zilpah Leah's maid bore Jacob a son.

11 (K) And Leah said, Fortune has come; and she called his name Gad.

12 And Zilpah Leah's maid bore Jacob a second son.

13 And Leah said, Happy am I, for the daughters will call me blessed; and she called his name Asher.

14 And Reuben went in the days of wheat harvest, and found mandrakes in the field, and brought them to his mother Leah. Then Rachel said to Leah, Give me, I beg you, of your son's mandrakes.

15 And she said to her, Is it a small matter that you have taken my husband? and would you take away my son's mandrakes also? And Rachel said, Therefore he shall lie with you to night for your son's mandrakes.

16 And Jacob came from the field in the evening, and Leah went out to meet him, and said, You must come in to me; for I have hired you with my son's mandrakes. And he lay with her that night.

17 And God listened to Leah, and she conceived, and bore Jacob the fifth son.

18 And Leah said, God has given me my hire, because I have given my maid to my husband; and she called his name Issachar.

19 And Leah conceived again, and bore Jacob the sixth son.

20 And Leah said, God has endowed me with a good dowry; now will my husband live with me, because I have born him six sons; and she called his name Zebulun.

21 And afterwards she bore a daughter, and called her name Dinah.

22 And God remembered Rachel, and God listened to her, and opened her womb.

23 And she conceived, and bore a son; and said, God has taken away my reproach;

24 And she called his name Joseph; and said, The Lord shall add to me another son.

25 And it came to pass, when Rachel had born Joseph, that Jacob said to Laban, Send me away, that I may go to my own place, and to my country.

26 Give me my wives and my children, for whom I have served you, and let me go; for you know my service which I have done for you.

27 And Laban said to him, I beg you, if I have found favor in your eyes, remain; for I have learned by experience that the Lord has blessed me for your sake.

28 And he said, Appoint me your wages, and I will give it.

29 And he said to him, You know how I have served you, and how your cattle was with me.

30 For it was little which you had before I came, and it has now increased to a multitude; and the Lord has blessed you since my coming; and now when shall I provide for my own house also?

31 And he said, What shall I give you? And Jacob said, You shall not give me any thing; if you will do this thing for me, I will again feed and keep your flock.

32 I will pass through all your flock today, removing from there all the speckled and spotted cattle, and all the brown cattle among the sheep, and the spotted and speckled among the goats; and of such shall be my hire.

33 So shall my righteousness answer for me in time to come, when you come to look into my wages with you; every one that is not speckled and spotted among the goats, and brown among the sheep, that shall be counted stolen with me.

34 And Laban said, Behold, would it might be according to your word.

35 And he removed that day the male goats that were striped and spotted, and all the female goats that were speckled and spotted, and every one that had some white in it, and all the brown among the sheep, and gave them to the hand of his sons.

36 And he set three days' journey between himself and Jacob; and Jacob fed the rest of Laban's flocks.

37 And Jacob took rods of green poplar, and of the almond and plane tree; and peeled white streaks in them, and made the white appear which was in the rods.

38 And he set the rods which he had peeled before the flocks in the gutters in the watering troughs when the flocks came to drink, that they should conceive when they came to drink.

39 And the flocks conceived before the rods, and brought forth cattle striped, speckled, and spotted.

40 And Jacob separated the lambs, and set the faces of the flocks toward the striped, and all the brown in the flock of Laban; and he put his own flocks by themselves, and put them not among Laban's cattle.

41 And it came to pass, whenever the stronger cattle conceived, that Jacob laid the rods before the eyes of the cattle in the gutters, that they might conceive among the rods.

42 But when the cattle were weak, he did not put them in; so the weaker were Laban's, and the stronger Jacob's.

43 And the man increased exceedingly, and had much cattle, and maidservants, and menservants, and camels, and asses.

1 And he heard the words of Laban's sons, saying, Jacob has taken away all that was our father's; and from that which was our father's has he gotten all this honor.

2 And Jacob saw the countenance of Laban, and, behold, it was not toward him as before.

3 And the Lord said to Jacob, Return to the land of your fathers, and to your family; and I will be with you.

4 And Jacob sent and called Rachel and Leah to the field to his flock,

5 And said to them, I see your father's countenance, that it is not toward me as before; but the God of my father has been with me.

6 And you know that with all my power I have served your father.

7 And your father has deceived me, and changed my wages ten times; but God did not allow him to hurt me.

8 If he said thus, The speckled shall be your wages; then all the cattle bore speckled; and if he said thus, The striped shall be your hire; then all the cattle bore striped.

9 Thus God has taken away the cattle of your father, and given them to me.

10 And it came to pass at the time that the cattle conceived, that I lifted up my eyes, and saw in a dream, and, behold, the rams which leaped upon the cattle were striped, spotted and speckled.

11 And the angel of God spoke to me in a dream, saying, Jacob; And I said, Here am I.

12 And he said, Lift up now your eyes, and see, all the rams which leap upon the cattle are striped, spotted and speckled; for I have seen all that Laban does to you.

13 I am the God of Beth-El, where you anointed the pillar, and where you vowed a vow to me; now arise, get out from this land, and return to the land of your family.

14 And Rachel and Leah answered and said to him, Is there yet any share or inheritance for us in our father's house?

15 Are we not counted by him as strangers? for he has sold us, and has quite devoured also our money.

16 For all the riches which God has taken from our father, that is ours, and our children's; now then, whatever God has said to you, do.

17 Then Jacob rose up, and set his sons and his wives upon camels;

18 And he carried away all his cattle, and all his goods which he had acquired, the cattle of his getting, which he had acquired in Padan-Aram, to go to Isaac his father in the land of Canaan.

19 And Laban went to shear his sheep; and Rachel had stolen the family idols that were her father's.

20 And Jacob outwitted Laban the Aramean, in that he did not tell him that he fled.

21 And he fled with all that he had; and he rose up, and passed over the river, and set his face toward the Mount Gilead.

22 And it was told Laban on the third day that Jacob had fled.

23 And he took his brothers with him, and pursued after him seven days' journey; and they overtook him in the Mount Gilead.

24 And God came to Laban the Aramean in a dream by night, and said to him, Take heed that you speak not to Jacob either good or bad.

25 Then Laban overtook Jacob. Now Jacob had pitched his tent in the mount; and Laban with his brothers pitched in the Mount of Gilead.

26 And Laban said to Jacob, What have you done, that you have stolen away unawares to me, and carried away my daughters, as captives taken with the sword?

27 Why did you flee away secretly, and steal away from me; and did not tell me, that I might have sent you away with mirth, and with songs, with tambourine, and with harp?

28 And why did you not let me kiss my sons and my daughters? Now you have done foolishly in so doing.

29 It is in the power of my hand to hurt you; but the God of your father spoke to me last night, saying, Take heed that you speak not to Jacob either good or bad.

30 And now, that you are surely gone, because you so long after your father's house, why have you stolen my gods?

31 And Jacob answered and said to Laban, Because I was afraid; for I said, Perhaps you would take by force your daughters from me.

32 With whom you will find your gods, let him not live. Before our brothers point out what is yours with me, and take it with you. For Jacob knew not that Rachel had stolen them.

33 And Laban went into Jacob's tent, and into Leah's tent, and into the two maidservants' tents; but he found them not. Then he went out from Leah's tent, and entered into Rachel's tent.

34 Now Rachel had taken the family idols, and put them in the camel's saddle, and sat upon them. And Laban searched all the tent, but found them not.

35 And she said to her father, Let it not displease my lord that I can not rise up in your presence; for the custom of women is upon me. And he searched, but did not find the family idols.

36 And Jacob was angry, and chided with Laban; and Jacob answered and said to Laban, What is my trespass? What is my sin, that you have so hotly pursued after me?

37 Although you have searched all my stuff, what have you found of all your household goods? Set it here before my brothers and your brothers, that they may judge between us both.

38 This twenty years have I been with you; your ewes and your female goats have not miscarried their young, and the rams of your flock have I not eaten.

39 That which was torn of beasts I brought not to you; I bore the loss of it; of my hand did you require it, whether stolen by day, or stolen by night.

40 Thus I was; in the day the drought consumed me, and the frost by night; and my sleep departed from my eyes.

41 Thus have I been twenty years in your house; I served you fourteen years for your two daughters, and six years for your cattle; and you have changed my wages ten times.

42 Except the God of my father, the God of Abraham, and the fear of Isaac, had been with me, surely you would have sent me away now empty. God has seen my affliction and the labor of my hands, and rebuked you last night.

43 And Laban answered and said to Jacob, These daughters are my daughters, and these children are my children, and these cattle are my cattle, and all that you see is mine; and what can I do this day to these my daughters, or to their children whom they have borne?

44 Now therefore come, let us make a covenant, you and me; and let it be for a witness between me and you.

45 And Jacob took a stone, and set it up for a pillar.

46 And Jacob said to his brothers, Gather stones; and they took stones, and made a heap; and they ate there upon the heap.

47 And Laban called it Jegarsahadutha; but Jacob called it Galeed.

48 And Laban said, This heap is a witness between me and you this day. Therefore was the name of it called Galeed;

49 And Mizpah; for he said, The Lord watch between me and you, when we are absent one from another.

50 If you shall afflict my daughters, or if you shall take other wives beside my daughters, although no man is with us, God is witness between me and you.

51 And Laban said to Jacob, Behold this heap, and behold this pillar, which I have cast between me and you;

52 This heap shall be witness, and this pillar shall be witness, that I will not pass over this heap to you, and that you shall not pass over this heap and this pillar to me, for harm.

53 The God of Abraham, and the God of Nahor, the God of their father, judge between us. And Jacob swore by the Fear of his father Isaac.

54 Then Jacob offered sacrifice upon the mount, and called his brothers to eat bread; and they ate bread, and stayed all night in the mount.

1 And early in the morning Laban rose up, and kissed his sons and his daughters, and blessed them; and Laban departed, and returned to his place.

2 And Jacob went on his way, and the angels of God met him.

3 And when Jacob saw them, he said, This is God's host; and he called the name of that place Mahanaim.

4 And Jacob sent messengers before him to Esau his brother to the land of Seir, the country of Edom.

5 And he commanded them, saying, Thus shall you speak to my lord Esau; Your servant Jacob said thus, I have sojourned with Laban, and stayed there until now;

6 And I have oxen, and asses, flocks, and menservants, and women servants; and I have sent to tell my lord, that I may find favor in your sight.

7 And the messengers returned to Jacob, saying, We came to your brother Esau, and also he comes to meet you, and four hundred men with him.

8 Then Jacob was greatly afraid and distressed; and he divided the people who were with him, and the flocks, and herds, and the camels, in two bands;

9 And said, If Esau comes to the one company, and attacks it, then the other company which is left shall escape.

10 And Jacob said, O God of my father Abraham, and God of my father Isaac, the Lord who said to me, Return to your country, and to your family, and I will deal well with you;

11 I am not worthy of the least of all the mercies, and of all the truth, which you have shown to your servant; for with my staff I passed over this Jordan; and now I have become two bands.

12 Save me, I beseech you, from the hand of my brother, from the hand of Esau; for I fear him, lest he will come and strike me, and the mother with the children.

13 And you said, I will surely do you good, and make your seed as the sand of the sea, which can not be counted for multitude.

14 And he lodged there that same night; and took of that which came to his hand a present for Esau his brother;

15 Two hundred female goats, and twenty male goats, two hundred ewes, and twenty rams,

16 Thirty milch camels with their colts, forty cows, and ten bulls, twenty female asses, and ten foals.

17 And he delivered them to the hand of his servants, every drove by themselves; and said to his servants, Pass over before me, and put a space between drove and drove.

18 And he commanded the foremost, saying, When Esau my brother meets you, and asks you, saying, Whose are you? and where are you going? and whose are these before you?

19 Then you shall say, They are your servant Jacob's; it is a present sent to my lord Esau; and, behold, also he is behind us.

20 And so commanded he the second, and the third, and all who followed the droves, saying, On this manner shall you speak to Esau, when you find him.

21 And say you moreover, Behold, your servant Jacob is behind us. For he said, I will appease him with the present that goes before me, and afterward I will see his face; perhaps he will accept me.

22 So went the present before him; and he himself lodged that night in the camp.

23 And he rose that night, and took his two wives, and his two women servants, and his eleven sons, and passed over the ford Jabbok.

24 And he took them, and sent them over the brook, and sent over that which he had.

25 And Jacob was left alone; and there wrestled a man with him until the breaking of the day.

26 And when he saw that he prevailed not against him, he touched the hollow of his thigh; and the hollow of Jacob's thigh was out of joint, as he wrestled with him.

27 And he said, Let me go, for the day breaks. And he said, I will not let you go, except you bless me.

28 And he said to him, What is your name? And he said, Jacob.

29 And he said, Your name shall be called no more Jacob, but Israel; for as a prince you have power with God and with men, and have prevailed.

30 And Jacob asked him, and said, Tell me, I beg you, your name. And he said, Why is it that you ask after my name? And he blessed him there.

31 And Jacob called the name of the place Peniel; for I have seen God face to face, and my life is preserved.

32 And as he passed over Penuel the sun rose upon him, and he limped upon his thigh.

33 Therefore the people of Israel do not eat of the sinew of the vein, which is in the hollow of the thigh, to this day; because he touched the hollow of Jacob's thigh in the sinew of the vein.

1 And Jacob lifted up his eyes, and looked, and, behold, Esau came, and with him four hundred men. And he divided the children to Leah, and to Rachel, and to the two maidservants.

2 And he put the maidservants and their children foremost, and Leah and her children after, and Rachel and Joseph hindermost.

3 And he passed over before them, and bowed to the ground seven times, until he came near to his brother.

4 And Esau ran to meet him, and embraced him, and fell on his neck, and kissed him; and they wept.

5 And he lifted up his eyes, and saw the women and the children; and said, Who are those with you? And he said, The children whom God has graciously given your servant.

6 Then the maidservants came near, they and their children, and they bowed down.

7 And Leah also with her children came near, and bowed themselves; and after came Joseph near and Rachel, and they bowed down.

8 And he said, What do you mean by all this drove which I met? And he said, These are to find grace in the sight of my lord.

9 And Esau said, I have enough, my brother; keep what you have to yourself.

10 And Jacob said, No, I beg you, if now I have found grace in your sight, then receive my present from my hand; for therefore I have seen your face, as though I had seen the face of God, and you were pleased with me.

11 Take, I beg you, my blessing that is brought to you; because God has dealt graciously with me, and because I have enough. And he urged him, and he took it.

12 And he said, Let us take our journey, and let us go, and I will go before you.

13 And he said to him, My lord knows that the children are tender, and the flocks and herds with young are with me; and if men should overdrive them one day, all the flock will die.

14 Let my lord, I beg you, pass over before his servant; and I will lead on slowly, according to the pace of the cattle that goes before me and the children are able to endure, until I come to my lord to Seir.

15 And Esau said, Let me now leave with you some of the folk who are with me. And he said, What needs is there? Let me find grace in the sight of my lord.

16 So Esau returned that day on his way to Seir.

17 And Jacob journeyed to Succoth, and built himself a house, and made booths for his cattle; therefore the name of the place is called Succoth.

18 And Jacob came to Shalem, a city of Shechem, which is in the land of Canaan, when he came from Padan-Aram; and pitched his tent before the city.

19 And he bought a parcel of a field, where he had spread his tent, at the hand of the children of Hamor, Shechem's father, for a hundred pieces of money.

20 And he erected there an altar, and called it El-Elohe-Israel.

1 And Dinah the daughter of Leah, whom she bore to Jacob, went out to see the daughters of the land.

2 And when Shechem the son of Hamor the Hivite, prince of the country, saw her, he took her, and lay with her, and defiled her.

3 And his soul was drawn to Dinah the daughter of Jacob, and he loved the girl, and spoke kindly to her.

4 And Shechem spoke to his father Hamor, saying, Get me this girl for a wife.

5 And Jacob heard that he had defiled Dinah his daughter; and his sons were with his cattle in the field; and Jacob held his peace until they came.

6 And Hamor the father of Shechem went out to Jacob to talk with him.

7 And the sons of Jacob came from the field when they heard it; and the men were grieved, and they were very angry, because he had done a vile deed in Israel in lying with Jacob's daughter; which thing ought not to be done.

8 And Hamor talked with them, saying, The soul of my son Shechem longs for your daughter; I beg you give her to him for a wife.

9 And make you marriages with us, and give your daughters to us, and take our daughters for you.

10 And you shall live with us; and the land shall be before you; live and trade in it, and get possessions in it.

11 And Shechem said to her father and to her brothers, Let me find grace in your eyes, and what you shall say to me I will give.

12 Ask me ever so much as dowry and gift, and I will give according as you shall say to me; but give me the girl for a wife.

13 And the sons of Jacob answered Shechem and Hamor his father deceitfully, and said, because he had defiled Dinah their sister;

14 And they said to them, We can not do this thing, to give our sister to one who is uncircumcised; for that would be a reproach to us;

15 But in this will we consent to you; If you will be as we are, that every male of you be circumcised;

16 Then will we give our daughters to you, and we will take your daughters for us, and we will live with you, and we will become one people.

17 But if you will not listen to us, to be circumcised, then we will take our daughter, and we will be gone.

18 And their words pleased Hamor, and Shechem Hamor's son.

19 And the young man deferred not to do the thing, because he had delight in Jacob's daughter; and he was more honorable than all the house of his father.

20 And Hamor and Shechem his son came to the gate of their city, and talked with the men of their city, saying,

21 These men are peaceable with us; therefore let them live in the land, and trade in it; for the land, behold, is large enough for them; let us take their daughters to us for wives, and let us give them our daughters.

22 Only thus will the men consent to live with us, to be one people; if every male among us is circumcised, as they are circumcised.

23 Shall not their cattle and their wealth and every beast of theirs be ours? only let us consent to them, and they will live with us.

24 And to Hamor and to Shechem his son listened all who went out from the gate of his city; and every male was circumcised, all who went out of the gate of his city.

25 And it came to pass on the third day, when they were sore, that two of the sons of Jacob, Shimeon and Levi, Dinah's brothers, took each man his sword, and came upon the city boldly, and slew all the males.

26 And they slew Hamor and Shechem his son with the edge of the sword, and took Dinah out of Shechem's house, and went out.

27 The sons of Jacob came upon the slain, and plundered the city, because they had defiled their sister.

28 They took their sheep, and their oxen, and their asses, and that which was in the city, and that which was in the field,

29 And all their wealth, and all their little ones, and their wives took they captive, and carried off all that was in the houses.

30 And Jacob said to Shimeon and Levi, You have brought trouble on me to make me odious among the inhabitants of the land, among the Canaanites and the Perizzites; and I being few in number, they shall gather together against me, and slay me; and I shall be destroyed, I and my house.

31 And they said, Should he deal with our sister as with a harlot?

1 And God said to Jacob, Arise, go up to Beth-El, and live there; and make there an altar to God, who appeared to you when you fled from the face of Esau your brother.

2 Then Jacob said to his household, and to all who were with him, Put away the strange gods that are among you, and be clean, and change your garments;

3 And let us arise, and go up to Beth-El; and I will make there an altar to God, who answered me in the day of my distress, and was with me in the way which I went.

4 And they gave to Jacob all the strange gods which were in their hand, and all their rings which were in their ears; and Jacob hid them under the oak which was by Shechem.

5 And they journeyed; and the terror of God was upon the cities that were around them, and they did not pursue after the sons of Jacob.

6 So Jacob came to Luz, which is in the land of Canaan, that is, Beth-El, he and all the people who were with him.

7 And he built there an altar, and called the place El-Beth-El; because there God appeared to him, when he fled from the face of his brother.

8 And Deborah, Rebekah's nurse, died, and she was buried beneath Beth-El under an oak; and the name of it was called Allon-Bachuth.

9 And God appeared to Jacob again, when he came from Padan-Aram, and blessed him.

10 And God said to him, Your name is Jacob; your name shall not be called any more Jacob, but Israel shall be your name; and he called his name Israel.

11 And God said to him, I am God Almighty; be fruitful and multiply; a nation and a company of nations shall be of you, and kings shall come from your loins;

12 And the land which I gave Abraham and Isaac, to you I will give it, and to your seed after you will I give the land.

13 And God went up from him in the place where he talked with him.

14 And Jacob set up a pillar in the place where he talked with him, a pillar of stone; and he poured a drink offering on it, and he poured oil on it.

15 And Jacob called the name of the place where God spoke with him, Beth-El.

16 And they journeyed from Beth-El; and there was but a little way to come to Ephrath; and Rachel labored with child, and she had difficult labor.

17 And it came to pass, when she was in difficult labor, that the midwife said to her, Fear not; you shall have this son also.

18 And it came to pass, as her soul was departing, for she died, that she called his name Ben-Oni; but his father called him Benjamin.

19 And Rachel died, and was buried in the way to Ephrath, which is Bethlehem.

20 And Jacob set a pillar upon her grave; that is the pillar of Rachel's grave to this day.

21 And Israel journeyed, and spread his tent beyond the tower of Edar.

22 And it came to pass, when Israel lived in that land, that Reuben went and lay with Bilhah his father's concubine; and Israel heard it. Now the sons of Jacob were twelve;

23 The sons of Leah; Reuben, Jacob's firstborn, and Shimeon, and Levi, and Judah, and Issachar, and Zebulun;

24 The sons of Rachel; Joseph, and Benjamin;

25 And the sons of Bilhah, Rachel's maidservant; Dan, and Naphtali;

26 And the sons of Zilpah, Leah's maidservant; Gad, and Asher; these are the sons of Jacob, who were born to him in Padan-Aram.

27 And Jacob came to Isaac his father to Mamre, to the city of Arba, which is Hebron, where Abraham and Isaac sojourned.

28 And the days of Isaac were a hundred and eighty years.

29 And Isaac expired, and died, and was gathered to his people, being old and full of days; and his sons Esau and Jacob buried him.

1 Now these are the generations of Esau, who is Edom.

2 Esau took his wives of the daughters of Canaan; Adah the daughter of Elon the Hittite, and Aholibamah the daughter of Anah the daughter of Zibeon the Hivite;

3 And Basmath Ishmael's daughter, sister of Nebaioth.

4 And Adah bore to Esau Eliphaz; and Basmath bore Rehuel;

5 (K) And Aholibamah bore Jeush, and Jaalam, and Korah; these are the sons of Esau, who were born to him in the land of Canaan.

6 And Esau took his wives, and his sons, and his daughters, and all the persons of his house, and his cattle, and all his beasts, and all his wealth, which he had got in the land of Canaan; and went to another country, away from his brother Jacob.

7 For their riches were more than that they might live together; and the land where they were strangers could not bear them because of their cattle.

8 Thus lived Esau in Mount Seir; Esau is Edom.

9 And these are the generations of Esau the father of the Edomites in Mount Seir;

10 These are the names of Esau's sons; Eliphaz the son of Adah the wife of Esau, Rehuel the son of Basmath the wife of Esau.

11 And the sons of Eliphaz were Teiman, Omar, Zepho, and Gatam, and Kenaz.

12 And Timna was concubine to Eliphaz Esau's son; and she bore to Eliphaz Amalek; these were the sons of Adah Esau's wife.

13 And these are the sons of Rehuel; Nahath, and Zerah, Shammah, and Mizzah; these were the sons of Basmath Esau's wife.

14 (K) And these were the sons of Aholibamah, the daughter of Anah the daughter of Zibeon, Esau's wife; and she bore to Esau Jeush, and Jaalam, and Korah.

15 These were the chiefs of the sons of Esau; the sons of Eliphaz the firstborn son of Esau; chiefs of Teiman, of Omar, of Zepho, of Kenaz,

16 The chiefs of Korah, of Gatam, and of Amalek; these are the chiefs who came of Eliphaz in the land of Edom; these were the sons of Adah.

17 And these are the sons of Rehuel Esau's son; the chief of Nahath, of Zerah, of Shammah, of Mizzah; these are the chiefs who came of Rehuel in the land of Edom; these are the sons of Basmath Esau's wife.

18 And these are the sons of Aholibamah Esau's wife; the chief of Jeush, the chief of Jaalam, the chief of Korah; these were the chiefs who came of Aholibamah, the daughter of Anah, Esau's wife.

19 These are the sons of Esau, who is Edom, and these are their chiefs.

20 These are the sons of Seir the Horite, who inhabited the land; Lotan, and Shobal, and Zibeon, and Anah,

21 And Dishon, and Ezer, and Dishan; these are the chiefs of the Horites, the children of Seir in the land of Edom.

22 And the children of Lotan were Hori and Hemam; and Lotan's sister was Timna.

23 And the children of Shobal were these: Alvan, and Manahath, and Ebal, Shepho, and Onam.

24 And these are the children of Zibeon: both Ajah, and Anah; this was that Anah that found the mules in the wilderness, as he fed the asses of Zibeon his father.

25 And the children of Anah were these: Dishon, and Aholibamah the daughter of Anah.

26 And these are the children of Dishon: Hemdan, and Eshban, and Ithran, and Keran.

27 The children of Ezer are these: Bilhan, and Zaavan, and Akan.

28 The children of Dishan are these: Uz, and Aran.

29 These are the chiefs who came of the Horites; the chief of Lotan, the chief of Shobal, the chief of Zibeon, the chief of Anah,

30 The chief of Dishon, the chief of Ezer, the chief of Dishan; these are the chiefs who came of Hori, among their chiefs in the land of Seir.

31 And these are the kings who reigned in the land of Edom, before there reigned any king over the people of Israel.

32 And Belah the son of Beor reigned in Edom; and the name of his city was Dinhabah.

33 And Belah died, and Jobab the son of Zerah of Bozrah reigned in his place.

34 And Jobab died, and Husham of the land of the Teimanites reigned in his place.

35 And Husham died, and Hadad the son of Bedad, who defeated Midian in the field of Moab, reigned in his place; and the name of his city was Avith.

36 And Hadad died, and Samlah of Masrekah reigned in his place.

37 And Samlah died, and Saul of Rehoboth by the river reigned in his place.

38 And Saul died, and Baal-Hanan the son of Achbor reigned in his place.

39 And Baal-Hanan the son of Achbor died, and Hadar reigned in his place; and the name of his city was Pau; and his wife's name was Mehetabel, the daughter of Matred, the daughter of Mezahab.

40 And these are the names of the chiefs who came of Esau, according to their families, after their places, by their names; chief Timna, chief Alvah, chief Jetheth,

41 Chief Oholibamah, chief Elah, chief Pinon,

42 The chief of Kenaz, the chief of Teiman, the chief of Mibzar,

43 The chief of Magdiel, the chief of Iram; these are the chiefs of Edom, according to their habitations in the land of their possession; he is Esau the father of the Edomites.

1 And Jacob lived in the land where his father was a stranger, in the land of Canaan.

2 These are the generations of Jacob.

 



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