27a-Deceit

When Isaac was old, and his eyes were dim so that he could not see, he called Esau his eldest son to him.  

Isaac: My son. I am old now, and I don’t know when I will die. Take your weapons, your quiver and your bow, and go out to the field, and get some venison and make savory meat, such as I love. Bring it to me, that I may eat; that my soul may bless you before I die.

Rebekah heard when Isaac spoke to Esau his son. And Esau went to the field to hunt for venison to bring to his father Isaac.

Rebekah (to Jacob): I heard your father speak to Esau your brother, saying, Bring me venison, and make me savory meat, that I may eat, and bless you before the Lord before my death. Therefore, my son, obey my voice and all that I command you. Go now to the flock, and fetch me two good kids of the goats; and I will make savory meat for your father, such as he loves: And you shall take it to your father, that he may eat, that he may bless you before his death.  

Jacob: Esau my brother is a hairy man, and I am a smooth man. My father perhaps will feel me, and I shall seem to him as a deceiver, and I shall bring a curse on me and not a blessing.

Rebekah: Let your curse be on me, my son: only obey my voice and go fetch me them.

Jacob went and fetched and brought them to his mother: and his mother made savory meat, such as his father loved.

Rebekah took fine garments of her eldest son Esau, which were with her in the house, and put them on Jacob her younger son. She put the skins of the kids of the goats on his hands, and on the smooth of his neck. And she gave the savory meat and the bread, which she had prepared, to Jacob. And Jacob went to his father Isaac.

Jacob: My father.

Isaac: Here I am. Who are you, my son?

Jacob: I am Esau your firstborn; I have done according as you bade me. Arise, sit and eat of my venison, that your soul may bless me.

Isaac: How is it that you have found it so quickly, my son?

Jacob: Because the Lord my God brought it to me.

Isaac: Come near, that I may feel you, my son, whether you are my son Esau or not.

Jacob went near to Isaac his father. Isaac felt him.

Isaac: The voice is Jacob’s voice, but the hands are the hands of Esau.

Isaac did not discern that this was Jacob, because his hands were hairy like his brother Esau’s hands.
So Isaac blessed Jacob. 

Isaac: Are you my son Esau? 

Jacob: I am.

Isaac: Bring it near to me, and I will eat of my son’s venison, that my soul may bless you.

Jacob took it to Isaac, and Isaac ate. Jacob brought Isaac wine, and Isaac drank.

Isaac: Come near now and kiss me, my son.

Jacob came near, and kissed Isaac.

Isaac smelled the smell of his garment and blessed him.

Isaac: The smell of my son is as the smell of a field which the Lord has blessed. Therefore God give you of the dew of heaven, and the fatness of the earth, and plenty of corn and wine. Let people serve you, and nations bow down to you: be lord over your brethren, and let your mother’s sons bow down to you: cursed be every one that curses you, and blessed be he that blesses you.

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, Esau his brother came in from his hunting. He also had made savory meat and brought it to his father.

Esau: Let my father arise, and eat of his son’s venison, that your soul may bless me.

Isaac: Who are you?

Esau: I am your son, your firstborn Esau.

Isaac trembled very exceedingly.

Isaac: Who? Where is he who has brought me venison, and I have eaten it before you came, and have blessed him? Yes, he shall be blessed.

When Esau heard the words of his father, he cried with a great and bitter cry.

Esau: Bless me also, O my father.  

Isaac: Your brother came deceitfully and has taken away your blessing.

Esau: Is not he rightly named Jacob? For he has supplanted me these two times: he
took away my birthright; and, now he has taken away my blessing. Haven’t you reserved a blessing for me?  

Isaac: I have made him your lord, and have I given to him all his brethren for servants; and with corn and wine have I sustained him? What shall I do now to you, my son?

Esau: Do you have only one blessing, my father? Bless me also, O my father.

And Esau lifted up his voice and wept.

Isaac: Behold, your dwelling shall be the fatness of the earth, and of the dew of heaven from above. You shall live by your sword and shall serve your brother. And when you shall have the dominion, that you shall break his yoke from off your neck.

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