33- Jacob and Esau Reunited

Jacob lifted up his eyes, and looked, and saw Esau coming with four hundred men. He divided the children to Leah, and to Rachel, and to the two handmaids.

Jacob put the handmaids and their children foremost, and Leah and her children after, and Rachel and Joseph hindmost. And Jacob passed over before them.

Jacob put the women and children in order according to their value. The most valued in the safer position at the back.

Jacob bowed himself to the ground seven times, until he came near to his brother. Esau ran to meet him, and embraced him, and fell on his neck, and kissed him: and they wept.

Esau lifted up his eyes, and saw the women and the children.

Esau: Who are those with you?

Jacob: The children which God has graciously given to your servant.

And the maidens came near, they and their children, and they bowed themselves. And Leah also with her children came near, and bowed themselves: and after came Joseph near and Rachel, and they bowed themselves.

Esau: What do you mean by all this drove which I met?

Esau is talking about the droves of animals that Jacob sent ahead of him as a gift for Esau.

Jacob’s gift to Esau (Genesis 32:13-15):

  •  two hundred she goats
  •  twenty he goats
  •  two hundred ewes
  •  twenty rams
  •  thirty milch camels with their colts (A milch camel is a camel which is producing milk.)
  •  forty cows
  •  ten bulls
  •  twenty she asses and ten foals

Jacob: These are to find grace in the sight of my lord Esau.

Esau: I have enough, my brother; keep that which you have for yourself.

Jacob: If I have found grace in your sight, then receive my present at my hand: for therefore I have seen your face, as though I had seen the face of God, and you were pleased with me. Take my blessing that is brought to you; because God has dealt graciously with me, and because I have enough.

Jacob urged Esau, and Esau took the gift.

Esau: Let us take our journey, and I will go before you.

Jacob: 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. Let my lord pass over before his servant Jacob: and I will lead on softly, according as the cattle that go before me and the children be able to endure, until I come to my lord to Seir.

Esau: Let me leave with you some of the men that are with me.

Jacob: What is the need of it? Let me find grace in the sight of my lord.

So Esau returned to Seir that day.

Jacob came to the city of Shechem, which is in the land of Canaan, when he came from Padan Aram; and he pitched his tent before the city. He bought the parcel of land, where he had pitched his tent, from the children of Hamor, Shechem’s father, for one hundred pieces of money. He erected an altar there and called it El Elohe Israel.

El Elohe Israel means “mighty God of Israel.”


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