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Genesis 27

Isaac sendeth Esau for venison.

Genesis 27:1 And when Izhak was olde, and his eyes were dimme (so that he coulde not see) he called Esau his eldest sonne, and sayde vnto him, My sonne; he answered him, I am here. Genesis 27:2 Then he sayd, Beholde, I am nowe olde, and knowe not the day of my death: Genesis 27:3 Wherefore nowe, I pray thee take thine instrumentes, thy quiuer and thy bowe, and get thee to the fielde, that thou mayest take mee some venison. Genesis 27:4 Then make mee sauourie meate, such as I loue, and bring it me that I may eat, and that my soule may blesse thee, before I die. Genesis 27:5 (Nowe Rebekah heard, when Izhak spake to Esau his sonne) and Esau went into the fielde to hunt for venison, and to bring it.

Rebekah instructeth Jacob to obtain the blessing.

Genesis 27:6 Then Rebekah spake vnto Iaakob her sonne, saying, Beholde, I haue heard thy father talking with Esau thy brother, saying, Genesis 27:7 Bring mee venision, and make mee sauourie meate, that I may eate and blesse thee before the Lord, afore my death. Genesis 27:8 Nowe therefore, my sonne, heare my voyce in that which I command thee. Genesis 27:9 Get thee nowe to the flocke, and bring me thence two good kids of the goates, that I may make pleasant meate of them for thy father, such as he loueth. Genesis 27:10 Then shalt thou bring it to thy father, and he shal eate, to the intent that he may blesse thee before his death. Genesis 27:11 But Iaakob sayde to Rebekah his mother, Beholde, Esau my brother is rough, and I am smoothe. Genesis 27:12 My father may possibly feele me, and I shal seem to him to be a mocker: so shall I bring a curse vpon me, and not a blessing. Genesis 27:13 But his mother sayd vnto him, vpon me be thy curse, my sonne: onely heare my voyce, and go and bring me them. Genesis 27:14 So he went and set them, and brought them to his mother: and his mother made pleasant meat, such as his father loued.

Jacob under the person of Esau obtaineth it.

Genesis 27:15 And Rebekah tooke faire clothes of her elder sonne Esau, which were in her house, and clothed Iaakob her yonger sonne: Genesis 27:16 And she couered his hands and the smoothe of his necke with the skinnes of the kiddes of the goates. Genesis 27:17 Afterward she put the pleasant meate and bread, which she had prepared, in the hand of her sonne Iaakob.

Genesis 27:18 And when he came to his father, he sayd, My father. Who answered, I am here: who art thou, my sonne? Genesis 27:19 And Iaakob sayde to his father, I am Esau thy first borne, I haue done as thou badest me, arise, I pray thee: sit vp and eate of my venison, that thy soule may blesse me. Genesis 27:20 Then Izhak said vnto his sonne, Howe hast thou founde it so quickly my sonne? Who sayde, Because the Lorde thy God brought it to mine hande. Genesis 27:21 Againe sayde Izhak vnto Iaakob, Come neere nowe, that I may feele thee, my sonne, whether thou be that my sonne Esau or not. Genesis 27:22 Then Iaakob came neere to Izhak his father, and he felt him and sayd, The voyce is Iaakobs voyce, but the hands are the hands of Esau. Genesis 27:23 (For he knewe him not, because his hands were rough as his brother Esaus hands: wherefore he blessed him) Genesis 27:24 Againe he sayd, Art thou that my sonne Esau? Who answered, Yea. Genesis 27:25 Then said he, Bring it me hither, and I will eate of my sonnes venison, that my soule may blesse thee; he brought it to him, and he ate: also he brought him wine, and he dranke. Genesis 27:26 Afterward his father Izhak sayd vnto him, Come neere nowe, and kisse me, my sonne. Genesis 27:27 And hee came neere and kissed him. Then he smelled the sauour of his garmentes, and blessed him, and sayde, Behold, the smell of my sonne is as the smell of a fielde, which the Lorde hath blessed. Genesis 27:28 God giue thee therefore of the dewe of heauen, and the fatnesse of the earth, and plentie of wheate and wine. Genesis 27:29 Let people bee thy seruantes, and nations bowe vnto thee: be Lorde ouer thy brethren, and let thy mothers children honour thee. Cursed be he that curseth thee, and blessed be he that blesseth thee.

Esau bringeth venison.

Genesis 27:30 And when Izhak had made an ende of blessing Iaakob, and Iaakob was scarce gone out from the presence of Izhak his father, then came Esau his brother from his hunting, Genesis 27:31 And hee also prepared sauourie meate and brought it to his father, and sayd vnto his father, Let my father arise, and eat of his sonnes venison, that thy soule may blesse me. Genesis 27:32 But his father Izhak sayde vnto him, Who art thou? And he answered, I am thy sonne, euen thy first borne Esau.

Isaac trembleth.

Genesis 27:33 Then Izhak was stricken with a marueilous great feare, and sayde, Who and where is hee that hunted venison, and brought it mee, and I haue eate of all before thou camest? And I haue blessed him, therefore he shalbe blessed.

Esau complaineth, and by importunity obtaineth a blessing.

Genesis 27:34 When Esau heard the wordes of his father, he cryed out with a great crye and bitter, out of measure, and sayde vnto his father, Blesse me, euen me also, my father. Genesis 27:35 Who answered, Thy brother came with subtiltie, and hath taken away thy blessing. Genesis 27:36 Then he sayde, Was hee not iustly called Iaakob? for hee hath deceiued mee these two times: he tooke my birthright, and loe, nowe hath he taken my blessing. Also he sayd, Hast thou not reserued a blessing for me? Genesis 27:37 Then Izhak answered, and sayd vnto Esau, Beholde, I haue made him thy lorde, and all his brethre haue I made his seruants: also with wheate and wine haue I furnished him, & vnto thee now what shall I doe, my sonne? Genesis 27:38 Then Esau sayde vnto his father, Hast thou but one blessing my father? blesse mee, euen me also, my father: and Esau lifted vp his voyce, and wept. Genesis 27:39 Then Izhak his father answered, and sayde vnto him, Behold, the fatnesse of the earth shal be thy dwelling place, and thou shalt haue of the dewe of heauen from aboue. Genesis 27:40 And by thy sword shalt thou liue, and shalt be thy brothers seruant. But it shall come to passe, when thou shalt get the masterie, that thou shalt breake his yoke from thy necke.

He threateneth Jacob.

Genesis 27:41 Therefore Esau hated Iaakob, because of the blessing, wherewith his father blessed him; Esau thought in his minde, The dayes of mourning for my father will come shortly, then I will slay may brother Iaakob.

Rebekah disappointeth it.

Genesis 27:42 And it was told to Rebekah of the wordes of Esau her elder sonne, and shee sent and called Iaakob her yonger sonne, and sayd vnto him, Beholde, thy brother Esau is comforted against thee, meaning to kill thee: Genesis 27:43 Now therefore my sonne, heare my voyce, arise, & flee thou to Haran to my brother Laban, Genesis 27:44 And tarie with him a while vntill thy brothers fiercenesse be swaged, Genesis 27:45 And till thy brothers wrath turne away from thee, and hee forget the thinges, which thou hast done to him: then will I sende and take thee from thence: why shoulde I bee depriued of you both in one day? Genesis 27:46 Also Rebekah said to Izhak, I am weary of my life, for the daughters of Heth. If Iaakob take a wife of the daughters of Heth like these of the daughters of the lande, what auaileth it me to liue?

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