Isaac sendeth Esau for venison.
Genesis 27:1 Forsothe Isaac wexe eld, and hise iyen dasewiden, and he miyte not se. And he clepide Esau, his more sone, and seide to hym, My sone! Which answerde, Y am present. Genesis 27:2 To whom the fadir seide, Thou seest that Y haue woxun eld, and Y knowe not the dai of my deeth. Genesis 27:3 Take thin armeres, arewe caas, and a bowe, and go out; and whanne thou hast take ony thing bi huntyng, Genesis 27:4 make to me a seew therof, as thou knowist that Y wole, and brynge that Y ete, and my soule blesse thee bifore that Y die. Genesis 27:5 And whanne Rebecca hadde herd this thing, and he hadde go in to the feeld to fille the comaundment of the fadir,
Rebekah instructeth Jacob to obtain the blessing.
Genesis 27:6 sche seide to hir sone Jacob, Y herde thi fadir spekynge with Esau, thi brothir, and seiynge to him, Brynge thou me of thin huntyng, Genesis 27:7 and make thow metis, that Y ete, and that Y blesse thee bifor the Lord bifor that Y die. Genesis 27:8 Now therfor, my sone, assent to my counsels, Genesis 27:9 and go to the floc, and brynge to me tweyne the beste kidis, that Y make metis of tho to thi fadir, whiche he etith gladli; Genesis 27:10 and that whanne thow hast brouyt in tho metis, and he hath ete, he blesse thee bifore that he die. Genesis 27:11 To whom Jacob answerde, Thou knowist that Esau my brother is an heeri man, and Y am smethe; if my fadir touchith and feelith me, Genesis 27:12 Y drede lest he gesse that Y wolde scorne him, and lest he brynge in cursyng on me for blessyng. Genesis 27:13 To whom the modir seide, My sone, this cursyng be in me; oonly here thou my vois, and go, and brynge that that Y seide. Genesis 27:14 He yede, and brouyte, and yaf to his modir. Sche made redi metis, as sche knewe that his fadir wolde,
Jacob under the person of Esau obtaineth it.
Genesis 27:15 and sche clothide Jacob in ful goode clothis of Esau, whiche sche hadde at home anentis hir silf. Genesis 27:16 And sche compasside the hondis with litle skynnys of kiddis, and kyuerede the nakide thingis of the necke; Genesis 27:17 and sche yaf seew, and bitook the loouys whiche sche hadde bake.
Genesis 27:18 And whanne these weren brouyt in, he seide, My fadir! And he answerde, Y here; who art thou, my sone? Genesis 27:19 And Jacob seide, Y am Esau, thi first gendrid sone. Y haue do to thee as thou comaundist to me; rise thou, sitte, and ete of myn huntyng, that thi soule blesse me. Genesis 27:20 Eft Ysaac seide to his sone, My sone, hou miytist thou fynde so soone? Which answerde, It was Goddis wille, that this that Y wolde schulde come soone to me. Genesis 27:21 And Isaac seide, My sone, come thou hidir, that Y touche thee, and that Y preue wher thou art my sone Esau, ethir nay. Genesis 27:22 He neiyede to the fadir; and whanne he hadde feelid hym, Isaac seide, Sotheli the vois is the vois of Jacob, but the hondis ben the hondis of Esau. Genesis 27:23 And Isaac knew not Jacob, for the heery hondis expressiden the licnesse of the more sone. Genesis 27:24 Therfor Isaac blesside him, and seide, Art thou my sone Esau? Jacob answerde, Y am. Genesis 27:25 And Isaac seide, My sone, brynge thou to me metis of thin huntyng, that my soule blesse thee. And whanne Isaac hadde ete these metis brouyt, Jacob brouyte also wyn to Isaac, and whanne this was drunkun, Genesis 27:26 Isaac seide to him, My sone, come thou hidir, and yyue to me a cos. Genesis 27:27 Jacob neiyede, and kisside hym; and anoon as Isaac feelide the odour of hise clothis, he blesside him, and seide, Lo! the odour of my sone as the odour of a feeld ful which the Lord hath blessid. Genesis 27:28 God yyue to thee of the dewe of heuene, and of the fatnesse of erthe, aboundaunce of whete, and of wyn, and of oile; Genesis 27:29 and puplis serue thee, and lynagis worschipe thee; be thou lord of thi britheren, and the sones of thi modir be bowid bifor thee; be he cursid that cursith thee, and he that blessith thee, be fillid with blessyngis.
Esau bringeth venison.
Genesis 27:30 Vnnethis Isaac hadde fillid the word, and whanne Jacob was gon out, Genesis 27:31 Esau cam, and brouyte in metis sodun of the huntyng to the fadir, and seide, My fadir, rise thou, and ete of the huntyng of thi sone, that thi soule blesse me. Genesis 27:32 And Isaac seide, Who forsothe art thou? Which answerde, Y am Esau, thi firste gendrid sone.
Genesis 27:33 Isaac dredde bi a greet astonying; and he wondride more, than it mai be bileued, and seide, Who therfor is he which a while ago brouyte to me huntyng takun, and Y eet of alle thingis bifor that thou camest; and Y blesside him? and he schal be blessid.
Esau complaineth, and by importunity obtaineth a blessing.
Genesis 27:34 Whanne the wordis of the fadir weren herd, Esau rorid with a greet cry, and was astonyed, and seide, My fadir, blesse thou also me. Genesis 27:35 Which seide, Thy brother cam prudentli, and took thi blessyng. Genesis 27:36 And Esau addide, Justli his name is clepid Jacob, for lo! he supplauntide me another tyme; bifor he took awei my firste gendride thingis, and now the secounde tyme he rauyschide priueli my blessyng. And eft he seide to the fadir, Wher thou hast not reserued a blessyng also to me? Genesis 27:37 Ysaac answeride, Y haue maad him thi lord, and Y haue maad suget alle hise britheren to his seruage; Y haue stablischid him in whete, and wyn, and oile; and, my sone, what schal Y do to thee aftir these thingis? Genesis 27:38 To whom Esau saide, Fadir, wher thou hast oneli o blessyng? Y biseche that also thou blesse me. And whanne Esau wepte with greet yellyng, Genesis 27:39 Isaac was stirid, and seide to hym, Thi blessyng schal be in the fatnesse of erthe, and in the dew of heuene fro aboue; Genesis 27:40 thou schalt lyue bi swerd, and thou schalt serue thi brothir, and tyme schal come whanne thou schalt shake awei, and vnbynde his yok fro thi nollis.
He threateneth Jacob.
Genesis 27:41 Therfor Esau hatide euer Jacob for the blessyng bi which the fadir hadde blessid hym; and Esau seide in his herte, The daies of morenyng of my fadir schulen come, and Y schal sle Jacob, my brothir.
Rebekah disappointeth it.
Genesis 27:42 These thingis weren teld to Rebecca, and sche sente, and clepide hir sone Jacob, and seide to hym, Lo! Esau, thi brothir, manaasith to sle thee; Genesis 27:43 now therfor, my sone, here thou my vois, and rise thou, and fle to Laban, my brother, in Aran; Genesis 27:44 and thou schalt dwelle with hym a fewe daies, til the woodnesse of thi brother reste, Genesis 27:45 and his indignacioun ceesse, and til he foryite tho thingis whiche thou hast don ayens hym. Aftirward Y schal sende, and Y schal brynge thee fro thennus hidir. Whi schal Y be maad soneles of euer eithir sone in o dai? Genesis 27:46 And Rebecca seide to Isaac, It anoieth me of my lijf for the douytris of Heth; if Jacob takith a wijf of the kynrede of this lond, Y nyle lyue.