How wild is your father

The Bible in the standard translation


The Book of Genesis, chapter 27


The firstborn blessing

Gen 27.1When Isaac grew old and his eyes were gone so that he could no longer see, he called his older son Esau and said to him: My son! He replied: Here I am.Gen 27.2Then Isaac said: You see, I have grown old. I do not know when I will die.Gen 27.3Now take your hunting equipment, your quiver and your bow, go to the field and hunt me a game!Gen 27.4Then prepare a tasty meal for me as I like it and bring it to me to eat so that I can bless you before I die.Gen 27.5Rebekah had overheard the conversation between Isaac and his son Esau. When Esau went out to hunt in order to bring some gameGen 27.6Rebekah said to her son Jacob: I heard your father say to your brother Esau:Gen 27.7Get me some game and prepare a delicious meal for me to eat; then I will bless you before the Lord before I die.Gen 27.8Now listen carefully, my son, what I tell you:Gen 27.9Go to the herd and bring me two beautiful billy goats from there! I want to use it to prepare a delicious meal for your father, just as he likes it.Gen 27.10You will then take it to your father to eat so that he will bless you before he dies.Gen 27.11Jacob replied to his mother Rebekah: My brother Esau is hairy and I have smooth skin.Gen 27.12Perhaps my father is touching me; then he might think that I am doing his best, and that I bring a curse on myself instead of a blessing.Gen 27.13His mother replied: Your curse come on me, my son. Listen to me, go get me the goats!Gen 27.14So he went and got it and brought it to his mother. She prepared a delicious meal, just as his father liked it.Gen 27.15Rebekah then fetched the holiday clothes of her older son Esau, which she had with her in the house, and dressed them for her younger son Jacob.Gen 27.16She put the skins of the billy goats around his hands and around his smooth neck.Gen 27.17Then she gave the delicious food and bread that she had prepared to her son Jacob.Gen 27.18He went in to his father and said: My father! Yes, he replied, who are you, my son?Gen 27.19Jacob replied to his father: I am Esau, your firstborn. I did as you told me to do. Sit up, eat my venison and then bless me!Gen 27.20Isaac said to his son: How could you find something so quickly, my son? He replied: The Lord your God has let it run towards me.Gen 27.21Isaac said to Jacob: Come closer! I want to touch you, my son, whether you really are my son Esau or not.Gen 27.22Jacob went to his father Isaac. Isaac touched it and said: The voice is Jacob's voice, but the hands are Esau's.Gen 27.23He did not recognize him, for Jacob's hands were hairy like those of his brother Esau, and so he blessed him.Gen 27.24He asked: Is it you, my son Esau? Yes, he replied.Gen 27.25Isaac said: Bring it to me! I will eat my son’s venison and then I will bless you. Jacob brought it to him and Isaac ate. Then he also handed him wine and Isaac drank.Gen 27.26Now his father Isaac said to him: Come closer and kiss me, my son!Gen 27.27He stepped closer and kissed him. Isaac smelled the scent of his clothes, blessed him and said: Yes, my son smells like the field that the Lord has blessed.Gen 27.28God give you of the dew of heaven, / of the fat of the earth, much grain and wine.Gen 27.29The peoples shall serve you, / the tribes prostrate themselves to you, / you shall be lord over your brethren. / Let your mother's sons pay homage to you. / Damn whoever curses you. / Blessed is he who blesses you.Gen 27.30No sooner had Isaac blessed Jacob and Jacob left his father Isaac, when his brother Esau came home from the hunt.Gen 27.31He too prepared a delicious meal, brought it to his father and said to him: My father sits up and eats his son's venison so that you will bless me.Gen 27.32His father Isaac asked him: Who are you? He replied: I am your son Esau, your firstborn.Gen 27.33Isaac trembled violently and asked: Who was it that hunted the game and brought it to me? I ate everything before you came and I blessed him; he will remain blessed too.Gen 27.34When Esau heard his father's words, he cried out violently, extremely bitter, and said to his father: Bless me too, father!Gen 27.35He replied: Your brother came cunningly and took your blessing away from you.Gen 27.36Then Esau said: Wasn't he called Jacob (deceiver)? He has already betrayed me twice: he has taken my birthright from me, and now he is also taking away my blessing. Then he said: Didn't you save a blessing for me?Gen 27.37Isaac answered and said to Esau, “I have made him lord over you, and I have given him all his brothers as servants. I also provided him with grain and must. What else can I do for you, my son?Gen 27.38Then Esau said to his father: Did you have only one blessing, father? Bless me too, father! And Esau started crying loudly.Gen 27.39His father Isaac answered him and said, You must dwell far from the fat of the earth, / far from the dew of heaven above.Gen 27.40You will live on your sword. / You will serve your brother. / But if you persevere, you will remove / his yoke from your neck..

Jacob flees to Haran

Gen 27.41Esau was an enemy of Jacob because of the blessing with which his father had blessed him, and Esau said: The days of mourning for my father are approaching; then I'll kill my brother Jacob.Gen 27.42When Rebekah was told what her eldest son Esau had said, she called for Jacob, her younger son, and said to him: Your brother Esau wants to take revenge on you and kill you.Gen 27.43But now, my son, listen to me! Get up and flee to my brother Laban in Haran!Gen 27.44Stay with him for a while until your brother's resentment subsides.Gen 27.45If your brother's anger has left you and he has forgotten what you did to him, I'll have you taken from there. Why should I lose you both in one day?Gen 27.46Rebekah said to Isaac: My life disgusts me because of the Hittite women. If Jakob takes such a Hittite woman, a native, as his wife, what do I care about life?