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Book 9: The account of Esau the Edomite

Continuation of Chapter 25:19 Abraham begat Isaac. 20. And Isaac was forty years old when he took Rebekah to wife, the daughter of Bethuel the Syrian of Padan-aram, the sister to Laban the Syrian. 21. And Isaac intreated Yahweh for his wife, because she was barren, and Yahweh was entreated of him, and Rebekah his wife conceived. 22. And the children struggled together within her and she said, If it be so, why am I thus? And she went to inquire of Yahweh. 23. And Yahweh said to her, Two nations are in your womb, and two manner of people shall be separated from your bowels, and the one people shall be stronger than the other people and the elder shall s erve the younger.

24. And when her days to be delivered were fulfilled, behold, there were twins in her womb. 25. And the first came out red, all over like an hairy garment, and they called his name Esau. 26. And after that came his brother out, and his hand took hold on Esauís heel and his name was called Jacob, and Isaac was threescore years old when she bare them.
27. And the boys grew, and Esau was a cunning hunter, a man of the field and Jacob was a plain man, dwelling in tents. 28. And Isaac loved Esau, because he did eat of his venison, but Rebekah loved Jacob. 29. And Jacob sod pottage and Esau came from the field, and he was faint. 30. And Esau said to Jacob, Feed me, I pray you, with that same red pottage, for I am faint. Therefore was his name called Edom.
31. And Jacob said, Sell me this day your birthright. 32. And Esau said, Behold, I am at the point to die, and what profit shall this birthright do to me? And Jacob said, 33. Swear to me this day, and he swore to him, and he sold his birthright to Jacob. 34. Then Jacob gave Esau bread and pottage of lentils and he did eat and drink, and rose up, and went his way. Thus Esau despised his birthright.

Chapter 26:1 And there was a famine in the land, (beside the first famine that was in the days of Abraham. ) And Isaac went to Abimelech king of the Philistines to Gerar. 2. And Yahweh appeared to him, and said, Go not down into Egypt, dwell in the land which I shall tell you of. 3. Sojourn in this land, and I will be with you, and will bless you, for to you, and to your seed, I will give all these countries, and I will perform the oath which I swore to Abraham your father. 4. And I will make your seed to multiply as the stars of heaven, and will give to your seed all these countries, and in your seed shall all the nations of the earth be blessed. 5. Because that Abraham obeyed my voice, and kept my charge, my commandments, my statutes, and my laws.
6. And Isaac dwelt in Gerar. 7. And the men of the place asked him of his wife, and he said, She is my sister, for he feared to say, She is my wife, lest, said he, the men of the place should kill me for Rebekah, because she was fair to look upon. 8. And it came to pass, when he had been there a long time, that Abimelech king of the Philistines looked out at a window, and saw, and, behold, Isaac was sporting with Rebekah his wife.
9. And Abimelech called Isaac, and said, Behold, of a surety she is your wife, and so why did you say, She is my sister? And Isaac said to him, Because I said, Lest I die for her. 10. And Abimelech said, What is this you have done to us? One of the people might lightly have lay with your wife, and you should have brought guiltiness upon us. 11. And Abimelech charged all his people, saying, He that touches this man or his wife shall surely be put to death.

12. Then Isaac sowed in that land, and received in the same year an hundredfold, and Yahweh blessed him. 13. And the man waxed great, and went forward, and grew until he became very great, 14. for he had possession of flocks, and possession of herds, and great store of servants, and the Philistines envied him. 15. For all the wells which his fatherís servants had dug in the days of Abraham his father, the Philistines had stopped them, and filled them with earth. 16. And Abimelech said to Isaac, Go from us, for you are much mightier than we. 17. And Isaac departed thence, and pitched his tent in the valley of Gerar, and dwelt there.
18. And Isaac dug again the wells of water, which they had dug in the days of Abraham his father, for the Philistines had stopped them after the death of Abraham. And he called their names after the names by which his father had called them. 19. And Isaacís servants dug in the valley, and found there a well of springing water. 20. And the herdsmen of Gerar did strive with Isaacís herdsmen, saying, The water is ours. And he called the name of the well Esek, because they strove with him.

21. And they dug another well, and strove for that also, and he called the name of it Sitnah. 22. And he removed from there, and dug another well, and for that they strove not. And he called the name of it Rehoboth, and he said, For now Yahweh has made room for us, and we shall be fruitful in the land. 23. And he went up from there to Beer-sheba. 24. And Yahweh appeared to him the same night, and said, I am the Elohim of Abraham your father, fear not, for I am with you, and will bless you, and multiply your seed for my servant Abrahamís sake. 25. And he built an altar there, and called upon the name of Yahweh, and pitched his tent there, and there Isaacís servants dug a well.

26. Then Abimelech went to him from Gerar, and Ahuzzath one of his friends, and Phichol the chief captain of his army. 27. And Isaac said to them, Why come you to me, seeing you hate me, and have sent me away from you? 28. And they said, We saw certainly that Yahweh was with you, and we said, Let there be now an oath between us, even between us and you, and let us make a covenant with you, 29. that you will do us no hurt, as we have not touched you, and as we have done to you nothing but good, and have sent you away in peace, you are now the blessed of Yahweh . 30. And he made them a feast, and they did eat and drink. 31. And they rose up betimes in the morning, and swore one to another, and Isaac sent them away, and they departed from him in peace.
32. And it came to pass the same day, that Isaacís servants came, and told him concerning the well which they had dug, and said to him, We have found water. 33. And he called it Shebah, (Therefore the name of the city is Beer-sheba to this day. )

34. And Esau was forty years old when he took to wife Judith the daughter of Beeri the Hittite, and Bashemath the daughter of Elon the Hittite, 35. which were a grief of mind to Isaac and to Rebekah. Chapter 27:1 And it came to pass, that when Isaac was old, and his eyes were dim, so that he could not see, he called Esau his eldest son, and said to him, My son, and he said to him, Behold, here am I. 2. And he said, Behold now, I am old, I know not the day of my death. 3. Now therefore take, I pray you your weapons, your quiver and your bow, and go out to the field, and take me some venison. 4. And make me savoury meat, such as I love, and bring it to me, that I may eat, that my soul may bless you before I die.
5. And Rebekah heard when Isaac spoke to Esau his son. And Esau went to the field to hunt for venison, and to bring it. 6. And Rebekah spoke to Jacob her son, saying, Behold, I heard your father speak to Esau you brother, saying, 7. Bring me venison, and make me savoury meat, that I may eat, and bless you before Yahweh before my death. 8. Now therefore, my son, obey my voice according to that which I command you. 9. Go now to the flock, and fetch me from there two good kids of the goats, and I will make them savoury meat for your father, such as he loves. 10. And you shall bring it to your father, that he may eat, and that he may bless you before his death.

11. And Jacob said to Rebekah his mother, Behold, Esau my brother is a hairy man, and I am a smooth man. 12. My father peradventure will feel me, and I shall seem to him as a deceiver, and I shall bring a curse upon me, and not a blessing. 13. And his mother said to him, Upon me be your curse, my son. Only obey my voice, and go fetch me them. 14. And he went, and fetched, and brought them to his mother, and his mother made savoury meat, such as his father loved.
15. And Rebekah took goodly raiment of her eldest son Esau, which were with her in the house, and put them upon Jacob her younger son. 16. And she put the skins of the kids of the goats upon his hands, and upon the smooth of his neck. 17. And she gave the savoury meat and the bread, which she had prepared, into the hand of her son Jacob.

18. And he came to his father, and said, My father, and he said, Here am I. Who are you, my son? 19. And Jacob said to his father, I am Esau your firstborn. I have done according as you bade me. Arise, I pray you, sit and eat of my venison, that your soul may bless me. 20. And Isaac said to his son, How is it that you have found it so quickly, my son? And he said, Because Yahweh thy Elohim brought it to me.
21. And Isaac said to Jacob, Come near, I pray you, that I may feel you, my son, whether you be my very son Esau or not. 22. And Jacob went near to Isaac his father, and he felt him, and said, The voice is Jacobís voice, but the hands are the hands of Esau. 23. And he discerned him not, because his hands were hairy, as his brother Esauís hands, so he blessed him. 24. And he said, Are you my very son Esau? And he said, I am. 25. And he said, Bring it near to me, and I will eat of my sonís venison, that my soul may bless you.

And he brought it near to him, and he did eat, and he brought him wine, and he drank. 26. And his father Isaac said to him, Come near now, and kiss me, my son. 27. And he came near, and kissed him, and he smelled the smell of his raiment, and blessed him, and said, See, the smell of my son is as the smell of a field which Yahweh has blessed.
28. Therefore Elohim give you of the dew of heaven, and the fatness of the earth, and plenty of corn and wine. 29. Let people serve you, and nations bow down to you, be lord over your brethren, and let your motherís sons bow down to you, cursed be every one that curses you, and blessed be he that blesses you.

30. And it came to pass, 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, that Esau his brother came in from his hunting. 31. And he also had made savoury meat, and brought it to his father, and said to his father, Let my father arise, and eat of his sonís venison, that your soul may bless me.
32. And Isaac his father said to him, Who are you? And he said, I am your son, your firstborn Esau. 33. And Isaac trembled very exceedingly, and said, Who? where is he that has taken venison, and brought it me, and I have eaten of all before you came, and have blessed him? yea, and he shall be blessed.

34. And when Esau heard the words of his father, he cried with a great and exceeding bitter cry, and said to his father, Bless me, even me also, O my father. 35. And he said, your brother came subtly, and has taken away your blessing. 36. And he said, Is not he rightly named Jacob? for he has supplanted me these two times. He took away my birthright, and behold, now he hath taken away my blessing.
And he said, Have you not reserved a blessing for me? 37. And Isaac answered and said to Esau, Behold, I have made him your lord, and all his brethren have I given to him for servants, and with corn and wine have I sustained him. What shall I do now to you, my son? 38. And Esau said to his father, Have you but one blessing, my father? Bless me, even me also, O my father. And Esau lifted up his voice, and wept.

39. And Isaac his father answered and said to him, Behold, your dwelling shall be the fatness of the earth, and of the dew of heaven from above. 40. And by your sword shall you live, and shall serve your brother. And it shall come to pass when you shall have the dominion, that you shall break his yoke from off your neck.
41. And Esau hated Jacob because of the blessing wherewith his father blessed him, and Esau said in his heart, The days of mourning for my father are at hand. Then will I slay my brother Jacob. 42. And these words of Esau her elder son were told to Rebekah, and she sent and called Jacob her younger son, and said to him, Behold, your brother Esau, as touching you, does comfort himself, purposing to kill you. 43. Now therefore, my son, obey my voice and arise, flee you to Laban my brother to Haran, 44. and tarry with him a few days, until your brotherís fury turn away. 45. Until your brotherís anger turn away from you, and he forget that which you have done to him. Then I will send, and fetch you from there. Why should I be deprived also of you both in one day?

46. And Rebekah said to Isaac, I am weary of my life because of the daughters of Heth. If Jacob take a wife of the daughters of Heth, such as these which are of the daughters of the land, what good shall my life do me? Chapter 28:1 And Isaac called Jacob, and blessed him, and charged him, and said to him, you shall not take a wife of the daughters of Canaan. 2. Arise, go to Padan-aram, to the house of Bethuel your motherís father; and take thee a wife from thence of the daughters of Laban thy motherís brother. 3. And El-Shaddai bless you, and make you fruitful, and multiply you, that you may be a multitude of people, 4. and give you the blessing of Abraham, to you, and to your seed with you, that you may inherit the land wherein you are a stranger, which Elohim gave to Abraham.
5. And Isaac sent away Jacob, and he went to Padan-aram to Laban, son of Bethuel the Syrian, the brother of Rebekah, Jacobís and Esauís mother. 6. When Esau saw that Isaac had blessed Jacob, and sent him away to Padan-aram, to take him a wife from there, and that as he blessed him he gave him a charge, saying, You shall not take a wife of the daughters of Canaan, 7. and that Jacob obeyed his father and his mother, and was gone to Padan-aram. 8. And Esau seeing that the daughters of Canaan pleased not Isaac his father, 9. then went Esau to Ishmael, and took unto the wives which he had Mahalath the daughter of Ishmael Abrahamís son, the sister of Nebajoth, to be his wife.

10. And Jacob went out from Beer-sheba, and went toward Haran. 11. And he lighted upon a certain place, and tarried there all night, because the sun was set, and he took of the stones of that place, and put them for his pillows, and lay down in that place to sleep. 12. And he dreamed, and behold a ladder set up on the earth, and the top of it reached to heaven, and behold the angels of Elohim ascending and descending on it. 13. And, behold, Yahweh stood above it, and said, I am Yahweh , the Elohim of Abraham your father, and the Elohim of Isaac.
The land whereon you lie, to you will I give it, and to your seed. 14. And your seed shall be as the dust of the earth, and you shall spread abroad to the west, and to the east, and to the north, and to the south, and in you and in your seed shall all the families of the earth be blessed. 15. And, behold, I am with you, and will keep you in all places where you go, and will bring you again into this land, for I will not leave you, until I have done that which I have spoken to you of.

16. And Jacob awaked out of his sleep, and he said, Surely Yahweh is in this place, and I knew it not. 17. And he was afraid, and said, How dreadful is this place! This is none other but the house of Elohim, and this is the gate of heaven. 18. And Jacob rose up early in the morning, and took the stone that he had put for his pillows, and set it up for a pillar, and poured oil upon the top of it.
19. And he called the name of that place Beth-el, but the name of that city was called Luz at the first. 20. And Jacob vowed a vow, saying, If Elohim will be with me, and will keep me in this way that I go, and will give me bread to eat, and raiment to put on, 21. so that I come again to my fatherís house in peace, then shall Yahweh be my Elohim. 22. And this stone, which I have set for a pillar, shall be the house of Elohim and of all that you shall give me I will surely give the tenth to you.

Chapter 29:1 Then Jacob went on his journey, and came into the land of the people of the east. 2. And he looked, and behold a well in the field, and, lo, there were three flocks of sheep lying by it, for out of that well they watered the flocks, and a great stone was upon the wellís mouth. 3. And there were all the flocks gathered, and they rolled the stone from the wellís mouth, and watered the sheep, and put the stone again upon the wellís mouth in his place.
4. And Jacob said to them, My brethren, from where are you? And they said, Of Haran are we. 5. And he said to them, Know you Laban the son of Nahor? And they said, We know him. 6. And he said to them, Is he well? And they said, He is well, and behold, Rachel his daughter comes with the sheep. 7. And he said, Lo, it is yet high day, neither is it time that the cattle should be gathered together, water you the sheep, and go and feed them. 8. And they said, We cannot, until all the flocks be gathered together, and till they roll the stone from the wellís mouth, then we water the sheep. 9. And while he yet spoke with them, Rachel came with her fatherís sheep, for she kept them.
10. And it came to pass, when Jacob saw Rachel the daughter of Laban his motherís brother, and the sheep of Laban his motherís brother, that Jacob went near, and rolled the stone from the wellís mouth, and watered the flock of Laban his motherís brother.

11. And Jacob kissed Rachel, and lifted up his voice, and wept. 12. And Jacob told Rachel that he was her fatherís brother, and that he was Rebekahís son, and she ran and told her father. 13. And it came to pass, when Laban heard the tidings of Jacob his sisterís son, that he ran to meet him, and embraced him, and kissed him, and brought him to his house. And he told Laban all these things. 14. And Laban said to him, Surely you are my bone and my flesh. And he abode with him the space of a month. 15. And Laban said to Jacob, Because you are my brother, should you therefore serve me for nothing? tell me, what shall your wages be?
16. And Laban had two daughters, the name of the elder was Leah, and the name of the younger was Rachel. 17. Leah was tender eyed, but Rachel was beautiful and well favoured. 18. And Jacob loved Rachel, and said, I will serve you seven years for Rachel your younger daughter. 19. And Laban said, It is better that I give her to you, than that I should give her to another man, abide with me. 20. And Jacob served seven years for Rachel, and week, and we will give you this also for the service which you shall serve with me yet seven other years. 28. And Jacob did so, and fulfilled her week, and he gave him Rachel his daughter to wife also.

29. And Laban gave to Rachel his daughter Bilhah his handmaid to be her maid. 30. And he went in also unto Rachel, and he loved also Rachel more than Leah, and served with him yet seven other years. 31. And when Yahweh saw that Leah was hated, he opened her womb, but Rachel was barren. 32. And Leah conceived, and bare a son, and she called his name Reuben, for she said, Surely Yahweh hath looked upon my affliction, now therefore my husband will love me.
33. And she conceived again, and bare a son, and said, Because Yahweh has heard that I was hated, he has therefore given me this son also, and she called his name Simeon. 34. And she conceived again, and bare a son, and said, Now this time will my husband be joined to me, because I have born him three sons. Therefore was his name called Levi. 35. And she conceived again, and bare a son and she said, Now will I praise Yahweh . Therefore she called his name Judah, and left bearing.

Chapter 30:1 And when Rachel saw that she bare Jacob no children, Rachel envied her sister and said to Jacob, Give me children, or else I die. 2. And Jacobís anger was kindled against Rachel, and he said, Am I in Elohimís stead, who has withheld from you the fruit of the womb? 3. And she said, Behold my maid Bilhah, go in to her, and she shall bear upon my knees, that I may also have children by her.
4. And she gave him Bilhah her handmaid to wife and Jacob went in unto her, 5. and Bilhah conceived, and bare Jacob a son. 6. And Rachel said, God has judged me, and has also heard my voice, and has given me a son. Therefore called she his name Dan. 7. And Bilhah Rachelís maid conceived again, and bare Jacob a second son. 8. And Rachel said, With great wrestlings have I wrestled with my sister, and I have prevailed, and she called his name Naphtali.

9. When Leah saw that she had left bearing, she took Zilpah her maid, and gave her Jacob to wife. 10. And Zilpah Leahís maid bare Jacob a son. 11. And Leah said, A troop cometh, and she called his name Gad. 12. And Zilpah Leahís maid bare Jacob a second son. 13. And Leah said, Happy am I, for the daughters will call me blessed, and she called his name Asher.
14. And Reuben went in the days of wheat harvest, and found mandrakes in the field, and brought them to his mother Leah. Then Rachel said to Leah, Give me, I pray you, of your sonís mandrakes. 15. And she said to her, Is it a small matter that you have taken my husband? and would you take away my sonís mandrakes also? And Rachel said, Therefore he shall lie with you tonight for your sonís mandrakes. 16. And Jacob came out of the field in the evening, and Leah went out to meet him, and said, You must come in to me, for surely I have hired you with my sonís mandrakes. And he lay with her that night.

17. And Elohim hearkened unto Leah, and she conceived, and bare Jacob the fifth son. 18. And Leah said, Elohim hath given me my hire, because I have given my maiden to my husband, and she called his name Issachar. 19. And Leah conceived again, and bare Jacob the sixth son. 20. And Leah said, Elohim hath endued me with a good dowry, now will my husband dwell with me, because I have born him six sons, and she called his name Zebulun. 21. And afterwards she bare a daughter, and called her name Dinah.
22. And Elohim remembered Rachel, and Elohim hearkened to her, and opened her womb. 23. And she conceived, and bare a son, and said, Elohim has taken away my reproach. 24. And she called his name Joseph, and said, Yahweh shall add to me another son. 25. And it came to pass, when Rachel had born Joseph, that Jacob said to Laban, Send me away, that I may go to my own place, and to my country. 26. Give me my wives and my children, for whom I have served you, and let me go, for you know my service which I have done you.

27. And Laban said to him, I pray you, if I have found favour in your eyes, tarry. For I have learned by experience that Yahweh has blessed me for your sake. 28. And he said, Appoint me your wages, and I will give it. 29. And he said to him, You know how I have served you, and how your cattle were with me. 30. For it was little which you had before I came, and it is now increased unto a multitude. And Yahweh has blessed you since my coming, and now when shall I provide for my own house also?
31. And he said, What shall I give you? And Jacob said, You shall not give me any thing. If you will do this thing for me, I will again feed and keep your flock. 32. I will pass through all your flock to day, removing from there all the speckled and spotted cattle, and all the brown cattle among the sheep, and the spotted and speckled among the goats, and of such shall be my hire. 33. So shall my righteousness answer for me in time to come, when it shall come for my hire before your face. Every one that is not speckled and spotted among the goats, and brown among the sheep, that shall be counted stolen with me.
34. And Laban said, Behold, I would it might be according to thy word. 35. And he removed that day the he goats that were ring-straked and spotted, and all the she goats that were speckled and spotted, and every one that had some white in it, and all the brown among the sheep, and gave them into the hand of his sons.

36. And he set three daysí journey between himself and Jacob, and Jacob fed the rest of Labanís flocks. 37. And Jacob took him rods of green poplar, and of the hazel and chesnut tree, and pilled white strakes in them, and made the white appear which was in the rods. 38. And he set the rods which he had pilled before the flocks in the gutters in the watering troughs when the flocks came to drink, that they should conceive when they came to drink.
39. And the flocks conceived before the rods, and brought forth cattle ring-straked, speckled, and spotted. 40. And Jacob did separate the lambs, and set the faces of the flocks toward the rings-traked, and all the brown in the flock of Laban, and he put his own flocks by themselves, and put them not with Labanís cattle.
41. And it came to pass, whenever the stronger cattle did conceive, that Jacob laid the rods before the eyes of the cattle in the gutters, that they might conceive among the rods. 42. But when the cattle were feeble, he put them not in, so the feebler were Labanís, and the stronger Jacobís. 43. And the man increased exceedingly, and had much cattle, and maidservants, and menservants, and camels, and asses.

Chapter 31:1 And he heard the words of Labanís sons, saying, Jacob hath taken away all that was our Fatherís, and of that which was our fatherís hath he got all this glory. 2. And Jacob beheld the countenance of Laban, and behold, it was not toward him as before. 3. And Yahweh said to Jacob, Return to the land of your fathers, and to your kindred, and I will be with you.
4. And Jacob sent and called Rachel and Leah to the field to his flock, 5. And said to them, I see your fatherís countenance, that it is not toward me as before, but the Elohim of my father has been with me. 6. And you know that with all my power I have served your father. 7. And your father has deceived me, and changed my wages ten times, but Elohim suffered him not to hurt me. 8. If he said this, The speckled shall be your wages, then all the cattle bare speckled, and if he said this, The ring-straked shall be your hire, then bare all the cattle ring-straked. 9. Thus Elohim has taken away the cattle of your father, and given them to me.

10. And it came to pass at the time that the cattle conceived, that I lifted up my eyes, and saw in a dream, and, behold, the rams which leaped upon the cattle were ring-straked, speckled, and grizzled. 11. And the angel of Elohim spoke to me in a dream, saying, Jacob. And I said, Here am I. 12. And he said, Lift up now your eyes, and see, all the rams which leap upon the cattle are ring-straked, speckled, and grisled, for I have seen all that Laban does to you. 13. I am the Elohim of Beth-el, where you anointed the pillar, and where you vowed a vow to me. Now arise, get you out from this land, and return to the land of your kindred.

14. And Rachel and Leah answered and said to him, Is there yet any portion or inheritance for us in our fatherís house? 15. Are we not counted of him strangers? for he has sold us, and has quite devoured also our money. 16. For all the riches which Elohim has taken from our father, that is ours, and our childrenís. Now then, whatsoever Elohim has said to you, do. 17. Then Jacob rose up, and set his sons and his wives upon camels, 18. and he carried away all his cattle, and all his goods which he had gotten, the cattle of his getting, which he had gotten in Padan-aram, for to go to Isaac his father in the land of Canaan.

19. And Laban went to shear his sheep, and Rachel had stolen the images that were her fatherís. 20. And Jacob s tole away unawares to Laban the Syrian, in that he told him not that he fled. 21. So he fled with all that he had, and he rose up, and passed over the river, and set his face toward the mount Gilead.
22. And it was told Laban on the third day that Jacob was fled. 23. And he took his brothers with him, and pursued after him seven daysí journey, and they overtook him in the mount Gilead. 24. And Elohim came to Laban the Syrian in a dream by night, and said to him, Take heed that you speak not to Jacob either good or bad. 25. Then Laban overtook Jacob. Now Jacob had pitched his tent in the mount, and Laban with his brethren pitched in the mount of Gilead.

26. And Laban said to Jacob, What have you done, that you have stolen away unawares to me, and carried away m y daughters, as captives taken with the sword? 27. Why did you flee away secretly, and steal away from me, and di d not tell me, that I might have sent you away with mirth, and with songs, with tabret, and with harp? 28. And have not suffered me to kiss my sons and my daughters? You have now done foolishly in so doing.
29. It is in the pow er of my hand to do you hurt, but the Elohim of your father spoke to me last night, saying, Take you heed that you s peak not to Jacob either good or bad. 30. And now, though you would needs be gone, because you sore longed aft er your fatherís house, yet wherefore have you stolen my gods?
31. And Jacob answered and said to Laban, Because I was afraid, for I said, Peradventure you would take by force your daughters from me. 32. With whomsoever you find your gods, let him not live, before our brethren discern y ou what is yours with me, and take it to you. For Jacob knew not that Rachel had stolen them.

33. And Laban wen t into Jacobís tent, and into Leahís tent, and into the two maidservantsí tents, but he found them not. Then went he out of Leahís tent, and entered into Rachelís tent. 34. Now Rachel had taken the images, and put them in the camel ís furniture, and sat upon them. And Laban searched all the tent, but found them not. 35. And she said to her father, Let it not displease my lord that I cannot rise up before you, for the custom of women is upon me. And he searche d, but found not the images.
36. And Jacob was wroth, and chode with Laban, and Jacob answered and said to Laban, What is my trespass? What is my sin, that you have so hotly pursued after me? 37. Whereas you have searched all my stuff, what have you fou nd of all your household stuff? Set it here before my brethren and your brethren, that they may judge between us b oth. 38. This twenty years have I been with you, your ewes and your she goats have not cast their young, and the ra ms of your flock have I not eaten. 39. That which was torn of beasts I brought not to you, I bare the loss of it. Of m y hand did you require it, whether stolen by day, or stolen by night.

40. Thus I was, in the day the drought consumed me, and the frost by night, and my sleep departed from my eyes. 4 1. Thus have I been twenty years in your house, I served you fourteen years for your two daughters, and six years fo r your cattle, and you have changed my wages ten times. 42. Except the Elohim of my father, the Elohim of Abraha m, and the fear of Isaac, had been with me, surely you had sent me away now empty. Elohim has seen my affliction and the labour of my hands, and rebuked you last night.
43. And Laban answered and said to Jacob, These daughters are my daughters, and these children are my children, and these cattle are my cattle, and all that you see is mine, and what can I do this day to these my daughters, or to their children which they have born? 44. Now therefore come y ou, let us make a covenant, I and you, and let it be for a witness between me and you. 45. And Jacob took a stone, a nd set it up for a pillar. 46. And Jacob said to his brethren, Gather stones, and they took stones, and made an heap, a nd they did eat there upon the heap. 47. And Laban called it Jegar-sahadutha, but Jacob called it Galeed. 48. And La ban said, This heap is a witness between me and you this day.

Therefore was the name of it called Galeed, 49. And Mizpah, for he said, Yahweh watch between me and you, whe n we are absent one from another. 50. If you shall afflict my daughters, or if you shall take other wives beside my d aughters, no man is with us, see, Elohim is witness between me and you. 51. And Laban said to Jacob, Behold this eap, and behold this pillar, which I have cast between me and you. 52. This heap be witness, and this pillar be witne ss, that I will not pass over this heap to you, and that you shall not pass over this heap and this pillar to me, for harm . 53. The Elohim of Abraham, and the Elohim of Nahor, the Elohim of their father, judge between us.
And Jacob sw ore by the fear of his father Isaac. 54. Then Jacob offered sacrifice upon the mount, and called his brethren to eat br ead, and they did eat bread, and tarried all night in the mount. 55. And early in the morning Laban rose up, and kissed his sons and his daughters, and blessed them, and Laban departed, and returned to his place.

Chapter 32:1 And Jacob went on his w ay, and the angels of Elohim met him. 2. And when Jacob saw them, he said, This is Elohimís host, and he called th e name of that place Mahanaim. 3. And Jacob sent messengers before him to Esau his brother to the land of Seir, th e country of Edom. 4. And he commanded them, saying, Thus shall ye speak to my lord Esau. Your servant Jacob sai d thus, I have sojourned with Laban, and stayed there until now. 5. I have oxen, and asses, flocks, and menservants, an d women servants, and I have sent to tell my lord, that I may find grace in your sight.
6. And the messengers returned to Jacob, saying, We came to your brother Esau, and also he comes to meet you, and four hundred men with him. 7. Then Jacob was greatly afraid and distressed, and he divided the people that were wi th him, and the flocks, and herds, and the camels, into two bands. 8. And said, If Esau come to the one company, and smite it, then the other company which is left shall escape. 9. And Jacob said, O Elohim of my father Abraham, and Elohim of my father Isaac, Yahweh which said to me, Return to your country, and to your kindred, and I will deal well with thee. 10. I am not worthy of the least of all the mercies, and of all the truth, which you have showed to y our servant. For with my staff I passed over this Jordan, and now I am become two bands.

11. Deliver me, I pray Yo u, from the hand of my brother, from the hand of Esau, for I fear him, lest he will come and smite me, and the mothe r with the children. 12. And You said, I will surely do you good, and make your seed as the sand of the sea, which can not be numbered for multitude.
13. And he lodged there that same night, and took of that which came to his hand a present for Esau his brother. 14. wo hundred she goats, and twenty he goats, two hundred ewes, and twenty rams, 15. Thirty milk camels with their co lts, forty kine, and ten bulls, twenty she asses, and ten foals.
16. And he delivered them into the hand of his servants, e very drove by themselves, and said to his servants, Pass over before me, and put a space between drove and drove. 17 . And he commanded the foremost, saying, When Esau my brother meets you, and asks you, saying, Whose are you? and where do you go? and whose are these before you? 18. Then you shall say, They be your servant Jacobís, it is a present sent to my lord Esau, and, behold, also he is behind us.
19. And so commanded he the second, and the third, and all that followed the droves, saying, On this manner shall you speak to Esau, when you find him. 20. And say yo u moreover, Behold, your servant Jacob is behind us.

For he said, I will appease him with the present that goes before me, and afterward I will see his face, peradventure he will accept of me. 21. So went the present over before him, and himself lodged that night in the company. 22. An d he rose up that night, and took his two wives, and his two women servants, and his eleven sons, and passed over t he ford Jabbok.
23. And he took them, and sent them over the brook, and sent over that he had. 24. And Jacob was l eft alone, and there wrestled a man with him until the breaking of the day. 25. And when he saw that he prevailed no t against him, he touched the hollow of his thigh, and the hollow of Jacobís thigh was out of joint, as he wrestled w ith him. 26. And he said, Let me go, for the day breaks. And he said, I will not let you go, except you bless me.
27. nd he said to him, What is your name? And he said, Jacob. 28. And he said, Your name shall be called no more Jacob , but Israel, for as a prince have you power with Elohim and with men, and have prevailed.

29. And Jacob asked him, and said, Tell me, I pray you, your name. And he said, Why is it that you ask after my name ? And he blessed him there. 30. And Jacob called the name of the place Peniel, for I have seen Elohim face to face, a nd my life is preserved. 31. And as he passed over Penuel the sun rose on him, and he halted upon his thigh. 32. Therefore the children of Israel eat not of the sinew which shrank, which is upon the hollow of the thigh, to this day, be cause he touched the hollow of Jacobís thigh in the sinew that shrank.

Chapter 33:1 And Jacob lifted up his eyes, and looked, and, behold Esau came, and with him four hundred men. And he divided the children to Leah, and to Rachel, and to the two handmaids. 2. And he put the handmaids and their children foremost, and Leah and her children after, and Rachel and Joseph hindermost.
3. And he passed over b efore them, and bowed himself to the ground seven times, until he came near to his brother. 4. And Esau ran to meet him, and embraced him, and fell on his neck, and kissed him, and they wept. 5. And he lifted up his eyes, and saw th e women and the children and said, Who are those with you? And he said, The children which Elohim has graciousl y given your servant. 6. Then the handmaidens came near, they and their children, and they bowed themselves. 7. An d Leah also with her children came near, and bowed themselves, and after came Joseph near and Rachel, and they bo wed themselves.

8. And he said, What meanest you by all this drove which I met? And he said, These are to find grac e in the sight of my lord. 9. And Esau said, I have enough, my brother, keep that you have to yourself. 10. And Jacob said, Nay, I pray you, if now 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 Elohim, and you was pleased with me.
11. Take, I pra y you, my blessing that is brought to you, because Elohim has dealt graciously with me, and because I have enough. And he urged him, and he took it. 12. And he said, Let us take our journey, and let us go, and I will go before you. 13. And he said to him, 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. 14. Let my lord, I pray you, pass over before his se rvant and I will lead on softly, according as the cattle that goes before me and the children be able to endure, until I come to my lord to Seir.

15. And Esau said, Let me now leave with you some of the folk that are with me. And he said, What needs it? let m e find grace in the sight of my lord. 16. So Esau returned that day on his way to Seir. 17. And Jacob journeyed to Suc coth, and built him an house, and made booths for his cattle. Therefore the name of the place is called Succoth. 18. A nd Jacob came to Shalem, a city of Shechem, which is in the land of Canaan, when he came from Padan-aram, and pit ched his tent before the city. 19. And he bought a parcel of a field, where he had spread his tent, at the hand of the chil dren of Hamor, Shechemís father, for an hundred pieces of money. 20. And he erected there an altar, and called it El -elohe- Israel.

Chapter 34:1 And Dinah the daughter of Leah, which she bare to Jacob, went out to see the daughters of th e land. 2. And when Shechem the son of Hamor the Hivite, prince of the country, saw her, he took her, and lay with her, and defiled her. 3. And his soul clave to Dinah the daughter of Jacob, and he loved the damsel, and spoke kindl y to the damsel. 4. And Shechem spoke to his father Hamor, saying, Get me this damsel to wife.
5. And Jacob hear d that he had defiled Dinah his daughter. Now his sons were with his cattle in the field, and Jacob held his peace un til they were come. 6. And Hamor the father of Shechem went out unto Jacob to commune with him. 7. And the so ns of Jacob came out of the field when they heard it, and the men were grieved, and they were very wroth, because h e had wrought folly in Israel in lying with Jacobís daughter, which thing ought not to be done.

8. And Hamor communed with them, saying, The soul of my son Shechem longs for your daughter. I pray you give her him to wife. 9. And make you marriages with us, and give your daughters to us, and take our daughters to you. 1 0. And you shall dwell with us and the land shall be before you, dwell and trade you therein, and get you possessions therein.
11. And Shechem said to her father and to her brethren, Let me find grace in your eyes, and what you shall s ay to me I will give. 12. Ask me never so much dowry and gift, and I will give according as you shall say to me, but g ive me the damsel to wife.
13. And the sons of Jacob answered Shechem and Hamor his father deceitfully, and said, because he had defiled Dina h their sister. 14. And they said to them, We cannot do this thing, to give our sister to one that is uncircumcised, for th at were a reproach to us. 15. But in this will we consent to you.
If you will be as we be, that every male of you be cir cumcised. 16. Then will we give our daughters to you, and we will take your daughters to us, and we will dwell with you, and we will become one people. 17. But if ye will not hearken to us, to be circumcised, then will we take our d aughter, and we will be gone.

18. And their words pleased Hamor, and Shechem Hamorís son. 19. And the young man deferred not to do the thing, because he had delight in Jacobís daughter, and he was more honourable than all the house of his father. 20. And Ha mor and Shechem his son came to the gate of their city, and communed with the men of their city, saying, 21. These men are peaceable with us, therefore let them dwell in the land, and trade therein, for the land, behold, it is large eno ugh for them. Let us take their daughters to us for wives, and let us give them our daughters.
22. Only herein will th e men consent to us for to dwell with us, to be one people, if every male among us be circumcised, as they are circu mcised. 23. Shall not their cattle and their substance and every beast of theirs be ours? Only let us consent to them, and they will dwell with us. 24. And to Hamor and to Shechem his son hearkened all that went out of the gate of hi s city, and every male was circumcised, all that went out of the gate of his city.

25. And it came to pass on the third day, when they were sore, that two of the sons of Jacob, Simeon and Levi, Dina hís brethren, took each man his sword, and came upon the city boldly, and slew all the males. 26. And they slew Ha mor and Shechem his son with the edge of the sword, and took Dinah out of Shechemís house, and went out.
27. Th e sons of Jacob came upon the slain, and spoiled the city, because they had defiled their sister. 28. They took their s heep, and their oxen, and their asses, and that which was in the city, and that which was in the field, 29. And all thei r wealth, and all their little ones, and their wives took they captive, and spoiled even all that was in the house.

30. And Jacob said to Simeon and Levi, Ye have troubled me to make me to stink among the inhabitants of the land, among the Canaanites and the Perizzites, and I being few in number, they shall gather themselves together against me, and slay me, and I shall be destroyed, I and my house. 31. And they said, Should he deal with our sister as with an harlot?
Chapter 35:1 And Elohim said to Jac ob, Arise, go up to Beth-el, and dwell there, and make there an altar to Elohim, that appeared to you when you fle d from the face of Esau your brother. 2. Then Jacob said to his household, and to all that were with him, Put away the strange gods that are among you, and be clean, and change your garments. 3. And let us arise, and go up to Bet h-el, and I will make there an altar to Elohim, who answered me in the day of my distress, and was with me in the w ay which I went.

4. And they gave to Jacob all the strange gods which were in their hand, and all their earrings which were in their ears, and Jacob hid them under the oak which was by Shechem. 5. And they journeyed, and the terror of Elohim was upon t he cities that were round about them, and they did not pursue after the sons of Jacob.
6. So Jacob came to Luz, which is in the land of Canaan, that is, Beth-el, he and all the people that were with him. 7. And he built there an altar, and called the place El-bethel, because there Elohim appeared to him, when he fled from the face of his brother. 8. But Deborah Rebekahís nurse died, and she was buried beneath Beth-el under an oak, and the name of it was called Allo n-bachuth.

9. And Elohim appeared to Jacob again, when he came out of Padan-aram, and blessed him. 10. And Elohim said to him, Your name is Jacob. Your name shall not be called any more Jacob, but Israel shall be your name, and he c alled his name Israel.
11. And Elohim said to him, I am El Shaddai, be fruitful and multiply, a nation and a comp any of nations shall be of you, and kings shall come out of your loins. 12. And the land which I gave Abraham and Isaac, to you I will give it, and to your seed after you will I give the land. 13. And Elohim went up from him in the place where he talked with him.

14. And Jacob set up a pillar in the place where he talked with him, even a pillar of stone, and he poured a drink off ering thereon, and he poured oil thereon. 15. And Jacob called the name of the place where Elohim spoke with him , Beth-el. 16. And they journeyed from Beth-el, and there was but a little way to come to Ephrath, and Rachel trava iled, and she had hard labour.
17. And it came to pass, when she was in hard labour, that the midwife said to her, F ear not, you shall have this son also. 18. And it came to pass, as her soul was in departing, (for she died) that she ca lled his name Ben-oni, but his father called him Benjamin. 19. And Rachel died, and was buried in the way to Ephrath, that is the pillar of Rachelís grave to this day.

20. And Jacob set a pillar upon her grave, 21. And Israel journeyed, an d spread his tent beyond the tower of Edar. 22. And it came to pass, when Israel dwelt in that land, that Reuben went a nd lay with Bilhah his fatherís concubine, and Israel heard it.
Now the sons of Jacob were twelve. 23. The sons of Le ah: Reuben, Jacobís firstborn, and Simeon, and Levi, and Judah, and Issachar, and Zebulun. 24. The sons of Rachel: Joseph, and Benjamin. 25. And the sons of Bilhah, Rachelís handmaid: Dan, and Naphtali. 26. And the sons of Zil ah, Leahís handmaid: Gad, and Asher. These are the sons of Jacob, which were born to him in Padan-aram.

27. And Jacob came to Isaac his father to Mamre, to the city of Arbah, which is Hebron, where Abraham and Isaac sojourned. 28. And the days of Isaac were an hundred and fourscore years.
29. And Isaac gave up the ghost, and died, and was gathered to his people, being old and full of days, and his sons Esau and Jacob buried him. Chapter 36:1 Now these are the generations of Esau, ( who is Edom.)

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