Genesis 33

Jacob and Esau Meet

(1) Jacob lifted up his eyes, and looked, and, saw Esau coming, and with him four hundred men. So he divided the children to Leah, Rachel, and the two handmaids.

(2) He put the handmaids and their children first, and Leah and her children after them, and Rachel and Joseph last.

(3) And he passed over in front of them, and bowed himself to the ground seven times, until he came near to his brother.

(4) Then Esau ran to meet him, and embraced him, and fell on his neck, and kissed him, and they wept.

(5) Esau lifted up his eyes, and saw the women and the children, and said, "Who are those with you?" And he said, "The children whom God has graciously given your servant."

(6) Then the handmaids came near, they and their children, and they bowed themselves.

(7) Then Leah also came near with her children, and bowed themselves, and after that Joseph and Rachel came near, and they bowed themselves.

Esau Inquires About Jacob’s Gifts

(8) Easu said, "What did you mean by all these beasts which I met?" And Jacob said, "These are to find grace in the sight of my lord."

(9) And Esau said, "I have enough, my brother, keep what you have for yourself."

(10) And Jacob said, "No, please, if I have now found grace in your sight, then receive my present from my hand, for indeed I have seen your face, as though I had seen the face of God, and you were pleased with me.

(11) Please, take my blessing that is brought to you, because God has dealt graciously with me, and because I have enough." And he urged him, and he took it.

Jacob and Esau Plan the Journey

(12) Then Esau said, "Let us take our journey, and let us go, and I will go before you."

(13) Jacob said to him, "My lord knows that the children are tender, and the flocks and herds with their young are with me. If the men should overdrive them one day, all the flock will die.

(14) Please let my lord go on before his servant, and I will lead on softly, according as the cattle that goes before me and the children are able to endure, until I come to my lord at Seir."

(15) And Esau said, "Let me now leave with you some of the people that are with me." And he said, "What is the need of it? Let me find grace in the sight of my lord."

(16) So Esau returned that day on his way to Seir.

(17) Jacob journeyed to Succoth, and built himself a house, and made booths for his cattle. Therefore the name of the place is called Succoth.

Jacob Settles in Shechem

(18) And Jacob went to Shalem, a city of Shechem, which is in the land of Canaan, when he came from Padanaram, and pitched his tent before the city.

(19) There he bought a portion of a field, where he had pitched his tent, from the hand of the children of Hamor, Shechem’s father, for a hundred pieces of money.

(20) He erected an altar there, and called it Elelohe-Israel.

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