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the blessing me savoury meat, that I may eat, his brother Esau's hands: so he and bless thee before the LORD, blessed him. before my death.

24 And he said, Art thou my 8 Now therefore, my son, obey very son Esau? And he said, I my voice, according to that which am. I command thee.

25 And he said, Bring it near 9 Go now to the flock, and fetch to me, and I will

'eat of my son's me from thence two good kids of venison, that my soul may bless the goats; and I will make them thee. And he brought it near to savoury meat for thy father, such him, and he did eat: and he as he loveth:

brought him wine, and he drank. 10 And thou shalt bring it to thy 26 And his father Isaac said unto father, that he may eat, and that him, Come near now, and kiss me, he may bless thee before his death. my son.

11 And Jacob said to Rebekah 27 And he came near, and kissed his mother, Behold, Esau my bro-him: and he smelled the smell of ther is a hairy man, and I am a his raiment, and blessed him, and smooth man:

said, See, the smell of my son is 12 My father peradventure will as the smell of a field which the feel me, and I shall seem to him as LORD hath blessed : a deceiver; and I shall bring a 28. Therefore God give thee ot curse upon me, and not a blessing the dew of heaven, and the fatness

13 And his mother said unto him, of the earth, and plenty of corn Upon me be thy curse, my son and wine: only obey my voice, and go fetch 29 Let people serve thee, and me them.

nations bow down to thee; be lord 14 And he went, and fetched, and over thy brethren, and let thy mobrought them to his mother and ther's sons bow down to thee: his mother made savoury meat, cursed be every one that curseth such as his father loved.

thee, and blessed be he that blesseth 15 And Rebekah took goodly thee. raiment of her eldest son Esau, 30 1 And it came to pass, as soon which were with her in the house, as Isaac had made an end of blessand put them upon Jacob her ing Jacob, and Jacob was yet younger son:

scarce gone out from the presence 16 And she put the skins of the of Isaac his father, that Esau his kids of the goats upon his hands, brother came in from his hunting. and upon the smooth of his neck: 31 And he also had made savoury

17 And she gave the savoury meat, and brought it unto his fameat and the bread, which she had ther; and said unto his father, Let prepared, into the hand of her son my father arise, and eat of his Jacob.

son's venison, that thy soul may 18 | And he came unto his fa- bless me. ther, and said, My father. And he 32 And Isaac his father said unto said, Here am I ; who art thou, my him, Who art thou? And he said,

I am thy son, thy first-born, Esau. 19 And Jacob said unto his fa 33 And Isaac trembled very exther, I am Esay thy first-born; I ceedingly, and said, Who? where have done according as thou badest is he that hath taken venison, and me: arise, I pray thee, sit and eat brought it me, and I have eaten of of my venison, that thy soul may all before thou camest, and have bless me.

blessed him? yea, and he shall be 20 And Isaac said unto his son, blessed. How is it that thou hast found it 34 And when Esau heard the so quickly, my son ? And he said, words of his father, he cried with a Because the LORD thy God brought great and exceeding bitter cry, and it to me.

said unto his father, Bless me, even 21 And Isaac said unto Jacob, me also, O my father! Come near, I pray thee, that I 35 And he said, Thy brother may feel thee, my son, whether came with subtilty, and hath taken thou be my very son Esau, or away thy blessing. not.

36 And he said, Is not he rightly 22 And Jacob went near unto named Jacob? for he hath supIsaac his father; and he felt him, planted me these two times: he and said, The voice is Jacob's took away my birth-right; and bevoice, but the hands are the hands hold, now he hath taken away of Esau.

my blessing. And he said, Hast 23 And he discerned him not, thou not reserved a blessing for because his hands were hairy, as I me?



Esau threateneth Jacob. GENESIS, Jacob's vision at Beth-cl.

37 And Isaac answered and said 3 And God Almighty bless thee, unto Esau, Behold, I have made him and make thee fruitful, and multithy lord, and all his brethren have ply thee, that thou mayest be a I given to him for servants; and multitude of people; with corn and wine have I sus 4 And give thee the blessing of tained him: and what shall I do Abraham, to thee, and to thy seer now unto thee, my son ?

with thee; that thou mayest in38 And Esau said unto his father, herit the land wherein thou art Hast thou but one blessing, my a stranger, which God gave untu father? bless me, even me also, O Abraham. iny father! And Esau lifted up his 5 And Isaac sent away Jacob: voice, and wept.

and he went to Padan-aram unto 39 And Isaac his father answered, Laban, son of Bethuel the Syrian, and said unto him, Behold, thy the brother of Rebekah, Jacob's dwelling shall be the fatness of the and Esau's mother. earth, and of the dew of heaven 61 When Esau saw that Isaac from above;

had blessed Jacob, and sent him 40 And by thy sword shalt thou away to Padan-aram, to take him a live, and shalt serve thy brother: wife from thence; and that as he and it shall come to pass when blessed him, he gave him a charge, thou shalt have the dominion, that saying, Thou shalt not take a wife thou shalt break his yoke from off of the daughters of Canaan;. thy neck.

7 And that Jacob obeyed his fa41 1 And Esau hated Jacob be- ther, and his mother, and was gone cause of the blessing wherewith to Padan-aram; his father blessed him: and Esau 8 And Esau seeing, that the said in his heart, The days of daughters of Canaan pleased not mourning for my father are at Isaac his father: hand, then will I slay my brother 9 Then went Ésau unto Ishmacl, Jacob.

and took unto the wives which he 42 And these words of Esau her had, Mahalath the daughter of Ishelder son were told to Rebekah: mael, Abraham's son, the sister of and she sent and called Jacob her Nebajoth, to be his wife. younger son, and said unto him, 10 I And Jacob went out from Behold, thy brother Esau, as touch- Beer-sheba, and went toward ing thee, doth comfort himself, pur- Haran. posing to kill thee.

11 And he lighted upon a certain 43 Now therefore, my son, obey place, and tarried there all night, my voice: and arise, flee thou to because the sun was set: and he Laban my brother to Haran; took of the stones of that place,

44 And tarry, with him a few and put them for his pillows, and days, until thy brother's fury turn lay down in that place to sleep. away

12 And he dreamed, and behold, 45 Until thy brother's anger turn a ladder set upon the earth, and the away from thee, and he forget top of it reached to heaven: and that which thou hast done to him: behold, the angels of God ascendthen I will send, and fetch thee ing and descending on it. from thence. Why should I be 13 And behold, the LORD stool deprived also of you both in one above it, and said, I am the LORD day?

God of 'Abraham thy father, and 46 And Rebekah said to Isaac, the God of Isaac: the land whereon I am weary of my life, because of thou liest, to thee will I give it, the daughters of Heth: if Jacob and to thy seed. take a wife of the daughters of 14 And thy seed shall be as the Heth, such as these which are of dust of the carth; and thou shalt the daughters of the land, what spread abroad to the west, and to good shall my life do me?

the east, and to the north, and to CHAP. XXVIII.

the south : and in thee and in thy Jacob goeth to Padan-aram. seed shall all the families of the Apossesaam m called Jacob; and earth be blessed,

15 And behold, I am with thee, and said unto him, Thou shalt not and will keep thee in all places take a wife of the daughters of whither thou goest, and will bring Canaan.

thee again into this land: for I will 2 Arise, go to Padan-aram, to the not leave thee, until I have done house of Bethuel thy mother's fa- that which I have spoken to theo ther; and take thee a wife from of. thence of the daughters of Laban 16 | And Jacob awaked out of thy mother's brother.

his sleep, and he said, Surely the

He marrieth


Leah and Rachel LORD is in this place; and I knew Laban his mother's brother, and it not.

the sheep of Laban his mother's 17 And he was afraid, and said, brother,

that Jacob went near, and How dreadful is this place! this is rolled the stone from the well's none other but the house of God, mouth, and watered the flock of and this is the gate of heaven. Laban his mother's brother.

18 And Jacob rose up early in 11 And Jacob kissed Rachel, and the morning, and took the stone lifted up his voice, and wept. that he had put for his pillows, and 12 And Jacob told Rachel that set it up for a pillar, and poured he was her father's brother, and oil upon the top of it.

that he was Rebekah's son; and 19 And he called the name of she ran and told her father. that place Beth-el: but the name 13 And it came to pass when Laof that city

was called Luz at the ban heard the tidings of Jacob his first.

sister's son, that he ran to meet 20 And Jacob vowed a vow, him, and embraced him, and kissed saying God will be with mei him and brought him to his house. I go, and will give me bread to eat, 14 And Laban said to him, Sureand raiment to put on,

ly thou art my bone and my flesh 21 So that I come again to my and he abode with him the space father's house in peace; then shall of a month. the LORD be my God:

15 | And Laban said unto Jacob, 22 And this stone, which I have Because thou art my brother, set for a pillar, shall be God's shouldest thou therefore serve me house: and of all that thou shalt for nought ? tell me, what shall thy give me, I will surely give the wages be? tenth unto thee.

16 And Laban had two daughCHAP. XXIX.

ters: the name of the elder was Jacob meeteth Rachel. Leah, and the name of the younger THEN Jacob went on his joura was Rachel,

17 Leah was tender-eyed, but of the people of the east.

Rachel was beautiful and well2. And he looked, and behold, a favoured, well in the field, and lo, there were 18 And Jacob loved Rachel; three

flocks of sheep lying by it; and said, I will serve thee seven for out of that well they watered years for Rachel thy younger the flocks: and a great stone was daughter. upon the well's mouth.

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said, It is better 3 And thither were all the flocks that I give her to thee, than that I gathered : and they rolled the stone should give her to another man: from the well's mouth and watered abide with me. the sheep, and put the stone again 20 And Jacob served seven years upon the well's mouth in his place. for Rachel; and they seemed unto 4 And Jacob said unto them,

My him but a few days, for the love ho brethren, whence be ye? And they had to her. said, Of Haran are we.

21 | And Jacob said unto Laban, 5 And he said unto them, Know Give me my wife (for my days are ye Laban the son of Nahor ? And fulfilled) that I may go in unto her. they said, We know him.

22 And Laban gathered together 6 And he said unto them, Is he all the men of the place, and made well! And they said, He is well : a feast. and behold, Rachel his daughter 23 And it came to pass in the cometh with the sheep.

evening, that he took Leah his 7 And he said, Lo, it is yet high daughter, and brought her to him; day, neither is it time that the cat- and he went in unto her. tle should be gathered together : 24 And Laban gave unto his water ye the sheep, and go and daughter Leah, Zilpah his maid, feed them.

for a handmaid. 8 And they said, We cannot, 25 And it came to pass, that in until all the focks be gathered the morning,

behold, it was Leah: together, and till they roll the stone and he said to Laban, What is from the well's mouth; then we this thou hast done unto me? did water the sheep

not I serve with thee for Rachel ? 9 1 And while he yet spake with wherefore then hast thou beguiled them, Rachel came with her fa- me? ther's sheep: for she kept them. 26 And Laban said, It must not

10 And it came to pass, when be so done in pur country, to give Jacob saw Rachel the daughter of the younger blefore the first-boru.

Leah beareth Reuben, &c. GENESIS, Birth of Naphtali, &c

27 Fulfil her week, and we will 8 And Rachel said, With great give thee this also, for the service wrestlings have I wrestled with my which thou shalt serve with me yet sister, and I have prevailed: and seven other years.

she called his name Naphtali. 28 And Jacob did so, and ful 9 When Leah saw that she had filled her week: and he gave him left bearing, she took Zilpah, her Rachel his daughter to wife also. maid, and gave her Jacob to wife.

29 And Laban gave to Rachel 10 And Zilpah, Leah's maid, his daughter, Bilhah his handmaid, bare Jacob a son. to be her maid.

11 And Leah said, A troop com30 And he went in also unto Ra- eth: and she called his name Gad. chel, and he loved also Rachel 12 And Zilpah, Leah's maid, more than Leah, and served with bare Jacob a second son. bim yet seven other years.

13 And Leah said, Happy am I, 31 T And when the LORD saw for the daughters will call me that Leah was hated, he opened blessed: and she called his name her womb: but Rachel was barren. Asher.

32 And Leah conceived, and bare 14 | And Reuben went in the days a son; and she called his name of wheat-harvest, and found manReuben: for she said, Surely the drakes in the field, and brought LORD hath looked upon my affic- them unto his mother Leah. Then tion; now therefore my husband Rachel said to Leah,

Give me, I will love me.

pray thee, of thy son's mandrakes. 33 And she conceived again, and 15 And she said unto her, Is it a bare a son; and said, Because the small matter that thou hast taken LORD hath'heard that I was hated, my husband? and wouldest thou he hath therefore given me this take away my son's mandrakes son also: and she called his name also ? And Rachel said, ThereSimeon.

fore he shall lie with thee to-night 34 And she conceived again, and for thy son's mandrakes. bare a son; and said, Now this 16 And Jacob came out of the time will my husband be joined field in the evening, and Leah went unto me, because I have borne him out to meet him, and said, Thou three sons: therefore was his name must come in unto me; for surely called Levi.

I haye hired thee with my son's 35 And she conceived again, and mandrakes. And he lay with her bare a son: and_she said, Now that night. will I praise the LORD: therefore 17 And God hearkened unto she called his name Judah, and left Leah, and she conceived, and bare bearing.

Jacob the fifth son.

.18 And Leah said, God hath Rachel's

Barrenness. given me my hire, because I have A :

bare Jacob no children, Ra, and she called his name Issachar. chel envied her sister; and said 19 And Leah conceived again, unto Jacob, Give me children, or and bare Jacob the sixth son. else I die.

20 And Leah said,

God hath en2 And Jacob's anger was kindled dowed me with a good dowry; against Rachel; and he said, Am now will my husband dwell with I in God's stead, who hath with me, because I have borne him six held from thee the fruit of the song and she called his namo womb ?

Zebulun. 3 And she said, Behold my maid 21 And afterwards she bare a Bilnah, go in unto her; and she daughter, and called her name shall bear upon my knees, that I Dinah. may also have children by her. 22 1 And God remembered Ra

4 And she gave him Bilhah her chel, and God hearkened to her, handmaid to wife: and Jacob went and opened her womb. in unto he.

23 And she conceived, and bare *5 And Blhah conceived, and a son ; and said, God hath taken bare Jacob a sin.

away my reproach: 6 And Rache said, God hath 24 And she called his name Jojudged me, and hath also heard seph; and said, The LORD shall son therefore calidske his name my voice, and alth given me a add to me another son.

25 15 And it came to pass, when Dan.

Rachel had borne Joseph, that Pan And Bilhah, {achel's maid, Jacob said unto Laban, Send me conceived again, a d bare Jacob a away, that I may go unto mine second son.

own place, and to my country

Jacob's policy

to become rich 26 Give me my wives and my that they should conceive when children, for whom I have served they came to drink. thee, and let me go : for thou 39 And the flocks conceived beknowest my service which I have fore the rods, and brought forth done thee.

cattle ring-streaked, speckled, and 27 And Laban said unto him, I spotted. pray thee, if I have found favour in 40 And Jacob did separate the thine eyes,tarry: for I have learn- lambs, and set the faces of the ed by experience that the LORD flocks toward the ring-streaked, hath blessed me for thy sake. and all the brown in the flock of

28 And he said, Appoint me thy Laban: and he put his own flocks wages, and I will give it.

by themselves, and put them not 29 And he said unto him, Thou unto Laban's cattle. knowest how I have served thee, 41 And it came to pass whenso and how thy cattle was with ever the stronger cattle did conme.

ceive, that Jacob laid the rods be30 For it was little which thou fore the eyes of the cattle in the hadst before I came, and it is now gutters, that they might conceive increased unto a multitude; and among the rods. the LORD hath blessed thee since 42 But when the cattle were feemy coming: and now, when shall ble, he put them not in: so the fee I provide for mine own house bler were Laban's, and the stronger also ?

Jacob's. 31 And he said, What shall I 43 And the man increased ex give thee? And Jacob said, Thou ceedingly, and had much cattle, shalt not give me any thing. If and maid-servants, and men-ser thou wilt do this thing for me, I vants, and camels, and asses. will again feed and keep thy

CHAP. XXXI. flock:

Jacob departeth from Laban. 33 owill pass through all the AND be heard the words of all the speckled and spotted cattle, hath taken away all that was our and all the brown cattle among father's; and of that which was the sheep, and the spotted and our father's hath he gotten all this speckled among the goats: and of glory. such shall be my hire.

2 And Jacob beheld the counte33 So shall my righteousness nance of Laban, and behold, it was answer for me in time to come, not toward him as before. when it shall come for my hire be 3 And the LORD said unto Jafore thy face: every one that is cob, Return unto the land of thy not speckled and spotted among fathers, and to thy kindred; and the goats, and brown among the I will be with thee. sheep, that shall be counted stolen 4 And Jacob sent and called with me.

Rachel and Leah to the field unto 34 And Laban said, Behold, I his flock, would it might be according to thy 5 And said unto them, I see your word.

father's countenance, that it is 35 And he removed that day the not toward me as before: but the he-goats that were ring-streaked God of my father hath been with and spotted, and all the she-goats me. that were speckled and spotted, 6 And ye know that with all my and every one that had some white power I have served your father. in it, and all the brown among the 7 And your father hath deceived sheep, and gave them into the me, and changed my wages ten hands of his sons.

times: but God suffered him not to 36 And he set three days' jour- hurt

me. ney betwixt himself and Jacob: 8 If he said thus, The speckled and Jacob fed the rest of Laban's shall be thy wages; then all the flocks.

cattle bare speckled: and if he 37 11 And Jacob took him rods said thus, The ring-streaked shall of green poplar, and of the hazel be thy hire; then bare all the cat and chesnut-tree; and pilled white tle ring-streaked. streaks in them, and made the 9 Thus God hath taken away white appear which was in the the cattle of your father, and given rods.

them to me, 38 And he set the rods which he 10 And it came to pass at the had pilled before the flocks in the time that the cattle conceived, gutters in the watering-troughs that I lifted up mine eyes, and saw when the flocks came to drink ; l in a dream, and behold, the rams


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