Gen 21-28

The Birth of Isaac 1The Lord dealt with Sarah as he had said, and the Lord did for Sarah as he had promised.2Sarah conceived and bore Abraham a son in his old age, at the time of which God had spoken to him.3Abraham gave the name Isaac to his son whom Sarah bore him.4And Abraham circumcised his son Isaac when he was eight days old, as God had commanded him.5Abraham was a hundred years old when his son Isaac was born to him.6Now Sarah said, “God has brought laughter for me; everyone who hears will laugh with me.”7And she said, “Who would ever have said to Abraham that Sarah would nurse children? Yet I have borne him a son in his old age.”Hagar and Ishmael Sent Away 8The child grew, and was weaned; and Abraham made a great feast on the day that Isaac was weaned.9But Sarah saw the son of Hagar the Egyptian, whom she had borne to Abraham, playing with her son Isaac.10So she said to Abraham, “Cast out this slave woman with her son; for the son of this slave woman shall not inherit along with my son Isaac.”11The matter was very distressing to Abraham on account of his son.12But God said to Abraham, “Do not be distressed because of the boy and because of your slave woman; whatever Sarah says to you, do as she tells you, for it is through Isaac that offspring shall be named for you.13As for the son of the slave woman, I will make a nation of him also, because he is your offspring.”14So Abraham rose early in the morning, and took bread and a skin of water, and gave it to Hagar, putting it on her shoulder, along with the child, and sent her away. And she departed, and wandered about in the wilderness of Beer-sheba.15When the water in the skin was gone, she cast the child under one of the bushes.16Then she went and sat down opposite him a good way off, about the distance of a bowshot; for she said, “Do not let me look on the death of the child.” And as she sat opposite him, she lifted up her voice and wept.17And God heard the voice of the boy; and the angel of God called to Hagar from heaven, and said to her, “What troubles you, Hagar? Do not be afraid; for God has heard the voice of the boy where he is.18Come, lift up the boy and hold him fast with your hand, for I will make a great nation of him.”19Then God opened her eyes and she saw a well of water. She went, and filled the skin with water, and gave the boy a drink.20God was with the boy, and he grew up; he lived in the wilderness, and became an expert with the bow.21He lived in the wilderness of Paran; and his mother got a wife for him from the land of Egypt.Abraham and Abimelech Make a Covenant 22At that time Abimelech, with Phicol the commander of his army, said to Abraham, “God is with you in all that you do;23now therefore swear to me here by God that you will not deal falsely with me or with my offspring or with my posterity, but as I have dealt loyally with you, you will deal with me and with the land where you have resided as an alien.”24And Abraham said, “I swear it.”25When Abraham complained to Abimelech about a well of water that Abimelech's servants had seized,26Abimelech said, “I do not know who has done this; you did not tell me, and I have not heard of it until today.”27So Abraham took sheep and oxen and gave them to Abimelech, and the two men made a covenant.28Abraham set apart seven ewe lambs of the flock.29And Abimelech said to Abraham, “What is the meaning of these seven ewe lambs that you have set apart?”30He said, “These seven ewe lambs you shall accept from my hand, in order that you may be a witness for me that I dug this well.”31Therefore that place was called Beer-sheba; because there both of them swore an oath.32When they had made a covenant at Beer-sheba, Abimelech, with Phicol the commander of his army, left and returned to the land of the Philistines.33Abraham planted a tamarisk tree in Beer-sheba, and called there on the name of the Lord, the Everlasting God.34And Abraham resided as an alien many days in the land of the Philistines.Chapter 22The Command to Sacrifice Isaac 1After these things God tested Abraham. He said to him, “Abraham!” And he said, “Here I am.”2He said, “Take your son, your only son Isaac, whom you love, and go to the land of Moriah, and offer him there as a burnt offering on one of the mountains that I shall show you.”3So Abraham rose early in the morning, saddled his donkey, and took two of his young men with him, and his son Isaac; he cut the wood for the burnt offering, and set out and went to the place in the distance that God had shown him.4On the third day Abraham looked up and saw the place far away.5Then Abraham said to his young men, “Stay here with the donkey; the boy and I will go over there; we will worship, and then we will come back to you.”6Abraham took the wood of the burnt offering and laid it on his son Isaac, and he himself carried the fire and the knife. So the two of them walked on together.7Isaac said to his father Abraham, “Father!” And he said, “Here I am, my son.” He said, “The fire and the wood are here, but where is the lamb for a burnt offering?”8Abraham said, “God himself will provide the lamb for a burnt offering, my son.” So the two of them walked on together.9When they came to the place that God had shown him, Abraham built an altar there and laid the wood in order. He bound his son Isaac, and laid him on the altar, on top of the wood.10Then Abraham reached out his hand and took the knife to kill his son.11But the angel of the Lord called to him from heaven, and said, “Abraham, Abraham!” And he said, “Here I am.”12He said, “Do not lay your hand on the boy or do anything to him; for now I know that you fear God, since you have not withheld your son, your only son, from me.”13And Abraham looked up and saw a ram, caught in a thicket by its horns. Abraham went and took the ram and offered it up as a burnt offering instead of his son.14So Abraham called that place “The Lord will provide”; as it is said to this day, “On the mount of the Lord it shall be provided.”15The angel of the Lord called to Abraham a second time from heaven,16and said, “By myself I have sworn, says the Lord: Because you have done this, and have not withheld your son, your only son,17I will indeed bless you, and I will make your offspring as numerous as the stars of heaven and as the sand that is on the seashore. And your offspring shall possess the gate of their enemies,18and by your offspring shall all the nations of the earth gain blessing for themselves, because you have obeyed my voice.”19So Abraham returned to his young men, and they arose and went together to Beer-sheba; and Abraham lived at Beer-sheba.The Children of Nahor 20Now after these things it was told Abraham, “Milcah also has borne children, to your brother Nahor:21Uz the firstborn, Buz his brother, Kemuel the father of Aram,22Chesed, Hazo, Pildash, Jidlaph, and Bethuel.”23Bethuel became the father of Rebekah. These eight Milcah bore to Nahor, Abraham's brother.24Moreover, his concubine, whose name was Reumah, bore Tebah, Gaham, Tahash, and Maacah.Chapter 23Sarah's Death and Burial 1Sarah lived one hundred twenty-seven years; this was the length of Sarah's life.2And Sarah died at Kiriath-arba (that is, Hebron) in the land of Canaan; and Abraham went in to mourn for Sarah and to weep for her.3Abraham rose up from beside his dead, and said to the Hittites,4“I am a stranger and an alien residing among you; give me property among you for a burying place, so that I may bury my dead out of my sight.”5The Hittites answered Abraham,6“Hear us, my lord; you are a mighty prince among us. Bury your dead in the choicest of our burial places; none of us will withhold from you any burial ground for burying your dead.”7Abraham rose and bowed to the Hittites, the people of the land.8He said to them, “If you are willing that I should bury my dead out of my sight, hear me, and entreat for me Ephron son of Zohar,9so that he may give me the cave of Machpelah, which he owns; it is at the end of his field. For the full price let him give it to me in your presence as a possession for a burying place.”10Now Ephron was sitting among the Hittites; and Ephron the Hittite answered Abraham in the hearing of the Hittites, of all who went in at the gate of his city,11“No, my lord, hear me; I give you the field, and I give you the cave that is in it; in the presence of my people I give it to you; bury your dead.”12Then Abraham bowed down before the people of the land.13He said to Ephron in the hearing of the people of the land, “If you only will listen to me! I will give the price of the field; accept it from me, so that I may bury my dead there.”14Ephron answered Abraham,15“My lord, listen to me; a piece of land worth four hundred shekels of silver—what is that between you and me? Bury your dead.”16Abraham agreed with Ephron; and Abraham weighed out for Ephron the silver that he had named in the hearing of the Hittites, four hundred shekels of silver, according to the weights current among the merchants.17So the field of Ephron in Machpelah, which was to the east of Mamre, the field with the cave that was in it and all the trees that were in the field, throughout its whole area, passed18to Abraham as a possession in the presence of the Hittites, in the presence of all who went in at the gate of his city.19After this, Abraham buried Sarah his wife in the cave of the field of Machpelah facing Mamre (that is, Hebron) in the land of Canaan.20The field and the cave that is in it passed from the Hittites into Abraham's possession as a burying place.Chapter 24The Marriage of Isaac and Rebekah 1Now Abraham was old, well advanced in years; and the Lord had blessed Abraham in all things.2Abraham said to his servant, the oldest of his house, who had charge of all that he had, “Put your hand under my thigh3and I will make you swear by the Lord, the God of heaven and earth, that you will not get a wife for my son from the daughters of the Canaanites, among whom I live,4but will go to my country and to my kindred and get a wife for my son Isaac.”5The servant said to him, “Perhaps the woman may not be willing to follow me to this land; must I then take your son back to the land from which you came?”6Abraham said to him, “See to it that you do not take my son back there.7The Lord, the God of heaven, who took me from my father's house and from the land of my birth, and who spoke to me and swore to me, ‘To your offspring I will give this land,’ he will send his angel before you, and you shall take a wife for my son from there.8But if the woman is not willing to follow you, then you will be free from this oath of mine; only you must not take my son back there.”9So the servant put his hand under the thigh of Abraham his master and swore to him concerning this matter.10Then the servant took ten of his master's camels and departed, taking all kinds of choice gifts from his master; and he set out and went to Aram-naharaim, to the city of Nahor.11He made the camels kneel down outside the city by the well of water; it was toward evening, the time when women go out to draw water.12And he said, “O Lord, God of my master Abraham, please grant me success today and show steadfast love to my master Abraham.13I am standing here by the spring of water, and the daughters of the townspeople are coming out to draw water.14Let the girl to whom I shall say, ‘Please offer your jar that I may drink,’ and who shall say, ‘Drink, and I will water your camels’—let her be the one whom you have appointed for your servant Isaac. By this I shall know that you have shown steadfast love to my master.”15Before he had finished speaking, there was Rebekah, who was born to Bethuel son of Milcah, the wife of Nahor, Abraham's brother, coming out with her water jar on her shoulder.16The girl was very fair to look upon, a virgin, whom no man had known. She went down to the spring, filled her jar, and came up.17Then the servant ran to meet her and said, “Please let me sip a little water from your jar.”18“Drink, my lord,” she said, and quickly lowered her jar upon her hand and gave him a drink.19When she had finished giving him a drink, she said, “I will draw for your camels also, until they have finished drinking.”20So she quickly emptied her jar into the trough and ran again to the well to draw, and she drew for all his camels.21The man gazed at her in silence to learn whether or not the Lord had made his journey successful.22When the camels had finished drinking, the man took a gold nose-ring weighing a half shekel, and two bracelets for her arms weighing ten gold shekels,23and said, “Tell me whose daughter you are. Is there room in your father's house for us to spend the night?”24She said to him, “I am the daughter of Bethuel son of Milcah, whom she bore to Nahor.”25She added, “We have plenty of straw and fodder and a place to spend the night.”26The man bowed his head and worshiped the Lord27and said, “Blessed be the Lord, the God of my master Abraham, who has not forsaken his steadfast love and his faithfulness toward my master. As for me, the Lord has led me on the way to the house of my master's kin.”28Then the girl ran and told her mother's household about these things.29Rebekah had a brother whose name was Laban; and Laban ran out to the man, to the spring.30As soon as he had seen the nose-ring, and the bracelets on his sister's arms, and when he heard the words of his sister Rebekah, “Thus the man spoke to me,” he went to the man; and there he was, standing by the camels at the spring.31He said, “Come in, O blessed of the Lord. Why do you stand outside when I have prepared the house and a place for the camels?”32So the man came into the house; and Laban unloaded the camels, and gave him straw and fodder for the camels, and water to wash his feet and the feet of the men who were with him.33Then food was set before him to eat; but he said, “I will not eat until I have told my errand.” He said, “Speak on.”34So he said, “I am Abraham's servant.35The Lord has greatly blessed my master, and he has become wealthy; he has given him flocks and herds, silver and gold, male and female slaves, camels and donkeys.36And Sarah my master's wife bore a son to my master when she was old; and he has given him all that he has.37My master made me swear, saying, ‘You shall not take a wife for my son from the daughters of the Canaanites, in whose land I live;38but you shall go to my father's house, to my kindred, and get a wife for my son.’39I said to my master, ‘Perhaps the woman will not follow me.’40But he said to me, ‘The Lord, before whom I walk, will send his angel with you and make your way successful. You shall get a wife for my son from my kindred, from my father's house.41Then you will be free from my oath, when you come to my kindred; even if they will not give her to you, you will be free from my oath.’42“I came today to the spring, and said, ‘O Lord, the God of my master Abraham, if now you will only make successful the way I am going!43I am standing here by the spring of water; let the young woman who comes out to draw, to whom I shall say, “Please give me a little water from your jar to drink,”44and who will say to me, “Drink, and I will draw for your camels also”—let her be the woman whom the Lord has appointed for my master's son.’45“Before I had finished speaking in my heart, there was Rebekah coming out with her water jar on her shoulder; and she went down to the spring, and drew. I said to her, ‘Please let me drink.’46She quickly let down her jar from her shoulder, and said, ‘Drink, and I will also water your camels.’ So I drank, and she also watered the camels.47Then I asked her, ‘Whose daughter are you?’ She said, ‘The daughter of Bethuel, Nahor's son, whom Milcah bore to him.’ So I put the ring on her nose, and the bracelets on her arms.48Then I bowed my head and worshiped the Lord, and blessed the Lord, the God of my master Abraham, who had led me by the right way to obtain the daughter of my master's kinsman for his son.49Now then, if you will deal loyally and truly with my master, tell me; and if not, tell me, so that I may turn either to the right hand or to the left.”50Then Laban and Bethuel answered, “The thing comes from the Lord; we cannot speak to you anything bad or good.51Look, Rebekah is before you, take her and go, and let her be the wife of your master's son, as the Lord has spoken.”52When Abraham's servant heard their words, he bowed himself to the ground before the Lord.53And the servant brought out jewelry of silver and of gold, and garments, and gave them to Rebekah; he also gave to her brother and to her mother costly ornaments.54Then he and the men who were with him ate and drank, and they spent the night there. When they rose in the morning, he said, “Send me back to my master.”55Her brother and her mother said, “Let the girl remain with us a while, at least ten days; after that she may go.”56But he said to them, “Do not delay me, since the Lord has made my journey successful; let me go that I may go to my master.”57They said, “We will call the girl, and ask her.”58And they called Rebekah, and said to her, “Will you go with this man?” She said, “I will.”59So they sent away their sister Rebekah and her nurse along with Abraham's servant and his men.60And they blessed Rebekah and said to her, “May you, our sister, become thousands of myriads; may your offspring gain possession of the gates of their foes.”61Then Rebekah and her maids rose up, mounted the camels, and followed the man; thus the servant took Rebekah, and went his way.62Now Isaac had come from Beer-lahai-roi, and was settled in the Negeb.63Isaac went out in the evening to walk in the field; and looking up, he saw camels coming.64And Rebekah looked up, and when she saw Isaac, she slipped quickly from the camel,65and said to the servant, “Who is the man over there, walking in the field to meet us?” The servant said, “It is my master.” So she took her veil and covered herself.66And the servant told Isaac all the things that he had done.67Then Isaac brought her into his mother Sarah's tent. He took Rebekah, and she became his wife; and he loved her. So Isaac was comforted after his mother's death.Chapter 25Abraham Marries Keturah 1Abraham took another wife, whose name was Keturah.2She bore him Zimran, Jokshan, Medan, Midian, Ishbak, and Shuah.3Jokshan was the father of Sheba and Dedan. The sons of Dedan were Asshurim, Letushim, and Leummim.4The sons of Midian were Ephah, Epher, Hanoch, Abida, and Eldaah. All these were the children of Keturah.5Abraham gave all he had to Isaac.6But to the sons of his concubines Abraham gave gifts, while he was still living, and he sent them away from his son Isaac, eastward to the east country.The Death of Abraham 7This is the length of Abraham's life, one hundred seventy-five years.8Abraham breathed his last and died in a good old age, an old man and full of years, and was gathered to his people.9His sons Isaac and Ishmael buried him in the cave of Machpelah, in the field of Ephron son of Zohar the Hittite, east of Mamre,10the field that Abraham purchased from the Hittites. There Abraham was buried, with his wife Sarah.11After the death of Abraham God blessed his son Isaac. And Isaac settled at Beer-lahai-roi.Ishmael's Descendants 12These are the descendants of Ishmael, Abraham's son, whom Hagar the Egyptian, Sarah's slave-girl, bore to Abraham.13These are the names of the sons of Ishmael, named in the order of their birth: Nebaioth, the firstborn of Ishmael; and Kedar, Adbeel, Mibsam,14Mishma, Dumah, Massa,15Hadad, Tema, Jetur, Naphish, and Kedemah.16These are the sons of Ishmael and these are their names, by their villages and by their encampments, twelve princes according to their tribes.17(This is the length of the life of Ishmael, one hundred thirty-seven years; he breathed his last and died, and was gathered to his people.)18They settled from Havilah to Shur, which is opposite Egypt in the direction of Assyria; he settled down alongside of all his people.The Birth and Youth of Esau and Jacob 19These are the descendants of Isaac, Abraham's son: Abraham was the father of Isaac,20and Isaac was forty years old when he married Rebekah, daughter of Bethuel the Aramean of Paddan-aram, sister of Laban the Aramean.21Isaac prayed to the Lord for his wife, because she was barren; and the Lord granted his prayer, and his wife Rebekah conceived.22The children struggled together within her; and she said, “If it is to be this way, why do I live?” So she went to inquire of the Lord.23And the Lord said to her, “Two nations are in your womb, and two peoples born of you shall be divided; the one shall be stronger than the other, the elder shall serve the younger.”24When her time to give birth was at hand, there were twins in her womb.25The first came out red, all his body like a hairy mantle; so they named him Esau.26Afterward his brother came out, with his hand gripping Esau's heel; so he was named Jacob. Isaac was sixty years old when she bore them.27When the boys grew up, Esau was a skillful hunter, a man of the field, while Jacob was a quiet man, living in tents.28Isaac loved Esau, because he was fond of game; but Rebekah loved Jacob.Esau Sells His Birthright 29Once when Jacob was cooking a stew, Esau came in from the field, and he was famished.30Esau said to Jacob, “Let me eat some of that red stuff, for I am famished!” (Therefore he was called Edom.)31Jacob said, “First sell me your birthright.”32Esau said, “I am about to die; of what use is a birthright to me?”33Jacob said, “Swear to me first.” So he swore to him, and sold his birthright to Jacob.34Then Jacob gave Esau bread and lentil stew, and he ate and drank, and rose and went his way. Thus Esau despised his birthright.Chapter 26Isaac and Abimelech 1Now there was a famine in the land, besides the former famine that had occurred in the days of Abraham. And Isaac went to Gerar, to King Abimelech of the Philistines.2The Lord appeared to Isaac and said, “Do not go down to Egypt; settle in the land that I shall show you.3Reside in this land as an alien, and I will be with you, and will bless you; for to you and to your descendants I will give all these lands, and I will fulfill the oath that I swore to your father Abraham.4I will make your offspring as numerous as the stars of heaven, and will give to your offspring all these lands; and all the nations of the earth shall gain blessing for themselves through your offspring,5because Abraham obeyed my voice and kept my charge, my commandments, my statutes, and my laws.”6So Isaac settled in Gerar.7When the men of the place asked him about his wife, he said, “She is my sister”; for he was afraid to say, “My wife,” thinking, “or else the men of the place might kill me for the sake of Rebekah, because she is attractive in appearance.”8When Isaac had been there a long time, King Abimelech of the Philistines looked out of a window and saw him fondling his wife Rebekah.9So Abimelech called for Isaac, and said, “So she is your wife! Why then did you say, ‘She is my sister’?” Isaac said to him, “Because I thought I might die because of her.”10Abimelech said, “What is this you have done to us? One of the people might easily have lain with your wife, and you would have brought guilt upon us.”11So Abimelech warned all the people, saying, “Whoever touches this man or his wife shall be put to death.”12Isaac sowed seed in that land, and in the same year reaped a hundredfold. The Lord blessed him,13and the man became rich; he prospered more and more until he became very wealthy.14He had possessions of flocks and herds, and a great household, so that the Philistines envied him.15(Now the Philistines had stopped up and filled with earth all the wells that his father's servants had dug in the days of his father Abraham.)16And Abimelech said to Isaac, “Go away from us; you have become too powerful for us.”17So Isaac departed from there and camped in the valley of Gerar and settled there.18Isaac dug again the wells of water that had been dug in the days of his father Abraham; for the Philistines had stopped them up after the death of Abraham; and he gave them the names that his father had given them.19But when Isaac's servants dug in the valley and found there a well of spring water,20the herders of Gerar quarreled with Isaac's herders, saying, “The water is ours.” So he called the well Esek, because they contended with him.21Then they dug another well, and they quarreled over that one also; so he called it Sitnah.22He moved from there and dug another well, and they did not quarrel over it; so he called it Rehoboth, saying, “Now the Lord has made room for us, and we shall be fruitful in the land.”23From there he went up to Beer-sheba.24And that very night the Lord appeared to him and said, “I am the God of your father Abraham; do not be afraid, for I am with you and will bless you and make your offspring numerous for my servant Abraham's sake.”25So he built an altar there, called on the name of the Lord, and pitched his tent there. And there Isaac's servants dug a well.26Then Abimelech went to him from Gerar, with Ahuzzath his adviser and Phicol the commander of his army.27Isaac said to them, “Why have you come to me, seeing that you hate me and have sent me away from you?”28They said, “We see plainly that the Lord has been with you; so we say, let there be an oath between you and us, and let us make a covenant with you29so that you will do us no harm, just as we have not touched you and have done to you nothing but good and have sent you away in peace. You are now the blessed of the Lord.”30So he made them a feast, and they ate and drank.31In the morning they rose early and exchanged oaths; and Isaac set them on their way, and they departed from him in peace.32That same day Isaac's servants came and told him about the well that they had dug, and said to him, “We have found water!”33He called it Shibah; therefore the name of the city is Beer-sheba to this day.Esau's Hittite Wives 34When Esau was forty years old, he married Judith daughter of Beeri the Hittite, and Basemath daughter of Elon the Hittite;35and they made life bitter for Isaac and Rebekah.Chapter 27Isaac Blesses Jacob 1When Isaac was old and his eyes were dim so that he could not see, he called his elder son Esau and said to him, “My son”; and he answered, “Here I am.”2He said, “See, I am old; I do not know the day of my death.3Now then, take your weapons, your quiver and your bow, and go out to the field, and hunt game for me.4Then prepare for me savory food, such as I like, and bring it to me to eat, so that I may bless you before I die.”5Now Rebekah was listening when Isaac spoke to his son Esau. So when Esau went to the field to hunt for game and bring it,6Rebekah said to her son Jacob, “I heard your father say to your brother Esau,7‘Bring me game, and prepare for me savory food to eat, that I may bless you before the Lord before I die.’8Now therefore, my son, obey my word as I command you.9Go to the flock, and get me two choice kids, so that I may prepare from them savory food for your father, such as he likes;10and you shall take it to your father to eat, so that he may bless you before he dies.”11But Jacob said to his mother Rebekah, “Look, my brother Esau is a hairy man, and I am a man of smooth skin.12Perhaps my father will feel me, and I shall seem to be mocking him, and bring a curse on myself and not a blessing.”13His mother said to him, “Let your curse be on me, my son; only obey my word, and go, get them for me.”14So he went and got them and brought them to his mother; and his mother prepared savory food, such as his father loved.15Then Rebekah took the best garments of her elder son Esau, which were with her in the house, and put them on her younger son Jacob;16and she put the skins of the kids on his hands and on the smooth part of his neck.17Then she handed the savory food, and the bread that she had prepared, to her son Jacob.18So he went in to his father, and said, “My father”; and he said, “Here I am; who are you, my son?”19Jacob said to his father, “I am Esau your firstborn. I have done as you told me; now sit up and eat of my game, so that you may bless me.”20But Isaac said to his son, “How is it that you have found it so quickly, my son?” He answered, “Because the Lord your God granted me success.”21Then Isaac said to Jacob, “Come near, that I may feel you, my son, to know whether you are really my son Esau or not.”22So Jacob went up to his father Isaac, who felt him and said, “The voice is Jacob's voice, but the hands are the hands of Esau.”23He did not recognize him, because his hands were hairy like his brother Esau's hands; so he blessed him.24He said, “Are you really my son Esau?” He answered, “I am.”25Then he said, “Bring it to me, that I may eat of my son's game and bless you.” So he brought it to him, and he ate; and he brought him wine, and he drank.26Then his father Isaac said to him, “Come near and kiss me, my son.”27So he came near and kissed him; and he smelled the smell of his garments, and blessed him, and said, “Ah, the smell of my son is like the smell of a field that the Lord has blessed.28May God give you of the dew of heaven, and of the fatness of the earth, and plenty of grain and wine.29Let peoples serve you, and nations bow down to you. Be lord over your brothers, and may your mother's sons bow down to you. Cursed be everyone who curses you, and blessed be everyone who blesses you!”Esau's Lost Blessing 30As soon as Isaac had finished blessing Jacob, when Jacob had scarcely gone out from the presence of his father Isaac, his brother Esau came in from his hunting.31He also prepared savory food, and brought it to his father. And he said to his father, “Let my father sit up and eat of his son's game, so that you may bless me.”32His father Isaac said to him, “Who are you?” He answered, “I am your firstborn son, Esau.”33Then Isaac trembled violently, and said, “Who was it then that hunted game and brought it to me, and I ate it all before you came, and I have blessed him?—yes, and blessed he shall be!”34When Esau heard his father's words, he cried out with an exceedingly great and bitter cry, and said to his father, “Bless me, me also, father!”35But he said, “Your brother came deceitfully, and he has taken away your blessing.”36Esau said, “Is he not rightly named Jacob? For he has supplanted me these two times. He took away my birthright; and look, now he has taken away my blessing.” Then he said, “Have you not reserved a blessing for me?”37Isaac answered Esau, “I have already made him your lord, and I have given him all his brothers as servants, and with grain and wine I have sustained him. What then can I do for you, my son?”38Esau said to his father, “Have you only one blessing, father? Bless me, me also, father!” And Esau lifted up his voice and wept.39Then his father Isaac answered him: “See, away from the fatness of the earth shall your home be, and away from the dew of heaven on high.40By your sword you shall live, and you shall serve your brother; but when you break loose, you shall break his yoke from your neck.”Jacob Escapes Esau's Fury 41Now Esau hated Jacob because of the blessing with which his father had blessed him, and Esau said to himself, “The days of mourning for my father are approaching; then I will kill my brother Jacob.”42But the words of her elder son Esau were told to Rebekah; so she sent and called her younger son Jacob and said to him, “Your brother Esau is consoling himself by planning to kill you.43Now therefore, my son, obey my voice; flee at once to my brother Laban in Haran,44and stay with him a while, until your brother's fury turns away—45until your brother's anger against you turns away, and he forgets what you have done to him; then I will send, and bring you back from there. Why should I lose both of you in one day?”46Then Rebekah said to Isaac, “I am weary of my life because of the Hittite women. If Jacob marries one of the Hittite women such as these, one of the women of the land, what good will my life be to me?”Chapter 281Then Isaac called Jacob and blessed him, and charged him, “You shall not marry one of the Canaanite women.2Go at once to Paddan-aram to the house of Bethuel, your mother's father; and take as wife from there one of the daughters of Laban, your mother's brother.3May God Almighty bless you and make you fruitful and numerous, that you may become a company of peoples.4May he give to you the blessing of Abraham, to you and to your offspring with you, so that you may take possession of the land where you now live as an alien—land that God gave to Abraham.”5Thus Isaac sent Jacob away; and he went to Paddan-aram, to Laban son of Bethuel the Aramean, the brother of Rebekah, Jacob's and Esau's mother.Esau Marries Ishmael's Daughter 6Now Esau saw that Isaac had blessed Jacob and sent him away to Paddan-aram to take a wife from there, and that as he blessed him he charged him, “You shall not marry one of the Canaanite women,”7and that Jacob had obeyed his father and his mother and gone to Paddan-aram.8So when Esau saw that the Canaanite women did not please his father Isaac,9Esau went to Ishmael and took Mahalath daughter of Abraham's son Ishmael, and sister of Nebaioth, to be his wife in addition to the wives he had.Jacob's Dream at Bethel 10Jacob left Beer-sheba and went toward Haran.11He came to a certain place and stayed there for the night, because the sun had set. Taking one of the stones of the place, he put it under his head and lay down in that place.12And he dreamed that there was a ladder set up on the earth, the top of it reaching to heaven; and the angels of God were ascending and descending on it.13And the Lord stood beside him and said, “I am the Lord, the God of Abraham your father and the God of Isaac; the land on which you lie I will give to you and to your offspring;14and your offspring shall be like 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 all the families of the earth shall be blessed in you and in your offspring.15Know that I am with you and will keep you wherever you go, and will bring you back to this land; for I will not leave you until I have done what I have promised you.”16Then Jacob woke from his sleep and said, “Surely the Lord is in this place—and I did not know it!”17And he was afraid, and said, “How awesome is this place! This is none other than the house of God, and this is the gate of heaven.”18So Jacob rose early in the morning, and he took the stone that he had put under his head and set it up for a pillar and poured oil on the top of it.19He called that place Bethel; but the name of the city was Luz at the first.20Then Jacob made a vow, saying, “If God will be with me, and will keep me in this way that I go, and will give me bread to eat and clothing to wear,21so that I come again to my father's house in peace, then the Lord shall be my God,22and this stone, which I have set up for a pillar, shall be God's house; and of all that you give me I will surely give one tenth to you.”