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  • 1.Mose 33

Jacob Meets Esau

331And Jacob lifted up his eyes and looked, and behold, oEsau was coming, and four hundred men with him. So he divided the children among Leah and Rachel and the two female servants.

32:6

2And he put the servants with their children in front, then Leah with her children, and Rachel and Joseph last of all.

3He himself went on before them, pbowing himself to the ground seven times, until he came near to his brother.

18:2; 42:6; 43:26

4qBut Esau ran to meet him and embraced him rand fell on his neck and kissed him, and they wept.

45:14

32:28

5And when Esau lifted up his eyes and saw the women and children, he said, “Who are these with you?” Jacob said, s“The children whom God has graciously given your servant.”

48:9; Ps. 127:3; Isa. 8:18

6Then the servants drew near, they and their children, and bowed down.

7Leah likewise and her children drew near and bowed down. And last Joseph and Rachel drew near, and they bowed down.

8Esau said, “What do you mean by tall this company1 that I met?” Jacob answered, u“To find favor in the sight of my lord.”

15; 32:5

32:16

Hebrew camp

9But Esau said, “I have enough, my brother; keep what you have for yourself.”

10Jacob said, “No, please, if I have found favor in your sight, then accept my present from my hand. vFor I have seen your face, which is like seeing the face of God, and you have accepted me.

18:1; 19:1

11Please accept my wblessing that is brought to you, because God has dealt graciously with me, and because I have enough.” Thus he xurged him, and he took it.

[2 Sam. 13:25, 27; 2 Kgs. 5:23]

2 Kgs. 5:15

12Then Esau said, “Let us journey on our way, and I will go ahead of2 you.”

Or along with

13But Jacob said to him, “My lord knows that the children are frail, and that the nursing flocks and herds are a care to me. If they are driven hard for one day, all the flocks will die.

14Let my lord pass on ahead of his servant, and I will lead on slowly, at the pace of the livestock that are ahead of me and at the pace of the children, until I come to my lord yin Seir.”

32:3

15So Esau said, “Let me leave with you some of the people who are with me.” But he said, “What need is there? zLet me find favor in the sight of my lord.”

8; 34:11; 47:25; Ruth 2:13

16So Esau returned that day on his way to aSeir.

32:3

17But Jacob journeyed to bSuccoth, and built himself a house and made booths for his livestock. Therefore the name of the place is called Succoth.3

Josh. 13:27; Judg. 8:5; Ps. 60:6

Succoth means booths

18And Jacob came safely4 to the city of cShechem, which is in the land of Canaan, on his way from Paddan-aram, and he camped before the city.

Josh. 24:1; Judg. 9:1; Ps. 60:6; Acts 7:16

Or peacefully

19And from the sons of dHamor, Shechems father, ehe bought for a hundred pieces of money5 the piece of land on which he had pitched his tent.

Josh. 24:32; John 4:5

Acts 7:16

Hebrew a hundred qesitah; a unit of money of unknown value

20There he erected an altar and called it El-Elohe-Israel.6

El-Elohe-Israel means God, the God of Israel