Chapter 27: Yitzshaq Blesses Yahqob
1 Now it came to pass, when Yitzshaq was old and his eyes were so dim that he could not see that he called Esau his older son and said to him, “My son”. And he answered him, “Here I am”. 2 Then he said, “Behold now, I am old. I do not know the day of my death”. 3 “Now therefore, please take your weapons, your quiver and your bow and go out to the field and hunt game for me”. 4 “And make me savory food such as I love and bring it to me that I may eat, that my soul may bless you before I die”. 5 Now Ribqahyah was listening when Isaac spoke to Esau his son. And Esau went to the field to hunt game and to bring it. 6 So Ribqahyah spoke to Yahqob her son, saying “Indeed I heard your father speak to Esau your brother saying 7 “Bring me game and make savory food for me that I may eat it and bless you in the presence of Yah before my death”. 8 “Now therefore, my son obey my voice according to what I command you”. 9 “Go now to the flock and bring me from there two choice kids of the goats and I will make savory food from them for your father, such as he loves”. 10 “Then you shall take it to your father that he may eat it and that he may bless you before his death”. 11 And Yahqob said to Ribqahyah his mother, “Look, Esau my brother is a hairy man and I am a smooth-skinned man”. 12 “Perhaps my father will feel me and I shall seem to be a deceiver to him and I shall bring a curse on myself and not a blessing”. 13 But his mother said to him, “Let your curse be on me, my son. Only obey my voice and go, get them for me”. 14 And he went and got them and brought them to his mother and his mother made savory food such as his father loved. 15 Then Ribqahyah took the choice clothes of her elder son Esau which were with her in the house and put them on Yahqob her younger son. 16 And she put the skins of the kids of the goats on his hands and on the smooth part of his neck. 17 Then she gave the savory food and the bread which she had prepared into the hand of her son Yahqob. 18 So he went to his father and said, “My father”. And he said, “Here I am. Who are you, my son”? 19 Yahqob said to his father, “I am Esau your firstborn. I have done just as you told me. Please arise, sit and eat of my game that your soul may bless me”. 20 But Yitzshaq said to his son, “How is it that you have found it so quickly, my son”? And he said, “Because Yah your Power brought it to me”. 21 Then Yitzshaq said to Yahqob, “Please come near that I may feel you, my son whether you are really my son Esau or not”. 22 So Yahqob went near to Yitzshaq his father and he felt him and said, “The voice is Yahqob’s voice but the hands are the hands of Esau”. 23 And he did not recognize him because his hands were hairy like his brother Esau’s hands. So he blessed him. 24 Then he said, ” Are you really my son Esau”? He said, “I am”. 25 He said, “Bring it near to me and I will eat of my son’s game so that my soul may bless you”. So he brought it near to him and he ate and he brought him wine and he drank. 26 Then his father Yitzshaq 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 clothing and blessed him and said: “Surely the smell of my son is like the smell of a field which Yah has blessed”. 28 “Therefore may Yah give you of the dew of heaven, of the fatness of the earth. And plenty of grain and wine”. 29 “Let peoples serve you and nations bow down to you. Be master over your brothers and let your mother’s sons bow down to you. Cursed be everyone who curses you and blessed be those who bless you”!
Esau’s Lost Hope
30 Now it happened, as soon as Yitzshaq had finished blessing Yahqob and Yahqob had scarcely gone out from the presence of Yitzshaq that Esau his brother came in from his hunting. 31 He also had made savory food and brought it to his father and said to his father, “Let my father arise and eat of his son’s game that your soul may bless me”. 32 And his father Isaac said to him, “Who are you”? So he said, “I am your son, your firstborn Esau”. 33 Then Isaac trembled exceedingly and said, “Who? Where is the one who hunted game and brought it to me? I ate all of it before you came and I have blessed him and indeed he shall be blessed”. 34 When Esau heard the words of his father, he cried with an exceedingly great and bitter cry and said to his father, “Bless me–me also, O my father”! 35 But he said, “Your brother came with deceit and has taken away your blessing”. 36 And Esau said, “Is he not rightly named Yahqob”? For he has supplanted me these two times. He took away my birthright and now look he has taken away my blessing”! And he said, “Have you not reserved a blessing for me”? 37 Then Isaac answered and said to Esau, “Indeed I have made him your master and all his brethren, I have given to him as servants with grain and wine I have sustained him. What shall I do now for you, my son”? 38 And Esau said to his father, “Have you only one blessing, my father”? Bless me–me also O my father”! And Esau lifted up his voice and wept. 39 Then Yitshaq his father answered and said to him: “Behold your dwelling shall be of the fatness of the earth and of the dew of heaven from above. 40 By your sword you shall live and you shall serve your brother. And it shall come to pass, when you become restless that you shall break his yoke from your neck”.
Yahqob Escapes from Esau
41 So Esau hated Yahqob because of the blessing with which his father blessed him and Esau said in his heart, “The days of mourning for my father are at hand. Then I will kill my brother Yahqob”. 42 And the words of Esau her older son were told to Ribqahyah. So she sent and called Yahqob her younger son and said to him, “Surely your brother Esau comforts himself concerning you by intending to kill you”. 43 “Now therefore, my son obey my voice. Arise, flee to my brother Laban in Haran. 44 “And stay with him a few days until your brother’s fury turns away. 45 “Until your brother’s anger turns away from you and he forgets what you have done to him. Then I will send and bring you from there. Why should I be bereaved also of you both in one day”? 46 And Ribqahyah said Yitzshaq, “I am weary of my life because of the daughters of Heth. If Yahqob takes a wife of the daughters of Heth like these who are the daughters of the land, what good will life be to me”?
1 Then Isaac called Yahqob and blessed him and charged him and said to him: “You shall not take a wife from the daughters of Canaan”. 2 “Arise, go to Padan Aram to the house of Bethuyl your mother’s father and take yourself a wife from there of the daughters of Laban your mother’s brother. 3 “May Yah Almighty bless you and make you fruitful and multiply you. That you may be an assembly of peoples. 4 And give you the blessing of Abraham, to you and your descendants with you. That you may inherit the land in which you are a stranger, which Yah gave to Abraham”. 5 So Isaac sent Yahqob away and he went to Paran Aram, to Laban the son of Bethuyl the Syrian, the brother of Ribqahyah, the mother of Yahqob and Esau.
Esau Marries Mahalath
6 Esau saw that Yitzshaq had blessed Yahqob and sent him away to Padan Aram to take himself a wife from there and that as he blessed him he gave him a charge saying, “You shall not take a wife from the daughters of Canaan”. 7 And that Yahqob had obeyed his father and his mother and had gone to Paran Aram. 8 Also Esau saw that the daughters of Canaan did not please his father Yitzshaq. 9 So Esau went to Ishmayl and took Mahalath, the daughter of Ishmayl, Abraham’s son, the sister of Nebayoth to be his wife in addition to the wives he had.
Yahqob’s Vow at Bethyl
10 Now Yahqob went out from Beersheba and went toward Haran. 11 So he came to a certain place and stayed there all night because the sun had set. And he took one of the stones of that place and put it at his head and he lay down in that place to sleep. 12 Then he dreamed and behold, a ladder was set up on the earth and its top reached to heaven. And there the angels of Yah were ascending and descending on it. 13 And behold, Yah stood above it and said: “I am the Almighty Yah of Abraham your father and the Power of Yitzshaq. The land on which you lie I will give to you and your descendants’. 14 “Also your descendants shall be as the dust of the earth. You shall spread abroad to the west and the east, to the north and the south and in you and in your seed all the families of the earth shall be blessed”. 15 “Behold, 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 spoken to you”. 16 Then Yahqob awoke from his sleep and said, “Surely Yah is in this place and I did not know it”. 17 And he was afraid and said, “How awesome is this place! This is none other than the House of Yah and this is the gate of heaven”! 18 Then Yahqob rose early in the morning and took the stone that he had put at this head, set it up as a pillar and poured oil on top of it. 19 And he called he name of that place Bethyl (literally House of Yah) but the name of that city had been Luz previously. 20 Then Yahqob made a vow saying, “If Yah will be with me and keep me in this way that I am going and give me bread to eat and clothing to put on 21 So that I come back to my father’s house in peace, then Yah shall be my Power. 22 “And this stone which I have set as a pillar shall be Yah’s House and of all that You give me I will surely give a tenth to You”.