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1. Mosebog 33:1-20

Jakobs gensyn med Esau

1Jakob fik nu øje på Esau og de 400 mand et stykke borte. 2Straks stillede han sin familie op i en lang række, så slavepigerne og deres børn stod forrest, Lea og hendes børn i midten, og Rakel og Josef bagerst. 3Jakob selv gik foran de andre. Alt imens han nærmede sig sin bror, bøjede han sig til jorden for ham syv gange. 4Men Esau løb ham i møde, omfavnede ham hjerteligt og kyssede ham på kinden. De græd begge to. 5Så fik Esau øje på kvinderne og børnene, og han spurgte: „Hvem er alle de mennesker, du har med?”

„Det er den familie, som Gud i sin godhed har givet mig,” svarede Jakob. 6Så kom slavepigerne frem sammen med deres børn og bøjede sig til jorden. 7Derefter kom Lea med sine børn og bøjede sig til jorden. Til allersidst kom Rakel og Josef, og de bøjede sig også til jorden.

8„Men hvad var det for nogle dyreflokke, jeg mødte på vejen?” spurgte Esau.

„Det var ment som en gave til dig, fordi jeg ville gøre dig venligt stemt,” svarede Jakob.

9Men Esau svarede: „Kære bror, jeg har rigeligt i forvejen. Behold du kun dine gaver.”

10„Tag nu imod min gave,” insisterede Jakob. „At se dit ansigt er som at se Guds ansigt, nu da du har taget vel imod mig. 11Gør mig den glæde at tage imod gaven som en velsignelse fra mig. Gud har været uendelig god imod mig—og jeg har mere end nok!” Da Jakob blev ved at presse ham, gav Esau til sidst efter og tog imod gaven.

12„Lad os nu komme af sted,” sagde Esau. „Jeg følges med jer og viser vej.”

13Men Jakob svarede: „Som du kan se, er nogle af børnene små—og der er en del små lam og kalve i hjorden. Hvis vi driver dem for hårdt, overanstrenger vi dem let, og der er risiko for, at de ikke kan klare det. 14Det er bedre, at du rider i forvejen. Så kan vi andre tage den med ro og slutte os til dig i Seir.”

15„Godt,” sagde Esau, „men lad mig i det mindste efterlade nogle af mine mænd hos dig, så de kan beskytte jer og vise vej.”

„Det behøves ikke!” svarede Jakob. „Der er slet ingen grund til, at du skulle vise mig så stor venlighed!”

16Så begyndte Esau samme dag hjemturen til Seir. 17Men Jakob og hans følge satte kursen mod Sukkot. Der byggede han hytter til sin familie og lavede indhegninger til dyrene. Derfor kaldes stedet Sukkot.33,17 Det betyder: „hytter”. 18Efter den lange tur fra Paddan-Aram ankom Jakob til sidst i god behold til byen Sikem i Kana’ans land, og han slog lejr på en grund lidt øst for byen, 19som han købte for 100 sølvstykker af Hamors sønner. En af sønnerne hed Sikem. 20Og han byggede et alter der, som han kaldte El-Elohe-Israel.33,20 Det betyder: „Gud, Israels Gud” eller „Israels Gud er mægtig”.

New International Version - UK

Genesis 33:1-20

Jacob meets Esau

1Jacob looked up and there was Esau, coming with his four hundred men; so he divided the children among Leah, Rachel and the two female servants. 2He put the female servants and their children in front, Leah and her children next, and Rachel and Joseph in the rear. 3He himself went on ahead and bowed down to the ground seven times as he approached his brother.

4But Esau ran to meet Jacob and embraced him; he threw his arms around his neck and kissed him. And they wept. 5Then Esau looked up and saw the women and children. ‘Who are these with you?’ he asked.

Jacob answered, ‘They are the children God has graciously given your servant.’

6Then the female servants and their children approached and bowed down. 7Next, Leah and her children came and bowed down. Last of all came Joseph and Rachel, and they too bowed down.

8Esau asked, ‘What’s the meaning of all these flocks and herds I met?’

‘To find favour in your eyes, my lord,’ he said.

9But Esau said, ‘I already have plenty, my brother. Keep what you have for yourself.’

10‘No, please!’ said Jacob. ‘If I have found favour in your eyes, accept this gift from me. For to see your face is like seeing the face of God, now that you have received me favourably. 11Please accept the present that was brought to you, for God has been gracious to me and I have all I need.’ And because Jacob insisted, Esau accepted it.

12Then Esau said, ‘Let us be on our way; I’ll accompany you.’

13But Jacob said to him, ‘My lord knows that the children are tender and that I must care for the ewes and cows that are nursing their young. If they are driven hard just one day, all the animals will die. 14So let my lord go on ahead of his servant, while I move along slowly at the pace of the flocks and herds before me and the pace of the children, until I come to my lord in Seir.’

15Esau said, ‘Then let me leave some of my men with you.’

‘But why do that?’ Jacob asked. ‘Just let me find favour in the eyes of my lord.’

16So that day Esau started on his way back to Seir. 17Jacob, however, went to Sukkoth, where he built a place for himself and made shelters for his livestock. That is why the place is called Sukkoth.33:17 Sukkoth means shelters.

18After Jacob came from Paddan Aram,33:18 That is, North-west Mesopotamia he arrived safely at the city of Shechem in Canaan and camped within sight of the city. 19For a hundred pieces of silver,33:19 Hebrew hundred kesitahs; a kesitah was a unit of money of unknown weight and value. he bought from the sons of Hamor, the father of Shechem, the plot of ground where he pitched his tent. 20There he set up an altar and called it El Elohe Israel.33:20 El Elohe Israel can mean El is the God of Israel or mighty is the God of Israel.