1When Isaac was old and his eyes were so weak that he could no longer see, he called for Esau his older son and said to him, “My son.”
“Here I am,” he answered.
2Isaac said, “I am now an old man and don’t know the day of my death. 3Now then, get your equipment—your quiver and bow—and go out to the open country to hunt some wild game for me. 4Prepare me the kind of tasty food I like and bring it to me to eat, so that I may give you my blessing before I die.”
5Now Rebekah was listening as Isaac spoke to his son Esau. When Esau left for the open country to hunt game and bring it back, 6Rebekah said to her son Jacob, “Look, I overheard your father say to your brother Esau, 7‘Bring me some game and prepare me some tasty food to eat, so that I may give you my blessing in the presence of the Lord before I die.’ 8Now, my son, listen carefully and do what I tell you: 9Go out to the flock and bring me two choice young goats, so I can prepare some tasty food for your father, just the way he likes it. 10Then take it to your father to eat, so that he may give you his blessing before he dies.”
11Jacob said to Rebekah his mother, “But my brother Esau is a hairy man while I have smooth skin. 12What if my father touches me? I would appear to be tricking him and would bring down a curse on myself rather than a blessing.”
13His mother said to him, “My son, let the curse fall on me. Just do what I say; go and get them for me.”
14So he went and got them and brought them to his mother, and she prepared some tasty food, just the way his father liked it. 15Then Rebekah took the best clothes of Esau her older son, which she had in the house, and put them on her younger son Jacob. 16She also covered his hands and the smooth part of his neck with the goatskins. 17Then she handed to her son Jacob the tasty food and the bread she had made.
18He went to his father and said, “My father.”
“Yes, my son,” he answered. “Who is it?”
19Jacob said to his father, “I am Esau your firstborn. I have done as you told me. Please sit up and eat some of my game, so that you may give me your blessing.”
20Isaac asked his son, “How did you find it so quickly, my son?”
“The Lord your God gave me success,” he replied.
21Then Isaac said to Jacob, “Come near so I can touch you, my son, to know whether you really are my son Esau or not.”
22Jacob went close to his father Isaac, who touched him and said, “The voice is the voice of Jacob, but the hands are the hands of Esau.” 23He did not recognize him, for his hands were hairy like those of his brother Esau; so he proceeded to bless him. 24“Are you really my son Esau?” he asked.
“I am,” he replied.
25Then he said, “My son, bring me some of your game to eat, so that I may give you my blessing.”
Jacob brought it to him and he ate; and he brought some wine and he drank. 26Then his father Isaac said to him, “Come here, my son, and kiss me.”
27So he went to him and kissed him. When Isaac caught the smell of his clothes, he 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 heaven’s dew
and earth’s richness—
an abundance of grain and new wine.
29May nations serve you
and peoples bow down to you.
Be lord over your brothers,
and may the sons of your mother bow down to you.
May those who curse you be cursed
and those who bless you be blessed.”
30After Isaac finished blessing him, and Jacob had scarcely left his father’s presence, his brother Esau came in from hunting. 31He too prepared some tasty food and brought it to his father. Then he said to him, “My father, please sit up and eat some of my game, so that you may give me your blessing.”
32His father Isaac asked him, “Who are you?”
“I am your son,” he answered, “your firstborn, Esau.”
33Isaac trembled violently and said, “Who was it, then, that hunted game and brought it to me? I ate it just before you came and I blessed him—and indeed he will be blessed!”
34When Esau heard his father’s words, he burst out with a loud and bitter cry and said to his father, “Bless me—me too, my father!”
35But he said, “Your brother came deceitfully and took your blessing.”
36Esau said, “Isn’t he rightly named Jacob27:36 Jacob means he grasps the heel, a Hebrew idiom for he takes advantage of or he deceives.? This is the second time he has taken advantage of me: He took my birthright, and now he’s taken my blessing!” Then he asked, “Haven’t you reserved any blessing for me?”
37Isaac answered Esau, “I have made him lord over you and have made all his relatives his servants, and I have sustained him with grain and new wine. So what can I possibly do for you, my son?”
38Esau said to his father, “Do you have only one blessing, my father? Bless me too, my father!” Then Esau wept aloud.
39His father Isaac answered him,
“Your dwelling will be
away from the earth’s richness,
away from the dew of heaven above.
40You will live by the sword
and you will serve your brother.
But when you grow restless,
you will throw his yoke
from off your neck.”
41Esau held a grudge against Jacob because of the blessing his father had given him. He said to himself, “The days of mourning for my father are near; then I will kill my brother Jacob.”
42When Rebekah was told what her older son Esau had said, she sent for her younger son Jacob and said to him, “Your brother Esau is planning to avenge himself by killing you. 43Now then, my son, do what I say: Flee at once to my brother Laban in Harran. 44Stay with him for a while until your brother’s fury subsides. 45When your brother is no longer angry with you and forgets what you did to him, I’ll send word for you to come back from there. Why should I lose both of you in one day?”
46Then Rebekah said to Isaac, “I’m disgusted with living because of these Hittite women. If Jacob takes a wife from among the women of this land, from Hittite women like these, my life will not be worth living.”
Yakob Gye Esau Nhyira
1Isak bɔɔ akwakoraa a nʼani so ayɛ no wusiwusi na onhu ade papa no, da koro bi, ɔfrɛɛ ne babarima panyin Esau. “Me ba.”
Na Esau gyee so se, “Agya, mini.”
2Isak kae se, “Mprempren mabɔ akwakoraa, na minnim da a mewu. 3Fa wʼagyan ne wo bɛmma, na kɔ wuram kɔhwehwɛ hanam bi brɛ me. 4Fa noa mʼakɔnnɔduan no bi brɛ me, na minni, na minhyira wo ansa na mawu.”
5Bere a Isak ne ne ba Esau rekasa no, na Rebeka retie. Enti bere a Esau kɔɔ sɛ ɔrekokum nam no aba pɛ, na 6Rebeka ka kyerɛɛ ne ba Yakob se, “Yakob tie! Metee sɛ wʼagya reka akyerɛ wo nua Esau se, 7‘Kɔhwehwɛ hanam bi fa noa mʼakɔnnɔduan no bi brɛ me, na minni, na minhyira wo wɔ Awurade anim, ansa na mawu.’ 8Afei, me ba, tie asɛm a merebɛka akyerɛ wo yi yiye, na di so. 9Kɔ nguankuw no mu, na kɔkyere nguan abien a wɔadodɔ srade brɛ me, na memfa nnoa akɔnnɔduan, sɛnea wʼagya pɛ no pɛpɛɛpɛ mma no. 10Sɛ menoa wie a, fa kɔma no, na onni, na onhyira wo ansa na wawu.”
11Yakob ka kyerɛɛ ne na Rebeka se, “Wunim sɛ me nua Esau ho wɔ nwi, na me nso, me ho yɛ trontrom. 12Sɛ ɛba sɛ mʼagya de ne nsa fa me ho, na ohu sɛ ɛnyɛ Esau a, ɛbɛyɛ sɛ gyama meredaadaa no, na wadome me mmom, sen sɛ anka obehyira me.”
13Yakob ne na ka kyerɛɛ no se, “Me ba, ma nnome no mmra me so. Wo de, yɛ nea maka akyerɛ wo no ara. Kɔ na kɔkyere nguan no brɛ me.”
14Enti Yakob tiee ne na Rebeka asɛm, kɔkyeree nguan no brɛɛ no. Na okum wɔn, de noaa akɔnnɔduan bi, sɛnea Isak pɛ no pɛpɛɛpɛ. 15Ɛno akyi no, Rebeka faa ne ba panyin Esau atade papa bi a ɛwɔ fie hɔ de maa ne ba Yakob hyɛe. 16Afei, ɔde nguan a wokum wɔn no nhoma yɛɛ ahyɛnsa, kataa Yakob nsa ho. Ɔde bi kataa ne kɔn ho nyinaa. 17Ɔde brodo a wato no foforo kaa akɔnnɔduan a wanoa no ho, de maa ne ba Yakob.
18Yakob de aduan no kɔmaa nʼagya Isak wɔ ne dan mu. Oduu hɔ no, ɔkae se, “Agya!”
Isak buae se, “Mewɔ hɔ na ɛyɛ hena?”
19Yakob ka kyerɛɛ nʼagya se, “Ɛyɛ me wʼabakan Esau. Mayɛ nea woka kyerɛɛ me sɛ menyɛ no. Mede hanam a wopɛ no bi anoa wʼakɔnnɔduan no abrɛ wo, enti mesrɛ wo, sɔre tena ase, na didi, na sɛ wudidi wie a, woahyira me.”
20Isak bisaa ne ba no se, “Ɛyɛɛ dɛn na wo ho ayɛ hare sɛɛ yi?”
Yakob buae se, “Awurade, wo Nyankopɔn no, na ogyinaa mʼakyi maa me nsa kaa hanam no bi ntɛm.”
21Afei, Isak ka kyerɛɛ Yakob se, “Me ba, twiw bɛn me, na memfa me nsa nka wo nhwɛ sɛ, wo ne me ba Esau no ampa ana.”
22Yakob twiw bɛn nʼagya Isak, na ɔde ne nsa kekaa ne ho kae se, “Nne yi yɛ Yakob nne, nanso nsa yi yɛ Esau de.” 23Isak anhu sɛ ɛyɛ Yakob, efisɛ na ne nsa ho wɔ nwi te sɛ ne nua Esau pɛpɛɛpɛ. Enti, ohyiraa no. 24Isak san bisaa Yakob se, “Enti ampa ara sɛ wo ne me ba Esau no?”
Yakob buae se, “Yiw, me ne Esau.”
25Afei, Isak kae se, “Me ba, fa wʼaduan no brɛ me na minni, na midi wie a, mahyira wo.”
Yakob de aduan no brɛɛ nʼagya Isak, na odii; ɔsan de nsa brɛɛ no maa ɔnomee. 26Isak wiee no, ɔka kyerɛɛ Yakob se, “Me ba, bra befew mʼano!”
27Enti Yakob kɔɔ nʼagya Isak nkyɛn kofew nʼano. Bere a Isak huam Yakob atade mu, na ogye too mu sɛ, ɛyɛ ne ba Esau no, ohyiraa no se,
“Ampa ara! Me ba ho hua te sɛ
hua a efi afuw
a Awurade ahyira so no mu.
28Onyankopɔn mma wo ɔsoro bosu ne asase mu srade,
na afum aduan ne nsa mmu wo so.
29Amanaman bɛsom wo,
na nnipa nyinaa abu wo nkotodwe.
Wubedi wo nuanom so, na wo na mma nso akotow wo.
Wɔbɛdome wɔn a wɔdome wo nyinaa,
na wɔn a wohyira wo nyinaa nso,
Esau Nhyira Abɔ No
30Isak hyiraa Yakob wiei, na ofii nʼagya nkyɛn kɔe ara pɛ, na ne nua Esau fi nʼahayɛ bae. 31Ɔno nso noaa akɔnnɔduan brɛɛ nʼagya. Na ɔka kyerɛɛ no se, “Agya, sɔre na di me hanam aduan no, na hyira me.”
32Nʼagya Isak bisaa no se, “Na hena ni?”
Esau buae se, “Ɛyɛ me wʼabakan Esau.”
33Isak tee saa asɛm yi pɛ, ne ho fii ase wosow biribiribiri, na obisae se, “Ɛno de, na hena na ɔkɔɔ ahayɛ kokum nam de noaa aduan brɛɛ me yi. Mididi wie hyiraa onipa ko no pɛ na wobaa yi. Nokware ni, nhyira a mahyira no no, sɛ mesan mʼano a, ɛrenyɛ yiye!”
34Bere a Esau tee asɛm a nʼagya kae no, ɔno nso de awerɛhow teɛɛ mu denneennen, ka kyerɛɛ nʼagya se, “Agya! Hyira me. Hyira me nso bi!”
35Nanso Isak kae se, “Ɛno de, na wo nua na ɔde nnaadaa abegye wo nhyira kɔ!”
36Esau kae se, “Ɛnyɛ nwonwa sɛ wɔfrɛ no Yakob27.36 Din Yakob nkyerɛase reyɛ akɔyɛ omimfo anaa osisifo. a ase kyerɛ nantintwitwafo. Eyi ne ne mprenu so a wadaadaa me. Nea edi kan ne sɛ, ɔdaadaa me gyee me panyin. Nea ɛto so abien nso ne sɛ, ɔde nnaadaa agye me nhyira!” Afei, Esau bisaa nʼagya se, “Enti woannyaw me nhyira no bi a wode behyira me nso?”
37Isak buaa Esau se, “Manya de no ayɛ wo wura dedaw. Mede ne nuanom nyinaa ayɛ ne nkoa. Mahyira no sɛ, obenya afum nnuan ne nsa foforo bebree. Na afei, dɛn bio na aka a metumi ayɛ ama wo, me ba?”
38Esau bisaa nʼagya se, “Agya, enti nhyira baako pɛ na wowɔ? Agya, hyira me nso bi!”
Esau Twaa Adwo
39Afei, nʼagya Isak buaa no se,
“Tie! Asase27.39 Edom asase a na Esau asefo te so no, na ɛyɛ kesee ne abotan a srade nni mu koraa a (1 Mose 36.8; 2 Ah 8.20). kesee so na wobɛtena,
na ɔsoro bosu rentɔ wɔ so.
40Wode wo afoa na ɛbɛtena ase,
na woasom wo nua kumaa.
Nanso daakye bi,
sɛ wokanyan wo ho a,
wubefi wo nua no som ase.”
Yakob Guan Kɔ Laban Nkyɛn
41Esiane Esau nhyira a Yakob kɔdaadaa wɔn agya Isak gyee no nti, Esau tan Yakob. Esau kaa wɔ ne tirim se, “Ɛrenkyɛ, na mʼagya Isak awu. Sɛ owu a, mekum me nua Yakob.”
42Obi tee adwene a Esau afa wɔ ne nua kumaa Yakob ho no, ɔkɔbɔɔ wɔn na Rebeka amanneɛ. Enti Rebeka soma kɔfrɛɛ ne ba kumaa Yakob, na ɔka kyerɛɛ no se, “Wo nua Esau abɔ ne tirim sɛ, sɛ onya wo a, obekum wo ansa na ne bo atɔ ne yam. 43Enti me ba, tie asɛm a merebɛka akyerɛ wo yi yiye. Guan ntɛm kɔ me nua Laban nkyɛn wɔ Haran. 44Tena ne nkyɛn kakra wɔ hɔ, kosi sɛ wo nua Esau bo bedwo. 45Sɛ wo nua koma tɔ ne yam, na ne werɛ fi nea woyɛɛ no, na ogyaa mu ma ɛka a, mɛsoma abɛka akyerɛ wo, na woafi Haran aba. Adɛn nti na ɛsɛ sɛ metena hɔ hwɛ, na me mma baanu bɔ mu wu da koro?”
46Enti Rebeka ka kyerɛɛ Isak se, “Saa Hetifo mmabaa yi koraa ama asetena afono me. Sɛ ɛkɔba sɛ Yakob nso kɔware Hetifo asase so mmabaa yi bi a, mmea a wɔte sɛ eyinom bi a, ɛno de, na miwuu koraa a, anka eye.”