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 akɔkoraa a nʼani so ayɛ no wisiwisi na ɔnhunu adeɛ papa no, ɛda koro bi, ɔfrɛɛ ne babarima panin Esau. “Me ba.”
Ɛnna Esau gyee so sɛ, “Agya, menie.”
2Isak kaa sɛ, “Seesei mabɔ akɔkoraa, na mennim ɛda a mɛwu. 3Fa wʼagyan ne wo bɛmma, na kɔ wiram kɔpɛ hanam bi brɛ me. 4Fa noa mʼakɔnnɔduane no bi brɛ me, na menni, na menhyira wo ansa na mawu.”
5Ɛberɛ a Isak ne ne ba Esau rekasa no, na Rebeka retie. Enti, ɛberɛ a Esau kɔɔ sɛ ɔrekɔkum ɛnam no aba pɛ, ɛnna 6Rebeka ka kyerɛɛ ne ba Yakob sɛ, “Yakob tie! Metee sɛ wʼagya reka akyerɛ wo nua Esau sɛ, 7‘Kɔpɛ hanam bi fa noa mʼakɔnnɔduane no bi brɛ me, na menni, na menhyira wo wɔ Awurade anim, ansa na mawu.’ 8Afei, me ba, tie asɛm a merebɛka akyerɛ wo yi yie, na di so. 9Kɔ nnwankuo no mu, na kɔkyere nnwan mmienu a wɔadɔre sradeɛ brɛ me, na memfa nnoa akɔnnɔduane, sɛdeɛ wʼagya pɛ no pɛpɛɛpɛ mma no. 10Sɛ menoa wie a, fa kɔma no, na ɔnni, na ɔnhyira wo ansa na wawu.”
11Yakob ka kyerɛɛ ne maame Rebeka sɛ, “Wonim sɛ me nua Esau ho wɔ nwi, na me nso, me ho yɛ toromtorom. 12Sɛ ɛba sɛ mʼagya de ne nsa fa me ho, na ɔhunu sɛ ɛnyɛ Esau a, ɛbɛyɛ sɛ gyama meredaadaa no, na wadome me mmom, sene sɛ anka ɔbɛhyira me.”
13Yakob maame ka kyerɛɛ no sɛ, “Me ba, ma nnome no mmra me so. Wo deɛ, yɛ deɛ maka akyerɛ wo no ara. Kɔ na kɔkyere nnwan no brɛ me.”
14Enti, Yakob tiee ne maame Rebeka asɛm, kɔkyeree nnwan no brɛɛ no. Na ɔkumm wɔn, de noaa akɔnnɔduane bi, sɛdeɛ Isak pɛ no pɛpɛɛpɛ. 15Ɛno akyiri no, Rebeka faa ne ba panin Esau atadeɛ papa bi a ɛwɔ fie hɔ de maa ne ba Yakob hyɛeɛ. 16Afei, ɔde nnwan a wɔkumm wɔn no nwoma yɛɛ ahyɛnsa, kataa Yakob nsa ho. Ɔde bi kataa ne kɔn ho nyinaa. 17Ɔde burodo a wato no foforɔ kaa akɔnnɔduane a wanoa no ho, de maa ne ba Yakob.
18Yakob de aduane no kɔmaa nʼagya Isak wɔ ne dan mu. Ɔduruu hɔ no, ɔkaa sɛ, “Agya!”
Isak buaa sɛ, “Mewɔ hɔ na wo hwan a?”
19Yakob ka kyerɛɛ nʼagya sɛ, “Ɛyɛ me wʼabakan Esau. Mayɛ deɛ woka kyerɛɛ me sɛ menyɛ no. Mede hanam a wopɛ no bi anoa wʼakɔnnɔduane no abrɛ wo, enti mesrɛ wo, sɔre tena ase, na didi, na sɛ wodidi wie a, woahyira me.”
20Isak bisaa ne ba no sɛ, “Ɛyɛɛ sɛn na wo ho ayɛ hare sɛɛ yi?”
Yakob buaa sɛ, “Awurade, wo Onyankopɔn no, na ɔgyinaa mʼakyi maa me nsa kaa hanam no bi ntɛm.”
21Afei, Isak ka kyerɛɛ Yakob sɛ, “Me ba, twe bɛn me, na memfa me nsa nka wo nhwɛ sɛ, wo ne me ba Esau no ampa anaa.”
22Yakob twe bɛn nʼagya Isak, na ɔde ne nsa kekaa ne ho kaa sɛ, “Nne yi yɛ Yakob nne, nanso nsa yi yɛ Esau deɛ.” 23Isak anhunu sɛ ɛyɛ Yakob, ɛfiri sɛ, na ne nsa ho wɔ nwi te sɛ ne nua Esau pɛpɛɛpɛ. Enti, ɔhyiraa no. 24Isak sane bisaa Yakob sɛ, “Enti, ampa ara sɛ wo ne me ba Esau no?”
Yakob buaa sɛ, “Aane, me ne Esau.”
25Afei, Isak kaa sɛ, “Me ba, fa wʼaduane no brɛ me na menni, na medi wie a, mahyira wo.”
Yakob de aduane no brɛɛ nʼagya Isak, na ɔdiiɛ; ɔsane de nsã brɛɛ no ma ɔnomeeɛ. 26Isak wieeɛ no, ɔka kyerɛɛ Yakob sɛ, “Me ba, bra bɛfe mʼano!”
27Enti, Yakob kɔɔ nʼagya Isak nkyɛn kɔfee nʼano. Ɛberɛ a Isak huaa Yakob atadeɛ mu, na ɔgye too mu sɛ, ɛyɛ ne ba Esau no, ɔhyiraa no sɛ,
“Ampa ara! Me ba ho hwa te sɛ
ehwa a ɛfiri afuo
a Awurade ahyira so no mu.
28Onyankopɔn mma wo ɔsoro bosuo ne asase mu sradeɛ,
na afuom aduane ne nsã mmu wo so.
29Amanaman bɛsom wo,
na nnipa nyinaa abu wo nkotodwe.
Wobɛdi wo nuanom so, na wo maame mma nso akoto wo.
Wɔbɛdome wɔn a wɔdome wo nyinaa,
na wɔn a wɔhyira wo nyinaa nso,
Esau Nhyira Abɔ No
30Isak hyiraa Yakob wieeɛ, na ɔfirii nʼagya nkyɛn kɔeɛ ara pɛ, na ne nua Esau firi nʼahayɔ baeɛ. 31Ɔno nso noaa akɔnnɔduane brɛɛ nʼagya. Na ɔka kyerɛɛ no sɛ, “Agya, sɔre na di me hanamduane no, na hyira me.”
32Nʼagya Isak bisaa no sɛ, “Na hwan nie?”
Esau buaa sɛ, “Ɛyɛ me wʼabakan Esau.”
33Isak tee saa asɛm yi pɛ, ne ho hyɛɛ aseɛ wosoo biribiribiri, na ɔbisaa sɛ, “Ɛnneɛ, na hwan na ɔkɔɔ ahayɔ kɔkumm ɛnam de noaa aduane brɛɛ me yi. Medidi wieeɛ hyiraa onipa ko no pɛ na wobaeɛ yi? Nokorɛ mu ni, nhyira a mahyira no no, sɛ mesane mʼano a, ɛrenyɛ yie!”
34Ɛberɛ a Esau tee asɛm a nʼagya kaeɛ no, ɔno nso de awerɛhoɔ teaam dendeenden, ka kyerɛɛ nʼagya sɛ, “Agya! Hyira me. Hyira me nso bi!”
35Nanso, Isak kaa sɛ, “Ɛnneɛ, na wo nua na ɔde nnaadaa abɛgye wo nhyira kɔ!”
36Esau kaa sɛ, “Ɛnyɛ nwanwa sɛ wɔfrɛ no Yakob27.36 Edin Yakob asekyerɛ reyɛ akɔyɛ omimfoɔ anaa osisifoɔ. a aseɛ kyerɛ nantitwitwafoɔ. Yei ne ne mprenu so a wadaadaa me. Deɛ ɛdi ɛkan ne sɛ, ɔdaadaa me gyee me panin. Deɛ ɛtɔ so mmienu nso ne sɛ, ɔde nnaadaa agye me nhyira!” Afei, Esau bisaa nʼagya sɛ, “Enti, woannya me nhyira no bi a wode bɛhyira me nso?”
37Isak buaa Esau sɛ, “Manya de no ayɛ wo wura dada. Mede ne nuanom nyinaa ayɛ ne nkoa. Mahyira no sɛ, ɔbɛnya afuom nnuane ne nsã foforɔ bebree. Na afei, ɛdeɛn bio na aka a mɛtumi ayɛ ama wo, me ba?”
38Esau bisaa nʼagya sɛ, “Agya, enti nhyira baako pɛ na wowɔ? Ao, agya, hyira me nso bi!”
Esau Twaa Adwo
39Afei, nʼagya Isak buaa no sɛ,
“Tie! Asase27.39 Edom asase a na Esau asefoɔ te so no, na ɛyɛ kwawee ne abotan a sradeɛ nni mu koraa (1 Mose 36.8; 2 Ah 8.20). kesee so na wobɛtena,
na ɛsoro bosuo rentɔ wɔ so.
40Wode wo akofena na ɛbɛtena ase,
na woasom wo nua kumaa.
Nanso, daakye bi,
sɛ wokentene wo ho a,
wobɛfiri wo nua no som ase.”
Yakob Dwane Kɔ Laban Nkyɛn
41Esiane Esau nhyira a Yakob kɔdaadaa wɔn agya Isak gyeeɛ no enti, Esau tanee Yakob. Esau kaa wɔ ne tirim sɛ, “Ɛrenkyɛre, na mʼagya Isak awu. Sɛ ɔnya wu a, mɛkum me nua Yakob.”
42Obi tee adwene a Esau afa wɔ ne nua kumaa Yakob ho no, ɔkɔbɔɔ wɔn maame Rebeka amanneɛ. Enti, Rebeka soma kɔfrɛɛ ne ba kumaa Yakob, na ɔka kyerɛɛ no sɛ, “Wo nua Esau abɔ ne tirim sɛ, sɛ ɔnya wo a, ɔbɛkum wo ansa na ne bo atɔ ne yam. 43Enti, me ba, tie asɛm a merebɛka akyerɛ wo yi yie. Dwane ntɛm kɔ me nua Laban nkyɛn wɔ Haran. 44Tena ne nkyɛn kakra wɔ hɔ, kɔsi sɛ, wo nua Esau bo bɛdwo. 45Sɛ wo nua akoma tɔ ne yam, na ne werɛ firi deɛ woyɛɛ no, na ɔgyaa mu ma ɛka a, mɛsoma abɛka akyerɛ wo, na woafiri Haran aba. Adɛn enti na ɛsɛ sɛ metena hɔ hwɛ, na me mma baanu bom wu ɛda koro?”
46Enti, Rebeka ka kyerɛɛ Isak sɛ, “Saa Hetifoɔ mmabaawa yi koraa ama asetena afono me. Sɛ ɛkɔba sɛ Yakob nso kɔware Hetifoɔ asase so mmabaawa yi bi a, mmaa te sɛ yeinom bi a, ɛnneɛ, na mewuiɛ koraa a, anka ɛyɛ.”