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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 favor 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 favor 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 favorably. 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 favor 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, Northwest 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.

Asante Twi Contemporary Bible

1 Mose 33:1-20

Yakob Ne Esau Ka Wɔn Ho Bom

1Yakob pagyaa nʼani hunuu sɛ Esau ne ne mmarima ahanan a wɔka no ho firi akyirikyiri reba. Enti, ɔkyekyɛɛ ne mma no mu maa Lea, Rahel ne nʼasomfoɔ baanu no. 2Ɔmaa asomfoɔ no ne wɔn mma dii ɛkan. Lea ne ne mma nso dii hɔ. Ɛnna Rahel ne ne ba Yosef nso dii akyire. 3Yakob deɛ, ɔdii wɔn anim. Ɔreyɛ abɛn ne nua Esau no, ɔbɔɔ ne mu ase mprɛnson.

4Esau tuu mmirika kɔhyiaa Yakob, yɛɛ no atuu. Ɔbam Yakob, fee nʼano. Na wɔn baanu nyinaa suiɛ. 5Afei, Esau maa nʼani so hunuu mmaa no ne mmɔfra no. Ɔbisaa Yakob sɛ, “Yeinom yɛ ɛhefoɔ?”

Ɔbuaa sɛ, “Wɔyɛ mma a Onyankopɔn de wɔn adom me a meyɛ wʼakoa.”

6Afei, Yakob asomfoɔ ne wɔn mma twe bɛn Esau bɛkotoo no. 7Saa ara na Lea ne ne mma nso bɛkotoo no. Afei, Yosef ne ne maame Rahel nso ba bɛkotoo no.

8Esau bisaa sɛ, “Nnwan ne anantwie ne mmoa bebrebe a wɔsa so reba yi nso, aseɛ ne sɛn?”

Yakob buaa sɛ, “Me wura, ɛyɛ akyɛdeɛ a mede rebrɛ wo, na manya wʼanim animuonyam.”

9Nanso, Esau sere buaa no sɛ, “Me nua, mewɔ saa mmoa yi bebree ma ɛboro so. Enti, fa deɛ wode rebrɛ me yi ka wo deɛ ho.”

10Yakob kaa sɛ, “Dabi, sɛ woagye me fɛ so deɛ a, mesrɛ wo, gye akyɛdeɛ a mede rebrɛ wo yi. Nokorɛ ni, ɛsiane sɛ wogyee me ɔdɔ so enti, mehunuu wʼanim no, na ayɛ me sɛdeɛ mahunu Onyankopɔn anim. 11Mesrɛ wo, gye mʼakyɛdeɛ a mede rebrɛ wo yi, ɛfiri sɛ, Awurade adom me ama mayɛ ɔdefoɔ.” Esiane sɛ Yakob kɔɔ so srɛɛ no ara sɛ ɔnnye nʼakyɛdeɛ no enti, Esau gyeeɛ.

12Afei, Esau kaa sɛ, “Ma yɛnkɔ. Yɛbɛdi mo anim ne mo akɔ.”

13Nanso, Yakob buaa no sɛ, “Me wura ankasa nim sɛ, mmɔfra no bi susua. Ɛsɛ sɛ mehwɛ anantwie ne nnwan ne mmoa a wɔawowo no nso ka wɔn so brɛoo. Sɛ meka wɔn so den ɛda koro pɛ mpo a, wɔn nyinaa bɛwuwu. 14Enti, me wura, di yɛn ɛkan na yɛne nyɛmmoa no bɛdi wʼakyi nkakrankakra abɛto wo wɔ Seir.”

Yakob Kɔ Sekem

15Enti, Esau kaa sɛ, “Anyɛ bi koraa no, ma mennya me mmarima na wɔnni wʼanim, mmɔ wo ho ban.”

Yakob kaa sɛ, “Ɛho nhia sɛ ɛsɛ sɛ woyɛ me saa adɔeɛ no.”

16Enti, ɛda no ara, Esau sane nʼakyiri kɔɔ Seir. 17Nanso, Yakob deɛ, ɔkɔɔ Sukot kɔsisii ne ntomadan, pɛɛ baabi a ne mmoa no nso bɛda, de hɔ yɛɛ nʼatenaeɛ. Ɛno enti na wɔfrɛ saa beaeɛ hɔ Sukot, a asekyerɛ ne Asese no.

18Yakob firii Paddan-Aram no, ɔkɔduruu Sekem kuro a ɛwɔ Kanaan asase so asomdwoeɛ mu. 19Yakob tɔɔ asase a ɔtenaa so no nnwetɛ mpɔ ɔha firii Sekem agya Hamor mma nkyɛn. 20Wɔsii afɔrebukyia wɔ hɔ, too saa afɔrebukyia no edin El-Elohe-Israel, a asekyerɛ ne Onyankopɔn, Israel Onyankopɔn Afɔrebukyia.