New International Version

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.

Chinese Contemporary Bible (Simplified)

创世记 33:1-20

弟兄重逢

1雅各远远看见以扫带着四百人迎面而来,便把孩子们分别交给利亚拉结和两个婢女, 2又吩咐两个婢女和她们的孩子走在前面,利亚和她的孩子跟在后面,拉结约瑟走在最后。 3他自己则走在他们前面,接连俯伏下拜七次,直到他哥哥跟前。

4以扫见到雅各,就跑上去拥抱他,亲吻他,二人抱头痛哭。 5以扫看见跟在雅各后面的妇女和孩子,就问:“这些和你同行的是谁?”雅各说:“这些孩子是上帝施恩赐给你仆人的。” 6雅各的两个婢女和她们的孩子上前下拜, 7利亚也和她的孩子上前下拜,最后约瑟拉结也上前向以扫下拜。

8以扫说:“我在路上遇见的那一群群牲畜是怎么回事?”雅各回答说:“我带来这些是要得到我主的恩待。” 9以扫说:“弟弟,我已经有很多了,你自己留着吧!” 10雅各说:“不,你若赏脸,就请收下!我见了你的面就像见了上帝的面,因为你这样善侍我。 11请你收下我的礼物吧,因为上帝恩待了我,使我富足。”雅各再三恳求,以扫才收下。

12以扫说:“我们走吧!我陪你们走。” 13雅各却说:“我主知道孩子们还小,而且,我还要照料正在哺乳的牛羊,如果整天赶路,牛羊会累死。 14倒不如请我主先走,我迁就牲畜和孩子慢慢走,我在西珥与我主会合。”

15以扫说:“让我给你留几个帮手吧。”雅各说:“不用了,能得到我主的恩待就够了。” 16于是,以扫在当天先回西珥去了, 17雅各却去了疏割,在那里为自己建造房屋,为牲畜搭起棚子。因此那地方叫疏割33:17 疏割”意思是“棚子”。

18这样,雅各巴旦·亚兰平安地回到迦南示剑城,在城外搭营居住。 19他搭营居住的这块地是他用一百块银子向示剑的父亲哈抹的子孙买的。 20雅各在那里筑了一座坛,称之为伊利·伊罗伊·以色列33:20 伊利·伊罗伊·以色列”意思是“以色列的上帝”。