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.
Yakobo Akumana ndi Esau
1Yakobo atakweza maso ake anaona Esau akubwera ndi anthu ake 400. Choncho ana ake anawagawira Leya, Rakele ndi antchito awiri aja. 2Anayika antchito ndi ana awo patsogolo, kenaka nʼkubwera Leya ndi ana ake, ndipo pambuyo pawo Rakele ndi Yosefe. 3Iye mwini anakhala patsogolo nawerama mpaka kukhudza pansi kasanu ndi kawiri pamene amayandikira mʼbale wake.
4Koma Esau anathamanga kukakumana ndi Yakobo ndipo anamukupatira namupsompsona. Onse awiri ankangolira. 5Kenaka Esau ataona amayi ndi ana awo anamufunsa Yakobo kuti, “Kodi anthu amene uli nawowa ndi a ndani?”
Yakobo anayankha kuti, “Awa ndi ana amene Mulungu, mwa kukoma mtima kwake, wapereka kwa mtumiki wanune.”
6Tsono antchito aja anayandikira naweramitsa mitu pansi. 7Kenaka, Leya ndi ana ake anabwera. Nawonso anaweramitsa mitu pansi. Potsiriza pa onse anabwera Yosefe ndi Rakele naweramitsanso mitu yawo pansi.
8Esau anafunsa kuti, “Kodi gulu la ziweto ndakumana nalo lija ndi layani?”
Yakobo anayankha nati, “Mbuye wanga, gulu lija ndi lanu kuti mundikomere mtima.”
9Koma Esau anati, “Mʼbale wanga, ine ndili nazo kale zambiri. Zinthu zakozi sunga.”
10Yakobo anati, “Chonde musatero. Ngati mwandikomera mtima, landirani mphatso yangayi kuchokera kwa ine. Pakuti ndi mmene mwandirandira bwinomu, ine ndikamaona nkhope yanu ndikuchita ngati ndikuona nkhope ya Mulungu. 11Chonde, landirani mphatso imene ndakutengeraniyi, popeza Mulungu wandikomera mtima kwambiri moti ndili ndi zonse zimene ndizifuna.” Ndipo popeza kuti Yakobo anamuwumiriza, Esau analandira.
12Ndipo Esau anati, “Tiyeni tizipita; nditsagana nanu.”
13Koma Yakobo anati kwa iye, “Mbuye wanga, inu mudziwa kuti anawa ndi a nthete ndiponso ndiyenera kusamalira nkhosa ndi ngʼombe zimene zikuyamwitsa ana awo. Ngati ndizimenya kuti zifulumire, tsiku limodzi lokha nyamazo zidzafa. 14Choncho, mbuye wanga lolani kuti mutsogole. Ine ndiziyenda pangʼonopangʼono pambuyo pa ziwetozi ndi anawa mpaka ndikafika ku Seiri.”
15Esau anati, “Ndiye bwanji ndikusiyireko ena mwa anthu anga.”
Koma Yakobo anati, “Koma muchitiranji zimenezi? Chachikulu nʼkuti mwandilandira bwino, mbuye wanga.”
16Choncho tsiku limenelo Esau anayamba ulendo wobwerera ku Seiri. 17Komabe Yakobo anapita ku Sukoti. Kumeneko anamanga nyumba yake ndi makola a ziweto zake. Nʼchifukwa chake malowa amatchedwa Sukoti.
18Mmene ankabwerera kuchokera ku Padanaramu, Yakobo anafika ku Salemu, mzinda wa Sekemu ku Kanaani. Anamanga msasa pamalopo moyangʼanana ndi mzindawo. 19Malo amenewo anagula kwa zidzukulu za Hamori, abambo a Sekemu ndi ndalama 100 zasiliva. 20Pamalopo anamanganso guwa lansembe, nalitcha Eli Elohe Israeli.