Genesis 33
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Jacob Meets Esau

1When Jacob looked off in the distance, there was Esau coming toward him, accompanied by 400 men! So Jacob divided Leah’s children, Rachel, and the children of the two servants into separate groups.a 2Then he positioned the women servants and their children first, then Leah and her children next, and then Rachel and Joseph after them. 3Then he went out to meet Esau,b passing in front of all of them, and bowed low to the ground seven times as he approached his brother.

4Esau ran to meet Jacob and embraced him. Then he fell on his neck and kissed him. And they wept.

5When Esau eventually looked around, he saw the women and the children. “Who are these peoplec with you?” he asked.

“The children, whom God has graciously givend your servant,” he answered. 6Then the women servants approached, accompanied by their children, and bowed low. 7Leah also approached, and she and her children bowed low. After this, Joseph and Rachel approached and bowed low.

8Then Esau asked, “What are all these livestock for?”

“To solicit favor from you,e sir,”f Jacob answered.

9But Esau replied, “I already have so much, my brother, so keep what belongs to you.”

10“Please,” Jacob implored him, “don’t refuse. If I’m to receive favor from you, then receive this gift from me, because seeing your face is like seeing the face of God, since you have favorably accepted me. 11So receive my blessing, which has been sent to you, since God has been gracious to me. Besides, I have enough.” Because Jacob kept pressing him, Esau accepted the gifts.

12Then Esau suggested, “Let’s set out and travel together, but let me go in front of you.”

13“Sir, you knowg that the children are frail,” Jacob suggested, “and the ewes and cows with me are still nursing their young. If they’re driven even for a day, the entire flock will die. 14So allow yourself toh go ahead of your servant while I travel more slowly, letting the herds set their own pacei with the children until I arrive to see my lord in Seir.”

15Esau said, “Let me leave with you some of the people who are with me.”

“Why do that?” Jacob asked. “I’ve already found favor in your sight, sir.”j 16So Esau set out that very day back on his way to Seir, 17but Jacob set out for Succoth, built a house there, and constructed some cattle shelters. He named the place Succoth.k

Jacob Buys Land in Shechem

18After Jacob had arrived safely from Paddan-aram,l he entered the city of Shechem, which was located in the territory of Canaan, and encamped facing that city. 19Then he bought a parcel of land for 100 pieces of silver from the descendants of Hamor, Shechem’s father. He pitched his tent there, 20set up an altar, and named it El-elohe-israel.m

a 33:1 The Heb. lacks into separate groups
b 33:3 The Heb. lacks went out to meet Esau
c 33:5 The Heb. lacks people
d 33:5 The Heb. lacks given
e 33:8 Lit. from your eyes
f 33:8 Lit. you, my lord
g 33:13 Lit. My lord knows
h 33:14 Lit. So let my lord
i 33:14 Lit. feet
j 33:15 Lit. sight, my lord
k 33:17 The Heb. name Succoth means shelters
l 33:18 Paddan-aram was located in northwest Mesopotamia
m 33:20 The Heb. name El-elohe-israel means God, the God of Israel

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