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Genesis 33

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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 favour 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 favour 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 favourably. 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 favour 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, North-west 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.
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Jacob Meets Esau
1And Jacob lifted up his eyes and looked, and behold, #ch. 32:6Esau was coming, and four hundred men with him. So he divided the children among Leah and Rachel and the two female servants. 2And he put the servants with their children in front, then Leah with her children, and Rachel and Joseph last of all. 3He himself went on before them, #ch. 18:2; 42:6; 43:26bowing himself to the ground seven times, until he came near to his brother.
4 # ch. 32:28 But Esau ran to meet him and embraced him #ch. 45:14and fell on his neck and kissed him, and they wept. 5And when Esau lifted up his eyes and saw the women and children, he said, “Who are these with you?” Jacob said, #ch. 48:9; Ps. 127:3; Isa. 8:18“The children whom God has graciously given your servant.” 6Then the servants drew near, they and their children, and bowed down. 7Leah likewise and her children drew near and bowed down. And last Joseph and Rachel drew near, and they bowed down. 8Esau said, “What do you mean by #ch. 32:16 all this company#33:8 Hebrew camp that I met?” Jacob answered, #ver. 15; ch. 32:5“To find favor in the sight of my lord.” 9But Esau said, “I have enough, my brother; keep what you have for yourself.” 10Jacob said, “No, please, if I have found favor in your sight, then accept my present from my hand. #ch. 18:1; 19:1For I have seen your face, which is like seeing the face of God, and you have accepted me. 11Please accept my #2 Kgs. 5:15 blessing that is brought to you, because God has dealt graciously with me, and because I have enough.” Thus he #[2 Sam. 13:25, 27; 2 Kgs. 5:23]urged him, and he took it.
12Then Esau said, “Let us journey on our way, and I will go ahead of#33:12 Or along with you.” 13But Jacob said to him, “My lord knows that the children are frail, and that the nursing flocks and herds are a care to me. If they are driven hard for one day, all the flocks will die. 14Let my lord pass on ahead of his servant, and I will lead on slowly, at the pace of the livestock that are ahead of me and at the pace of the children, until I come to my lord #ch. 32:3in Seir.”
15So Esau said, “Let me leave with you some of the people who are with me.” But he said, “What need is there? #ver. 8; ch. 34:11; 47:25; Ruth 2:13Let me find favor in the sight of my lord.” 16So Esau returned that day on his way to #ch. 32:3Seir. 17But Jacob journeyed to #Josh. 13:27; Judg. 8:5; Ps. 60:6Succoth, and built himself a house and made booths for his livestock. Therefore the name of the place is called Succoth.#33:17 Succoth means booths
18And Jacob came safely#33:18 Or peacefully to the city of #Josh. 24:1; Judg. 9:1; Ps. 60:6; Acts 7:16Shechem, which is in the land of Canaan, on his way from Paddan-aram, and he camped before the city. 19And from the sons of #Acts 7:16 Hamor, Shechem’s father, #Josh. 24:32; John 4:5he bought for a hundred pieces of money#33:19 Hebrew a hundred qesitah; a unit of money of unknown value the piece of land on which he had pitched his tent. 20There he erected an altar and called it El-Elohe-Israel.#33:20 El-Elohe-Israel means God, the God of Israel