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Bereishis/Genesis  25:19 - 28:9

Chapter 25

19 And these are the offspring of Isaac son of Abraham — Abraham begot Isaac.  20 Isaac was forty years old when he took Rebecca, daughter of Bethuel the Aramean from Paddan Aram, sister of Laban the Aramean, as a wife for himself.  21 Isaac entreated Hashem opposite his wife, because she was barren. Hashem allowed Himself to be entreated by him, and his wife Rebecca conceived.

22 The children agitated within her, and she said, "If so, why am I thus?" And she went to inquire of Hashem.

23 And Hashem said to her - "Two nations are in your womb; two regimes from your insides shall be separated; the might shall pass from one regime to the other, and the elder shall serve the younger."

24 When her term to bear grew full, then behold! there were twins in her womb.  25 The first one emerged red, entirely like a hairy mantle; so they named him Esau.  26 After that his brother emerged with his hand grasping on to the heel of Esau; so he called his name Jacob; Isaac was sixty years old when she bore them.

27 The lads grew up and Esau became one who knows hunting, a man of the field; but Jacob was a wholesome man, abiding in tents.  28 Isaac loved Esau for game was in his mouth; but Rebecca loved Jacob.

29 Jacob simmered a stew, and Esau came in from the field, and he was exhausted.

30 Esau said to Jacob, "Pour into me, now, some of that very red stuff for I am exhausted."
(He therefore called his name Edom.)

31 Jacob said, "Sell, as this day, your birthright to me."

32 And Esau said, "Look, I am going to die, so of what use to me is a birthright?"

33 Jacob said, "Swear to me as this day"; he swore to him and sold his birthright to Jacob.  34 Jacob gave Esau bread and lentil stew, and he ate and drank, got up and left; thus, Esau spurned the birthright.

Chapter 26

1 There was a famine in the land, aside from the first famine that was in the days of Abraham; and Isaac went to Abimelech king of the Philistines, to Gerar.  2 Hashem appeared to him and said, "Do not descend to Egypt; dwell in the land that I shall indicate to you.  3 Sojourn in this land and I will be with you and bless you; for to you and your offspring will I give all these lands, and establish the oath that I swore to Abraham your father:  4 'I will increase your offspring like the stars of the heavens; and will give to your offspring all these lands;' and all the nations of the earth shall bless themselves by your offspring.  5 Because Abraham obeyed My voice, and observed My safeguards, My commandments, My decrees, and My Torahs."

6 So Isaac settled in Gerar.  7 When the men of the place asked about his wife, he said, "She is my sister" — for he was afraid to say "my wife" — "lest the men of the place kill me because of Rebecca for she is fair to look upon!"

8 And it came to pass, as his days there lengthened, that Abimelech king of the Philistines gazed down through the window and saw — behold! Isaac was jesting with his wife Rebecca.  9 Abimelech summoned Isaac and said, "But look! She is your wife!
How could you say, 'She is my sister?' "
Isaac said to him, "Because I said that I would be killed because of her."

10 Abimelech said, "What is this that you have done to us? One of the people has nearly lain with your wife, and you would have brought guilt upon us!"  11 Abimelech then warned all the people saying, "Whoever molests this man or his wife shall surely die."

12 Isaac sowed in that land, and in that year he reaped a hundredfold; thus had Hashem blessed him.  13 The man became great and kept becoming greater until he was very great.  14 He had acquired flocks and herds and many enterprises; and the Philistines envied him

15 All the wells that his father's servants had dug in the days of Abraham his father, the Philistines stopped up, and filled them with earth.  16 And Abimelech said to Isaac, "Go away from us for you have become much mightier than we!"  17 So Isaac departed from there and encamped in the valley of Gerar, and dwelled there.  18 And Isaac dug anew the wells of water which they had dug in the days of Abraham his father and the Philistines had stopped up after Abraham's death; and he called them by the same names that his father had called them

19 Isaac's servants dug in the valley and found there a well of fresh water.  20 The herdsmen of Gerar quarreled with Isaac's herdsmen saying, "The water is ours," so he called the name of that well Esek because they involved themselves with him.  21 Then they dug another well, and they quarreled over that also; so he called its name Sitnah.  22 He relocated from there and dug another well; they did not quarrel over it, so he called its name Rehoboth, and said, "For now Hashem has granted us ample space, and we can be fruitful in the land."   23 He went up from there to Beer-sheba.  24 Hashem appeared to him that night and said, "I am the God of your father Abraham - Fear not, for I am with you; I will bless you and increase your offspring because of Abraham my servant."  25 He built an altar there, invoked Hashem by Name, and there he pitched his tent; there Isaac's servants dug a well

26 Abimelech went to him from Gerar with a group of his friends and Phicol, general of his legion.

27 Isaac said to him, "Why have you come to me? You hate me and drove me away from you!"

28 And they said, "We have indeed seen that Hashem has been with you, so we said, 'Let the oath between ourselves now be between us and you, and let us make a covenant with you.  29 If you do evil with us...! Just as we have not molested you, and just as we have done with you only good, and sent you away in peace — Now, you, O blessed of Hashem!' "

30 He made them a feast and they ate and drank.  31 They awoke early in the morning and swore to one another; then Isaac saw them off and they departed from him in peace.  32 And it was on that very day that Isaac's servants came and told him about the well they had dug, and they said to him, "We have found water!"  33 And he named it Shibah; therefore, the name of the city is Beer-sheba until this very day.

34 When Esau was forty years old, he took as a wife Judith daughter of Beeri the Hittite, and Basemath daughter of Elon the Hittite,  35 and they were a source of spiritual rebellion to Isaac and to Rebecca.

Chapter 27

1 And it came to pass, when Isaac had become old, and his eyes dimmed from seeing, that he summoned Esau, his older son, and said to him, "My son." And he said to him, "Here I am."  2 And he said, "See, now, I have aged; I know not the day of my death.  3 Now sharpen, if you please, your gear — your sword and your bow — and go out to the field and hunt game for me.  4 Then make me delicacies such as I love and bring it to me and I will eat, so that my soul may bless you before I die."

5 Now Rebecca was listening as Isaac spoke to Esau his son; and Esau went to the field to hunt game to bring.  6 But Rebecca had said to Jacob her son, saying, "Behold I heard your father speaking to your brother Esau saying:  7 'Bring me some game and make me delicacies to eat, and I will bless you in the presence of Hashem before my death.'  8 So now, my son, heed my voice to that which I command you.  9 Go now to the flock and fetch me from there two choice young kids of the goats, and I will make of them delicacies for your father, as he loves.

10 Then bring it to your father and he shall eat, so that he may bless you before his death."

11 Jacob replied to Rebecca, his mother, "But my brother Esau is a hairy man and I am a smooth-skinned man.  12 Perhaps my father will feel me and I shall be as a mocker in his eyes; I will thus bring upon myself a curse rather than a blessing."  13 But his mother said to him, "Your curse be on me, my son; only heed my voice and go fetch them for me."  14 So he went, fetched, and brought to his mother, and his mother made delicacies as his father loved.  15 Rebecca then took her older son Esau's clean garments which were with her in the house, and clothed Jacob her young son.  16 With the skins of the goat-kids she covered his arms and the his smoothskinned neck.  17 She placed the delicacies and the bread which she had made into the hand of her son Jacob.

18 And he came to his father and said, "Father," and he said, "Here I am; who are you, my son?"  19 Jacob said to his father, "It is I, Esau your firstborn; I have done as you told me; rise up, please, sit and eat of my game that your soul may bless me."

20 Isaac said to his son, "How is it that you were so quick to find, my son?" And he said, "Because Hashem your God arranged it for me."  21 And Isaac said to Jacob, "Come close, if you please, so I can feel you, my son; are you, indeed, my son Esau or not?"

22 So Jacob drew close to Isaac his father who felt him and said, "The voice is Jacob's voice, but the hands are Esau's hands."  23 But he did not recognize him because his hands were hairy like those of Esau his brother; so he blessed him.  24 He said, "You are, indeed, my son Esau!" And he said, "I am."  25 He said, "Serve me and let me eat of my son's game that my soul may bless you." So he served him and he ate, and he brought him wine and he drank.

26 Then his father Isaac said to him, "Come close, if you please, and kiss me, my son."

27 So he drew close and kissed him; he smelled the fragrance of his garments and blessed him; he said, "See, the fragrance of my son is like the fragrance of a field which Hashem had blessed —  28 And may God give you of the dew of the heavens and of the fatness of the earth, and abundant grain and wine.  29 Peoples will serve you, and regimes will prostrate themselves to you; be a lord to your kinsmen, and your mother's sons will prostrate themselves to you; cursed be they who curse you, and blessed be they who bless you."

30 And it was, when Isaac had finished blessing Jacob, and Jacob had scarcely left from the presence of Isaac his father, that Esau his brother came back from his hunt.  31 He, too, made delicacies, and brought them to his father; he said to his father, "Let my father rise and eat of his son's game, so that your soul will bless me."

32 Isaac his father said to him, "Who are you?" And he said, "I am your firstborn son Esau."

33 Then Isaac trembled in very great perplexity, and said, "Who — where — is the one who hunted game, brought it to me, and I partook of all when you had not yet come, and I blessed him? Indeed, he shall remain blessed!"

34 When Esau heard his father's words, he cried out an exceedingly great and bitter cry, and said to his father, "Bless me too, Father!"

35 But he said, "Your brother came with cleverness and took your blessing."

36 He said, "Is it because his name was called Jacob that he outwitted me these two times? — He took away my birthright and see, now he took away my blessing!" Then he said, "Have you not reserved a blessing for me?"

37 Isaac answered, and said to Esau, "Behold, a lord have I made him over you, and all his kin have I given him as servants; with grain and wine have I supported him, and for you, where — what can I do, my son?"

38 And Esau said to his father, "Have you but one blessing, Father? Bless me too, Father!" And Esau raised his voice and wept.

39 So Isaac his father answered, and said to him - "Behold, of the fatness of the earth shall be your dwelling and of the dew of the heavens from above.  40 By your sword you shall live, but your brother you shall serve; yet it shall be that when you are aggrieved, you may cast off his yoke from upon your neck."

41 Now Esau harbored hatred toward Jacob because of the blessing with which his father had blessed him; and Esau thought, "May the days of mourning for my father draw near, then I will kill my brother Jacob."

42 When Rebecca was told of the words of her older son Esau, she sent and summoned Jacob her younger son and said to him, "Behold, your brother Esau is consoling himself regarding you to kill you.  43 So now, my son, heed my voice and arise; flee to my brother Laban, to Charan.  44 And remain with him a short while until your brother's wrath subsides.  45 Until your brother's anger against you subsides and he forgets what you have done to him; then I will send and bring you from there; why should I be bereaved of both of you on the same day?"

46 Rebecca said to Isaac, "I am disgusted with my life on account of the daughters of Heth; if Jacob takes a wife of the daughters of Heth like these, of the daughters of the land, what is life to me?"

Chapter 28

1 So Isaac summoned Jacob and blessed him; he instructed him, and said to him, "Do not take a wife from the Canaanite women.  2 Arise, go to Paddan-aram, to the house of Bethuel your mother's father, and take a wife from there from the daughters of Laban your mother's brother.  3 And may Almighty God bless you, make you fruitful and make you numerous, and may you be a congregation of peoples.  4 May He grant you the blessing of Abraham to you and to your offspring with you, that you may possess the land of your sojourns which God gave to Abraham."  5 So Isaac sent away Jacob and he went toward Paddan-aram, to Laban the son of Bethuel the Aramean, brother of Rebecca, mother of Jacob and Esau

6 When Esau saw that Isaac had blessed Jacob and sent him off to Paddan-aram to take himself a wife from there, as he blessed him he commanded him, saying, "You shall not take a wife from among the daughters of Canaan";  7 and that Jacob obeyed his father and mother and went to Paddan-aram;  8 then Esau perceived that the daughters of Canaan were evil in the eyes of Isaac, his father.  9 So Esau went to Ishmael and took Mahalath, the daughter of Ishmael son of Abraham, sister of Nebaioth, in addition to his wives, as a wife for himself.


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