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Genesis 33:1-20

33  And Jacob raised his eyes and saw that ʽEsau was coming, and four hundred men with him; and he divided the children to Leah and Rachel and the two maids, 2  and set the maids and their children first, and Leah and her children behind, and Rachel and Joseph last, 3  and he went on before them; and he bent to the ground seven times over to do reverence until he was near his brother. 4  And ʽEsau ran to meet him and embraced him and threw himself on his neck and kissed him, and they wept; 5  and he raised his eyes and saw the women and the children and said “Who are these you have here?” and he said “The children God has graciously given your servant,” 6  and the maids came near, they and their children, and did reverence, 7  and Leah too and her children came near and did reverence, and afterward Joseph and Rachel came near and did reverence. 8  And he said “Who were all this camp of yours that I met with?” and he said “To have your goodwill, sir.” 9*  And ʽEsau said “I have plenty; brother, keep what you have”; 10  but Jacob said “No, please do accept my present, seeing that I have seen your face, as if I were seeing God’s, and you were propitious to me. 11  Take my token of goodwill that was brought to you, because God has favored me and I have everything.” And he urged him, and he took it. 12  And he said “Let us be traveling: I will keep in touch with you.” 13  But he said to him “You know, sir, I have on my hands the children that are weak, and the sheep and cows that have sucking young; overdrive them one day and all the sheep will die. 14  Go along before your servant, sir, and I will take it easy, stage by stage, at the pace of the stock I have before me and of the children, till I come to you in Seʽir.” 15*  And ʽEsau said “Let me detach some of the men I have with me to accompany you”; but he said “What for? no, sir, please.” 16  And ʽEsau went back on his road to Seʽir that day; 17  and Jacob moved on to Succoth and built himself a house, and made booths for his stock—that is why the place is named Succoth, “Booths.” 18*  And Jacob came peaceably to the city of Shekem in Canaan when he came from Paddan-Aram, and camped near the front of the city, 19  and bought the lot of open country where he had pitched his tent from the sons of Hamor the father of Shekem for a hundred kesitahs, 20*  and set up an altar there and named it El-Elohe-Israel.

Footnotes

33:9 Lit. what is yours be yours
33:15 Lit. What for? please, sir.
33:18 Or came safe and sound to the city
33:20 Conj. an obelisk