THE FIRST BOOK OF
G E N E S I S
Genesis 33 ©
Jacob, having marshaled his wives and children, goes to meet his brother, vs. 1. etc. Who behaves himself courteously to him and his wives and children, 4. And after civil refusal and reply does accept of Jacob’s present, parting thus in a friendly manner, 8. Jacob comes to Succoth, and from thence to Shechem, where he pitches his tents, and builds an altar to the Lord, 17.
AND Jacob lifted up his eyes, and looked, and, behold, Esau came, and with him four hundred men. And he divided the children unto Leah, and unto Rachel, and unto the two handmaids.
And he put the handmaids and their children foremost, and Leah and her children after, 1and Rachel and Joseph hindermost.
And he passed over before them, and 2bowed himself to the ground 3seven times, until he came near to his brother.
And Esau ran to meet him, and embraced him, and fell on his neck, and 4kissed him: and 5they wept.
And he lifted up his eyes, and saw the women and the children; and said, Who are those with thee? And he said, The children which God hath graciously given thy servant.
Then the handmaidens came near, they and their children, and they bowed themselves.
And Leah also with her children came near, and bowed themselves: and after 6came Joseph near and Rachel, and they bowed themselves.
And he said, 7What meanest thou by all this drove which I met? And he said, These are to find grace in the sight of my lord.
And Esau said, 8I have enough, my brother; 9keep that thou hast unto thyself.
And Jacob said, Nay, I pray thee, if now I have found grace in thy sight, then receive my present at my hand: for therefore I have seen thy face, 10as though I had seen the face of God, 11and thou wast pleased with me.
Take, I pray thee, 12my blessing that is brought to thee; because God hath dealt graciously with me, and because I have enough. And he urged him, and he took it.
And 13he said, Let us take our journey, and let us go, and I will go 14before thee.
And 15he said unto him, My lord knoweth that the children are 16tender, and the flocks and herds 17with young are 18with me: and if men should overdrive them one day, all the flock will die.
Let my lord, I pray thee, pass over before his servant: and I will lead on 19softly, 20according as the 21cattle that goeth before me and the children be able to endure, until I come unto my lord unto Seir.
And Esau said, Let me now leave with thee some of the folk that are with me. And he said, What needeth it? 22let me find grace in the sight of my lord.
¶So Esau returned that day on his way unto Seir.
And Jacob journeyed to 23Succoth, and built him an house, and made booths for his cattle: therefore the name of the place is called 24Succoth.
¶Anda Jacob came to 25Shalem, a city of 26Shechem, which is in the land of Canaan, when he came from Padan-aram; and pitched his tent 27before the city.
And he bought a parcelb of a field, where he had spread his tent, at the hand of the children of 28Hamor, Shechem’s father, for an hundred 29pieces of money.c
And he erected there 30an altar, and called it 31El-elohe-Israel.