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Jacob Meets Esau

Genesis 33

1 Now Jacob lifted his eyes and looked, and there, a Esau was coming, and with him were four hundred men. So he divided the children among Leah, Rachel, and the two maidservants. 2 And he put the maidservants and their children in front, Leah and her children behind, and Rachel and Joseph last. 3 Then he crossed over before them and b bowed himself to the ground seven times, until he came near to his brother.

4 c But Esau ran to meet him, and embraced him, d and fell on his neck and kissed him, and they wept. 5 And he lifted his eyes and saw the women and children, and said, "Who are these with you?" So he said, "The children e whom God has graciously given your servant." 6 Then the maidservants came near, they and their children, and bowed down. 7 And Leah also came near with her children, and they bowed down. Afterward Joseph and Rachel came near, and they bowed down. 8 Then Esau said, "What do you mean by f all this company which I met?" And he said, "These are g to find favor in the sight of my lord." 9 But Esau said, "I have enough, my brother; keep what you have for yourself." 10 And Jacob said, "No, please, if I have now found favor in your sight, then receive my present from my hand, inasmuch as I h have seen your face as though I had seen the face of God, and you were pleased with me. 11 "Please, take i my blessing that is brought to you, because God has dealt j graciously with me, and because I have 1 enough." k So he urged him, and he took it.

12 Then Esau said, "Let us take our journey; let us go, and I will go before you." 13 But Jacob said to him, "My lord knows that the children are weak, and the flocks and herds which are nursing are with me. And if the men should drive them hard one day, all the flock will die. 14 "Please let my lord go on ahead before his servant. I will lead on slowly at a pace which the livestock that go before me, and the children, 2 are able to endure, until I come to my lord l in Seir."

15 And Esau said, "Now let me leave with you some of the people who are with me." But he said, "What need is there? m Let me find favor in the sight of my lord." 16 So Esau returned that day on his way to Seir. 17 And Jacob journeyed to n Succoth, built himself a house, and made 3 booths for his livestock. Therefore the name of the place is called 4 Succoth. 5

18 Then Jacob came 6 safely to o the city of p Shechem, which is in the land of Canaan, when he came from Padan Aram; and he pitched his tent before the city. 19 And q he bought the parcel of 7 land, where he had pitched his tent, from the children of Hamor, Shechem's father, for one hundred pieces of money. 20 Then he erected an altar there and called it r El 8 Elohe Israel. 9

  1. Cross References
    Genesis 32:6
    Then the messengers returned to Jacob, saying, "We came to your brother Esau, and he also is coming to meet you, and four hundred men are with him.
  2. Cross References
    Genesis 18:2
    So he lifted his eyes and looked, and behold, three men were standing by him; and when he saw them, he ran from the tent door to meet them, and bowed himself to the ground.
    Genesis 42:6
    Now Joseph was governor over the land; and it was he who sold to all the people of the land. And Joseph's brothers came and bowed down before him with their faces to the earth.
  3. Cross References
    Genesis 32:28
    And He said, "Your name shall no longer be called Jacob, but Israel; for you have struggled with God and with men, and have prevailed.
  4. Cross References
    Genesis 45:14
    Then he fell on his brother Benjamin's neck and wept, and Benjamin wept on his neck.
    Genesis 45:15
    Moreover he kissed all his brothers and wept over them, and after that his brothers talked with him.
  5. Cross References
    Genesis 48:9
    And Joseph said to his father, "They are my sons, whom God has given me in this place." And he said, "Please bring them to me, and I will bless them.
    Psalms 127:3
    Behold, children are a heritage from the LORD, The fruit of the womb is a reward.
    Isaiah 8:18
    Here am I and the children whom the LORD has given me! We are for signs and wonders in Israel From the LORD of hosts, Who dwells in Mount Zion.
  6. Cross References
    Genesis 32:13 - 16
    So he lodged there that same night, and took what came to his hand as a present for Esau his brother:
  7. Cross References
    Genesis 32:5
    "I have oxen, donkeys, flocks, and male and female servants; and I have sent to tell my lord, that I may find favor in your sight." '"
  8. Cross References
    Genesis 43:3
    But Judah spoke to him, saying, "The man solemnly warned us, saying, 'You shall not see my face unless your brother is with you.
    2 Samuel 3:13
    And David said, "Good, I will make a covenant with you. But one thing I require of you: you shall not see my face unless you first bring Michal, Saul's daughter, when you come to see my face.
    2 Samuel 14:24
    And the king said, "Let him return to his own house, but do not let him see my face." So Absalom returned to his own house, but did not see the king's face.
    2 Samuel 14:28
    And Absalom dwelt two full years in Jerusalem, but did not see the king's face.
    2 Samuel 14:32
    And Absalom answered Joab, "Look, I sent to you, saying, 'Come here, so that I may send you to the king, to say, "Why have I come from Geshur? It would be better for me to be there still." ' Now therefore, let me see the king's face; but if there is iniquity in me, let him execute me.
  9. Cross References
    Judges 1:15
    So she said to him, "Give me a blessing; since you have given me land in the South, give me also springs of water." And Caleb gave her the upper springs and the lower springs.
    1 Samuel 25:27
    And now this present which your maidservant has brought to my lord, let it be given to the young men who follow my lord.
    1 Samuel 30:26
    Now when David came to Ziklag, he sent some of the spoil to the elders of Judah, to his friends, saying, "Here is a present for you from the spoil of the enemies of the LORD" -
  10. Cross References
    Genesis 30:43
    Thus the man became exceedingly prosperous, and had large flocks, female and male servants, and camels and donkeys.
    Exodus 33:19
    Then He said, "I will make all My goodness pass before you, and I will proclaim the name of the LORD before you. I will be gracious to whom I will be gracious, and I will have compassion on whom I will have compassion.
  11. Cross References
    2 Kings 5:23
    So Naaman said, "Please, take two talents." And he urged him, and bound two talents of silver in two bags, with two changes of garments, and handed them to two of his servants; and they carried them on ahead of him.
  12. Cross References
    Genesis 32:3
    Then Jacob sent messengers before him to Esau his brother in the land of Seir, the country of Edom.
    Genesis 36:8
    So Esau dwelt in Mount Seir. Esau is Edom.
  13. Cross References
    Genesis 34:11
    Then Shechem said to her father and her brothers, "Let me find favor in your eyes, and whatever you say to me I will give.
    Genesis 47:25
    So they said, "You have saved our lives; let us find favor in the sight of my lord, and we will be Pharaoh's servants.
    Ruth 2:13
    Then she said, "Let me find favor in your sight, my lord; for you have comforted me, and have spoken kindly to your maidservant, though I am not like one of your maidservants.
  14. Cross References
    Joshua 13:27
    And in the valley Beth Haram, Beth Nimrah, Succoth, and Zaphon, the rest of the kingdom of Sihon king of Heshbon, with the Jordan as its border, as far as the edge of the Sea of Chinnereth, on the other side of the Jordan eastward.
    Judges 8:5
    Then he said to the men of Succoth, "Please give loaves of bread to the people who follow me, for they are exhausted, and I am pursuing Zebah and Zalmunna, kings of Midian.
    Psalms 60:6
    God has spoken in His holiness: "I will rejoice; I will divide Shechem And measure out the Valley of Succoth.
  15. Cross References
    John 3:23
    Now John also was baptizing in Aenon near Salim, because there was much water there. And they came and were baptized.
  16. Cross References
    Genesis 12:6
    Abram passed through the land to the place of Shechem, as far as the terebinth tree of Moreh. And the Canaanites were then in the land.
    Genesis 35:4
    So they gave Jacob all the foreign gods which were in their hands, and the earrings which were in their ears; and Jacob hid them under the terebinth tree which was by Shechem.
    Joshua 24:1
    Then Joshua gathered all the tribes of Israel to Shechem and called for the elders of Israel, for their heads, for their judges, and for their officers; and they presented themselves before God.
    Judges 9:1
    Then Abimelech the son of Jerubbaal went to Shechem, to his mother's brothers, and spoke with them and with all the family of the house of his mother's father, saying.
    Psalms 60:6
    God has spoken in His holiness: "I will rejoice; I will divide Shechem And measure out the Valley of Succoth.
  17. Cross References
    Joshua 24:32
    The bones of Joseph, which the children of Israel had brought up out of Egypt, they buried at Shechem, in the plot of ground which Jacob had bought from the sons of Hamor the father of Shechem for one hundred pieces of silver, and which had become an inheritance of the children of Joseph.
    John 4:5
    So He came to a city of Samaria which is called Sychar, near the plot of ground that Jacob gave to his son Joseph.
  18. Cross References
    Genesis 35:7
    And he built an altar there and called the place El Bethel, because there God appeared to him when he fled from the face of his brother.
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