- 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.
Then Esau did come with 400 men. By this time, Israel-after passing the night and wrestling a man, had gone to join his family over the brook, and so he arranged each wife and put their children before them respectively.
- And he put the handmaids and their children foremost, and Leah and her children after, and Rachel and Joseph hindermost.
He then put the maids first, then Leah, then Rachel 😂maybe Esau would kill them one by one so at least Rachel and Joseph should have time.
- And he passed over before them, and bowed himself to the ground seven times, until he came near to his brother.
Then he went ahead of them, leaving them behind him with a distance, and he stopped seven times, and these seven times, from that distance still, he bowed to Esau. To show complete submission.
- And Esau ran to meet him, and embraced him, and fell on his neck, and kissed him: and they wept.
Then Esau ran, hugged him, kissed him, and they both cried in this moment.
- 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 Esau saw the women and children at the back of Israel and he asked him who they were. And he said…those are the children whom the Lord hath given your 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 came Joseph near and Rachel, and they bowed themselves.
Then Israel’s family came closer and bowed to Esau in the order they were arranged.
- And he said, What 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 then asked. What’s with all those whom I met with goods that you sent unto me? And Israel said….it is to find grace in your sight. (I don’t know when grace became paid for).
- And Esau said, I have enough, my brother; keep that thou hast unto thyself.
Esau then said…I have enough. Keep what you have for yourself.
- 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, as though I had seen the face of God, and thou wast pleased with me.
Israel then said…no no. Okay, if I have already found grace, (which is free) then just accept this as a regular gift. Because I have seen your face, which is just like seeing God’s face and you were pleased with me (I thought I’d die when I see you.)
- Take, I pray thee, my 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.
Please take the blessing I brought for you…God has done me well. And he kept pressing, and so, Esau took it.
- And he said, Let us take our journey, and let us go, and I will go before thee.
Then Esau said they should go together but he would lead the way…
- And he said unto him, My lord knoweth that the children are tender, and the flocks and herds with young are with me; and if men should overdrive them one day, all the flock will die.
Then Israel said…the flocks are little, the children are young…if they are overworked one day, all the flock will die. We won’t be able to keep up.
- Let my lord, I pray thee, pass over before his servant; and I will lead on softly, according as the cattle that goeth before me and the children be able to endure, until I come unto my lord unto Seir.
So, Esau, you go on, let me, the children and flock go…at our own pace. And as far as the children go and as much as they take their time…there’s no rush for us.
Then we will come join you in seir.
- And Esau said, Let me now leave with thee some of the folk that are with me. And he said, What needeth it? let me find grace in the sight of my lord.
Esau then said…play…but let me leave some of my men with you. Israel said…there’s no reason for that. Let me find grace in your sight.
- So Esau returned that day on his way unto Seir.
Esau then went to seir.
- And Jacob journeyed to Succoth, and built him a house, and made booths for his cattle: therefore the name of the place is called Succoth [booths].
But then Israel went to another land, built s house then built booths for his cattle. And for that reason the place was called succoth-booths. Instead of going back to Esau, he went back to the point where he divided his goods into two in case Esau destroyed one part and dwelt in a separate place for a while.
- And Jacob came to Shalem, a city of Shechem, which is in the land of Canaan, when he came from Padan-aram; and pitched his tent before the city.
Then Israel pitched his tent at Shalem.
- And he bought a parcel of a field, where he had spread his tent, at the hand of the children of Hamor, Shechem’s father, for a hundred pieces of money.
Then he bought the place where he spread his tent, and paid 400 pieces.
- And he erected there an altar, and called it El-Elohe-Israel [God the God of Israel].
And he erected there an altar, and called it El–elohe–Israel.” – (mighty is the) God of Israel