Jacob Takes Esau’s Blessing
1When Isaac was old and his eyes were so weak that he could no longer see, he called for Esau his older son and said to him,
“Here I am,” he answered.
2Isaac said, “I am now an old man and don’t know the day of my death.
3Now then, get your equipment—your quiver and bow—and go out to the open country to hunt some wild game for me.
4Prepare me the kind of tasty food I like and bring it to me to eat, so that I may give you my blessing before I die.”
5Now Rebekah was listening as Isaac spoke to his son Esau.
When Esau left for the open country to hunt game and bring it
6Rebekah said to her son Jacob, “Look, I overheard your
father say to your brother Esau,
7‘Bring me some game and prepare me some tasty food to eat,
so that I may give you my blessing in the presence of the Lord
before I die.’
8Now, my son, listen carefully and do what I tell you:
9Go out to the flock and bring me two choice young goats, so I
can prepare some tasty food for your father, just the way he likes it.
10Then take it to your father to eat, so that he may give you
his blessing before he dies.”
15Then Rebekah took the best clothes of Esau her older son,
which she had in the house, and put them on her younger son Jacob.
16She also covered his hands and the smooth part of his neck with the goatskins.
17Then she handed to her son Jacob the tasty food and the
bread she had made.
25Then he said, “My son, bring me some of your game to eat,
so that I may give you my blessing.”
Jacob brought it to him and he ate; and he brought some wine and he drank.
26Then his father Isaac said to him, “Come here, my son, and
27So he went to him and kissed him. When Isaac caught the
smell of his clothes, he blessed him and said,
28May God give you heaven’s dew
and earth’s richness—
an abundance of grain and new wine.
29May nations serve you
and peoples bow down to you.
Be lord over your brothers,
and may the sons of your mother bow down to you.
May those who curse you be cursed
and those who bless you be blessed.”
Earlier back in the chapter we saw where Esau sold his
birthright to Jacob. This was to be Esau's blessings but he despised his birthright.
In addition to selling his birthright Esau also married the Canaanites which was prohibited in their tribe. Which was
what caused him to loose his blessing as the first born.