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Isaac trembled violently and said, “Who was it, then, that hunted game and brought it to me? I ate it just before you
came and I blessed him—and indeed he will be blessed!”
When Esau heard his father’s words, he burst out with a loud and bitter cry and said to his father, “Bless me—me too, my
Esau said to his father, “Do you have only one blessing, my
father? Bless me too, my father!” Then Esau wept aloud.
His father Isaac answered him,
“Your dwelling will be away from the earth’s richness, away
from the dew of heaven above.
You will live by the sword and you will serve your brother. But when you grow restless, you will throw his yoke from off your neck.”
Esau held a grudge against Jacob because of the blessing his
father had given him. He said to himself, “The days of mourning for my father are near; then I will kill my brother
When Rebekah was told what her older son Esau had said, she
sent for her younger son Jacob and said to him, “Your brother Esau is planning to avenge himself by killing you.
Now then, my son, do what I say: Flee at once to my brother Laban in Harran.
Stay with him for a while until your brother’s fury subsides.
When your brother is no longer angry with you and forgets
what you did to him, I’ll send word for you to come back from
there. Why should I lose both of you in one day?”
Then Rebekah said to Isaac, “I’m disgusted with living because of these Hittite women. If Jacob takes a wife from among the women of this land, from Hittite women like these,
my life will not be worth living.”
You cannot live any type of life and receive spiritual, temporal
and financial blessings that comes without sorrow.
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