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33 1 Jacob raised his eyes and saw Esau coming towards him with four hundred men; so he divided the children between Leah and Rachel and the two slave-girls. 33 2 He put the slave-girls with their children in front, Leah with her children next, and Rachel with Joseph last. 33 3 He then went on ahead of them, bowing low to the ground seven times as he approached his brother.

33 4 Esau ran to meet him and embraced him; he threw his arms round him and kissed him, and they wept. 33 5 When Esau looked up and saw the women and children, he said, 'Who are these with you?' Jacob replied, 'The children whom God has graciously given to your servant.' 33 6 The slave-girls came near, each with her children, and they bowed low. 33 7 Then Leah with her children came near and bowed low, and afterwards Joseph and Rachel came near and bowed low also. 33 8 Esau said, 'What was all that company of yours that I met?' And he answered, 'It was meant to win favour with you, my lord.' 33 9 Esau answered, 'I have more than enough. Keep what is yours, my brother.' 33 10 But Jacob said, 'On no account: if I have won your favour, then, I pray, accept this gift from me; for, you see, I come into your presence as into that of a god, and you receive me favourably. 33 11 Accept this gift which I bring you; for God has been gracious to me, and I have all I want.' So he urged him, and he accepted it.

33 12 Then Esau said, 'Let us set out, and I will go at your pace.' 33 13 But Jacob answered him, 'You must know, my lord, that the children are small; the flocks and herds are suckling their young and I am concerned for them, and if the men overdrive them for a single day, all my beasts will die. 33 14 I beg you, my lord, to go on ahead, and I will go by easy stages at the pace of the children and of the livestock that I am driving, until I come to my lord in Seir.'

33 15 Esau said, 'Let me detail some of my own men to escort you', but he replied, 'Why should my lord be so kind to me?' 33 16 That day Esau turned back towards Seir, 33 17 but Jacob set out for Succoth; and there he built himself a house and made shelters for his cattle. Therefore he named that place Succoth That is Shelters.

33 18 On his journey from Paddan-aram, Jacob came safely to the city of Shechem in Canaan and pitched his tent to the east of it. 33 19 The strip of country where he had pitched his tent he bought from the sons of Hamor father of Shechem for a hundred sheep Or pieces of money (cp Josh. 24.32; Job 42.11). 33 20 There he set up an altar and called it El-Elohey-Israel That is God the God of Israel.


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