Genesis 27


Jacob’s Deception

27 Now it came about, when Isaac was old and his eyes were too dim to see[ am just proposing that the eyes could be too dim but he ain’t blind and definitely his ears are ok!], that he called his older son Esau and said to him, “My son.” And he said to him, “Here I am.” Isaac said, “Behold now, I am old and I do not know the day of my death. Now then, please take your gear, your quiver and your bow, and go out to the field and hunt game for me; and prepare a savory dish for me such as I love, and bring it to me that I may eat, so that my soul may bless you before I die[ after having wasted 2 chapters on the fictitious character he is again given a duty to do. Now if I may what has food got to do with offering blessings? And as old man why not call his two sons together? Is he senile as well? Still on the same issue, why has Esau be the one to prepare him food and he, Ike, is still married. And why would one person require a whole game?].”

Rebekah was listening while Isaac spoke to his son Esau. So when Esau went to the field to hunt for game to bring home, Rebekah said to her son Jacob[ on a side note, how is one Ike’s son and the other Rebekah’s? Are the two not the parents of the twins?], “Behold, I heard your father speak to your brother Esau, saying, ‘Bring me some game and prepare a savory dish for me, that I may eat, and bless you in the presence of the Lord before my death.’ Now therefore, my son, listen to me as I command you. Go now to the flock and bring me two choice young goats from there, that I may prepare them as a savory dish for your father, such as he loves[ two goats for a single dish? please spare me!].

10 Then you shall bring it to your father, that he may eat, so that he may bless you before his death.” 11 Jacob answered his mother Rebekah, “Behold, Esau my brother is a hairy man and I am a smooth man. 12 Perhaps my father will feel me, then I will be as a deceiver in his sight, and I will bring upon myself a curse and not a blessing.” 13 But his mother said to him, “Your curse be on me[ women always taking blame], my son; only obey my voice, and go, get them for me.” 14 So he went and got them, and brought them to his mother; and his mother made savory food such as his father loved[ how long did this whole exercise take? Unless old Ike is also dumb, before Esau goes hunting, comes back, skins the animal and makes a savory bowl, it would be almost half a day. So did the scribes take this into account to make it plausible that when Jacob goes to see the father, enough time shall have passed?]. 15 Then Rebekah took the best garments of Esau her elder son, which were with her in the house, and put them on Jacob her younger son. 16 And she put the skins of the young goats on his hands and on the smooth part of his neck[ Are you telling me, Ike’s nose cannot detect the smell of raw meat or rather the blood on Jacob’s dressing?]. 17 She also gave the savory food and the bread, which she had made, to her son Jacob.

18 Then he came to his father and said, “My father.” And he said, “Here I am. Who are you, my son[ is it possible that old Ike cannot differentiate the voices of his sons? We can allow him to be blind but please, voices? I refuse to believe this!]?” 19 Jacob said to his father, “I am Esau your firstborn; I have done as you told me. Get up, please, sit and eat of my game, that you may bless me.” 20 Isaac said to his son, “How is it that you have it so quickly, my son?” And he said, “Because the Lord your God caused it to happen to me[ god has become partner to a crime. Do I hear any objections your honour?].” 21 Then Isaac said to Jacob, “Please come close, that I may feel you, my son, whether you are really my son Esau or not.” 22 So Jacob came close to Isaac his father, and he felt him and said, “The voice is the voice of Jacob, but the hands are the hands of Esau.” 23 He did not recognize him, because his hands were hairy like his brother Esau’s hands[ tell me, apart from being hairy, Esau’s skin must have felt like that of a goat, hard I mean or else how is it that old Ike doesn’t find the patchwork unreal!]; so he blessed him. 24 And he said, “Are you really my son Esau[he has done a body check and proffered blessings, the question is redundant at this point.]?” And he said, “I am.” 25 So he said, “Bring it to me, and I will eat of my son’s game, that I may bless you.” And he brought it to him, and he ate; he also brought him wine and he drank. 26 Then his father Isaac[is it necessary to say his father Isaac, isn’t this obvious?] said to him, “Please come close and kiss me, my son.” 27 So he came close and kissed him; and when he smelled the smell of his garments, he blessed him and said,

“See, the smell of my son
Is like the smell of a field which the Lord has blessed[really, not the smell of a freshly butchered goat? since that is what I would have smelt];
28 Now may God give you of the dew of heaven,
And of the fatness of the earth,
And an abundance of grain and new wine[ I love old Ike, wine is important if the kingdom is to be run well];
29 May peoples serve you[why should this be the case? Why not implore him to serve others?],
And nations bow down to you;
Be master of your brothers[hold it, who are the other brothers? I thought they were only two sons?],
And may your mother’s sons bow down to you[why promote such servitude?].
Cursed be those who curse you,
And blessed be those who bless you.”

The Stolen Blessing

30 Now it came about, as soon as Isaac had finished blessing Jacob,

Jacob supplants his brother Esau to receive blessings for old and blind Ike

and Jacob had hardly gone out from the presence of Isaac his father, that Esau his brother came in from his hunting. 31 Then he also made savory food, and brought it to his father; and he said to his father, “Let my father arise and eat of his son’s game, that you may bless me.” 32 Isaac his father said to him[I don’t get it! Was someone just trying to give Ike flesh? I don’t get the point why they have to repeat Ike his father, we already know!], “Who are you?” And he said, “I am your son, your firstborn, Esau.” 33 Then Isaac trembled violently[why should this be so? Is he short of blessings?], and said, “Who was he then that hunted game and brought it to me, so that I ate of all of it before you came, and blessed him? Yes, and he shall be blessed.34 When Esau heard the words of his father, he cried out with an exceedingly great and bitter cry, and said to his father, “Bless me, even me also, O my father!” 35 And he said, “Your brother came deceitfully and has taken away your blessing.” 36 Then he said, “Is he not rightly named Jacob, for he has supplanted me these two times? He took away my birthright[if i remember correctly, it was a fair exchange. You sold your birthright!], and behold, now he has taken away my blessing.” And he said, “Have you not reserved a blessing for me[did you just have one blessing?]?” 37 But Isaac replied to Esau, “Behold, I have made him your master, and all his relatives[without consultation? Old Ike by any means is autocratic!] I have given to him as servants; and with grain and new wine I have sustained him[and why should a blessing involve enslaving others?]. Now as for you then, what can I do, my son?” 38 Esau said to his father, “Do you have only one blessing, my father[ a honest question by Esau!, The old man should just go back to the bag of blessings and dish another one out!]? Bless me, even me also, O my father.” So Esau lifted his voice and wept.

39 Then Isaac his father answered and said to him,

“Behold, away from the fertility of the earth shall be your dwelling,
And away from the dew of heaven from above[ Why make it difficult for Jacob to have a simpler life? Why curse him? It ain’t his fault he came late! By any means, if Ike was short of blessings he should just have withdrawn the ones bestowed on Esau].
40 “By your sword you shall live,
And your brother you shall serve[ remember this verse folks, we may have to revisit it later];
But it shall come about when you become restless,
That you will break his yoke from your neck.”

41 So Esau bore a grudge against Jacob because of the blessing with which his father had blessed him; and Esau said to himself, “The days of mourning for my father are near; then I will kill my brother Jacob.” 42 Now when the words of her elder son Esau were reported to Rebekah, she sent and called her younger son Jacob, and said to him, “Behold your brother Esau is consoling himself concerning you by planning to kill you. 43 Now therefore, my son, obey my voice, and arise, flee to Haran, to my brother Laban![would not have been much easier for the mother to come clean on her part? Earlier she was ready to take responsibility, but I think if it involves death, nah, let it pass!] 44 Stay with him a few days, until your brother’s fury subsides, 45 until your brother’s anger against you subsides and he forgets what you did to him. Then I will send and get you from there. Why should I be bereaved of you both in one day[this statement implies impending death at least of Ike and a real threat to Jacob. We will see how many more bowls Ike had before he quit.]?”

46 Rebekah said to Isaac, “I am tired of living because of the daughters of Heth; if Jacob takes a wife from the daughters of Heth, like these, from the daughters of the land, what good will my life be to me[Abe’s progeny just like the old patriarch do not love their neighbors, why this is so not the point of this blog, but is for historians to address.]?”

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As Onyango Makagutu I am Kenyan, as far as I am a man, I am a citizen of the world

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