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Genesis 33 :: New International Version (NIV)

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Jacob looked up and there was Esau, coming with his four hundred men; so he divided the children among Leah, Rachel and the two female servants.

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He put the female servants and their children in front, Leah and her children next, and Rachel and Joseph in the rear.

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He himself went on ahead and bowed down to the ground seven times as he approached his brother.

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But Esau ran to meet Jacob and embraced him; he threw his arms around his neck and kissed him. And they wept.

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Then Esau looked up and saw the women and children. “Who are these with you?” he asked. Jacob answered, “They are the children God has graciously given your servant.”

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Then the female servants and their children approached and bowed down.

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Next, Leah and her children came and bowed down. Last of all came Joseph and Rachel, and they too bowed down.

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Esau asked, “What’s the meaning of all these flocks and herds I met?” “To find favor in your eyes, my lord,” he said.

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But Esau said, “I already have plenty, my brother. Keep what you have for yourself.”

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“No, please!” said Jacob. “If I have found favor in your eyes, accept this gift from me. For to see your face is like seeing the face of God, now that you have received me favorably.

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Please accept the present that was brought to you, for God has been gracious to me and I have all I need.” And because Jacob insisted, Esau accepted it.

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Then Esau said, “Let us be on our way; I’ll accompany you.”

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But Jacob said to him, “My lord knows that the children are tender and that I must care for the ewes and cows that are nursing their young. If they are driven hard just one day, all the animals will die.

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So let my lord go on ahead of his servant, while I move along slowly at the pace of the flocks and herds before me and the pace of the children, until I come to my lord in Seir.”

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Esau said, “Then let me leave some of my men with you.” “But why do that?” Jacob asked. “Just let me find favor in the eyes of my lord.”

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So that day Esau started on his way back to Seir.

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Jacob, however, went to Sukkoth, where he built a place for himself and made shelters for his livestock. That is why the place is called Sukkoth.fn

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After Jacob came from Paddan Aram,fn he arrived safely at the city of Shechem in Canaan and camped within sight of the city.

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For a hundred pieces of silver,fn he bought from the sons of Hamor, the father of Shechem, the plot of ground where he pitched his tent.

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There he set up an altar and called it El Elohe Israel.fn
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Sukkoth means shelters.
That is, Northwest Mesopotamia
Hebrew hundred kesitahs; a kesitah was a unit of money of unknown weight and value.
El Elohe Israel can mean El is the God of Israel or mighty is the God of Israel.

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