Â When Isaac was old and his eyes were dim so that he could not see, he called his elder son Esau and said to him, â€œMy sonâ€; and he answered, â€œHere I am.â€ He said, â€œSee, I am old; I do not know the day of my death. Now then, take your weapons, your quiver and your bow, and go out to the field, and hunt game for me. Then prepare for me savory food, such as I like, and bring it to me to eat, so that I may bless you before I die.â€
Â Now Rebekah was listening when Isaac spoke to his son Esau. So when Esau went to the field to hunt for game and bring it,
Then Rebekah took the best garments of her elder son Esau, which were with her in the house, and put them on her younger son Jacob; and she put the skins of the kids on his hands and on the smooth part of his neck. Then she handed the savory food, and the bread that she had prepared, to her son Jacob.
Â So he went in to his father, and said, â€œMy fatherâ€; and he said, â€œHere I am; who are you, my son?â€ Jacob said to his father, â€œI am Esau your firstborn. I have done as you told me; now sit up and eat of my game, so that you may bless me.â€ But Isaac said to his son, â€œHow is it that you have found it so quickly, my son?â€ He answered, â€œBecause the LORD your God granted me success.â€ Then Isaac said to Jacob, â€œCome near, that I may feel you, my son, to know whether you are really my son Esau or not.â€ So Jacob went up to his father Isaac, who felt him and said, â€œThe voice is Jacobâ€™s voice, but the hands are the hands of Esau.â€ He did not recognize him, because his hands were hairy like his brother Esauâ€™s hands; so he blessed him. He said, â€œAre you really my son Esau?â€ He answered, â€œI am.â€ Then he said, â€œBring it to me, that I may eat of my sonâ€™s game and bless you.â€ So he brought it to him, and he ate; and he brought him wine, and he drank. Then his father Isaac said to him, â€œCome near and kiss me, my son.â€ So he came near and kissed him; and he smelled the smell of his garments, and blessed him, and said,
â€œAh, the smell of my son
is like the smell of a field that the LORD has blessed.
May God give you of the dew of heaven,
and of the fatness of the earth,
and plenty of grain and wine.
Let peoples serve you,
and nations bow down to you.
Be lord over your brothers,
and may your motherâ€™s sons bow down to you.
Cursed be everyone who curses you,
and blessed be everyone who blesses you!â€
Scripture passage from the New Revised Standard Version Bible: Catholic Edition, copyright 1989, 1993, Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved.