Genesis: Chapter 27 (1534)

The boke of Genesis. The .xxvij. Chapter.

  1. And it came to passe that Isaac wexed olde and his eyes were dymme so that he coude nat see. Tha called he Esau his eldest sonne and sayde vnto him: mi sonne. And he sayde vnto hym: heare am I.
  2. And he sayde: beholde I am olde ad knowe not the daye of mi deth:
  3. Now therfore take thi weapes thy quiver and thi bowe and gett the to the feldes and take me some venyson
  4. and make me meate such as I loue and brynge it me and let me eat that my soull may blesse the before that I dye:
  5. But Rebecca hard whe Isaac spake to Esau his sonne. And as soone as Esau was gone to the felde to catche venyson and to brige it
  6. she spake vnto Jacob hir sonne sainge? Behold I haue herde thi father talkinge with Esau thy brother and saynge:
  7. bringe me venyson and make me meate that I maye eate and blesse the before the LORde yer I dye.
  8. Now therfore my sonne heare my voyce in that which I comaunde the:
  9. gett the to the flocke and bringe me thece .ij. good kiddes and I will make meate of the for thi father soch as he loueth.
  10. And thou shalt brige it to thi father and he shal eate yt he maye blysse the before his deth
  11. Than sayde Jacob to Rebecca his mother. Beholde Esau mi brother is rugh and I am smooth.
  12. Mi father shal peradueture fele me ad I shal seme vnto hi as though I wet aboute to begyle hi and so shall he brige a curse vpo me and not a blessige:
  13. and his mother saide vnto him. Vppo me be thi curse my sonne only heare my voyce and goo and fetch me them.
  14. And Jacob went ad fett them and brought them to his mother.And his mother made meate of them accordinge as his father loued
  15. And she went and fett goodly rayment of hir eldest sonne Esau which she had in the house with hir and put them vpon Jacob hir yongest sonne
  16. ad she put the skynnes vpon his hades and apon the smooth of his necke.
  17. And she put ye meate and brede which she had made in the hode of hir sonne Jacob
  18. And he went in to his father saynge: my father And he aswered: here am I who art thou my sonne?
  19. And Jacob sayde vnto his father: I am Esau thy eldest sonne I haue done acordinge as thou baddest me vp and sytt and eate of my venyson that thi soule maye blesse me.
  20. But Isaac sayde vnto his sonne. How cometh it that thou hast fownde it so quicly my sonne? He answered: The LORde thy god brought it to my hande.
  21. Than sayde Isaac vnto Jacob: come nere and let me fele the my sonne whether thou be my sonne Esau or not.
  22. Than went Jacob to Isaac his father and he felt him and sayde the voyce is Jacobs voyce but the hades ar ye hades of Esau.
  23. And he knewe him not because his handes were rough as his brother Esaus handes: And so he blessed him.
  24. And he axed him art thou my sonne Esau? And he sayde: that I am.
  25. Than sayde he: brynge me and let me eate of my sonnes venyson that my soule maye blesse the. And he broughte him and he ate. And he broughte him wyne also and he dranke.
  26. And his father Isaac sayde vnto him: come nere and kysse me my sonne.
  27. And he wet to him and kissed him. And he smelled ye sauoure of his raymet and blessed hi and sayde See ye smell of my sone is as ye smell of a feld which the lorde hath blessed.
  28. God geue the of ye dewe of heave and of the fatnesse of the erth and pletie of corne and wyne.
  29. People be thy servauntes and natios bowe vnto the. Be lorde ouer thy brethre and thy mothers children stoupe vnto the. Cursed be he yt curseth the and lessed be he that blesseth the.
  30. As soone as Isaac had made an end of blessig Jacob and Jacob was scace gone out fro the preasence of Isaac his father: then came Esau his brother fro his huntynge:
  31. And had made also meate and brought it in vnto his father and sayde vnto him: Aryse my father and eate of thy sonnes venyson that thy soule maye blesse me.
  32. Tha his father Isaac sayde vnto him. Who art thou? he answered I am thy eldest sonne Esau.
  33. And Isaac was greatly astoyned out of mesure and sayde: Where is he then that hath huted venyson and broughte it me and I haue eaten of all before thou camest and haue blessed him ad he shall be blessed styll.
  34. Whe Esau herde the wordes of his father he cryed out greatly and bitterly aboue mesure and sayde vnto his father: blesse me also my father.
  35. And he sayde thy brother came with subtilte ad hath take awaye thy blessynge.
  36. Than sayde he: He maye well be called Jacob for he hath vndermyned me now .ij. tymes fyrst he toke awaye my byrthrighte: and se now hath he taken awaye my blessynge also. And he sayde hast thou kepte neuer a blessynge for me?
  37. Isaac answered and sayde vnto Esau: beholde I haue made him thi LORde and all his mothers childern haue I made his seruauntes. Moreouer wyth corne ad wyne haue I stablesshed him what ca I do vnto the now my sonne?
  38. And Esau sayde vnto his father? hast thou but yt one blessynge my father? blesse me also my father: so lyfted vp Esau his voyce and wepte
  39. Tha Isaac his father answered and sayde vnto himBeholde thy dwellynge place shall haue of the fatnesse of the erth and of the dewe of heauen fro aboue.
  40. And wyth thy swerde shalt thou lyue and shalt be thy brothers seruaunte But the tyme will come when thou shalt gett the mastrye and lowse his yocke from of thy necke.
  41. And Esau hated Jacob because of the blessynge yt his father blessed him with all and sayde in his harte: The dayes of my fathers sorowe are at hade for I will sley my brother Jacob.
  42. And these wordes of Esau hir eldest sonne were told to Rebecca. And she sente ad called Jacob hir yongest sonne and sayde vnto hi: beholde thy brother Esau threatneth to kyll the:
  43. Now therfore my sone heare my voyce make the redie and flee to Laba my brother at Haran
  44. And tarie with him a while vntill thy brothers fearsnes be swaged and
  45. vntill thy brothers wrath turne away from the and he forgett that which thou hast done to him. Tha will I sende and fett the awaye from thence. Why shulde I lose you both in one daye.
  46. And Rebecca spake to Isaac: I am wery of my life for feare of the doughters of Heth. Yf Jacob take a wife of the doughters of Heth soch one as these are or of the doughters of the lande what lust shulde I haue to lyue.
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