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1Jacob looked up and there was Esau coming with four hundred men. He divided the children between Leah and Rachel and the two slave-girls.

2He put the slave-girls and their children in front, Leah with her children next, and Rachel and Joseph in the rear.

3He himself went on ahead of them, bowing low to the ground seven times as he approached his brother.

4Esau ran to meet him and embraced him; he threw his arms round him and kissed him, and they both wept.

5When Esau caught sight of the women and children, he asked, “Who are these with you?” Jacob replied, “The children whom God has graciously given to your servant.”

6The slave-girls came near, each with her children, and they bowed low;

7then Leah with her children came near and bowed low, and lastly Joseph and Rachel came and bowed low also.

8Esau asked, “What was all that company of yours that I met?” “It was meant to win favour with you, my lord,” was the answer.

9Esau said, “I have more than enough. Keep what you have, my brother.”

10But Jacob replied, “No, please! If I have won your favour, then accept, I pray, this gift from me; for, as you see, I come into your presence as into that of a god, and yet you receive me favourably.

11Accept this gift which I bring you; for God has been gracious to me, and I have all I want.” Thus urged, Esau accepted it.

12Esau said, “Let us set out, and I shall go at your pace.”

13But 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 they are overdriven for a single day, my beasts will all die.

14I beg you, my lord, to go on ahead, and I shall move by easy stages at the pace of the livestock I am driving and the pace of the children, until I come to my lord in Seir.”

15Esau said, “Let me detail some of my men to escort you,” but he replied, “There is no reason why my lord should be so kind.”

16That day Esau turned back towards Seir,

17while Jacob set out for Succoth; there he built himself a house and made shelters for his cattle. Therefore he named that place Succoth.

18So having journeyed from Paddan-aram, Jacob arrived safely at the town of Shechem in Canaan and pitched his tent to the east of it.

19The piece of land where he had pitched his tent he bought from the sons of Hamor, Shechem's father, for a hundred sheep.

20He erected an altar there and called it El-elohey-israel.


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