1Looking up, Jacob saw Esau coming and with him four hundred men. He then divided the childrenbetween Leah, Rachel and the two slave-girls. 2He put the slave-girls and their children in front, with Leah and her children fol owing, and Rachel andJoseph behind. 3He himself went ahead of them and bowed to the ground seven times, until he reached his brother. 4But Esau ran to meet him, took him in his arms, threw himself on his neck and wept as he kissed him. 5Then looking up he saw the women and children. 'Who are these with you?' he asked. Jacobanswered, 'The children whom God has bestowed on your servant.' 6The slave-girls then came up with their children, and they al bowed low. 7Then Leah too came up with her children, and they al bowed low. Finally Rachel and Joseph came upand bowed low. 8Esau asked, 'What was the purpose of that whole camp I just met?' 'To win my lord's favour,' hereplied. 9'Brother, I have plenty,' Esau answered, 'keep what is yours.' 10Jacob protested, 'No, if I have won your favour, please accept the gift I offer, for in fact I have comeinto your presence as into the presence of God, since you have received me kindly. 11So accept the gift I have brought for you, since God has been generous to me and I have al I need.'And he urged him, and Esau accepted. 12Esau said, 'Let us break camp and move off; I shal go beside you.' 13But Jacob replied, 'As my lord knows, the children are weak, and the sheep and cows which havecalved make it hard for me. If they are driven too hard, even for one day, the whole drove will die. 14May it please my lord to go on ahead of his servant. For my part, I shal move at a slower pace, tosuit the flock I am driving and the children, until I join my lord in Seir.' 15Esau then said, 'At least let me leave you some of the people who are with me.' 'What for?' Jacobasked. 'Please indulge me, my lord!' 16So that day Esau turned back towards Seir, 17but Jacob made his way to Succoth, where he built himself a house and made shelters for hislivestock; that is why the place was given the name of Succoth. 18Jacob arrived safely at the town of Shechem in Canaanite territory, on his return from Paddan-Aram.He encamped opposite the town 19and for one hundred pieces of silver he bought from the sons of Hamor father of Shechem the pieceof land on which he had pitched his tent. 20There he erected an altar which he cal ed 'El, God of Israel'.
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