61 : Jacobs Gift

61 : Jacobs Gift

"What do you mean," Esau said,"by all this flock and cattle that I met?"
 "These are to find grace in the sight of my lord," Jacob said.

"I have enough, my brother" Esau said. "Keep what is yours for yourself."
"'No, I pray you," said Jacob,"if now I have found grace in your sight,
 then receive my present at my  hand, for I have seen your face as though I had seen the face of God, and you were pleased with me.
"Take, I pray you, the gift that was brought to you, because God has dealt graciously with me, and I have enough."

He urged him, and Esau took it and said:
"Let us go and start our journey. I will go before you."
"My lord knows," said Jacob, "that children are tender,
and I have the care of ewes and milking cows with their young.
 Should they be overdriven, even one day, all the flocks will die.
"Let my lord, I pray, go ahead before his servant,
and I will follow softly, in step with the cattle before me,
and according to what the children are able to endure, until I come to my lord in Seir."

Esau said: "Then let me leave with you some of the men that are with me."
"What need is there?" said Jacob, "Just let me find grace in the sight of my lord."

So Esau departed that day on his way to Seir.

And Jacob went to Shalem, which is in the land of Canaan, and he pitched his tent outside of the city.
He bought the parcel of land, where he had spread his tent, for one hundred pieces of money.
 There he erected an altar, and called it El-elohe-Israel.


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