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33:1 And Ya'akov lifted up his eyes, and looked, and, Hinei, Esav came, and with him four hundred men. And he divided the children to Le'ah (לאה), and to Rachel (רחל), and to the two handmaids.
33:2 And he put the handmaids and their children foremost, and Le'ah (לאה) and her children after, and Rachel (רחל) and Yosef hindermost.
33:3 And he passed over before them, and bowed himself to the ground seven times, until he came near to his brother.
33:4 And Esav ran to meet him, and embraced him, and fell on his neck, and kissed him: and they wept.
33:5 And he lifted up his eyes, and saw the women and the children; and said, Who [are] those with thee? And he said, The children which Elohim (אלהים) has graciously given your servant.
33:6 (iv) Then the handmaidens came near, they and their children, and they bowed themselves.
33:7 And Le'ah (לאה) also with her children came near, and bowed themselves: and after came Yosef near and Rachel (רחל), and they bowed themselves.
33:8 Then Esav said,
"What do you mean by all this company which I met?"
And he said,
"These are to find favor in the sight of my master."
33:9 And Esav said:
But Esav said, "I have enough, my achi (brother); let what you have remain yours."
33:10 And Ya'akov said:
"No, please, if I have found favor in your sight, then accept my present from my hand. For I have seen your face, which is like seeing peni'el Elohim (אלהים), and you have accepted me.
33:11 Please, take my blessing that is brought to you, because Elohim (אלהים) has dealt graciously with me, and because I have enough." So he urged him, and he took it.
33:12 And he (Esav) said
Let us take our journey, and let us go, and I will go before you.
33:13 And he (Ya'akov) said to him:
My master knows that the children [are] tender, and the flocks and herds with young [are] with me: and if men should overdrive them one day, all the flock will die.
33:14 Let my master, I pray you, pass over before his servant: and I will lead on softly, according as the cattle that goes before me and the children be able to endure, until I come to my master to Se'ir.
33:15 And Esav said:
"Let me leave with you some of the people who are with me." But he said, "What need is there? Let me find favor in the sight of my master."
33:16 So Esav returned that day on his way to Se'ir.
33:17 And Ya'akov journeyed to Sukot (סכות), and built him a house, and made booths for his cattle: therefore the name of the place is called Sukot (סכות).
33:18 And Ya'akov came to Shalem, a city of Shechem, which [is] in the eretz Kenaan, when he came from Padan Aram; and pitched his tent before the city.
33:19 And he bought a parcel of a field, where he had spread his tent, at the hand of Benai Chamor avi Shechem, for a hundred pieces of kesitah (money,קשׂיטה ).
33:20 And he erected there an altar, and called it El Elohei Yisrael (אל אלהי ישׂראל).
Go to Index pageShechem (probably modern Tell Balata) is at the eastern end of the valley between Mt. Ebal to the north and Mt. Gerizim to the south, in the Ephraimite hill country. It was close to the Manasseh-Ephraim border.