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The Catholic Study Bible A special version of the New American Bible, with a wealth of background information useful to Catholics.

Chapter 33

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Jacob and Esau Meet. 1Jacob looked up and saw Esau coming, accompanied by four hundred men. So he divided his children among Leah, Rachel and the two maidservants, 2putting the maids and their children first, Leah and her children next, and Rachel and Joseph last. 3He himself went on ahead of them, bowing to the ground seven times, until he reached his brother. 4Esau ran to meet him, embraced him, and flinging himself on his neck, kissed him as he wept.

5When Esau looked about, he saw the women and children. “Who are these with you?” he asked. Jacob answered, “They are the children whom God has graciously bestowed on your servant.” 6Then the maidservants and their children came forward and bowed low; 7next, Leah and her children came forward and bowed low; lastly, Rachel and her children came forward and bowed low. 8Then Esau asked, “What did you intend with all those droves that I encountered?” Jacob answered, “It was to gain my lord's favor.” 9“I have plenty,” replied Esau; “you should keep what is yours, brother.” 10“No, I beg you!” said Jacob. “If you will do me the favor, please accept this gift from me, since to come into your presence is for me like coming into the presence of God, now that you have received me so kindly. 11Do accept the present I have brought you; God has been generous toward me, and I have an abundance.” Since he so urged him, Esau accepted.

12Then Esau said, “Let us break camp and be on our way; I will travel alongside you.” 13But Jacob replied: “As my lord can see, the children are frail. Besides, I am encumbered with the flocks and herds, which now have sucklings; if overdriven for a single day, the whole flock will die. 14Let my lord, then, go on ahead of me, while I proceed more slowly at the pace of the livestock before me and at the pace of my children, until I join my lord in Seir.” 15Esau replied, “Let me at least put at your disposal some of the men who are with me.” But Jacob said, “For what reason? Please indulge me in this, my lord.” 16So on the same day that Esau began his journey back to Seir, 17Jacob journeyed to Succoth. There he built a home for himself and made booths for his livestock. That is why the place was called Succoth.*

18Having thus come from Paddan‐aram, Jacob arrived safely at the city of Shechem, which is in the land of Canaan, and he encamped in sight of the city. g Gn 12, 6; Jn 4, 6 . 19The plot of ground on which he had pitched his tent he bought for a hundred pieces of bullion* from the descendants of Hamor, the founder of Shechem. h Jos 24, 32; Jn 4. 5; Acts 7, 16 . 20He set up a memorial stone there and invoked “El, the God of Israel.” i Jgs 6, 24 .

Notes:

g: Gn 12, 6; Jn 4, 6 .

h: Jos 24, 32; Jn 4. 5; Acts 7, 16 .

i: Jgs 6, 24 .

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