YOḆELIM 26 (Jubilee 26)

1 And in the seventh year of this week Yitsḥaq called Ĕsaw, his elder son, and said to him, “I am old, my son, and see, my eyes are dim in seeing, and I do not know the day of my death.

2 “And now take your hunting weapons, your quiver and your bow, and go out to the field, and hunt and catch for me, my son, and make me a tasty dish, such as my being loves, and bring it to me that I may eat, and that my being may baraḵ you before I die.”

3 But Riḇqah heard Yitsḥaq speaking to Ĕsaw.

4 And Ĕsaw went out early to the field to hunt and catch and bring home to his father.

5 And Riḇqah called Ya’aqoḇ, her son, and said to him, “See, I heard Yitsḥaq, your father, speak to Ĕsaw, your brother, saying, ‘Hunt for me, and make me a tasty dish, and bring to me that I may eat and baraḵ you before 𐤉𐤄𐤅𐤄 before I die.’

6 “And now, my son, obey my voice in that which I command you. Go to your flock and fetch me two choice young goats, and I shall make them a tasty dish for your father, such as he loves, and you shall bring to your father that he may eat and baraḵ you before 𐤉𐤄𐤅𐤄 before he dies, and that you may be baruḵ.”

7 And Ya’aqoḇ said to Riḇqah his mother, “Mother, I shall not withhold any matter which my father would eat, and which would please him, only I fear, my mother, that he shall recognise my voice and want to touch me.

8 “And you know that I am smooth, and Ĕsaw, my brother, is hairy, and I shall appear before his eyes as an evildoer, and shall do a deed which he had not commanded me, and he shall be wroth with me, and I shall bring upon myself a curse, and not a beraḵah.”

9 And Riḇqah, his mother, said to him, “Your curse be upon me, my son, only obey my voice.”

10 And Ya’aqoḇ obeyed the voice of Riḇqah, his mother, and went and fetched two choice and fat young goats, and brought them to his mother, and his mother prepared them such as he loved.

11 And Riḇqah took the best garments of Ĕsaw, her elder son, which was with her in the house, and she clothed Ya’aqoḇ, her younger son, and she put the skins of the young goats upon his hands and on the exposed parts of his neck.

12 And she gave the meat and the bread which she had prepared into the hand of her son Ya’aqoḇ.

13 And Ya’aqoḇ went in to his father and said, “I am your son. I have done accordingly as you asked me. Arise and sit and eat of that which I have caught, father, that your being may baraḵ me.”

14 And Yitsḥaq said to his son, “How have you found so quickly, my son?”

15 And Ya’aqoḇ said, “Because your Elohim caused me to find.”

16 And Yitsḥaq said to him, “Come near, that I may feel you, my son, if you are my son Ĕsaw or not.”

17 And Ya’aqoḇ went near to Yitsḥaq, his father, and he felt him and said,

18 “The voice is Ya’aqoḇ’s voice, but the hands are the hands of Ĕsaw,” and he did not recognise him, because it was caused from the shamayim to remove his power of perception and Yitsḥaq did not recognise, for his hands were hairy as Ĕsaw’s, so that he baraḵ him.

19 And he said, “Are you my son Ĕsaw?” and he said, “I am your son.” and he said, “Bring near to me that I may eat of that which you have caught, my son, that my being may baraḵ you.”

20 And he brought near to him, and he ate, and he brought him wine and he drank.

21 And Yitsḥaq, his father, said to him, “Come near and kiss me, my son.” And he came near and kissed him.

22 And he smelled the smell of his garment, and he baraḵ him and said, “See, the smell of my son is as the smell of a field which 𐤉𐤄𐤅𐤄 has baraḵ.

23 And may 𐤉𐤄𐤅𐤄 give you of the dew of the shamayim and of the dew of the earth, and plenty of grain and oil. Let nations serve you, and peoples bow down to you.

24 “Be master over your brothers, and let your mother’s sons bow down to you; and may all the bireḵoth with which 𐤉𐤄𐤅𐤄 has baraḵ me and baraḵ Aḇraham, my father, be given to you and to your seed forever. Cursed be he that curses you, and baruḵ be he that baraḵ you.”

25 And it came to be as soon as Yitsḥaq had made an end to baraḵ his son Ya’aqoḇ, and Ya’aqoḇ had gone out from Yitsḥaq his father, Ĕsaw, his brother, came in from his hunting.

26 And he also made a tasty dish, and brought to his father, and said to his father, “Let my father arise, and eat of my wild game that your being may baraḵ me.”

27 And Yitsḥaq, his father, said to him, “Who are you?” And he said to him, “I am your first-born, your son Ĕsaw. I have done as you have commanded me.”

28 And Yitsḥaq was greatly astonished, and said, “Who is he that has hunted and caught and brought to me, and I have eaten of all before you came, and have baraḵ him? He shall be baruḵ, and all his seed forever.”

29 And it came to be when Ĕsaw heard the words of his father Yitsḥaq that he cried with an exceedingly great and bitter cry, and said to his father, “Baraḵ me, me too, father!”

30 And he said to him, “Your brother came with deceit, and has taken away your beraḵah.” And he said, “Now I know why his name is called Ya’aqoḇ. See, he has caught me by the heel these two times. He took away my birth-right, and now he has taken away my beraḵah.”

31 And he said, “Have you not reserved a beraḵah for me, father?” And Yitsḥaq answered and said to Ĕsaw, “See, I have made him your master, and all his brothers I have given to him for servants, and with plenty of grain and wine and oil I have strengthened him. And what now shall I do for you, my son?”

32 And Ĕsaw said to Yitsḥaq, his father, “Have you but one beraḵah, O father? Baraḵ me, me too, father!” And Ĕsaw lifted up his voice and wept.

33 And Yitsḥaq answered and said to him, “See, far from the dew of the earth shall be your dwelling, and far from the dew of the shamayim from above.

34 “And by your sword you shall live, and you shall serve your brother. And it shall come to be when you become great, and shake his yoke from off your neck, you shall sin a complete sin unto death, and your seed shall be rooted out from under the shamayim.”

35 And Ĕsaw kept threatening Ya’aqoḇ because of the beraḵah with which his father baraḵ him, and he said in his heart, “May the days of mourning for my father now come, so that I may slay my brother Ya’aqoḇ.”