Book 1: Genesis


Chapter 32

Verse 4: Yaakov sent messengers ahead of him to Eisov, his brother, to the Land of Seir, to the field of Edom.

Verse 5: He commanded them saying, "This is what you should say to my master, Eisov. 'Your servant, Yaakov says, I lived as a stranger with Lavan, and was delayed until now.

Verse 6: I acquired oxen, donkeys, sheep, servants and maidservants. I have sent [these messengers] to tell this to my master, to find favor in your eyes.' "

Verse 7: The messengers returned to Yaakov saying, "We came to your brother, to Eisov, and he is also coming to meet you; and there are four hundred men with him."

Verse 8: Yaakov was very frightened and distressed. He divided the people that were with him, along with the sheep, cattle and camels, into two camps.

Verse 9: He said, "If Eisov comes to one camp and attacks it, the remaining camp will survive."

Verse 10: Yaakov said, "G-d of my father Avraham, and G-d of my father Yitzchok, Ad-noy Who said to me, 'Return to your land, to your birthplace, and I will do good with you.'

Verse 11: I am unworthy of all the kindness and of all the faithfulness that you have done with Your servant; for I crossed over this Jordan [only] with my staff, and now I have become two camps.

Verse 12: Rescue me, I pray, from the hand of my brother, from the hand of Eisov, for I fear him, that he will come and attack me--- mother and children alike.

Verse 13: You have said, "I will do very good with you, and I will make your offspring like the sands of the sea, which are too numerous to count.

Sheini (Second Aliyah)

Verse 14: He spent that night there. He took from that which had come into his hand, [for] a present to his brother, Eisov.

Verse 15: Two hundred female goats and twenty male goats, two hundred ewes and twenty rams.

Verse 16: Thirty nursing camels with their young, forty cows and ten bulls, twenty female donkeys and ten male donkeys.

Verse 17: He placed them in the hand of his servants, each herd by itself. He said to his servants, "Pass on ahead of me, and keep a space between each herd.

Verse 18: He commanded the first one, saying, "When my brother, Eisov meets you and asks you saying, 'To whom do you belong, and where are you going; and who is the owner of this that is before you?'

Verse 19: You should [then] say, ['They belong] to your servant, Yaakov. It is a present sent to my master, Eisov, and see, he himself is also behind us.' "

Verse 20: He also commanded the second and also the third, and to all who followed after the herds, saying, 'In like manner must you speak to Eisov when you find [meet] him.'

Verse 21: You should also say, 'See, your servant Yaakov is behind us. For he said, "I will appease him with the present that goes before me, and afterwards I will see his face, perhaps he will forgive me." ' "

Verse 22: The present passed on ahead of him, but he spent the night in the camp.

Verse 23: He got up that night and took his two wives, his two handmaids, and his eleven children, and crossed over the ford of the Yabbok [River].

Verse 24: He [then] took them and crossed them over the stream. He [also] sent over all that he possessed.

Verse 25: Yaakov remained alone, and a man wrestled with him until daybreak.

Verse 26: He [the man] saw that he could not defeat him, and he struck the socket of his hip. Yaakov's hip joint was dislocated as he wrestled with him.

Verse 27: He [the man] said, "Let me go, for the dawn is breaking." He [Yaakov] said, "I will not let you go unless you bless me."

Verse 28: He [the man] said to him, "What is your name?" And he replied, "Yaakov."

Verse 29: He [the man] said, "No longer will your name be spoken of as Yaakov, but as Yisrael, for you have contended with G-d[ly beings] and with men, and you have won."

Verse 30: Yaakov asked him, and said, "Please tell me your name." He said, "Why then do you ask my name?" He then blessed him [Yaakov] there.

Sh'lishi (Third Aliyah)

Verse 31: Yaakov named the place Peniel [G-d's Face], "For I have seen G-d[ly beings] face to face, and my soul has survived."

Verse 32: The sun shone upon him as he passed by Penuel, and he limped due to his hip.

Verse 33: Therefore, the children of Israel must not eat the displaced tendon [nerve] which is on the hip joint to this very day; because he struck Yaakov's hip joint on the displaced tendon.

Chapter 33

Verse 1: Yaakov raised his eyes and saw that Eisov was coming, and with him there were four hundred men. He then divided the children among Leah, Rochel and the two handmaids.

Verse 2: He placed the handmaids and their children foremost, Leah and her sons behind them, and Rochel and Yoseif in the rear.

Verse 3: He went ahead of them, and he prostrated himself to the earth seven times, until he approached his brother.

Verse 4: Eisov ran to meet him. He hugged him and fell on his neck and kissed him. They [both] wept.

Verse 5: [Eisov] raised his eyes and saw the women and children. He said, "Who are these to you?" He [Yaakov] said, "These are the children whom G-d has graciously granted your servant."

Revi'i (Fourth Aliyah)

Verse 6: The handmaids [then] approached, they, and their children, and prostrated themselves.

Verse 7: Leah and her children also approached and prostrated themselves, and finally Yoseif and Rochel approached and prostrated themselves.

Verse 8: He [Eisov] said, "What do you have to do with that whole camp that approached me?" He [Yaakov] said, "It was to find favor in the eyes of my master."

Verse 9: Eisov said, "I have plenty. My brother, let what you have remain yours."

Verse 10: Yaakov said, "Please, no. If I have found favor in your eyes, take my present from my hand, because I have seen your face [and it was] like seeing the face of a G-d[ly being]; and you have received me favorably.

Verse 11: Please accept my blessing as it was brought to you, for G-d has been gracious to me, for I have everything. He thus urged him and he took it.

Verse 12: He [Eisov] said, "Let us journey and move on, and I will move on with you."

Verse 13: He [Yaakov] said to him, "My master knows that the children are delicate, and that the sheep and cattle with me are nursing. If they are driven hard for [even] one day, all the sheep will die.

Verse 14: Please my master, go on ahead of your servant. I will lead on gently, in my slow pace, according to the pace of the work that is before me, and according to the pace of the children, until I come to my master in Seir.

Verse 15: Eisov said, "Let me leave with you some of the people that are with me." He [Yaakov] said, "What for? Let me find favor in the eyes of my master."

Verse 16: On that day Eisov returned on his way--- going to Seir.

Verse 17: Yaakov traveled to Sukkos and built himself a house, and for his livestock he made shelters. He therefore named the place Sukkos.

Verse 18: Yaakov arrived safely at the city of Shechem, which is in the Land of Canaan, when he came from Padan Aram. He encamped before the city.

Verse 19: He bought the part of the field where he had spread his tent, from the sons of Chamor, father of Shechem, for one hundred kesitahs.

Verse 20: He erected an altar there and called it, "the Almighty is G-d of Yisrael."

Chamishi (Fifth Aliyah)

Chapter 34

Verse 1: Deenah went out, the daughter of Leah, whom she had borne to Yaakov, to see [visit] the local girls.

Verse 2: She was seen by Shechem, son of Chamor, the Chivite, who was the prince of the land. He took her, was with her, and mistreated her.

Verse 3: He became deeply attached to Deenah, the daughter of Yaakov, and he loved the girl. He spoke to the girl's heart.

Verse 4: Shechem spoke to his father Chamor, saying, "Take this young girl for me as a wife."

Verse 5: Yaakov heard that he had defiled his daughter, Deenah, [while] his sons were with the livestock in the fields. Yaakov remained silent until they returned.

Verse 6: Chamor, father of Shechem, went out to Yaakov to speak with him.

Verse 7: The sons of Yaakov returned from the field when they heard [what had happened]. The men grieved and were very angry, for he [Shechem] had committed an outrage against Yisrael to lie with a daughter of Yaakov. Such a thing should not be done.

Verse 8: Chamor spoke with them saying, "My son, Shechem, desires your daughter. Please grant her to him for a wife.

Verse 9: Intermarry with us. Give us your daughters, and take our daughters for yourselves.

Verse 10: You will [then] live with us and the land will be open to you. Live and trade in it and possess it."

Verse 11: Shechem said to her father and her brothers, "Let me find favor in your eyes and what ever you say [ask of me], I will give.

Verse 12: Increase greatly the amount I must pay for the bridal dowry and gifts. I will give whatever you say, but give me the girl for a wife."

Verse 13: The sons of Yaakov answered Shechem, and his father Chamor, with guile, when they spoke; because he had defiled their sister, Deenah.

Verse 14: They said to them, "We cannot do such a thing--- to give our sister [in marriage] to an uncircumcised man, for that is a disgrace to us.

Verse 15: This is the only way we will consent to you: if you will be like us, circumcising all your males.

Verse 16: [Then] we will give our daughters to you, and we will take your daughters for ourselves. We will live together with you, and we will become one people.

Verse 17: But if you do not listen to us to be circumcised, we will take our daughter and go."

Verse 18: Their words were agreeable in the eyes of Chamor, and in the eyes of Shechem, the son of Chamor.

Verse 19: The young man did not delay doing the thing, because he desired the daughter of Yaakov. He was the most honored person in his father's house.

Verse 20: Chamor and his son, Shechem came to the gate of their city, and they spoke to the men of their city saying,

Verse 21: "These men are completely at peace with us. Let them live in the land and trade in it. The land has ample room to be open to them. We will take their daughters for wives, and we will give them our daughters.

Verse 22: But only on these terms will the men consent to live with us, to become one people: every male among us must be circumcised, just as they are circumcised.

Verse 23: Their livestock, their possessions and all their cattle, will it not be ours? Only let us consent to them, and they will live with us.

Verse 24: They listened to Chamor, and to his son, Shechem--- all those who passed through the gate of his city. Every male was circumcised--- all who passed through the gate of his city.

Verse 25: On the third day when they were in pain, two of Yaakov's sons, Shimon and Leivi, brothers of Deenah, each took his sword. They approached the city with confidence, and killed every male.

Verse 26: They killed Chamor and his son Shechem at the point of the sword. They took Deenah from the house of Shechem and they left.

Verse 27: The sons of Yaakov came upon the corpses, and they plundered the city that had defiled their sister.

Verse 28: Their sheep, their cattle, their donkeys, whatever was in the city and whatever was in the field--- they took.

Verse 29: All their wealth, all their children, and their wives--- they took captive, and plundered--- including everything in the houses.

Verse 30: Yaakov said to Shimon and Leivi, "You have made trouble for me, making me obnoxious to the inhabitants of the land, the Canaanites and the Perizzites. [Since] I am few in number, they will gather together and attack me. I and my house [family] will be destroyed.

Verse 31: They said, "Should he make our sister into a harlot?"

Chapter 35

Verse 1: El-him said to Yaakov, "Arise, go up to Beis Eil and live there; make an altar there to the Almighty Who appeared to you when you were fleeing from your brother Eisov."

Verse 2: Yaakov [then] said to his household, and to everyone that was with him, "Get rid of the foreign gods in your midst. Purify yourselves and change your garments.

Verse 3: Let us arise and go up to Beis Eil. There I will make an altar to the Almighty, Who answered me in the day of my distress, and Who was with me along the way I traveled."

Verse 4: They gave Yaakov all the foreign gods that were in their hands, and [also] the rings in their ears. Yaakov buried them under the oak [tree] which was near Shechem.

Verse 5: They began their journey. The terror of El-him was upon the cities that were around them, and they did not pursue the sons of Yaakov.

Verse 6: Yaakov came to Luz, which was in the land of Canaan--- that is, to Beis Eil--- he and all the people that were with him.

Verse 7: There he built an altar, and he called the place Eil Beis Eil, for there El-him was revealed to him when he was fleeing from his brother.

Verse 8: Devorah, Rivkah's nurse, died, and she was buried below Beis Eil, under the oak. He named it Weeping Oak [Alon Bachus].

Verse 9: El-him again appeared to Yaakov when he came from Padan Aram, and He blessed him.

Verse 10: El-him said to him. "Your name is Yaakov. No longer will your name be Yaakov, but Yisrael will be your name;" and He named him Yisrael.

Verse 11: El-him said to him, "I am Almighty Sh-ddai. Be fruitful and increase, a nation and a community of nations will come from you, and kings will come out of your loins.

Shishi (Sixth Aliyah)

Verse 12: The land that I gave to Avraham and Yitzchok, I will give to you; and to your offspring after you I will give the land."

Verse 13: El-him ascended from him at the place where He had spoken to him.

Verse 14: Yaakov set up a monument in the place where He had spoken to him, it was a monument of [a single] stone. He poured a libation on it, and he [also] poured oil on it.

Verse 15: Yaakov named the place where El-him had spoken to him; Beis Eil, [the House of the Almighty].

Verse 16: They journeyed on from Beis Eil, and there was yet a stretch of land before [they would reach] Ephros when Rochel began to give birth. Her labor was very difficult.

Verse 17: When her labor was at its most difficult stage, the midwife said to her, "Do not fear, for this one will also be a son for you."

Verse 18: As her soul was departing, for she died, she named him Ben Oni [son of my sorrow], but his father named him Binyomin.

Verse 19: Rochel died and was buried on the way to Ephros, which is Beis Lechem [Bethlehem].

Verse 20: Yaakov set up a monument on her grave. This monument is on Rochel's grave to this very day.

Verse 21: Yisrael traveled on, and set up his tent beyond Migdal Eider [Tower of the herds].

Verse 22: Yaakov was settled in that land. Reuvein went and lay near Bilhah, his father's concubine, and Yisrael heard [about it]. The sons of Yaakov were twelve.

Verse 23: The sons of Leah [were]: Reuvein, Yaakov's firstborn, Shimon, Leivi, Yehudah, Yissachar and Zevulun.

Verse 24: The sons of Rochel [were]: Yoseif and Binyomin.

Verse 25: The sons of Bilhah, Rochel's handmaid, [were]: Don and Naftali.

Verse 26: The sons of Zilpah, Leah's handmaid, [were]: Gad and Asher. These are the sons of Yaakov that were born to him in Padan Aram.

Verse 27: Yaakov came to Yitzchok, his father, in Mamrei at Kiryas Arba, which is Chevron where Avraham and Yitzchok lived.

Verse 28: The days of [the life of] Yitzchok were one hundred and eighty years.

Verse 29: Yitzchok expired and died. He was gathered to his people old and in the fullness of days. His sons, Eisov and Yaakov buried him.

Chapter 36

Verse 1: These are the descendants of Eisov, also known as Edom.

Verse 2: Eisov took his wives from the daughters of Canaan: Adah, the daughter of Eylon, the Chittite, and Oholivomoh, the daughter of Anoh, daughter of Tzivon, the Chivite.

Verse 3: [He also took] Bosmas, the daughter of Yishmael, the sister of Nevayos.

Verse 4: Adah bore to Eisov, [his son] Eliphaz, and Bosmas bore Reueil.

Verse 5: Oholivomoh bore Yeush, Yalom, and Korach. These are the sons of Eisov that were born to him in the land of Canaan.

Verse 6: Eisov took his wives, his sons, his daughters, all the people of his household, his livestock, all his animals, and all his possessions that he had acquired in the land of Canaan, and he went to a land away from his brother, Yaakov.

Verse 7: For their wealth was too great for them to live together. The land in which they lived temporarily could not support them because of their livestock.

Verse 8: Eisov [therefore] settled in Mount Seir. Eisov is Edom.

Verse 9: These are the descendants of Eisov, the ancestor of Edom in Mount Seir.

Verse 10: These are the names of Eisov's sons: Eliphaz, the son of Adah, the wife of Eisov, Reueil, the son of Bosmas, the wife of Eisov.

Verse 11: The sons of Eliphaz were Teiman, Omar, Tzepho, Gatam and Kenaz.

Verse 12: Timna became a concubine to Eliphaz, Eisov's son, and she bore to Eliphaz [a son], Amaleik. These are the sons of Adah, the wife of Eisov.

Verse 13: These are the sons of Reueil, Nachas, Zerach, Shamoh, and Mizzoh. These were the sons of Bosmas, the wife of Eisov.

Verse 14: These are the sons of Oholivomoh, the daughter of Anoh, the daughter of Tzivon, the wife of Eisov; she bore to Eisov: Yeush, Yalom and Korach.

Verse 15: These are the chiefs of the sons of Eisov: the sons of Eliphaz, Eisov's first born: Chief Teiman, Chief Omar, Chief Tzepho, Chief Kenaz.

Verse 16: Chief Korach, Chief Gatam, Chief Amaleik. These are the chiefs of Eliphaz in the land of Edom. These are the sons of Adah.

Verse 17: These are the sons of Reueil, Eisov's son: Chief Nachas, Chief Zerach. Chief Shamoh, Chief Mizzoh. These are the Chiefs of Reueil in the land of Edom. These are sons of Bosmas, wife of Eisov.

Verse 18: These are the sons of Oholivomoh, wife of Eisov: Chief Yeush, Chief Yalom, Chief Korach. These are the Chiefs of Oholivomoh, daughter of Anoh, wife of Eisov.

Verse 19: These are the sons of Eisov, and these are their chiefs, he is Edom.

Shevi'i (Seventh Aliyah)

Verse 20: These are the sons of Seir, the Chorite, the inhabitants of the land: Lotan, Shoval, Tzivon, and Anoh.

Verse 21: Dishon, Eitzer and Dishan, these are the chiefs of the Chorites, the sons of Seir, in the land of Edom.

Verse 22: The sons of Lotan were Chori and Heimam. Lotan's sister was Timna.

Verse 23: These are the sons of Shoval: Alvan, Manachas, Eival, Shefo and Onom.

Verse 24: These are the sons of Tzivon: Ayoh and Anoh. He is the same Anoh who found the mules in the desert while tending the donkeys for his father, Tzivon.

Verse 25: These are the children of Anoh: Dishon, and Oholivomoh the daughter of Anoh.

Verse 26: These are the sons of Dishon: Chemdan, Eshban, Yisran and Keran.

Verse 27: These are the sons of Eitzer: Bilhan, Zaavan and Akan.

Verse 28: These are the sons of Dishon: Utz and Aran.

Verse 29: These are the chiefs of the Chorites: Chief Lotan, Chief Shoval, Chief Tzivon, Chief Anoh.

Verse 30: Chief Dishon, Chief Eitzer, Chief Dishan. These are the chiefs of the Chorites based on the ranks of chiefs in the Land of Seir.

Verse 31: These are the kings who reigned in the Land of Edom before any king reigned over the Children of Israel.

Verse 32: Bela, son of Beor reigned in Edom, and the name of his city was Dinhavah.

Verse 33: Bela died, and he was succeeded as king by Yovav, son of Zerach, from Botzroh.

Verse 34: Yovav died, and he was succeeded as king by Chusham from the land of the Teimanites.

Verse 35: Chusham died, and he was succeeded as king by Hadad, son of Bedad, who attacked Midian in the field of Moav, and the name of his city was Avis.

Verse 36: Hadad died, and he was succeeded as king by Samlah of Masriekah.

Verse 37: Samlah died, and he was succeeded as king by Shaul from Rechovos-by-the-river.

Verse 38: Shaul died, and he was succeeded as king by Baal-Chanan, son of Achbor.

Verse 39: Baal-Chanan, son of Achbor died, and he was succeeded as king by Hadar. The name of his city was Pa'u. His wife's name was Meheitaveil, the daughter of Matreid, daughter of Mei-Zahav.


Verse 40: These are the names of the chiefs of Eisov, each with their families, according to their places, by their names: Chief Timna, Chief Alvoh, Chief Yeseis.

Verse 41: Chief Oholivomoh, Chief Eilah, Chief Pinon.

Verse 42: Chief Kenaz, Chief Teimon, Chief Mivtzar.

Verse 43: Chief Magdiel, Chief Iram. These are the chiefs of Edom according to their places of residence, in the land of their possession. Thus was Eisov the ancestor of the Edomites.

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