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Jacob and Esau meet: Jacob goeth to Salem, where he raiseth an altar.

[1] And Jacob lifting up his eyes, saw Esau coming, and with him four hundred men: and he divided the children of Lia, and of Rachel, and of the two handmaids: [2] And he put both the handmaids and their children foremost: and Lia and her children in the second place: and Rachel and Joseph last. [3] And he went forward and bowed down with his face to the ground seven times until his brother came near. [4] Then Esau ran to meet his brother, and embraced him: and clasping him fast about the neck, and kissing him, wept. [5] And lifting up his eyes, he saw the women and their children, and said: What mean these? And do they belong to thee? He answered: They are the children which God hath given to me thy servant.

[6] Then the handmaids and their children came near, and bowed themselves. [7] Lia also with her children came near, and bowed down in like manner, and last of all Joseph and Rachel bowed down. [8] And Esau said: What are the droves that I met? He answered: That I might find favour before my lord. [9] But he said: I have plenty, my brother, keep what is thine for thyself. [10] And Jacob said: Do not so I beseech thee, but if I have found favour in thy eyes, receive a little present at my hands: for I have seen thy face, as if I should have seen the countenance of God: be gracious to me,

[11] And take the blessing, which I have brought thee, and which God hath given me, who giveth all things. He took it with much ado at his brother' s earnest pressing him, [12] And said: Let us go on together, and I will accompany thee in thy journey. [13] And Jacob said: My lord, thou knowest that I have with me tender children, and sheep, and kine with young: which if I should cause to be overdriven, in one day all the flocks will die. [14] May it please my lord to go before his servant: and I will follow softly after him, as I shall see my children to be able, until I come to my lord in Seir. [15] Esau answered: I beseech thee, that some of the people at least, who are with me, may stay to accompany thee in the way. And he said: There is no necessity: I want nothing else but only to find favour, my lord, in thy sight.

[16] So Esau returned, that day, the way that he came, to Seir. [17] And Jacob came to Socoth: where having built a house, and pitched tents, he called the name of the place Socoth, that is, Tents. [18] And he passed over to Salem, a city of the Sichemites, which is in the land of Chanaan, after he returned from Mesopotamia of Syria: and he dwelt by the town: [19] And he bought that part of the field, in which he pitched his tents, of the children of Hemor, the father of Sichem for a hundred lambs. [20] And raising an altar there, he invoked upon it the most mighty God of Israel.

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