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Verses 5-17

"And Rebekah heard when Isaac spake to Esau his son. And Esau went to the field to hunt for venison, and to bring it. And Rebekah spake unto Jacob her son, saying, Behold, I heard thy father speak unto Esau thy brother, saying, Bring me venison, and make me savory food, that I may eat, and bless thee before Jehovah before my death. Now therefore, my son, obey my voice according to that which I command thee. Go now to the flock, and fetch me from thence two good kids from the goats; and I will make them savory food for thy father, such as he loveth: and thou shalt bring it to thy father, that he may eat, so that he may bless thee before his death. And Jacob said unto Rebekah is mother, Behold, Esau my brother is a hairy man, and I am a smooth man. My father peradventure may feel me, and I shall seem to him as a deceiver; and I shall bring a curse upon me, and not a blessing. And his mother said unto him, Upon me be thy curse, my son; only obey my voice, and go fetch me them. And he went, and fetched, and brought them to his mother: and his mother made savory food, such as his father loved. And Rebekah took the goodly garments of Esau her elder son, which were with her in the house, and put them upon Jacob her younger son; and she put the skins of the kids of the goats upon his hands, and upon the smooth of his neck: and she gave him the savory food and the bread, which she had prepared, into the hands of her son Jacob."

"Rebekah heard when Isaac spake ..." "Like Sarah (Genesis 18:10), Rebekah was eavesdropping on the conversation between Isaac and Esau."[10]

Esau is consistently called "his son," and Jacob is called "my son" by Rebekah. Although Isaac evidently thought he might die soon, he lived, in fact, some forty more years afterward. The temporary blindness (?) and disability that came upon him could very well have been providential as a means of frustrating his evil purpose.

The skill of Rebekah who could prepare little goats to taste like venison has often been mentioned, but this should be understood in the light of Isaac's state of health and debilitation.

"I shall seem to him as a deceiver ..." Jacob did not object to the deception they planned, but only to the possibility of detection.

"Upon me be thy curse ..." Along with the rash prayer of Rachel (Genesis 30:1), this impromptu prayer of Rebekah was a disaster, for she did indeed that day suffer the loss of her beloved Jacob and never saw him anymore. "Little did she realize that her death would come before he could return. Indeed the curse did fall upon her."[11]

"The skins of the kids of the goats ..." "These were the Oriental camel-goats, whose wool is black, silky, and of a fine texture, sometimes used as a substitute for human hair."[12]

This bold and unscrupulous plan of deception was executed with skill and efficiency. It succeeded because of its very daring.

"The goodly garments of Esau ... which were with her in the house ..." This should probably not be read as indicating that Esau and his two pagan wives were living in the same house with Isaac and Rebekah. If that was the case, it might indicate that this chapter is related out of chronological sequence, which after all, is not unusual. However, perhaps Morris was correct in the view that:

"The goodly garments might have been special garments associated with the priestly function of the head of the house. If so, it would appear that Rebekah had kept these in her own house for this purpose."[13]

If that was the case, it should be noted that Esau had gone hunting in them, hence the smell mentioned by Isaac, and such disrespect for the sacred garments would have been thoroughly in keeping with Esau's character.

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