Jacob Meets Esau
1 Now Jacob looked up and saw Esau coming toward him with 400 men. So he divided the children among Leah, Rachel, and the two female slaves. 2 He put the female slaves first, Leah and her sons next, and Rachel and Joseph last. 3 He himself went on ahead and bowed to the ground seven times until he approached his brother.
4 But Esau ran to meet him, hugged him, threw his arms around him, and kissed him. Then they wept. 5 When Esau looked up and saw the women and children, he asked, "Who are these with you?" He answered, "The children God has graciously given your servant." 6 Then the female slaves and their children approached [him] and bowed down. 7 Leah and her children also approached and bowed down, and then Joseph and Rachel approached and bowed down.
8 So Esau said, "What do you mean by this whole procession I met?" "To find favor with you, my lord," he answered.
10 But Jacob said, "No, please! If I have found favor with you, take this gift from my hand. For indeed, I have seen your face, [and it is] like seeing God's face, since you have accepted me. 11 Please take my present that was brought to you, because God has been gracious to me and I have everything I need." So Jacob urged him until he accepted.
13 Jacob replied, "My lord knows that the children are weak, and I have nursing sheep and cattle. If they are driven hard for one day, the whole herd will die. 14 Let my lord go ahead of his servant. I will continue on slowly, at a pace suited to the livestock and the children, until I come to my lord at Seir."
15 Esau said, "Let me leave some of my people with you." But he replied, "Why do that? Please indulge me, my lord."
16 On that day Esau started on his way back to Seir, 17 but Jacob went on to Succoth. He built a house for himself and stalls for his cattle; that is why the place was called Succoth.
18 After Jacob came from Paddan-aram, he arrived safely at the Canaanite city of Shechem and camped in front of the city. 19 He purchased a section of the field from the sons of Hamor, Shechem's father, for 100 qesitahs, where he had pitched his tent. 20 And he set up an altar there and called it "God, the God of Israel."