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against him he touched the hollow of his thigh; and the hol- .

low of Jacob's thigh became numb, in wrestling with him. 26 And he said to him, Let me go: for the dawn approached. 27 But Jacob said I will not let thee go unless thou bless me. And

he said to him what is thy name? to which he replied, Jacob. 28 Thereupon he said to him, Thy name shall no more be Jacob

only, but Israel also shall be thy name. Since thou hast been

enabled to prevail with God, therefore with men thou shalt be 29 mighty. Then Jacob asked him saying, Tell me thy name. 30 And he said why dost thou ask my name? Then he blessed

him there. And Jacob called the name of that place, Face of

God: for I have seen God face to face and my life is preserv. 31 ed. Now the sun was risen when he departed from Face of 32 God: and he limped with his thigh. For this cause even to this

day the children of Israel do not eat the sinew which is in the hollow of the thigh which was numbed; for he had touched the hollow of Jacob's thigh on the sinew and it was numb

ed. XXXIII. Now when Jacob looked up and saw with his eyes,

that lo! Esau his brother was coming and with him four hun2 dred men; thereupon Jacob divided his children to Leia, and

Rachel, and the two maids. And he put the two maids and

their children foremost, and Leia and her children next, and 3 Rachel and Joseph hindmost. And he himself went before

them; and he made a low obeisance to the ground seven times 4 until he came near to his brother. And Esau ran to meet him

and embraced him and fell upon his neck and kissed him and 5 they both wept. And when Esau looked up and saw the women and the children he said, What! Are these thine! To

which Jacob replied, These are the children with which God 6 hath favoured thy servant. Then the maids and their children 7 came near and made obeisance; next Leia and her children

came near and made obeisance; and after that Rachel came

near with Joseph; and when they had made obeisance he said, 8 What is the meaning of all those droves which I met? And

Jacob said, That thy servant may find favour in the sight of 9 thee my lord. Whereupon Esau said, I have enough, my 10 brother; keep thou thine own. But Jacob replied, If I have

found favour in thy sight, receive these presents at my hands,

because I have seen thy face as one would see the face of God; 11 and thou wilt oblige me. Receive these my blessings which

I have brought thee; because God hath dealt bountifully with 12 me, and is all things to me. So he pressed him and he took

them. Then he said, Let us depart and march on straightway. 13 But Jacob said to him, My lord perceiveth that the children

are tender, and the sheep and cows with me have just had

young. If therefore I over drive them one day, all the cattle 14 will die. Let my lord go on before his servant, and I will

recruit them on the way by a leisurely march as fast as the 15 young can walk, until I come to my lord at Seir. Then Esau

said, Let me leave with thee some of the people who are with me. To which Jacob replied, What need is there? It is suffi.

cient that I have found favour in the sight of thee, my lord. 16 So Esau set out that day on his return to Seir and Jacob march17 ed on to Booths, and there built houses for himself and booths

for his cattle, for which cause he called the name of that place

Booths. 18 And when Jacob came from Syrian Mesopotamia he went

to Salem a city of the Sekimites which is in the land of Chanaan, 19 and encamped before the city, and purchased of Emmor, the 20 father of Sychem, the part of the field where he had pitched

his tent for a hundred lambs and he erected there an Altar and XXXIV. invoked the God of Israel. And Deina the daughter

of Leia, whom she bore to Jacob, went out to make an ac2 quaintance with the daughters of the neighbours. And Sychem

the son of Emmor the Evite, who was the prince of the coun

try, saw her and took her and lay with her and humbled her. 3 And having applied himself to gain the affections of Deina the

daughter of Jacob, for he loved the virgin, and having spoken 4 to her according to the wishes of the virgin, Sychem said to 5 his father Emmor, Get me this young woman for a wife. Now

Jacob had heard that the son of Emmor had defiled his daugh.

ter Deina; but as his sons were with the cattle in the field 6 Jacob held his peace till they came. So Emmor the father of 7 Sychem went out to Jacob to speak to him; and Jacob's sons

came from the plain. And when the men heard, they were stung to the quick; and it was exceedingly painful to them, that he had brought dishonouron Israel by lying with Jacob's daughter,

8 and it should not pass so. And Emmor spoke to them saying, My son Sychem hath a passionate fondness for your daughter,

therefore give her to him for a wife, and unite yourselves to 9 us by the ties of affinity. Give us your daughters and take 10 our daughters for your sons and dwell among us. Behold the

land before you is spacious. Dwell and trade therein and pur11 chase possessions in it. Sychem also said to her father and to

her brothers, Let me find favour in your sight; and what12 ever you say we will give. Make the dower ever so great I

will give whatever you tell me, so you give me this damsel 13 for a wife. But the sons of Jacob answered Sychem and Em14 mor his father deceitfully. And because their sister had been

defiled, Symeon and Levi the brothers of Deina spoke to them

and said, We cannot do this thing to give our sister to a man 15 who is uncircumcised; for that with us is a reproach. On this

condition only will we coalesce with you and dwell with you 16 if you become like us by every male of you being circumcised,

then we will give you our daughters and take your daughters 17 for wives, and dwell among you and be as one race. But if

you will not hearken to us to be circumcised, we will take 18 our daughter and depart. And the proposal pleased Emmor 19 and Sychem the son of Emmor. And the young man made

no delay to carry this into execution, for he was passionately

fond of Jacob's daughter. 20 Now he was the most honourable of all his father's family:

so Emmor and his son Sychem went to the gate of their city 21 and spoke to the men of their city saying. These are peaceable

men; let them dwell with us in the land and use it for the purposes of trade. Behold the land before them is spacious.

Let us take their daughters for our wives and give them our 22 daughters. Only on this condition will these men dwell with

us so as to be one people that every male among us be cir23 cumcised as they are circumcised. Will not their cattle and four 24 footed beasts and all their substance become ours? Let us only

be like them in this, and they will dwell with us. Accordingly all who went in at the gate of their city hearkened to Emmor

and his son Sychem and were every male of them, circum25 cised. And on the third day when they were in pain, the two sons of Jacob, Symeon and Levi the brothers of Deiną took, VOL. I.


each his sword and entered the city without danger and slew 26 every male. They slew both Emmor and Sychem his son

with the edge of the sword, and took Deina out of Sychem's 27 house and went away. And the sons of Jacob came upon the

slain and'rifled the city in which their sister Deina had been defiled; and took their flocks and their herds and their asses, both all that was in the city and all that was in the field, and took captive all their servants and all their children and their

wives and plundered what was in the city and what was in the So houses. Thereupon Jacob said to Symeon and Levi, You

have made me an object of hatred so as to be deemed a mortal enemy to all the inhabitants of the land, both to the Chananites and the Pherezites. Now as I am few in number they

will assemble against me and fall upon me, and I and my 31 house shall be utterly destroyed. And they said, But shall

they treat our sister like a harlot ? XXXV. Then God said to Jacob, arise and go to the place

Bethel and dwell there. And erect there an altar to the God

who appeared to thee, when thou wast fleeing from the face 2 of thy brother Esau. Thereupon Jacob said to his family and

to all who were with him, Put away the strange gods which

are with you and purify yourselves and change your gar3 ments; and let us arise and go to Bethel and build there an

altar to the God who hearkened to me in a day of distress

who was with me and preserved me in the way in which I 4. went. So they gave Jacob the strange gods, which were in

their hands and the ear rings which were in their ears; and

Jacob hid them in the pine grove, which was in the country 5 of the Sekimites and destroyed them even to this day. Then

Israel removed from the country of the Sekimites; and a

terror of God was on all the cities around them, so that they 6 did not pursue the children of Israel. And when Jacob came

to Louza which is in the land of Chanaan, the same is Baithel, 7 he and all the people who were with him, he built there an altar, and called the name of the place Baithel; because God

appeared to him there, when he was fleeing from the face of 8 his brother Esau. And Debbora the nurse of Rebekka died

and was buried under the Oak below Baithel. So Jacob called 9 its name Oak of mourning. And God appeared to Jacob again

at Louza after he came from Syrian Mesopotamia, and God 10 blessed him and God said to him, Thy name shall no more

be called Jacob; but Israel shall be thy name. So he called 11 his name Israel. And God said to him, I am thy God. In

crease and multiply. Of thee shall be nations and collections 12 of nations; and kings shall spring from thy loins. And this

land, which I gave to Abraham and Isaak, I have given to

thee. To thee it shall belong: and to thy seed after thee I 13 will give this land. And when God ascended from him-from 14 the place where he had spoken with him, Jacob set up a pil

lar-a stone pillar in the place where God spoke to him; and 15 he made a libation thereon and poured oil upon it. And Ja

cob called the name of the place where God spoke with him,

Baithel. 16 And Jacob removed from Baithel and pitched his tent

beyond the tower of Gader. And when he was near Chabratha

on the way to Ephratha, Rachel was taken in labour and had 17 a hard delivery. And when she was in the sharp pangs of

child birth, the midwife said to her, Courage; for this also is 18 a son for thee. And just as she was departing (for she died)

she called his name Son of my sorrow; but his father called 19 his name Benjamin. And Rachel died and was buried in the 20 race ground of Ephratha, which is Bethlehem. And Jacob

erected a pillar over her grave. The same is the pillar of 21 Rachel's grave even to this day. And while Israel dwelt in

that land, Reuben went and lay with Balla the concubine of his father Jacob, and Israel heard of it, and it appeared evil in

his sight. 22 Now the sons of Jacob were twelve. The sons of Leia,

Reuben, Jacob's first born, Symeon, Levi, Judas, Issachar, Zabulon: and the sons of Rachel, Joseph and Benjamin; and the sons of Balla, Rachel's handmaid, Dan and Nephthaleim:

and the sons of Zelpha, Leia's handmaid, Gad and Aser. 26 These were the sons of Jacob, who were born to him in Sy.

rian Mesopotamia. Then Jacob went to his father Isaak, to

Mambre, a city of the plain, the same is Chebron in the land 28 of Chanaan, where Abraham and Isaak had sojourned. Now

the days which Isaak lived were one hundred and eighty years. And Isaak fainting away died and was added to his

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