One second in Genesis 27

I have always thought that the most interesting verse in Genesis 27 is the moment that Esau and Isaac found out that the one that was blessed instead of Esau was Jacob, who pretended to be Esau successfully, as written:

“וַיֶּחֱרַ֨ד יִצְחָ֣ק חֲרָדָה֮ גְּדֹלָ֣ה עַד־מְאֹד֒ וַיֹּ֡אמֶר מִֽי־אֵפ֡וֹא ה֣וּא הַצָּֽד־צַיִד֩ וַיָּ֨בֵא לִ֜י וָאֹכַ֥ל מִכֹּ֛ל בְּטֶ֥רֶם תָּב֖וֹא וָאֲבָרֲכֵ֑הוּ גַּם־בָּר֖וּךְ יִהְיֶֽה׃כִּשְׁמֹ֤עַ עֵשָׂו֙ אֶת־דִּבְרֵ֣י אָבִ֔יו וַיִּצְעַ֣ק צְעָקָ֔ה גְּדֹלָ֥ה וּמָרָ֖ה עַד־מְאֹ֑ד וַיֹּ֣אמֶר לְאָבִ֔יו בָּרֲכֵ֥נִי גַם־אָ֖נִי אָבִֽי׃”

“And Isaac trembled very exceedingly, and said, who? Where is he that hath taken venison, and brought it me, and I have eaten of all before thou camest, and have blessed him? yea, and he shall be blessed.And when Esau heard the words of his father, he cried with a great and exceeding bitter cry, and said unto his father, Bless me, even me also, O my father.(Genesis 27:33-34)

However, re-reading of this beautiful chapter changed my mind. The moment that is described above is sad and dramatic, but there’s one second that is more, and this is the moment when Jacob went out from the tenth and Esau just entered. The commentaries tried to explain that they didn’t see each other since every one of them came from a different direction in the tenth. I would like to suggest that Jacob SAW Esau and Esau could have seen Jacob, but he didn’t pay attention to him, since he was so anxious to get the blessing. This is a second to remember, one second that is ironic when we and Jacob know that nothing would be the same after Esau will understand the “another Esau” was in the tenth before him….

Have a blessed day,




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