Then Isaac called Jacob and blessed him and directed him, “You must not take a wife from the Canaanite women. 2 Arise, go to Paddan-aram to the house of Bethuel your mother’s father, and take as your wife from there one of the daughters of Laban your mother’s brother. 3 God Almighty bless you and make you fruitful and multiply you, that you may become a company of peoples. 4 May he give the blessing of Abraham to you and to your offspring with you, that you may take possession of the land of your sojournings that God gave to Abraham!” 5 Thus Isaac sent Jacob away. And he went to Paddan-aram, to Laban, the son of Bethuel the Aramean, the brother of Rebekah, Jacob’s and Esau’s mother. Esau Marries an Ishmaelite 6 Now Esau saw that Isaac had blessed Jacob and sent him away to Paddan-aram to take a wife from there, and that as he blessed him he directed him, “You must not take a wife from the Canaanite women,” 7 and that Jacob had obeyed his father and his mother and gone to Paddan-aram. 8 So when Esau saw that the Canaanite women did not please Isaac his father, 9 Esau went to Ishmael and took as his wife, besides the wives he had, Mahalath the daughter of Ishmael, Abraham’s son, the sister of Nebaioth.
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In response to Rebekah’s negative observation about Hittite wives, Isaac instructs Jacob to take a wife from Laban’s family. (Abraham issued similar instructions in 24:3–4.) This advice, which coincides with Rebekah’s desire that Jacob should flee from Esau, requires Jacob to go to Paddan-aram(28:2; see note on 25:20). Although Rebekah specifically mentions Hittite wives, Isaac expands on this by referring to Canaanite women (28:1), a broader designation that would have included the Hittites (see note on 10:6–20).
Isaac’s blessing of Jacob, as in 27:29, not only echoes the divine promises to Abraham but explicitly requests that God Almighty (28:3; see note on 17:1–2) will give the blessing of Abraham (28:4) to Jacob. Although Jacob is being sent away to Haran in northwest Mesopotamia, Isaac anticipates that he will return to Canaan in order to take possession of the land divinely given to Abraham. make you fruitful and multiply you. See note on 1:28. a company of peoples. This echoes the motif of Abraham as father of many nations (see 17:4–6) and is repeated in 35:11.
Having heard his father’s instruction to Jacob that he should not take a Canaanite wife, Esau seeks to make amends for his earlier actions. To gain his parents’ approval, he marries one of Ishmael’s daughters. Esau, however, still retains his two Hittite wives.
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Then Isaac called Jacob and blessed him and directed him, “You must not take a wife from the Canaanite women.
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