Genesis 27:11 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

Genesis 27:11, NIV: "Jacob said to Rebekah his mother, 'But my brother Esau is a hairy man while I have smooth skin."

Genesis 27:11, ESV: "But Jacob said to Rebekah his mother, “Behold, my brother Esau is a hairy man, and I am a smooth man."

Genesis 27:11, KJV: "And Jacob said to Rebekah his mother, Behold, Esau my brother is a hairy man, and I am a smooth man:"

Genesis 27:11, NASB: "But Jacob said to his mother Rebekah, 'Behold, my brother Esau is a hairy man and I am a smooth man."

Genesis 27:11, NLT: "'But look,' Jacob replied to Rebekah, 'my brother, Esau, is a hairy man, and my skin is smooth."

Genesis 27:11, CSB: "Jacob answered Rebekah his mother, "Look, my brother Esau is a hairy man, but I am a man with smooth skin."

What does Genesis 27:11 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

Esau has attempted to pass along his blessing to Esau, the oldest of his twin sons. Instead of giving this blessing in front of the entire family, he speaks with Esau alone, or at least tries to. This reflects the family's extreme favoritism, where Isaac preferred Esau and his wife, Rebekah, preferred the second twin, Jacob (Genesis 25:28). It might also suggest that Isaac knows Esau sold his birthright to Jacob (Genesis 25:29–34), making this an attempt to escape that mistake. In any case, Rebekah overhears and recruits Jacob to participate in a scheme that will trick her husband Isaac into giving the family blessing to Jacob instead of his brother Esau. Before Esau can hunt game and prepare a requested meal for his father, she will make a similar meal and Jacob will take it to Isaac and get the blessing (Genesis 27:1–10).

Now Jacob objects—but not to express a moral or ethical concern with his mother's plan. Instead, he raises a practical concern. He's not a hairy guy. Esau is (Genesis 25:25). It's likely that Isaac will notice this, and what will happen when he catches on? The following verse will reveal that Jacob is deeply worried about the consequences of getting caught trying to fool his father.