Genesis 27:17 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

Genesis 27:17, NIV: "Then she handed to her son Jacob the tasty food and the bread she had made."

Genesis 27:17, ESV: "And she put the delicious food and the bread, which she had prepared, into the hand of her son Jacob."

Genesis 27:17, KJV: "And she gave the savoury meat and the bread, which she had prepared, into the hand of her son Jacob."

Genesis 27:17, NASB: "She also gave the delicious meal and the bread which she had made to her son Jacob."

Genesis 27:17, NLT: "Then she gave Jacob the delicious meal, including freshly baked bread."

Genesis 27:17, CSB: "Then she handed the delicious food and the bread she had made to her son Jacob."

What does Genesis 27:17 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

This is the moment of truth for Rebekah's plan to trick Isaac into giving the family blessing to Jacob instead of Esau (Genesis 27:6–10). Rebekah greatly favors her younger son over his older brother (Genesis 25:28), and knows that God has prophesied that Jacob will be the dominant one (Genesis 25:23). Instead of trusting God, Rebekah and Jacob are "helping" God by scheming to make their own version of His promises come true.

So, while Esau is still away hunting for or preparing the delicious meal his father has requested (Genesis 27:2–4), they made their move. Rebekah's substitute version of that meal is ready to go. The plot hinges on Isaac's blindness (Genesis 27:1). Rebekah has dressed Jacob in Esau's clothes, to make him smell like his older brother. She has covered his smooth arms and neck with hairy goat's skin to make him feel like hairy Esau.

All that is left is to send Jacob in and see if it works. Will Isaac believe that Jacob is Esau long enough to give him the blessing?