Genesis 27:20 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

Genesis 27:20, NIV: "Isaac asked his son, 'How did you find it so quickly, my son?' 'The LORD your God gave me success,' he replied."

Genesis 27:20, ESV: "But Isaac said to his son, “How is it that you have found it so quickly, my son?” He answered, “Because the LORD your God granted me success.”"

Genesis 27:20, KJV: "And Isaac said unto his son, How is it that thou hast found it so quickly, my son? And he said, Because the LORD thy God brought it to me."

Genesis 27:20, NASB: "Isaac said to his son, 'How is it that you have it so quickly, my son?' And he said, 'Because the LORD your God made it come to me.'"

Genesis 27:20, NLT: "Isaac asked, 'How did you find it so quickly, my son?' 'The LORD your God put it in my path!' Jacob replied."

Genesis 27:20, CSB: "But Isaac said to his son, "How did you ever find it so quickly, my son?" He replied, "Because the LORD your God made it happen for me.""

What does Genesis 27:20 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

Lies tend to lead to more and deeper lies. Jacob has lied by claiming, to his blind, elderly father, Isaac, that he was actually the older son, Esau (Genesis 27:1–5). Wearing his brother's clothes and with his skin disguised, Jacob—at the urging of his mother, Rebekah—insists that he is ready to receive the blessing intended for his brother (Genesis 27:6–17). Before this can happen, however, Jacob must build on his lie. Isaac already seems suspicious (Genesis 27:18). For one thing, "Esau" has returned too quickly. Not enough time had passed to hunt the game, make the kill, prepare the meat, and return, as Isaac had instructed.

Caught, Jacob spiritualizes his lie, claiming that God provided an animal in record time. It's always hard to argue with an assertion that God provided. It makes for effective deception, but it takes lying to the level of manipulating the name and reputation of God for personal gain. Some Bible teachers suggest that Jacob took God's name in vain, something that would later be forbidden by the Ten Commandments.