Genesis 27:22 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

Genesis 27:22, NIV: "Jacob went close to his father Isaac, who touched him and said, 'The voice is the voice of Jacob, but the hands are the hands of Esau.'"

Genesis 27:22, ESV: "So Jacob went near to Isaac his father, who felt him and said, “The voice is Jacob’s voice, but the hands are the hands of Esau.”"

Genesis 27:22, KJV: "And Jacob went near unto Isaac his father; and he felt him, and said, The voice is Jacob's voice, but the hands are the hands of Esau."

Genesis 27:22, NASB: "So Jacob came close to his father Isaac, and he touched him and said, 'The voice is the voice of Jacob, but the hands are the hands of Esau.'"

Genesis 27:22, NLT: "So Jacob went closer to his father, and Isaac touched him. 'The voice is Jacob's, but the hands are Esau's,' Isaac said."

Genesis 27:22, CSB: "So Jacob came closer to his father Isaac. When he touched him, he said, "The voice is the voice of Jacob, but the hands are the hands of Esau.""

What does Genesis 27:22 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

Jacob is attempting to impersonate his older twin brother, Esau, by wearing his clothes and putting hairy goat skins on his arms and neck (Genesis 27:6–17). The target of this fraud is his own father, an elderly and blind Isaac (Genesis 27:1–5). While his father might be ailing, he is not entirely senseless: Isaac is clearly aware that something is not right with this version of "Esau" standing before him. It's too soon for Esau to have returned (Genesis 27:18–20), and the voice is wrong. It's plainly Jacob's voice. So, Isaac asks this person to approach so he can feel his skin. Perhaps Isaac thought he would find Jacob's smooth hands attached to the voice.

Instead, Isaac finds hairy hands, like those of Esau, thanks to Jacob's mother cleverly applying the goat's skin. Old, blind and fearing he was near death, Isaac was probably confused. Maybe this really was his firstborn Esau to whom he intended to give the blessing.