Genesis 27:31 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

Genesis 27:31, NIV: "He too prepared some tasty food and brought it to his father. Then he said to him, 'My father, please sit up and eat some of my game, so that you may give me your blessing.'"

Genesis 27:31, ESV: "He also prepared delicious food and brought it to his father. And he said to his father, “Let my father arise and eat of his son’s game, that you may bless me.”"

Genesis 27:31, KJV: "And he also had made savoury meat, and brought it unto his father, and said unto his father, Let my father arise, and eat of his son's venison, that thy soul may bless me."

Genesis 27:31, NASB: "Then he also made a delicious meal, and brought it to his father; and he said to his father, 'Let my father arise and eat of his son’s game, that you may bless me.'"

Genesis 27:31, NLT: "Esau prepared a delicious meal and brought it to his father. Then he said, 'Sit up, my father, and eat my wild game so you can give me your blessing.'"

Genesis 27:31, CSB: "He had also made some delicious food and brought it to his father. He said to his father, "Let my father get up and eat some of his son's game, so that you may bless me.""

What does Genesis 27:31 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

Isaac had sent Esau out to hunt and prepare a meal of fresh game, with the understanding that Esau would receive the blessing when he got back (Genesis 27:1–5). As he arrives, dutifully following his father's wishes, Esau does not yet know that Jacob has stolen the family blessing from him with an elaborate deception of their father (Genesis 27:6–10). This was a plot hatched by their mother, Rebekah, who favored Jacob (Genesis 25:28). Her plan involved disguising Jacob with Esau's clothes (Genesis 27:15), goat skins to mimic Esau's hairiness (Genesis 27:16), and goat meat to replicate the taste of wild game (Genesis 27:17).

Now Esau is back, meal in hand, and says very similar words to Isaac that Jacob did not long before: Arise. Eat. Bless me. One can only imagine the rude awakening both Isaac and Esau experienced in the next few moments, as it becomes clear what has happened. As one would expect, the reactions of these men are charged and dramatic.