Genesis 27:32 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

Genesis 27:32, NIV: His father Isaac asked him, 'Who are you?' 'I am your son,' he answered, 'your firstborn, Esau.'

Genesis 27:32, ESV: His father Isaac said to him, “Who are you?” He answered, “I am your son, your firstborn, Esau.”

Genesis 27:32, KJV: And Isaac his father said unto him, Who art thou? And he said, I am thy son, thy firstborn Esau.

Genesis 27:32, NASB: His father Isaac said to him, 'Who are you?' And he said, 'I am your son, your firstborn, Esau.'

Genesis 27:32, NLT: But Isaac asked him, 'Who are you?' Esau replied, 'It's your son, your firstborn son, Esau.'

Genesis 27:32, CSB: But his father Isaac said to him, "Who are you? "He answered, "I am Esau your firstborn son."

What does Genesis 27:32 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

Jacob has just successfully scammed his father, by impersonating Esau, his older brother (Genesis 27:19–30). The purpose of this was to obtain the family blessing which Isaac meant to give Esau (Genesis 27:2–5). The plot went so far as to use Esau's clothes (Genesis 27:15), goat skins (Genesis 27:16), and food meant to mimic Isaac's favorite meal (Genesis 27:17). The basis for this entire incident is the fact that Isaac is old and blind (Genesis 27:1).

When Esau returns, having done exactly as Isaac asked him, he is met with a rude awakening. Isaac, old and blind, does not recognize Esau, just as he did not recognize Jacob dressed as Esau (Genesis 27:18). The old man is forced to ask, once again, who is standing before him. He gets the same answer: I am your firstborn son Esau.

Suddenly, the deception is revealed. The suspicions Isaac had when Jacob was there are confirmed, and he realizes that he's been played for a fool. He reacts forcefully, as one would expect.