Genesis 27:34 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

Genesis 27:34, NIV: "When Esau heard his father's words, he burst out with a loud and bitter cry and said to his father, 'Bless me--me too, my father!'"

Genesis 27:34, ESV: "As soon as Esau heard the words of his father, he cried out with an exceedingly great and bitter cry and said to his father, “Bless me, even me also, O my father!”"

Genesis 27:34, KJV: "And when Esau heard the words of his father, he cried with a great and exceeding bitter cry, and said unto his father, Bless me, even me also, O my father."

Genesis 27:34, NASB: "When Esau heard the words of his father, he cried out with an exceedingly great and bitter cry, and said to his father, 'Bless me, me as well, my father!'"

Genesis 27:34, NLT: "When Esau heard his father's words, he let out a loud and bitter cry. 'Oh my father, what about me? Bless me, too!' he begged."

Genesis 27:34, CSB: "When Esau heard his father's words, he cried out with a loud and bitter cry and said to his father, "Bless me too, my father!""

What does Genesis 27:34 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

Esau has just learned that someone else has been given the family blessing Isaac had intended to give to him (Genesis 27:32–33). Old and blind (Genesis 27:1), Isaac has been fooled by an elaborate disguise cooked up by his wife, Rebekah, and their second-born twin son, Jacob (Genesis 27:6–10). When Esau returned with the food his father had requested, mere moments after Jacob had left, the deception was revealed. Isaac reacted with trembling, his whole body shaking from the emotion of realizing he had been deceived.

Esau's response is a yell, a scream, a loud bitter cry. It's the sound of a man who realizes in a moment that he may have lost the most valuable thing in his life. This is a drastic difference from his earlier attitude towards his firstborn birthright—at one point, he had recklessly sworn to sell it to Jacob (Genesis 25:29–34).

Now that there are real consequences at hand, Esau quickly offers a desperate solution: Bless me too! Isaac will explain in the following verses that it doesn't work that way.