Genesis 27:39 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

Genesis 27:39, NIV: "His father Isaac answered him, 'Your dwelling will be away from the earth's richness, away from the dew of heaven above."

Genesis 27:39, ESV: "Then Isaac his father answered and said to him: “Behold, away from the fatness of the earth shall your dwelling be, and away from the dew of heaven on high."

Genesis 27:39, KJV: "And Isaac his father answered and said unto him, Behold, thy dwelling shall be the fatness of the earth, and of the dew of heaven from above;"

Genesis 27:39, NASB: "Then his father Isaac answered and said to him, 'Behold, away from the fertility of the earth shall be your dwelling, And away from the dew of heaven from above."

Genesis 27:39, NLT: "Finally, his father, Isaac, said to him, 'You will live away from the richness of the earth, and away from the dew of the heaven above."

Genesis 27:39, CSB: "His father Isaac answered him, Look, your dwelling place will be away from the richness of the land, away from the dew of the sky above."

What does Genesis 27:39 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

Esau, crying in despair, has asked Isaac to bless him in any way possible, in spite of the fact that nearly all of the blessing has been given to Jacob (Genesis 27:27–29). Now Isaac responds, but it doesn't sound like a blessing.

Isaac had blessed Jacob with the dew of heaven and the fatness of the earth, perhaps referring to the successful growing of well-watered crops and successful herds of animals. Now he confers on Esau what appears to be the exact opposite of this. He tells Esau that his dwelling will be away from the fatness of the earth and the dew of heaven. Perhaps this describes the nomadic life of a wandering tribe.

Eventually, Esau's descendants will become the nation known as Edom. These Edomites will live in the mountainous land of Seir, and bitterly conflict with the nation of Israel, which will descend from Jacob. The book of Obadiah predicts the eventual ruin of the Edomite people.