Genesis 27:6 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

Genesis 27:6, NIV: "Rebekah said to her son Jacob, 'Look, I overheard your father say to your brother Esau,"

Genesis 27:6, ESV: "Rebekah said to her son Jacob, “I heard your father speak to your brother Esau,"

Genesis 27:6, KJV: "And Rebekah spake unto Jacob her son, saying, Behold, I heard thy father speak unto Esau thy brother, saying,"

Genesis 27:6, NASB: "Rebekah said to her son Jacob, 'Behold, I heard your father speak to your brother Esau, saying,"

Genesis 27:6, NLT: "she said to her son Jacob, 'Listen. I overheard your father say to Esau,"

Genesis 27:6, CSB: "Rebekah said to her son Jacob, "Listen! I heard your father talking with your brother Esau. He said,"

What does Genesis 27:6 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

Rebekah has overheard Isaac's plan to give his blessing to his firstborn son Esau (Genesis 27:1–4). It will include the promise that the blessed son will be lord over his brothers (Genesis 27:29). This not only conflicts with Esau's earlier sale of his birthright (Genesis 25:29–34), it conflicts with a prophecy Rebekah received from the Lord when she was pregnant with the twins. God had told her clearly that the older one would serve the younger (Genesis 25:23), not the other way around. Since Rebekah blatantly prefers Jacob (Genesis 25:28), she immediately begins a plan to subvert her husband's agenda.

Rebekah immediately calls Jacob. She will do whatever she can to ensure that Jacob receives the blessing, whether Isaac likes it or not. This is not the first time someone in Genesis has attempted to "help" God by scheming to force His will, as they saw it (Genesis 16:1–5). Unfortunately, this will once again result in hurt feelings and a split family (Genesis 21:9–11).