Genesis 27:7 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

Genesis 27:7, NIV: "Bring me some game and prepare me some tasty food to eat, so that I may give you my blessing in the presence of the LORD before I die.'"

Genesis 27:7, ESV: "‘Bring me game and prepare for me delicious food, that I may eat it and bless you before the LORD before I die.’"

Genesis 27:7, KJV: "Bring me venison, and make me savoury meat, that I may eat, and bless thee before the LORD before my death."

Genesis 27:7, NASB: "‘Bring me some game and prepare a delicious meal for me, so that I may eat, and bless you in the presence of the LORD before my death.’"

Genesis 27:7, NLT: "Bring me some wild game and prepare me a delicious meal. Then I will bless you in the LORD's presence before I die.'"

Genesis 27:7, CSB: "'Bring me game and make a delicious meal for me to eat so that I can bless you in the LORD's presence before I die.'"

What does Genesis 27:7 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

Rebekah is telling Jacob what she overheard Isaac saying to his older brother Esau. Isaac told Esau to hunt game and to prepare for him a delicious meal. Isaac's plan was to bless Esau before he died (Genesis 27:1–4). This is the kind of announcement one would normally expect to happen in front of the entire family. This family, however, suffers from extreme favoritism (Genesis 25:28). And Esau, at some point in the past, had sold his rights as firstborn to his younger twin brother, Jacob (Genesis 25:29–34). Isaac is probably attempting to grant this blessing in private to avoid the complications of those very issues.

Rebekah, however, knows that God has promised that Jacob, not Esau, will be the dominant brother (Genesis 25:23). Instead of trusting in God, and allowing Him to work, Rebekah will make an all-too-common mistake. She will try to "help" God achieve the end result she believes ought to occur. Rebekah is about to enlist Jacob in a scheme to secure the blessing for himself before Esau can receive it.