Genesis 27:8 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

Genesis 27:8, NIV: "Now, my son, listen carefully and do what I tell you:"

Genesis 27:8, ESV: "Now therefore, my son, obey my voice as I command you."

Genesis 27:8, KJV: "Now therefore, my son, obey my voice according to that which I command thee."

Genesis 27:8, NASB: "So now, my son, listen to me as I command you."

Genesis 27:8, NLT: "Now, my son, listen to me. Do exactly as I tell you."

Genesis 27:8, CSB: "Now, my son, listen to me and do what I tell you."

What does Genesis 27:8 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

Isaac is attempting to grant the family blessing to his firstborn twin son, Esau. Even though Esau foolishly sold his rights as firstborn (Genesis 25:29–34), Isaac strongly favors him (Genesis 25:28). Isaac's wife, Rebekah, prefers the younger twin, Jacob. She also knows that God has promised that Jacob, not Esau, will become the dominant brother (Genesis 25:23). Recently, Rebekah has revealed to Jacob what she's overheard: that Esau is about to receive the family blessing from his father Isaac (Genesis 27:1–5).

Now Rebekah plays the "mom card." She leverages her authority in Jacob's life as the reason Jacob should do exactly as she says. She insists that he must obey her, hoping to get Jacob to act quickly and to overcome any objections. As it turns out, Jacob's concerns will have more to do with possible consequences than whether or not her plan to deceive his father and betray his brother is a moral option (Genesis 27:12).