What does Genesis 33:14 mean?Jacob's past was fraught with deception (Genesis 25:29–34, 19–29;). Lies are what led Jacob to flee this region twenty years ago (Genesis 27:41–45), only recently now being reunited with his twin brother, Esau (Genesis 33:4). This verse poses a problem, based on this history: is Jacob once again being deceptive? His actions following this verse are totally inconsistent with the words being spoken.
Esau has offered to travel with Jacob's company to his home in Seir, which is south of this region. Jacob has gently refused, saying that his children and animals will have to travel too slowly. Now Jacob encourages Esau to go on without them, suggesting that he will come to Seir at whatever pace his children and animals can handle. However, upcoming text tells us Jacob went north, towards Succoth, in the exact opposite direction.
At the very least, this is a polite dodge on the part of Jacob. Nothing in the following verses suggests Jacob ever went anywhere near Seir. It is possible that Jacob visited his brother in Edom at some point in the future, and we are simply not told about it.
What is clear is that Jacob has no desire to travel with Esau at this moment.