Genesis 33:4 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

Genesis 33:4, NIV: "But Esau ran to meet Jacob and embraced him; he threw his arms around his neck and kissed him. And they wept."

Genesis 33:4, ESV: "But Esau ran to meet him and embraced him and fell on his neck and kissed him, and they wept."

Genesis 33:4, KJV: "And Esau ran to meet him, and embraced him, and fell on his neck, and kissed him: and they wept."

Genesis 33:4, NASB: "Then Esau ran to meet him and embraced him, and fell on his neck and kissed him, and they wept."

Genesis 33:4, NLT: "Then Esau ran to meet him and embraced him, threw his arms around his neck, and kissed him. And they both wept."

Genesis 33:4, CSB: "But Esau ran to meet him, hugged him, threw his arms around him, and kissed him. Then they wept."

What does Genesis 33:4 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

After much fear, stress, and worry, the tension is finally broken. Jacob's plans to this point have all been arranged at cooling Esau's murderous rage (Genesis 27:41–45; 32:13–15) and minimizing the damage which might occur if he is still bent on revenge (Genesis 32:7–8; 33:1–3). Instead of drawing a sword, Esau runs to meet Jacob, hugging and kissing him. Both of them weep. The brothers are reunited, and there will be peace.

Jacob's worst fears about Esau have come to nothing. God has protected and provided for him, once more. That will not keep the reunion from becoming awkward, however, likely due to Jacob's continued insistence on displaying himself as a groveling servant. In truth, Jacob possesses both a birthright (Genesis 25:29–34) and their father's blessing (Genesis 27:28–29), in accordance with God's own prophecy (Genesis 25:23). His behavior here might be an expression of sincere regret or apology. Or, Jacob being Jacob, it might be a purely put-on display from someone still nervous about his brother's anger.