Genesis 33:9 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

Genesis 33:9, NIV: "But Esau said, 'I already have plenty, my brother. Keep what you have for yourself.'"

Genesis 33:9, ESV: "But Esau said, “I have enough, my brother; keep what you have for yourself.”"

Genesis 33:9, KJV: "And Esau said, I have enough, my brother; keep that thou hast unto thyself."

Genesis 33:9, NASB: "But Esau said, 'I have plenty, my brother; let what you have be your own.'"

Genesis 33:9, NLT: "'My brother, I have plenty,' Esau answered. 'Keep what you have for yourself.'"

Genesis 33:9, CSB: ""I have enough, my brother," Esau replied. "Keep what you have.""

What does Genesis 33:9 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

Esau initially rejects Jacob's enormous gift of five herds of animals. He insists that he is not poor. He has enough. He tells Jacob to keep what he has. In this era, when giving gifts, it might have been considered polite to initially "refuse" to accept. In other words, to honor the giver by speaking of the gift as "too much." At the same time, it would have been considered deeply offensive to actually reject the present, or for the giver to rescind the offer.

Part of Jacob's motivation might be a sense of guilt. Years before, he had stolen Esau's blessing from their father, Isaac (Genesis 27:19). Esau's fate was something less glamorous than that of his conniving twin (Genesis 27:38–40). In the upcoming verses, Jacob will use Hebrew language implying that he wants to share his blessing with his brother.