27:42 When Rebekah heard what her older son Esau had said, 6 she quickly summoned 7 her younger son Jacob and told him, “Look, your brother Esau is planning to get revenge by killing you. 8 27:43 Now then, my son, do what I say. 9 Run away immediately 10 to my brother Laban in Haran. 27:44 Live with him for a little while 11 until your brother’s rage subsides. 27:45 Stay there 12 until your brother’s anger against you subsides and he forgets what you did to him. Then I’ll send someone to bring you back from there. 13 Why should I lose both of you in one day?” 14
27:46 Then Rebekah said to Isaac, “I am deeply depressed 15 because of these daughters of Heth. 16 If Jacob were to marry one of these daughters of Heth who live in this land, I would want to die!” 17
28:1 So Isaac called for Jacob and blessed him. Then he commanded him, “You must not marry a Canaanite woman! 18 28:2 Leave immediately 19 for Paddan Aram! Go to the house of Bethuel, your mother’s father, and find yourself a wife there, among the daughters of Laban, your mother’s brother. 28:3 May the sovereign God 20 bless you! May he make you fruitful and give you a multitude of descendants! 21 Then you will become 22 a large nation. 23 28:4 May he give you and your descendants the blessing he gave to Abraham 24 so that you may possess the land 25 God gave to Abraham, the land where you have been living as a temporary resident.” 26 28:5 So Isaac sent Jacob on his way, and he went to Paddan Aram, to Laban son of Bethuel the Aramean and brother of Rebekah, the mother of Jacob and Esau.
28:6 Esau saw that Isaac had blessed Jacob and sent him off to Paddan Aram to find a wife there. 27 As he blessed him, 28 Isaac commanded him, “You must not marry a Canaanite woman.” 29 28:7 Jacob obeyed his father and mother and left for Paddan Aram. 28:8 Then Esau realized 30 that the Canaanite women 31 were displeasing to 32 his father Isaac. 28:9 So Esau went to Ishmael and married 33 Mahalath, the sister of Nebaioth and daughter of Abraham’s son Ishmael, along with the wives he already had.
[27:41] 3 tn Heb “said in his heart.” The expression may mean “said to himself.” Even if this is the case, v. 42 makes it clear that he must have shared his intentions with someone, because the news reached Rebekah.
[27:44] 11 tn Heb “a few days.” Rebekah probably downplays the length of time Jacob will be gone, perhaps to encourage him and assure him that things will settle down soon. She probably expects Esau’s anger to die down quickly. However, Jacob ends up being gone twenty years and he never sees Rebekah again.
[27:45] 13 tn Heb “and I will send and I will take you from there.” The verb “send” has no object in the Hebrew text; one must be supplied in the translation. Either “someone” or “a message” could be supplied, but since in those times a message would require a messenger, “someone” has been used.
[27:46] 16 tn Some translate the Hebrew term “Heth” as “Hittites” here (see also Gen 23:3), but this gives the impression that these people were the classical Hittites of Anatolia. However, there is no known connection between these sons of Heth, apparently a Canaanite group (see Gen 10:15), and the Hittites of Asia Minor. See H. A. Hoffner, Jr., “Hittites,” Peoples of the Old Testament World, 152-53.
[28:4] 24 tn Heb “and may he give to you the blessing of Abraham, to you and to your offspring with you.” The name “Abraham” is an objective genitive here; this refers to the blessing that God gave to Abraham.