Loggia di Raffaello: 19 - 24

19 - Isaac blesses Jacob - 283K ; small image - 36K.

Bringing them to his father, Jacob said,"Father!" "Yes?" replied Isaac. "Which of my sons are you?" Jacob answered his father: "I am Esau, your first-born. I did as you told me. Please sit up and eat some of my game, so that you may give me your special blessing." (Gen 27:18-19)

So Jacob moved up closer to his father. When Isaac felt him, he said, "Although the voice is Jacob's, the hands are Esau's." (He failed to identify him because his hands were hairy, like those of his brother Esau; so in the end he gave him his blessing.) (Gen 27:22-23)

"May God give to you of the dew of the heavens, and of the fertility of the earth abundance of grain and wine. Let people serve you, and nations pay you homage. Be master of your brothers, and may your mother's sons bow down to you. Cursed be those who curse you, and blessed be those who bless you." (Gen 27:28-29)

20 - Issac and Esau - 286K ; small image - 36K.

When Isaac explained, "Your brother came here by a ruse and carried off your blessing," Esau exclaimed, "He has been well named Jacob! He has now supplanted me twice! First he took away my birthright, and now he has taken away my blessing."
Then he pleaded, "Haven't you saved a blessing for me?" Isaac replied," I have already appointed him your master, and I have assigned to him all his kinsmen as his slaves; besides, I have enriched him with grain and wine. What then can I do for you, son?"
But Esau urged his father,"Have you only one blessing, father? Bless me too!" Isaac, however, made no reply; and Esau wept aloud. (Gen 27:35-38)

21 - Jacob's Dream - 270K ; small image - 33K.

Jacob departed from Beersheba and proceeded toward Haran. When he came upon a certain shrine, as the sun had already set, he stopped there for the night.
Taking one of the stones at the shrine, he put it under his head and lay down to sleep at that spot.
Then he had a dream: a stairway rested on the ground, with its top reaching to the heavens; and God's messengers were going up and down on it.
And there was the Lord standing beside him and saying: "I, the Lord, am the God of your forefather Abraham and the God of Isaac; the land on which you are lying I will give to you and your decendants. These shall be as plentiful as the dust of the earth, and through them you shall spread out east and west, north and south."
"In you and your decendants all the nations of the earth shall find blessing. Know that I am with you; I will protect you wherever you go, and bring you back to this land. I will never leave you until I have done what I promised you." (Gen 28:10-15)

22 - Jacob meets Rachel - 293K ; small image - 40K.

While he was still talking with them, Rachel arrived with her father's sheep; she was the one who tended them.
As soon as Jacob saw Rachel, the daughter of his uncle Laban, with the sheep of his uncle Laban, he went up, rolled the stone away from the mouth of the well, and watered his uncle's sheep. Then Jacob kissed Rachel and burst into tears. (Gen 29:9-11)

23 - Jacob reproves Laban - 327K ; small image - 44K.

Jacob, now enraged, upbraided Laban. "What crime or offense have I committed," he demanded, "that you should hound me so fiercely?" (Gen 31:36)

"Of the twenty years that I have now spent in your household, I slaved fourteen years for your two daughters and six years for your flock, while you changed my wages time after time."
"If my ancestral God, the God of Abraham and the Awesome One of Isaac, had not been on my side, you would now have sent me away empty-handed."
"But God saw my plight, and the fruits of my toil, and last night he gave judgement." (Gen 31:41-42)

24 - Jacob returns to Canaan - 308K ; small image - 40.

Having thus come from Paddan-aram, Jacob arrived safely at the city of Shechem, which is in the land of Canaan, and he encamped in the sight of the city.
The plot of ground on which he had pitched his tent he bought for a hundred pieces of bullion from the decendants of Hamar, the founder of Shechem.
He set up a memorial stone there and invoked, "El, the God of Israel." (Gen 33:18-20)

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