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Bible Reading, Apr. 7 (Composite Text)



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Numbers
Numbers 5 1
Yahweh spoke to Moses, saying,
And Jehovah spoke to Moses, saying,
And Jehovah speaketh unto Moses, saying,

Numbers 5 2
Command the children of Israel, that they put out of the camp every leper, and everyone who has an issue, and whoever is unclean by the dead:
Command the children of Israel, that they put out of the camp every leper, and every one that hath an issue, and whosoever is defiled by a dead person:
`Command the sons of Israel, and they send out of the camp every leper, and every one with an issue, and every one defiled by a body;

Numbers 5 3
both male and female shall you put out, outside of the camp shall you put them; that they not defile their camp, in the midst whereof I dwell.
both male and female shall ye put out; outside the camp shall ye put them, that they defile not their camps, in the midst whereof I dwell.
from male unto female ye do send out; unto the outside of the camp ye do send them; and they defile not their camps in the midst of which I do tabernacle.`
Numbers 5 4
The children of Israel did so, and put them out outside of the camp; as Yahweh spoke to Moses, so
did the children of Israel.
And the children of Israel did so, and put them outside the camp: as Jehovah had said to Moses, so did the children of Israel.
And the sons of Israel do so, and they send them out unto the outside of the camp; as Jehovah hath spoken unto Moses so have the sons of Israel done.

Numbers 5 5
Yahweh spoke to Moses, saying,
And Jehovah spoke to Moses, saying,
And Jehovah speaketh unto Moses, saying,

Numbers 5 6
Speak to the children of Israel, When a man or woman shall commit any sin that men commit, so
as to trespass against Yahweh, and that soul shall be guilty;
Speak unto the children of Israel, When a man or woman shall commit any of all the sins of man to work unfaithfulness against Jehovah, and that soul is guilty,
`Speak unto the sons of Israel, Man or woman, when they do any of the sins of man, by committing a trespass against Jehovah, and that person [is] guilty,

Numbers 5 7
then he shall confess his sin which he has done: and he shall make restitution for his guilt in full, and add to it the fifth part of it, and give it to him in respect of whom he has been guilty.
then they shall confess their sin which they have done; and he shall recompense his trespass according to the principal thereof, and shall add unto it the fifth part thereof, and give it unto him against whom he hath trespassed.
and they have confessed their sin which they have done, then he hath restored his guilt in its principal, and its fifth is adding to it, and hath given [it] to him in reference to whom he hath been guilty.

Numbers 5 8
But if the man have no kinsman to whom restitution may be made for the guilt, the restitution for guilt which is made to Yahweh shall be the priest`s; besides the ram of the atonement,
whereby atonement shall be made for him.
And if the man have no kinsman to recompense the trespass unto, the trespass which is recompensed to Jehovah shall be the priest`s, besides the ram of the atonement, wherewith an atonement is made for him.
`And if the man have no redeemer to restore the guilt to, the guilt which is restored [is] Jehovah`s, the priest`s, apart from the ram of the atonements,
whereby he maketh atonement for him.

Numbers 5 9
Every heave-offering of all the holy things of the children of Israel, which they present to the priest, shall be his.
And every heave-offering of all the holy things of the children of Israel, which they present unto the priest, shall be his.
`And every heave-offering of all the holy things of the sons of Israel, which they bring near to the priest, becometh his;

Numbers 5 10
Every man`s holy things shall be his: whatever any man gives the priest, it shall be his.
And every man`s hallowed things shall be his: whatever any man giveth the priest shall be his.
and any man`s hallowed things become his; that which any man giveth to the priest becometh his.`

Numbers 5 11
Yahweh spoke to Moses, saying,
And Jehovah spoke to Moses, saying,
And Jehovah speaketh unto Moses, saying,

Numbers 5 12
Speak to the children of Israel, and tell them, If any man`s wife go aside, and commit a trespass against him,
Speak unto the children of Israel, and say unto them, If any man`s wife go astray, and commit unfaithfulness against him,
`Speak unto the sons of Israel, and thou hast said unto them, When any man`s wife turneth aside, and hath committed against him a trespass,

Numbers 5 13
and a man lie with her carnally, and it be hid from the eyes of her husband, and be kept close, and she is defiled, and there be no witness against her, and she isn`t taken in the act;
and a man lie with her carnally, and it be hid from the eyes of her husband, and she be defiled in secret, and there be no witness against her, and she have not been caught;
and a man hath lain with her [with] the seed of copulation, and it hath been hid from the eyes of her husband, and concealed, and she hath been defiled, and there is no witness against her, and she hath not been caught,

Numbers 5 14
and the spirit of jealousy come on him, and he be jealous of his wife, and she be defiled: or if the
spirit of jealousy comes on him, and he is jealous of his wife, and she isn`t defiled:
and the spirit of jealousy come upon him, and he be jealous of his wife, and she have been defiled, -- or if the spirit of jealousy come upon him, and he be jealous of his wife, and she have not been defiled,
and a spirit of jealousy hath passed over him, and he hath been jealous of his wife, and she hath been defiled; -- or, a spirit of jealousy hath passed over him, and he hath been jealous of his wife, and she hath not been defiled --

Numbers 5 15
then shall the man bring his wife to the priest, and shall bring her offering for her, the tenth part of an ephah of barley meal; he shall pour no oil on it, nor put frankincense thereon; for it is a meal-offering of jealousy, a meal-offering of memorial, bringing iniquity to memory.
-- then shall the man bring his wife unto the priest, and he shall bring her offering for her, a tenth part of an ephah of barley-meal; he shall pour no oil upon it, nor put frankincense thereon; for it is an oblation of jealousy, a memorial oblation, bringing
iniquity to remembrance.
`Then hath the man brought in his wife unto the priest, and he hath brought in her offering for her, a tenth of the ephah of barley meal, he doth not pour on it oil, nor doth he put on it frankincense, for it [is] a present of jealousy, a present of
memorial, causing remembrance of iniquity.

Numbers 5 16
The priest shall bring her near, and set her before Yahweh:
And the priest shall bring her near, and set her before Jehovah.
`And the priest hath brought her near, and hath caused her to stand before Jehovah,

Numbers 5 17
and the priest shall take holy water in an earthen vessel; and of the dust that is on the floor of the tent the priest shall take, and put it into the water.
And the priest shall take holy water in an earthen vessel; and the priest shall take of the dust that is on the floor of the tabernacle, and put it into the water.
and the priest hath taken holy water in an earthen vessel, and of the dust which is on the floor of the tabernacle doth the priest take, and hath put [it] into the

Numbers 5 18
The priest shall set the woman before Yahweh, and let the hair of the woman`s head go loose, and put the meal-offering of memorial in her hands, which is the meal-offering of jealousy: and the priest shall have in his hand the water of bitterness that causes the curse.
And the priest shall set the woman before Jehovah, and uncover the woman`s head, and put the memorial oblation in her hands, which is the jealousy offering; and in the hand of the priest shall be the bitter water that bringeth the curse.
and the priest hath caused the woman to stand before Jehovah, and hath uncovered the woman`s head, and hath given into her hands the present of the memorial, it [is] a present of jealousy, and in the hand of the priest are the bitter waters which cause the curse.

Numbers 5 19
The priest shall cause her to swear, and shall tell the woman, If no man has lain with you, and if you haven`t gone aside to uncleanness, being under your husband, be you free from this water of
bitterness that causes the curse.
And the priest shall adjure her, and say unto the woman, If no man have lain with thee, and if thou hast not gone astray in uncleanness, in being with another instead of thy husband, be free from this bitter water that bringeth the curse.
`And the priest hath caused her to swear, and hath said unto the woman, If no man hath lain with thee, and if thou hast not turned aside [to] uncleanness under thy husband, be free from these bitter waters which cause the curse;

Numbers 5 20
But if you have gone aside, being under your husband, and if you be defiled, and some man have
lain with you besides your husband:
But if thou hast gone astray to another instead of thy husband, and hast been defiled, and a man other than thy husband have lain with thee,
and thou, if thou hast turned aside under thy husband, and if thou hast been defiled, and any man doth give his copulation to thee besides thy husband --

Numbers 5 21
then the priest shall cause the woman to swear with the oath of cursing, and the priest shall tell the woman, Yahweh make you a curse and an oath among your people, when Yahweh does make
your thigh to fall away, and your body to swell;
-- then the priest shall adjure the woman with the oath of cursing, and the priest shall say unto the woman: Jehovah make thee a curse and an oath among thy people, when Jehovah doth make thy thigh to shrink, and thy belly to swell;
(then the priest hath caused the woman to swear with an oath of execration, and the priest hath said to the woman) -- Jehovah doth give thee for an execration, and for a curse, in the midst of thy people, in Jehovah`s giving thy thigh to fall, and
thy belly to swell,

Numbers 5 22
and this water that causes the curse shall go into your bowels, and make your body to swell, and your thigh to fall away. The woman shall say, Amen, Amen.
and this water that bringeth the curse shall enter into thy bowels, to make the belly to swell, and the thigh to shrink. And the woman shall say, Amen, amen.
and these waters which cause the curse have gone into thy bowels, to cause the belly to swell, and the thigh to fall; and the woman hath said, Amen, Amen.

Numbers 5 23
The priest shall write these curses in a book, and he shall blot them out into the water of bitterness:
And the priest shall write these curses in a book, and shall blot them out with the bitter water,
`And the priest hath written these execrations in a book, and hath blotted [them] out with the bitter waters,

Numbers 5 24
and he shall make the woman drink the water of bitterness that causes the curse; and the water
that causes the curse shall enter into her [and become] bitter.
and he shall cause the woman to drink the bitter water that bringeth the curse, that the water that bringeth the curse may enter into her for bitterness.
and hath caused the woman to drink the bitter waters which cause the curse, and the waters which cause the curse have entered into her for bitter things.

Numbers 5 25
The priest shall take the meal-offering of jealousy out of the woman`s hand, and shall wave the
meal-offering before Yahweh, and bring it to the altar:
And the priest shall take out of the woman`s hand the oblation of jealousy, and shall wave the oblation before Jehovah, and shall present it at the altar.
`And the priest hath taken out of the hand of the woman the present of jealousy, and hath waved the present before Jehovah, and hath brought it near unto the altar;

Numbers 5 26
and the priest shall take a handful of the meal-offering, as the memorial of it, and burn it on the
altar, and afterward shall make the woman drink the water.
And the priest shall take a handful of the oblation as a memorial thereof, and burn it upon the altar; and afterwards he shall make the woman drink the water.
and the priest hath taken a handful of the present, its memorial, and hath made perfume on the altar, and afterwards doth cause the woman to drink the water:

Numbers 5 27
When he has made her drink the water, then it shall happen, if she be defiled, and have committed a trespass against her husband, that the water that causes the curse shall enter into her [and become] bitter, and her body shall swell, and her thigh shall fall away: and the woman shall be a curse among her people.
And when he hath made her to drink the water, then it shall come to pass, if she have been defiled, and have committed unfaithfulness against her husband, that the water that bringeth the curse shall enter into her, for bitterness, and her belly shall swell, and her thigh shall shrink; and the woman shall become a curse among her people.
yea, he hath caused her to drink the water, and it hath come to pass, if she hath been defiled, and doth commit a trespass against her husband, that the waters which cause the curse have gone into her for bitter things, and her belly hath swelled, and her thigh hath fallen, and the woman hath become an execration in the midst of her people.

Numbers 5 28
If the woman isn`t defiled, but be clean; then she shall be free, and shall conceive seed.
But if the woman have not been defiled, and be clean, then she shall be clear, and shall conceive seed.
`And if the woman hath not been defiled, and is clean, then she hath been acquitted, and hath been sown [with] seed.

Numbers 5 29
This is the law of jealousy, when a wife, being under her husband, goes aside, and is defiled;
This is the law of jealousies, when a wife goeth astray to another instead of her husband and is defiled,
`This [is] the law of jealousies, when a wife turneth aside under her husband, and hath been defiled,

Numbers 5 30
or when the spirit of jealousy comes on a man, and he is jealous of his wife; then shall he set the
woman before Yahweh, and the priest shall execute on her all this law.
or when the spirit of jealousy cometh upon a man, and he is jealous as regards his wife; then shall he set the woman before Jehovah, and the priest shall do to her according to all this law.
or when a spirit of jealousy passeth over a man, and he hath been jealous of his wife, then he hath caused the woman to stand before Jehovah, and the priest hath done to her all this law,

Numbers 5 31
The man shall be free from iniquity, and that woman shall bear her iniquity.
Then shall the man be free from iniquity, but that woman shall bear her iniquity.
and the man hath been acquitted from iniquity, and that woman doth bear her
iniquity.`


Numbers 6 1
Yahweh spoke to Moses, saying,
And Jehovah spoke to Moses, saying,
And Jehovah speaketh unto Moses, saying,

Numbers 6 2
Speak to the children of Israel, and tell them, When either man or woman shall make a special vow, the vow of a Nazirite, to separate himself to Yahweh,
Speak unto the children of Israel, and say unto them, If a man or a woman have vowed the special vow of a Nazarite, to consecrate themselves to Jehovah;
`Speak unto the sons of Israel, and thou hast said unto them, When a man or woman doeth singularly, by vowing a vow of a Nazarite, to be separate to Jehovah;

Numbers 6 3
he shall separate himself from wine and strong drink; he shall drink no vinegar of wine, or vinegar of strong drink, neither shall he drink any juice of grapes, nor eat fresh grapes or
he shall separate himself from wine and strong drink: he shall drink no vinegar of wine, nor vinegar of strong drink, neither shall he drink any liquor of grapes, nor eat grapes, fresh or dried.
from wine and strong drink he doth keep separate; vinegar of wine, and vinegar of strong drink he doth not drink, and any juice of grapes he doth not drink, and grapes moist or dry he doth not eat;

Numbers 6 4
All the days of his separation shall he eat nothing that is made of the grape-vine, from the kernels even to the husk.
All the days of his separation shall he eat nothing that is made of the vine, from the seed-stones, even to the skin.
all days of his separation, of anything which is made of the wine-vine, from kernels even unto husk, he doth not eat.

Numbers 6 5
All the days of his vow of separation there shall no razor come on his head: until the days be fulfilled, in which he separates himself to Yahweh, he shall be holy; he shall let the locks of the hair of his head grow long.
All the days of the vow of his separation there shall no razor come upon his head; until the days be fulfilled, that he hath consecrated himself to Jehovah, he shall be holy; he shall let the locks of the hair of his head grow.
`All days of the vow of his separation a razor doth not pass over his head; till the fulness of the days which he doth separate to Jehovah he is holy; grown up hath the upper part of the hair of his head.

Numbers 6 6
All the days that he separates himself to Yahweh he shall not come near to a dead body.
All the days that he hath consecrated himself to Jehovah, he shall come near no dead body.
`All days of his keeping separate to Jehovah, near a dead person he doth not go;

Numbers 6 7
He shall not make himself unclean for his father, or for his mother, for his brother, or for his sister, when they die; because his separation to God is on his head.
He shall not make himself unclean for his father, or for his mother, for his brother, or for his sister when they die; for the consecration of his God is upon his head.
for his father, or for his mother, for his brother, or for his sister -- he is not unclean for them at their death, for the separation of his God [is] on his head;

Numbers 6 8
All the days of his separation he is holy to Yahweh.
All the days of his separation he is holy to Jehovah.
all days of his separation he [is] holy to Jehovah.

Numbers 6 9
If any man die very suddenly beside him, and he defile the head of his separation; then he shall shave his head in the day of his cleansing, on the seventh day shall he shave it.
And if any one die unexpectedly by him suddenly, and he hath defiled the head of his consecration, then he shall shave his head on the day of his cleansing; on the seventh day shall he shave it.
`And when the dead dieth beside him in an instant, suddenly, and he hath defiled the head of his separation, then he hath shaved his head in the day of his cleansing; on the seventh day he doth shave it,

Numbers 6 10
On the eighth day he shall bring two turtle-doves, or two young pigeons, to the priest, to the door of the tent of meeting:
And on the eighth day he shall bring two turtle-doves, or two young pigeons, to the priest, at the entrance of the tent of meeting.
and on the eighth day he bringeth in two turtle-doves or two young pigeons unto the priest, unto the opening of the tent of meeting,

Numbers 6 11
and the priest shall offer one for a sin-offering, and the other for a burnt offering, and make atonement for him, for that he sinned by reason of the dead, and shall make his head holy that same day.
And the priest shall offer one for a sin-offering, and the other for a burnt-offering, and make an atonement for him, for that he sinned by the dead person; and he shall hallow his head that same day.
and the priest hath prepared one for a sin-offering, and one for a burnt-offering, and hath made atonement for him, because of that which he hath sinned by the body, and he hath hallowed his head on that day;

Numbers 6 12
He shall separate to Yahweh the days of his separation, and shall bring a he-lamb a year old for a trespass-offering; but the former days shall be void, because his separation was defiled.
And he shall [again] consecrate to Jehovah the days of his separation, and shall bring a yearling lamb for a trespass-offering. But the first days are forfeited, for his consecration hath been defiled.
and he hath separated to Jehovah the days of his separation, and he hath brought in a lamb, a son of a year, for a guilt-offering, and the former days are fallen, for his separation hath been defiled.

Numbers 6 13
This is the law of the Nazirite, when the days of his separation are fulfilled: he shall be brought to the door of the tent of meeting:
And this is the law of the Nazarite on the day when the days of his consecration are fulfilled: he shall be brought to the entrance of the tent of meeting.
`And this [is] the law of the Nazarite; in the day of the fulness of the days of his separation doth [one] bring him in unto the opening of the tent of meeting,

Numbers 6 14
and he shall offer his offering to Yahweh, one he-lamb a year old without blemish for a burnt offering, and one ewe-lamb a year old without blemish for a sin-offering, and one ram without blemish for peace-offerings,
And he shall present his offering to Jehovah, one yearling he-lamb without blemish for a burnt-offering, and one yearling ewe-lamb without blemish for a sin-offering, and one ram without blemish for a peace-offering;
and he hath brought near his offering to Jehovah, one he-lamb, a son of a year, a perfect one, for a burnt-offering, and one she-lamb, a daughter of a year, a perfect one, for a sin-offering, and one ram, a perfect one, for peace-offerings,

Numbers 6 15
and a basket of unleavened bread, cakes of fine flour mingled with oil, and unleavened wafers anointed with oil, and their meal-offering, and their drink-offerings.
and a basket with unleavened bread, cakes of fine flour mingled with oil, and unleavened wafers anointed with oil, and their oblation, and their drink-offerings.
and a basket of unleavened things of flour, cakes mixed with oil, and thin cakes of unleavened things anointed with oil, and their present, and their libations.

Numbers 6 16
The priest shall present them before Yahweh, and shall offer his sin-offering, and his burnt offering:
And the priest shall present them before Jehovah, and shall offer his sin-offering and his burnt-offering:
`And the priest hath brought [them] near before Jehovah, and hath made his sin-offering and his burnt-offering;

Numbers 6 17
and he shall offer the ram for a sacrifice of peace-offerings to Yahweh, with the basket of unleavened bread: the priest shall offer also the meal-offering of it, and the drink-offering of it.
and he shall offer the ram, a sacrifice of peace-offering to Jehovah, with the basket of unleavened bread; the priest shall offer also his oblation and his drink-offering.
and the ram he maketh a sacrifice of peace-offerings to Jehovah, besides the basket of unleavened things; and the priest hath made its present and its libation.

Numbers 6 18
The Nazirite shall shave the head of his separation at the door of the tent of meeting, and shall take the hair of the head of his separation, and put it on the fire which is under the sacrifice of peace-offerings.
And the Nazarite shall shave the head of his consecration at the entrance to the tent of meeting, and shall take the hair of the head of his consecration, and put it on the fire which is under the sacrifice of the peace-offering.
`And the Nazarite hath shaved (at the opening of the tent of meeting) the head of his separation, and hath taken the hair of the head of his separation, and hath put [it] on the fire which [is] under the sacrifice of the peace-offerings.

Numbers 6 19
The priest shall take the boiled shoulder of the ram, and one unleavened cake out of the basket, and one unleavened wafer, and shall put them on the hands of the Nazirite, after he has shaved [the head of] his separation;
And the priest shall take the boiled shoulder of the ram, and one unleavened cake out of the basket, and one unleavened wafer, and shall put them upon the hands of the Nazarite, after he hath shaven [the hair of] his consecration.
`And the priest hath taken the boiled shoulder from the ram, and one unleavened cake out of the basket, and one thin unleavened cake, and hath put on the palms of the Nazarite after his shaving his separation;

Numbers 6 20
and the priest shall wave them for a wave-offering before Yahweh; this is holy for the priest, together with the wave-breast and heave-thigh: and after that the Nazirite may drink wine.
And the priest shall wave them as wave-offering before Jehovah; it is holy for the priest, with the breast of the wave-offering and with the shoulder of the heave-offering; and afterwards the Nazarite may drink wine.
and the priest hath waved them, a wave-offering before Jehovah; it [is] holy to the priest, besides the breast of the wave-offering, and besides the leg of the heave- offering; and afterwards doth the Nazarite drink wine.

Numbers 6 21
This is the law of the Nazirite who vows, [and of] his offering to Yahweh for his separation, besides that which he is able to get: according to his vow which he vows, so he must do after the law of his separation.
This is the law of the Nazarite who hath vowed: his offering to Jehovah for his consecration, beside what his hand is able to get; according to the vow which he vowed, so shall he do, according to the law of his consecration.
`This [is] the law of the Nazarite, who voweth his offering to Jehovah for his separation, apart from that which his hand attaineth; according to his vow which he voweth so he doth by the law of his separation.`

Numbers 6 22
Yahweh spoke to Moses, saying,
And Jehovah spoke to Moses, saying,
And Jehovah speaketh unto Moses, saying,

Numbers 6 23
Speak to Aaron and to his sons, saying, On this wise you shall bless the children of Israel: you shall tell them,
Speak unto Aaron and unto his sons, saying, On this wise ye shall bless the children of Israel: saying unto them,
`Speak unto Aaron, and unto his sons, saying, Thus ye do bless the sons of Israel, saying to them,

Numbers 6 24
Yahweh bless you, and keep you:
Jehovah bless thee, and keep thee;
`Jehovah bless thee and keep thee;

Numbers 6 25
Yahweh make his face to shine on you, and be gracious to you: 
Jehovah make his face shine upon thee, and be gracious unto thee;
`Jehovah cause His face to shine upon thee, and favour thee;

Numbers 6 26
Yahweh lift up his face toward you, and give you peace.
Jehovah lift up his countenance upon thee, and give thee peace.
`Jehovah lift up His countenance upon thee, and appoint for thee -- peace.

Numbers 6 27
So shall they put my name on the children of Israel; and I will bless them.
And they shall put my name upon the children of Israel; and I will bless them.
`And they have put My name upon the sons of Israel, and I -- I do bless them.`


From Gary... Spin


Strange, but when I looked at this beautiful tree this morning, I thought of how our government "spins" the truth in order to achieve its own ends.  To me, the truth is like the tree in all its glory, illuminated by the light and those who would deceive us make it look like something other than it really is.  The image they project is but a dark reflection of what really is and can come to no good end.  And so I thought of this tale from the book of Genesis...

Genesis, Chapter 27

 1 When Isaac was old, and his eyes were dim, so that he could not see, he called Esau his elder son, and said to him, “My son?” 

He said to him, “Here I am.” 

  2  He said, “See now, I am old. I don’t know the day of my death.  3 Now therefore, please take your weapons, your quiver and your bow, and go out to the field, and take me venison.  4 Make me savory food, such as I love, and bring it to me, that I may eat, and that my soul may bless you before I die.” 

  5  Rebekah heard when Isaac spoke to Esau his son. Esau went to the field to hunt for venison, and to bring it.  6 Rebekah spoke to Jacob her son, saying, “Behold, I heard your father speak to Esau your brother, saying,  7 ‘Bring me venison, and make me savory food, that I may eat, and bless you before Yahweh before my death.’  8 Now therefore, my son, obey my voice according to that which I command you.  9 Go now to the flock, and get me from there two good young goats. I will make them savory food for your father, such as he loves.  10 You shall bring it to your father, that he may eat, so that he may bless you before his death.” 

  11  Jacob said to Rebekah his mother, “Behold, Esau my brother is a hairy man, and I am a smooth man.  12 What if my father touches me? I will seem to him as a deceiver, and I would bring a curse on myself, and not a blessing.” 

  13  His mother said to him, “Let your curse be on me, my son. Only obey my voice, and go get them for me.” 

  14  He went, and got them, and brought them to his mother. His mother made savory food, such as his father loved. 15 Rebekah took the good clothes of Esau, her elder son, which were with her in the house, and put them on Jacob, her younger son.  16 She put the skins of the young goats on his hands, and on the smooth of his neck.  17 She gave the savory food and the bread, which she had prepared, into the hand of her son Jacob. 

  18  He came to his father, and said, “My father?” 

He said, “Here I am. Who are you, my son?” 

  19  Jacob said to his father, “I am Esau your firstborn. I have done what you asked me to do. Please arise, sit and eat of my venison, that your soul may bless me.” 

  20  Isaac said to his son, “How is it that you have found it so quickly, my son?” 

He said, “Because Yahweh your God gave me success.” 

  21  Isaac said to Jacob, “Please come near, that I may feel you, my son, whether you are really my son Esau or not.” 

  22  Jacob went near to Isaac his father. He felt him, and said, “The voice is Jacob’s voice, but the hands are the hands of Esau.”  23 He didn’t recognize him, because his hands were hairy, like his brother, Esau’s hands. So he blessed him.  24 He said, “Are you really my son Esau?” 

He said, “I am.” 

  25  He said, “Bring it near to me, and I will eat of my son’s venison, that my soul may bless you.” 

He brought it near to him, and he ate. He brought him wine, and he drank.  26 His father Isaac said to him, “Come near now, and kiss me, my son.”  27 He came near, and kissed him. He smelled the smell of his clothing, and blessed him, and said, 
“Behold, the smell of my son
is as the smell of a field which Yahweh has blessed.
  28 God give you of the dew of the sky,
of the fatness of the earth,
and plenty of grain and new wine.
  29 Let peoples serve you,
and nations bow down to you.
Be lord over your brothers.
Let your mother’s sons bow down to you.
Cursed be everyone who curses you.
Blessed be everyone who blesses you.”


Issac and Rebekah each favored one of their sons.  Rebekah favored Jacob and knew Issac's favorite, Esau, was about to receive the blessing.  So, she concocted a scheme of deceit to "help" her son.  She played on Issac's weaknesses of old age - sight, hearing, smell and reasoning.  Her "spin" on the truth of Jacob's identity won him the blessing.  Success, you might say, but no- Jacob had to leave home for many years and was separated from his brother.  Ultimately God blessed him, but at what cost?  Lies and deceit are never a good thing.  The truth is beautiful beyond description and worth pursing at any cost.  The farther our nation strays from it, the greater the penalty we will ultimately pay.  I just hope and pray more and more of us will long for the day when we can trust what people say and believe what we hear.  I don't know about you, but I hate "spin"- give me the truth, every single time!!!