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

New Living Translation
Then Esau ran to meet him and embraced him, threw his arms around his neck, and kissed him. And they both wept.

English Standard Version
But Esau ran to meet him and embraced him and fell on his neck and kissed him, and they wept.

New American Standard Bible
Then Esau ran to meet him and embraced him, and fell on his neck and kissed him, and they wept.

King James Bible
And Esau ran to meet him, and embraced him, and fell on his neck, and kissed him: and they wept.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
But Esau ran to meet him, hugged him, threw his arms around him, and kissed him. Then they wept.

International Standard Version
Esau ran to meet Jacob and embraced him. Then he fell on his neck and kissed him. And they wept.

NET Bible
But Esau ran to meet him, embraced him, hugged his neck, and kissed him. Then they both wept.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Then Esau ran to meet Jacob. Esau hugged him, threw his arms around him, and kissed him. They both cried.

Jubilee Bible 2000
And Esau ran to meet him and embraced him and fell on his neck and kissed him, and they wept.

King James 2000 Bible
And Esau ran to meet him, and embraced him, and fell on his neck, and kissed him: and they wept.

American King James Version
And Esau ran to meet him, and embraced him, and fell on his neck, and kissed him: and they wept.

American Standard Version
And Esau ran to meet him, and embraced him, and fell on his neck, and kissed him: and they wept.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Then Esau ran to meet his brother, and embraced him: and clasping him fast about the neck, and kissing him, wept.

Darby Bible Translation
And Esau ran to meet him, and embraced him, and fell on his neck, and kissed him; and they wept.

English Revised Version
And Esau ran to meet him, and embraced him, and fell on his neck, and kissed him: and they wept.

Webster's Bible Translation
And Esau ran to meet him, and embraced him, and fell on his neck, and kissed him: and they wept.

World English Bible
Esau ran to meet him, embraced him, fell on his neck, kissed him, and they wept.

Young's Literal Translation
and Esau runneth to meet him, and embraceth him, and falleth on his neck, and kisseth him, and they weep;
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Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

33:1-16 Jacob, having by prayer committed his case to God, went on his way. Come what will, nothing can come amiss to him whose heart is fixed, trusting in God. Jacob bowed to Esau. A humble, submissive behaviour goes far towards turning away wrath. Esau embraced Jacob. God has the hearts of all men in his hands, and can turn them when and how he pleases. It is not in vain to trust in God, and to call upon him in the day of trouble. And when a man's ways please the Lord he maketh even his enemies to be at peace with him. Esau receives Jacob as a brother, and much tenderness passes between them. Esau asks, Who are those with thee? To this common question, Jacob spoke like himself, like a man whose eyes are ever directed towards the Lord. Jacob urged Esau, though his fear was over, and he took his present. It is well when men's religion makes them generous, free-hearted, and open-handed. But Jacob declined Esau's offer to accompany him. It is not desirable to be too intimate with superior ungodly relations, who will expect us to join in their vanities, or at least to wink at them, though they blame, and perhaps mock at, our religion. Such will either be a snare to us, or offended with us. We shall venture the loss of all things, rather than endanger our souls, if we know their value; rather than renounce Christ, if we truly love him. And let Jacob's care and tender attention to his family and flocks remind us of the good Shepherd of our souls, who gathers the lambs with his arm, and carries them in his bosom, and gently leads those that are with young, Isa 40:11. As parents, teachers or pastors, we should all follow his example.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

And Esau ran to meet him,.... If he rode on any creature, which is likely, he alighted from it on sight of his brother Jacob, and to express his joy on that occasion, and affection for him, made all the haste he could to meet him, as did the father of the prodigal, Luke 15:20,

and embraced him; in his arms, with the greatest respect and tenderness:

and fell on his neck; laid his head on his neck, where it remained for a while, not being able to lift it up, and speak unto him; the word is in the dual number, and signifies, as Ben Melech thinks, the two sides of the neck, the right and the left; and he might lay his head first on one side, and then on the other, to show the greatness of his affection:

and kissed him; in token of the same: there are three pricks over this word in the original more than ordinary, directing the attention of the reader to it, as something wonderful and worthy of observation: the Jewish writers (n) are divided about it; some think that this points at the insincerity of Esau in kissing his brother when he hated him; others, on the contrary, to his sincerity and heartiness in it, and which was matter of admiration, that he who laid up hatred in his heart against his brother, and had bore him a grudge for so many years, and it may be came out now, with an intention to destroy him, should have his heart so turned toward him, as to behave in this affectionate manner, which must be owing to the power of God working upon his heart, changing his mind, and making him thus soft, flexible, and compassionate; and to Jacob's humble submission to him, subservient to divine Providence as a means; and thus as he before had power with God in prayer on this same account, the effect of which he now perceived, so he had power with men, with his brother, as it was intimated to him he should:

and they wept; they "both" wept, as the Septuagint version adds, both Jacob and Esau, for joy at the sight of each other, and both seriously; and especially there can be no doubt of Jacob, who must be glad of this reconciliation, if it was only outward, since hereby his life, and the lives of his wives and children, would be spared.

(n) Zohar in Gen. fol. 99. 1. Bereshit Rabba, sect. 78. fol. 68. 3. Jarchi in loc.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

4. Esau ran to meet him—What a sudden and surprising change! Whether the sight of the princely present and the profound homage of Jacob had produced this effect, or it proceeded from the impulsive character of Esau, the cherished enmity of twenty years in a moment disappeared; the weapons of war were laid aside, and the warmest tokens of mutual affection reciprocated between the brothers. But doubtless, the efficient cause was the secret, subduing influence of grace (Pr 21:1), which converted Esau from an enemy into a friend.

Genesis 33:4 Additional Commentaries
Context
Jacob Meets Esau
3But he himself passed on ahead of them and bowed down to the ground seven times, until he came near to his brother. 4Then Esau ran to meet him and embraced him, and fell on his neck and kissed him, and they wept. 5He lifted his eyes and saw the women and the children, and said, "Who are these with you?" So he said, "The children whom God has graciously given your servant."…
Cross References
Genesis 29:11
Then Jacob kissed Rachel and began to weep aloud.

Genesis 29:13
As soon as Laban heard the news about Jacob, his sister's son, he hurried to meet him. He embraced him and kissed him and brought him to his home, and there Jacob told him all these things.

Genesis 32:11
Save me, I pray, from the hand of my brother Esau, for I am afraid he will come and attack me, and also the mothers with their children.

Genesis 45:14
Then he threw his arms around his brother Benjamin and wept, and Benjamin embraced him, weeping.

Genesis 45:15
And he kissed all his brothers and wept over them. Afterward his brothers talked with him.

2 Samuel 14:33
So Joab went to the king and told him this. Then the king summoned Absalom, and he came in and bowed down with his face to the ground before the king. And the king kissed Absalom.

Proverbs 16:7
When the LORD takes pleasure in anyone's way, he causes their enemies to make peace with them.
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And Esau ran to meet him, and embraced him, and fell on his neck, and kissed him: and they wept.

embraced.

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Nehemiah 1:11 O LORD, I beseech you, let now your ear be attentive to the prayer …

Psalm 34:4 I sought the LORD, and he heard me, and delivered me from all my fears.

Proverbs 16:7 When a man's ways please the LORD, he makes even his enemies to be …

Proverbs 21:1 The king's heart is in the hand of the LORD, as the rivers of water: …

fell on.

Genesis 45:14,15 And he fell on his brother Benjamin's neck, and wept; and Benjamin …

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Luke 15:20 And he arose, and came to his father. But when he was yet a great …

Acts 20:37 And they all wept sore, and fell on Paul's neck, and kissed him,

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