English Standard Version
Esau said, “What do you mean by all this company that I met?” Jacob answered, “To find favor in the sight of my lord.”
King James Bible
And he said, What meanest thou by all this drove which I met? And he said, These are to find grace in the sight of my lord.
American Standard Version
And he said, What meanest thou by all this company which I met? And he said, To find favor in the sight of my lord.
And Esau said: What are the droves that I met? He answered: That I might find favor before my lord.
English Revised Version
And he said, What meanest thou by all this company which I met? And he said, To find grace in the sight of my lord.
Webster's Bible Translation
And he said, What meanest thou by all this drove which I met? And he said, these are to find grace in the sight of my lord.
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CommentaryKeil and Delitzsch Biblical Commentary on the Old Testament
Meeting with Esau. - As Jacob went forward, he saw Esau coming to meet him with his 400 mean. He then arranged his wives and children in such a manner, that the maids with their children went first, Leah with hers in the middle, and Rachel with Joseph behind, thus forming a long procession. But he himself went in front, and met Esau with sevenfold obeisance. ארצה ישׁתּחוּ does not denote complete prostration, like ארצה אפּים in Genesis 19:1, but a deep Oriental bow, in which the head approaches the ground, but does not touch it. By this manifestation of deep reverence, Jacob hoped to win his brother's heart. He humbled himself before him as the elder, with the feeling that he had formerly sinned against him. Esau, on the other hand, "had a comparatively better, but not so tender a conscience." At the sight of Jacob he was carried away by the natural feelings of brotherly affection, and running up to him, embraced him, fell on his neck, and kissed him; and they both wept. The puncta extraordinaria above ישּׁקהוּ are probably intended to mark the word as suspicious. They "are like a note of interrogation, questioning the genuineness of this kiss; but without any reason" (Del.). Even if there was still some malice in Esau's heart, it was overcome by the humility with which his brother met him, so that he allowed free course to the generous emotions of his heart; all the more, because the "roving life" which suited his nature had procured him such wealth and power, that he was quite equal to his brother in earthly possessions.
Treasury of Scripture Knowledge
What meanest thou by all this drove? Heb. What is all this band to thee? ch.
I have oxen, donkeys, flocks, male servants, and female servants. I have sent to tell my lord, in order that I may find favor in your sight.'"
So he stayed there that night, and from what he had with him he took a present for his brother Esau,
Leah likewise and her children drew near and bowed down. And last Joseph and Rachel drew near, and they bowed down.
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