Genesis 27:23
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English Standard Version
And he did not recognize him, because his hands were hairy like his brother Esau’s hands. So he blessed him.

King James Bible
And he discerned him not, because his hands were hairy, as his brother Esau's hands: so he blessed him.

American Standard Version
And he discerned him not, because his hands were hairy, as his brother Esau's hands. So he blessed him.

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English Revised Version
And he discerned him not, because his hands were hairy, as his brother Esau's hands: so he blessed him.

Webster's Bible Translation
And he discerned him not, because his hands were hairy, as his brother Esau's hands: So he blessed him.

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Keil and Delitzsch Biblical Commentary on the Old Testament

Rebekah, who heard what he said, sought to frustrate this intention, and to secure the blessing for her (favourite) son Jacob. Whilst Esau was away hunting, she told Jacob to take his father a dish, which she would prepare from two kids according to his taste; and, having introduced himself as Esau, to ask for the blessing "before Jehovah." Jacob's objection, that the father would know him by his smooth skin, and so, instead of blessing him, might pronounce a curse upon him as a mocker, i.e., one who was trifling with his blind father, she silenced by saying, that she would take the curse upon herself. She evidently relied upon the word of promise, and thought that she ought to do her part to secure its fulfilment by directing the father's blessing to Jacob; and to this end she thought any means allowable. Consequently she was so assured of the success of her stratagem as to have no fear of the possibility of a curse. Jacob then acceded to her plan, and fetched the goats. Rebekah prepared them according to her husband's taste; and having told Jacob to put on Esau's best clothes which were with her in the dwelling (the tent, not the house), she covered his hands and the smooth (i.e., the smoother parts) of his neck with the skins of the kids of the goats,

(Note: We must not think of our European goats, whose skins would be quite unsuitable for any such deception. "It is the camel-goat of the East, whose black, silk-like hair was used even by the Romans as a substitute for human hair. Martial xii. 46." - Tuch on v. 16.)

and sent him with the savoury dish to his father.

Genesis 27:23 Parallel Commentaries

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his hands.

Genesis 27:16 And she put the skins of the kids of the goats on his hands, and on the smooth of his neck:

he blessed.

Romans 9:11,12 (For the children being not yet born, neither having done any good or evil, that the purpose of God according to election might stand...

Hebrews 11:20 By faith Isaac blessed Jacob and Esau concerning things to come.

Cross References
Genesis 27:16
And the skins of the young goats she put on his hands and on the smooth part of his neck.

Genesis 27:22
So Jacob went near to Isaac his father, who felt him and said, "The voice is Jacob's voice, but the hands are the hands of Esau."

Genesis 27:24
He said, "Are you really my son Esau?" He answered, "I am."

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