Genesis 27:4
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New International Version
Prepare me the kind of tasty food I like and bring it to me to eat, so that I may give you my blessing before I die."

King James Bible
And make me savoury meat, such as I love, and bring it to me, that I may eat; that my soul may bless thee before I die.

Darby Bible Translation
and prepare me a savoury dish such as I love, and bring it to me that I may eat, in order that my soul may bless thee before I die.

World English Bible
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."

Young's Literal Translation
and make for me tasteful things, such as I have loved, and bring in to me, and I do eat, so that my soul doth bless thee before I die.'

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Clarke's Commentary on the Bible

Savory meat - מטעמים matammim, from טעם taam, to taste or relish; how dressed we know not, but its name declares its nature.

That I may eat - The blessing which Isaac was to confer on his son was a species of Divine right, and must be communicated with appropriate ceremonies. As eating and drinking were used among the Asiatics on almost all religious occasions, and especially in making and confirming covenants, it is reasonable to suppose that something of this kind was essentially necessary on this occasion, and that Isaac could not convey the right till he had eaten of the meat provided for the purpose by him who was to receive the blessing. As Isaac was now old, and in a feeble and languishing condition, it was necessary that the flesh used on this occasion should be prepared so as to invite the appetite, that a sufficiency of it might be taken to revive and recruit his drooping strength, that he might be the better able to go through the whole of this ceremony.

This seems to be the sole reason why savory meat is so particularly mentioned in the text. When we consider, 1. That no covenant was deemed binding unless the parties had eaten together; 2. That to convey this blessing some rite of this kind was necessary; and, 3. That Isaac's strength was now greatly exhausted, insomuch that he supposed himself to be dying; we shall at once see why meat was required on this occasion, and why that meat was to be prepared so as to deserve the epithet of savory.

As I believe this to be the true sense of the place, I do not trouble my readers with interpretations which I suppose to be either exceptionable or false.

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that I may eat. The blessing, says Dr. A. Clarke, which Isaac was to confer on his son, was a species of divine right, and must be communicated with appropriate ceremonies. As eating and drinking were used among the Asiatics on almost all religious occasions, and especially in making and confirming covenants, it is reasonable to suppose, that something of this kind was essentially necessary on this occasion; and that Isaac could not convey the right, till he had eaten of the meat provided for the purpose by him who was to receive the blessing.

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Genesis 27:7,23,25,27 Bring me venison, and make me savoury meat, that I may eat, and bless you before the LORD before my death...

Genesis 14:19 And he blessed him, and said, Blessed be Abram of the most high God, possessor of heaven and earth:

Genesis 24:60 And they blessed Rebekah, and said to her, You are our sister, be you the mother of thousands of millions...

Genesis 28:3 And God Almighty bless you, and make you fruitful, and multiply you, that you may be a multitude of people;

Genesis 48:9,15-20 And Joseph said to his father, They are my sons, whom God has given me in this place. And he said, Bring them, I pray you, to me...

Genesis 49:28 All these are the twelve tribes of Israel: and this is it that their father spoke to them, and blessed them...

Leviticus 9:22,23 And Aaron lifted up his hand toward the people, and blessed them, and came down from offering of the sin offering...

Deuteronomy 33:1 And this is the blessing, with which Moses the man of God blessed the children of Israel before his death.

*etc:

Joshua 14:13 And Joshua blessed him, and gave to Caleb the son of Jephunneh Hebron for an inheritance.

Joshua 22:6 So Joshua blessed them, and sent them away: and they went to their tents.

Luke 2:34 And Simeon blessed them, and said to Mary his mother, Behold, this child is set for the fall and rising again of many in Israel...

Luke 24:51 And it came to pass, while he blessed them, he was parted from them, and carried up into heaven.

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

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Damasus addresses five questions to Jerome with a request for information concerning them. They are: 1. What is the meaning of the words "Whosoever slayeth Cain vengeance shall be taken on him sevenfold"? (Gen. iv. 5.) 2. If God has made all things good, how comes it that He gives charge to Noah concerning unclean animals, and says to Peter, "What God hath cleansed that call not thou common"? (Acts x. 15.) 3. How is Gen. xv. 16, "in the fourth generation they shall come hither again," to be reconciled
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Cross References
Hebrews 11:20
By faith Isaac blessed Jacob and Esau in regard to their future.

Genesis 27:5
Now Rebekah was listening as Isaac spoke to his son Esau. When Esau left for the open country to hunt game and bring it back,

Genesis 27:7
Bring me some game and prepare me some tasty food to eat, so that I may give you my blessing in the presence of the LORD before I die.'

Genesis 27:9
Go out to the flock and bring me two choice young goats, so I can prepare some tasty food for your father, just the way he likes it.

Genesis 27:14
So he went and got them and brought them to his mother, and she prepared some tasty food, just the way his father liked it.

Genesis 27:17
Then she handed to her son Jacob the tasty food and the bread she had made.

Genesis 27:19
Jacob said to his father, "I am Esau your firstborn. I have done as you told me. Please sit up and eat some of my game, so that you may give me your blessing."

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