New International Version
Esau asked, "What's the meaning of all these flocks and herds I met?" "To find favor in your eyes, my lord," he said.
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.
Darby Bible Translation
And he said, What [meanest] thou by all the drove which I met? And he said, To find favour in the eyes of my lord.
World English Bible
Esau said, "What do you mean by all this company which I met?" Jacob said, "To find favor in the sight of my lord."
Young's Literal Translation
And he saith, 'What to thee is all this camp which I have met?' and he saith, 'To find grace in the eyes of my lord.'
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CommentaryClarke's Commentary on the Bible
Esau ran to meet him - How sincere and genuine is this conduct of Esau, and at the same time how magnanimous! He had buried all his resentment, and forgotten all his injuries; and receives his brother with the strongest demonstrations, not only of forgiveness, but of fraternal affection.
And kissed him - וישקהו vaiyishshakehu. In the Masoretic Bibles each letter of this word is noted with a point over it to make it emphatic. And by this kind of notation the rabbins wished to draw the attention of the reader to the change that had taken place in Esau, and the sincerity with which he received his brother Jacob. A Hindoo when he meets a friend after absence throws his arms round him, and his head across his shoulders, twice over the right shoulder and once over the left, with other ceremonies according to the rank of the parties.
Treasury of Scripture Knowledge
What meanest thou by all this drove? Heb. What is all this band to thee? ch.
LibraryJesus Sets Out from Judæa for Galilee.
Subdivision B. At Jacob's Well, and at Sychar. ^D John IV. 5-42. ^d 5 So he cometh to a city of Samaria, called Sychar, near to the parcel of ground that Jacob gave to his son Joseph. 6 and Jacob's well was there. [Commentators long made the mistake of supposing that Shechem, now called Nablous, was the town here called Sychar. Sheckem lies a mile and a half west of Jacob's well, while the real Sychar, now called 'Askar, lies scarcely half a mile north of the well. It was a small town, loosely called …
J. W. McGarvey—The Four-Fold Gospel
I have cattle and donkeys, sheep and goats, male and female servants. Now I am sending this message to my lord, that I may find favor in your eyes.'"
He spent the night there, and from what he had with him he selected a gift for his brother Esau:
Next, Leah and her children came and bowed down. Last of all came Joseph and Rachel, and they too bowed down.
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