42 And these words of Esau her elder son were told to Rebekah: and she sent and called Jacob her younger son, and said unto him, Behold, thy brother Esau, as touching thee, doth comfort himself, purposing to kill thee.
43 Now therefore, my son, obey my voice; arise, flee thou to Laban my brother to Haran;
44 And tarry with him a few days, until thy brother’s fury turn away;
45 Until thy brother’s anger turn away from thee, and he forget that which thou hast done to him: then I will send, and fetch thee from thence: why should I be deprived also of you both in one day?
46 And Rebekah said to Isaac, I am weary of my life because of the daughters of Heth: if Jacob take a wife of the daughters of Heth, such as these which are of the daughters of the land, what good shall my life do me?
K.J.V. Bible Text
In today’s reading, the last few verses of Chapter 27, we learn that Rebekah has been told of Esau’s desire to kill Jacob. It doesn’t say how she learned this, but it seems to me that Rebekah didn’t miss much and with her husband Isaac being elderly and unwell, she pulled a lot of strings in the affairs of her little community.
To protect Jacob, Rebekah tells him to go to Harran and stay with her brother Laban until Esau’s wrath cools.
The end of the chapter goes back to the same subject as the end of the previous chapter—Rebekah is disgusted with the two Hittite women that Esau married. She says if Jacob also takes a wife from among the Hittite women, “…what good shall my life do me?” This must be another reason for sending Jacob to stay with Laban. She hopes Jacob will find a wife from among her own people rather than marrying one of the Hittites from the country where the family now lives.
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