It is quite possible that Esau really did intend to harm Jacob. After all, Rebekah had said she would send for Jacob when Esau’s anger abated. She never did.
(Esau had moved his family to Seir, so it was quite possible that he had become a king of his own domain. Eventually, there was an entire area known as Edom in what is today the nation of Jordan. And Edom was Esau's nickname after selling his birthright for the red stew.)
Jacob probably expected to die, but his brother hugs him, and they weep together.
It’s like the happy ending of a chick flick.
Esau's acceptance of the gift was as important to the reconciliation as Jacob’s giving the gifts. When Jacob gives such generous gifts, it is his way of saying to Esau he is sorry and when Esau accepts the gifts, it is his way of accepting Jacob and saying he is forgiven.
Esau even wants to give Jacob some servants to help him out in his journey, but Jacob basically says, thanks, but no thanks.
Before crossing the Jordan, we have a pause in the journey in verse 17.
And Jacob journeyed to Succoth, built himself a house, and made booths for his livestock. Therefore the name of the place is called Succoth.
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