1. A. "[He said, 'Behold I am old; I do not know the day of my death.]
Now then take your weapons, [your quiver and your bow, and go out to the field and hunt game for me, and prepare for me savory food, such as I love, and bring it to me that I may eat; that I may bless you before I die']" (Gen. 27:2-4):
B. "Sharpen your hunting gear, so that you will not feed me carrion or an animal that was improperly slaughtered.
C. "Take your own hunting gear, so that you will not feed me meat that has been stolen or grabbed."
B. [Since the word for "quiver" and the word for "held in suspense" share the same consonants, we interpret the statement as follows:] he said to him, "Lo, the blessings [that I am about to give) are held in suspense. For the one who is worthy of a blessing, there will be a blessing."
3. A. Another matter: "Now then take your weapons, your quiver and your bow and go out to the field:"
B. "Weapons" refers to Babylonia, as it is said, "And the weapons he brought to the treasure house of his god" (Gen. 2:2).
C. "Your quiver" speaks of Media, as it says, "So they suspended Haman on the gallows" (Est. 7:10). [The play on words is the same as at No. 2.]
D. "And your bow" addresses Greece: "For 1 bend Judah for me, I fill the bow with Ephraim and I will store up your sons, O Zion, against your sons, O Javan [Greece]" (Zech. 9:13).
E. "and go out to the field" means Edom: "Unto the land of Seir, the field of Edom" (Gen. 32:4).
4. A. "And prepare for me savory food:"
B. R. Eleazar in the name of R. Yose b. Zimra: "Three statements were made concerning the tree, that it was good to eat, a delight to the eyes, and that it added wisdom,
C. "and all of them were stated in a single verse:
D. " 'So when the woman saw that the tree was good for food,' on which basis we know that it was good to eat;
E. " 'and that it was a delight to the eyes,' on which basis we know that it was a delight for the eyes,
F. " 'and that the tree was to be desired to make one wise,' on which basis we know that it added to one's wisdom.
G. "That is in line with the following verse of Scripture: 'A song of wisdom of Ethan the Ezrahite' (Ps. 89:1)" [and the root for "song of wisdom" and that for "to make one wise" are the same].
H. "So did Isaac say, ' "And prepare for me savory food." I used to enjoy the appearance [of food], but now I get pleasure only from the taste.'
I. ' 'And so did Solomon say,' When goods increase, those who eat them are increased, and what advantage is there to the owner thereof, saving the beholding of them with his eyes' (Qoh. 5:10).
J. "The one who sees an empty basket of bread and is hungry is not equivalent to the one who sees a full basket of bread and is satisfied."
5. A. "And Rebecca was listening when Isaac spoke to his son Esau. So when Esau went to the field to hunt for game and bring it . . ." (Gen. 27:5):
C. And if not, ". . .to bring it" even by theft or violence.
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