And Jacob said to his father, “I am Esau your firstborn. I have done as you have spoken to me. Rise, pray, sit up, and eat of my game so that you may solemnly bless me.” What to do with Jacob’s lie: I am Esau your firstborn? Moses ibn Gubbai lists examples of venerated Biblical characters stretching the truth to achieve a great outcome. This is the pshat, the simplest way of reading the verse, he insists. He then raises the possibility that the statement Esau your first born – was spoken so softly that his elderly father did not hear the first part of the sentence. For even when forced to engage in subterfuge, a person of Jacob’s stature would stay away from explicitly lying to someone else.