And he commanded the first group, saying, “When Esau my brother meets you and asks you, saying, ‘To whom do you belong?’ and ‘Where are you going?’ and ‘Whose are these before you?’ Bible

“To whom do you belong?” Esau would assume, and correctly in this case, that and group that was first in line to meet an approaching band of men would be servants and slaves.

Commentary for: Genesis 32:17