Bible: Genesis 25:19-34

Jacob and Esau

25:19 This is the account of Isaac, 1  the son of Abraham.

Abraham became the father of Isaac. 25:20 When Isaac was forty years old, he married Rebekah, 2  the daughter of Bethuel the Aramean from Paddan Aram and sister of Laban the Aramean. 3 

25:21 Isaac prayed to 4  the Lord on behalf of his wife because she was childless. The Lord answered his prayer, and his wife Rebekah became pregnant. 25:22 But the children struggled 5  inside her, and she said, “If it is going to be like this, I’m not so sure I want to be pregnant!” 6  So she asked the Lord, 7  25:23 and the Lord said to her,

“Two nations 8  are in your womb,

and two peoples will be separated from within you.

One people will be stronger than the other,

and the older will serve the younger.”

25:24 When the time came for Rebekah to give birth, 9  there were 10  twins in her womb. 25:25 The first came out reddish 11  all over, 12  like a hairy 13  garment, so they named him Esau. 14  25:26 When his brother came out with 15  his hand clutching Esau’s heel, they named him Jacob. 16  Isaac was sixty years old 17  when they were born.

25:27 When the boys grew up, Esau became a skilled 18  hunter, a man of the open fields, but Jacob was an even-tempered man, living in tents. 19  25:28 Isaac loved Esau because he had a taste for fresh game, 20  but Rebekah loved 21  Jacob.

25:29 Now Jacob cooked some stew, 22  and when Esau came in from the open fields, he was famished. 25:30 So Esau said to Jacob, “Feed 23  me some of the red stuff – yes, this red stuff – because I’m starving!” (That is why he was also called 24  Edom.) 25 

25:31 But Jacob replied, “First 26  sell me your birthright.” 25:32 Look,” said Esau, “I’m about to die! What use is the birthright to me? 27  25:33 But Jacob said, “Swear an oath to me now.” 28  So Esau 29  swore an oath to him and sold his birthright 30  to Jacob.

25:34 Then Jacob gave Esau some bread and lentil stew; Esau ate and drank, then got up and went out. 31  So Esau despised his birthright. 32 

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