Bible: Genesis 25:21-34

25:21 Isaac prayed to 1  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 2  inside her, and she said, “If it is going to be like this, I’m not so sure I want to be pregnant!” 3  So she asked the Lord, 4  25:23 and the Lord said to her,

“Two nations 5  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, 6  there were 7  twins in her womb. 25:25 The first came out reddish 8  all over, 9  like a hairy 10  garment, so they named him Esau. 11  25:26 When his brother came out with 12  his hand clutching Esau’s heel, they named him Jacob. 13  Isaac was sixty years old 14  when they were born.

25:27 When the boys grew up, Esau became a skilled 15  hunter, a man of the open fields, but Jacob was an even-tempered man, living in tents. 16  25:28 Isaac loved Esau because he had a taste for fresh game, 17  but Rebekah loved 18  Jacob.

25:29 Now Jacob cooked some stew, 19  and when Esau came in from the open fields, he was famished. 25:30 So Esau said to Jacob, “Feed 20  me some of the red stuff – yes, this red stuff – because I’m starving!” (That is why he was also called 21  Edom.) 22 

25:31 But Jacob replied, “First 23  sell me your birthright.” 25:32 Look,” said Esau, “I’m about to die! What use is the birthright to me? 24  25:33 But Jacob said, “Swear an oath to me now.” 25  So Esau 26  swore an oath to him and sold his birthright 27  to Jacob.

25:34 Then Jacob gave Esau some bread and lentil stew; Esau ate and drank, then got up and went out. 28  So Esau despised his birthright. 29 

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