21 And Isaac prayed unto the Lord for his wife, because she was barren: and the Lord was entreated of him, and Rebekah his wife conceived.

22 But the children [a]strove together within her: therefore she said, Seeing it is so, why am I [b]thus? wherefore she went [c]to ask the Lord.

23 And the Lord said to her, Two nations are in thy womb, and two manner of people shall be divided out of thy bowels, and the one people shall be mightier than the other, and the (A)elder shall serve the younger.

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Footnotes

  1. Genesis 25:22 Or, hurt one another.
  2. Genesis 25:22 That is, with child, seeing one shall destroy another.
  3. Genesis 25:22 For that is the only refuge in all our miseries.

21 Isaac prayed to the Lord on behalf of his wife, because she was childless.(A) The Lord answered his prayer,(B) and his wife Rebekah became pregnant. 22 The babies jostled each other within her, and she said, “Why is this happening to me?” So she went to inquire of the Lord.(C)

23 The Lord said to her,

“Two nations(D) are in your womb,
    and two peoples from within you will be separated;
one people will be stronger than the other,
    and the older will serve the younger.(E)

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