Genesis 25:19-26Contemporary English Version (CEV)
The Birth of Esau and Jacob
19 Isaac was the son of Abraham, 20 and he was forty years old when he married Rebekah, the daughter of Bethuel. She was also the sister of Laban, the Aramean from northern Syria.[a]
Almost twenty years later, 21 Rebekah still had no children. So Isaac asked the Lord to let her have a child, and the Lord answered his prayer.
22 Before Rebekah gave birth, she knew she was going to have twins, because she could feel them inside her, fighting each other. She thought, “Why is this happening to me?” Finally, she asked the Lord why her twins were fighting, 23 and he told her:
“Your two sons will become two separate nations.[b] The younger of the two will be stronger, and the older son will be his servant.”
24 When Rebekah gave birth, 25 the first baby was covered with red hair, so he was named Esau.[c]26 The second baby grabbed on to his brother’s heel, so they named him Jacob.[d] Isaac was sixty years old when they were born.
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