The Birth of Esau and Jacob

19 These are the generations of Isaac, Abraham's son: (A)Abraham fathered Isaac, 20 and Isaac was forty years old when he took Rebekah, (B)the daughter of Bethuel the Aramean of (C)Paddan-aram, (D)the sister of Laban the Aramean, to be his wife. 21 And Isaac prayed to the Lord for his wife, because she was barren. And (E)the Lord granted his prayer, and Rebekah his wife conceived. 22 The children struggled together within her, and she said, “If it is thus, why is this happening to me?”[a] So she went (F)to inquire of the Lord. 23 And the Lord said to her,

(G)“Two nations are in your womb,
    and two peoples from within you[b] shall be divided;
(H)the one shall be stronger than the other,
    (I)the older shall serve the younger.”

24 When her days to give birth were completed, behold, there were twins in her womb. 25 The first came out red, (J)all his body like a hairy cloak, so they called his name Esau. 26 Afterward his brother came out with (K)his hand holding Esau's heel, so (L)his name was called Jacob.[c] Isaac was sixty years old when she bore them.

27 When the boys grew up, Esau was (M)a skillful hunter, a man of the field, while Jacob was a quiet man, (N)dwelling in tents. 28 Isaac loved Esau because (O)he ate of his game, but Rebekah loved Jacob.

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Footnotes

  1. Genesis 25:22 Or why do I live?
  2. Genesis 25:23 Or from birth
  3. Genesis 25:26 Jacob means He takes by the heel, or He cheats

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