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Genesis 25:21-26American Standard Version (ASV)

21 And Isaac entreated Jehovah for his wife, because she was barren: and Jehovah was entreated of him, and Rebekah his wife conceived. 22 And the children struggled together within her; and she said, If it be so, [a]wherefore do I live? And she went to inquire of Jehovah. 23 And Jehovah said unto her,

Two nations are in thy womb,
And two peoples shall be separated from thy bowels:
And the one people shall be stronger than the other people;
And the elder shall serve the younger.

24 And when her days to be delivered were fulfilled, behold, there were twins in her womb. 25 And the first came forth [b]red, all over like a hairy garment; and they called his name Esau. 26 And after that came forth his brother, and his hand had hold on Esau’s heel; and his name was called [c]Jacob: and Isaac was threescore years old when she bare them.


  1. Genesis 25:22 Or, wherefore am I thus?
  2. Genesis 25:25 Or, ruddy
  3. Genesis 25:26 That is, One that takes by the heel or supplants.

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