21 Now Isaac pleaded with the Lord for his wife, because she was barren; (A)and the Lord granted his plea, (B)and Rebekah his wife conceived. 22 But the children struggled together within her; and she said, “If all is well, why am I like this?” (C)So she went to inquire of the Lord.

23 And the Lord said to her:

(D)“Two nations are in your womb,
Two peoples shall be separated from your body;
One people shall be stronger than (E)the other,
(F)And the older shall serve the younger.”

24 So when her days were fulfilled for her to give birth, indeed there were twins in her womb. 25 And the first came out red. He was (G)like a hairy garment all over; so they called his name [a]Esau. 26 Afterward his brother came out, and (H)his hand took hold of Esau’s heel; so (I)his name was called [b]Jacob. Isaac was sixty years old when she bore them.

27 So the boys grew. And Esau was (J)a skillful hunter, a man of the field; but Jacob was (K)a [c]mild man, (L)dwelling in tents.

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  1. Genesis 25:25 Lit. Hairy
  2. Genesis 25:26 Supplanter or Deceitful, lit. One Who Takes the Heel
  3. Genesis 25:27 Lit. complete

10 And not only this, but when (A)Rebecca also had conceived by one man, even by our father Isaac 11 (for the children not yet being born, nor having done any good or evil, that the purpose of God according to election might stand, not of works but of (B)Him who calls), 12 it was said to her, (C)“The older shall serve the younger.” 13 As it is written, (D)“Jacob I have loved, but Esau I have hated.”

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Wrestling with God

22 And he arose that night and took his two wives, his two female servants, and his eleven sons, (A)and crossed over the ford of Jabbok. 23 He took them, sent them [a]over the brook, and sent over what he had. 24 Then Jacob was left alone; and (B)a Man wrestled with him until the [b]breaking of day. 25 Now when He saw that He did not prevail against him, He [c]touched the socket of his hip; and (C)the socket of Jacob’s hip was out of joint as He wrestled with him. 26 And (D)He said, “Let Me go, for the day breaks.”

But he said, (E)“I will not let You go unless You bless me!”

27 So He said to him, “What is your name?”

He said, “Jacob.”

28 And He said, (F)“Your name shall no longer be called Jacob, but [d]Israel; for you have (G)struggled with God and (H)with men, and have prevailed.”

29 Then Jacob asked, saying, “Tell me Your name, I pray.”

And He said, (I)“Why is it that you ask about My name?” And He (J)blessed him there.

30 So Jacob called the name of the place [e]Peniel: “For (K)I have seen God face to face, and my life is preserved.” 31 Just as he crossed over [f]Penuel the sun rose on him, and he limped on his hip.

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  1. Genesis 32:23 across
  2. Genesis 32:24 dawn
  3. Genesis 32:25 struck
  4. Genesis 32:28 Lit. Prince with God
  5. Genesis 32:30 Lit. Face of God
  6. Genesis 32:31 Lit. Face of God; same as Peniel, v. 30

By Faith We Understand

11 Now faith is the [a]substance of things hoped for, the [b]evidence (A)of things not seen.

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  1. Hebrews 11:1 realization
  2. Hebrews 11:1 Or confidence

21 By faith Jacob, when he was dying, (A)blessed each of the sons of Joseph, and worshiped, leaning on the top of his staff.

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