20 Isaac was forty years old when he took Rebekah as wife, (A)the daughter of Bethuel the Syrian of Padan Aram, (B)the sister of Laban the Syrian. 21 Now Isaac pleaded with the Lord for his wife, because she was barren; (C)and the Lord granted his plea, (D)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?” (E)So she went to inquire of the Lord.

23 And the Lord said to her:

(F)“Two nations are in your womb,
Two peoples shall be separated from your body;
One people shall be stronger than (G)the other,
(H)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 (I)like a hairy garment all over; so they called his name [a]Esau. 26 Afterward his brother came out, and (J)his hand took hold of Esau’s heel; so (K)his name was called [b]Jacob. Isaac was sixty years old when she bore them.

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

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