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10 This son was our ancestor Isaac. When he married Rebekah, she gave birth to twins.[a] 11 But before they were born, before they had done anything good or bad, she received a message from God. (This message shows that God chooses people according to his own purposes; 12 he calls people, but not according to their good or bad works.) She was told, “Your older son will serve your younger son.”[b] 13 In the words of the Scriptures, “I loved Jacob, but I rejected Esau.”[c]

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Footnotes

  1. 9:10 Greek she conceived children through this one man.
  2. 9:12 Gen 25:23.
  3. 9:13 Mal 1:2-3.

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