Genesis 25:17-27 (English Standard Version)

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17 (These are the years of the life of Ishmael: 137 years. He 1breathed his last and died, and was gathered to his people.) 18 2They settled from Havilah to 3Shur, which is opposite Egypt in the direction of Assyria. He settleda over against all his kinsmen.

The Birth of Esau and Jacob

19 These are the generations of Isaac, Abraham's son: 4Abraham fathered Isaac, 20 and Isaac was forty years old when he took Rebekah, 5the daughter of Bethuel the Aramean of 6Paddan-aram, 7the sister of Laban the Aramean, to be his wife. 21 And Isaac prayed to the LORD for his wife, because she was barren. And 8the 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?"b So she went 9to inquire of the LORD. 23 And the LORD said to her, 10"Two nations are in your womb, and two peoples from within youc shall be divided; 11the one shall be stronger than the other, 12the 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, 13all his body like a hairy cloak, so they called his name Esau. 26 Afterward his brother came out with 14his hand holding Esau's heel, so 15his name was called Jacob.d Isaac was sixty years old when she bore them. 27 When the boys grew up, Esau was 16a skillful hunter, a man of the field, while Jacob was a quiet man, 17dwelling in tents.
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