These are the generations of Isaac, Abraham's son: 3Abraham fathered Isaac,
and Isaac was forty years old when he took Rebekah, 4the daughter of Bethuel the Aramean of 5Paddan-aram, 6the sister of Laban the Aramean, to be his wife.
And Isaac prayed to the LORD for his wife, because she was barren. And 7the LORD granted his prayer, and Rebekah his wife conceived.
The children struggled together within her, and she said, "If it is thus, why is this happening to me?"b So she went 8to inquire of the LORD.
And the LORD said to her, 9"Two nations are in your womb, and two peoples from within youc shall be divided; 10the one shall be stronger than the other, 11the older shall serve the younger."
When her days to give birth were completed, behold, there were twins in her womb.
The first came out red, 12all his body like a hairy cloak, so they called his name Esau.
Afterward his brother came out with 13his hand holding Esau's heel, so 14his name was called Jacob.d Isaac was sixty years old when she bore them.
When the boys grew up, Esau was 15a skillful hunter, a man of the field, while Jacob was a quiet man, 16dwelling in tents.
Isaac loved Esau because 17he ate of his game, but Rebekah loved Jacob.