1They settled from Havilah to 2Shur, which is opposite Egypt in the direction of Assyria. He settled over against all his kinsmen.
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These are the generations of Isaac, Abraham's son: 3Abraham fathered Isaac,
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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.
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And Isaac prayed to the LORD for his wife, because she was barren. And 7the LORD granted his prayer, and Rebekah his wife conceived.
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The children struggled together within her, and she said, "If it is thus, why is this happening to me?" So she went 8to inquire of the LORD.
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And the LORD said to her, 9"Two nations are in your womb, and two peoples from within you shall be divided; 10the one shall be stronger than the other, 11the older shall serve the younger."
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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.
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Afterward his brother came out with 13his hand holding Esau's heel, so 14his name was called Jacob. Isaac was sixty years old when she bore them.
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When the boys grew up, Esau was 15a skillful hunter, a man of the field, while Jacob was a quiet man, 16dwelling in tents.
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Isaac loved Esau because 17he ate of his game, but Rebekah loved Jacob.
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