Genesis 25:18-28 NIV

18 His descendants1 settled in the area from Havilah to Shur,2 near the border of Egypt, as you go toward Asshur. And they lived in hostility towarda all their brothers.3

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    • c 25:18 - Or "lived to the east of"

      Jacob and Esau

      19 This is the account4 of Abraham's son Isaac. Abraham became the father of Isaac,

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      20 and Isaac was forty years old5 when he married Rebekah6 daughter of Bethuel7 the Aramean from Paddan Aramb8 and sister of Laban9 the Aramean.10

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        • d 25:20 - That is, Northwest Mesopotamia
          21 Isaac prayed to the LORD on behalf of his wife, because she was barren.11 The LORD answered his prayer,12 and his wife Rebekah became pregnant.

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          22 The babies jostled each other within her, and she said, "Why is this happening to me?" So she went to inquire of the LORD.13
          23 The LORD said to her, "Two nations14 are in your womb, and two peoples from within you will be separated; one people will be stronger than the other, and the older will serve the younger.15"

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          24 When the time came for her to give birth,16 there were twin boys in her womb.17

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          25 The first to come out was red,18 and his whole body was like a hairy garment;19 so they named him Esau.c20

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            • e 25:25 - "Esau" may mean "hairy"; he was also called Edom, which means "red."
              26 After this, his brother came out,21 with his hand grasping Esau's heel;22 so he was named Jacob.d23 Isaac was sixty years old24 when Rebekah gave birth to them.

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                • f 25:26 - "Jacob" means "he grasps the heel" (figuratively, "he deceives").
                  27 The boys grew up, and Esau became a skillful hunter,25 a man of the open country,26 while Jacob was a quiet man, staying among the tents.

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                  28 Isaac, who had a taste for wild game,27 loved Esau, but Rebekah loved Jacob.28

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