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Genesis 25:19-34 (New American Standard)

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Isaac's Sons

19 Now these are the records of 1the generations of Isaac, Abraham's son: Abraham abecame the father of Isaac; 20 and Isaac was forty years old when he took 2Rebekah, the 3daughter of Bethuel the bAramean of Paddan-aram, the 4sister of Laban the cAramean, to be his wife. 21 Isaac prayed to the LORD on behalf of his wife, because she was barren; and 5the LORD danswered him and Rebekah his wife 6conceived. 22 But the children struggled together within her; and she said, "If it is so, why then am I this way?" So she went to 7inquire of the LORD. 23 The LORD said to her, "8Two nations are in your womb; 9And two peoples will be separated from your body; And one people shall be stronger than the other; And 10the older shall serve the younger." 24 When her days to be delivered were fulfilled, behold, there were twins in her womb. 25 Now the first came forth red, 11all over like a hairy garment; and they named him Esau. 26 Afterward his brother came forth with 12his hand holding on to Esau's heel, so 13his name was called eJacob; and Isaac was 14sixty years old when she gave birth to them. 27 When the boys grew up, Esau became a skillful hunter, a man of the field, but Jacob was a fpeaceful man, g15living in tents. 28 Now Isaac loved Esau, because hhe had 16a taste for game, 17but Rebekah loved Jacob. 29 When Jacob had cooked 18stew, Esau came in from the field and he was ifamished; 30 and Esau said to Jacob, "Please let me have a swallow of jthat red stuff there, for I am kfamished." Therefore his name was called lEdom. 31 But Jacob said, "mFirst sell me your 19birthright." 32 Esau said, "Behold, I am about to die; so of what use then is the birthright to me?" 33 And Jacob said, "nFirst swear to me"; so he swore to him, and 20sold his birthright to Jacob. 34 Then Jacob gave Esau bread and lentil stew; and he ate and drank, and rose and went on his way. Thus Esau despised his birthright.
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