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Genesis 25:25

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

Read Genesis 25:25 Using Other Translations

And the first came out red, all over like an hairy garment; and they called his name Esau.
The first came out red, all his body like a hairy cloak, so they called his name Esau.
The first one was very red at birth and covered with thick hair like a fur coat. So they named him Esau.

What does Genesis 25:25 mean?

John Gill's Exposition of the Bible
Genesis 25:25

And the first came out red
Either his body, or rather the hair it was covered with, red; which was a sign, as Jarchi observes, that he would be a shedder of blood, fierce and cruel as were he and his posterity: all over like an hairy garment;
his body was all over full of hair, which stood as thick as a garment made of hair, and was a sign of the roughness of his disposition, as well as of the strength of his body: and they called his name Esau;
his parents, and those present at his birth, all that saw him thus covered with hair; for he had his name not from the colour of his body or hair; for the word does not signify "red", but comes from a word which signifies "to make", he being a "maker": that made his way out before his brother, or an active man as afterwards, or because of his hair was "made" or born more like a man than a child; and so the Targum adds,

``because he was wholly perfect, with the hair of his head and beard, and with his teeth and grinders:''
but chiefly because of his hairiness, for Esau in the Arabic language signifies "covered" F6, as he was with hair: some say, a word in that language signifies a hairy garment made of camel's hair F7.

F6 <arabic> "texit", "operuit", Castel. col. 2930.
F7 Vid. Stockium. p. 923.
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