Genesis 25:21-23

21 Isaac prayed to the LORD on behalf of his wife, because she was childless. The LORD answered his prayer, and his wife Rebekah became pregnant.
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.
23 The LORD said to her, “Two nations 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.”

Genesis 25:21 in Other Translations

KJV
21 And Isaac intreated the LORD for his wife, because she was barren: and the LORD was intreated of him, and Rebekah his wife conceived.
ESV
21 And Isaac prayed to the LORD for his wife, because she was barren. And the LORD granted his prayer, and Rebekah his wife conceived.
NLT
21 Isaac pleaded with the LORD on behalf of his wife, because she was unable to have children. The LORD answered Isaac’s prayer, and Rebekah became pregnant with twins.
MSG
21 Isaac prayed hard to God for his wife because she was barren. God answered his prayer and Rebekah became pregnant.
CSB
21 Isaac prayed to the Lord on behalf of his wife because she was barren. The Lord heard his prayer, and his wife Rebekah conceived.

Genesis 25:21-23 Meaning and Commentary

INTRODUCTION TO GENESIS 25

This chapter contains an account of Abraham's marriage with another woman, and of the children he had by her and of their posterity Ge 25:1-4; of Abraham's disposal of his substance; and his sons, Ge 25:5,6; of the years of his life, his death and burial, Ge 25:7-11; of the children of Ishmael, and of the years of his life, and of his death, Ge 25:12-18; and of the sons of Isaac the fruit of prayer, and of the oracle concerning them before they were born, and of their temper and disposition, conduct and behaviour, Ge 25:19-34.

Genesis 25:21-23 In-Context

19 This is the account of the family line of Abraham’s son Isaac. Abraham became the father of Isaac,
20 and Isaac was forty years old when he married Rebekah daughter of Bethuel the Aramean from Paddan Aram and sister of Laban the Aramean.
21 Isaac prayed to the LORD on behalf of his wife, because she was childless. The LORD answered his prayer, and his wife Rebekah became pregnant.
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.
23 The LORD said to her, “Two nations 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.”
24 When the time came for her to give birth, there were twin boys in her womb.
25 The first to come out was red, and his whole body was like a hairy garment; so they named him Esau.

Cross References 5

  • 1. S Genesis 11:30
  • 2. Genesis 30:17,22; 1 Samuel 1:17,23; 1 Chronicles 5:20; 2 Chronicles 33:13; Ezra 8:23; Psalms 127:3; Romans 9:10
  • 3. Exodus 18:15; Exodus 28:30; Exodus 33:7; Leviticus 24:12; Numbers 9:6-8; Numbers 27:5,21; Deuteronomy 17:9; Judges 18:5; 1 Samuel 9:9; 1 Samuel 10:22; 1 Samuel 14:36; 1 Samuel 22:10; 1 Kings 22:8; 2 Kings 3:11; 2 Kings 22:13; Isaiah 30:2; Jeremiah 21:2; Jeremiah 37:7,17; Ezekiel 14:7; Ezekiel 20:1,3
  • 4. S Genesis 17:4
  • 5. S Genesis 9:25; Genesis 48:14,19; Genesis 27:29,40; Malachi 1:3; Romans 9:11-12*
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