Genesis 25:32-34

32 “Look, I am about to die,” Esau said. “What good is the birthright to me?”
33 But Jacob said, “Swear to me first.” So he swore an oath to him, selling his birthright to Jacob.
34 Then Jacob gave Esau some bread and some lentil stew. He ate and drank, and then got up and left. So Esau despised his birthright.

Genesis 25:32 in Other Translations

KJV
32 And Esau said, Behold, I am at the point to die: and what profit shall this birthright do to me?
ESV
32 Esau said, "I am about to die; of what use is a birthright to me?"
NLT
32 “Look, I’m dying of starvation!” said Esau. “What good is my birthright to me now?”
MSG
32 Esau said, "I'm starving! What good is a birthright if I'm dead?"
CSB
32 "Look," said Esau, "I'm about to die, so what good is a birthright to me?"

Genesis 25:32-34 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 25:32-34 In-Context

30 He said to Jacob, “Quick, let me have some of that red stew! I’m famished!” (That is why he was also called Edom. )
31 Jacob replied, “First sell me your birthright.”
32 “Look, I am about to die,” Esau said. “What good is the birthright to me?”
33 But Jacob said, “Swear to me first.” So he swore an oath to him, selling his birthright to Jacob.
34 Then Jacob gave Esau some bread and some lentil stew. He ate and drank, and then got up and left. So Esau despised his birthright.

Cross References 3

  • 1. S Genesis 21:23; S Genesis 47:31
  • 2. Genesis 27:36; Hebrews 12:16
  • 3. ver 30
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