19 This is the accountl of the family line of Abraham’s son Isaac.
21 Isaac prayed to the Lord on behalf of his wife, because she was childless.s The Lord answered his prayer,t 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.u
“Two nationsv 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.w”
24 When the time came for her to give birth,x there were twin boys in her womb.y 25 The first to come out was red,z and his whole body was like a hairy garment;a so they named him Esau.d b 26 After this, his brother came out,c with his hand grasping Esau’s heel;d so he was named Jacob.e e Isaac was sixty years oldf when Rebekah gave birth to them.
27 The boys grew up, and Esau became a skillful hunter,g a man of the open country,h while Jacob was content to stay at home among the tents. 28 Isaac, who had a taste for wild game,i loved Esau, but Rebekah loved Jacob.j
29 Once when Jacob was cooking some stew,k Esau came in from the open country,l famished. 30 He said to Jacob, “Quick, let me have some of that red stew!m I’m famished!” (That is why he was also called Edom.f)n
31 Jacob replied, “First sell me your birthright.o”
34 Then Jacob gave Esau some bread and some lentil stew.r He ate and drank, and then got up and left.
So Esau despised his birthright.
That is, Northwest Mesopotamia
Esau may mean hairy.
Jacob means he grasps the heel, a Hebrew idiom for he deceives.
Edom means red.
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