The Bible in Its Traditions

Genesis 25:19–28

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19  And these are the generations of Isaac, Abraham's son: Abraham begot Isaac.

19  Likewise, these are the generations of Isaac, the son of Abraham. Abraham conceived Isaac,

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20  And Isaac was forty years old when he took Rebekah, the daughter of Bethuel the Aramean, of Paddan-aram, the sister of Laban the Aramean, to be his wife.

20  Abraam begot Isaac. And Isaac was forty years old when he took to wife Rebecca, daughter of Bathuel the Syrian, out of Syrian Mesopotamia, sister of Laban the Syrian.

20  who, when he was forty years old, took Rebekah, the sister of Laban, the daughter of Bethuel the Syrian from Mesopotamia, as a wife.

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21  And Isaac entreated YHWH for his wife, because she was barren; and the YHWH let Himself be entreated of him, and Rebekah his wife conceived.

21  And Isaac prayed the Lord concerning Rebecca his wife, because she was barren; and the Lord heard him, and his wife Rebecca conceived in her womb.

21  And Isaac beseeched the Lord on behalf of his wife, because she was barren. And he heard him, and he gave conception to Rebekah.

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22  And the children struggled together within her; and she said: 'If it be so, wherefore do I live?' And she went to inquire of YHWH.

22  And the babes leaped within her; and she said, If it will be so with me, why is this to me? And she went to enquire of the Lord.

22  But the little ones struggled in her womb. So she said, “If it was to be so with me, what need was there to conceive?” And she went to consult the Lord.

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23  And YHWH said unto her: Two nations are in thy womb, and two peoples shall be separated from thy bowels; and the one people shall be stronger than the other people; and the elder shall serve the younger.

23  And the Lord said to her, There are two nations in thy womb, and two peoples shall be separated from thy belly, and one people shall excel the other, and the elder shall serve the younger.

23  And responding, he said, “Two nations are in your womb, and two peoples will be divided out of your womb, and one people will overcome the other people, and the elder will serve the younger.”

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24  And when her days to be delivered were fulfilled, behold, there were twins in her womb.

24  And the days were fulfilled that she should be delivered, and she had twins in her womb.

24  Now the time had arrived to give birth, and behold, twins were discovered in her womb.

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25  And the first came forth ruddy, all over like a hairy mantle; and they called his name Esau.

25  He who departed first was red, and entirely hairy like a pelt; and his name was called Esau. At once the other departed and he held his brother’s foot in his hand; and because of this he was called Jacob.

26  And after that came forth his brother, and his hand had hold on Esau's heel; and his name was called Jacob. And Isaac was threescore years old when she bore them.

26  Isaac was sixty years old when the little ones were born to him.

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27  And the boys grew; and Esau was a cunning hunter, a man of the field; and Jacob was a quiet man, dwelling in tents.

27  And the lads grew, and Esau was a man skilled in hunting, dwelling in the country, and Jacob a simple man, dwelling in a house.

27  And as adults, Esau became a knowledgeable hunter and a man of agriculture, but Jacob, a simple man, dwelt in tents.

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28  Now Isaac loved Esau, because he did eat of his venison; and Rebekah loved Jacob.

28  And Isaac loved Esau, because his venison was his food, but Rebecca loved Jacob.

28  Isaac was fond of Esau, because he was fed from his hunting; and Rebekah loved Jacob.