The Bible in Its Traditions

Genesis 25:29–34

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29  And Jacob sod pottage; and Esau came in from the field, and he was faint.

29  Then Jacob boiled a small meal. Esau, when he had arrived weary from the field,

29  And Jacob cooked pottage, and behold, his brother Esau came in from the field, and he was very hungry;

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30  And Esau said to Jacob: 'Let me swallow, I pray thee, some of this red, red pottage; for I am faint.' Therefore was his name called Edom.

30  said to him, “Give me this red stew, for I am very tired.” For this reason, his name was called Edom.

31  And Jacob said: 'Sell me first thy birthright.'

31  Jacob said to him, “Sell me your right of the firstborn.”

32  And Esau said: 'Behold, I am at the point to die; and what profit shall the birthright do to me?'

32  He answered, “Lo, I am dying, what will the right of the firstborn provide for me?”

33  And Jacob said: 'Swear to me first'; and he swore unto him; and he sold his birthright unto Jacob.

33  Jacob said, “So then, swear to me.” Esau swore to him, and he sold his right of the firstborn.

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34  And Jacob gave Esau bread and pottage of lentils; and he did eat and drink, and rose up, and went his way. So Esau despised his birthright.

34  And so, taking bread and the food of lentils, he ate, and he drank, and he went away, giving little weight to having sold the right of the firstborn.

34  Then Jacob gave Esau bread and pottage; and he ate, and drank, and rose up and went his way; thus Esau despised his birthright.