The Birth of Esau and Jacob

Genesis 25

19 These are the generations of Isaac, Abraham's son: e Abraham fathered Isaac, 20 and Isaac was forty years old when he took Rebekah, f the daughter of Bethuel the Aramean of g Paddan-aram, h the sister of Laban the Aramean, to be his wife. 21 And Isaac prayed to the Lord for his wife, because she was barren. And i the Lord granted his prayer, and Rebekah his wife conceived. 22 The children struggled together within her, and she said, "If it is thus, why is this happening to me?" 1 So she went j to inquire of the Lord.

23 And the Lord said to her,
k "Two nations are in your womb,
and two peoples from within you 2 shall be divided;
l the one shall be stronger than the other,
m the older shall serve the younger."

24 When her days to give birth were completed, behold, there were twins in her womb. 25 The first came out red, n all his body like a hairy cloak, so they called his name Esau. 26 Afterward his brother came out with o his hand holding Esau's heel, so p his name was called Jacob. 3 Isaac was sixty years old when she bore them.

27 When the boys grew up, Esau was q a skillful hunter, a man of the field, while Jacob was a quiet man, r dwelling in tents. 28 Isaac loved Esau because s he ate of his game, but Rebekah loved Jacob.

  1. Cross References
    Matthew 1:2
    Abraham was the father of Isaac, and Isaac the father of Jacob, and Jacob the father of Judah and his brothers.
  2. Cross References
    Genesis 22:23
    ( Bethuel fathered Rebekah.) These eight Milcah bore to Nahor, Abraham's brother.
  3. Cross References
    Genesis 28:2
    Arise, go to Paddan-aram to the house of Bethuel your mother's father, and take as your wife from there one of the daughters of Laban your mother's brother.
  4. Cross References
    Genesis 24:29
    Rebekah had a brother whose name was Laban. Laban ran out toward the man, to the spring.
  5. Cross References
    2 Samuel 21:14
    And they buried the bones of Saul and his son Jonathan in the land of Benjamin in Zela, in the tomb of Kish his father. And they did all that the king commanded. And after that God responded to the plea for the land.
    2 Samuel 24:25
    And David built there an altar to the Lord and offered burnt offerings and peace offerings. So the Lord responded to the plea for the land, and the plague was averted from Israel.
    1 Chronicles 5:20
    And when they prevailed over them, the Hagrites and all who were with them were given into their hands, for they cried out to God in the battle, and he granted their urgent plea because they trusted in him.
    2 Chronicles 33:13
    He prayed to him, and God was moved by his entreaty and heard his plea and brought him again to Jerusalem into his kingdom. Then Manasseh knew that the Lord was God.
    Ezra 8:23
    So we fasted and implored our God for this, and he listened to our entreaty.
  6. Cross References
    1 Samuel 9:9
    (Formerly in Israel, when a man went to inquire of God, he said, "Come, let us go to the seer," for today's "prophet" was formerly called a seer.)
  7. Cross References
    Genesis 17:16
    I will bless her, and moreover, I will give you a son by her. I will bless her, and she shall become nations; kings of peoples shall come from her.
    Genesis 24:60
    And they blessed Rebekah and said to her, "Our sister, may you become thousands of ten thousands, and may your offspring possess the gate of those who hate him!
  8. Cross References
    2 Samuel 8:14
    Then he put garrisons in Edom; throughout all Edom he put garrisons, and all the Edomites became David's servants. And the Lord gave victory to David wherever he went.
    Obadiah 1:18 - 21
    The house of Jacob shall be a fire, and the house of Joseph a flame, and the house of Esau stubble; they shall burn them and consume them, and there shall be no survivor for the house of Esau, for the Lord has spoken.
  9. Cross References
    Genesis 27:29
    Let peoples serve you, and nations bow down to you. Be lord over your brothers, and may your mother's sons bow down to you. Cursed be everyone who curses you, and blessed be everyone who blesses you!
    Genesis 27:40
    By your sword you shall live, and you shall serve your brother; but when you grow restless you shall break his yoke from your neck.
    Romans 9:12
    She was told, "The older will serve the younger.
  10. Cross References
    Genesis 27:11
    But Jacob said to Rebekah his mother, "Behold, my brother Esau is a hairy man, and I am a smooth man.
    Genesis 27:16
    And the skins of the young goats she put on his hands and on the smooth part of his neck.
    Genesis 27:23
    And he did not recognize him, because his hands were hairy like his brother Esau's hands. So he blessed him.
  11. Cross References
    Hosea 12:3
    In the womb he took his brother by the heel, and in his manhood he strove with God.
  12. Cross References
    Genesis 27:36
    Esau said, "Is he not rightly named Jacob? For he has cheated me these two times. He took away my birthright, and behold, now he has taken away my blessing." Then he said, "Have you not reserved a blessing for me?
  13. Cross References
    Genesis 27:3
    Now then, take your weapons, your quiver and your bow, and go out to the field and hunt game for me.
    Genesis 27:5
    Now Rebekah was listening when Isaac spoke to his son Esau. So when Esau went to the field to hunt for game and bring it.
  14. Cross References
    Hebrews 11:9
    By faith he went to live in the land of promise, as in a foreign land, living in tents with Isaac and Jacob, heirs with him of the same promise.
  15. Cross References
    Genesis 27:4
    And prepare for me delicious food, such as I love, and bring it to me so that I may eat, that my soul may bless you before I die.
    Genesis 27:7
    'Bring me game and prepare for me delicious food, that I may eat it and bless you before the Lord before I die.'
    Genesis 27:9
    Go to the flock and bring me two good young goats, so that I may prepare from them delicious food for your father, such as he loves.
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