The Birth of Esau and Jacob

Genesis 25

19 This is the s genealogy of Isaac, Abraham's son. t Abraham begot Isaac. 20 Isaac was forty years old when he took Rebekah as wife, u the daughter of Bethuel the Syrian of Padan Aram, v the sister of Laban the Syrian. 21 Now Isaac pleaded with the LORD for his wife, because she was barren; w and the LORD granted his plea, x and Rebekah his wife conceived. 22 But the children struggled together within her; and she said, "If all is well, why am I like this?" y So she went to inquire of the LORD.

23 And the LORD said to her:
z "Two nations are in your womb,
Two peoples shall be separated from your body;
One people shall be stronger than a the other,
b And the older shall serve the younger."

24 So when her days were fulfilled for her to give birth, indeed there were twins in her womb. 25 And the first came out red. He was c like a hairy garment all over; so they called his name 1 Esau. 2 26 Afterward his brother came out, and d his hand took hold of Esau's heel; so e his name was called 3 Jacob. 4 Isaac was sixty years old when she bore them.

27 So the boys grew. And Esau was f a skillful hunter, a man of the field; but Jacob was g a 5 mild man, h dwelling in tents. 28 And Isaac loved Esau because he i ate of his game, j but Rebekah loved Jacob.

  1. Cross References
    Genesis 36:1
    Now this is the genealogy of Esau, who is Edom.
    Genesis 36:9
    And this is the genealogy of Esau the father of the Edomites in Mount Seir.
  2. Cross References
    Matthew 1:2
    Abraham begot Isaac, Isaac begot Jacob, and Jacob begot Judah and his brothers.
  3. Cross References
    Genesis 22:23
    And Bethuel begot Rebekah. These eight Milcah bore to Nahor, Abraham's brother.
    Genesis 24:15
    And it happened, before he had finished speaking, that behold, Rebekah, who was born to Bethuel, son of Milcah, the wife of Nahor, Abraham's brother, came out with her pitcher on her shoulder.
    Genesis 24:29
    Now Rebekah had a brother whose name was Laban, and Laban ran out to the man by the well.
    Genesis 24:67
    Then Isaac brought her into his mother Sarah's tent; and he took Rebekah and she became his wife, and he loved her. So Isaac was comforted after his mother's death.
  4. Cross References
    Genesis 24:29
    Now Rebekah had a brother whose name was Laban, and Laban ran out to the man by the well.
  5. Cross References
    1 Samuel 1:17
    Then Eli answered and said, "Go in peace, and the God of Israel grant your petition which you have asked of Him.
    1 Chronicles 5:20
    And they were helped against them, and the Hagrites were delivered into their hand, and all who were with them, for they cried out to God in the battle. He heeded their prayer, because they put their trust in Him.
    2 Chronicles 33:13
    And prayed to Him; and He received his entreaty, heard his supplication, and brought him back to Jerusalem into his kingdom. Then Manasseh knew that the LORD was God.
    Ezra 8:23
    So we fasted and entreated our God for this, and He answered our prayer.
    Psalms 127:3
    Behold, children are a heritage from the LORD, The fruit of the womb is a reward.
  6. Cross References
    Romans 9:10 - 13
    And not only this, but when Rebecca also had conceived by one man, even by our father Isaac
  7. Cross References
    1 Samuel 1:15
    But Hannah answered and said, "No, my lord, I am a woman of sorrowful spirit. I have drunk neither wine nor intoxicating drink, but have poured out my soul before the LORD.
    1 Samuel 9:9
    (Formerly in Israel, when a man went to inquire of God, he spoke thus: "Come, let us go to the seer"; for he who is now called a prophet was formerly called a seer.)
    1 Samuel 10:22
    Therefore they inquired of the LORD further, "Has the man come here yet?" And the LORD answered, "There he is, hidden among the equipment.
  8. Cross References
    Genesis 17:4 - 6
    As for Me, behold, My covenant is with you, and you shall be a father of many nations.
    Genesis 17:16
    "And I will bless her and also give you a son by her; then I will bless her, and she shall be a mother of nations; kings of peoples shall be from her."
    Genesis 24:60
    And they blessed Rebekah and said to her: Our sister, may you become The mother of thousands of ten thousands; And may your descendants possess The gates of those who hate them.
    Numbers 20:14
    Now Moses sent messengers from Kadesh to the king of Edom. "Thus says your brother Israel: 'You know all the hardship that has befallen us.
    Deuteronomy 2:4 - 8
    And command the people, saying, "You are about to pass through the territory of your brethren, the descendants of Esau, who live in Seir; and they will be afraid of you. Therefore watch yourselves carefully.
  9. Cross References
    2 Samuel 8:14
    He also put garrisons in Edom; throughout all Edom he put garrisons, and all the Edomites became David's servants. And the LORD preserved David wherever he went.
  10. Cross References
    Genesis 27:29
    Let peoples serve you, And nations bow down to you. Be master over your brethren, And let your mother's sons bow down to you. Cursed be everyone who curses you, And blessed be those who bless you!
    Genesis 27:40
    By your sword you shall live, And you shall serve your brother; And it shall come to pass, when you become restless, That you shall break his yoke from your neck.
    Malachi 1:2
    I have loved you," says the LORD. "Yet you say, 'In what way have You loved us?' Was not Esau Jacob's brother?" Says the LORD. "Yet Jacob I have loved.
    Malachi 1:3
    But Esau I have hated, And laid waste his mountains and his heritage For the jackals of the wilderness.
    Romans 9:12
    It was said to her, "The older shall serve the younger.
  11. Cross References
    Genesis 27:11
    And Jacob said to Rebekah his mother, "Look, Esau my brother is a hairy man, and I am a smooth- skinned man.
    Genesis 27:16
    And she put the skins of the kids of the goats 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.
  12. Cross References
    Hosea 12:3
    He took his brother by the heel in the womb, And in his strength he struggled with God.
  13. Cross References
    Genesis 27:36
    And Esau said, "Is he not rightly named Jacob? For he has supplanted me these two times. He took away my birthright, and now look, he has taken away my blessing!" And he said, "Have you not reserved a blessing for me?
  14. Cross References
    Genesis 27:3
    Now therefore, please 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 Esau his son. And Esau went to the field to hunt game and to bring it.
  15. Cross References
    Job 1:1
    There was a man in the land of Uz, whose name was Job; and that man was blameless and upright, and one who feared God and shunned evil.
    Job 1:8
    Then the LORD said to Satan, "Have you considered My servant Job, that there is none like him on the earth, a blameless and upright man, one who fears God and shuns evil?
  16. Cross References
    Hebrews 11:9
    By faith he dwelt in the land of promise as in a foreign country, dwelling in tents with Isaac and Jacob, the heirs with him of the same promise.
  17. Cross References
    Genesis 27:4
    "And make me savory food, such as I love, and bring it to me that I may eat, that my soul may bless you before I die."
    Genesis 27:19
    Jacob said to his father, "I am Esau your firstborn; I have done just as you told me; please arise, sit and eat of my game, that your soul may bless me.
    Genesis 27:25
    He said, "Bring it near to me, and I will eat of my son's game, so that my soul may bless you." So he brought it near to him, and he ate; and he brought him wine, and he drank.
    Genesis 27:31
    He also had made savory food, and brought it to his father, and said to his father, "Let my father arise and eat of his son's game, that your soul may bless me.
  18. Cross References
    Genesis 27:6 - 10
    So Rebekah spoke to Jacob her son, saying, "Indeed I heard your father speak to Esau your brother, saying.
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