Jacob And Esau
24When the time came for her to give birth, there were twin
boys in her womb.
25The first to come out was red, and his whole body was like a
hairy garment; so they named him Esau.
26After this, his brother came out, with his hand grasping
Esau’s heel; so he was named Jacob. Isaac was sixty years old
when Rebekah gave birth to them.
27The boys grew up, and Esau became a skillful hunter, a man
of the open country, while Jacob was content to stay at home
among the tents.
28Isaac, who had a taste for wild game, loved Esau, but Rebekah loved Jacob.
29Once when Jacob was cooking some stew, Esau came in
from the open country, famished.
30He said to Jacob, “Quick, let me have some of that red stew!
I’m famished!” (That is why he was also called Edom. )
31Jacob replied, “First sell me your birthright.”
32“Look, I am about to die,” Esau said. “What good is the
birthright to me?”
33But Jacob said, “Swear to me first.” So he swore an oath to
him, selling his birthright to Jacob.
34Then Jacob gave Esau some bread and some lentil stew. He ate and drank, and then got up and left.
So Esau despised his birthright.
22The babies jostled each other within her, and she said, “Why
is this happening to me?” So she went to inquire of the Lord.
23The Lord said to her,
“Two nations 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.”
The prophecy which was foretold before their birth had begun
to take effect.