19 These are the descendantsA of Isaac,B Abraham’sC son: Abraham was the father ofD Isaac,
20 and Isaac was forty years old when he married Rebekah,E daughter of BethuelF the ArameanG of Paddan-aram,H sister of LabanI the Aramean.
21 Isaac prayedJ to the LordK for his wife, because she was barren;L and the Lord granted his prayer,M and his wife Rebekah conceived.
22 The children struggled togetherN withinO her; and she said, “If it is to be this way, why do I live?”P So she went to inquireQ of the Lord.
23 And the Lord said to her,
“Two nationsR are in your womb,S
and two peoplesT born of youU shall be divided;V
the oneW shall be strongerX than the other,Y
the elderZ shall serveAA the younger.”BB
24 When her timeCC to give birth was at hand,DD, EE there were twinsFF in her womb.
25 The first came out red,GG all his body like a hairyHH mantle;II so they named himJJ Esau.KK
26 Afterward his brother came out, with his handLL grippingMM Esau’s heel;NN so he was named Jacob.OO Isaac was sixty years old when she bore them.
27 When the boysPP grew up,QQ Esau was a skillfulRR hunter,SS a manTT of the field,
while Jacob was a quietUU man, livingVV in tents.WW 28 Isaac loved Esau, because he was fond of game;XX but Rebekah loved Jacob.
29 Once when Jacob was cookingYY a stew,ZZ Esau came in from the field, and he was famished.AAA
30 Esau said to Jacob, “Let me eatBBB, CCC some of that redDDD stuff, for I am famished!” (Therefore he was called Edom.)EEE
31 Jacob said, “FirstFFF sellGGG me your birthright.”HHH
32 Esau said, “IIII am about to die; of what use is a birthright to me?”
33 Jacob said, “SwearJJJ to me first.”KKK So he swore to him, and sold his birthright to Jacob. 34 Then Jacob gave Esau breadLLL and lentil stew, and he ate and drank, and roseMMM and went his way. Thus Esau despisedNNN his birthright.
Image credit: “Isaac Sends Esau to Hunt” in the Monreale Cathedral in Sicily, Italy, 1180s.