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Genesis 25 :: New International Version (NIV)

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The Death of Abraham

(1Ch 1:32, 33 )
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 25:1 - Abraham had taken another wife, whose name was Keturah.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 25:2 - She bore him Zimran, Jokshan, Medan, Midian, Ishbak and Shuah.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 25:3 - Jokshan was the father of Sheba and Dedan; the descendants of Dedan were the Ashurites, the Letushites and the Leummites.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 25:4 - The sons of Midian were Ephah, Epher, Hanok, Abida and Eldaah. All these were descendants of Keturah.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 25:5 - Abraham left everything he owned to Isaac.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 25:6 - But while he was still living, he gave gifts to the sons of his concubines and sent them away from his son Isaac to the land of the east.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 25:7 - Abraham lived a hundred and seventy-five years.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 25:8 - Then Abraham breathed his last and died at a good old age, an old man and full of years; and he was gathered to his people.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 25:9 - His sons Isaac and Ishmael buried him in the cave of Machpelah near Mamre, in the field of Ephron son of Zohar the Hittite,
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 25:10 - the field Abraham had bought from the Hittites.[fn] There Abraham was buried with his wife Sarah.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 25:11 - After Abraham’s death, God blessed his son Isaac, who then lived near Beer Lahai Roi.

Ishmael’s Sons

(1Ch 1:29–31 )
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 25:12 - This is the account of the family line of Abraham’s son Ishmael, whom Sarah’s slave, Hagar the Egyptian, bore to Abraham.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 25:13 - These are the names of the sons of Ishmael, listed in the order of their birth: Nebaioth the firstborn of Ishmael, Kedar, Adbeel, Mibsam,
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 25:14 - Mishma, Dumah, Massa,
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 25:15 - Hadad, Tema, Jetur, Naphish and Kedemah.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 25:16 - These were the sons of Ishmael, and these are the names of the twelve tribal rulers according to their settlements and camps.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 25:17 - Ishmael lived a hundred and thirty-seven years. He breathed his last and died, and he was gathered to his people.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 25:18 - His descendants settled in the area from Havilah to Shur, near the eastern border of Egypt, as you go toward Ashur. And they lived in hostility toward[fn] all the tribes related to them.

Jacob and Esau

Unchecked Copy BoxGen 25:19 - This is the account of the family line of Abraham’s son Isaac. Abraham became the father of Isaac,
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 25:20 - and Isaac was forty years old when he married Rebekah daughter of Bethuel the Aramean from Paddan Aram[fn] and sister of Laban the Aramean.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 25:21 - Isaac prayed to the LORD on behalf of his wife, because she was childless. The LORD answered his prayer, and his wife Rebekah became pregnant.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 25:22 - The babies jostled each other within her, and she said, “Why is this happening to me?” So she went to inquire of the LORD.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 25:23 - The 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.”
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 25:24 - When the time came for her to give birth, there were twin boys in her womb.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 25:25 - The first to come out was red, and his whole body was like a hairy garment; so they named him Esau.[fn]
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 25:26 - After this, his brother came out, with his hand grasping Esau’s heel; so he was named Jacob.[fn] Isaac was sixty years old when Rebekah gave birth to them.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 25:27 - The 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.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 25:28 - Isaac, who had a taste for wild game, loved Esau, but Rebekah loved Jacob.
(Heb 12:16 )
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 25:29 - Once when Jacob was cooking some stew, Esau came in from the open country, famished.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 25:30 - He said to Jacob, “Quick, let me have some of that red stew! I’m famished!” (That is why he was also called Edom.[fn])
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 25:31 - Jacob replied, “First sell me your birthright.”
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 25:32 - “Look, I am about to die,” Esau said. “What good is the birthright to me?”
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 25:33 - But Jacob said, “Swear to me first.” So he swore an oath to him, selling his birthright to Jacob.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 25:34 - Then Jacob gave Esau some bread and some lentil stew. He ate and drank, and then got up and left. So Esau despised his birthright.
NIV Footnotes
Or the descendants of Heth
Or lived to the east of
That is, Northwest Mesopotamia
Esau may mean hairy.
Jacob means he grasps the heel, a Hebrew idiom for he deceives.
Edom means red.

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