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Genesis 25 :: New Living Translation (NLT)

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The Death of Abraham
(1Ch 1:32, 33 )
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 25:1 - Abraham married another wife, whose name was Keturah.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 25:2 - She gave birth to Zimran, Jokshan, Medan, Midian, Ishbak, and Shuah.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 25:3 - Jokshan was the father of Sheba and Dedan. Dedan’s descendants were the Asshurites, Letushites, and Leummites.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 25:4 - Midian’s sons were Ephah, Epher, Hanoch, Abida, and Eldaah. These were all descendants of Abraham through Keturah.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 25:5 - Abraham gave everything he owned to his son Isaac.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 25:6 - But before he died, he gave gifts to the sons of his concubines and sent them off to a land in the east, away from Isaac.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 25:7 - Abraham lived for 175 years,
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 25:8 - and he died at a ripe old age, having lived a long and satisfying life. He breathed his last and joined his ancestors in death.
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 - This was the field Abraham had purchased from the Hittites and where he had buried his wife Sarah.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 25:11 - After Abraham’s death, God blessed his son Isaac, who settled near Beer-lahai-roi in the Negev.
Ishmael’s Descendants
(1Ch 1:29–31 )
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 25:12 - This is the account of the family of Ishmael, the son of Abraham through Hagar, Sarah’s Egyptian servant.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 25:13 - Here is a list, by their names and clans, of Ishmael’s descendants: The oldest was Nebaioth, followed by 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 twelve sons of Ishmael became the founders of twelve tribes named after them, listed according to the places they settled and camped.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 25:17 - Ishmael lived for 137 years. Then he breathed his last and joined his ancestors in death.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 25:18 - Ishmael’s descendants occupied the region from Havilah to Shur, which is east of Egypt in the direction of Asshur. There they lived in open hostility toward all their relatives.[fn]
The Births of Esau and Jacob
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 25:19 - This is the account of the family of Isaac, the son of Abraham.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 25:20 - When Isaac was forty years old, he married Rebekah, the daughter of Bethuel the Aramean from Paddan-aram and the sister of Laban the Aramean.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 25:21 - Isaac pleaded with the LORD on behalf of his wife, because she was unable to have children. The LORD answered Isaac’s prayer, and Rebekah became pregnant with twins.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 25:22 - But the two children struggled with each other in her womb. So she went to ask the LORD about it. “Why is this happening to me?” she asked.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 25:23 - And the LORD told her, “The sons in your womb will become two nations. From the very beginning, the two nations will be rivals. One nation will be stronger than the other; and your older son will serve your younger son.”
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 25:24 - And when the time came to give birth, Rebekah discovered that she did indeed have twins!
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 25:25 - The first one was very red at birth and covered with thick hair like a fur coat. So they named him Esau.[fn]
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 25:26 - Then the other twin was born with his hand grasping Esau’s heel. So they named him Jacob.[fn] Isaac was sixty years old when the twins were born.
Esau Sells His Birthright
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 25:27 - As the boys grew up, Esau became a skillful hunter. He was an outdoorsman, but Jacob had a quiet temperament, preferring to stay at home.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 25:28 - Isaac loved Esau because he enjoyed eating the wild game Esau brought home, but Rebekah loved Jacob.
(Heb 12:16 )
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 25:29 - One day when Jacob was cooking some stew, Esau arrived home from the wilderness exhausted and hungry.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 25:30 - Esau said to Jacob, “I’m starved! Give me some of that red stew!” (This is how Esau got his other name, Edom, which means “red.”)
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 25:31 - “All right,” Jacob replied, “but trade me your rights as the firstborn son.”
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 25:32 - “Look, I’m dying of starvation!” said Esau. “What good is my birthright to me now?”
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 25:33 - But Jacob said, “First you must swear that your birthright is mine.” So Esau swore an oath, thereby selling all his rights as the firstborn to his brother, Jacob.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 25:34 - Then Jacob gave Esau some bread and lentil stew. Esau ate the meal, then got up and left. He showed contempt for his rights as the firstborn.
NLT Footnotes
The meaning of the Hebrew is uncertain.
Esau sounds like a Hebrew term that means “hair.”
Jacob sounds like the Hebrew words for “heel” and “deceiver.”

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