Genesis 25

Abraham’s Other Wife and Sons

1Now Abraham had taken another wife, whose name was Keturah, a 2and she bore him Zimran, Jokshan, Medan, Midian, Ishbak, and Shuah. 3 Jokshan fathered Sheba and Dedan. Dedan’s sons were the Asshurim, Letushim, and Leummim. 4And Midian’s sons were Ephah, Epher, Hanoch, Abida, and Eldaah. All these were sons of Keturah. 5 Abraham gave everything he owned to Isaac. b 6And Abraham gave gifts to the sons of his concubines, but while he was still alive he sent them eastward, away from his son Isaac, to the land of the East. c

Abraham’s Death

7 This is the length of Abraham’s life:
Lit And these are the days of the years of the lives of Abraham that he lived
175 years.
8He took his last breath and died at a ripe old age, e old and contented,
Sam, LXX, Syr read full of days
and he was gathered to his people. g
9His sons Isaac and Ishmael buried him in the cave of Machpelah h near Mamre, in the field of Ephron son of Zohar the Hittite. 10This was the field that Abraham bought from the Hittites. i Abraham was buried there with his wife Sarah. 11 After Abraham’s death, God blessed his son Isaac, who lived near Beer-lahai-roi. j

Ishmael’s Family Records

12 These are the family records k of Abraham’s son Ishmael, l whom Hagar the Egyptian, Sarah’s slave, bore to Abraham. 13 These are the names of Ishmael’s sons; their names according to the family records are: Nebaioth, Ishmael’s firstborn, then Kedar, Adbeel, Mibsam, 14 Mishma, Dumah, Massa, 15 Hadad, Tema, Jetur, Naphish, and Kedemah. 16 These are Ishmael’s sons, and these are their names by their villages and encampments: 12 leaders
Or chieftains
n of their clans.
Or peoples
17 This is the length
Lit And these are the years
of Ishmael’s life: 137 years. He took his last breath and died, and was gathered to his people.
18And they
LXX, Vg read he
settled from Havilah to Shur, which is opposite Egypt as you go toward Asshur. He
= Ishmael and his descendants
lived in opposition to
Or He settled down alongside of
all his brothers. t

The Birth of Jacob and Esau

19 These are the family records of Isaac son of Abraham. Abraham fathered Isaac. u 20 Isaac was 40 years old when he took as his wife Rebekah v daughter of Bethuel the Aramean from Paddan-aram w and sister of Laban the Aramean. x 21 Isaac prayed to the Lord on behalf of his wife because she was childless. y The Lord heard his prayer, and his wife Rebekah conceived. z 22But the children inside her struggled with each other, and she said, “Why is this happening to me?”
Lit If thus, why this I
So she went to inquire of the Lord. ab
23And the Lord said to her:

Two nations are in your womb;
two people will come from you and be separated.
One people will be stronger than the other, ac
and the older will serve the younger. ad

24When her time came to give birth, there were indeed twins in her womb. 25The first one came out red-looking,
In Hb, the word red-looking sounds like “Edom”; Gn 32:3.
covered with hair
In Hb, the word hair sounds like “Seir”; Gn 32:3.
like a fur coat, and they named him Esau. ag
26 After this, his brother came out grasping Esau’s heel with his hand. ah So he was named Jacob.
= He Grasps the Heel
aj Isaac was 60 years old when they were born.

Esau Sells His Birthright

27 When the boys grew up, Esau became an expert hunter, an outdoorsman,
Lit a man of the field
but Jacob was a quiet man who stayed at home.
Lit man living in tents
28 Isaac loved Esau because he had a taste for wild game, but Rebekah loved Jacob. am

29Once when Jacob was cooking a stew, Esau came in from the field exhausted. 30 He said to Jacob, “Let me eat some of that red stuff, because I’m exhausted.” That is why he was also named Edom.
= Red

31 Jacob replied, “First sell me your birthright.”

32 “Look,” said Esau, “I’m about to die, so what good is a birthright to me?”

33 Jacob said, “Swear to me first.” So he swore to Jacob and sold his birthright to him. 34Then Jacob gave bread and lentil stew to Esau; he ate, drank, got up, and went away. So Esau despised his birthright. ao
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