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  • Then the other twin was born with his hand grasping Esau's heel. So they called him Jacob.* Isaac was sixty years old when the twins were born.3 - Genesis 25:26

  • As the boys grew up, Esau became a skillful hunter, a man of the open fields, while Jacob was the kind of person who liked to stay at home. - Genesis 25:27

  • Isaac loved Esau in particular because of the wild game he brought home, but Rebekah favored Jacob. - Genesis 25:28

  • One day when Jacob was cooking some stew, Esau arrived home exhausted and hungry from a hunt. - Genesis 25:29

  • Esau said to Jacob, "I'm starved! Give me some of that red stew you've made." (This was how Esau got his other name, Edom--"Red.") - Genesis 25:30

  • Jacob replied, "All right, but trade me your birthright for it." - Genesis 25:31

  • So Jacob insisted, "Well then, swear to me right now that it is mine." So Esau swore an oath, thereby selling all his rights as the firstborn to his younger brother. - Genesis 25:33

  • Then Jacob gave Esau some bread and lentil stew. Esau ate and drank and went on about his business, indifferent to the fact that he had given up his birthright. - Genesis 25:34

  • she said to her son Jacob, "I overheard your father asking Esau - Genesis 27:6

  • "But Mother!" Jacob replied. "He won't be fooled that easily. Think how hairy Esau is and how smooth my skin is! - Genesis 27:11

  • So Jacob followed his mother's instructions, bringing her the two goats. She took them and cooked a delicious meat dish, just the way Isaac liked it. - Genesis 27:14

  • Then she took Esau's best clothes, which were there in the house, and dressed Jacob with them. - Genesis 27:15

  • Jacob carried the platter of food to his father and said, "My father?" "Yes, my son," he answered. "Who is it--Esau or Jacob?" - Genesis 27:18

  • Jacob replied, "It's Esau, your older son. I've done as you told me. Here is the wild game, cooked the way you like it. Sit up and eat it so you can give me your blessing." - Genesis 27:19

  • Isaac asked, "How were you able to find it so quickly, my son?" "Because the LORD your God put it in my path!" Jacob replied. - Genesis 27:20
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    New Living Translation Bible used with permission Tyndale House Publishers.

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