Monday, July 28, 2008

The Birthright

26 Isaac was threescore years old when the children were born unto him. 27 And when they were grown up, Esau became a skillful hunter, and a husbandman, but Jacob a plain man dwelt in tents. 28 Isaac loved Esau, because he ate of his hunting: and Rebecca loved Jacob. 29 And Jacob boiled pottage: to whom Esau, coming faint out of the field, 30 Said: Give me of this red pottage, for I am exceeding faint. For which reason his name was called Edom.

31 And Jacob said to him: Sell me thy first birthright. 32 He answered: Lo I die, what will the first birthright avail me? 33 Jacob said: Swear therefore to me. Esau swore to him, and sold his first birthright. 34 And so taking bread and the pottage of lentils, he ate, and drank, and went his way; making little account of having sold his first birthright.

Genesis 25:26-34

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