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The Oxford Study Bible Study Bible supplemented with commentary from scholars of various religions.

Chapter 25

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1 ABRAHAM married another wife, whose name was Keturah. 2She bore him Zimran, Jokshan, Medan, Midian, Ishbak, and Shuah. 3Jokshan became the father of Sheba and Dedan. The descendants of Dedan were the Asshurim, Letushim, and Leummim, 4and the sons of Midian were Ephah, Epher, Enoch, Abida, and Eldaah. All these were descendants of Keturah.

5Abraham had assigned all that he possessed to Isaac; 6and he had already in his lifetime made gifts to his sons by his concubines and had sent them away eastwards, to a land of the east, out of his son Isaac's way. 7Abraham had lived for a hundred and seventy-five years 8when he breathed his last. He died at a great age, a full span of years, and was gathered to his forefathers. 9His sons, Isaac and Ishmael, buried him in the cave at Machpelah, on the land of Ephron son of Zohar the Hittite, east of Mamre, 10the plot which Abraham had bought from the Hittites. There Abraham was buried with his wife Sarah. 11After the death of Abraham, God blessed his son Isaac, who settled close by Beer-lahai-roi.

12This is the table of the descendants of Abraham's son Ishmael, whom Hagar the Egyptian, Sarah's slave-girl, bore to him. 13These are the names of the sons of Ishmael listed in order of their birth: Nebaioth, Ishmael's eldest son, then Kedar, Adbeel, Mibsam, 14Mishma, Dumah, Massa, 15Hadad, Tema, Jetur, Naphish, and Kedemah. 16These are the sons of Ishmael, after whom their hamlets and encampments were named, twelve princes according to their tribes. 17Ishmael had lived for a hundred and thirty-seven years when he breathed his last. So he died and was gathered to his forefathers. 18Ishmael's sons inhabited the land from Havilah to Shur, which is east of Egypt on the way to Asshur; he himself had settled to the east of his brothers.

19This is an account of the descendants of Abraham's son Isaac. Isaac's father was Abraham. 20When Isaac was forty years old he married Rebecca daughter of Bethuel, the Aramaean from Paddan-aram and sister of Laban the Aramaean. 21Isaac appealed to the LORD on behalf of his wife because she was childless; the LORD gave heed to his entreaty, and Rebecca conceived. 22The children pressed on each other in her womb, and she said, ‘If all is well, why am I like this?’ She went to seek guidance of the LORD, 23who said to her:

‘Two nations are in your womb, two peoples going their own ways from birth. One will be stronger than the other; the elder will be servant to the younger.’

24When her time had come, there were indeed twins in her womb. 25The first to come out was reddish and covered with hairs like a cloak, and they named him Esau. 26Immediately afterwards his brother was born with his hand grasping Esau's heel, and he was given the name Jacob a 25:26 Jacob: that is He caught by the heel or He supplanted. . Isaac was sixty years old when they were born. 27As the boys grew up, Esau became a skilful hunter, an outdoor man, while Jacob lived quietly among the tents. 28Isaac favoured Esau because he kept him supplied with game, but Rebecca favoured Jacob. 29One day Jacob was preparing broth when Esau came in from the country, exhausted. 30He said to Jacob, ‘I am exhausted; give me a helping of that red broth.’ This is why he was called Edom b 25:30 Edom: that is Red. . 31Jacob retorted, ‘Not till you sell me your rights as the firstborn.’ 32Esau replied, ‘Here I am at death's door; what use is a birthright to me?’ 33Jacob said, ‘First give me your oath!’ So he gave him his oath and sold his birthright to Jacob. 34Then Jacob gave Esau bread and some lentil broth, and he ate and drank and went his way. Esau showed by this how little he valued his birthright.

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a 25:26 Jacob: that is He caught by the heel or He supplanted.

b 25:30 Edom: that is Red.

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