46-47 : Esau And Jacob
LATER when Isaac was three score years old, Rebekah bore him twin sons.
The firstborn had red hair all over like a hairy coat. They called him Esau.
His brother they called by the name of Jacob.
The boys grew.
Esau became a cunning hunter, a man of the out-of- doors,
but Jacob was a plain man, dwelling in tents.
Isaac loved Esau, because he liked to eat his venison, but Rebekah loved Jacob.
One day Jacob was boiling a thick soup, when Esau came from the field.
Esau was faint with hunger and said to Jacob:
"Feed me, I pray you, some of that good lentil soup, for I am faint."
"Sell me this very day your birth-right," said Jacob.
For Esau, being the elder, was to inherit their father's goods.
"I am at the point of death," said Esau. "What good will this birthright do me?"
But Jacob said, "Swear to me this day."
So Esau swore to him, and sold his birthright to Jacob.
Then Jacob gave Esau bread and the lentil soup.
Esau ate and drank, then he rose up and went his way.
Thus Esau threw away his birthright.
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