Isaac and Rebekah were married. And Isaac loved his new wife, but
years they had no children.
Finally, Isaac asked God to give Rebekah a baby. God answered
Isaac's prayex and Rebekah became pregnant, but before her baby
was born she grew concerned and asked God what was wrong. "Two
nations are within you," said God. "The older will serve the
younger." Then Rebekah had twins. The first was named Esau and the
As the boys grew older, Esau became a skilled hunter who loved to
spend time outdoors. But Jacob was quieter; he preferred to stay
close to home.
One evening, Jacob made stew. Esau came home and said, "Hurry up,
give me some of your stew. I'm starving!"
"I'll trade you some stew for your birthright," said Jacob as he
stirred the pot. "Then I'll be like the oldest."
"Fine!" said Esau. "My birthright is worthless if I die from
hunger!" So Esau gave Jacob his birthright.
Years later, Isaac grew old and weak and blind. He knew he would
soon die, so he
called to Esau and said, "Go hunt me some wild
game, then come and prepare me a tasty meal. After that I will
give you my blessing."
Rebekah heard Isaac and grew concerned. Jacob was her favorite
son, and she wanted him to have Isaac's blessing.