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Jehovah’s Witnesses


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Genesis 25:1-34

25  And Abraham took one more wife, whose name was Keturah; 2  and she bore him Zimran and Jokshan and Medan and Midian and Ishbak and Shuah. 3  And Jokshan had sons Sheba and Dedan; and Dedan’s sons were the Asshurites and the Letushites and the Leummites. 4  And Midian’s sons were Ghephah and Ghepher and Hanoc and Abidaʽ and Eldaʽah. All these were Keturah’s sons. 5  And Abraham gave everything he had to Isaac; 6  but to Abraham’s sons by concubines Abraham gave gifts and sent them off out of his son Isaac’s way, while he was still alive, eastward into the East Country. 7  And this is the age Abraham lived to: a hundred and seventy-five years. 8  And Abraham breathed his last and died with good white hair, old and satisfied to live no more; and he was gathered to his kinsfolk, 9  and his sons Isaac and Ishmaʽel buried him in the cave of Macpelah, in Ghephron the son of Sohar the Hittite’s field on the east of Mamre, 10  the field Abraham had bought from the sons of Heth: there Abraham was buried, and his wife Sarah. 11  And after Abraham’s death God blessed his son Isaac; and Isaac lived near Beer-Lahai-Roi. 12  And this is the line of Abraham’s son Ishmaʽel, the one whom Sarah’s Egyptian maid Hagar bore to Abraham: 13  these are the names of Ishmaʽel’s sons, named line by line: Ishmaʽel’s firstborn Nebajoth, and Kedar, and Adbeel, and Mibsam, 14  and Mishmaʽ, and Dumah, and Massa, 15  Hadad and Tema, Jetur, Naphish, and Kedemah. 16  These are Ishmaʽel’s sons, and these their names, by their villages and their encampments, twelve princes of their septs. 17  (And this is the time that Ishmaʽel lived: a hundred and thirty-seven years. And he breathed his last and died and was gathered to his kinsfolk.) 18  And they lived from Havilah to Shur along the front of Egypt as you come to Asshur; he had fallen front to front with all his brothers. 19  And this is the line of Abraham’s son Isaac: Abraham begot Isaac, 20  and Isaac was forty years old when he married Rebekah the daughter of Bethuel the Syrian, sister of Laban the Syrian, from Paddan-Aram. 21  And Isaac invoked Jehovah with regard to his wife, because she was barren; and Jehovah let himself be invoked, and his wife Rebekah became pregnant. 22  And the children were convulsive within her, and she said “If it is this way, what am I for?” and went to inquire of Jehovah. 23  And Jehovah said to her “You have two nations in your body, and two folks shall branch apart from within you; and folk shall overmatch folk and senior be subject to junior.” 24  And her time came full for giving birth, and she found she had twins in her body. 25  And the first came out red, all over like a fur mantle; and they named him ʽEsau. 26  And afterward his brother came out with his hand grasping ʽEsau’s heel; and they named him Jacob [that is, Catch-Heel]. And Isaac was sixty years old when she gave birth to them. 27  And the boys grew, and ‘Esau turned out a skilled hunter, an outdoor man, and Jacob a steady domestic man. 28  And Isaac loved ‘Esau, because his talk was full of hunting; but Rebekah loved Jacob. 29  And Jacob cooked a stew; and ʽEsau came in from outdoors faint with hunger. 30  And ʽEsau said to Jacob “Give me a snack of that red sauce [in Hebrew, edom adom], because I am faint.” (From that they named him Edom.) 31  And Jacob said “First sell me your rights as eldest son.” 32  And ʽEsau said “Here I am fit to die, and what do I care for rights as eldest son?” 33  And Jacob said “First swear to me”; and he swore to him, and sold his rights as eldest son to Jacob, 34  and Jacob gave him bread and lentil stew; and he ate and drank and rose and went off. And ʽEsau thought nothing of the rights as eldest son.