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Abraham’s Other Wife and Sons

1And Abraham had taken another wife, and her name was Keturah.
  2And she bore him Zimran and Jokshan and Medan and Midian and Ishbak and Shuah.
  3And Jokshan fathered Sheba and Dedan. The sons of Dedan were Asshurites Letushites, and Leummites.
  4The sons of Midian: Ephah and Epher and Hanoch and Abida and Eldaah. All these were the children of Keturah.
  5Abraham gave all that he had to Isaac,
  6but to the sons of the concubines whom Abraham had, he gave gifts while he was still living, and he sent them away from Isaac his son, eastward, to the land of the east.

Abraham’s Death

7Now these are the days of the years of Abraham’s life that he lived: 175 years.
  8Abraham breathed his last and died at a good old age, old and full of years, and was gathered to his people.
  9And Isaac and Ishmael, his sons, buried him in the cave of Machpelah, in the field of Ephron the son of Zohar the Hittite, that is before Mamre,
  10the field that Abraham purchased from the children of Heth. Abraham was buried there with Sarah his wife.
  11And after the death of Abraham God blessed Isaac his son. Isaac lived by Beer Lahai Roi.

Ishmael’s Family Records

12Now these are the descendants of Ishmael, Abraham’s son whom Hagar the Egyptian, Sarah’s slave girl, bore to Abraham.
  13And these are the names of the sons of Ishmael, by their names, according to the order of their birth: the firstborn of Ishmael, Nebaioth, then Kedar, and Adbeel, and Mibsam,
  14and Mishma, and Dumah, and Massa,
  15and Hadad, and Tema, and Jetur, and Naphish, and Kedemah.
  16These are the sons of Ishmael and these are their names, by their villages and by their encampments, twelve rulers according to their tribal groups.
  17These are the years of the life of Ishmael: 137 years. And he breathed his last and died, and was gathered to his people.
  18And he settled from Havilah to Shur, which is east of Egypt as you go toward Asshur. And he lived near all his brothers.

The Birth of Jacob and Esau

19Now these are the descendants of Isaac, son of Abraham. Abraham fathered Isaac.
  20Isaac was 40 years old when he took Rebekah, the daughter of Bethuel the Aramean of Paddan-aram, the sister of Laban the Aramean, to be his wife.
  21And Isaac prayed to Yahweh for his wife because she was barren, and Yahweh answered his prayer and Rebekah his wife conceived.
  22But the children struggled together inside her. She said, “If it is so, why am I this way?” And she went to inquire of Yahweh.
  23And Yahweh said to her, “Two nations are in your womb, and two peoples from your belly will be divided. One people will be stronger than the other people; and the elder will serve the younger.”

24And her days to give birth were fulfilled, and behold, there were twins in her womb.
  25The first came out reddish with hair all over him like a hairy cloak. They named him “Esau.”
  26And after that his brother came out, and his hand was grasping Esau’s heel, so he was named “Jacob.” Isaac was 60 years old when she bore them.

Esau Sells His Birthright

27The boys grew up. Esau became a skillful hunter, a man of the field. Jacob was a quiet man, staying among the tents.
  28Now Isaac loved Esau because he had a taste for his wild game, but Rebekah loved Jacob.

29Once when Jacob was boiling some boiled stew, Esau came in from the field, and he was exhausted and hungry.
  30And Esau said to Jacob, “Please! Let me gulp down some of that red stuff, that red stuff, because I am exhausted and hungry. So his name was called Edom.

31But Jacob said, “First, sell me your birthright.”

32And Esau said, “Look, I am about to die, so of what use is a birthright to me?”

33Jacob said, “First, swear to me.” So he swore to him, and sold his birthright to Jacob.
  34Then Jacob gave Esau bread and boiled lentils. And he ate, drank, got up, and went off; so Esau showed contempt for his birthright.

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