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Genesis 25 1599 Geneva Bible (GNV)

25 1 Abraham taketh Keturah to wife, and getteth many children. 5 Abraham giveth all his goods to Isaac. 8 He dieth. 12 The genealogy of Ishmael. 25 The birth of Jacob and Esau.

Now Abraham had taken [a]him another wife called Keturah,

Which bare him Zimran, and Jokshan, and Medan, and Midian, and Ishbak, and Shuah.

And Jokshan, begat Sheba, and Dedan: And the sons of Dedan were Asshurim, and Letushim, and Leummim.

Also the sons of Midian were Ephah, and Epher, and Hanoch, and Abidah, and Eldaah, all these were the sons of Keturah.

¶ And Abraham gave [b]all his goods to Isaac.

But unto the [c]sons of the [d]concubines, which Abraham had, Abraham [e]gave gifts, and sent them away from Isaac his son (while he yet lived) Eastward to the East country.

And this is the age of Abraham’s life, which he lived, an hundred seventy and five years.

Then Abraham yielded the spirit, and died in a good age, an old man, and of great years, and was [f]gathered to his people.

And his sons Isaac and Ishmael buried him in the cave of Machpelah, in the field of Ephron son of Zohar the Hittite, before Mamre,

10 Which field Abraham bought of the Hittites, where Abraham was buried with Sarah his wife.

11 ¶ And after the death of Abraham God blessed Isaac his son, and Isaac dwelt by Beer Lahai Roi.

12 ¶ Now these are the generations of Ishmael Abraham’s son, whom Hagar the Egyptian Sarah’s handmaid bare unto Abraham.

13 And these are the names of the sons of Ishmael, name by name, according to their kindreds: the [g]eldest son of Ishmael was Nebajoth then Kedar, and Adbeel, and Mibsam,

14 And Mishma, and Dumah, and Massa,

15 Hadar, and Tema, Jetur, Naphish, and Kedemah.

16 These are the sons of Ishmael, and these are their names, by their towns and by their castles: to wit, twelve princes of their nations.

17 (And these are the years of the life of Ishmael, an hundred thirty and seven years, and he yielded up the spirit, and died, and was gathered unto his [h]people.)

18 And they dwelt from Havilah unto Shur, that is towards Egypt, as thou goest to Asshur. Ishmael [i]dwelt [j]in the presence of all his brethren.

19 ¶ Likewise these are the generations of Isaac Abraham’s son. Abraham begat Isaac.

20 And Isaac was forty years old, when he took Rebekah to wife, the daughter of Bethuel the [k]Aramite of Padan Aram, and sister to Laban the Aramite.

21 And Isaac prayed unto the Lord for his wife, because she was barren: and the Lord was entreated of him, and Rebekah his wife conceived.

22 But the children [l]strove together within her: therefore she said, Seeing it is so, why am I [m]thus? wherefore she went [n]to ask the Lord.

23 And the Lord said to her, Two nations are in thy womb, and two manner of people shall be divided out of thy bowels, and the one people shall be mightier than the other, and the elder shall serve the younger.

24 ¶ Therefore when her time of deliverance was fulfilled, behold, twins were in her womb.

25 So he that came out first was red, and he was all over as rough as a garment, and they called his name Esau.

26 And afterward came his brother out, and his hand held Esau by the heel, therefore his name was called Jacob. Now Isaac was threescore years old when Rebekah bare them.

27 And the boys grew, and Esau was a cunning hunter, and [o]lived in the fields: but Jacob was a [p]plain man, and dwelt in tents.

28 And Isaac loved Esau, for [q]venison was his meat, but Rebekah loved Jacob.

29 Now Jacob sod pottage, and Esau came from the field and was weary.

30 Then Esau said to Jacob, [r]Let me eat, I pray thee, of that pottage so red, for I am weary. Therefore was his name called Edom.

31 And Jacob said, Sell me even now thy birthright.

32 And Esau said, Lo, I am almost dead, what is then this [s]birthright to me?

33 Jacob then said, Swear to me even now. And he swear to him, and [t]sold his birthright unto Jacob.

34 Then Jacob gave Esau bread and pottage of lentils: and he did eat and drink, and rose up, and went his way: So Esau contemned his birthright.


  1. Genesis 25:1 While Sarah was yet alive.
  2. Genesis 25:5 Hebrew, all that he had.
  3. Genesis 25:6 For by the virtue of God’s word he had not only Isaac, but begat many more.
  4. Genesis 25:6 Read Gen. 22:24.
  5. Genesis 25:6 To avoid the dissention that else might have come because of the heritage.
  6. Genesis 25:8 Hereby the ancients signified that man by death perished not wholly but as the souls of the godly lived after in perpetual joy, so the souls of the wicked [in] perpetual pain.
  7. Genesis 25:13 Hebrew, firstborn.
  8. Genesis 25:17 Which dwelt among the Arabians, and were separate from the blessed seed.
  9. Genesis 25:18 Or, his lot fell.
  10. Genesis 25:18 He meaneth that his lot fell to dwell among his brethren as the Angel promised, Gen. 16:12.
  11. Genesis 25:20 Or, Syrian of Mesopotamia.
  12. Genesis 25:22 Or, hurt one another.
  13. Genesis 25:22 That is, with child, seeing one shall destroy another.
  14. Genesis 25:22 For that is the only refuge in all our miseries.
  15. Genesis 25:27 Hebrew, a man of the field.
  16. Genesis 25:27 Or, simple and innocent.
  17. Genesis 25:28 Hebrew, venison in his mouth.
  18. Genesis 25:30 Or, feed me quickly.
  19. Genesis 25:32 The reprobate esteem not God’s benefits except they feel them presently, and therefore they prefer present pleasures.
  20. Genesis 25:33 Thus the wicked prefer their worldly commodities to God’s spiritual graces: but the children of God do the contrary.
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Genesis 25 New International Version (NIV)

The Death of Abraham

25 Abraham had taken another wife, whose name was Keturah. She bore him Zimran, Jokshan, Medan, Midian, Ishbak and Shuah. Jokshan was the father of Sheba and Dedan; the descendants of Dedan were the Ashurites, the Letushites and the Leummites. The sons of Midian were Ephah, Epher, Hanok, Abida and Eldaah. All these were descendants of Keturah.

Abraham left everything he owned to Isaac. But while he was still living, he gave gifts to the sons of his concubines and sent them away from his son Isaac to the land of the east.

Abraham lived a hundred and seventy-five years. Then Abraham breathed his last and died at a good old age, an old man and full of years; and he was gathered to his people. His sons Isaac and Ishmael buried him in the cave of Machpelah near Mamre, in the field of Ephron son of Zohar the Hittite, 10 the field Abraham had bought from the Hittites.[a] There Abraham was buried with his wife Sarah. 11 After Abraham’s death, God blessed his son Isaac, who then lived near Beer Lahai Roi.

Ishmael’s Sons

12 This is the account of the family line of Abraham’s son Ishmael, whom Sarah’s slave, Hagar the Egyptian, bore to Abraham.

13 These are the names of the sons of Ishmael, listed in the order of their birth: Nebaioth the firstborn of Ishmael, Kedar, Adbeel, Mibsam, 14 Mishma, Dumah, Massa, 15 Hadad, Tema, Jetur, Naphish and Kedemah. 16 These were the sons of Ishmael, and these are the names of the twelve tribal rulers according to their settlements and camps. 17 Ishmael lived a hundred and thirty-seven years. He breathed his last and died, and he was gathered to his people. 18 His descendants settled in the area from Havilah to Shur, near the eastern border of Egypt, as you go toward Ashur. And they lived in hostility toward[b] all the tribes related to them.

Jacob and Esau

19 This is the account of the family line of Abraham’s son Isaac.

Abraham became the father of Isaac, 20 and Isaac was forty years old when he married Rebekah daughter of Bethuel the Aramean from Paddan Aram[c] and sister of Laban the Aramean.

21 Isaac prayed to the Lord on behalf of his wife, because she was childless. The Lord answered his prayer, and his wife Rebekah became pregnant. 22 The babies jostled each other within her, and she said, “Why is this happening to me?” So she went to inquire of the Lord.

23 The Lord said to her,

“Two nations are in your womb,
    and two peoples from within you will be separated;
one people will be stronger than the other,
    and the older will serve the younger.

24 When the time came for her to give birth, there were twin boys in her womb. 25 The first to come out was red, and his whole body was like a hairy garment; so they named him Esau.[d] 26 After this, his brother came out, with his hand grasping Esau’s heel; so he was named Jacob.[e] Isaac was sixty years old when Rebekah gave birth to them.

27 The boys grew up, and Esau became a skillful hunter, a man of the open country, while Jacob was content to stay at home among the tents. 28 Isaac, who had a taste for wild game, loved Esau, but Rebekah loved Jacob.

29 Once when Jacob was cooking some stew, Esau came in from the open country, famished. 30 He said to Jacob, “Quick, let me have some of that red stew! I’m famished!” (That is why he was also called Edom.[f])

31 Jacob replied, “First sell me your birthright.

32 “Look, I am about to die,” Esau said. “What good is the birthright to me?”

33 But Jacob said, “Swear to me first.” So he swore an oath to him, selling his birthright to Jacob.

34 Then Jacob gave Esau some bread and some lentil stew. He ate and drank, and then got up and left.

So Esau despised his birthright.


  1. Genesis 25:10 Or the descendants of Heth
  2. Genesis 25:18 Or lived to the east of
  3. Genesis 25:20 That is, Northwest Mesopotamia
  4. Genesis 25:25 Esau may mean hairy.
  5. Genesis 25:26 Jacob means he grasps the heel, a Hebrew idiom for he deceives.
  6. Genesis 25:30 Edom means red.
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