The New Book of Genesis Chapter 25


25:1     Abraham took another wife.

Her name was Keturah.


25:2     She brought forth Zimran and Jokshan

Medan, Midian, Ishbak and Shuah.


25:3     Jokshan brought forth Sheba and Dedan.

The sons of Dedan were Ashurim

Letushim and Leummim.


25:4     The sons of Midian were Ephah

Epher, Hanok, Abida and Eldaah.

All these were family of Keturah.


25:5     Abraham gave all he had to Isaac.


25:6     But while he lived

he also gave gifts

to the sons of his mistresses

and sent them away

from his son Isaac

to the eastern region.


25:7     Abraham lived for 175 years.


25:8     Abraham’s spirit passed away

content and advanced in years

and was taken up to his people.


25:9     His sons Isaac and Ishmael buried him

in the cave of Machpelah

in the Mamre field of Ephron

son of Zohar and follower of Heth.


25:10   This was the same field

Abraham bought from the Hittites.

It was there Abraham was buried

with his wife Sarah.


25:11   Once Abraham passed away

God blessed his son Isaac

who lived near the spring of Lahairoi.


25:12   This is the account of the ancestry

of Ishmael the son of Abraham

born to Sarah's Egyptian housemaid Hagar.


25:13   These are the names of the sons

of Ishmael in order of their births:

Nebaioth the firstborn of Ishmael

Kedar, Adbeel and Mibsam


25:14   Mishma, Dumah and Massa,


25:15   Hadad, Tema and Jetur

Naphish and Kedemah.


25:16   These were the sons of Ishmael

and the names of the twelve tribal chiefs

according to their villages,

their camps and their followers.


25:17   Ishmael lived for 137 years.

His spirit passed away

and taken up to his people.


25:18   Living from Havilah to Shur

near Egypt towards Assyria

they lived to the East

of the tribes related to them.


25:19   These are the generations

of Abraham's son Isaac:

Abraham brought forth Isaac.


25:20   Isaac was forty years old

he married Rebekah

daughter of Bethuel

the Aramean from Paddan Aram

and sister of Laban the Aramean.


25:21   Isaac prayed to Yahweh

for his wife because she was childless.

Yahweh answered his prayer

and his wife Rebekah became pregnant.


25:22   The babies within her

struggled together

so she asked:

Why is this happening to me?

Thus she prayed to Yahweh.


25:23   Yahweh spoke to her:

Two persons are in your womb

and two people will come from your belly.

One person will be stronger than the other

and the older one will serve the younger.


25:24   When the time arrived

for her to give birth

there were twin boys in her womb.


25:25   The first come out red

his entire body like a hairy garment.

They named him Esau (hairy).


25:26   His brother came out after

with his hand clutching Esau's heel.

Thus he was named Jacob.

Isaac was sixty years old

when Rebekah gave birth to them.


25:27   The boys grew.

Esau became a skillful hunter

a man of the open country.

Jacob was a wholesome man

who lived among the tents.


25:28   Isaac favored Esau

while Rebekah favored Jacob.


25:29   One time Jacob made some soup.

Esau came in hungry

from the wilderness.


25:30   He spoke to Jacob:

Can you please feed me

with the red soup as I am hungry.

This is why he was also called Edom (red).


25:31   Jacob replied:

First give me your birthright.


25:32   Esau replied:

Surely I am about to die.

What good is birthright to me?


25:33   So Jacob said:

Promise this to me first.

So he made a promise to him

to give his birthright to Jacob.


25:34   Then Jacob gave Esau some bread

along with some lentil soup.

He ate this and had something to drink

and then got up and left.

After this Esau despised his birthright.