Esau Sells His Birthright to Jacob

Genesis 26:1a; 25:29-34

Highlights From this Passage

  • God provides for Isaac during the famine.
  • Esau foolishly gives up his birthright for fleeting pleasure.

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There was a famine in the land, in addition to the first famine that was in the days of Abraham.

Jacob boiled stew. Esau came in from the field, and he was famished. Esau said to Jacob, “Please feed me with some of that red stew, for I am famished.” Therefore his name was called Edom.

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

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

Jacob said, “Swear to me first.”

He swore to him. He sold his birthright to Jacob. Jacob gave Esau bread and lentil stew. He ate and drank, rose up, and went his way. So Esau despised his birthright.

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