The Death of Abraham
25:1 Abraham had taken1 another2 wife, named Keturah. 25:2 She bore him Zimran, Jokshan, Medan, Midian, Ishbak, and Shuah. 25:3 Jokshan became the father of Sheba and Dedan.3 The descendants of Dedan were the Asshurites, Letushites, and Leummites. 25:4 The sons of Midian were Ephah, Epher, Hanoch, Abida, and Eldaah. All these were descendants4 of Keturah.
25:5 Everything he owned Abraham left to his son Isaac. 25:6 But while he was still alive, Abraham gave gifts to the sons of his concubines5 and sent them off to the east, away from his son Isaac.6
25:7 Abraham lived a total of7 175 years. 25:8 Then Abraham breathed his last and died at a good old age, an old man who had lived a full life.8 He joined his ancestors.9 25:9 His sons Isaac and Ishmael buried him in the cave of Machpelah10 near Mamre, in the field of Ephron the son of Zohar, the Hethite. 25:10 This was the field Abraham had purchased from the sons of Heth.11 There Abraham was buried with his wife Sarah. 25:11 After Abraham’s death, God blessed12 his son Isaac. Isaac lived near Beer Lahai Roi.13
The Sons of Ishmael
25:12 This is the account of Abraham’s son Ishmael,14 whom Hagar the Egyptian, Sarah’s servant, bore to Abraham.
25:13 These are the names of Ishmael’s sons, by their names according to their records:15 Nebaioth (Ishmael’s firstborn), Kedar, Adbeel, Mibsam, 25:14 Mishma, Dumah, Massa, 25:15 Hadad, Tema, Jetur, Naphish, and Kedemah. 25:16 These are the sons of Ishmael, and these are their names by their settlements and their camps – twelve princes16 according to their clans.
25:17 Ishmael lived a total of17 137 years. He breathed his last and died; then he joined his ancestors.18 25:18 His descendants19 settled from Havilah to Shur, which runs next20 to Egypt all the way21 to Asshur.22 They settled23 away from all their relatives.24
Jacob and Esau
25:19 This is the account of Isaac,25 the son of Abraham.
Abraham became the father of Isaac. 25:20 When Isaac was forty years old, he married Rebekah,26 the daughter of Bethuel the Aramean from Paddan Aram and sister of Laban the Aramean.27
25:21 Isaac prayed to28 the
“Two nations32 are in your womb,
and two peoples will be separated from within you.
One people will be stronger than the other,
and the older will serve the younger.”
25:24 When the time came for Rebekah to give birth,33 there were34 twins in her womb. 25:25 The first came out reddish35 all over,36 like a hairy37 garment, so they named him Esau.38 25:26 When his brother came out with39 his hand clutching Esau’s heel, they named him Jacob.40 Isaac was sixty years old41 when they were born.
25:27 When the boys grew up, Esau became a skilled42 hunter, a man of the open fields, but Jacob was an even-tempered man, living in tents.43 25:28 Isaac loved Esau because he had a taste for fresh game,44 but Rebekah loved45 Jacob.
25:29 Now Jacob cooked some stew,46 and when Esau came in from the open fields, he was famished. 25:30 So Esau said to Jacob, “Feed47 me some of the red stuff – yes, this red stuff – because I’m starving!” (That is why he was also called48 Edom.)49
25:31 But Jacob replied, “First50 sell me your birthright.” 25:32 “Look,” said Esau, “I’m about to die! What use is the birthright to me?”51 25:33 But Jacob said, “Swear an oath to me now.”52 So Esau53 swore an oath to him and sold his birthright54 to Jacob.
25:34 Then Jacob gave Esau some bread and lentil stew; Esau ate and drank, then got up and went out.55 So Esau despised his birthright.56