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Song of Solomon
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1 Abraham took another wife, and her name was
Keturah. 2 She bore him Zimran, Jokshan, Medan, Midian, Ishbak, and Shuah.
3 Jokshan became the father of Sheba, and Dedan. The sons of Dedan were
Asshurim, Letushim, and Leummim. 4 The sons of Midian were: Ephah, Epher,
Hanoch, Abida, and Eldaah. All these were the children of Keturah. 5 Abraham
gave all that he had to Isaac, 6 but to the sons of Abraham’s concubines,
Abraham gave gifts. He sent them away from Isaac his son, while he yet lived,
eastward, to the east country. 7 These are the days of the years of
Abraham’s life which he lived: one hundred seventy-five years. 8 Abraham
gave up his spirit, and died in a good old age, an old man, and full of years,
and was gathered to his people. 9 Isaac and Ishmael, his sons, buried him
in the cave of Machpelah, in the field of Ephron, the son of Zohar the Hittite,
which is before Mamre, 10 the field which Abraham purchased of the
children of Heth. Abraham was buried there with Sarah, his wife. 11 After
the death of Abraham, God blessed Isaac, his son. Isaac lived by Beer Lahai
12 Now this is the history of the generations of
Ishmael, Abraham’s son, whom Hagar the Egyptian, Sarah’s servant, bore to
Abraham. 13 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, Adbeel, Mibsam, 14 Mishma, Dumah, Massa, 15 Hadad, Tema,
Jetur, Naphish, and Kedemah. 16 These are the sons of Ishmael, and these
are their names, by their villages, and by their encampments: twelve princes,
according to their nations. 17 These are the years of the life of Ishmael:
one hundred thirty-seven years. He gave up his spirit and died, and was
gathered to his people. 18 They lived from Havilah to Shur that is before
Egypt, as you go toward Assyria. He lived opposite all his relatives.
19 This is the history of the generations of
Isaac, Abraham’s son. Abraham became the father of Isaac. 20 Isaac was
forty years old when he took Rebekah, the daughter of Bethuel the Syrian of
Paddan Aram, the sister of Laban the Syrian, to be his wife. 21 Isaac
entreated Jehovah for his wife, because she was barren. Jehovah was entreated
by him, and Rebekah his wife conceived. 22 The children struggled together
within her. She said, “If it is so, why do I live?” She went to inquire of Jehovah.
23 Jehovah said to her,
“Two nations are in your womb.
Two peoples will be separated from your body.
The one people will be stronger than the other people.
The elder will serve the younger.”
24 When her days to be delivered were fulfilled,
behold, there were twins in her womb. 25 The first came out red all over,
like a hairy garment. They named him Esau. 26 After that, his brother came
out, and his hand had hold on Esau’s heel. He was named Jacob. Isaac was sixty
years old when she bore them.
27 The boys grew. Esau was a skillful hunter, a
man of the field. Jacob was a quiet man, living in tents. 28 Now Isaac
loved Esau, because he ate his venison. Rebekah loved Jacob. 29 Jacob
boiled stew. Esau came in from the field, and he was famished. 30 Esau
said to Jacob, “Please feed me with that same red stew, for I am famished.”
Therefore his name was called Edom.
31 Jacob said, “First, sell me your birthright.”
32 Esau said, “Behold, I am about to die. What
good is the birthright to me?”
33 Jacob said, “Swear to me first.”
He swore to him. He sold his birthright to Jacob. 34 Jacob
gave Esau bread and stew of lentils. He ate and drank, rose up, and went his
way. So Esau despised his birthright.
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