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But Jacob replied, “First 1 sell me your birthright.”
Though Judah was the strongest among his brothers and a leader descended from him, 1 the right of the firstborn belonged to Joseph.)
“Look,” said Esau, “I’m about to die! What use is the birthright to me?” 1
But Jacob said, “Swear an oath to me now.” 1 So Esau 2 swore an oath to him and sold his birthright 3 to Jacob.
They sat before him, arranged by order of birth, beginning with the firstborn and ending with the youngest. 1 The men looked at each other in astonishment. 2
The sons of Reuben, Israel’s firstborn – (Now he was the firstborn, but when he defiled his father’s bed, 1 his rights as firstborn were given to the sons of Joseph, Israel’s son. So Reuben is not listed as firstborn in the genealogical records. 2
But Abel brought 1 some of the firstborn of his flock – even the fattest 2 of them. And the Lord was pleased with 3 Abel and his offering,
Then Jacob gave Esau some bread and lentil stew; Esau ate and drank, then got up and went out. 1 So Esau despised his birthright. 2
And there you must take your burnt offerings, your sacrifices, your tithes, the personal offerings you have prepared, 1 your votive offerings, your freewill offerings, and the firstborn of your herds and flocks.
You will not be allowed to eat in your villages your tithe of grain, new wine, olive oil, the firstborn of your herd and flock, any votive offerings you have vowed, or your freewill and personal offerings.
Esau exclaimed, “‘Jacob’ is the right name for him! 1 He has tripped me up 2 two times! He took away my birthright, and now, look, he has taken away my blessing!” Then he asked, “Have you not kept back a blessing for me?”
In the presence of the Lord your God you must eat from the tithe of your grain, your new wine, 1 your olive oil, and the firstborn of your herds and flocks in the place he chooses to locate his name, so that you may learn to revere the Lord your God always.
Rather, he must acknowledge the son of the less loved 1 wife as firstborn and give him the double portion 2 of all he has, for that son is the beginning of his father’s procreative power 3 – to him should go the right of the firstborn.