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Genesis 25:22

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25:22 But the children struggled 1  inside her, and she said, “If it is going to be like this, I’m not so sure I want to be pregnant!” 2  So she asked the Lord, 3 

Genesis 25:28

Context
25:28 Isaac loved Esau because he had a taste for fresh game, 4  but Rebekah loved 5  Jacob.

1 tn The Hebrew word used here suggests a violent struggle that was out of the ordinary.

2 tn Heb “If [it is] so, why [am] I this [way]?” Rebekah wanted to know what was happening to her, but the question itself reflects a growing despair over the struggle of the unborn children.

3 sn Asked the Lord. In other passages (e.g., 1 Sam 9:9) this expression refers to inquiring of a prophet, but no details are provided here.

4 tn Heb “the taste of game was in his mouth.” The word for “game,” “venison” is here the same Hebrew word as “hunter” in the last verse. Here it is a metonymy, referring to that which the hunter kills.

5 tn The disjunctive clause juxtaposes Rebekah with Jacob and draws attention to the contrast. The verb here is a participle, drawing attention to Rebekah’s continuing, enduring love for her son.



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