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.
But Jacob said, "Swear to me first." So he swore an oath to him, selling his birthright to Jacob.
And Jacob said, "First swear to me"; so he swore to him, and sold his birthright to Jacob.
So Jacob insisted, "Well then, swear to me right now that it is mine." So Esau swore an oath, thereby selling all his rights as the firstborn to his younger brother.
Jacob said, "First, swear to me." And he did it. On oath Esau traded away his rights as the firstborn.
And Jacob said, First of all give me your oath; and he gave him his oath, handing over his birthright to Jacob.
Jacob said, "Swear to me first." So he swore to him, and sold his birthright to Jacob.
Then Jacob said, "Swear to me as of this day." So he swore to him, and sold his birthright to Jacob.
to me this day
and he sware
unto him: and he sold
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an oath to me now
.” So Esau swore
an oath to him and sold
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1 tn Heb “Swear to me today.”
2 tn Heb “and he”; the referent (Esau) has been specified in the translation for clarity.
3 sn And sold his birthright. There is evidence from Hurrian culture that rights of inheritance were occasionally sold or transferred. Here Esau is portrayed as a profane person who would at the moment rather have a meal than the right to inherit. He will soon forget this trade and seek his father’s blessing in spite of it.