Genesis 25:28
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New International Version
Isaac, who had a taste for wild game, loved Esau, but Rebekah loved Jacob.

New Living Translation
Isaac loved Esau because he enjoyed eating the wild game Esau brought home, but Rebekah loved Jacob.

English Standard Version
Isaac loved Esau because he ate of his game, but Rebekah loved Jacob.

New American Standard Bible
Now Isaac loved Esau, because he had a taste for game, but Rebekah loved Jacob.

King James Bible
And Isaac loved Esau, because he did eat of his venison: but Rebekah loved Jacob.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Isaac loved Esau because he had a taste for wild game, but Rebekah loved Jacob.

International Standard Version
Isaac loved Esau, because he loved to hunt, while Rebekah loved Jacob.

NET Bible
Isaac loved Esau because he had a taste for fresh game, but Rebekah loved Jacob.

New Heart English Bible
Now Isaac loved Esau, because he ate his venison. Rebekah loved Jacob.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Because Isaac liked to eat the meat of wild animals, he loved Esau. However, Rebekah loved Jacob.

JPS Tanakh 1917
Now Isaac loved Esau, because he did eat of his venison; and Rebekah loved Jacob.

New American Standard 1977
Now Isaac loved Esau, because he had a taste for game; but Rebekah loved Jacob.

Jubilee Bible 2000
And Isaac loved Esau because he ate of his venison; but Rebekah loved Jacob.

King James 2000 Bible
And Isaac loved Esau, because he did eat of his venison: but Rebekah loved Jacob.

American King James Version
And Isaac loved Esau, because he did eat of his venison: but Rebekah loved Jacob.

American Standard Version
Now Isaac loved Esau, because he did eat of his venison. And Rebekah loved Jacob.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Isaac loved Esau, because he ate of his hunting: and Rebecca loved Jacob.

Darby Bible Translation
And Isaac loved Esau, because venison was to his taste; and Rebecca loved Jacob.

English Revised Version
Now Isaac loved Esau, because he did eat of his venison: and Rebekah loved Jacob.

Webster's Bible Translation
And Isaac loved Esau, because he ate of his venison: but Rebekah loved Jacob.

World English Bible
Now Isaac loved Esau, because he ate his venison. Rebekah loved Jacob.

Young's Literal Translation
and Isaac loveth Esau, for his hunting is in his mouth; and Rebekah is loving Jacob.
Study Bible
Jacob and Esau
27When the boys grew up, Esau became a skillful hunter, a man of the field, but Jacob was a peaceful man, living in tents. 28Now Isaac loved Esau, because he had a taste for game, but Rebekah loved Jacob. 29When Jacob had cooked stew, Esau came in from the field and he was famished;…
Cross References
Genesis 27:3
"Now then, please take your gear, your quiver and your bow, and go out to the field and hunt game for me;

Genesis 27:6
Rebekah said to her son Jacob, "Behold, I heard your father speak to your brother Esau, saying,

Genesis 27:19
Jacob said to his father, "I am Esau your firstborn; I have done as you told me. Get up, please, sit and eat of my game, that you may bless me."
Treasury of Scripture

And Isaac loved Esau, because he did eat of his venison: but Rebekah loved Jacob.

he did eat of his venison. Heb. venison was in his mouth. ch.

Genesis 27:4,19,25,31 And make me savoury meat, such as I love, and bring it to me, that …

Rebekah.

Genesis 27:6 And Rebekah spoke to Jacob her son, saying, Behold, I heard your …

(28) Because he did eat of his venison.--Literally, because the venison--that is, the produce of Esau's hunting--was in his mouth; in our phrase, was to his taste--was what he liked. The diet of an Arab sheik is very simple (see Note on Genesis 18:6); and Isaac, a man wanting in physical vigour and adventurousness--as is usually the case with the children of people far advanced in years--both admired the energy which Esau had inherited from Rebekah, and relished the fruits of it.

Verse 28. - And Isaac loved Esau, because he did eat of his venison: - literally, because his hunting (i.e. its produce) was in his mouth; ὁτι ἡ θήρα αὐτοῦ βρῶσις αὐτῳ (LXX.); not perhaps the sole reason for Isaac's preference of Esau, though mentioned here because of its connection with the ensuing narrative. Persons of quiet and retiring disposition, like Isaac, are often fascinated by those of more sparkling and energetic temperament, such as Esau; mothers, on the other hand, are mostly drawn towards children that are gentle in disposition and home-keeping in habit. Accordingly it is added - but Rebekah loved Jacob. And Isaac loved Esau, because he did eat of his venison,.... Better than Jacob, not only because he was his firstborn, but because he brought him of the flesh of creatures, which he took in hunting, and being dressed, were savoury food to him: it is in the original, "because venison (or what he hunted) was in his mouth" (h), into which he put it, and was very grateful to his taste:

but Rebekah loved Jacob; more than Esau, being more at home with her, and of a milder disposition; and more especially being a good man, a partaker of the grace of God, and to whom she knew by the oracle the blessing and promise belonged.

(h) "quia venatio in ore ejus", Pagninus, Montanus. 28. The parents were divided in their affection; and while the grounds, at least of the father's partiality, were weak, the distinction made between the children led, as such conduct always does, to unhappy consequences.25:27,28 Esau hunted the beasts of the field with dexterity and success, till he became a conqueror, ruling over his neighbours. Jacob was a plain man, one that liked the true delights of retirement, better than all pretended pleasures. He was a stranger and a pilgrim in his spirit, and a shepherd all his days. Isaac and Rebekah had but these two children, one was the father's darling, and the other the mother's. And though godly parents must feel their affections most drawn over towards a godly child, yet they will not show partiality. Let their affections lead them to do what is just and equal to every child, or evils will arise.
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