Genesis 25:33
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New International Version
But Jacob said, "Swear to me first." So he swore an oath to him, selling his birthright to Jacob.

New Living Translation
But Jacob said, "First you must swear that your birthright is mine." So Esau swore an oath, thereby selling all his rights as the firstborn to his brother, Jacob.

English Standard Version
Jacob said, “Swear to me now.” So he swore to him and sold his birthright to Jacob.

New American Standard Bible
And Jacob said, "First swear to me"; so he swore to him, and sold his birthright to Jacob.

King James Bible
And Jacob said, Swear to me this day; and he sware unto him: and he sold his birthright unto Jacob.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Jacob said, "Swear to me first." So he swore to Jacob and sold his birthright to him.

International Standard Version
But Jacob insisted, "Swear it by an oath right now." So he swore an oath to him and sold his birthright to Jacob.

NET Bible
But Jacob said, "Swear an oath to me now." So Esau swore an oath to him and sold his birthright to Jacob.

New Heart English Bible
Jacob said, "Swear to me first." He swore to him. He sold his birthright to Jacob.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
"First, swear an oath," Jacob said. So Esau swore an oath to him and sold him his rights as firstborn.

JPS Tanakh 1917
And Jacob said: 'Swear to me first'; and he swore unto him; and he sold his birthright unto Jacob.

New American Standard 1977
And Jacob said, “First swear to me”; so he swore to him, and sold his birthright to Jacob.

Jubilee Bible 2000
And Jacob said, Swear to me this day; and he swore unto him and he sold his birthright unto Jacob.

King James 2000 Bible
And Jacob said, Swear to me this day; and he swore unto him: and he sold his birthright unto Jacob.

American King James Version
And Jacob said, Swear to me this day; and he swore to him: and he sold his birthright to Jacob.

American Standard Version
And Jacob said, Swear to me first. And he sware unto him. And he sold his birthright unto Jacob.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Jacob said: Swear therefore to me. Esau swore to him, and sold his first birthright.

Darby Bible Translation
And Jacob said, Swear unto me now. And he swore unto him, and sold his birthright to Jacob.

English Revised Version
And Jacob said, Swear to me this day; and he sware unto him: and he sold his birthright unto Jacob.

Webster's Bible Translation
And Jacob said, Swear to me this day; and he swore to him: and he sold his birth-right to Jacob.

World English Bible
Jacob said, "Swear to me first." He swore to him. He sold his birthright to Jacob.

Young's Literal Translation
and Jacob saith, 'Swear to me to-day:' and he sweareth to him, and selleth his birthright to Jacob;
Commentary
Matthew Henry Commentary
25:29-34 We have here the bargain made between Jacob and Esau about the right, which was Esau's by birth, but Jacob's by promise. It was for a spiritual privilege; and we see Jacob's desire of the birth-right, but he sought to obtain it by crooked courses, not like his character as a plain man. He was right, that he coveted earnestly the best gifts; he was wrong, that he took advantage of his brother's need. The inheritance of their father's worldly goods did not descend to Jacob, and was not meant in this proposal. But it includeth the future possession of the land of Canaan by his children's children, and the covenant made with Abraham as to Christ the promised Seed. Believing Jacob valued these above all things; unbelieving Esau despised them. Yet although we must be of Jacob's judgment in seeking the birth-right, we ought carefully to avoid all guile, in seeking to obtain even the greatest advantages. Jacob's pottage pleased Esau's eye. Give me some of that red; for this he was called Edom, or Red. Gratifying the sensual appetite ruins thousands of precious souls. When men's hearts walk after their own eyes, Job 31:7, and when they serve their own bellies, they are sure to be punished. If we use ourselves to deny ourselves, we break the force of most temptations. It cannot be supposed that Esau was dying of hunger in Isaac's house. The words signify, I am going towards death; he seems to mean, I shall never live to inherit Canaan, or any of those future supposed blessings; and what signifies it who has them when I am dead and gone. This would be the language of profaneness, with which the apostle brands him, Heb 12:16; and this contempt of the birth-right is blamed, ver. 34. It is the greatest folly to part with our interest in God, and Christ, and heaven, for the riches, honours, and pleasures of this world; it is as bad a bargain as his who sold a birth-right for a dish of pottage. Esau ate and drank, pleased his palate, satisfied his appetite, and then carelessly rose up and went his way, without any serious thought, or any regret, about the bad bargain he had made. Thus Esau despised his birth-right. By his neglect and contempt afterwards, and by justifying himself in what he had done, he put the bargain past recall. People are ruined, not so much by doing what is amiss, as by doing it and not repenting of it.
Study Bible
Esau Sells his Birthright
32Esau said, "Behold, I am about to die; so of what use then is the birthright to me?" 33And Jacob said, "First swear to me"; so he swore to him, and sold his birthright to Jacob. 34Then Jacob gave Esau bread and lentil stew; and he ate and drank, and rose and went on his way. Thus Esau despised his birthright.…
Cross References
Hebrews 12:16
See to it that no one is sexually immoral, or is godless like Esau, who sold his birthright for a single meal.

Genesis 25:32
Esau said, "Behold, I am about to die; so of what use then is the birthright to me?"

Genesis 25:34
Then Jacob gave Esau bread and lentil stew; and he ate and drank, and rose and went on his way. Thus Esau despised his birthright.

Genesis 27:1
Now it came about, when Isaac was old and his eyes were too dim to see, that he called his older son Esau and said to him, "My son." And he said to him, "Here I am."

Genesis 27:32
Isaac his father said to him, "Who are you?" And he said, "I am your son, your firstborn, Esau."
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