New International Version
"Look, I am about to die," Esau said. "What good is the birthright to me?"
King James Bible
And Esau said, Behold, I am at the point to die: and what profit shall this birthright do to me?
Darby Bible Translation
And Esau said, Behold, I am going to die, and of what use can the birthright be to me?
World English Bible
Esau said, "Behold, I am about to die. What good is the birthright to me?"
Young's Literal Translation
And Esau saith, 'Lo, I am going to die, and what is this to me -- birthright?'
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CommentaryClarke's Commentary on the Bible
Sell me this day thy birthright - What the בחרה bechorah or birthright was, has greatly divided both ancient and modern commentators. It is generally supposed that the following rights were attached to the primogeniture:
1. Authority and superiority over the rest of the family.
2. A double portion of the paternal inheritance.
3. The peculiar benediction of the father.
4. The priesthood, previous to its establishment in the family of Aaron.
Calmet controverts most of these rights, and with apparent reason, and seems to think that the double portion of the paternal inheritance was the only incontestable right which the first-born possessed; the others were such as were rather conceded to the first-born, than fixed by any law in the family. However this may be, it appears,
1. That the first-born were peculiarly consecrated to God, Exodus 22:29.
2. Were next in honor to their parents, Genesis 49:3.
3. Had a double portion of their father's goods, Deuteronomy 21:17.
4. Succeeded him in the government of the family or kingdom, 2 Chronicles 21:3.
5. Had the sole right of conducting the service of God, both at the tabernacle and temple; and hence the tribe of Levi, which was taken in lieu of the first-born, had the sole right of administration in the service of God, Numbers 8:14-18; and hence we may presume, had originally a right to the priesthood previous to the giving of the law; but however this might have been, afterwards the priesthood is never reckoned among the privileges of the first-born.
That the birthright was a matter of very great importance, there can be no room to doubt; and that it was a transferable property, the transaction here sufficiently proves.
Treasury of Scripture Knowledge
at the point to die. Heb. going to die. and what.
LibraryPottage Versus Birthright
Esau despised his birthright'--GENESIS xxv. 34. Broad lessons unmistakable, but points strange and difficult to throw oneself back to so different a set of ideas. So I. Deal with the narrative. Not to tell it over again, but bring out the following points:-- (a) Birthright.--What? None of them any notion of sacred, spiritual aspect of it. To all, merely material advantages: headship of the clan. All the loftier aspects gone from Isaac, who thought he could give it for venison, from Esau, and from …
Alexander Maclaren—Expositions of Holy Scripture
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Jacob replied, "First sell me your birthright."
But Jacob said, "Swear to me first." So he swore an oath to him, selling his birthright to Jacob.
Esau said, "Isn't he rightly named Jacob? This is the second time he has taken advantage of me: He took my birthright, and now he's taken my blessing!" Then he asked, "Haven't you reserved any blessing for me?"
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