The Death of Abraham
1Abraham had taken another wife, whose name was Keturah. 2She bore him Zimran, Jokshan, Medan, Midian, Ishbak and Shuah. 3Jokshan was the father of Sheba and Dedan; the descendants of Dedan were the Ashurites, the Letushites and the Leummites. 4The sons of Midian were Ephah, Epher, Hanok, Abida and Eldaah. All these were descendants of Keturah.
5Abraham left everything he owned to Isaac. 6But while he was still living, he gave gifts to the sons of his concubines and sent them away from his son Isaac to the land of the east.
7Abraham lived a hundred and seventy-five years. 8Then Abraham breathed his last and died at a good old age, an old man and full of years; and he was gathered to his people. 9His sons Isaac and Ishmael buried him in the cave of Machpelah near Mamre, in the field of Ephron son of Zohar the Hittite, 10the field Abraham had bought from the Hittites.25:10 Or the descendants of Heth There Abraham was buried with his wife Sarah. 11After Abraham’s death, God blessed his son Isaac, who then lived near Beer Lahai Roi.
12This is the account of the family line of Abraham’s son Ishmael, whom Sarah’s slave, Hagar the Egyptian, bore to Abraham.
13These are the names of the sons of Ishmael, listed in the order of their birth: Nebaioth the firstborn of Ishmael, Kedar, Adbeel, Mibsam, 14Mishma, Dumah, Massa, 15Hadad, Tema, Jetur, Naphish and Kedemah. 16These were the sons of Ishmael, and these are the names of the twelve tribal rulers according to their settlements and camps. 17Ishmael lived a hundred and thirty-seven years. He breathed his last and died, and he was gathered to his people. 18His descendants settled in the area from Havilah to Shur, near the eastern border of Egypt, as you go toward Ashur. And they lived in hostility toward25:18 Or lived to the east of all the tribes related to them.
Jacob and Esau
19This is the account of the family line of Abraham’s son Isaac.
Abraham became the father of Isaac, 20and Isaac was forty years old when he married Rebekah daughter of Bethuel the Aramean from Paddan Aram25:20 That is, Northwest Mesopotamia and sister of Laban the Aramean.
21Isaac prayed to the Lord on behalf of his wife, because she was childless. The Lord answered his prayer, and his wife Rebekah became pregnant. 22The babies jostled each other within her, and she said, “Why is this happening to me?” So she went to inquire of the Lord.
23The Lord said to her,
“Two nations are in your womb,
and two peoples from within you will be separated;
one people will be stronger than the other,
and the older will serve the younger.”
24When the time came for her to give birth, there were twin boys in her womb. 25The first to come out was red, and his whole body was like a hairy garment; so they named him Esau.25:25 Esau may mean hairy. 26After this, his brother came out, with his hand grasping Esau’s heel; so he was named Jacob.25:26 Jacob means he grasps the heel, a Hebrew idiom for he deceives. Isaac was sixty years old when Rebekah gave birth to them.
27The boys grew up, and Esau became a skillful hunter, a man of the open country, while Jacob was content to stay at home among the tents. 28Isaac, who had a taste for wild game, loved Esau, but Rebekah loved Jacob.
29Once when Jacob was cooking some stew, Esau came in from the open country, famished. 30He said to Jacob, “Quick, let me have some of that red stew! I’m famished!” (That is why he was also called Edom.25:30 Edom means red.)
31Jacob replied, “First sell me your birthright.”
32“Look, I am about to die,” Esau said. “What good is the birthright to me?”
33But Jacob said, “Swear to me first.” So he swore an oath to him, selling his birthright to Jacob.
34Then Jacob gave Esau some bread and some lentil stew. He ate and drank, and then got up and left.
So Esau despised his birthright.
Kifo Cha Abrahamu
1Abrahamu alioa mke mwingine, ambaye jina lake aliitwa Ketura. 225:2 Yer 25:25; Mwa 36:35; 37:28, 36; Kut 2:15; Hes 22:4; 25:6; Amu 6:1-3; 8:22-24; 9:17; Za 83:9; Isa 9:4; 10:26; Hab 3:7; Ay 2:11Huyu alimzalia Zimrani, Yokshani, Medani, Midiani, Ishbaki na Shua. 3Yokshani alikuwa baba wa Sheba na Dedani, wazao wa Dedani walikuwa Waashuri, Waletushi na Waleumi. 425:4 Isa 60:6Wana wa Midiani walikuwa Efa, Eferi, Hanoki, Abida na Eldaa. Hawa wote walikuwa uzao wa Ketura.
525:5 Mwa 24:36Abrahamu akamwachia Isaki kila kitu alichokuwa nacho. 625:6 Mwa 22:24; 21:10; Amu 6:3, 33; 1Fal 4:30; Eze 25:4Lakini Abrahamu alipokuwa bado hai, akawapa watoto wa masuria wake zawadi, kisha akawaondoa waende kuishi pande za mashariki mbali na mwanawe Isaki.
725:7 Mwa 12:4; 35:28; 47:9, 28; 50:22; Ay 42:16Kwa jumla, Abrahamu aliishi miaka 175. 825:8 Mwa 35:29; 49:29; Hes 20:24; 31:2; Kum 31:14; 32:50; 34:5Ndipo Abrahamu akapumua pumzi ya mwisho na akafa akiwa mwenye umri mzuri, mzee aliyeshiba siku, naye akakusanywa pamoja na watu wake. 925:9 Mwa 35:29; 47:30; 49:31; 23:9; 13:18; 50:13Watoto wake Isaki na Ishmaeli wakamzika katika pango la Makpela karibu na Mamre, katika shamba lililokuwa la Efroni mwana wa Sohari Mhiti, 1025:10 Mwa 10:15Shamba ambalo Abrahamu alilinunua kwa Wahiti. Hapo ndipo Abrahamu alipozikwa pamoja na mkewe Sara. 1125:11 Mwa 12:2; 16:14Baada ya kifo cha Abrahamu, Mungu akambariki mwanawe Isaki, ambaye baadaye aliishi karibu na Beer-Lahai-Roi.
Wana Wa Ishmaeli
1225:12 Mwa 2:4; 17:20; 21:18Hivi ndivyo vizazi vya Ishmaeli mtoto wa Abrahamu, ambaye mjakazi wake Sara, Hagari Mmisri, alimzalia Abrahamu.
1325:13 Mwa 28:9; 36:3; Za 120:5; Isa 21:16; 42:11; 60:7; Yer 2:10; 49:28; Eze 27:21Haya ndiyo majina ya wana wa Ishmaeli, yaliyoorodheshwa kulingana na jinsi walivyozaliwa: Mzaliwa wa kwanza wa Ishmaeli ni Nebayothi, akafuatia Kedari, Adbeeli, Mibsamu, 1425:14 Yos 15:25; Oba 1:1; Isa 21:11Mishma, Duma, Masa, 1525:15 Ay 6:19; Isa 21:14; Yer 25:23; 1Nya 5:19Hadadi, Tema, Yeturi, Nafishi na Kedema. 1625:16 Mwa 17:20; 13:16; Za 83:9Hawa walikuwa wana wa Ishmaeli na haya ni majina ya viongozi wa makabila kumi na mawili kulingana na makao yao na kambi zao. 17Kwa jumla Ishmaeli aliishi miaka 137. Akapumua pumzi ya mwisho, akafa, naye akakusanywa pamoja na watu wake. 1825:18 Mwa 17:20; 21:18; 16:7, 12Wazao wa Ishmaeli waliishi kuanzia nchi ya Havila hadi Shuri, karibu na mpaka wa Misri, unapoelekea Ashuru. Hao waliishi kwa uhasama na ndugu zao wote.
Yakobo Na Esau
19Hivi ndivyo vizazi vya Isaki mwana wa Abrahamu.
Abrahamu akamzaa Isaki, 2025:20 Mwa 26:34; 48:7; 35:28; 24:67; 22:22; 28:2-6; 30:20; 31:18; 33:18; 46:15; 24:29; Kum 26:5Isaki alikuwa na umri wa miaka arobaini alipomwoa Rebeka binti Bethueli Mwaramu kutoka Padan-Aramu, nduguye Labani Mwaramu.
2125:21 Mwa 30:17, 22; 11:30; Ezr 8:23; 1Sam 1:17, 23; 1Nya 5:20; 2Nya 33:13; Za 127:3Isaki akamwomba Bwana kwa ajili ya mke wake, kwa sababu alikuwa tasa. Bwana akajibu maombi yake na Rebeka mkewe akapata mimba. 2225:22 Kut 18:15; 28:30; 33:7; Law 24:12; Hes 9:6-8; 27:5; Kum 17:9; 2Fal 3:11; 22:13; Isa 30:2; Yer 21:2; 37:7; Eze 14:7; 2Watoto wakashindana tumboni mwake, akasema, “Kwa nini haya yanatokea kwangu?” Kwa hiyo akaenda kumuuliza Bwana.
“Mataifa mawili yamo tumboni mwako,
na mataifa hayo mawili
kutoka ndani yako watatenganishwa.
Mmoja atakuwa na nguvu zaidi kuliko mwingine,
na yule mkubwa atamtumikia yule mdogo.”
24Wakati wake wa kujifungua ulipotimia, walikuwepo mapacha wa kiume tumboni mwake. 25Wa kwanza kuzaliwa alikuwa mwekundu, mwili wake wote ulikuwa kama mtu aliyevaa vazi lenye nywele; wakamwita jina lake Esau.25:25 Esau maana yake Mwenye nywele nyingi. 26Baadaye, ndugu yake akatoka, mkono wake ukiwa umemshika Esau kisigino; akaitwa jina lake Yakobo.25:26 Yakobo maana yake Ashikaye kisigino, au Atwaaye mahali pa mwingine, au Mdanganyaji, au Mwenye hila, au Mlaghai, au Mjanja. Isaki alikuwa mwenye miaka sitini Rebeka alipowazaa.
27Watoto wakakua, naye Esau akakuwa mwindaji hodari, mtu wa mbugani, wakati Yakobo alikuwa mtu mtulivu, mwenye kukaa nyumbani. 28Isaki, ambaye alikuwa anapendelea zaidi nyama za porini, alimpenda Esau, bali Rebeka alimpenda Yakobo.
29Siku moja Yakobo alipika mchuzi wa dengu, Esau akarudi kutoka porini akiwa na njaa kali. 30Esau akamwambia Yakobo, “Haraka, nipe huo mchuzi mwekundu! Nina njaa kali sana!” (Hii ndiyo sababu pia aliitwa Edomu.)25:30 Edomu maana yake Mwekundu.
31Yakobo akamjibu, “Niuzie kwanza haki yako ya mzaliwa wa kwanza.”
32Esau akasema, “Tazama, mimi niko karibu ya kufa, itanifaa nini haki ya mzaliwa wa kwanza?”
33Yakobo akamwambia, “Niapie kwanza.” Hivyo Esau akamwapia, akamuuzia Yakobo haki yake ya kuzaliwa.
34Ndipo Yakobo akampa Esau mkate na ule mchuzi wa dengu. Akala na kunywa, kisha akainuka akaenda zake.
Kwa hiyo Esau alidharau haki yake ya mzaliwa wa kwanza.