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“And the Lord said unto her, Two nations are in thy womb, and two manner of people shall be separated from thy bowels; and the one people shall be stronger than the other people; and the elder shall serve the younger.”

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Genesis 25:23 Translation & Meaning

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And the Lord יְהוָ֜ה (the) self-Existent or Eternal; Jeho-vah, Jewish national name of God Lord
said וַיֹּ֨אמֶר To say (used with great latitude) said
unto her, Two שְׁנֵ֤י Two; also (as ordinal) twofold Two
nations גֹיִים֙ A foreign nation; hence, a Gentile; also (figuratively) a troop of animals, or a flight of locusts nations
are (No Hebrew definition. English implied.)
in thy womb, בְּבִטְנֵ֔ךְ The belly, especially the womb; also the bosom or body of anything womb
and two manner וּשְׁנֵ֣י Two; also (as ordinal) twofold two manner
of people לְאֻמִּ֔ים A community people
shall be separated יִפָּרֵ֑דוּ To break through, i.e., spread or separate (oneself) separated
from thy bowels; מִמֵּעַ֖יִךְ Used only in plural the intestines, or (collectively) the abdomen, figuratively, sympathy; by implication, a vest; by extension the stomach, the uterus (or of men, the seat of generation), the heart (figuratively) bowels
and people וּלְאֹם֙ A community people
the one (No Hebrew definition. English implied.)
shall be stronger יֶֽאֱמָ֔ץ To be alert, physically (on foot) or mentally (in courage) stronger
than people; מִלְאֹ֣ם A community than people
the other (No Hebrew definition. English implied.)
and the elder וְרַ֖ב Abundant (in quantity, size, age, number, rank, quality) elder
shall serve יַֽעֲבֹ֥ד To work (in any sense); by implication, to serve, till, (causatively) enslave, etc serve
the younger. צָעִֽיר׃ Little; (in number) few; (in age) young, (in value) ignoble younger

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  • 21  And Isaac intreated the Lord for his wife, because she was barren: and the Lord was intreated of him, and Rebekah his wife conceived.

  • 22  And the children struggled together within her; and she said, If it be so, why am I thus? And she went to inquire of the Lord.

  • 23  And the Lord said unto her, Two nations are in thy womb, and two manner of people shall be separated from thy bowels; and the one people shall be stronger than the other people; and the elder shall serve the younger.

  • 24  And when her days to be delivered were fulfilled, behold, there were twins in her womb.

  • 25  And the first came out red, all over like an hairy garment; and they called his name Esau.


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