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“And Esau said, Behold, I am at the point to die: and what profit shall this birthright do to me?”

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Genesis 25:32 Translation & Meaning

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And Esau עֵשָׂ֔ו Esav, a son of Isaac, including his posterity Esau
said, וַיֹּ֣אמֶר To say (used with great latitude) said
Behold, הִנֵּ֛ה Lo! Behold
I אָֽנֹכִ֥י I I
am (No Hebrew definition. English implied.)
at the point הוֹלֵ֖ךְ To walk (in a great variety of applications, literally and figuratively) point
to die: לָמ֑וּת To die (literally or figuratively); causatively, to kill die
and what profit וְלָמָּה Properly, interrogative what? (including how? why? when?); but also exclamation, what! (including how!), or indefinitely what (including whatever, and even relatively, that which); often used with prefixes in various adverbial or conjunctive senses profit
shall this זֶּ֥ה The masculine demonstrative pronoun, this or that shall this
birthright בְּכֹרָֽה׃ The firstling of man or beast; abstractly primogeniture birthright
do to me? בְּכֹרָֽה׃ The firstling of man or beast; abstractly primogeniture do

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  • 30  And Esau said to Jacob, Feed me, I pray thee, with that same red pottage; for I am faint: therefore was his name called Edom.

  • 31  And Jacob said, Sell me this day thy birthright.

  • 32  And Esau said, Behold, I am at the point to die: and what profit shall this birthright do to me?

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

  • 34  Then Jacob gave Esau bread and pottage of lentiles; and he did eat and drink, and rose up, and went his way: thus Esau despised his birthright.


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