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25:23 God's word to her was, 'Two nations are in your womb. Two governments will separate from inside you. The upper hand will go from one government to the other. The greater one will serve the younger.'
Vayomer Adonay lah shney goyim bevitnech ushney le'umim mime'aych yiparedu ule'om mil'om ye'emats verav ya'avod tsa'ir.
25:24 When the time came for her to give birth, there were twins in her womb.
Vayimle'u yameyha laledet vehineh tomim bevitnah.
25:25 The first one came out reddish, as hairy as a fur coat. They named him Esau.
Vayetse harishon admoni kulo ke'aderet se'ar vayikre'u shmo Esav.


The greater one...
  Rebecca thus knew that Jacob would be the chosen one. This explains Genesis 25:28 and 28:5.

  Either with a ruddy complexion (Ibn Janach; cf. Midrash HaGadol) or with red hair (cf. Torah Sh'lemah 131). Cf. 1 Samuel 16:12. Others translate admoni as 'manly' (Chizzkuni; cf. Josephus, Antiquities 1:18:1). In any case, the word is a play on Edom, see Genesis 25:30.

  Se'ar in Hebrew, from which Seir is derived (cf. Genesis 32:4; see Josephus, Antiquities 1:18:1; Torah Sh'lemah 141). See Genesis 27:11.

  Esav in Hebrew; literally 'made' or 'completed' (Rashbam; cf. Lekach Tov).

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