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Genesis 25:25

    Genesis 25:25 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

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

    American King James Version (AKJV)

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

    American Standard Version (ASV)

    And the first came forth red, all over like a hairy garment. And they called his name Esau.

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    And the first came out red from head to foot like a robe of hair, and they gave him the name of Esau.

    Webster's Revision

    And the first came forth red, all over like a hairy garment. And they called his name Esau.

    World English Bible

    The first came out red all over, like a hairy garment. They named him Esau.

    English Revised Version (ERV)

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

    Clarke's Commentary on Genesis 25:25

    Red, all over like a hairy garment - This simply means that he was covered all over with red hair or down; and that this must be intended here is sufficiently evident from another part of his history, where Rebekah, in order to make her favourite son Jacob pass for his brother Esau, was obliged to take the skins of kids, and put them upon his hands and on the smooth part of his neck.

    They called his name Esau - It is difficult to assign the proper meaning of the original עשו esau or esav; if we derive it from עשה asah it must signify made, performed, and, according to some, perfected; esa in Arabic signifies to make firm or hard, and also to come to man's estate, to grow old. Probably he had this name from his appearing to be more perfect, robust, etc., than his brother.

    Wesley's Notes on Genesis 25:25

    25:25 Esau when he was born was red and hairy, as if he had been already a grown man, whence he had his name Esau, made, reared already. This was an indication of a very strong constitution, and gave cause to expect that he would be a very robust, daring, active man. But Jacob was smooth and tender as other children.