19 These are the family records of Isaac son of Abraham. Abraham fathered Isaac.
20 Isaac was 40 years old when he took as his wife Rebekah daughter of Bethuel the Aramean from Paddan-aram and sister of Laban the Aramean.
21 Isaac prayed to the Lord on behalf of his wife because she was childless. The Lord heard his prayer, and his wife Rebekah conceived.
22 But the children inside her struggled with each other, and she said, “Why is this happening to me?” So she went to inquire of the Lord.
23 And the Lord said to her: Two nations are in your womb; two people will come from you and be separated. One people will be stronger than the other, and the older will serve the younger.
24 When her time came to give birth, there were indeed twins in her womb.
25 The first one came out red-looking, covered with hair like a fur coat, and they named him Esau.
26 After this, his brother came out grasping Esau’s heel with his hand. So he was named Jacob. Isaac was 60 years old when they were born.
27 When the boys grew up, Esau became an expert hunter, an outdoorsman, but Jacob was a quiet man who stayed at home.
28 Isaac loved Esau because he had a taste for wild game, but Rebekah loved Jacob.
29 Once when Jacob was cooking a stew, Esau came in from the field exhausted.
30 He said to Jacob, “Let me eat some of that red stuff, because I’m exhausted.” That is why he was also named Edom.
31 Jacob replied, “First sell me your birthright.”
32 “Look,” said Esau, “I’m about to die, so what good is a birthright to me?”
33 Jacob said, “Swear to me first.” So he swore to Jacob and sold his birthright to him.
34 Then Jacob gave bread and lentil stew to Esau; he ate, drank, got up, and went away. So Esau despised his birthright.
55 The land must be divided by lot; they will receive an inheritance according to the names of their ancestral tribes.
56 Each inheritance will be divided by lot among the larger and smaller tribes.”
2 The Lord is my rock, my fortress, and my deliverer, my God, my mountain where I seek refuge, my shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.
1 A king’s heart is like streams of water in the Lord’s hand: He directs it wherever He chooses.
2 All a man’s ways seem right to him, but the Lord evaluates the motives.
3 Doing what is righteous and just is more acceptable to the Lord than sacrifice.
4 The lamp that guides the wicked — haughty eyes and an arrogant heart — is sin.
5 The plans of the diligent certainly lead to profit, but anyone who is reckless certainly becomes poor.
6 Making a fortune through a lying tongue is a vanishing mist, a pursuit of death.
7 The violence of the wicked sweeps them away because they refuse to act justly.
8 A guilty man’s conduct is crooked, but the behavior of the innocent is upright.
9 Better to live on the corner of a roof than to share a house with a nagging wife.
10 A wicked person desires evil; he has no consideration for his neighbor.
11 When a mocker is punished, the inexperienced become wiser; when one teaches a wise man, he acquires knowledge.
12 The Righteous One considers the house of the wicked; He brings the wicked to ruin.
13 The one who shuts his ears to the cry of the poor will himself also call out and not be answered.
14 A secret gift soothes anger, and a covert bribe, fierce rage.
15 Justice executed is a joy to the righteous but a terror to those who practice iniquity.
16 The man who strays from the way of wisdom will come to rest in the assembly of the departed spirits.
17 The one who loves pleasure will become a poor man; whoever loves wine and oil will not get rich.
18 The wicked are a ransom for the righteous, and the treacherous, for the upright.
19 Better to live in a wilderness than with a nagging and hot-tempered wife.
20 Precious treasure and oil are in the dwelling of a wise person, but a foolish man consumes them.
21 The one who pursues righteousness and faithful love will find life, righteousness, and honor.
22 A wise person went up against a city of warriors and brought down its secure fortress.
23 The one who guards his mouth and tongue keeps himself out of trouble.
24 The proud and arrogant person, named “Mocker,” acts with excessive pride.
25 A slacker’s craving will kill him because his hands refuse to work.
26 He is filled with craving all day long, but the righteous give and don’t hold back.
27 The sacrifice of a wicked person is detestable — how much more so when he brings it with ulterior motives!
28 A lying witness will perish, but the one who listens will speak successfully.
29 A wicked man puts on a bold face, but the upright man considers his way.
30 No wisdom, no understanding, and no counsel will prevail against the Lord.
31 A horse is prepared for the day of battle, but victory comes from the Lord.
1 The vision that Isaiah son of Amoz saw concerning Judah and Jerusalem:
2 In the last days the mountain of the Lord’s house will be established at the top of the mountains and will be raised above the hills. All nations will stream to it,
3 and many peoples will come and say, “Come, let us go up to the mountain of the Lord, to the house of the God of Jacob. He will teach us about His ways so that we may walk in His paths.” For instruction will go out of Zion and the word of the Lord from Jerusalem.
4 He will settle disputes among the nations and provide arbitration for many peoples. They will turn their swords into plows and their spears into pruning knives. Nations will not take up the sword against other nations, and they will never again train for war.
13 But now in Christ Jesus, you who were far away have been brought near by the blood of the Messiah.