27 And the boys grew: and Esau was a cunning hunter, a man of the field; and Jacob was a plain man, dwelling in tents.
28 And Isaac loved Esau, because he did eat of his venison: but Rebekah loved Jacob.
29 And Jacob sod pottage: and Esau came from the field, and he was faint:
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.
K.J.V. Bible Text
My thoughts here are several. First I think Esau was very foolish to stay away in the back country so long that he was nearly starving when he returned. Jacob, who demanded the birthright in return for a bowl of stew, seems to be a very cunning individual. What went on between those brothers that would cause Jacob to wish to strip his brother of the rights of being firstborn as payment for a simple bowl of stew? And why did Esau sell his birthright for so little? I understand that he felt he was starving, but surely he was not so close to death that he had to give in to his brother on this extreme demand. Was there nowhere else he could find food?
In the end I have to accept that I was not there and for whatever reason, this is what Esau did. Without reading any further however, I can guess that Esau will someday come to rue his decision.
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