Genesis 25:22 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

Genesis 25:22, NIV: "The babies jostled each other within her, and she said, 'Why is this happening to me?' So she went to inquire of the LORD."

Genesis 25:22, ESV: "The children struggled together within her, and she said, “If it is thus, why is this happening to me?” So she went to inquire of the LORD."

Genesis 25:22, KJV: "And the children struggled together within her; and she said, If it be so, why am I thus? And she went to inquire of the LORD."

Genesis 25:22, NASB: "But the children struggled together within her; and she said, 'If it is so, why am I in this condition?' So she went to inquire of the LORD."

Genesis 25:22, NLT: "But the two children struggled with each other in her womb. So she went to ask the LORD about it. 'Why is this happening to me?' she asked."

Genesis 25:22, CSB: "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."

What does Genesis 25:22 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

Rebekah, formerly unable to have children, becomes pregnant after Isaac prays to the Lord for her. In fact, she is carrying the double blessing of twins. Rebekah likely doesn't know she is carrying twins, and her pregnancy doesn't appear to have felt especially "blessed" to her. Carrying two children at once is hard enough, but these unborn rivals seem particularly active. As this verse notes, the twins are "struggling" against each other, a comment which makes more sense once we've seen all that will occur between them in the future. The kicking and writhing of the children in her womb grows to the extent that it worries Rebekah.

Keep in mind that Rebekah does not have the medical technology available in the modern era. She probably has no idea that she's bearing twins. All she knows is that something is wrong. The struggle within her gets so bad for Rebekah that she finally wonders "why is this happening to me?" or perhaps "why am I here?" Overcome, she goes to inquire of the Lord. We're not told what form her prayer may have taken. It's possible she went to a sacred place or consulted a prophet, but she does receive a very specific response from the Lord in the following verse.