Genesis 25:24 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

Genesis 25:24, NIV: "When the time came for her to give birth, there were twin boys in her womb."

Genesis 25:24, ESV: "When her days to give birth were completed, behold, there were twins in her womb."

Genesis 25:24, KJV: "And when her days to be delivered were fulfilled, behold, there were twins in her womb."

Genesis 25:24, NASB: "When her days leading to the delivery were at an end, behold, there were twins in her womb."

Genesis 25:24, NLT: "And when the time came to give birth, Rebekah discovered that she did indeed have twins!"

Genesis 25:24, CSB: "When her time came to give birth, there were indeed twins in her womb."

What does Genesis 25:24 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

These events occurred thousands of years before mankind developed the technology to look at an unborn child prior to birth. Rebekah, up to this point, only knows that there has been constant commotion—a "struggle"—inside her womb during this pregnancy (Genesis 25:22). In most cases, there would have been no way to know that a woman was bearing twins until delivery was complete. More than likely, this was the case with Rebekah. Beyond the surprise of having two sons, rather than just one, their birth would have made the prophecy about them given in the previous verse much clearer (Genesis 25:23). These two children would eventually become two nations.