Genesis 25:29 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

Genesis 25:29, NIV: "Once when Jacob was cooking some stew, Esau came in from the open country, famished."

Genesis 25:29, ESV: "Once when Jacob was cooking stew, Esau came in from the field, and he was exhausted."

Genesis 25:29, KJV: "And Jacob sod pottage: and Esau came from the field, and he was faint:"

Genesis 25:29, NASB: "When Jacob had cooked a stew one day, Esau came in from the field and he was exhausted;"

Genesis 25:29, NLT: "One day when Jacob was cooking some stew, Esau arrived home from the wilderness exhausted and hungry."

Genesis 25:29, CSB: "Once when Jacob was cooking a stew, Esau came in from the field exhausted."

What does Genesis 25:29 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

The scene described in this and the following verses will reveal more fully the personalities of Jacob and Esau and determine the course of their relationship and fortunes.

Jacob, the quiet, indoor brother, is cooking stew. Is this unusual work for a man, the son of the wealthy and powerful patriarch? We are not told. Esau returns from working in the field, perhaps on a hunting expedition, and he is exhausted. As the following verses reveal, he is also desperately hungry. Given his reactions in this passage, it might not have been a very successful trip. Esau seems hasty, and his attitude is unflattering.

Of course, Jacob's actions are also inappropriate. Rather than simply giving his brother food, Jacob demands something outrageous in return. What might have seemed like a joke, at first, becomes a milestone event in Scripture (Hebrews 12:16).