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39 His father Isaac answered him,

“The place where you live will lack the fertile fields of the earth
    and the dew from the sky above.
40 You will use your sword to live,
    and you will serve your brother.
        But eventually you will gain your freedom[a]
            and break his yoke[b] off your neck.”

41 So Esau hated Jacob because of the blessing that his father had given him. Esau said to himself, “The time to mourn for my father is near. Then I’ll kill my brother Jacob.”

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  1. Genesis 27:40 Hebrew meaning uncertain.
  2. Genesis 27:40 A yoke is a wooden bar placed over the necks of work animals so that they can pull plows or carts.

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