Book of Genesis
Book of Genesis Sibling Rivalry Quotes
How we cite our quotes: (Chapter:Verse)
Now Esau hated Jacob because of the blessing with which his father had blessed him, and Esau said to himself, "The days of mourning for my father are approaching; then I will kill my brother Jacob." (NRSV 27:41)
And Esau hated Jacob because of the blessing wherewith his father blessed him: and Esau said in his heart, The days of mourning for my father are at hand; then will I slay my brother Jacob. (KJV 27:41)
Uh oh. Esau is verging toward Cain's solution here, plotting to kill his brother for stealing his blessing. How else does Esau and Jacob's story echo Cain and Abel's?
When Rachel saw that she bore Jacob no children, she envied her sister; and she said to Jacob, "Give me children, or I shall die!" (NRSV 30:1)
And when Rachel saw that she bare Jacob no children, Rachel envied her sister; and said unto Jacob, Give me children, or else I die. (KJV 30:1)
Let the baby-making contest begin. Yep, here it is: our first sister rivalry. How are the rivalries between sisters different from those between brothers? Does this baby-making rivalry hold less weight? More? Why?
Now Israel loved Joseph more than any other of his children, because he was the son of his old age; and he had made him a long robe with sleeves. (NRSV 37:3)
Now Israel loved Joseph more than all his children, because he was the son of his old age: and he made him a coat of many colours. (KJV 37:3)
Daddy gives his favorite son a posh Brooks Brothers suit. How does he expect his other sons to react? Are Joseph's brothers to blame?