*ESAU, meaning 'hairy'; Isaac & Rebekah's firstborn; twin of Jacob. The Lord said before their birth the older would serve the younger. At birth Esau was red & hairy so he was also called EDOM meaning 'red'. He became a skillful hunter, a man of the open country. He was his father's favorite but he sold away his birthright to Jacob for a bowl of stew. When Jacob deceived their father & gained Esau's blessing, Esau swore to kill him.