2. A. "Two nations are in your womb, [and two peoples, born of you, shall be divided; the one shall be stronger than the other, and the elder shall serve the younger]" (Gen. 25:23).:
B. There are two proud nations in your womb, this one takes pride in his world, and that one takes pride in his world.
C. This one takes pride in his monarchy, and that one takes pride in his monarchy.
D. There are two proud nations in your womb.
E. Hadrian represents the nations, Solomon, Israel.
F. There are two who are hated by the nations in your womb. All the nations hate Esau, and all the nations hate Israel.
4. A. ". . . the one shall be stronger than the other, [and the elder shall serve the younger]" (Gen. 25:23):
B. R. Helbo in the name of the house of R. Shila: "Up to this point there were Sabteca and Raamah, but from you will come Jews and Romans." [Freedman, GenesisRabbah, p. 561, n. 8: "Hitherto even the small nations such as Sabteca and Raamah counted; but henceforth all these will pale into insignificance before the two who will rise from you.]
5. A. "... and the elder shall serve the younger" (Gen. 25:23):
B. Said R. Huna, "If he has merit, he will be served, and if not, he will serve."
The verse underlines the point that there is natural enmity between Israel and Rome. Esau hated Israel even while he was still in the womb. Jacob, for his part, revealed from the womb those virtues that would characterize him later on, eager to serve God as Esau was eager to worship idols. The following is already familiar, but bears review because it links the two distinct symboliza-tions of Rome, the pig and Esau:
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