I've been looking at these verses the past couple of weeks. I looked up the verse that says "I have loved Jacob, but I have hated Esau." My first inclination was to question if that really meant "hate" or not. I looked it up on some Bible software and it said that it meant hate, to be an enemy of, odious. So I took it to mean that it really did mean hate. However, when I looked it up in a couple commentaries (Jamison Fauset Brown, and Bible Knowledge) they both said that it should really be read that I have chosen Jacob but not Esau. I can see that, especially in line with the Genesis account and with Paul's comments in Romans. My question is to those of you who might know better. Does it really mean hate or does it mean rejected (not chosen) additionally, how are we to know that is what it means. Is it something in the Hebrew that tells us that it doesn't really mean hate? Additionally, in chapter 2 when it says that God hates divorce does it mean he really hates it, or does it mean he rejects divorce? Thanks for any help that you might provide.