We take it as our birthright to stumble upon the unexpected, improvised yet somehow foreordained fulfillment of our hopes.
I cannot sell my birthright, nor am I prepared to sell the birthright of the people to be free.
We speculate that the cumulative impact of birthright Israel in bringing so many young Jews to Israel may be emerging.
It is a birthright, handed down from generation to generation.
We need bold action on behalf of the millions of children denied their birthright of a decent quality education.
If Esau had sold his birthright for a mess of pottage, Isaac was about to give away the blessing for a mess of venison.
But so do all Yankees; yet it is part of every Yankee's birthright to be different from every other Yankee.
But, oh, we have managed to rob her of her birthright with this awful institution uniform!
Yes, I have no doubt of it, since their birthright is a crown.
But shall we therefore abandon the ocean, yield our birthright, our goodly heritage, without a struggle?
(1.) This word denotes the special privileges and advantages belonging to the first-born son among the Jews. He became the priest of the family. Thus Reuben was the first-born of the patriarchs, and so the priesthood of the tribes belonged to him. That honour was, however, transferred by God from Reuben to Levi (Num. 3:12, 13; 8:18). (2.) The first-born son had allotted to him also a double portion of the paternal inheritance (Deut. 21:15-17). Reuben was, because of his undutiful conduct, deprived of his birth-right (Gen. 49:4; 1 Chr. 5:1). Esau transferred his birth-right to Jacob (Gen. 25:33). (3.) The first-born inherited the judicial authority of his father, whatever it might be (2 Chr. 21:3). By divine appointment, however, David excluded Adonijah in favour of Solomon. (4.) The Jews attached a sacred importance to the rank of "first-born" and "first-begotten" as applied to the Messiah (Rom. 8:29; Col. 1:18; Heb. 1:4-6). As first-born he has an inheritance superior to his brethren, and is the alone true priest.