Genesis 26

God's Promise to Isaac

Now there was another famine in the land, subsequent to the [one] that had occurred in Abraham’s time. And Isaac went to Abimelech king of the Philistines at Gerar. The LORD appeared to [Isaac] and said, “Do not go down to Egypt. Settle in the land where I tell you. Stay in this land as a foreigner, and I will be with you and bless you. For I will give all these lands to you and your offspring, and I will confirm the oath that I swore to your father Abraham. I will make your descendants as numerous as the stars in the sky, and I will give [them] all these lands, and through your offspring all nations of the earth will be blessed, because Abraham listened to My voice and kept My charge, My commandments, My statutes, and My laws.”

Isaac Deceives Abimelech

So Isaac settled in Gerar. But when the men of that place asked about his wife, he said, “She is my sister.” For he was afraid to say, “ [She is] my wife,” since he thought to himself, “The men of this place will kill me on account of Rebekah, because she is so beautiful.” When Isaac had been there a long time, Abimelech king of the Philistines looked down from the window and was surprised to see Isaac caressing his wife Rebekah. Abimelech sent for Isaac and said, “So she is really your wife! How could you say, ‘She is my sister’?” Isaac replied, “Because I thought I might die on account of her.” 10  “What is this you have done to us?” Abimelech said, “One of the people could easily have slept with your wife, and you would have brought guilt upon us.” 11  So Abimelech warned all the people, saying, “Whoever harms this man or his wife will surely be put to death.”

Isaac's Prosperity

12  Now Isaac sowed seed in the land, and in that very year he reaped a hundredfold. And the LORD blessed him, 13  and [he] became richer and richer , until he was exceedingly wealthy. 14  He owned so many flocks and herds and servants that the Philistines envied him. 15  So the Philistines took dirt and stopped up all the wells that his father’s servants had dug in the days of his father Abraham. 16  Then Abimelech said to Isaac, “Depart from us, for you are much too powerful for us.” 17  So Isaac left that place and encamped in the Valley of Gerar and settled there. 18  Isaac reopened the wells that had been dug in the days of his father Abraham, which the Philistines had stopped up after Abraham died. And he gave [these wells] the same names his father had given them. 19  Then Isaac’s servants dug in the valley and found a well of fresh water there. 20  But the herdsmen of Gerar quarreled with Isaac’s herdsmen and said, “The water is ours!” So he named the well Esek,
Esek means contention
because they contended with him.
21  Then they dug another well and quarreled over that one {as well} ; so he named it Sitnah.
Sitnah means enmity or hostility
22  He moved on from there and dug another [well] , and they did not quarrel over it. He named it Rehoboth
Rehoboth means broad places or open spaces
and said, “At last the LORD has made room for us, and we will be fruitful in the land.”
23  From there [Isaac] went up to Beersheba, 24  and that night the LORD appeared to him and said, “I am the God of your father Abraham. Do not be afraid, for I am with you. I will bless you and multiply your descendants for the sake of My servant Abraham.” 25  So he built an altar there and called on the name of the LORD, and he pitched his tent there. Isaac’s servants also dug a well there.

Isaac's Covenant with Abimelech

26  Later, Abimelech came to [Isaac] from Gerar, with Ahuzzath his adviser and Phicol the commander of his army. 27  “Why have you come to me?” Isaac asked them. “You hated me and sent me away.” 28  “We can plainly see that the LORD has been with you,” they replied. “We think there should be an oath between two parties— between us and you. Let us make a covenant with you 29  that you will not harm us, just as we have not harmed you but have done only good to you, sending you on your way in peace. And now you are blessed by the LORD.” 30  So [Isaac] prepared a feast for them, and they ate and drank. 31  And they got up early the next morning and swore an oath to each other. Then Isaac sent them on their way, and they left him in peace. 32  On that same day Isaac’s servants came to tell him about the well they had dug, telling him, “We have found water!” 33  He called it Shibah,
Shibah can mean oath or seven
and to this day the name of the city is Beersheba.
Beersheba can mean well of the oath or well of seven

Esau's Wives

34  When Esau was forty years old, he took as his wives Judith daughter of Beeri the Hittite and Basemath daughter of Elon the Hittite. 35  And they brought grief to Isaac and Rebekah.
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