Genesis 26

Isaac Settles in Gerar

Now there was a a famine in the land, besides the previous famine that had occurred in the days of Abraham. So Isaac went to Gerar, to b Abimelech king of the Philistines. The  Lord c appeared to him and said, “Do not go down to Egypt;
Lit dwell
e stay in the land of which I shall tell you.
Sojourn in this land and f I will be with you and g bless you, for h to you and to your
Lit seed
descendants I will give all these lands, and I will establish j the oath which I swore to your father Abraham.
k I will multiply your
Lit seed
descendants as the stars of heaven, and will give your
Lit seed
descendants all these lands; and n by your
Lit seed
descendants all the nations of the earth
Or bless themselves
shall be blessed;
because Abraham
Lit hearkened to My voice
r obeyed Me and kept My charge, My commandments, My statutes and My laws.”

So Isaac
Lit dwelt
lived in Gerar.
When the men of the place asked about his wife, he said t She is my sister,” for he was u afraid to say, “my wife,” thinking
the men of the place might kill me on account of Rebekah, for she is w beautiful.”
It came about, when he had been there a long time, that Abimelech king of the Philistines looked out through a window, and saw, and behold, Isaac was caressing his wife Rebekah. Then Abimelech called Isaac and said, “Behold, certainly she is your wife! How then did you say, ‘She is my sister’?” And Isaac said to him, “Because I said, ‘I might die on account of her.’” 10  x Abimelech said, “What is this you have done to us? One of the people might easily have lain with your wife, and you would have brought guilt upon us.” 11 So Abimelech charged all the people, saying, “He who y touches this man or his wife shall surely be put to death.”

12 Now Isaac sowed in that land and
Lit found
reaped in the same year a hundredfold. And aa the  Lord blessed him,
13 and the man ab became rich, and continued to grow
Lit great
richer until he became very
Lit great
14 for ae he had possessions of flocks
Lit and possessions of herds
and herds and a great household, so that the Philistines envied him.
15 Now ag all the wells which his father’s servants had dug in the days of Abraham his father, the Philistines stopped up
Lit and filled them
by filling them with earth.
16 Then Abimelech said to Isaac, “Go away from us, for you are
Lit much mightier than we
aj too powerful for us.”
17 And Isaac departed from there and camped in the valley of Gerar, and
Lit dwelt
settled there.

Quarrel over the Wells

18 Then Isaac dug again the wells of water which
Lit they had dug
had been dug in the days of his father Abraham, for the Philistines had stopped them up after the death of Abraham; and he
Lit called their names as the names
gave them the same names which his father had
Lit called
given them.
19 But when Isaac’s servants dug in the valley and found there a well of
Lit living
flowing water,
20 the herdsmen of Gerar ap quarreled with the herdsmen of Isaac, saying, “The water is ours!” So he named the well
I.e. contention
Esek, because they contended with him.
21 Then they dug another well, and they quarreled over it too, so he named it
I.e. enmity
22 He moved away from there and dug another well, and they did not quarrel over it; so he named it
I.e. broad places
Rehoboth, for he said
Lit Truly now
au At last the  Lord has made
Or broad
room for us, and we will be aw fruitful in the land.”

23 Then he went up from there to ax Beersheba. 24 The  Lord ay appeared to him the same night and said, az I am the God of your father Abraham;
ba Do not fear, for I am with you.
I bb will bless you, and multiply your
Lit seed
For the sake of My servant Abraham.”

25 So he built an bd altar there and called upon the name of the  Lord, and pitched his tent there; and there Isaac’s servants dug a well.

Covenant with Abimelech

26 Then be Abimelech came to him from Gerar
Lit and his confidential friend
with his adviser Ahuzzath and Phicol the commander of his army.
27 Isaac said to them, bg Why have you come to me, since you hate me and have sent me away from you?” 28 They said, “We see plainly bh that the  Lord has been with you; so we said, ‘Let there now be an oath between us, even between
Lit us and you
you and us, and let us make a covenant with you,
29 that you will do us no harm, just as we have not touched you
Lit and just as we
and have done to you nothing but good and have sent you away in peace. You are now the bk blessed of the  Lord.’”
30 Then bl he made them a feast, and they ate and drank. 31 In the morning they arose early and
Lit swore one to another
bn exchanged oaths; then Isaac sent them away and they departed from him in peace.
32 Now it came about on the same day, that Isaac’s servants came in and told him about the well which they had dug, and said to him, “We have found water.” 33 So he called it Shibah; therefore the name of the city is bo Beersheba to this day.

34 When Esau was forty years old bp he
Lit took as wife
married Judith the daughter of Beeri the Hittite, and Basemath the daughter of Elon the Hittite;
35 and br they
Lit were a bitterness of spirit to
brought grief to Isaac and Rebekah.
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