Isaac Settles in Gerar1 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. 2 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. 3 “Sojourn in this land and f I will be with you and g bless you, for h to you and to your ▼ descendants I will give all these lands, and I will establish j the oath which I swore to your father Abraham. 4 k “I will multiply your ▼ descendants as the stars of heaven, and will give your ▼ descendants all these lands; and n by your ▼ descendants all the nations of the earth ▼
▼ Or bless themselvesshall be blessed; 5 because Abraham ▼
▼ Lit hearkened to My voice, r obeyed Me and kept My charge, My commandments, My statutes and My laws.” 6 So Isaac ▼
▼ Lit dweltlived in Gerar. 7 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 ▼
▼ Lit lest...place“the men of the place might kill me on account of Rebekah, for she is w beautiful.” 8 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. 9 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 foundreaped in the same year a hundredfold. And aa the Lord blessed him, 13 and the man ab became rich, and continued to grow ▼
▼ Lit greatricher until he became very ▼
▼ Lit greatwealthy; 14 for ae he had possessions of flocks ▼
▼ Lit and possessions of herdsand 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 themby 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 dweltsettled there.
Quarrel over the Wells18 Then Isaac dug again the wells of water which ▼
▼ Lit they had dughad 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 namesgave them the same names which his father had ▼
▼ Lit calledgiven them. 19 But when Isaac’s servants dug in the valley and found there a well of ▼
▼ Lit livingflowing 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. contentionEsek, because they contended with him. 21 Then they dug another well, and they quarreled over it too, so he named it ▼
▼ I.e. enmitySitnah. 22 He moved away from there and dug another well, and they did not quarrel over it; so he named it ▼
▼ I.e. broad placesRehoboth, for he said ▼
▼ Lit Truly now, au “At last the Lord has made ▼
▼ Or broadroom 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 ▼ descendants,
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 Abimelech26 Then be Abimelech came to him from Gerar ▼
▼ Lit and his confidential friendwith 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 youyou 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 weand 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 wifemarried 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 tobrought grief to Isaac and Rebekah.
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