Genesis 26 ©
Isaac because of famine goeth to Gerar. God instructeth and blesseth him. He denieth his wife, and is reproved by Abimelech. He groweth rich, and the Philistines envy him. He diggeth sundry wells. God appeareth to him in Beer-sheba, and blesseth him. Abimelech maketh a covenant with him there. Esau's Canaanitish wives are a grief to his parents.
AND there was a famine in the land, beside the afirst famine that was in the days of Abraham. And Isaac went unto Abimelech king of the bPhilistines unto Gerar.
¶And Isaac dwelt in Gerar:
And the men of the place asked him of his wife; and jhe said, She is my sister: for he feared to say, She is my wife; lest, said he, the men of the place should kill me for Rebekah; because she kwas fair to look upon.
And Abimelech called Isaac, and said, Behold, of a surety she is thy wife: and how saidst thou, She is my sister? And Isaac said unto him, Because I said, Lest I die for her.
And the man waxed great, and 2went forward, and grew until he became very great:
For all the wells which his father's servants had digged in the days of Abraham his father, the Philistines had tstopped them, and filled them with earth.
And Abimelech said unto Isaac, Go from us; for uthou art much mightier than we.
¶And Isaac departed thence, and pitched his tent in the valley of Gerar, and dwelt there.
And Isaac digged again the wells of water, which they had digged in the days of Abraham his father; for the Philistines had stopped them after the death of Abraham: and he vcalled their names after the names by which his father had called them.
And Isaac's servants digged in the valley, and found there a well of 4springing water.
And the herdmen of Gerar wdid strive with Isaac's herdmen, saying, The water is ours: and he called the name of the well 5Esek; because they strove with him.
And they digged another well, and strove for that also: and he called the name of it 6Sitnah.
And the LORD appeared unto him the same night, and said, aI am the God of Abraham thy bfather: fear not, for cI am with thee, and will bless thee, and multiply thy seed for my servant Abraham's sake.
¶Then Abimelech went to him from Gerar, and Ahuzzath one of his friends, and ePhichol the chief captain of his army.
And they said, 8We saw certainly gthat the LORD was with thee: and we said, Let there be now han oath betwixt us, even betwixt us and thee, and let us make a covenant with thee;
And he called it 10Shebah: therefore the name of the city is 11Beer-sheba unto this day.
Which were a 12grief of mind unto Isaac and to Rebekah.