Genesis 26 ©

1 Isaac because of famine goeth to Gerar. 2 God instructeth and blesseth him. 6 He denieth his wife, and is reproved by Abimelech. 12 He groweth rich, and the Philistines envy him. 18 He diggeth sundry wells. 23 God appeareth to him in Beer-sheba, and blesseth him. 26 Abimelech maketh a covenant with him there. 34 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 the LORD cappeared unto him, and said, Go not down dinto Egypt; dwell in the land which I shall tell thee of:


*Sojourn in this land, and eI will be with thee, fand will bless thee; for unto thee, and unto thy seed, gI will give all these countries, and I will perform the oath which I sware unto Abraham thy father;


And I hwill make thy seed to multiply as the stars of heaven, and will give unto thy seed all these countries; and in thy seed shall all the nations of the earth be blessed;


Because that iAbraham obeyed my voice, and kept my charge, my commandments, my statutes, and my laws.


¶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 it came to pass, when he had been there a long time, that Abimelech king of the Philistines llooked out at a window, and saw, and, behold, Isaac was msporting with Rebekah his wife.


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 Abimelech said, nWhat is this thou hast done unto us? one of the people might lightly have *lien with thy wife, and thou shouldest have brought guiltiness upon us.


And Abimelech charged all his people, saying, He that otoucheth this man or his wife shall surely be put to death.


Then Isaac sowed in that land, and 1received in the same year pan hundredfold: and the LORD qblessed him.

q v.3.

And the man waxed great, and 2went forward, and grew until he became very great:


For he rhad possession of flocks, and possession of herds, and great store of 3servants: and the Philistines senvied him.


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.

u Ex. 1.9.

¶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 he removed from thence, and digged another well; and for that they strove not: and he called the name of it 7Rehoboth; and he said, For now the LORD hath xmade room for us, and we shall ybe fruitful in the land.


And he went up from thence to zBeer-sheba.


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.


And he dbuilded an altar there, and called upon the name of the LORD, and pitched his tent there: and there Isaac's servants digged a well.


¶Then Abimelech went to him from Gerar, and Ahuzzath one of his friends, and ePhichol the chief captain of his army.


And Isaac said unto them, Wherefore come ye to me, fseeing ye hate me, and have sent me away from you?


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;


9That thou wilt do us no hurt, as we have inot touched thee, and as we have done unto thee nothing but good, and have sent thee away in peace: thou art now the jblessed of the LORD.


And khe made them a feast, and they did eat and drink.


And they lrose up *betimes in the morning, and msware one to another: and Isaac sent them away, and they departed from him in peace.


And it came to pass the same day, that Isaac's servants came, and told him concerning the well which they had digged, and said unto him, nWe have found water.


And he called it 10Shebah: therefore the name of the city is 11Beer-sheba unto this day.


¶And Esau was forty years old when he took to wife oJudith the daughter of Beeri the Hittite, and Bashemath the daughter of Elon the Hittite:


Which were a 12grief of mind unto Isaac and to Rebekah.