Isaac Settles in Gerar
1 Now there was aa famine° in the land°, besides°° the previous° famine° that had occurred° in the days° of Abraham°. So Isaac° went° to Gerar°, to bAbimelech° king° of the Philistines°. 2 The LORD° aappeared° to him and said°, “Do not go° down° to Egypt°; Ibstay° in the land° of which° I shall tell° you. 3 Sojourn° in this° land° and aI will be with you and bbless° you, for cto you and to your Idescendants° I will give° all° these° lands°, and I will establish° dthe oath° which° I swore° to your father° Abraham°. 4 aI will multiply° your Idescendants° as the stars° of heaven°, and will give° your Idescendants° all° these° lands°; and bby your Idescendants° all° the nations° of the earth° IIshall be blessed°; 5 because°° Abraham° Iaobeyed°° Me and kept° My charge°, My commandments°, My statutes° and My laws°.”
 aGn 12:10 bGn 20:1, 2
 ILit dwell aGn 12:7; 17:1; 18:1 bGn 12:1
 ILit seed aGn 26:24; 28:15; 31:3 bGn 12:2 cGn 12:7; 13:15; 15:18 dGn 22:16-18; Ps 105:9
 ILit seed IIOr bless themselves aGn 15:5; 22:17; Ex 32:13 bGn 22:18; Ga 3:8
 ILit hearkened to My voice aGn 22:16
6 ¶ So Isaac° Ilived° in Gerar°. 7 When the men° of the place° asked° about his wife°, he said°, “aShe is my sister°,” for he was bafraid° to say°, “my wife°,” [thinking], “Ithe men° of the place° might kill° me on account° of Rebekah°, for she is cbeautiful°.” 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 aAbimelech° 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 atouches° this° man° or his wife° shall surely° be put° to death°.”
 ILit dwelt
 ILit lest...place aGn 12:13; 20:2, 12 bPv 29:25 cGn 12:11; 24:16; 29:17
 aGn 20:9
 aPs 105:15
12 ¶ Now Isaac° sowed° in that land° and Ireaped° in the same° year° a hundredfold°°. And athe LORD° blessed° him, 13 and the man° abecame° rich°, and continued° to grow° Iricher° until° he became° very° Iwealthy°; 14 for ahe had° possessions° of flocks° Iand herds° and a great° household°, so that the Philistines° envied° him. 15 Now aall° the wells° which° his father’s° servants° had dug° in the days° of Abraham° his father°, the Philistines° stopped° up Iby filling° them with earth°. 16 Then Abimelech° said° to Isaac°, “Go° away from us, for you are Iatoo° powerful° for us.” 17 And Isaac° departed° from there° and camped° in the valley° of Gerar°, and Isettled° there°.
 ILit found aGn 24:1; 26:3; Jb 42:12; Pv 10:22
 ILit great aPv 10:22
 ILit and possessions of herds aGn 24:35; 25:5
 ILit and filled them aGn 21:25, 30
 ILit much mightier than we aEx 1:9
 ILit dwelt
Quarrel over the Wells
18 ¶ Then Isaac° dug° again° the wells° of water° which° Ihad been dug° in the days° of his father° Abraham°, for the Philistines° had stopped° them up after° the death° of Abraham°; and he IIgave° them the same° names° which° his father° had IIIgiven° them. 19 But when Isaac’s° servants° dug° in the valley° and found° there° a well° of Iflowing° water°, 20 the herdsmen° of Gerar° aquarreled° with the herdsmen° of Isaac°, saying°, “The water° is ours!” So he named°° the well° IEsek°, because° they contended° with him. 21 Then they dug° another° well°, and they quarreled° over° it too°, so he named°° it ISitnah°. 22 He moved° away° from there° and dug° another° well°, and they did not quarrel° over° it; so he named°° it IRehoboth°, for he said°, “IIaAt last°° the LORD° has made° IIIroom° for us, and we will be bfruitful° in the land°.”
 ILit they had dug IILit called their names as the names IIILit called
 ILit living
 II.e. contention aGn 21:25
 II.e. enmity
 II.e. broad places IILit Truly now IIIOr broad aPs 4:1; Is 54:2, 3 bGn 17:6; Ex 1:7
23 ¶ Then he went° up from there° to aBeersheba°.
24 The LORD° aappeared° to him the same° night° and said°,
 aGn 22:19
 ILit seed aGn 26:2 bGn 17:7, 8; 24:12; Ex 3:6; Ac 7:32 cGn 15:1 dGn 22:17; 26:3, 4
 aGn 12:7, 8; 13:4, 18; Ps 116:17
Covenant with Abimelech
26 ¶ Then aAbimelech° came° to him from Gerar° Iwith his adviser° Ahuzzath° and Phicol° the commander° of his army°. 27 Isaac° said° to them, “aWhy° have you come° to me, since you hate° me and have sent° me away° from you?” 28 They said°, “We see° plainly° athat the LORD° has been° with you; so we said°, ‘Let there now° be an oath° between° us, [even] between° Iyou 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 Iand have done° to you nothing° but good° and have sent° you away° in peace°. You are now° the ablessed° of the LORD°.’” 30 Then ahe made° them a feast°, and they ate° and drank°. 31 In the morning° they arose° early° and Iaexchanged° 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 aBeersheba° to this° day°.
 ILit and his confidential friend aGn 21:22
 aJg 11:7
 ILit us and you aGn 21:22, 23
 ILit and just as we aGn 24:31; Ps 115:15
 aGn 19:3
 ILit swore one to another aGn 21:31
 aGn 21:31
34 ¶ When Esau° was forty° years° old° ahe Imarried°° Judith° the daughter° of Beeri° the Hittite°, and Basemath° the daughter° of Elon° the Hittite°; 35 and athey Ibrought° grief°° to Isaac° and Rebekah°.
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Isaac because of famine went to Gerar.
God instructeth, and blesseth him.
2 And the LORDº appearedºª unto² him, and said,ºª Go not downºª² into Egypt;º dwellºª in the landº which² I shall tellºª thee of:² 3 Sojournºª in this² land,º and I will be² with² thee, and will blessºª thee; for² unto thee, and unto thy seed,º I will giveºª² all² theseº countries,º and I will performºª² the oathº which² I swareºª unto Abrahamº thy father;º 4 And I will make¹ª² thy seedº to multiplyºª as the starsº of heaven,º and will giveºª unto thy seedº² all² theseº countries;º and in thy seedº shall all² the nationsº of the earthº be blessed;ºª 5 Becauseº that² Abrahamº obeyedºª my voice,º and keptºª my charge,º my commandments,º my statutes,º and my laws.º
 Gn 12:1, 7; 17:1; 18:1, 10; Ps 37:3.
 Gn 12:1, 7; 13:15, 17; 15:18; 17:8; 20:1; 22:16, 18; 26:12, 14; 28:15; 39:2, 21; Ps 32:8; 37:1; 39:12; 105:9; Is 43:2, 5; Mi 7:20; Php 4:9; He 6:17; 11:9, 13.
 Gn 12:2; 13:16; 15:5, 18; 17:4; 18:18; 22:17, 18; Ps 72:17; Ac 3:25; Ga 3:8, 16; He 11:2.
 Gn 12:4; 17:23; 18:19; 22:16, 18; Ps 112:1; 128:1; Mt 5:19; 7:24; 1Co 15:58; Ga 5:6; He 11:8; Jm 2:21.
He is reproved by Abimelech for denying his wife.
7 And the men¹² of the placeº askedºª [him] of his wife;º and he said,ºª She² [is] my sister:º for² he fearedºª to say,ºª [She is] my wife;º lest,² [said he], the men¹² of the placeº should killºª me for² Rebekah;º because² she² [was] fairº to look upon.º 8 And it came to pass,² when² he had been there² a longºª time,º that Abimelechº kingº of the Philistinesº looked outºª atº a window,º and saw,ºª and, behold,² Isaacº [was] sportingºª with² Rebekahº his wife.º 9 And Abimelechº calledºª Isaac,º and said,ºª Behold,² of a suretyº she² [is] thy wife:º and how² saidstºª thou, She² [is] my sister?º And Isaacº saidºª unto² him, Because² I said,ºª Lest² I dieºª for² her. 10 And Abimelechº said,ºª What² [is] this² thou hast doneºª unto us? oneº of the peopleº might lightlyº have lienºª with² thy wife,º and thou shouldest have broughtºª guiltinessº upon² us. 11 And Abimelechº chargedºª² all² [his] people,º saying,ºª He that touchethºª this² manº or his wifeº shall surely¹ª be put to death.ºª
 Gn 12:13; 20:2, 5, 12; 24:16; Pv 29:25; Mt 10:28; Ep 5:25; Col 3:9.
 Jg 5:28; Pv 5:18; 7:6; Ec 9:9; So 2:9; Is 62:5.
 Gn 12:18; 20:9.
 Gn 20:6; Ps 105:15; Pv 6:29; Zc 2:8.
He groweth rich.
12 Then Isaacº sowedºª in that² land,º and receivedºª in the same² yearº an hundredfold:ºº and the LORDº blessedºª him. 13 And the manº waxed great,ºª and went¹ª² forward,ºª and grewº until²² he became¹ª very¹ great:ºª² 14 For he had² possessionº of flocks,º and possessionº of herds,º and great storeº of servants:º and the Philistinesº enviedºª him. 15 For all² the wellsº which² his father'sº servantsº had diggedºª in the daysº of Abrahamº his father,º the Philistinesº had stoppedºª them, and filledºª them with earth.º 16 And Abimelechº saidºª unto² Isaac,º Go¹ª² from²² us; for² thou art much¹ mightierºª² than² we.
 Gn 24:1, 35; 26:3, 29; 30:30; Jb 42:12; Ps 67:6; 72:16; Ec 11:6; Zc 8:12; Mt 13:8, 23; Mk 4:8; 1Co 3:6; 2Co 9:10; Ga 6:7.
 Gn 24:35; Ps 112:3.
 Gn 12:16; 13:2; 37:11; 1S 18:9; Jb 1:3; 5:2; 42:12; Ps 112:3, 10; 144:13; Pv 10:22; 27:4; Ec 4:4.
 Gn 21:30.
 Ex 1:9.
He diggeth Esek, Sitnah, and Rehoboth.
18 And Isaacº diggedºª againºª² the wellsº of water,º which² they had diggedºª in the daysº of Abrahamº his father;º for the Philistinesº had stoppedºª them afterº the deathº of Abraham:º and he calledºª their namesº after the namesº by whichº his fatherº had calledºª them. 19 And Isaac'sº servantsº diggedºª in the valley,º and foundºª there² a wellº of springingº water.º 20 And the herdmenºª of Gerarº did striveºª with² Isaac'sº herdmen,ºª saying,ºª The waterº [is] ours: and he calledºª the nameº of the wellº Esek;º because² they stroveºª with² him. 21 And they diggedºª anotherº well,º and stroveºª for² that also:² and he calledºª the name² of it¹ Sitnah.º 22 And he removedºª from thence,²² and diggedºª anotherº well;º and for² that they stroveºª not:² and he calledºª the name² of it¹ Rehoboth;º and he said,ºª For² nowº the LORDº hath made roomºª for us, and we shall be fruitfulºª in the land.º 23 And he went upºª from thence²² to Beersheba.º 24 And the LORDº appearedºª unto² him the same² night,º and said,ºª I² [am] the Godº of Abrahamº thy father:º fearºª not,² for² I² [am] withº thee, and will blessºª thee, and multiplyºª² thy seedº for² my servantº Abraham'sº sake. 25 And he buildedºª an altarº there,² and calledºª upon the nameº of the LORD,º and pitchedºª his tentº there:² and there² Isaac'sº servantsº diggedºª a well.º
 Gn 21:31; Nu 32:38; Ps 16:4; Ho 2:17; Zc 13:2.
 So 4:15; Jn 4:10; 7:38.
 Gn 21:25.
 Ezr 4:6.
 Gn 17:6; 28:3; 41:52; Ex 1:7; Ps 4:1; 18:19; 118:5.
 Gn 21:31; 46:1; Jg 20:1.
 Gn 13:16; 15:1; 17:7; 22:19; 24:12; 26:3; 28:13; 31:5; Ex 3:6; Ps 27:1; 46:1; Is 12:2; 41:10, 13; 43:1; 44:2; 51:7, 12; Mt 22:32; Lk 12:32; Ac 7:32; He 13:6; Rv 1:17.
 Gn 8:20; 12:7; 13:18; 22:9; 33:20; 35:1; Ex 17:15; Ps 116:17.
Abimelech maketh a covenant with him at Beer-sheba.
26 ¶ Then Abimelechº wentºª to² him from Gerar,º² and Ahuzzathº one of his friends,º and Phicholº the chief captainº of his army.º 27 And Isaacº saidºª unto² them, Whereforeº comeºª ye to² me, seeing ye² hateºª me, and have sent me awayºª from² you? 28 And they said,ºª We saw¹ª certainlyºª that² the LORDº was² with² thee: and we said,ºª Let there be² now² an oathº betwixtº us, [even] betwixtº us and thee, and let us makeºª a covenantº with² thee; 29 That² thou wilt doºª us no hurt,º as² we have not² touchedºª thee, and as² we have doneºª unto² thee nothing butº good,º and have sent thee awayºª in peace:º thou² [art] nowº the blessedºª of the LORD.º 30 And he madeºª them a feast,º and they did eatºª and drink.ºª 31 And they rose up betimesºª in the morning,º and swareºª oneº to another:º and Isaacº sent them away,ºª and they departed¹ª² from²² him in peace.º 32 And it came to pass² the same² day,º that Isaac'sº servantsº came,ºª and toldºª him concerningº² the wellº which² they had digged,ºª and saidºª unto him, We have foundºª water.º 33 And he calledºª it Shebah:º therefore²² the nameº of the cityº [is] Beershebaº unto² this² day.º
 Gn 20:3; 21:22, 32.
 Gn 26:14, 16; Jg 11:7; Ac 7:9, 14, 27, 35; Rv 3:9.
 Gn 21:22, 31; 24:3, 41; 31:49; 39:5; Jsh 3:7; 2Ch 1:1; Is 45:14; 60:14; 61:6, 9; Ro 8:31; 1Co 14:25; He 6:16; 13:5.
 Gn 12:2; 21:22; 22:17; 24:31; 26:11, 12, 14; Ps 115:15.
 Gn 19:3; 21:8; 31:54; Ro 12:18; He 12:14; 1P 4:9.
 Gn 14:22; 19:2; 21:14, 23, 31; 22:3; 25:33; 31:44, 55; 1S 14:24; 20:3, 16; 30:15; He 6:16.
 Gn 26:25; Pv 2:4; 10:4; 13:4; Mt 7:7.
 Gn 21:31; 26:28.
34 ¶ And Esauº was² fortyº yearsº oldº when he tookºª to wifeº² Judithº the daughterº of Beeriº the Hittite,º and Bashemathº the daughterº of Elonº the Hittite:º 35 Which were² a griefº of mindº unto Isaacº and to Rebekah.º
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