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Isaac Settles in Gerar

1 Now there was a R725 famine in the land, besides the previous famine that had occurred in the days of Abraham. So Isaac went to Gerar, to Abimelech R726 king of the Philistines. 2 The LORD appeared R727 to him and said, "Do not go down to Egypt; stay R728 F450 in the land of which I shall tell you. 3 "Sojourn in this land and I R729 will be with you and bless R730 you, for to R731 you and to your descendants F451 I will give all these lands, and I will establish the R732 oath which I swore to your father Abraham. 4 "I R733 will multiply your descendants F452 as the stars of heaven, and will give your descendants F452 all these lands; and by R734 your descendants F452 all the nations of the earth shall F453 be blessed; 5 because Abraham obeyed R735 F454 Me and kept My charge, My commandments, My statutes and My laws."

6 So Isaac lived F455 in Gerar. 7 When the men of the place asked about his wife, he said, "She R736 is my sister," for he was afraid R737 to say, "my wife," thinking, "the F456 men of the place might kill me on account of Rebekah, for she is beautiful." R738 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 Abimelech R739 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 touches R740 this man or his wife shall surely be put to death."

12 Now Isaac sowed in that land and reaped F457 in the same year a hundredfold. And the R741 LORD blessed him, 13 and the man became R742 rich, and continued to grow richer F458 until he became very wealthy; F458 14 for he R743 had possessions of flocks and F459 herds and a great household, so that the Philistines envied him. 15 Now all R744 the wells which his father's servants had dug in the days of Abraham his father, the Philistines stopped up by F460 filling them with earth. 16 Then Abimelech said to Isaac, "Go away from us, for you are too R745 F461 powerful for us." 17 And Isaac departed from there and camped in the valley of Gerar, and settled F462 there.

Quarrel over the Wells

18 Then Isaac dug again the wells of water which had F463 been dug in the days of his father Abraham, for the Philistines had stopped them up after the death of Abraham; and he gave F464 them the same names which his father had given F465 them. 19 But when Isaac's servants dug in the valley and found there a well of flowing F466 water, 20 the herdsmen of Gerar quarreled R746 with the herdsmen of Isaac, saying, "The water is ours!" So he named the well Esek, F467 because they contended with him. 21 Then they dug another well, and they quarreled over it too, so he named it Sitnah. F468 22 He moved away from there and dug another well, and they did not quarrel over it; so he named it Rehoboth, F469 for he said, "At R747 F470 last the LORD has made room F471 for us, and we will be fruitful R748 in the land."

23 Then he went up from there to Beersheba. R749 24 The LORD appeared R750 to him the same night and said, "I R751 am the God of your father Abraham; Do R752 not fear, for I am with you. I will R753 bless you, and multiply your descendants, F472 For the sake of My servant Abraham." 25 So he built an altar R754 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 Abimelech R755 came to him from Gerar with F473 his adviser Ahuzzath and Phicol the commander of his army. 27 Isaac said to them, "Why R756 have you come to me, since you hate me and have sent me away from you?" 28 They said, "We see plainly that R757 the LORD has been with you; so we said, `Let there now be an oath between us, even between you F474 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 and F475 have done to you nothing but good and have sent you away in peace. You are now the blessed R758 of the LORD.' " 30 Then he R759 made them a feast, and they ate and drank. 31 In the morning they arose early and exchanged R760 F476 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 Beersheba R761 to this day.

34 When Esau was forty years old he R762 married F477 Judith the daughter of Beeri the Hittite, and Basemath the daughter of Elon the Hittite; 35 and they R763 brought F478 grief to Isaac and Rebekah.


FOOTNOTES:
F450: Lit dwell
F451: Lit seed
F452: Lit seed
F452: Lit seed
F452: Lit seed
F453: Or bless themselves
F454: Lit hearkened to My voice
F455: Lit dwelt
F456: Lit lest...place
F457: Lit found
F458: Lit great
F458: Lit great
F459: Lit and possessions of herds
F460: Lit and filled them
F461: Lit much mightier than we
F462: Lit dwelt
F463: Lit they had dug
F464: Lit called their names as the names
F465: Lit called
F466: Lit living
F467: I.e. contention
F468: I.e. enmity
F469: I.e. broad places
F470: Lit Truly now
F471: Or broad
F472: Lit seed
F473: Lit and his confidential friend
F474: Lit us and you
F475: Lit and just as we
F476: Lit swore one to another
F477: Lit took as wife
F478: Lit were a bitterness of spirit to

CROSS REFERENCES:
R725: Genesis 12:10
R726: Genesis 20:1,2
R727: Genesis 12:7; 17:1; 18:1
R728: Genesis 12:1
R729: Genesis 26:24; 28:15; 31:3
R730: Genesis 12:2
R731: Genesis 12:7; 13:15; 15:18
R732: Genesis 22:16-18; Psalms 105:9
R733: Genesis 15:5; 22:17; Exodus 32:13
R734: Genesis 22:18; Galatians 3:8
R735: Genesis 22:16
R736: Genesis 12:13; 20:2,12
R737: Proverbs 29:25
R738: Genesis 12:11; 24:16; 29:17
R739: Genesis 20:9
R740: Psalms 105:15
R741: Genesis 24:1; 26:3; Job 1:42:12; Proverbs 10:22
R742: Proverbs 10:22
R743: Genesis 24:35; 25:5
R744: Genesis 21:25,30
R745: Exodus 1:9
R746: Genesis 21:25
R747: Psalms 4:1; Isaiah 54:2,3
R748: Genesis 17:6; Exodus 1:7
R749: Genesis 22:19
R750: Genesis 26:2
R751: Genesis 17:7,8; 24:12; Exodus 3:6; Acts 7:32
R752: Genesis 15:1
R753: Genesis 22:17; 26:3,4
R754: Genesis 12:7,8; 13:4,18; Psalms 116:17
R755: Genesis 21:22
R756: Judges 11:7
R757: Genesis 21:22,23
R758: Genesis 24:31; Psalms 115:15
R759: Genesis 19:3
R760: Genesis 21:31
R761: Genesis 21:31
R762: Genesis 28:8; 36:2
R763: Genesis 27:46

 
 

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