The Lord appeared to him and said, "Do not go down to Egypt. Live in the land that I tell you about;
stay in this land as a foreigner, and I will be with you and bless you. For I will give all these lands to you and your offspring, and I will confirm the oath that I swore to your father Abraham.
I will make your offspring as numerous as the stars of the sky, I will give your offspring all these lands, and all the nations of the earth will be blesseda by your offspring,b5
because Abraham listened to My voice and kept My mandate, My commands, My statutes, and My instructions."c6
So Isaac settled in Gerar.
When the men of the place asked about his wife, he said, "She is my sister,"d for he was afraid to say "my wife," [thinking], "The men of the place will kill me on account of Rebekah, for she is a beautiful woman."
When Isaac had been there for some time, Abimelech king of the Philistines looked down from the window and was surprised to seee Isaac caressing his wife Rebekah.
Abimelech sent for Isaac and said, "So she is really your wife! How could you say, 'She's my sister'?" Isaac answered him, "Because I thought I might die on account of her."
Then Abimelech said, "What is this you've done to us? One of the people could easily have slept with your wife, and you would have brought guilt on us."f11
So Abimelech warned all the people with these words: "Whoever harms this man or his wife will certainly die."