Genesis 26:1-22 NIV

Isaac and Abimelech

26:1-11Ref -- Ge 12:10-20; 20:1-18

1 Now there was a famine in the land1--besides the earlier famine of Abraham's time--and Isaac went to Abimelech king of the Philistines2 in Gerar.3

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2 The LORD appeared4 to Isaac and said, "Do not go down to Egypt;5 live in the land where I tell you to live.6

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3 Stay in this land for a while,7 and I will be with you8 and will bless you.9 For to you and your descendants I will give all these lands10 and will confirm the oath I swore to your father Abraham.11

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4 I will make your descendants12 as numerous as the stars in the sky13 and will give them all these lands,14 and through your offspringa all nations on earth will be blessed,15

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    • a 26:4 - Or "seed"
      5 because Abraham obeyed me16 and kept my requirements, my commands, my decrees17 and my laws.18"

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      6 So Isaac stayed in Gerar.19

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      7 When the men of that place asked him about his wife, he said, "She is my sister,20" because he was afraid to say, "She is my wife." He thought, "The men of this place might kill me on account of Rebekah, because she is beautiful."

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      8 When Isaac had been there a long time, Abimelech king of the Philistines21 looked down from a window and saw Isaac caressing his wife Rebekah.

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      9 So Abimelech summoned Isaac and said, "She is really your wife! Why did you say, 'She is my sister'?22" Isaac answered him, "Because I thought I might lose my life on account of her."

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      10 Then Abimelech said, "What is this you have done to us?23 One of the men might well have slept with your wife, and you would have brought guilt upon us."

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      11 So Abimelech gave orders to all the people: "Anyone who molests24 this man or his wife shall surely be put to death."25

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      12 Isaac planted crops in that land and the same year reaped a hundredfold,26 because the LORD blessed him.27

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      13 The man became rich, and his wealth continued to grow until he became very wealthy.28

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      14 He had so many flocks and herds and servants29 that the Philistines envied him.30

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      15 So all the wells31 that his father's servants had dug in the time of his father Abraham, the Philistines stopped up,32 filling them with earth.

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      16 Then Abimelech said to Isaac, "Move away from us;33 you have become too powerful for us.34"

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      17 So Isaac moved away from there and encamped in the Valley of Gerar35 and settled there.

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      18 Isaac reopened the wells36 that had been dug in the time of his father Abraham, which the Philistines had stopped up after Abraham died, and he gave them the same names his father had given them.

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      19 Isaac's servants dug in the valley and discovered a well of fresh water there.
      20 But the herdsmen of Gerar quarreled37 with Isaac's herdsmen and said, "The water is ours!"38 So he named the well Esek,b because they disputed with him.

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        • b 26:20 - "Esek" means "dispute."
          21 Then they dug another well, but they quarreled39 over that one also; so he named it Sitnah.c

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            • c 26:21 - "Sitnah" means "opposition."
              22 He moved on from there and dug another well, and no one quarreled over it. He named it Rehoboth,d40 saying, "Now the LORD has given us room41 and we will flourish42 in the land."

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                • d 26:22 - "Rehoboth" means "room."