Isaac Settles in Gerar

1 Now there was 1a famine in the land, besides * the previous famine that had occurred in the days of Abraham. So Isaac went to Gerar, to 2Abimelech king of the Philistines.
2 The LORD 3appeared to him and said, "Do not go down to Egypt; 4stay in the land of which I shall tell you.
3 "Sojourn in this land and 5I will be with you and 6bless you, for 7to you and to your descendants I will give all these lands, and I will establish 8the oath which I swore to your father Abraham.
4 "9I will multiply your descendants as the stars of heaven, and will give your descendants all these lands; and 10by your descendants all the nations of the earth shall be blessed;
5 because * Abraham 11obeyed * Me and kept My charge, My commandments, My statutes and My laws."
6 So Isaac lived in Gerar.
7 When the men of the place asked about his wife, he said, "12She is my sister," for he was 13afraid to say, "my wife," thinking, "the men of the place might kill me on account of Rebekah, for she is 14beautiful."
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 15Abimelech 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 16touches this man or his wife shall surely be put to death."
12 Now Isaac sowed in that land and reaped in the same year a hundredfold *. And 17the LORD blessed him,
14 for 19he had possessions of flocks and herds and a great household, so that the Philistines envied him.
15 Now 20all the wells which his father's servants had dug in the days of Abraham his father, the Philistines stopped up by filling them with earth.
16 Then Abimelech said to Isaac, "Go away from us, for you are 21too powerful for us."
17 And Isaac departed from there and camped in the valley of Gerar, and settled there.

Quarrel over the Wells

18 Then Isaac dug again the wells of water which had been dug in the days of his father Abraham, for the Philistines had stopped them up after the death of Abraham; and he gave them the same names which his father had given them.
19 But when Isaac's servants dug in the valley and found there a well of flowing water,
20 the herdsmen of Gerar 22quarreled with the herdsmen of Isaac, saying, "The water is ours!" So he named * the well Esek, because they contended with him.
21 Then they dug another well, and they quarreled over it too, so he named * it Sitnah.
22 He moved away from there and dug another well, and they did not quarrel over it; so he named * it Rehoboth, for he said, "23At last * the LORD has made room for us, and we will be 24fruitful in the land."
23 Then he went up from there to 25Beersheba.
24 The LORD 26appeared to him the same night and said, "27I am the God of your father Abraham; 28Do not fear, for I am with you. I 29will bless you, and multiply your descendants, For the sake of My servant Abraham."
25 So he built an 30altar 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 31Abimelech came to him from Gerar with his adviser Ahuzzath and Phicol the commander of his army.
27 Isaac said to them, "32Why have you come to me, since you hate me and have sent me away from you?"
28 They said, "We see plainly 33that the LORD has been with you; so we said, 'Let there now be an oath between us, even between you 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 have done to you nothing but good and have sent you away in peace. You are now the 34blessed of the LORD.' "
30 Then 35he made them a feast, and they ate and drank.
31 In the morning they arose early and 36exchanged 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 37Beersheba to this day.
34 When Esau was forty years old 38he married * Judith the daughter of Beeri the Hittite, and Basemath the daughter of Elon the Hittite;
35 and 39they brought grief * to Isaac and Rebekah.