Genesis 26 GNT/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 There was another famine in the land besides the earlier one during the time of Abraham. Isaac went to Abimelech, king of the Philistines, at Gerar. 1 Now there was a famine in the land--besides the earlier famine of Abraham's time--and Isaac went to Abimelech king of the Philistines in Gerar.
2 The Lord had appeared to Isaac and had said, "Do not go to Egypt; stay in this land, where I tell you to stay. 2 The LORD appeared to Isaac and said, "Do not go down to Egypt; live in the land where I tell you to live.
3 Live here, and I will be with you and bless you. I am going to give all this territory to you and to your descendants. I will keep the promise I made to your father Abraham. 3 Stay in this land for a while, and I will be with you and will bless you. For to you and your descendants I will give all these lands and will confirm the oath I swore to your father Abraham.
4 I will give you as many descendants as there are stars in the sky, and I will give them all this territory. All the nations will ask me to bless them as I have blessed your descendants. 4 I will make your descendants as numerous as the stars in the sky and will give them all these lands, and through your offspring all nations on earth will be blessed,
5 I will bless you, because Abraham obeyed me and kept all my laws and commands." 5 because Abraham obeyed me and kept my requirements, my commands, my decrees and my laws."
6 So Isaac lived at Gerar. 6 So Isaac stayed in Gerar.
7 When the men there asked about his wife, he said that she was his sister. He would not admit that she was his wife, because he was afraid that the men there would kill him to get Rebecca, who was very beautiful. 7 When the men of that place asked him about his wife, he said, "She is my sister," 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."
8 When Isaac had been there for some time, King Abimelech looked down from his window and saw Isaac and Rebecca making love. 8 When Isaac had been there a long time, Abimelech king of the Philistines looked down from a window and saw Isaac caressing his wife Rebekah.
9 Abimelech sent for Isaac and said, "So she is your wife! Why did you say she was your sister?" He answered, "I thought I would be killed if I said she was my wife." 9 So Abimelech summoned Isaac and said, "She is really your wife! Why did you say, 'She is my sister'?" Isaac answered him, "Because I thought I might lose my life on account of her."
10 "What have you done to us?" Abimelech said. "One of my men might easily have slept with your wife, and you would have been responsible for our guilt." 10 Then Abimelech said, "What is this you have done to us? One of the men might well have slept with your wife, and you would have brought guilt upon us."
11 Abimelech warned all the people: "Anyone who mistreats this man or his wife will be put to death." 11 So Abimelech gave orders to all the people: "Anyone who molests this man or his wife shall surely be put to death."
12 Isaac sowed crops in that land, and that year he harvested a hundred times as much as he had sown, because the Lord blessed him. 12 Isaac planted crops in that land and the same year reaped a hundredfold, because the LORD blessed him.
13 He continued to prosper and became a very rich man. 13 The man became rich, and his wealth continued to grow until he became very wealthy.
14 Because he had many herds of sheep and cattle and many servants, the Philistines were jealous of him. 14 He had so many flocks and herds and servants that the Philistines envied him.
15 So they filled in all the wells which the servants of his father Abraham had dug while Abraham was alive. 15 So all the wells that his father's servants had dug in the time of his father Abraham, the Philistines stopped up, filling them with earth.
16 Then Abimelech said to Isaac, "Leave our country. You have become more powerful than we are." 16 Then Abimelech said to Isaac, "Move away from us; you have become too powerful for us."
17 So Isaac left and set up his camp in Gerar Valley, where he stayed for some time. 17 So Isaac moved away from there and encamped in the Valley of Gerar and settled there.
18 He dug once again the wells which had been dug during the time of Abraham and which the Philistines had stopped up after Abraham's death. Isaac gave the wells the same names that his father had given them. 18 Isaac reopened the wells 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.
19 Isaac's servants dug a well in the valley and found water. 19 Isaac's servants dug in the valley and discovered a well of fresh water there.
20 The shepherds of Gerar quarreled with Isaac's shepherds and said, "This water belongs to us." So Isaac named the well "Quarrel." 20 But the herdsmen of Gerar quarreled with Isaac's herdsmen and said, "The water is ours!" So he named the well Esek, because they disputed with him.
21 Isaac's servants dug another well, and there was a quarrel about that one also, so he named it "Enmity." 21 Then they dug another well, but they quarreled over that one also; so he named it Sitnah.
22 He moved away from there and dug another well. There was no dispute about this one, so he named it "Freedom." He said, "Now the Lord has given us freedom to live in the land, and we will be prosperous here." 22 He moved on from there and dug another well, and no one quarreled over it. He named it Rehoboth, saying, "Now the LORD has given us room and we will flourish in the land."
23 Isaac left and went to Beersheba. 23 From there he went up to Beersheba.
24 That night the Lord appeared to him and said, "I am the God of your father Abraham. Do not be afraid; I am with you. I will bless you and give you many descendants because of my promise to my servant Abraham." 24 That night the LORD appeared to him and said, "I am the God of your father Abraham. Do not be afraid, for I am with you; I will bless you and will increase the number of your descendants for the sake of my servant Abraham."
25 Isaac built an altar there and worshiped the Lord. Then he set up his camp there, and his servants dug another well. 25 Isaac built an altar there and called on the name of the LORD. There he pitched his tent, and there his servants dug a well.
26 Abimelech came from Gerar with Ahuzzath his adviser and Phicol the commander of his army to see Isaac. 26 Meanwhile, Abimelech had come to him from Gerar, with Ahuzzath his personal adviser and Phicol the commander of his forces.
27 So Isaac asked, "Why have you now come to see me, when you were so unfriendly to me before and made me leave your country?" 27 Isaac asked them, "Why have you come to me, since you were hostile to me and sent me away?"
28 They answered, "Now we know that the Lord is with you, and we think that there should be a solemn agreement between us. We want you to promise 28 They answered, "We saw clearly that the LORD was with you; so we said, 'There ought to be a sworn agreement between us'--between us and you. Let us make a treaty with you
29 that you will not harm us, just as we did not harm you. We were kind to you and let you go peacefully. Now it is clear that the Lord has blessed you." 29 that you will do us no harm, just as we did not molest you but always treated you well and sent you away in peace. And now you are blessed by the LORD."
30 Isaac prepared a feast for them, and they ate and drank. 30 Isaac then made a feast for them, and they ate and drank.
31 Early next morning each man made his promise and sealed it with a vow. Isaac said good-bye to them, and they parted as friends. 31 Early the next morning the men swore an oath to each other. Then Isaac sent them on their way, and they left him in peace.
32 On that day Isaac's servants came and told him about the well which they had dug. They said, "We have found water." 32 That day Isaac's servants came and told him about the well they had dug. They said, "We've found water!"
33 He named the well "Vow." That is how the city of Beersheba got its name. 33 He called it Shibah, and to this day the name of the town has been Beersheba.
34 When Esau was forty years old, he married two Hittites, Judith the daughter of Beeri, and Basemath the daughter of Elon. 34 When Esau was forty years old, he married Judith daughter of Beeri the Hittite, and also Basemath daughter of Elon the Hittite.
35 They made life miserable for Isaac and Rebecca. 35 They were a source of grief to Isaac and Rebekah.