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Genesis 26 MSG/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 There was a famine in the land, as bad as the famine during the time of Abraham. And Isaac went down to Abimelech, king of the Philistines, in 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 God appeared to him and said, "Don't go down to Egypt; stay where I tell you. 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 Stay here in this land and I'll be with you and bless you. I'm giving you and your children all these lands, fulfilling the oath that I swore 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'll make your descendants as many as the stars in the sky and give them all these lands. All the nations of the Earth will get a blessing for themselves through 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 And why? Because Abraham obeyed my summons and kept my charge - my commands, my guidelines, my teachings." 5 because Abraham obeyed me and kept my requirements, my commands, my decrees and my laws."
6 So Isaac stayed put in Gerar. 6 So Isaac stayed in Gerar.
7 The men of the place questioned him about his wife. He said, "She's my sister." He was afraid to say "She's my wife." He was thinking, "These men might kill me to get Rebekah, she's so 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 One day, after they had been there quite a long time, Abimelech, king of the Philistines, looked out his window and saw Isaac fondling his wife Rebekah. 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's your wife. Why did you tell us 'She's my sister'?" Isaac said, "Because I thought I might get killed by someone who wanted her." 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 Abimelech said, "But think of what you might have done to us! Given a little more time, one of the men might have slept with your wife; you would have been responsible for bringing guilt down on us." 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 Then Abimelech gave orders to his people: "Anyone who so much as lays a hand on this man or his wife dies." 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 planted crops in that land and took in a huge harvest. God blessed him. 12 Isaac planted crops in that land and the same year reaped a hundredfold, because the LORD blessed him.
13 The man got richer and richer by the day until he was very wealthy. 13 The man became rich, and his wealth continued to grow until he became very wealthy.
14 He accumulated flocks and herds and many, many servants, so much so that the Philistines began to envy him. 14 He had so many flocks and herds and servants that the Philistines envied him.
15 They got back at him by throwing dirt and debris into all the wells that his father's servants had dug back in the days of his father Abraham, clogging up all the wells. 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 Finally, Abimelech told Isaac: "Leave. You've become far too big for us." 16 Then Abimelech said to Isaac, "Move away from us; you have become too powerful for us."
17 So Isaac left. He camped in the valley of Gerar and settled down there. 17 So Isaac moved away from there and encamped in the Valley of Gerar and settled there.
18 Isaac dug again the wells which were dug in the days of his father Abraham but had been clogged up by the Philistines after Abraham's death. And he renamed them, using the original names 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 One day, as Isaac's servants were digging in the valley, they came on a well of spring 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, claiming, "This water is ours." So Isaac named the well Esek (Quarrel) because they quarreled over it. 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 They dug another well and there was a difference over that one also, so he named it Sitnah (Accusation). 21 Then they dug another well, but they quarreled over that one also; so he named it Sitnah.
22 He went on from there and dug yet another well. But there was no fighting over this one so he named it Rehoboth (Wide-Open Spaces), saying, "Now God has given us plenty of space to spread out in the land." 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 From there he went up to Beersheba. 23 From there he went up to Beersheba.
24 That very night God appeared to him and said, I am the God of Abraham your father; don't fear a thing because I'm with you. I'll bless you and make your children flourish because of Abraham my servant. 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 prayed, calling on God by name. He pitched his tent and his servants started digging 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 Then Abimelech came to him from Gerar with Ahuzzath his advisor and Phicol the head of his troops. 26 Meanwhile, Abimelech had come to him from Gerar, with Ahuzzath his personal adviser and Phicol the commander of his forces.
27 Isaac asked them, "Why did you come to me? You hate me; you threw me out of your country." 27 Isaac asked them, "Why have you come to me, since you were hostile to me and sent me away?"
28 They said, "We've realized that God is on your side. We'd like to make a deal between us - a covenant 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 we maintain friendly relations. We haven't bothered you in the past; we treated you kindly and let you leave us in peace. So - God's blessing be with 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 laid out a feast and they ate and drank together. 30 Isaac then made a feast for them, and they ate and drank.
31 Early in the morning they exchanged oaths. Then Isaac said good-bye 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 Later that same day, Isaac's servants came to him with news about the well they had been digging, "We've struck water!" 32 That day Isaac's servants came and told him about the well they had dug. They said, "We've found water!"
33 Isaac named the well Sheba (Oath), and that's the name of the city, Beersheba (Oath-Well), to this day. 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 Judith, daughter of Beeri the Hittite, and Basemath, daughter of Elon the Hittite. 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 turned out to be thorns in the sides of Isaac and Rebekah. 35 They were a source of grief to Isaac and Rebekah.