Genesis 26 NLT/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 Now a severe famine struck the land, as had happened before in Abraham's time. So Isaac moved to Gerar, where Abimelech, king of the Philistines, lived. 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 appeared to him there and said, "Do not go to Egypt. 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 Do as I say, and stay here in this land. If you do, I will be with you and bless you. I will give all this land to you and your descendants, just as I solemnly promised Abraham, your father. 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 cause your descendants to become as numerous as the stars, and I will give them all these lands. And through your descendants all the nations of the earth will be blessed. 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 do this because Abraham listened to me and obeyed all my requirements, commands, regulations, and laws." 5 because Abraham obeyed me and kept my requirements, my commands, my decrees and my laws."
6 So Isaac stayed in Gerar. 6 So Isaac stayed in Gerar.
7 And when the men there asked him about Rebekah, he said, "She is my sister." He was afraid to admit that she was his wife. He thought they would kill him to get her, because she 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 But some time later, Abimelech, king of the Philistines, looked out a window and saw Isaac fondling 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 called for Isaac and exclaimed, "She is obviously your wife! Why did you say she was your sister?" "Because I was afraid someone would kill me to get her from me," Isaac replied. 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 "How could you treat us this way!" Abimelech exclaimed. "Someone might have taken your wife and slept with her, and you would have made us guilty of great sin." 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 made a public proclamation: "Anyone who harms this man or his wife will die!" 11 So Abimelech gave orders to all the people: "Anyone who molests this man or his wife shall surely be put to death."
12 That year Isaac's crops were tremendous! He harvested a hundred times more grain than he planted, for 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 became a rich man, and his wealth only continued to grow. 13 The man became rich, and his wealth continued to grow until he became very wealthy.
14 He acquired large flocks of sheep and goats, great herds of cattle, and many servants. Soon the Philistines became jealous of him, 14 He had so many flocks and herds and servants that the Philistines envied him.
15 and they filled up all of Isaac's wells with earth. These were the wells that had been dug by the servants of his father, Abraham. 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 And Abimelech asked Isaac to leave the country. "Go somewhere else," he said, "for you have become too rich and powerful for us." 16 Then Abimelech said to Isaac, "Move away from us; you have become too powerful for us."
17 So Isaac moved to the Gerar Valley and lived there instead. 17 So Isaac moved away from there and encamped in the Valley of Gerar and settled there.
18 He reopened the wells his father had dug, which the Philistines had filled in after Abraham's death. Isaac renamed them, using the names Abraham 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 His shepherds also dug in the Gerar Valley and found a gushing spring. 19 Isaac's servants dug in the valley and discovered a well of fresh water there.
20 But then the local shepherds came and claimed the spring. "This is our water," they said, and they argued over it with Isaac's herdsmen. So Isaac named the well "Argument," because they had argued about it with him. 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 men then dug another well, but again there was a fight over it. So Isaac named it "Opposition." 21 Then they dug another well, but they quarreled over that one also; so he named it Sitnah.
22 Abandoning that one, he dug another well, and the local people finally left him alone. So Isaac called it "Room Enough," for he said, "At last the LORD has made room for us, and we will be able to thrive." 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 Isaac moved to Beersheba, 23 From there he went up to Beersheba.
24 where the LORD appeared to him on the night of his arrival. "I am the God of your father, Abraham," he said. "Do not be afraid, for I am with you and will bless you. I will give you many descendants, and they will become a great nation. I will do this because of my promise to 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 Then Isaac built an altar there and worshiped the LORD. He set up his camp at that place, and his servants dug a 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 One day Isaac had visitors from Gerar. King Abimelech arrived with his adviser, Ahuzzath, and also Phicol, his army commander. 26 Meanwhile, Abimelech had come to him from Gerar, with Ahuzzath his personal adviser and Phicol the commander of his forces.
27 "Why have you come?" Isaac asked them. "This is obviously no friendly visit, since you sent me from your land in a most unfriendly way." 27 Isaac asked them, "Why have you come to me, since you were hostile to me and sent me away?"
28 They replied, "We can plainly see that the LORD is with you. So we decided we should have a treaty, a covenant between us. 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 Swear that you will not harm us, just as we did not harm you. We have always treated you well, and we sent you away from us in peace. And now look how 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 So Isaac prepared a great feast for them, and they ate and drank in preparation for the treaty ceremony. 30 Isaac then made a feast for them, and they ate and drank.
31 Early the next morning, they each took a solemn oath of nonaggression. Then Isaac sent them home again in peace. 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 That very day Isaac's servants came and told him about a well they had dug. "We've found water!" they said. 32 That day Isaac's servants came and told him about the well they had dug. They said, "We've found water!"
33 So Isaac named the well "Oath," and from that time to this, the town that grew up there has been called Beersheba -- "well of the oath." 33 He called it Shibah, and to this day the name of the town has been Beersheba.
34 At the age of forty, Esau married a young woman named Judith, the daughter of Beeri the Hittite. He also married Basemath, the 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 But Esau's wives made life miserable for Isaac and Rebekah. 35 They were a source of grief to Isaac and Rebekah.