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Genesis 26 BBE/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 Then came a time of great need in the land, like that which had been before in the days of Abraham. And 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 And the Lord came to him in a vision and said, Do not go down to Egypt; keep in the land of which I will give you knowledge: 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 Keep in this land, and I will be with you and give you my blessing; for to you and to your seed will I give all these lands, giving effect to the oath which 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 make your seed like the stars of heaven in number, and will give them all these lands, and your seed will be a blessing to all the nations of the earth; 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 Because Abraham gave ear to my voice and kept my words, my rules, my orders, and my laws. 5 because Abraham obeyed me and kept my requirements, my commands, my decrees and my laws."
6 So Isaac went on living in Gerar; 6 So Isaac stayed in Gerar.
7 And when he was questioned by the men of the place about his wife, he said, She is my sister; fearing to say, She is my wife; for, he said, the men of the place may put me to death on account of Rebekah; because she is 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 And when he had been there for some time, Abimelech, king of the Philistines, looking through a window, saw Isaac playing with Rebekah his wife. 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 And he said to Isaac, It is clear that she is your wife: why then did you say, She is my sister? And Isaac said, For fear that I might be put to death because of 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 Then Abimelech said, What have you done to us? one of the people might well have had connection with your wife, and the sin would have been ours. 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 And Abimelech gave orders to his people that anyone touching Isaac or his wife was to 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 Now Isaac, planting seed in that land, got in the same year fruit a hundred times as much, for the blessing of the Lord was on him. 12 Isaac planted crops in that land and the same year reaped a hundredfold, because the LORD blessed him.
13 And his wealth became very great, increasing more and more; 13 The man became rich, and his wealth continued to grow until he became very wealthy.
14 For he had great wealth of flocks and herds and great numbers of servants; so that the Philistines were full of envy. 14 He had so many flocks and herds and servants that the Philistines envied him.
15 Now all the water-holes, which his father's servants had made in the days of Abraham, had been stopped up with earth by the Philistines. 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 said to Isaac, Go away from us, for you are stronger than we are. 16 Then Abimelech said to Isaac, "Move away from us; you have become too powerful for us."
17 So Isaac went away from there, and put up his tents in the valley of Gerar, making his living-place there. 17 So Isaac moved away from there and encamped in the Valley of Gerar and settled there.
18 And he made again the water-holes which had been made in the days of Abraham his father, and which had been stopped up by the Philistines; and he gave them the names which 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 Now Isaac's servants made holes in the valley, and came to a spring of flowing water. 19 Isaac's servants dug in the valley and discovered a well of fresh water there.
20 But the herdmen of Gerar had a fight with Isaac's herdmen, for they said, The spring is ours: so he gave the spring the name of Esek, because there was a fight about 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 Then they made another water-hole, and there was a fight about that, so he gave it the name of Sitnah. 21 Then they dug another well, but they quarreled over that one also; so he named it Sitnah.
22 Then he went away from there, and made another water-hole, about which there was no fighting: so he gave it the name of Rehoboth, for he said, Now the Lord has made room for us, and we will have fruit in this 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 And from there he went on to Beer-sheba. 23 From there he went up to Beersheba.
24 That night the Lord came to him in a vision, and said, I am the God of your father Abraham: have no fear for I am with you, blessing you, and your seed will be increased because of 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 Then he made an altar there, and gave worship to the name of the Lord, and he put up his tents there, and there his servants made a water-hole. 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 And Abimelech had come to him from Gerar, with Ahuzzath his friend and Phicol, the captain of his army. 26 Meanwhile, Abimelech had come to him from Gerar, with Ahuzzath his personal adviser and Phicol the commander of his forces.
27 And Isaac said to them, Why have you come to me, seeing that in your hate for me you sent me away from you? 27 Isaac asked them, "Why have you come to me, since you were hostile to me and sent me away?"
28 And they said, We saw clearly that the Lord was with you: so we said, Let there be an oath between us and you, and let us make an agreement with you; 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 do us no damage, even as we put no hand on you, and did you nothing but good, and sent you away in peace: and now the blessing of the Lord is on 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 Then he made a feast for them, and they all had food and drink. 30 Isaac then made a feast for them, and they ate and drank.
31 And early in the morning they took an oath one to the other: then Isaac sent them away and they went on their way 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 And that day Isaac's servants came to him and gave him word of the water-hole which they had made, and said to him, We have come to water. 32 That day Isaac's servants came and told him about the well they had dug. They said, "We've found water!"
33 And he gave it the name of Shibah: so the name of that town is Beer-sheba to this day. 33 He called it Shibah, and to this day the name of the town has been Beersheba.
34 And when Esau was forty years old, he took as his wives Judith, the daughter of Beeri the Hittite, and 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 And Isaac and Rebekah had grief of mind because of them. 35 They were a source of grief to Isaac and Rebekah.