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Genesis 26 NCV/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 Now there was a time of hunger in the land, besides the time of hunger that happened during Abraham's life. So Isaac went to the town of Gerar to see Abimelech king of the Philistines. 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 Isaac and said, "Don't go down to Egypt, but live in the land where I tell you to live. 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 in this land, and I will be with you and bless you. I will give you and your descendants all these lands, and I will keep the oath I made to 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 give you many descendants, as hard to count as the stars in the sky, and I will give them all these lands. Through your descendants all the nations on 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 your father Abraham obeyed me. He did what I said and obeyed my commands, my teachings, and my rules." 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 His wife Rebekah was very beautiful, and the men of that place asked Isaac about her. Isaac said, "She is my sister," because he was afraid to tell them she was his wife. He thought they might kill him so they could have her. 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 Isaac lived there a long time. One day as Abimelech king of the Philistines looked out his window, he saw Isaac holding his wife Rebekah tenderly. 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 said, "This woman is your wife. Why did you say she was your sister?" Isaac said to him, "I was afraid you would kill me so you could have 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, "What have you done to us? One of our men might have had sexual relations with your wife. Then we would have been guilty of a 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 So Abimelech warned everyone, "Anyone who touches 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 planted seed in that land, and that year he gathered a great harvest. The Lord blessed him very much, 12 Isaac planted crops in that land and the same year reaped a hundredfold, because the LORD blessed him.
13 and he became rich. He gathered more wealth until he became a very rich man. 13 The man became rich, and his wealth continued to grow until he became very wealthy.
14 He had so many slaves and flocks and herds that the Philistines envied him. 14 He had so many flocks and herds and servants that the Philistines envied him.
15 So they stopped up all the wells the servants of Isaac's father Abraham had dug. (They had dug them when Abraham was alive.) The Philistines filled those wells with dirt. 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, "Leave our country because you have become much 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 that place and camped in the Valley of Gerar and lived there. 17 So Isaac moved away from there and encamped in the Valley of Gerar and settled there.
18 Long before this time Abraham had dug many wells, but after he died, the Philistines filled them with dirt. So Isaac dug those wells again and gave them the same 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 Isaac's servants dug a well in the valley, from which a spring of water flowed. 19 Isaac's servants dug in the valley and discovered a well of fresh water there.
20 But the herdsmen of Gerar argued with them and said, "This water is ours." So Isaac named that well Argue because they argued 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 Then his servants dug another well. When the people also argued about it, Isaac named that well Fight. 21 Then they dug another well, but they quarreled over that one also; so he named it Sitnah.
22 He moved from there and dug another well. No one argued about this one, so he named it Room Enough. Isaac said, "Now the Lord has made room for us, and we will be successful 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 From there Isaac went to Beersheba. 23 From there he went up to Beersheba.
24 The Lord appeared to him that night and said, "I am the God of your father Abraham. Don't be afraid, because I am with you. I will bless you and give you many descendants 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 So Isaac built an altar and worshiped the Lord there. He also made a camp there, 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 Abimelech came from Gerar to see Isaac. He brought with him Ahuzzath, who advised him, and Phicol, the commander 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 Isaac asked them, "Why have you come to see me? You were my enemy and forced me to 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. Let us swear an oath to each other. 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 since we did not hurt you, you will not hurt us. We were good to you and sent you away in peace. Now 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 food for them, and they all ate and drank. 30 Isaac then made a feast for them, and they ate and drank.
31 Early the next morning the men swore an oath to each other. Then Isaac sent them away, and they left 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 day Isaac's servants came and told him about the well they had dug, saying, "We found water in that well." 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 it Shibahn and that city is called Beersheba even now. 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 Hittite women -- Judith daughter of Beeri and Basemath 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 These women brought much sorrow to Isaac and Rebekah. 35 They were a source of grief to Isaac and Rebekah.