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.
I will do this because your father Abraham obeyed me. He did what I said and obeyed my commands, my teachings, and my rules."
So Isaac stayed in Gerar.
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.
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.
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."
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."
So Abimelech warned everyone, "Anyone who touches this man or his wife will be put to death."
Isaac planted seed in that land, and that year he gathered a great harvest. The Lord blessed him very much,
and he became rich. He gathered more wealth until he became a very rich man.
He had so many slaves and flocks and herds that the Philistines envied him.