Genesis 26



Isaac And Abimelech

1 Now there was a famine in the land, besides the previous famine that had occurred in the days of Abraham So Isaac went to Gerar, to Abimelech king of the Philistines.

1 And there was a famine in the land, beside the first famine that was in the days of Abraham. And Isaac went unto Abimelech king of the Philistines unto Gerar.

1 There was another famine in the land in addition to the one that had occurred in Abraham's time. And Isaac went to Abimelech, king of the Philistines, at Gerar.

1 Later on, a famine swept through the land. This famine was different from the previous famine that had occurred earlier, during Abraham's lifetime. So Isaac went to Abimelech, king of the Philistines, at Gerar.

1 And there was a famine in the land, other than the former famine that was in the days of Abraham. And Isaac went to Gerar, to Abimelech king of the Philistines.

2 The LORD appeared to him and said, "Do not go down to Egypt; stay in the land of which I shall tell you.

2 And the LORD appeared unto him, and said, Go not down into Egypt; dwell in the land which I shall tell thee of:

2 The Lord appeared to him and said, "Do not go down to Egypt. Live in the land that I tell you about;

2 That's when the LORD appeared to Isaac. "You are not to go down to Egypt," he said. "Instead, you are to settle down in an area within this land where I'll tell you.

2 And the Lord appeared to him and said, Do not go down to Egypt; live in the land of which I will tell you.

3 "Sojourn in this land and I will be with you and bless you, for to you and to your descendants I will give all these lands, and I will establish the oath which I swore to your father Abraham.

3 Sojourn in this land, and I will be with thee, and will bless thee; for unto thee, and unto thy seed, I will give all these countries, and I will perform the oath which I sware unto Abraham thy father;

3 stay in this land as a foreigner, and I will be with you and bless you. For I will give all these lands to you and your offspring, and I will confirm the oath that I swore to your father Abraham.

3 Remain in this land, and I'll be with and bless you by giving all these lands to you and to your descendants in fulfillment of my solemn promise that I made to your father Abraham.

3 Dwell temporarily in this land, and I will be with you and will favor you with blessings; for to you and to your descendants I will give all these lands, and I will perform the oath which I swore to Abraham your father.

4 "I will multiply your descendants as the stars of heaven, and will give your descendants all these lands; and by your descendants all the nations of the earth shall be blessed;

4 And I will make thy seed to multiply as the stars of heaven, and will give unto thy seed all these countries; and in thy seed shall all the nations of the earth be blessed;

4 I will make your offspring as numerous as the stars of the sky, I will give your offspring all these lands, and all the nations of the earth will be blessed by your offspring,

4 I'll cause you to have as many descendants as the stars of the heavens, and I'll certainly give all these lands to your descendants. Later on, through your descendants all the nations of the earth will bless one another.

4 And I will make your descendants to multiply as the stars of the heavens, and will give to your posterity all these lands (kingdoms); and by your Offspring shall all the nations of the earth be blessed, or by Him bless themselves,

5 because Abraham obeyed Me and kept My charge, My commandments, My statutes and My laws."

5 Because that Abraham obeyed my voice, and kept my charge, my commandments, my statutes, and my laws.

5 because Abraham listened to My voice and kept My mandate, My commands, My statutes, and My instructions."

5 I'm going to do this because Abraham did what I told him to do. He kept my instructions, commands, statutes, and laws."

5 For Abraham listened to and obeyed My voice and kept My charge, My commands, My statutes, and My laws.

6 So Isaac lived in Gerar.

6 And Isaac dwelt in Gerar:

6 So Isaac settled in Gerar.

6 So Isaac lived in Gerar.

6 So Isaac stayed in Gerar.

Isaac's Deception

7 When the men of the place asked about his wife, he said, "She is my sister," for he was afraid to say, "my wife," thinking, "the men of the place might kill me on account of Rebekah, for she is beautiful."

7 And the men of the place asked him of his wife; and he said, She is my sister: for he feared to say, She is my wife; lest, said he, the men of the place should kill me for Rebekah; because she was fair to look upon.

7 When the men of the place asked about his wife, he said, "She is my sister," for he was afraid to say "my wife," [thinking], "The men of the place will kill me on account of Rebekah, for she is a beautiful woman."

7 Later on, the men of that place asked about his wife, so he replied, "She's my sister," because he was afraid to call her "my wife." He kept thinking, ""otherwise, the men around here will kill me on account of Rebekah, since she's very beautiful."

7 And the men of the place asked him about his wife, and he said, She is my sister; for he was afraid to say, She is my wife -- "[thinking], Lest the men of the place should kill me for Rebekah, because she is attractive and is beautiful to look upon.

8 It came about, when he had been there a long time, that Abimelech king of the Philistines looked out through a window, and saw, and behold, Isaac was caressing his wife Rebekah.

8 And it came to pass, when he had been there a long time, that Abimelech king of the Philistines looked out at a window, and saw, and, behold, Isaac was sporting with Rebekah his wife.

8 When Isaac had been there for some time, Abimelech king of the Philistines looked down from the window and was surprised to see Isaac caressing his wife Rebekah.

8 After he had been there awhile, Abimelech, king of the Philistines, looked out through a window and saw Isaac caressing his wife Rebekah.

8 When he had been there a long time, Abimelech king of the Philistines looked out of a window and saw Isaac caressing Rebekah his wife.

9 Then Abimelech called Isaac and said, "Behold, certainly she is your wife! How then did you say, 'She is my sister'?" And Isaac said to him, "Because I said, 'I might die on account of her.'"

9 And Abimelech called Isaac, and said, Behold, of a surety she is thy wife: and how saidst thou, She is my sister? And Isaac said unto him, Because I said, Lest I die for her.

9 Abimelech sent for Isaac and said, "So she is really your wife! How could you say, 'She's my sister'?" Isaac answered him, "Because I thought I might die on account of her."

9 So Abimelech called Isaac and confronted him. "She is definitely your wife!" he accused him, "So why did you claim, "She's my sister?'" Isaac responded, "Because I had thought ""otherwise, I'll die on account of her.'"

9 And Abimelech called Isaac and said, See here, she is certainly your wife! How did you [dare] say to me, She is my sister? And Isaac said to him, Because I thought, Lest I die on account of her.

10 Abimelech said, "What is this you have done to us? One of the people might easily have lain with your wife, and you would have brought guilt upon us."

10 And Abimelech said, What is this thou hast done unto us? one of the people might lightly have lien with thy wife, and thou shouldest have brought guiltiness upon us.

10 Then Abimelech said, "What is this you've done to us? One of the people could easily have slept with your wife, and you would have brought guilt on us."

10 "What have you done to us?" Abimelech asked. "Any minute now, one of the people could have had sex with your wife and you would have caused all of us to be guilty."

10 And Abimelech said, What is this you have done to us? One of the men might easily have lain with your wife, and you would have brought guilt and sin upon us.

11 So Abimelech charged all the people, saying, "He who touches this man or his wife shall surely be put to death."

11 And Abimelech charged all his people, saying, He that toucheth this man or his wife shall surely be put to death.

11 So Abimelech warned all the people with these words: "Whoever harms this man or his wife will certainly die."

11 So he issued this order to everyone: "Whoever touches this man or his wife is to be executed."

11 Then Abimelech charged all his people, He who touches this man or his wife shall surely be put to death.

Conflicts Over Wells

12 Now Isaac sowed in that land and reaped in the same year a hundredfold. And the LORD blessed him,

12 Then Isaac sowed in that land, and received in the same year an hundredfold: and the LORD blessed him.

12 Isaac sowed seed in that land, and in that year he reaped a hundred times [what was sown]. The Lord blessed him,

12 Isaac received a 100-fold return on what he planted that year in the land he received, because the LORD blessed him.

12 Then Isaac sowed seed in that land and received in the same year a hundred times as much as he had planted, and the Lord favored him with blessings.

13 and the man became rich, and continued to grow richer until he became very wealthy;

13 And the man waxed great, and went forward, and grew until he became very great:

13 and the man became rich and kept getting richer until he was very wealthy.

13 He became very wealthy and lived a life of wealth, becoming more and more wealthy.

13 And the man became great and gained more and more until he became very wealthy and distinguished;

14 for he had possessions of flocks and herds and a great household, so that the Philistines envied him.

14 For he had possession of flocks, and possession of herds, and great store of servants: and the Philistines envied him.

14 He had flocks of sheep, herds of cattle, and many slaves, and the Philistines were envious of him.

14 He owned so many sheep, cattle, and servants that the Philistines eventually became envious of him.

14 He owned flocks, herds, and a great supply of servants, and the Philistines envied him.

15 Now all the wells which his father's servants had dug in the days of Abraham his father, the Philistines stopped up by filling them with earth.

15 For all the wells which his father's servants had digged in the days of Abraham his father, the Philistines had stopped them, and filled them with earth.

15 The Philistines stopped up all the wells that his father's slaves had dug in the days of his father Abraham, filling them with dirt.

15 They filled in with sand all of the wells that Isaac's father Abraham's servants had dug during his lifetime.

15 Now all the wells which his father's servants had dug in the days of Abraham his father, the Philistines had closed and filled with earth.

16 Then Abimelech said to Isaac, "Go away from us, for you are too powerful for us."

16 And Abimelech said unto Isaac, Go from us; for thou art much mightier than we.

16 And Abimelech said to Isaac, "Leave us, for you are much too powerful for us."

16 Then Abimelech ordered Isaac, "Move away from us! You've become more powerful than we are."

16 And Abimelech said to Isaac, Go away from us, for you are much mightier than we are.

17 And Isaac departed from there and camped in the valley of Gerar, and settled there.

17 And Isaac departed thence, and pitched his tent in the valley of Gerar, and dwelt there.

17 So Isaac left there, camped in the valley of Gerar, and lived there.

17 So Isaac moved from there and encamped in the Gerar Valley, where he settled.

17 So Isaac went away from there and pitched his tent in the Valley of Gerar, and dwelt there.

18 Then Isaac dug again the wells of water which had been dug in the days of his father Abraham, for the Philistines had stopped them up after the death of Abraham; and he gave them the same names which his father had given them.

18 And Isaac digged again the wells of water, which they had digged in the days of Abraham his father; for the Philistines had stopped them after the death of Abraham: and he called their names after the names by which his father had called them.

18 Isaac reopened the water wells that had been dug in the days of his father Abraham and that the Philistines had stopped up after Abraham died. He gave them the same names his father had given them.

18 Isaac re-excavated some wells that his father had first dug during his lifetime, because the Philistines had filled them with sand after Abraham's death. Isaac renamed those wells with the same names that his father had called them.

18 And Isaac dug again the wells of water which had been dug in the days of Abraham his father, for the Philistines had stopped them after the death of Abraham; and he gave them the names by which his father had called them.

19 But when Isaac's servants dug in the valley and found there a well of flowing water,

19 And Isaac's servants digged in the valley, and found there a well of springing water.

19 Moreover, Isaac's slaves dug in the valley and found a well of spring water there.

19 While Isaac's servants were digging in the valley, they discovered a well with flowing water.

19 Now Isaac's servants dug in the valley and found there a well of living [spring] water.

20 the herdsmen of Gerar quarreled with the herdsmen of Isaac, saying, "The water is ours!" So he named the well Esek, because they contended with him.

20 And the herdmen of Gerar did strive with Isaac's herdmen, saying, The water is ours: and he called the name of the well Esek; because they strove with him.

20 But the herdsmen of Gerar quarreled with Isaac's herdsmen and said, "The water is ours!" So he named the well Quarrel because they quarreled with him.

20 But the herdsmen who lived in Gerar quarreled with Isaac's herdsmen. "The water is ours," they said. As a result, Isaac named the well Esek, for they had fiercely disputed with him about it.

20 And the herdsmen of Gerar quarreled with Isaac's herdsmen, saying, The water is ours. And he named the well Esek [contention] because they quarreled with him.

21 Then they dug another well, and they quarreled over it too, so he named it Sitnah.

21 And they digged another well, and strove for that also: and he called the name of it Sitnah.

21 Then they dug another well and quarreled over that one also, so he named it Hostility.

21 When his workers started digging another well, those herdsmen quarreled about that one, too, so Isaac named it Sitnah.

21 Then [his servants] dug another well, and they quarreled over that also; so he named it Sitnah [enmity].

22 He moved away from there and dug another well, and they did not quarrel over it; so he named it Rehoboth, for he said, "At last the LORD has made room for us, and we will be fruitful in the land."

22 And he removed from thence, and digged another well; and for that they strove not: and he called the name of it Rehoboth; and he said, For now the LORD hath made room for us, and we shall be fruitful in the land.

22 He moved from there and dug another, and they did not quarrel over it. He named it Open Spaces and said, "For now the Lord has made room for us, and we will be fruitful in the land."

22 Then he left that area and dug still another well. Because they did not quarrel over that one, Isaac named it Rehoboth, because he used to say, "The LORD has enlarged the territory for us. We will prosper in the land."

22 And he moved away from there and dug another well, and for that one they did not quarrel. He named it Rehoboth [room], saying, For now the Lord has made room for us, and we shall be fruitful in the land.

The Lord Appears To Isaac

23 Then he went up from there to Beersheba.

23 And he went up from thence to Beersheba.

23 From there he went up to Beer-sheba,

23 Later on, he left there and went to Beer-sheba,

23 Now he went up from there to Beersheba.

24 The LORD appeared to him the same night and said, "I am the God of your father Abraham; Do not fear, for I am with you I will bless you, and multiply your descendants, For the sake of My servant Abraham."

24 And the LORD appeared unto him the same night, and said, I am the God of Abraham thy father: fear not, for I am with thee, and will bless thee, and multiply thy seed for my servant Abraham's sake.

24 and the Lord appeared to him that night and said, "I am the God of your father Abraham. Do not be afraid, for I am with you. I will bless you and multiply your offspring because of My servant Abraham."

24 where one night the LORD appeared to him. "I am the God of your father Abraham," he told him. "Don't be afraid, because I'm with you. I'm going to bless you and multiply your descendants on account of my servant Abraham."

24 And the Lord appeared to him the same night and said, I am the God of Abraham your father. Fear not, for I am with you and will favor you with blessings and multiply your descendants for the sake of My servant Abraham.

25 So he built an altar there and called upon the name of the LORD, and pitched his tent there; and there Isaac's servants dug a well.

25 And he builded an altar there, and called upon the name of the LORD, and pitched his tent there: and there Isaac's servants digged a well.

25 So he built an altar there, worshiped the Lord, and pitched his tent there. Isaac's slaves also dug a well there.

25 In response, Isaac built an altar there and called on the name of the LORD. He also pitched his tents there and his servants dug a well.

25 And [Isaac] built an altar there and called on the name of the Lord and pitched his tent there; and there Isaac's servants were digging a well.

Covenant With Abimelech

26 Then Abimelech came to him from Gerar with his adviser Ahuzzath and Phicol the commander of his army.

26 Then Abimelech went to him from Gerar, and Ahuzzath one of his friends, and Phichol the chief captain of his army.

26 Then Abimelech came to him from Gerar with Ahuzzath his adviser and Phicol the commander of his army.

26 Later, Abimelech traveled from Gerar to visit Isaac. He arrived with Ahuzzath, his staff advisor, and Phicol, the commanding officer of his army.

26 Then Abimelech went to him from Gerar with Ahuzzah, one of his friends, and Phicol, his army's commander.

27 Isaac said to them, "Why have you come to me, since you hate me and have sent me away from you?"

27 And Isaac said unto them, Wherefore come ye to me, seeing ye hate me, and have sent me away from you?

27 Isaac said to them, "Why have you come to me? You hated me and sent me away from you."

27 "Why have you come to see me," Isaac asked them, "since you hate me so much that you sent me away from you?"

27 And Isaac said to them, Why have you come to me, seeing that you hate me and have sent me away from you?

28 They said, "We see plainly that the LORD has been with you; so we said, 'Let there now be an oath between us, even between you and us, and let us make a covenant with you,

28 And they said, We saw certainly that the LORD was with thee: and we said, Let there be now an oath betwixt us, even betwixt us and thee, and let us make a covenant with thee;

28 They replied, "We have clearly seen how the Lord has been with you. We think there should be an oath between two parties-between us and you. Let us make a covenant with you:

28 "We've seen that the LORD is with you," they responded, "so we're proposing an agreement between us between us and you. Allow us to make a treaty with you

28 They said, We saw that the Lord was certainly with you; so we said, Let there be now an oath between us [carrying a curse with it to befall the one who breaks it], even between you and us, and let us make a covenant with you

29 that you will do us no harm, just as we have not touched you and have done to you nothing but good and have sent you away in peace. You are now the blessed of the LORD.'"

29 That thou wilt do us no hurt, as we have not touched thee, and as we have done unto thee nothing but good, and have sent thee away in peace: thou art now the blessed of the LORD.

29 You will not harm us, just as we have not harmed you but have only done what was good to you, sending you away in peace. You are now blessed by the Lord."

29 by which you'll agree not to do us any harm, just as we haven't harmed you, since we've done nothing but good for you after we sent you away in peace. As a result, you've been tremendously blessed by the LORD."

29 That you will do us no harm, inasmuch as we have not touched you and have done to you nothing but good and have sent you away in peace. You are now the blessed or favored of the Lord!

30 Then he made them a feast, and they ate and drank.

30 And he made them a feast, and they did eat and drink.

30 So he prepared a banquet for them, and they ate and drank.

30 So Isaac held a festival for them, and they ate and drank.

30 And he made them a [formal] dinner, and they ate and drank.

31 In the morning they arose early and exchanged oaths; then Isaac sent them away and they departed from him in peace.

31 And they rose up betimes in the morning, and sware one to another: and Isaac sent them away, and they departed from him in peace.

31 They got up early in the morning and swore an oath to each other. Then Isaac sent them on their way, and they left him in peace.

31 They woke up early the next morning and made the treaty. After this, Isaac sent them off and they left on peaceful terms.

31 And they rose up early in the morning and took oaths [with a curse] with one another; and Isaac sent them on their way and they departed from him in peace.

32 Now it came about on the same day, that Isaac's servants came in and told him about the well which they had dug, and said to him, "We have found water."

32 And it came to pass the same day, that Isaac's servants came, and told him concerning the well which they had digged, and said unto him, We have found water.

32 On that same day Isaac's slaves came to tell him about the well they had dug, saying to him, "We have found water!"

32 That very same day, Isaac's servants arrived and reported to him about a well that they had just completed digging. "We've found water!" they said.

32 That same day Isaac's servants came and told him about the well they had dug, saying, We have found water!

33 So he called it Shibah; therefore the name of the city is Beersheba to this day.

33 And he called it Shebah: therefore the name of the city is Beersheba unto this day.

33 He called it Oath. Therefore the name of the city is Beer-sheba to this day.

33 So Isaac named the well Shebah, which is why the city is named Beer-sheba to this day.

33 And he named [the well] Shibah; therefore the name of the city is Beersheba [well of the oath] to this day.

Esau's Wives

34 When Esau was forty years old he married Judith the daughter of Beeri the Hittite, and Basemath the daughter of Elon the Hittite;

34 And Esau was forty years old when he took to wife Judith the daughter of Beeri the Hittite, and Bashemath the daughter of Elon the Hittite:

34 When Esau was 40 years old, he took as his wives Judith daughter of Beeri the Hittite, and Basemath daughter of Elon the Hittite.

34 When Esau was 40 years old, he married Judith, the daughter of Beeri the Hittite and Basemath, the daughter of Elon the Hittite.

34 Now Esau was 40 years old when he took as wife Judith the daughter of Beeri the Hittite, and Basemath the daughter of Elon the Hittite.

35 and they brought grief to Isaac and Rebekah.

35 Which were a grief of mind unto Isaac and to Rebekah.

35 They made life bitter for Isaac and Rebekah.

35 This brought extreme grief to Isaac and Rebekah.

35 And they made life bitter and a grief of mind and spirit for Isaac and Rebekah [their parents-in-law].



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