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Genesis 26 :: Legacy Standard Bible (LSB)

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Yahweh Establishes the Oath with Isaac

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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.

Unchecked Copy BoxGen 26:2 - And Yahweh appeared to him and said, “Do not go down to Egypt; dwell in the land of which I shall tell you.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 26:3 - “Sojourn in this land, and I will be with you and bless you, for to you and to your seed I will give all these lands, and I will establish the oath which I swore to your father Abraham.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 26:4 - “And I will multiply your seed as the stars of heaven, and I will give your seed all these lands; and by your seed all the nations of the earth [fn]shall be blessed;
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 26:5 - because Abraham listened to My voice and kept My charge, My commandments, My statutes, and My laws.”

Isaac and Abimelech

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So Isaac [fn]lived in Gerar.

Unchecked Copy BoxGen 26:7 - Then the men of the place asked about his wife. And he said, “She is my sister,” for he was afraid to say, “my wife,” thinking, “lest the men of the place kill me on account of Rebekah, for she is beautiful in appearance.”
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 26:8 - Now it happened, 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 [fn]caressing his wife Rebekah.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 26:9 - Then Abimelech called Isaac and said, “Behold, surely she is your wife! How then did you say, ‘She is my sister’?” And Isaac said to him, “Because I said, ‘Lest I die on account of her.’”
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 26:10 - And 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.”
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 26:11 - So Abimelech commanded all the people, saying, “He who touches this man or his wife shall surely be put to death.”
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And Isaac sowed in that land and [fn]reaped in the same year one hundredfold. And Yahweh blessed him,

Unchecked Copy BoxGen 26:13 - and the man became great and continued to grow greater until he became very great;
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 26:14 - and he had possessions of flocks and possessions of herds and many servants, so that the Philistines were jealous of him.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 26:15 - Now all the wells which his father’s servants had dug in the days of Abraham his father, the Philistines stopped up [fn]by filling them with earth.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 26:16 - Then Abimelech said to Isaac, “Go away from us, for you are [fn]too mighty for us.”
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 26:17 - And Isaac departed from there and camped in the valley of Gerar and [fn]settled there.

The Quarrel over the Wells

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Then Isaac dug again the wells of water which [fn]had been dug in the days of his father Abraham, but the Philistines had stopped them up after the death of Abraham; and he [fn]called them by the same names by which his father had called them.

Unchecked Copy BoxGen 26:19 - Then Isaac’s servants dug in the valley and found there a well of [fn]flowing water.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 26:20 - And the herdsmen of Gerar contended with the herdsmen of Isaac, saying, “The water is ours!” So he named the well [fn]Esek, because they quarreled with him.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 26:21 - Then they dug another well, and they contended over it also, so he called it [fn]Sitnah.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 26:22 - Then he moved away from there and dug another well, and they did not contend over it; so he named it [fn]Rehoboth, and he said, “[fn]At last Yahweh has made [fn]room for us, and we will be fruitful in the land.”
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And he went up from there to Beersheba.

Unchecked Copy BoxGen 26:24 - And Yahweh appeared to him that 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 seed,

For the sake of My servant Abraham.”

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So he built an altar there and called upon the name of Yahweh and pitched his tent there; and there Isaac’s servants dug out a well.

Isaac’s Oath with Abimelech

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Now Abimelech came to him from Gerar [fn]with his adviser Ahuzzath and Phicol the commander of his army.

Unchecked Copy BoxGen 26:27 - And Isaac said to them, “Why have you come to me, since you hate me and have sent me away from you?”
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 26:28 - Then they said, “We see plainly that Yahweh has been with you; so we said, ‘Let there now be an oath between us—between [fn]you and us—and let us cut a covenant with you,
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 26:29 - that you will do us no harm, just as we have not touched you [fn]and have done to you nothing but good and have sent you away in peace. You are now the blessed of Yahweh.’”
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 26:30 - Then he made them a feast, and they ate and drank.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 26:31 - In the morning they arose early, and each swore to [fn]the other; then Isaac sent them away, and they departed from him in peace.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 26:32 - Now it happened on that 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.”
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 26:33 - So he called it Shibah; therefore the name of the city is Beersheba to this day.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 26:34 -

And Esau was forty years old, and he took as a wife Judith the daughter of Beeri the Hittite, and also Basemath the daughter of Elon the Hittite;

Unchecked Copy BoxGen 26:35 - and they [fn]brought bitterness to Isaac and Rebekah.
LSB Footnotes
Or experience blessing repeatedly, bless themselves
Lit dwelt
Lit laughing with
Lit found
Lit and filled them
Lit much mightier than we
Lit dwelt
Lit they had dug
Lit called their names as the names
Lit living
Contention
Enmity
Broad places
Lit Truly now
Or broad
Lit and his confidential friend
Lit us and you
Lit and just as we
Lit his brother
Lit were a bitterness of spirit to
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