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Genesis 26 :: New American Standard Bible 2020 (NASB20)

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Isaac Settles in Gerar

Unchecked Copy BoxGen 26:1 -

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.

Unchecked Copy BoxGen 26:2 - And the LORD appeared to him and said, “Do not go down to Egypt; stay in the land of which I shall tell you.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 26:3 - “Live for a time in this land and I will be with you and bless you, for to you and to your [fn]descendants I will give all these lands, and I will establish the oath which I swore to your father Abraham.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 26:4 - “I will multiply your [fn]descendants as the stars of heaven, and will give your [fn]descendants all these lands; and by your [fn]descendants all the nations of the earth [fn]shall be blessed,
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 26:5 - because Abraham [fn]obeyed Me and fulfilled his duty to Me, and kept My commandments, My statutes, and My laws.”
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So Isaac lived in Gerar.

Unchecked Copy BoxGen 26:7 - 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,[fn]the men of the place might kill me on account of Rebekah, since she is beautiful.”
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 26:8 - Now it came about, when he had been there a long time, that Abimelech king of the Philistines looked down through a window, and saw them, and behold, Isaac was caressing his wife Rebekah.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 26:9 - Then Abimelech called Isaac and said, “Behold, she certainly is your wife! So how is it that you said, ‘She is my sister’?” And Isaac said to him, “Because I thought, ‘otherwise I might be killed on account of her.’”
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 26:10 - And Abimelech said, “What is this that you have done to us? One of the people might easily have slept 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 will certainly be put to death.”
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Now Isaac sowed in that land and [fn]reaped in the same year a hundred times as much. And the LORD blessed him,

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

Argument 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, for the Philistines had stopped them up after the death of Abraham; and he [fn]gave them the same names which his father had [fn]given them.

Unchecked Copy BoxGen 26:19 - But when Isaac’s servants dug in the valley and found there a well of [fn]flowing water,
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 26:20 - the herdsmen of Gerar quarreled with the herdsmen of Isaac, saying, “The water is ours!” So he named the well [fn]Esek, because they argued with him.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 26:21 - Then they dug another well, and they quarreled over it too, so he named it [fn]Sitnah.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 26:22 - Then he moved away from there and dug another well, and they did not quarrel over it; so he named it [fn]Rehoboth, for he said, “[fn]At last the LORD 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 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 [fn]descendants,

For the sake of My servant Abraham.”

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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.

Covenant with Abimelech

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

Unchecked Copy BoxGen 26:27 - 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 - They said, “We have seen plainly that the LORD has been with you; so we said, ‘An oath must now be taken [fn]by us,’ that is, [fn]by you and us. So let us make 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 the LORD.”
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 got up early and [fn]exchanged oaths; then Isaac sent them away, and they left him in peace.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 26:32 - 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.”
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 26:33 - So he called it [fn]Shibah; therefore the name of the city is Beersheba to this day.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 26:34 -

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

Unchecked Copy BoxGen 26:35 - and they [fn]brought grief to Isaac and Rebekah.
NASB20 Footnotes
Lit seed
Lit seed
Lit seed
Lit seed
Or bless themselves
Lit listened diligently to My voice
Lit found
Lit great
Lit great
Lit and possessions of herds
Lit and filled them
Lit much mightier than we
Lit dwelt
Lit they had dug
Lit called their names as the names
Lit called
Lit living
I.e., argument
I.e., accusation
I.e., broad places
Lit Truly now
Or broad
Lit seed
Lit and his confidential friend
Lit between us
Lit between us and you
Lit and just as we
Lit swore one to another
Meaning uncertain, perhaps oath
Lit took as wife
Lit were a bitterness of spirit to

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