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Genesis 26 :: New International Version (NIV)

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Isaac and Abimelek

Unchecked Copy BoxGen 26:1 - Now there was a famine in the land—besides the previous famine in Abraham’s time—and Isaac went to Abimelek king of the Philistines in Gerar.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 26:2 - The LORD appeared to Isaac and said, “Do not go down to Egypt; live in the land where I tell you to live.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 26:3 - 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.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 26:4 - I will make your descendants as numerous as the stars in the sky and will give them all these lands, and through your offspring[fn] all nations on earth will be blessed,[fn]
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 26:5 - because Abraham obeyed me and did everything I required of him, keeping my commands, my decrees and my instructions.”
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 26:6 - So Isaac stayed in Gerar.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 26:7 - 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.”
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 26:8 - When Isaac had been there a long time, Abimelek king of the Philistines looked down from a window and saw Isaac caressing his wife Rebekah.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 26:9 - So Abimelek 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.”
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 26:10 - Then Abimelek 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.”
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 26:11 - So Abimelek gave orders to all the people: “Anyone who harms this man or his wife shall surely be put to death.”
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 26:12 - Isaac planted crops in that land and the same year reaped a hundredfold, because the LORD blessed him.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 26:13 - The man became rich, and his wealth continued to grow until he became very wealthy.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 26:14 - He had so many flocks and herds and servants that the Philistines envied him.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 26:15 - 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.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 26:16 - Then Abimelek said to Isaac, “Move away from us; you have become too powerful for us.”
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 26:17 - So Isaac moved away from there and encamped in the Valley of Gerar, where he settled.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 26:18 - 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.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 26:19 - Isaac’s servants dug in the valley and discovered a well of fresh water there.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 26:20 - But the herders of Gerar quarreled with those of Isaac and said, “The water is ours!” So he named the well Esek,[fn] because they disputed with him.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 26:21 - Then they dug another well, but they quarreled over that one also; so he named it Sitnah.[fn]
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 26:22 - He moved on from there and dug another well, and no one quarreled over it. He named it Rehoboth,[fn] saying, “Now the LORD has given us room and we will flourish in the land.”
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 26:23 - From there he went up to Beersheba.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 26:24 - 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.”
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 26:25 - 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.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 26:26 - Meanwhile, Abimelek had come to him from Gerar, with Ahuzzath his personal adviser and Phicol the commander of his forces.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 26:27 - Isaac asked them, “Why have you come to me, since you were hostile to me and sent me away?”
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 26:28 - 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
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 26:29 - that you will do us no harm, just as we did not harm you but always treated you well and sent you away peacefully. And now you are blessed by the LORD.”
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 26:30 - Isaac then made a feast for them, and they ate and drank.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 26:31 - Early the next morning the men swore an oath to each other. Then Isaac sent them on their way, and they went away peacefully.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 26:32 - That day Isaac’s servants came and told him about the well they had dug. They said, “We’ve found water!”
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 26:33 - He called it Shibah,[fn] and to this day the name of the town has been Beersheba.[fn]

Jacob Takes Esau’s Blessing

Unchecked Copy BoxGen 26:34 - When Esau was forty years old, he married Judith daughter of Beeri the Hittite, and also Basemath daughter of Elon the Hittite.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 26:35 - They were a source of grief to Isaac and Rebekah.
NIV Footnotes
Or seed
Or and all nations on earth will use the name of your offspring in blessings (see 48:20)
Esek means dispute.
Sitnah means opposition.
Rehoboth means room.
Shibah can mean oath or seven.
Beersheba can mean well of the oath and well of seven.

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