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Genesis 26 :: New King James Version (NKJV)

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Unchecked Copy BoxGen 26:1 - There was a famine in the land, besides the first famine that was in the days of Abraham. And Isaac went to Abimelech king of the Philistines, in Gerar.

Unchecked Copy BoxGen 26:2 - Then the LORD appeared to him and said: “Do not go down to Egypt; live in the land of which I shall tell you.

Unchecked Copy BoxGen 26:3 - “Dwell in this land, and I will be with you and bless you; for to you and your descendants I give all these lands, and I will perform the oath which I swore to Abraham your father.

Unchecked Copy BoxGen 26:4 - “And I will make your descendants multiply as the stars of heaven; I will give to your descendants all these lands; and in your seed all the nations of the earth shall be blessed;

Unchecked Copy BoxGen 26:5 - “because Abraham obeyed My voice and kept My charge, My commandments, My statutes, and My laws.”

Unchecked Copy BoxGen 26:6 - So Isaac dwelt in Gerar.

Unchecked Copy BoxGen 26:7 - And the men of the place asked about his wife. And he said, “She is my sister”; for he was afraid to say, “She is my wife,” because he thought, “lest the men of the place kill me for Rebekah, because she is beautiful to behold.”

Unchecked Copy BoxGen 26:8 - Now it came to pass, when he had been there a long time, that Abimelech king of the Philistines looked through a window, and saw, and there was Isaac, showing endearment to Rebekah his wife.

Unchecked Copy BoxGen 26:9 - Then Abimelech called Isaac and said, “Quite obviously she is your wife; so how could you say, ‘She is my sister’?” 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 soon have lain with your wife, and you would have brought guilt on us.”

Unchecked Copy BoxGen 26:11 - So Abimelech charged all his people, saying, “He who touches this man or his wife shall surely be put to death.”

Unchecked Copy BoxGen 26:12 - Then Isaac sowed in that land, and reaped in the same year a hundredfold; and the LORD blessed him.

Unchecked Copy BoxGen 26:13 - The man began to prosper, and continued prospering until he became very prosperous;

Unchecked Copy BoxGen 26:14 - for he had possessions of flocks and possessions of herds and a great number of servants. So the Philistines envied him.

Unchecked Copy BoxGen 26:15 - Now the Philistines had stopped up all the wells which his father’s servants had dug in the days of Abraham his father, and they had filled them with earth.

Unchecked Copy BoxGen 26:16 - And Abimelech said to Isaac, “Go away from us, for you are much mightier than we.”

Unchecked Copy BoxGen 26:17 - Then Isaac departed from there and pitched his tent in the Valley of Gerar, and dwelt there.

Unchecked Copy BoxGen 26:18 - And Isaac dug again the wells of water which they had dug in the days of Abraham his father, for the Philistines had stopped them up after the death of Abraham. He called them by the names which his father had called them.

Unchecked Copy BoxGen 26:19 - Also Isaac’s servants dug in the valley, and found a well of running water there.

Unchecked Copy BoxGen 26:20 - But the herdsmen of Gerar quarreled with Isaac’s herdsmen, saying, “The water is ours.” So he called the name of the well Esek,[fn] because they quarreled with him.

Unchecked Copy BoxGen 26:21 - Then they dug another well, and they quarreled over that one also. So he called its name Sitnah.[fn]

Unchecked Copy BoxGen 26:22 - And he moved from there and dug another well, and they did not quarrel over it. So he called its name Rehoboth,[fn] because he said, “For now the LORD has made room for us, and we shall be fruitful in the land.”

Unchecked Copy BoxGen 26:23 - Then 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 descendants for My servant Abraham’s sake.”

Unchecked Copy BoxGen 26:25 - So he built an altar there and called on the name of the LORD, and he pitched his tent there; and there Isaac’s servants dug a well.

Unchecked Copy BoxGen 26:26 - Then Abimelech came to him from Gerar with Ahuzzath, one of his friends, and Phichol 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 - But they said, “We have certainly seen that the LORD is with you. So we said, ‘Let there now be an oath between us, between you and us; and let us make a covenant with you,

Unchecked Copy BoxGen 26:29 - ‘that you will do us no harm, since we have not touched you, and since we have done nothing to you but good and have sent you away in peace. You are now the blessed of the LORD.’ ”

Unchecked Copy BoxGen 26:30 - So he made them a feast, and they ate and drank.

Unchecked Copy BoxGen 26:31 - Then they arose early in the morning and swore an oath with one another; and Isaac sent them away, and they departed from him in peace.

Unchecked Copy BoxGen 26:32 - It came to pass the same day that Isaac’s servants came 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 Shebah.[fn] Therefore the name of the city is Beersheba[fn] to this day.

Unchecked Copy BoxGen 26:34 - When Esau was forty years old, he took as wives Judith the daughter of Beeri the Hittite, and Basemath the daughter of Elon the Hittite.

Unchecked Copy BoxGen 26:35 - And they were a grief of mind to Isaac and Rebekah.
NKJV Footnotes
Literally Quarrel
Literally Enmity
Literally Spaciousness
Literally Oath or Seven
Literally Well of the Oath or Well of the Seven

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