- 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.
- And the LORD appeared unto him, and said: "Go not down unto Egypt;
dwell in the land which I shall tell thee of.
- 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 lands, and I will establish the oath which I swore unto Abraham thy father;
- and I will multiply thy seed as the stars of heaven, and will give unto thy seed all these lands;
and by thy seed shall all the nations of the earth bless themselves;
- because that Abraham hearkened to My voice, and kept My charge, My commandments, My statutes, and My laws."
- And Isaac dwelt in Gerar.
- And the men of the place asked him of his wife;
and he said: "She is my sister";
for he feared to say: "My wife";
"lest the men of the place should kill me for Rebekah, because she is fair to look upon."
- 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.
- 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 because of her."
- And Abimelech said: "What is this thou hast done unto us?
one of the people might easily have lain with thy wife, and thou wouldest have brought guiltiness upon us."
- And Abimelech charged all the people, saying: "He that toucheth this man or his wife shall surely be put to death."
- And Isaac sowed in that land, and found in the same year a hundred-fold;
and the LORD blessed him.
- And the man waxed great, and grew more and more until he became very great.
- And he had possessions of flocks, and possessions of herds, and a great household;
and the Philistines envied him.
- Now 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.
- And Abimelech said unto Isaac: "Go from us;
for thou art much mightier than we."
- And Isaac departed thence, and encamped in the valley of Gerar, and dwelt there.
- 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.
- And Isaac"s servants digged in the valley, and found there a well of living water.
- And the herdmen of Gerar strove with Isaac"s herdmen, saying: "The water is ours." And he called the name of the well Esek;
because they contended with him.
- And they digged another well, and they strove for that also.
And he called the name of it Sitnah.
- 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."
- And he went up from thence to Beer-sheba.
- 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."
- 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.
- Then Abimelech went to him from Gerar, and Ahuzzath his friend, and Phicol the captain of his host.
- And Isaac said unto them: "Wherefore are ye come unto me, seeing ye hate me, and have sent me away from you?"
- And they said: "We saw plainly that the LORD was with thee;
and we said: Let there now be an oath betwixt us, even betwixt us and thee, and let us make a covenant with thee;
- 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."
- And he made them a feast, and they did eat and drink.
- And they rose up betimes in the morning, and swore one to another;
and Isaac sent them away, and they departed from him in peace.
- 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."
- And he called it Shibah.
Therefore the name of the city is Beer-sheba unto this day.
- And when Esau was forty years old, he took to wife Judith the daughter of Beeri the Hittite, and Basemath the daughter of Elon the Hittite.
- And they were a bitterness of spirit unto Isaac and to Rebekah.