1 And 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, to Gerar.
2 And Jehovah appeared to him and said: Do not go down into Egypt; dwell in the land of
which I shall tell you.
3 Sojourn in this land, and I will be with you and bless you; for to you and your seed I
give all these lands. And I will perform the oath which I swore unto Abraham your father.
4 And I will make your seed multiply as the stars of the heavens; I will give to your seed
all these lands; and in your Seed all the nations of the earth shall be blessed;
5 because Abraham has obeyed My voice and kept My charge, My commandments, My
statutes, and My laws.
6 And Isaac dwelt in Gerar.
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, thinking, Lest the men of the place kill me on account of
Rebekah, because she was of a pleasant appearance.
8 And 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 behold, Isaac was sporting with
Rebekah his wife.
9 And Abimelech summoned Isaac and said, Behold, surely she is your wife; so why have
you said, She is my sister? And Isaac said to him, Because I thought, Lest I die on account
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 upon us.
11 And Abimelech charged all his people, saying, He who touches this man or his wife
shall die the death.
12 Then Isaac sowed in that land, and got in the same year a hundredfold; and Jehovah
13 The man became great, and continued on growing in greatness until he became
14 for he had possessions of flocks and possessions of herds and a great number of
servants. And the Philistines envied him.
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 dirt.
16 And Abimelech said to Isaac, Go away from us, for you have become much mightier
17 So Isaac departed from there and pitched his tent in the Valley of Gerar, and dwelt
18 And Isaac re-dug 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. And he called
them by the names which his father had called them.
19 Isaac's servants also dug in the valley, and found a well of running water there.
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, because they had contended with him.
21 And they dug another well, and they strove over that one also. So he called its name
22 And he moved from there and dug another well, and they did not quarrel over it. So he
called its name Rehoboth, because he said, For now Jehovah has made a large place for
us, and we shall be fruitful in the land.
23 And he went up from there to Beer-sheba.
24 And Jehovah 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 seed for My
servant Abraham's sake.
25 So he built an altar there and called upon the name of Jehovah. And he pitched his tent
there; and there Isaac's servants dug a well.
26 And Abimelech came to him from Gerar with Ahuzzath, one of his friends, and
Phicol the commander of his army.
27 And Isaac said to them, Why have you come to me, since you hate me and have sent
me away from you?
28 And they said, We have certainly seen that Jehovah 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,
29 that you will do us no evil, since we have not touched you, and since we have done
nothing to you but good and have sent you away in peace; you being now the blessed of
30 And he made them a feast, and they ate and drank.
31 And 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.
32 And it came to pass on 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.
33 And he called it Shebah. Therefore the name of the city is Beer-sheba to this day.
34 And Esau was forty years old when he took as wives Judith the daughter of Beeri the
Hittite, and Basemath the daughter of Elon the Hittite.
35 And they were a grief of spirit to Isaac and Rebekah.