1 Now there wasI a famineII in the land,III
besidesIV the formerV famine that had occurredVI in the days of Abraham.VII
And IsaacVIII wentIX to Gerar,X to KingXI AbimelechXII of the Philistines.XIII
2 The LordXIV appearedXV to Isaac and said, “Do not go downXVI to Egypt;XVII settleXVIII in the land that I shall showXIX you.
3 ResideXX in this land as an alien, and I will be with you, and will blessXXI you; for to you and to your descendantsXXII I will give all these lands,
and I will fulfillXXIII the oathXXIV that I sworeXXV to your fatherXXVI Abraham.
4 I will make your offspringXXVII as numerousXXVIII as the starsXXIX of heaven,XXX
and will give to your offspring all these lands; and all the nationsXXXI of the earthXXXII shall gain blessingXXXIII for themselves through your offspring,
5 because Abraham obeyedXXXIV my voiceXXXV and keptXXXVI my charge,XXXVII
my commandments,XXXVIII my statutes,XXXIX and my laws.”XL
6 So Isaac settledXLI in Gerar. 7 When the menXLII of the placeXLIII askedXLIV him about his wife,XLV
he said, “She is my sister”;XLVI for he was afraidXLVII to say, “My wife,” thinking, “or else the men of the place might killXLVIII me for the sake of Rebekah,XLIX because she is attractiveL in appearance.”LI
8 LIIWhen Isaac had beenLIII there a long time,LIV
King Abimelech of the Philistines lookedLV out of a windowLVI and sawLVII, LVIII him fondlingLIX his wife Rebekah.
9 So Abimelech calledLX for Isaac, and said, “SoLXI she is your wife! Why then did you say, ‘She is my sister’?”
Isaac said to him, “Because I thoughtLXII I might dieLXIII because of her.”
10 Abimelech said, “What is this you have doneLXIV to us? OneLXV of the peopleLXVI might easilyLXVII have lainLXVIII with your wife, and you would have broughtLXIX guiltLXX upon us.”
11 So Abimelech warnedLXXI all the people, saying, “Whoever touchesLXXII this man or his wife shall be put to death.”LXXIII
12 Isaac sowedLXXIV seed in that land, and in the same year reapedLXXV a hundredfold. The Lord blessed him, 13 and the man became rich;LXXVI he prosperedLXXVII more and more until he became very wealthy.LXXVIII
14 He hadLXXIX possessionsLXXX of flocksLXXXI andLXXXII herds,LXXXIII
and a greatLXXXIV household,LXXXV so that the Philistines enviedLXXXVI him.
15 (Now the Philistines had stopped upLXXXVII and filledLXXXVIII with earthLXXXIX all the wellsXC that his father’s servantsXCI had dugXCII in the days of his father Abraham.)
16 And Abimelech said to Isaac, “Go awayXCIII from us; you have become too powerfulXCIV for us.”
17 So Isaac departedXCV from there and campedXCVI in the valleyXCVII of Gerar and settled there.
18 Isaac dug againXCVIII the wells of waterXCIX that had been dug in the days of his father Abraham; for the Philistines had stopped them up after the deathC of Abraham; and he gaveCI them the namesCII that his father had given them.
19 But when Isaac’s servants dug in the valley and foundCIII there a well of springCIV water, 20 the herdersCV of Gerar quarreledCVI with Isaac’s herders, saying, “The water is ours.” So he calledCVII the well Esek,CVIII because they contendedCIX with him.
21 Then they dug another well, and they quarreled over that one also; so he calledCX it Sitnah.CXI 22 He movedCXII from there and dug another well, and they did not quarrel over it; so he calledCXIII it Rehoboth,CXIV saying, “Now the Lord has made roomCXV for us, and we shall be fruitfulCXVI in the land.”
23 From there he went upCXVII to Beer-sheba.CXVIII 24 And that very nightCXIX the Lord appeared to him and said, “I am the GodCXX of your father Abraham; do not be afraid, for I am with you and will bless you and make your offspring numerous for my servant Abraham’s sake.”
25 So he builtCXXI an altarCXXII there, calledCXXIII on the name of the Lord, and pitchedCXXIV his tentCXXV there. And there Isaac’s servants dugCXXVI a well.
26 Then Abimelech went to him from Gerar, with AhuzzathCXXVII his adviserCXXVIII and PhicolCXXIX the commanderCXXX of his army.CXXXI
27 Isaac said to them, “Why have you comeCXXXII to me, seeing that you hateCXXXIII me and have sent me awayCXXXIV from you?”
28 They said, “We see plainlyCXXXV that the Lord has been with you; so we say, let there beCXXXVI an oathCXXXVII between you and us, and let us makeCXXXVIII a covenantCXXXIX with you
29 so that you will do us no harm,CXL just as we have not touched you and have done to you nothing butCXLI goodCXLII and have sent you away in peace.CXLIII You are now the blessed of the Lord.”
30 So he madeCXLIV them a feast,CXLV and they ateCXLVI and drank.CXLVII
31 In the morningCXLVIII they rose earlyCXLIX and exchanged oaths;CL and Isaac set them on their way,CLI and they departed from him in peace.
32 CLIIThat same day Isaac’s servants came and toldCLIII him aboutCLIV the well that they had dug,CLV and said to him, “We have found water!” 33 He called it Shibah;CLVI therefore the name of the cityCLVII is Beer-sheba to this day.
34 When EsauCLVIII was fortyCLIX years old,CLX
he marriedCLXI JudithCLXII daughterCLXIII of BeeriCLXIV the Hittite,CLXV and BasemathCLXVI daughter of ElonCLXVII the Hittite;
35 and they madeCLXVIII lifeCLXIX bitterCLXX for Isaac and Rebekah.
Image credit: “Isaac and Rebecca Spied upon by Abimelech” by Raphael, between 1518 and 1519.