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Genesis 26

Isaac because of famine went to Gerar.

Genesis 26:1 And there fell a famine in the land, besides the first that was in the dayes of Abraham: And Isahac went vnto Abimelech, king of the Philistines, vnto Gerar.

God instructeth, and blesseth him.

Genesis 26:2 And the Lorde appeared vnto hym, and sayde: Go not downe into Egypt, [but] abyde in the lande whiche I shall shewe vnto thee. Genesis 26:3 Soiourne in this lande, and I wyl be with thee, and wyll blesse thee: for vnto thee and vnto thy seede I wyll geue all these countreys, and I wyll perfourme the othe whiche I sware vnto Abraham thy father. Genesis 26:4 And wyl make thy seede to multiplie as the starres of heauen, and wyll geue vnto thy seede al these countreys: and in thy seede shall all the nations of the earth be blessed: Genesis 26:5 Because that Abraham hearkened vnto my voyce, & kept my ordinaunce, my commaundementes, my statutes, and my lawes.

Genesis 26:6 And Isahac dwelled in Gerar.

He is reproved by Abimelech for denying his wife.

Genesis 26:7 And the men of the place asked [him] of his wyfe. And he sayde, she is my sister: for he feared to say, she is my wyfe, lest the men of the place shoulde haue kylled hym, because of Rebecca, whiche was beautifull to the eye. Genesis 26:8 And after he had ben there a long time, Abimelech king of the Philistines loked out at a windowe, & sawe Isahac sportyng with Rebecca his wyfe. Genesis 26:9 And Abimelech called Isahac, and said: beholde, she is of a suretie thy wife, and why saydest thou, she is my sister? To whom Isahac aunswered: because I thought that I might peraduenture haue dyed for her sake. Genesis 26:10 Abimelech said: why hast thou done this vnto vs? one of the people myght lyghtly haue lyne by thy wyfe, and so shouldest thou haue brought sinne vpon vs. Genesis 26:11 And so Abimelech charged al his people, saying: He that toucheth this man or his wyfe, shall dye the death.

He groweth rich.

Genesis 26:12 Then Isahac sowed in that lande, and receaued in the same yere an hundred folde: and the Lorde blessed hym. Genesis 26:13 And the man waxed myghtie, & went foorth, and grewe tyll he was exceeding great. Genesis 26:14 For he had possessio of sheepe, of oxen, and a myghtie housholde: and therfore the Philistines had enuie at hym. Genesis 26:15 For the Philistines stopped and fylled vp with earth all the welles which his seruauntes had digged in his father Abrahams tyme. Genesis 26:16 And Abimelech sayde vnto Isahac: Get thee from vs, for thou art mightier then we a great deale.

Genesis 26:17 Therefore Isahac departed thence, and abode in the valley of Gerar, and dwelt there.

He diggeth Esek, Sitnah, and Rehoboth.

Genesis 26:18 And Isahac returning, digged againe the welles of water which they digged in the dayes of Abraham his father, which the Philistines had stopped after the death of Abraham, & named them after the same names by the which his father had named them. Genesis 26:19 Isahacs seruauntes digged in the valley, and founde a well of springyng water. Genesis 26:20 And the heardmen of Gerar did striue with Isahacs heardmen, saying: the water is ours. Then called he the well contention, because they stroue with hym. Genesis 26:21 And they digged another well, and stroue for that also: and he called the name of it enmitie. Genesis 26:22 And then he departed thence, & digged another well, for the which they stroue not. Therfore called he it roomth, saying: the Lorde hath made vs nowe roome that we may encrease vpon the earth. Genesis 26:23 And he went vp thence to Beer-seba. Genesis 26:24 And the Lorde appeared vnto hym the same night, and sayde: I am the God of Abraham thy father, feare not, for I am with thee, and wyl blesse thee and multiple thy seede for my seruaunt Abrahams sake. Genesis 26:25 And he builded an aulter there, and called vpon the name of the Lorde, and pitched his tent: and there Isahacs seruauntes dygged a well.

Abimelech maketh a covenant with him at Beer-sheba.

Genesis 26:26 Then came Abimelech to him from Gerar, and Ahuzath his friende, and Phicol the captaine of his armie. Genesis 26:27 And Isahac sayde vnto them: wherfore come ye to me, seyng ye hate me, and haue put me away from you? Genesis 26:28 Whiche aunswered: We sawe most certainly that the Lord was with thee, and we sayde: let there be nowe an oth betwixt vs, euen betwixt vs and thee, and let vs make a league with thee: Genesis 26:29 That thou shouldest do vs no hurt, as we haue not touched thee, and as we haue done vnto thee nothyng but good, & sent thee away in peace: for thou art nowe the blessed of the Lorde. Genesis 26:30 And he made them a feast, and they dyd eate and drynke. Genesis 26:31 And they rose vp betymes in the mornyng, and sware one to another: And Isahac sent them away, and they departed from hym in peace. Genesis 26:32 And the same daye Isahacs seruauntes came and tolde hym of a well which they had dygged, and sayde vnto hym, we haue founde water. Genesis 26:33 And he called it Sebah: and the name of the citie is called Beer-seba vnto this day.

Esau's wives.

Genesis 26:34 Esau was fourtie yere olde, & he toke a wyfe [called] Iudith, the daughter of Beeri an Hethite, and Basemath the daughter of Elon, an Hethite [also.] Genesis 26:35 Which were disobedient vnto Isahac and Rebecca.

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