Isaac because of famine went to Gerar.
Genesis 26:1 And there fel a derth in the land passyng the fyrst derth that fell in the dayes of Abraham. Wherfore Isaac wente vnto Abimelech kynge of the Phylystyans vnto Gerar.
God instructeth, and blesseth him.
Genesis 26:2 Then the Lord appeared vnto hym and sayed: Go not downe into Egypte but hyde in the lande whych I say vnto the: Genesis 26:3 soiourne in thys lande, and I wyll be wyth the, and wyll blesse the: for vnto the, and vnto thy seed, I wil giue al these contryes. And I wyl perfourme the oth which I sware vnto Abraham thy father, Genesis 26:4 & wyl multiply thy sede as the stars of heauen, & will gyue vnto thy sede al these contries. And thorow thi sede shal all the nacions of the earth be blessed, Genesis 26:5 because that Abraham herkened vnto my voyce, & kepe myne ordinaunces, commaundementes, statutes and lawes.
Genesis 26:6 And Isaac dwelled in Gerar.
He is reproved by Abimelech for denying his wife.
Genesis 26:7 And þe men of the place asked him of his wife, & he said that she was hys sister: for he feared to call hyr his wyfe, lest the men of the place shold haue killed him for hir sake, bicause she was beutiful to the eye. Genesis 26:8 And it happened after he had bene there long tyme, that Abimelech kynge of the Philistians loked out at a wyndow, & sawe Isaac sportyng wt Rebecca hys wife. Genesis 26:9 And Abimelech sente for Isaac, & sayed: see, she is of a suretye thy wyfe, & why saydest thou that she was thy sister? And Isaac said vnto hym: I thought that I myght peraduenture haue dyed for her sake. Genesis 26:10 Then sayd Abimelech: why haste þu done this vnto vs? one of the people myghte lyghtlye haue lyne by thy wife, and so shuldest thou haue brought synne vpon vs. Genesis 26:11 Than Abimelech charged all his people, saying: he that toucheth this man or his wyfe, shall suerlie dye for it.
He groweth rich.
Genesis 26:12 And Isaac sowed in that lande, & found in that same yere an .C. bushels: for the Lorde blessed hym, Genesis 26:13 & the man waxed myghty, and went forth and grewe tyll he was exceading greate, Genesis 26:14 that he had possession of shepe, of oxen, and a mighty housholde: so that the Philistians had enuye at hym: Genesis 26:15 in so muche that they stopped and filled vp wyth earth al the welles whyche hys fathers seruantes digged in hys father Abrahams tyme. Genesis 26:16 Then sayed Abimelech vnto Isaac: gett the from me, for thou art myghtier then we a great deale.
Genesis 26:17 Then Isaac departed thence, & pitched his tente in the valey Gerar, & dwelt there.
He diggeth Esek, Sitnah, and Rehoboth.
Genesis 26:18 And Isaac digged againe the welles of water which they digged in þe dayes of Abraham his father, which þe Philistians had stopped after þe death of Abraham, & gaue them the same nams which his father gaue them. Genesis 26:19 As Isaacs seruauntes digged in the valay, they found a wel of liuing water, Genesis 26:20 And the herdmen of Gerar did stryue with Isaacs herdmen, saying: the water is ours. Then called he the well Eseck, bicause they stroue with him. Genesis 26:21 Then digged they an other well, & they stroue for that also. Therfore called he it Sitena. Genesis 26:22 And then he departed thence, & digged another wel for þt which they stroue not: therfore called he it Rehoboth, saying: the Lorde hath now made vs rowme, & we ar encreased vpon the earth. Genesis 26:23 Afterwarde departed he thence and came to Bersaba. Genesis 26:24 And the Lorde appeared vnto hym the same nyght, & sayd: I am the God of Abraham thy father, feare not for I am wyth the, and wyll blesse the, and multiply thy sede for my seruaunt Abrahams sake. Genesis 26:25 And then he builded an aultare there, and called vpon the name of the Lord, and there pitched hys tent. And ther Isaacs seruauntes digged a well.
Abimelech maketh a covenant with him at Beer-sheba.
Genesis 26:26 Then came Abimelech to hym from Gerar & Ahusath his frende and Phitol hys chyefe captayne. Genesis 26:27 And Isaac sayd vnto them: wherfore come ye to me, seyng ye hate me & haue put me away from you? Genesis 26:28 Then sayed they: we sawe that the Lorde was wyth the, & therfore we sayed that there should be an oothe betwexte vs & the, & that we woulde make a bond wyth the, Genesis 26:29 that thou shouldest do vs no hurt, as we haue not touched the, and haue done vnto the nothynge but good, & sent the away in peace: for thou art nowe the blessed of the Lorde. Genesis 26:30 And he made them a feast, and they ate & dronke. Genesis 26:31 And they rose vp by tymes in the morninge, and sware one to an other, And Isaac sent them away. And they departed from hym in peace. Genesis 26:32 And that same daye came Isaacs seruauntes, & told hym of a well whych they had dygged: and said vnto him, that they had found water. Genesis 26:33 And he called it Seba, wherfore the name of the cyty is called Berseba vnto thys daye.
Genesis 26:34 When Esau was .xl. yere old, he toke to wyfe Iudith the doughter of Bery an Hethyte, & Basmath the doughter of Elou an Hethite, Genesis 26:35 also whyche were disobedient vnto Isaac and Rebecca.