Isaac because of famine went to Gerar.
Genesis 26:1 And there came to be a famine in the land, besides the first famine, which happened in the days of Abraham,so Isaac went his way unto Abimelech, king of the Philistines, towards Gerar;
God instructeth, and blesseth him.
Genesis 26:2 and Yahweh appeared unto him, and said, Do not go down towards Egypt,Make thy habitation in the land, which I may name unto thee: Genesis 26:3 Sojourn in this land, that I may be with thee, and bless thee,for, to thee, and to thy seed, will I give all these lands, So will I establish the oath which I sware to Abraham, thy father; Genesis 26:4 and will multiply thy seed as the stars of the heavens, and will give to thy seed, all these lands,And all the nations of the earth shall bless themselves in thy seed: Genesis 26:5 Because that Abraham hearkened unto my voice,and so kept my charge, my commandments, my statutes and my laws.
Genesis 26:6 So Isaac dwelt in Gerar.
He is reproved by Abimelech for denying his wife.
Genesis 26:7 Then asked the men of the place, as to his wife, and he said, My sister, is she,For he feared to say, My wife, lest [said he] the men of the place should slay me, on account of Rebekah, for, fair to look on, she is. Genesis 26:8 And it came to pass, when the days had lengthened out to him there, that Abimelech, king of the Philistines, looked out through the lattice of a window,and he beheld, and lo! Isaaclaughing with Rebekah his wife. Genesis 26:9 So Abimelech called for Isaac, and said, But lo! she is, thy wife! How, then, saidst thou, She is, my sister? And Isaac said unto him, Because I said, Lest I die on her account. Genesis 26:10 Then said Abimelech, What, is this, thou hast done to us? A little more, and one of the people might have lien with thy wife, so shouldst thou have brought upon us, guilt. Genesis 26:11 And Abimelech commanded all the people, saying,He that toucheth this man or his wife, shall, surely be put to death.
He groweth rich.
Genesis 26:12 And Isaac sowed in that land, and found, in the same year, a hundredfold,seeing that Yahweh had blessed him. Genesis 26:13 So the man waxed great,and went on and on waxing great, until that he had waxed exceeding great. Genesis 26:14 So he came to have possessions of flocks, and possessions of herds, and a large body of servants,and the Philistines envied him. Genesis 26:15 And, as for all the wells, which the servants of his father digged, in the days of Abraham his father, the Philistines stopped them up, and filled them with dust. Genesis 26:16 And Abimelech said unto Isaac,Get thee from us, for thou hast become far mightier than we.
Genesis 26:17 So Isaac went from thence,and encamped in the valley of Gerar, and dwelt there.
He diggeth Esek, Sitnah, and Rehoboth.
Genesis 26:18 And Isaac again digged the wells of water which they had digged in the days of Abraham his father, and which the Philistines stopped up after the death of Abraham,and he called their names, after the names which his father called them. Genesis 26:19 And Isaac's servants digged in the valley,and found, there, a well of living water. Genesis 26:20 And the herdmen of Gerar disputed with the herdmen of Isaac, saying, Ours, is the water! So he called the name of the well, Esek, because they had stirred up a quarrel with him. Genesis 26:21 And they digged another well, and they disputed over that also,so he called the name thereof, Sitnah. Genesis 26:22 And he moved on from thence, and digged another well, and they disputed not for it,so he called the name thereof, Rehoboth, and said, For, now, hath Yahweh made room for us, and we shall be fruitful in the land. Genesis 26:23 And he went up from thence, to Beer-sheba. Genesis 26:24 And Yahweh appeared unto him the same night, and said, I, am the God of Abraham thy father,Do not fear, for, with thee, am, I, And I will bless thee, and multiply thy seed, For the sake of Abraham my servant. Genesis 26:25 So he builded there all altar, and called on the name of Yahweh, and spread out there, his tent,and the servants of Isaac cut out there, a well.
Abimelech maketh a covenant with him at Beer-sheba.
Genesis 26:26 And, Abimelech, came unto him from Gerar,with Ahuzzath his friend, and Phicol, commander of his host. Genesis 26:27 And Isaac said unto them, Wherefore have ye come in mite me,seeing that, ye, hated me, and sent me away from you? Genesis 26:28 And they said: We, saw plainly, that Yahweh was with thee, so we said, Let there be, we pray thee, an oath betwixt us both, betwixt us and thee,and let us solemnise a covenant with thee: Genesis 26:29 That thou wilt not do wrong by us, according as we touched not thee, and according as we did by thee, nothing but good, and then sent thee away in peace, thee, who, now, art blessed of Yahweh! Genesis 26:30 So he made for them a banquet, and they did eat and drink, Genesis 26:31 and rose up early in the morning, and took an oath, each man to his brother,so Isaac let them go, and they departed from him, in peace. Genesis 26:32 And it came to pass, on the same day, that the servants of Isaac came in, and told him concerning the well, which they had digged,and said to him, We have found water! Genesis 26:33 So he called it, Shibah. For this cause, hath, the name of the city, been Beer-sheba, unto this day.
Genesis 26:34 And, when Esau was forty years old, he took to wife Judith, daughter of Beeri, the Hittite; and Basemath, daughter of Elon, the Hittite; Genesis 26:35 and they became a bitterness of spirit,to Isaac and to Rebekah.