Inheriting the promise given to his father
there was a famine in the land, besides the former afamine
that had occurred in the days of Abraham. So Isaac went to Abimelech the king of the Philistines at Gerar.
Jehovah appeared to him and said, Do not go down to Egypt; dwell in the land of which I will tell you.
in this land, and I will be bwith
you and will 1bless
you; for to you and to your cseed
I will give all these lands, and I will destablish
which I swore to Abraham your father.
I will multiply your seed as the astars
of heaven and will give to your seed all these lands; and in your seed ball
the nations of the earth will be blessed,
My voice and kept My charge, My commandments, My statutes, and My laws.
Having natural weakness like Abraham
Isaac dwelt in Gerar.
the men of the place asked about his wife. And he said, 1She
is my asister
, for he was afraid to say, My wife, thinking
, The men of this place might slay me on account of Rebekah, because she is beautiful in appearance.
when he had been there a long time, Abimelech the king of the Philistines looked out through his window and saw, and there was Isaac playfully caressing
Rebekah his wife.
Abimelech called Isaac and said, So she is indeed your wife. How then did you say, She is my sister? And Isaac said to him, Because I thought I might die on account of her.
Abimelech said, What is this you have done to us? One of the people might easily have lain with your wife, and you would have brought guilt upon us.
Abimelech charged all the people, saying, He who touches this man or his wife shall surely be put to death.
Reaping a hundredfold and becoming great
Isaac sowed in that land and gained in the same year a ahundredfold
. And Jehovah bblessed
the man became 1rich
and continued to grow 1richer
until he became very 1rich
he had possessions of flocks and possessions of herds and a great 1household
, so that the Philistines envied him.
Finding wells in many places
all the wells which his father’s servants had adug
in the days of Abraham his father the Philistines had stopped up and filled with earth.
Abimelech said to Isaac, Go away from us, for you are much mightier than we.
Isaac went away from there and camped in the valley of Gerar and dwelt there.
Isaac dug again the wells of water which had been dug in the days of Abraham his father and which
the Philistines had stopped up after the death of Abraham; and he called them by the same anames
which his father had given them.
Isaac’s servants dug in the valley and found there a well of 1springing
the shepherds of Gerar strove with Isaac’s shepherds, saying, The water is ours. So he called the name of the well 1Esek
, because they contended with him.
they dug another well; and they strove over that also, so he called the name of it 1Sitnah
he moved away from there and dug another well, but they did not strive over it, so he called the name of it 1Rehoboth
; and he said, Now Jehovah has made room for us, and we will be fruitful in the land.
God confirming His promise to him at Beer-sheba, the unique place of God's appearing for the fulfillment of His purpose
he went up from there to Beer-sheba.
to him the same night and said, I am the aGod
of Abraham your father. Do not be afraid, for I am bwith
you, and I will bless you and multiply your seed for My servant Abraham’s sake.
he built an aaltar
there and bcalled
upon the name of Jehovah and pitched his ctent
there. And there Isaac’s servants dug a well.
Abimelech came to him from Gerar with Ahuzzath his 1adviser
and Phicol the captain of his army.
Isaac said to them, Why have you come to me, since you hate me and have sent me away from you?
they said, We see plainly that Jehovah is with you; so we say, Let there now be an oath between us, even
between us and you, and let us make a covenant with you,
you will not do us any harm, just as we have not touched you, and just as we have done to you nothing but good and have sent you away in peace. You are now the ablessed
he made them a feast, and they ate and drank.
they rose up early in the morning and aswore
to one another. And Isaac sent them away, and they departed from him in peace.
the same day Isaac’s servants came and told him about the well which they had dug and said to him, We have found water.
he called it 1Shibah
. Therefore the name of the city is 2aBeer
-sheba to this day.
when Esau was forty years old, he took as wife Judith the adaughter
of Beeri the Hittite and Basemath the daughter of Elon the Hittite.
they caused abitterness
of spirit to Isaac and to Rebekah.