26 Now there was a famine in the land, besides the previous famine that had occurred in the days of Abraham. So Isaac went to Gerar, to Abimelech king of the Philistines.2 The Lordappeared to him and said, “Do not go down to Egypt; [a]stay in the land of which I shall tell you.3 Sojourn in this land and I will be with you and bless you, for to you and to your [b]descendants I will give all these lands, and I will establish the oath which I swore to your father Abraham.4 I will multiply your [c]descendants as the stars of heaven, and will give your [d]descendants all these lands; and by your [e]descendants all the nations of the earth [f]shall be blessed;5 because Abraham [g]obeyed Me and kept My charge, My commandments, My statutes and My laws.”
6 So Isaac [h]lived in Gerar.7 When the men of the place asked about his wife, he said, “She is my sister,” for he was afraid to say, “my wife,” thinking, “[i]the men of the place might kill me on account of Rebekah, for she is beautiful.”8 It came about, when he had been there a long time, that Abimelech king of the Philistines looked out through a window, and saw, and behold, Isaac was caressing his wife Rebekah.9 Then Abimelech called Isaac and said, “Behold, certainly she is your wife! How then did you say, ‘She is my sister’?” And Isaac said to him, “Because I said, ‘I might die on account of her.’”10 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.”11 So Abimelech charged all the people, saying, “He who touches this man or his wife shall surely be put to death.”
12 Now Isaac sowed in that land and [j]reaped in the same year a hundredfold. And the Lord blessed him,13 and the man became rich, and continued to grow [k]richer until he became very [l]wealthy;14 for he had possessions of flocks [m]and herds and a great household, so that the Philistines envied him.15 Now all the wells which his father’s servants had dug in the days of Abraham his father, the Philistines stopped up [n]by filling them with earth.16 Then Abimelech said to Isaac, “Go away from us, for you are [o]too powerful for us.”17 And Isaac departed from there and camped in the valley of Gerar, and [p]settled there.
Quarrel over the Wells
18 Then Isaac dug again the wells of water which [q]had been dug in the days of his father Abraham, for the Philistines had stopped them up after the death of Abraham; and he [r]gave them the same names which his father had [s]given them.
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