17 So Isaac departed from there and camped in the Valley of Gerar, and [a]settled there.

Argument over the Wells

18 Then Isaac dug again the wells of water which [b]had been dug in the days of his father Abraham, for the Philistines had stopped them up after the death of Abraham; and he [c]gave them the same names which his father had [d]given them. 19 But when Isaac’s servants dug in the valley and found there a well of [e]flowing water, 20 the herdsmen of Gerar (A)quarreled with the herdsmen of Isaac, saying, “The water is ours!” So he named the well [f]Esek, because they argued with him. 21 Then they dug another well, and they quarreled over it too, so he named it [g]Sitnah. 22 Then he moved away from there and dug another well, and they did not quarrel over it; so he named it [h]Rehoboth, for he said, “[i](B)At last the Lord has made [j]room for us, and we will be (C)fruitful in the land.”

23 And he went up from there to (D)Beersheba. 24 And the Lord (E)appeared to him the same night and said,

(F)I am the God of your father Abraham;
(G)Do not fear, for I am with you.
I (H)will bless you and multiply your [k]descendants,
For the sake of My servant Abraham.”

25 So he built an (I)altar there and called upon the name of the Lord, and pitched his tent there; and there Isaac’s servants dug a well.

Covenant with Abimelech

26 Then (J)Abimelech came to him from Gerar [l]with his adviser Ahuzzath, and Phicol the commander of his army. 27 Isaac said to them, “(K)Why have you come to me, since you hate me and have sent me away from you?” 28 They said, “We have seen plainly (L)that the Lord has been with you; so we said, ‘An oath must now be taken [m]by us,’ that is, [n]by you and us. So let us make a covenant with you, 29 that you will do us no harm, just as we have not touched you [o]and have done to you nothing but good, and have sent you away in peace. You are now the (M)blessed of the Lord.” 30 Then (N)he made them a feast, and they ate and drank. 31 In the morning they got up early and [p](O)exchanged oaths; then Isaac sent them away, and they left him in peace. 32 Now it came about on the same day, that Isaac’s servants came in and told him about the well which they had dug, and said to him, “We have found water.” 33 So he called it [q]Shibah; therefore the name of the city is (P)Beersheba to this day.

34 When Esau was forty years old (Q)he [r]married Judith the daughter of Beeri the Hittite, and Basemath the daughter of Elon the Hittite; 35 and (R)they [s]brought grief to Isaac and Rebekah.

Jacob’s Deception

27 Now it came about, when Isaac was old and (S)his eyes were too dim to see, that he called his (T)older son Esau and said to him, “My son.” And he said to him, “Here I am.” Then [t](U)Isaac said, “Behold now, I am old and I do not know the day of my death. Now then, please take your gear, your quiver and your bow, and go out to the field and (V)hunt game for me; and prepare a delicious meal for me such as I love, and bring it to me that I may eat, so that (W)my soul may bless you before I die.”

Now Rebekah was listening while Isaac spoke to his son Esau. So when Esau went to the field to hunt for game to bring home, (X)Rebekah said to her son Jacob, “Behold, I heard your father speak to your brother Esau, saying, ‘Bring me some game and prepare a delicious meal for me, so that I may eat, and bless you in the presence of the Lord before my death.’ So now, my son, (Y)listen to [u]me [v]as I command you. Go now to the flock and [w]bring me two choice [x]young goats from there, so that I may prepare them as a delicious meal for your father, such as he loves. 10 Then you shall bring it to your father, that he may eat, so that he may bless you before his death.” 11 But Jacob said to his mother Rebekah, “Behold, my brother Esau is a (Z)hairy man and I am a smooth man. 12 (AA)Perhaps my father will touch me, then I will be like a [y]deceiver in his sight, and I will bring upon myself a curse and not a blessing.” 13 But his mother said to him, “Your curse be on me, my son; only (AB)obey my voice, and go, get the goats for me.” 14 So he went and got them, and brought them to his mother; and his mother made a delicious meal such as his father loved. 15 Then Rebekah took the [z]best (AC)garments of her elder son Esau, which were with her in the house, and put them on her younger son Jacob. 16 And she put the skins of the [aa]young goats on his hands and on the smooth part of his neck. 17 She also gave the delicious meal and the bread which she had made [ab]to her son Jacob.

18 Then he came to his father and said, “My father.” And he said, “Here I am. Who are you, my son?” 19 Jacob said to his father, “I am Esau your firstborn; I have done as you told me. (AD)Come now, sit and eat of my game, so that [ac](AE)you may bless me.” 20 Isaac said to his son, “How is it that you have it so quickly, my son?” And he said, “(AF)Because the Lord your God made it [ad]come to me.” 21 Then Isaac said to Jacob, “Please come close, so that (AG)I may feel you, my son, whether you are really my son Esau or not.” 22 So Jacob came close to his father Isaac, and he touched him and said, “The voice is the voice of Jacob, but the hands are the hands of Esau.” 23 And he did not recognize him, because his hands were (AH)hairy like his brother Esau’s hands; so he blessed him. 24 And he said, “Are you really my son Esau?” And he said, “I am.” 25 So he said, “Bring it to me, and I will eat of my son’s game, that [ae](AI)I may bless you.” And he brought it to him, and he ate; he also brought him wine and he drank. 26 Then his father Isaac said to him, “Please come close and kiss me, my son.” 27 So he came close and kissed him; and when he smelled the smell of his garments, he (AJ)blessed him and said,

“See, (AK)the smell of my son
Is like the smell of a field (AL)which the Lord has blessed;
28 Now may (AM)God give you of the dew of heaven,
And of the (AN)fatness of the earth,
And an abundance of grain and new wine;
29 (AO)May peoples serve you,
And nations bow down to you;
(AP)Be master of your brothers,
(AQ)And may your mother’s sons bow down to you.
(AR)Cursed be those who curse you,
And blessed be those who bless you.”

The Stolen Blessing

30 Now it came about, as soon as Isaac had finished blessing Jacob, and Jacob had hardly gone out from the presence of his father Isaac, that his brother Esau came in from his hunting. 31 Then he also made a delicious meal, and brought it to his father; and he said to his father, “(AS)Let my father arise and eat of his son’s game, that [af](AT)you may bless me.” 32 His father Isaac said to him, “(AU)Who are you?” And he said, “I am your son, (AV)your firstborn, Esau.” 33 Then Isaac [ag]trembled violently, and said, “(AW)Who then was he who hunted game and brought it to me, so that I ate from all of it before you came, and blessed him? (AX)Yes, and he shall be blessed.” 34 When Esau heard the words of his father, (AY)he cried out with an exceedingly great and bitter cry, and said to his father, “Bless me, me as well, my father!” 35 And he said, “(AZ)Your brother came deceitfully and has taken away your blessing.” 36 Then Esau said, “[ah]Is he not rightly named (BA)[ai]Jacob, for he has betrayed me these two times? He took away my birthright, and behold, now he has taken away my blessing.” And he said, “Have you not reserved a blessing for me?” 37 But Isaac replied to Esau, “Behold, I have made him (BB)your master, and I have given to him all his relatives [aj]as servants; and with grain and new wine I have sustained him. What then can I do for you, my son?” 38 Esau said to his father, “Do you have only one blessing, my father? Bless me, me as well, my father.” So Esau raised his voice and (BC)wept.

39 Then (BD)his father Isaac answered and said to him,

“Behold, [ak](BE)away from the [al]fertility of the earth shall be your dwelling,
And [am]away from the dew of heaven from above.
40 And by your sword you shall live,
And (BF)you shall serve your brother;
But it shall come about (BG)when you become restless,
That you will [an]break his yoke from your neck.”

41 So Esau (BH)held a grudge against Jacob because of the blessing with which his father had blessed him; and Esau said [ao]to himself, “(BI)The days of mourning for my father are near; then I will kill my brother Jacob.” 42 Now when the words of her elder son Esau were reported to Rebekah, she sent word and called her younger son Jacob, and said to him, “Behold your brother Esau is consoling himself concerning you by planning to kill you. 43 Now then, my son, (BJ)obey my voice, and arise, [ap]flee to (BK)Haran, to my brother (BL)Laban! 44 Stay with him (BM)a few days, until your brother’s fury [aq]subsides, 45 until your brother’s anger [ar]against you subsides and he forgets (BN)what you did to him. Then I will send word and get you from there. Why should I lose you both in one day?”

46 And Rebekah said to Isaac, “I am tired of [as]living because of (BO)the daughters of Heth; (BP)if Jacob takes a wife from the daughters of Heth like these from the daughters of the land, what good will my life be to me?”

Footnotes

  1. Genesis 26:17 Lit dwelt
  2. Genesis 26:18 Lit they had dug
  3. Genesis 26:18 Lit called their names as the names
  4. Genesis 26:18 Lit called
  5. Genesis 26:19 Lit living
  6. Genesis 26:20 I.e., argument
  7. Genesis 26:21 I.e., accusation
  8. Genesis 26:22 I.e., broad places
  9. Genesis 26:22 Lit Truly now
  10. Genesis 26:22 Or broad
  11. Genesis 26:24 Lit seed
  12. Genesis 26:26 Lit and his confidential friend
  13. Genesis 26:28 Lit between us
  14. Genesis 26:28 Lit between us and you
  15. Genesis 26:29 Lit and just as we
  16. Genesis 26:31 Lit swore one to another
  17. Genesis 26:33 Meaning uncertain, perhaps oath
  18. Genesis 26:34 Lit took as wife
  19. Genesis 26:35 Lit were a bitterness of spirit to
  20. Genesis 27:2 Lit he
  21. Genesis 27:8 Lit my voice
  22. Genesis 27:8 Lit according to what
  23. Genesis 27:9 Lit take
  24. Genesis 27:9 Lit kids of goats
  25. Genesis 27:12 Lit mocker
  26. Genesis 27:15 Lit desirable; or choice
  27. Genesis 27:16 Lit kids of the goats
  28. Genesis 27:17 Lit into the hand of
  29. Genesis 27:19 Lit your soul
  30. Genesis 27:20 Lit meet me
  31. Genesis 27:25 Lit my soul
  32. Genesis 27:31 Lit your soul
  33. Genesis 27:33 Lit trembled with a very great trembling
  34. Genesis 27:36 Or Was he then named Jacob that he has
  35. Genesis 27:36 Fr Heb verb meaning to seize someone by the heel, and so to betray
  36. Genesis 27:37 Lit for
  37. Genesis 27:39 Or of
  38. Genesis 27:39 Lit fatness
  39. Genesis 27:39 Or of
  40. Genesis 27:40 Lit tear off
  41. Genesis 27:41 Lit in his heart
  42. Genesis 27:43 Lit flee for yourself
  43. Genesis 27:44 Lit turns away
  44. Genesis 27:45 Lit turns away from you
  45. Genesis 27:46 Lit my life