Genesis Chapter 26 - New American Standard Bible
1. 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 LORD appeared to him and said, «Do not go down to Egypt;  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  descendants I will give all these lands, and I will establish the oath which I swore to your father Abraham.
5. because Abraham  obeyed Me and kept My charge, My commandments, My statutes and My laws.»
6. So Isaac  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, «  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  reaped in the same year a hundredfold. And the LORD blessed him,
14. for he had possessions of flocks  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  by filling them with earth.
16. Then Abimelech said to Isaac, «Go away from us, for you are  too powerful for us.»
17. And Isaac departed from there and camped in the valley of Gerar, and  settled there.
18. Then Isaac dug again the wells of water which  had been dug in the days of his father Abraham, for the Philistines had stopped them up after the death of Abraham; and he  gave them the same names which his father had  given them.
19. But when Isaac's servants dug in the valley and found there a well of  flowing water,
20. the herdsmen of Gerar quarreled with the herdsmen of Isaac, saying, «The water is ours!» So he named the well  Esek, because they contended with him.
21. Then they dug another well, and they quarreled over it too, so he named it  Sitnah.
22. He moved away from there and dug another well, and they did not quarrel over it; so he named it  Rehoboth, for he said, «  At last the LORD has made  room for us, and we will be fruitful in the land.»
23. Then he went up from there to Beersheba.
24. The LORD appeared to him the same night and said, « I am the God of your father Abraham; Do not fear, for I am with you. I will bless you, and multiply your  descendants, For the sake of My servant Abraham.»
25. So he built an altar there and called upon the name of the LORD, and pitched his tent there; and there Isaac's servants dug a well.
26. Then Abimelech came to him from Gerar  with his adviser Ahuzzath and Phicol the commander of his army.
27. Isaac said to them, « Why have you come to me, since you hate me and have sent me away from you?»
28. They said, «We see plainly that the LORD has been with you; so we said, "Let there now be an oath between us, even between  you and us, and let us make a covenant with you,
29. that you will do us no harm, just as we have not touched you  and have done to you nothing but good and have sent you away in peace. You are now the blessed of the LORD.'»
30. Then he made them a feast, and they ate and drank.
31. In the morning they arose early and  exchanged oaths; then Isaac sent them away and they departed from 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 Shibah; therefore the name of the city is Beersheba to this day.
34. When Esau was forty years old he  married Judith the daughter of Beeri the Hittite, and Basemath the daughter of Elon the Hittite;
35. and they  brought grief to Isaac and Rebekah.[read chapter]