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As I was not born in the 1600's when the King James Bible was written. I also does speak ye 1600 speak. I will attempt to get AI to help me read and understand the bible without the help out a priest or theologian. below I have translated 27 chapters of the book of genesis. please take not offense if this goes against your values for me to mix technology and religion, I assure you this is truly done as an experiment for me to read and fully understand a very old book written by men. This will be my first attempt, I start with a more recent version of the bible to challenge the translation of AI, and well move to other relious texts and old books to view these time capsules Book of genesis summary: The Book of Genesis is the first book of the Bible and is considered the foundational text for both Judaism and Christianity. It contains stories of the creation of the world, the early history of humanity, the origins of the Israelites, and their patriarchs and matriarchs. Here is a brief summary of the key events in the Book of Genesis:


Creation: In the beginning, God creates the heavens and the earth in six days. On the sixth day, God creates Adam, the first man, and then Eve, the first woman, from one of Adam's ribs.


Garden of Eden: God places Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden and gives them the command not to eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. However, they disobey and eat from the forbidden tree, leading to their expulsion from the garden.


Cain and Abel: Adam and Eve have two sons, Cain and Abel. Out of jealousy, Cain kills his brother Abel and is punished by God with a curse.


The Flood: The world becomes wicked, and God decides to send a flood to destroy all living creatures, sparing only Noah and his family and a pair of every kind of animal. Noah builds an ark according to God's instructions and is saved from the flood.


Tower of Babel: After the flood, humanity becomes unified and attempts to build a tower to reach the heavens. God confuses their language, causing them to scatter and form different nations.


Abraham: God calls Abram (later named Abraham) to leave his homeland and go to a new land. God promises to bless him and make his descendants into a great nation.


Covenant and Circumcision: God establishes a covenant with Abraham, promising him and his descendants the land of Canaan. As a sign of the covenant, all male descendants are circumcised.


Isaac and Ishmael: Abraham's wife, Sarah, is initially barren, so she allows her servant, Hagar, to bear a son for Abraham named Ishmael. Later, Sarah miraculously conceives and gives birth to Isaac, who becomes the heir of God's covenant with Abraham.


Sodom and Gomorrah: God reveals to Abraham that He plans to destroy the wicked cities of Sodom and Gomorrah. Abraham pleads for their salvation, but only Lot and his family are spared before the cities are destroyed.


Binding of Isaac: God tests Abraham's faith by commanding him to sacrifice his son, Isaac, as a burnt offering. As Abraham is about to do so, God intervenes and provides a ram for the sacrifice, reaffirming His covenant with Abraham.


Jacob and Esau: Isaac's son, Jacob, deceives his father to receive the blessing intended for his older twin brother, Esau. Jacob then flees to his uncle Laban's house, where he marries Rachel and Leah and becomes the father of the twelve tribes of Israel.


Joseph and his Brothers: Joseph, Jacob's favorite son, is sold into slavery by his jealous brothers. He rises to power in Egypt, ultimately saving his family and the Israelites from famine.


The Book of Genesis sets the stage for the rest of the Bible by introducing the themes of creation, covenant, faith, and the foundation of the nation of Israel. It covers a wide range of human experiences, from the joys of creation and family to the struggles of sin and the consequences of disobedience. Book of Genesis: text translated to 2023 American conversational English's text:

Genesis 1:1 At the start, God created the universe.

1:2 The earth was formless and empty, with darkness covering the deep waters. God's spirit was hovering over the water.

1:3 God said, "Let there be light," and light appeared.

1:4 God saw that the light was good, and separated the light from the darkness.

1:5 God named the light "Day" and the darkness "Night." Evening passed and morning came, marking the first day.

1:6 God said, "Let there be a space between the waters, to separate water from water."

1:7 God made this space and separated the waters below from the waters above. And so it happened.

1:8 God named the space "Sky." Evening passed and morning came, marking the second day.

1:9 God said, "Let the waters beneath the sky flow together into one place, so dry ground may appear." And so it happened.

1:10 God named the dry ground "Earth," and the waters "Seas." God saw that it was good.

1:11 God said, "Let the earth sprout vegetation: plants yielding seeds, and fruit trees bearing fruit with seeds inside, each according to its kind." And so it happened.

1:12 The earth produced vegetation: plants yielding seeds according to their kinds, and trees bearing fruit with seeds inside according to their kinds. God saw that it was good.

1:13 Evening passed and morning came, marking the third day.

1:14 God said, "Let lights appear in the sky to separate day from night and to mark seasons, days, and years.

1:15 These lights will shine in the sky to illuminate the earth." And so it happened.

1:16 God created two great lights—the larger one to govern the day, and the smaller one to govern the night. He also made the stars.

1:17 God set these lights in the sky to light the earth,

1:18 to govern the day and night, and to separate light from darkness. God saw that it was good.

1:19 Evening passed and morning came, marking the fourth day.

1:20 God said, "Let the waters swarm with living creatures, and let birds fly above the earth across the sky."

1:21 So God created great sea creatures and every living thing that moves in the waters, according to their kinds, and every winged bird according to its kind. God saw that it was good.

1:22 God blessed them, saying, "Be fruitful and multiply, fill the waters in the seas, and let birds multiply on the earth." 1:23 Evening passed and morning came, marking the fifth day.

1:24 God said, "Let the earth produce living creatures according to their kinds: livestock, creatures that crawl, and wildlife of the earth according to their kinds." And so it happened.

1:25 God made wildlife of the earth according to their kinds, the livestock according to their kinds, and creatures that crawl on the ground according to their kinds. God saw that it was good.

1:26 Then God said, "Let us make humans in our image, to be like us. They will reign over the fish in the sea, the birds in the sky, the livestock, all the wild animals on the earth, and the small animals that scurry along the ground."

1:27 So God created humans in his own image. He created them male and female.

1:28 God blessed them and said, "Be fruitful and multiply. Fill the earth and govern it. Reign over the fish in the sea, the birds in the sky, and all the animals that scurry along the ground."

1:29 Then God said, "Look! I have given you every seed-bearing plant throughout the earth and all the fruit trees for your food.

1:30 And I have given every green plant as food for all the wild animals, the birds in the sky, and the small animals that scurry along the ground—everything that has life." And so it happened.

1:31 God looked over all he had made, and he saw that it was very good! Evening passed and morning came, marking the sixth day.

2:1 So the creation of the heavens and the earth and everything in them was completed.

2:2 On the seventh day God had finished his work of creation, so he rested from all his work.

2:3 And God blessed the seventh day and declared it holy, because it was the day when he rested from all his work of creation.

2:4 This is the account of the creation of the heavens and the earth.

2:5 When the LORD God made the earth and the heavens, no shrub of the field had yet appeared on the earth and no plant of the field had yet sprung up, for the LORD God had not sent rain on the earth and there was no man to work the ground.

2:6 But streams came up from the earth and watered the whole surface of the ground.

2:7 Then the LORD God formed a man from the dust of the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living being.

2:8 Now the LORD God had planted a garden in the east, in Eden; and there he put the man he had formed.

2:9 The LORD God made all kinds of trees grow out of the ground—trees that were pleasing to the eye and good for food. In the middle of the garden were the tree of life and the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.

2:10 A river flowed from Eden to water the garden, and from there it divided and became four branches.

2:11 The name of the first is Pishon; it winds through the entire land of Havilah, where there is gold.

2:12 (The gold of that land is good; aromatic resin and onyx are also there.)

2:13 The name of the second river is Gihon; it winds through the entire land of Cush.

2:14 The name of the third river is Tigris; it runs along the east side of Ashur. And the fourth river is the Euphrates.

2:15 The LORD God took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden to work it and take care of it.

2:16 And the LORD God commanded the man, "You are free to eat from any tree in the garden;

2:17 but you must not eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, for when you eat from it you will certainly die."

2:18 The LORD God said, "It is not good for the man to be alone. I will make a helper suitable for him."

2:19 Now the LORD God had formed out of the ground all the wild animals and all the birds in the sky. He brought them to the man to see what he would name them; and whatever the man called each living creature, that was its name.

2:20 So the man gave names to all the livestock, the birds in the sky and all the wild animals. But for Adam no suitable helper was found.

2:21 So the LORD God caused the man to fall into a deep sleep; and while he was sleeping, he took one of the man’s ribs and then closed up the place with flesh.

2:22 Then the LORD God made a woman from the rib he had taken out of the man, and he brought her to the man. 2:23 The man said, "This is now bone of my bones and flesh of my flesh; she shall be called 'woman,' for she was taken out of man."

2:24 That is why a man leaves his father and mother and is united to his wife, and they become one flesh.

2:25 Adam and his wife were both naked, and they felt no shame.

3:1 Now the serpent was more crafty than any of the wild animals the LORD God had made. He said to the woman, "Did God really say, 'You must not eat from any tree in the garden'?"

3:2 The woman said to the serpent, "We may eat fruit from the trees in the garden,

3:3 but God did say, 'You must not eat fruit from the tree that is in the middle of the garden, and you must not touch it, or you will die.'"

3:4 "You will not certainly die," the serpent said to the woman.

3:5 "For God knows that when you eat from it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil."

3:6 When the woman saw that the fruit of the tree was good for food and pleasing to the eye, and also desirable for gaining wisdom, she took some and ate it. She also gave some to her husband, who was with her, and he ate it.

3:7 Then the eyes of both of them were opened, and they realized they were naked; so they sewed fig leaves together and made coverings for themselves.

3:8 Then the man and his wife heard the sound of the LORD God as he was walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and they hid from the LORD God among the trees of the garden.

3:9 But the LORD God called to the man, "Where are you?"

3:10 He answered, "I heard you in the garden, and I was afraid because I was naked; so I hid."

3:11 And he said, "Who told you that you were naked? Have you eaten from the tree that I commanded you not to eat from?"

3:12 The man said, "The woman you put here with me—she gave me some fruit from the tree, and I ate it."

3:13 Then the LORD God said to the woman, "What is this you have done?" The woman said, "The serpent deceived me, and I ate."

3:14 So the LORD God said to the serpent, "Because you have done this, "Cursed are you above all livestock and all wild animals! You will crawl on your belly and you will eat dust all the days of your life.

3:15 And I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring and hers; he will crush your head, and you will strike his heel."

3:16 To the woman he said, "I will make your pains in childbearing very severe; with painful labor you will give birth to children. Your desire will be for your husband, and he will rule over you."

3:17 To Adam he said, "Because you listened to your wife and ate fruit from the tree about which I commanded you, 'You must not eat from it,' "Cursed is the ground because of you; through painful toil you will eat food from it all the days of your life.

3:18 It will produce thorns and thistles for you, and you will eat the plants of the field.

3:19 By the sweat of your brow you will eat your food until you return to the ground, since from it you were taken; for dust you are and to dust you will return."

3:20 Adam named his wife Eve because she would become the mother of all the living.

3:21 God made clothes out of skins for Adam and Eve and dressed them.

3:22 God said, "The man has now become like one of us, knowing good and evil. He must not be allowed to reach out his hand and take also from the tree of life and eat, and live forever." 3:23 So God banished him from the Garden of Eden to work the ground from which he had been taken.

3:24 God drove the man out, and at the east of the Garden of Eden, he placed cherubim and a flaming sword flashing back and forth to guard the way to the tree of life.

4:1 Adam and Eve had sex, and she became pregnant and gave birth to Cain. She said, "With the help of the LORD I have brought forth a man."

4:2 Later she gave birth to his brother Abel. Abel kept sheep, and Cain worked the soil.

4:3 In the course of time, Cain brought some of the fruits of the soil as an offering to the LORD.

4:4 And Abel also brought an offering—fat portions from some of the firstborn of his flock. The LORD looked with favor on Abel and his offering, 4:5 but on Cain and his offering he did not look with favor. So Cain was very angry, and his face was downcast.

4:6 Then the LORD said to Cain, "Why are you angry? Why is your face downcast? 4:7 If you do what is right, will you not be accepted? But if you do not do what is right, sin is crouching at your door; it desires to have you, but you must rule over it."

4:8 Now Cain said to his brother Abel, "Let's go out to the field." While they were in the field, Cain attacked his brother Abel and killed him.

4:9 Then the LORD said to Cain, "Where is your brother Abel?" "I don't know," he replied. "Am I my brother's keeper?" 4:10 The LORD said, "What have you done? Listen! Your brother's blood cries out to me from the ground.

4:11 Now you are under a curse and driven from the ground, which opened its mouth to receive your brother's blood from your hand. 4:12 When you work the ground, it will no longer yield its crops for you. You will be a restless wanderer on the earth."

4:13 Cain said to the LORD, "My punishment is more than I can bear.

4:14 Today you are driving me from the land, and I will be hidden from your presence; I will be a restless wanderer on the earth, and whoever finds me will kill me."

4:15 But the LORD said to him, "Not so; anyone who kills Cain will suffer vengeance seven times over." Then the LORD put a mark on Cain so that no one who found him would kill him.

4:16 So Cain went out from the LORD's presence and lived in the land of Nod, east of Eden.

4:17 Cain made love to his wife, and she became pregnant and gave birth to Enoch. Cain was then building a city, and he named it after his son Enoch.

4:18 To Enoch was born Irad, and Irad was the father of Mehujael, and Mehujael was the father of Methushael, and Methushael was the father of Lamech.

4:19 Lamech married two women, one named Adah and the other Zillah.

4:20 Adah gave birth to Jabal; he was the father of those who live in tents and raise livestock.

4:21 His brother's name was Jubal; he was the father of all who play stringed instruments and pipes.

4:22 Zillah also had a son, Tubal-Cain, who forged all kinds of tools out of bronze and iron. Tubal-Cain's sister was Naamah.

4:23 Lamech said to his wives, "Adah and Zillah, listen to me; wives of Lamech, hear my words. I have killed a man for wounding me, a young man for injuring me.

4:24 If Cain is avenged seven times, then Lamech seventy-seven times."

4:25 Adam made love to his wife again, and she gave birth to a son and named him Seth, saying, "God has granted me another child in place of Abel, since Cain killed him."

4:26 Seth also had a son, and he named him Enosh. At that time people began to call on the name of the LORD.

5:1 This is the written account of Adam's family line. When God created mankind, he made them in the likeness of God. 5:2 He created them male and female and blessed them. And he named them "Mankind" when they were created.

5:3 When Adam had lived 130 years, he had a son in his own likeness, in his own image; and he named him Seth. 5:4 After Seth was born, Adam lived 800 years and had other sons and daughters. 5:5 Altogether, Adam lived a total of 930 years, and then he died.

5:6 When Seth had lived 105 years, he became the father of Enosh. 5:7 After he became the father of Enosh, Seth lived 807 years and had other sons and daughters. 5:8 Altogether, Seth lived a total of 912 years, and then he died.

5:9 When Enosh had lived 90 years, he became the father of Kenan. 5:10 After he became the father of Kenan, Enosh lived 815 years and had other sons and daughters. 5:11 Altogether, Enosh lived a total of 905 years, and then he died.

5:12 When Kenan had lived 70 years, he became the father of Mahalalel. 5:13 After he became the father of Mahalalel, Kenan lived 840 years and had other sons and daughters. 5:14 Altogether, Kenan lived a total of 910 years, and then he died.

5:15 When Mahalalel had lived 65 years, he became the father of Jared. 5:16 After he became the father of Jared, Mahalalel lived 830 years and had other sons and daughters. 5:17 Altogether, Mahalalel lived a total of 895 years, and then he died.

5:18 When Jared had lived 162 years, he became the father of Enoch. 5:19 After he became the father of Enoch, Jared lived 800 years and had other sons and daughters. 5:20 Altogether, Jared lived a total of 962 years, and then he died.

5:21 When Enoch had lived 65 years, he became the father of Methuselah. 5:22 After he became the father of Methuselah, Enoch walked faithfully with God 300 years and had other sons and daughters. 5:23 Altogether, Enoch lived a total of 365 years. 5:24 Enoch walked faithfully with God; then he was no more, because God took him away.

5:25 When Methuselah had lived 187 years, he became the father of Lamech. 5:26 After he became the father of Lamech, Methuselah lived 782 years and had other sons and daughters. 5:27 Altogether, Methuselah lived a total of 969 years, and then he died.

5:28 When Lamech had lived 182 years, he had a son. 5:29 He named him Noah and said, "He will comfort us in the labor and painful toil of our hands caused by the ground the LORD has cursed."

5:30 After Noah was born, Lamech lived 595 years and had other sons and daughters. 5:31 Altogether, Lamech lived a total of 777 years, and then he died.

5:32 After Noah was 500 years old, he became the father of Shem, Ham and Japheth.

6:1 When human beings began to increase in number on the earth and daughters were born to them, 6:2 the sons of God saw that the daughters of humans were beautiful, and they married any of them they chose.

6:3 Then the LORD said, "My Spirit will not contend with humans forever, for they are mortal; their days will be a hundred and twenty years."

6:4 The Nephilim were on the earth in those days—and also afterward—when the sons of God went to the daughters of humans and had children by them. They were the heroes of old, men of renown.

6:5 The LORD saw how great the wickedness of the human race had become on the earth, and that every inclination of the thoughts of the human heart was only evil all the time.

6:6 The LORD regretted that he had made human beings on the earth, and his heart was deeply troubled.

6:7 So the LORD said, "I will wipe from the face of the earth the human race I have created—and with them the animals, the birds and the creatures that move along the ground—for I regret that I have made them."

6:8 But Noah found favor in the eyes of the LORD.

6:9 This is the account of Noah and his family. Noah was a righteous man, blameless among the people of his time, and he walked faithfully with God.

6:10 Noah had three sons: Shem, Ham and Japheth.

6:11 Now the earth was corrupt in God's sight and was full of violence.

6:12 God saw how corrupt the earth had become, for all the people on earth had corrupted their ways.

6:13 So God said to Noah, "I am going to put an end to all people, for the earth is filled with violence because of them. I am surely going to destroy both them and the earth.

6:14 So make yourself an ark of cypress wood; make rooms in it and coat it with pitch inside and out.

6:15 This is how you are to build it: The ark is to be three hundred cubits long, fifty cubits wide and thirty cubits high.

6:16 Make a roof for it, leaving below the roof an opening one cubit high all around. Put a door in the side of the ark and make lower, middle and upper decks.

6:17 I am going to bring floodwaters on the earth to destroy all life under the heavens, every creature that has the breath of life in it. Everything on earth will perish.

6:18 But I will establish my covenant with you, and you will enter the ark—you and your sons and your wife and your sons' wives with you.

6:19 You are to bring into the ark two of all living creatures, male and female, to keep them alive with you.

6:20 Two of every kind of bird, of every kind of animal and of every kind of creature that moves along the ground will come to you to be kept alive.

6:21 You are to take every kind of food that is to be eaten and store it away as food for you and for them."

6:22 Noah did everything just as God commanded him.

7:1 The LORD then said to Noah, "Go into the ark, you and your whole family, because I have found you righteous in this generation.

7:2 Take with you seven pairs of every kind of clean animal, a male and its mate, and one pair of every kind of unclean animal, a male and its mate,

7:3 and also seven pairs of every kind of bird, male and female, to keep their various kinds alive throughout the earth.

7:4 Seven days from now I will send rain on the earth for forty days and forty nights, and I will wipe from the face of the earth every living creature I have made."

7:5 And Noah did all that the LORD commanded him.

7:6 Noah was six hundred years old when the floodwaters came on the earth.

7:7 And Noah and his sons and his wife and his sons' wives entered the ark to escape the waters of the flood.

7:8 Pairs of clean and unclean animals, of birds and of all creatures that move along the ground, 7:9 male and female, came to Noah and entered the ark, as God had commanded Noah.

7:10 And after the seven days the floodwaters came on the earth.

7:11 In the six hundredth year of Noah's life, on the seventeenth day of the second month—on that day all the springs of the great deep burst forth, and the floodgates of the heavens were opened.

7:12 And rain fell on the earth forty days and forty nights.

7:13 On that very day Noah and his sons, Shem, Ham and Japheth, together with his wife and the wives of his three sons, entered the ark.

7:14 They had with them every wild animal according to its kind, all livestock according to their kinds, every creature that moves along the ground according to its kind and every bird according to its kind, everything with wings.

7:15 Pairs of all creatures that have the breath of life in them came to Noah and entered the ark.

7:16 The animals going in were male and female of every living thing, as God had commanded Noah. Then the LORD shut him in.

7:17 For forty days the flood kept coming on the earth, and as the waters increased they lifted the ark high above the earth.

7:18 The waters rose and increased greatly on the earth, and the ark floated on the surface of the water.

7:19 They rose greatly on the earth, and all the high mountains under the entire heavens were covered.

7:20 The waters rose and covered the mountains to a depth of more than fifteen cubits.

7:21 Every living thing on earth died - birds, livestock, wild animals, all the creatures that swarm over the earth, and all of humanity. 7:22 Everything on dry land that had the breath of life in its nostrils died.

7:23 Every living thing on the face of the earth was wiped out; people and animals and the creatures that move along the ground and the birds were wiped from the earth. Only Noah was left, and those with him in the ark.

7:24 The waters flooded the earth for a hundred and fifty days.

8:1 But God remembered Noah and all the wild animals and the livestock that were with him in the ark, and he sent a wind over the earth, and the waters receded. 8:2 Now the springs of the deep and the floodgates of the heavens had been closed, and the rain had stopped falling from the sky. 8:3 The water receded steadily from the earth. At the end of the hundred and fifty days the water had gone down.

8:4 On the seventeenth day of the seventh month the ark came to rest on the mountains of Ararat.

8:5 The waters continued to recede until the tenth month, and on the first day of the tenth month the tops of the mountains became visible.

8:6 After forty days Noah opened a window he had made in the ark 8:7 and sent out a raven, and it kept flying back and forth until the water had dried up from the earth.

8:8 Then he sent out a dove to see if the water had receded from the surface of the ground. 8:9 But the dove could find nowhere to perch because there was water over all the surface of the earth; so it returned to Noah in the ark. He reached out his hand and took the dove and brought it back to himself in the ark.

8:10 He waited seven more days and again sent out the dove from the ark. 8:11 When the dove returned to him in the evening, there in its beak was a freshly plucked olive leaf! Then Noah knew that the water had receded from the earth.

8:12 He waited seven more days and sent the dove out again, but this time it did not return to him.

8:13 By the first day of the first month of Noah's six hundred and first year, the water had dried up from the earth. Noah then removed the covering from the ark and saw that the surface of the ground was dry.

8:14 By the twenty-seventh day of the second month the earth was completely dry.

8:15 Then God said to Noah, 8:16 "Come out of the ark, you and your wife and your sons and their wives.

8:17 Bring out every kind of living creature that is with you—the birds, the animals, and all the creatures that move along the ground—so they can multiply on the earth and be fruitful and increase in number on it."

8:18 So Noah came out, together with his sons and his wife and his sons' wives. 8:19 All the animals and all the creatures that move along the ground and all the birds—everything that moves on land—came out of the ark, one kind after another.

8:20 Then Noah built an altar to the Lord and, taking some of all the clean animals and clean birds, he sacrificed burnt offerings on it.

8:21 The Lord smelled the pleasing aroma and said in his heart: "Never again will I curse the ground because of humans, even though every inclination of the human heart is evil from childhood. And never again will I destroy all living creatures, as I have done.

8:22 "As long as the earth endures, seedtime and harvest, cold and heat, summer and winter, day and night will never cease."

9:1 Then God blessed Noah and his sons, saying to them, "Be fruitful and increase in number and fill the earth.

9:2 The fear and dread of you will fall on all the beasts of the earth, and on all the birds in the sky, on every creature that moves along the ground, and on all the fish in the sea; they are given into your hands.

9:3 Everything that lives and moves about will be food for you. Just as I gave you the green plants, I now give you everything.

9:4 "But you must not eat meat that has its lifeblood still in it.

9:5 And for your lifeblood I will surely demand an accounting. I will demand an accounting from every animal. And from each human being, too, I will demand an accounting for the life of another human being.

9:6 "Whoever sheds human blood, by humans shall their blood be shed; for in the image of God has God made mankind.

9:7 As for you, be fruitful and increase in number; multiply on the earth and increase upon it."

9:8 Then God said to Noah and to his sons with him: 9:9 "I now establish my covenant with you and with your descendants after you 9:10 and with every living creature that was with you—the birds, the livestock and all the wild animals, all those that came out of the ark with you—every living creature on earth.

9:11 I establish my covenant with you: Never again will all life be destroyed by the waters of a flood; never again will there be a flood to destroy the earth."

9:12 And God said, "This is the sign of the covenant I am making between me and you and every living creature with you, a covenant for all generations to come: 9:13 I have set my rainbow in the clouds, and it will be the sign of the covenant between me and the earth.

9:14 Whenever I bring clouds over the earth and the rainbow appears in the clouds, 9:15 I will remember my covenant between me and you and all living creatures of every kind. Never again will the waters become a flood to destroy all life.

9:16 Whenever the rainbow appears in the clouds, I will see it and remember the everlasting covenant between God and all living creatures of every kind on the earth."

9:17 So God said to Noah, "This is the sign of the covenant I have established between me and all life on the earth."

9:18 The sons of Noah who came out of the ark were Shem, Ham and Japheth. (Ham was the father of Canaan.)

9:19 These were the three sons of Noah, and from them came the people who were scattered over the whole earth.

9:20 Noah, a man of the soil, proceeded to plant a vineyard. 9:21 When he drank some of its wine, he became drunk and lay uncovered inside his tent.

9:22 Ham, the father of Canaan, saw his father naked and told his two brothers outside.

9:23 But Shem and Japheth took a garment and laid it across their shoulders; then they walked in backward and covered their father's naked body. Their faces were turned the other way so that they would not see their father naked.

9:24 When Noah awoke from his wine and found out what his youngest son had done to him,

9:25 he said, "Cursed be Canaan! The lowest of slaves will he be to his brothers."

9:26 He also said, "Praise be to the Lord, the God of Shem! May Canaan be the slave of Shem.

9:27 May God extend Japheth's territory; may Japheth live in the tents of Shem, and may Canaan be the slave of Japheth."

9:28 After the flood Noah lived 350 years.

9:29 Noah lived a total of 950 years, and then he died.

10:1 This is the account of Shem, Ham and Japheth, Noah's sons, who themselves had sons after the flood.

10:2 The sons of Japheth: Gomer, Magog, Madai, Javan, Tubal, Meshek and Tiras.

10:3 The sons of Gomer: Ashkenaz, Riphath and Togarmah.

10:4 The sons of Javan: Elishah, Tarshish, the Kittites and the Rodanites.

10:5 (From these the maritime peoples spread out into their territories by their clans within their nations, each with its own language.)

10:6 The sons of Ham: Cush, Egypt, Put and Canaan.

10:7 The sons of Cush: Seba, Havilah, Sabtah, Raamah and Sabteka. The sons of Raamah: Sheba and Dedan.

10:8 Cush was the father of Nimrod, who became a mighty warrior on the earth.

10:9 He was a mighty hunter before the Lord; that is why it is said, "Like Nimrod, a mighty hunter before the Lord."

10:10 The first centers of his kingdom were Babylon, Uruk, Akkad and Kalneh, in Shinar.

10:11 From that land he went to Assyria, where he built Nineveh, Rehoboth Ir, Calah 10:12 and Resen, which is between Nineveh and Calah—which is the great city.

10:13 Egypt was the father of the Ludites, Anamites, Lehabites, Naphtuhites, 10:14 Pathrusites, Kasluhites (from whom the Philistines came) and Caphtorites.

10:15 Canaan was the father of Sidon his firstborn, and of the Hittites, 10:16 Jebusites, Amorites, Girgashites, 10:17 Hivites, Arkites, Sinites, 10:18 Arvadites, Zemarites and Hamathites. Later the Canaanite clans scattered

10:19 and the borders of Canaan reached from Sidon toward Gerar as far as Gaza, and then toward Sodom, Gomorrah, Admah and Zeboyim, as far as Lasha.

10:20 These are the sons of Ham by their clans and languages, in their territories and nations.

10:21 Sons were also born to Shem, whose older brother was Japheth; Shem was the ancestor of all the sons of Eber.

10:22 The sons of Shem: Elam, Ashur, Arphaxad, Lud and Aram.

10:23 The sons of Aram: Uz, Hul, Gether and Meshek.

10:24 Arphaxad was the father of Shelah, and Shelah the father of Eber.

10:25 Two sons were born to Eber: One was named Peleg, because in his time the earth was divided; his brother was named Joktan.

10:26 Joktan was the father of Almodad, Sheleph, Hazarmaveth, Jerah, 10:27 Hadoram, Uzal, Diklah, 10:28 Obal, Abimael, Sheba, 10:29 Ophir, Havilah and Jobab. All these were sons of Joktan.

10:30 The region where they lived stretched from Mesha toward Sephar, in the eastern hill country.

10:31 These are the sons of Shem by their clans and languages, in their territories and nations.

10:32 These are the clans of Noah's sons, according to their lines of descent, within their nations. From these the nations spread out over the earth after the flood.

11:1 Now the whole world had one language and a common speech.

11:2 As people moved eastward, they found a plain in Shinar and settled there.

11:3 They said to each other, "Come, let's make bricks and bake them thoroughly." They used brick instead of stone, and tar for mortar.

11:4 Then they said, "Come, let us build ourselves a city, with a tower that reaches to the heavens, so that we may make a name for ourselves; otherwise we will be scattered over the face of the whole earth."

11:5 But the Lord came down to see the city and the tower the people were building.

11:6 The Lord said, "If as one people speaking the same language they have begun to do this, then nothing they plan to do will be impossible for them.

11:7 Come, let us go down and confuse their language so they will not understand each other."

11:8 So the Lord scattered them from there over all the earth, and they stopped building the city.

11:9 That is why it was called Babel—because there the Lord confused the language of the whole world. From there the Lord scattered them over the face of the whole earth.

11:10 This is the account of Shem's family line. Two years after the flood, when Shem was 100 years old, he became the father of Arphaxad. 11:11 And after he became the father of Arphaxad, Shem lived 500 years and had other sons and daughters.

11:12 When Arphaxad had lived 35 years, he became the father of Shelah. 11:13 And after he became the father of Shelah, Arphaxad lived 403 years and had other sons and daughters.

11:14 When Shelah had lived 30 years, he became the father of Eber. 11:15 And after he became the father of Eber, Shelah lived 403 years and had other sons and daughters.

11:16 When Eber had lived 34 years, he became the father of Peleg. 11:17 And after he became the father of Peleg, Eber lived 430 years and had other sons and daughters.

11:18 When Peleg had lived 30 years, he became the father of Reu. 11:19 And after he became the father of Reu, Peleg lived 209 years and had other sons and daughters.

11:20 When Reu had lived 32 years, he became the father of Serug. 11:21 And after he became the father of Serug, Reu lived 207 years and had other sons and daughters.

11:22 When Serug had lived 30 years, he became the father of Nahor. 11:23 And after he became the father of Nahor, Serug lived 200 years and had other sons and daughters.

11:24 When Nahor had lived 29 years, he became the father of Terah. 11:25 And after he became the father of Terah, Nahor lived 119 years and had other sons and daughters.

11:26 After Terah had lived 70 years, he became the father of Abram, Nahor and Haran.

11:27 This is the account of Terah's family line. Terah became the father of Abram, Nahor and Haran. And Haran became the father of Lot.

11:28 While his father Terah was still alive, Haran died in Ur of the Chaldeans, in the land of his birth.

11:29 Abram and Nahor both married. The name of Abram's wife was Sarai, and the name of Nahor's wife was Milcah; she was the daughter of Haran, the father of both Milcah and Iscah.

11:30 Now Sarai was childless because she was not able to conceive.


11:31 Terah, Abram's father, took his son Abram, his grandson Lot (Haran's son), and his daughter-in-law Sarai (Abram's wife), and they left Ur of the Chaldees to go to Canaan. But they only got as far as Haran and settled there. 11:32 Terah lived for 205 years and then he died in Haran.

12:1 Then God told Abram, "Leave your country, your family, and your father's home for a land that I will show you. 12:2 I'll make you a great nation and bless you. I'll make your name great, and you'll be a blessing. 12:3 I will bless those who bless you, and whoever curses you I will curse; and all peoples on earth will be blessed through you." 12:4 So Abram left, just as God told him, and Lot went with him. Abram was 75 years old when he left Haran. 12:5 Abram took his wife Sarai, his nephew Lot, all the possessions they had accumulated, and the people they had acquired in Haran, and they set out for the land of Canaan, and they arrived there. 12:6 Abram traveled through the land to the site of the great tree of Moreh at Shechem. At that time the Canaanites were in the land. 12:7 Then the Lord appeared to Abram and said, "I will give this land to your offspring." So Abram built an altar there to the Lord, who had appeared to him. 12:8 From there he moved to the hill country east of Bethel and pitched his tent, with Bethel on the west and Ai on the east. There he built an altar to the Lord and called on the name of the Lord. 12:9 Then Abram continued traveling, heading south. 12:10 But there was a famine in the land, so Abram went down to Egypt to live there for a while because the famine was severe. 12:11 As he was about to enter Egypt, he said to his wife Sarai, "I know you're a beautiful woman. 12:12 When the Egyptians see you, they will say, 'This is his wife.' Then they will kill me but will let you live. 12:13 Please say you're my sister so that I will be treated well for your sake and my life will be spared because of you." 12:14 When Abram came to Egypt, the Egyptians saw that Sarai was a very beautiful woman. 12:15 And when Pharaoh's officials saw her, they praised her to Pharaoh, and she was taken into his palace. 12:16 He treated Abram well for her sake, and Abram acquired sheep and cattle, male and female donkeys, male and female servants, and camels. 12:17 But the Lord inflicted serious diseases on Pharaoh and his household because of Abram's wife Sarai. 12:18 So Pharaoh summoned Abram. "What have you done to me?" he said. "Why didn't you tell me she was your wife? 12:19 Why did you say, 'She is my sister,' so that I took her to be my wife? Now then, here is your wife. Take her and go!" 12:20 Then Pharaoh gave orders about Abram to his men, and they sent him on his way, with his wife and everything he had.

13:1 So Abram went up from Egypt to the Negev, with his wife and everything he had, and Lot went with him. 13:2 Abram had become very wealthy in livestock and in silver and gold. 13:3 From the Negev he went from place to place until he came to Bethel, to the place between Bethel and Ai where his tent had been earlier 13:4 and where he had first built an altar. There Abram called on the name of the Lord. 13:5 Now Lot, who was moving about with Abram, also had flocks and herds and tents. 13:6 But the land could not support them while they stayed together, for their possessions were so great that they were not able to stay together. 13:7 And quarreling arose between Abram's herders and Lot's. The Canaanites and Perizzites were also living in the land at that time. 13:8 So Abram said to Lot, "Let's not have any quarreling between you and me, or between your herders and mine, for we're brothers. 13:9 Isn't the whole land before you? Let's part company. If you go to the left, I'll go to the right; if you go to the right, I'll go to the left." 13:10 Lot looked around and saw that the whole plain of the Jordan toward Zoar was well watered, like the garden of the Lord, like the land of Egypt. (This was before the Lord destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah.) 13:11 So Lot chose for himself the whole plain of the Jordan and set out toward the east. The two men parted company: 13:12 Abram lived in the land of Canaan, while Lot lived among the cities of the plain and pitched his tents near Sodom. 13:13 Now the people of Sodom were wicked and were sinning greatly against the Lord. 13:14 The Lord said to Abram after Lot had parted from him, "Look around from where you are, to the north and south, to the east and west. 13:15 All the land that you see I will give to you and your offspring forever. 13:16 I will make your offspring like the dust of the earth, so that if anyone could count the dust, then your offspring could be counted. 13:17 Go, walk through the length and breadth of the land, for I am giving it to you." 13:18 So Abram moved his tents and went to live near the great trees of Mamre at Hebron, where he built an altar to the Lord.

14:1 At the time when Amraphel was king of Shinar, Arioch king of Ellasar, Chedorlaomer king of Elam and Tidal king of Goiim, 14:2 these kings went to war against Bera king of Sodom, Birsha king of Gomorrah, Shinab king of Admah, Shemeber king of Zeboyim, and the king of Bela (that is, Zoar). 14:3 All these latter kings joined forces in the Valley of Siddim (that is, the Dead Sea Valley). 14:4 For twelve years they had been subject to Chedorlaomer, but in the thirteenth year, they rebelled. 14:5 In the fourteenth year, Chedorlaomer and the kings allied with him went out and defeated the Rephaites in Ashteroth Karnaim, the Zuzites in Ham, the Emites in Shaveh Kiriathaim 14:6 and the Horites in the hill country of Seir, as far as El Paran near the desert. 14:7 Then they turned back and went to En Mishpat (that is, Kadesh), and they conquered the whole territory of the Amalekites, as well as the Amorites who were living in Hazezon Tamar. 14:8 Then the king of Sodom, the king of Gomorrah, the king of Admah, the king of Zeboyim and the king of Bela (that is, Zoar) marched out and drew up their battle lines in the Valley of Siddim 14:9 against Kedorlaomer king of Elam, Tidal king of Goiim, Amraphel king of Shinar and Arioch king of Ellasar—four kings against five. 14:10 Now the Valley of Siddim was full of tar pits, and when the kings of Sodom and Gomorrah fled, some of the men fell into them and the rest fled to the hills. 14:11 The four kings seized all the goods of Sodom and Gomorrah and all their food; then they went away. 14:12 They also carried off Abram's nephew Lot and his possessions, since he was living in Sodom. 14:13 A man who had escaped came and reported this to Abram the Hebrew. Now Abram was living near the great trees of Mamre the Amorite, a brother of Eshkol and Aner, all of whom were allied with Abram. 14:14 When Abram heard that his relative had been taken captive, he called out the 318 trained men born in his household and went in pursuit as far as Dan. 14:15 During the night Abram divided his men to attack them and he routed them, pursuing them as far as Hobah, north of Damascus. 14:16 He recovered all the goods and brought back his relative Lot and his possessions, together with the women and the other people. 14:17 After Abram returned from defeating Kedorlaomer and the kings allied with him, the king of Sodom came out to meet him in the Valley of Shaveh (that is, the King's Valley). 14:18 Then Melchizedek king of Salem brought out bread and wine. He was priest of God Most High, 14:19 and he blessed Abram, saying, "Blessed be Abram by God Most High, Creator of heaven and earth. 14:20 And praise be to God Most High, who delivered your enemies into your hand." Then Abram gave him a tenth of everything. 14:21 The king of Sodom said to Abram, "Give me the people and keep the goods for yourself." 14:22 But Abram said to the king of Sodom, "With raised hand I have sworn an oath to the Lord, God Most High, Creator of heaven and earth, 14:23 that I will accept nothing belonging to you, not even a thread or the strap of a sandal, so that you will never be able to say, 'I made Abram rich.' 14:24 I will accept nothing but what my men have eaten and the share that belongs to the men who went with me—to Aner, Eshkol and Mamre. Let them have their share."

15:1 After this, the word of the Lord came to Abram in a vision: "Do not be afraid, Abram. I am your shield, your very great reward." 15:2 But Abram said, "Sovereign Lord, what can you give me since I remain childless and the one who will inherit my estate is Eliezer of Damascus?" 15:3 And Abram said, "You have given me no children; so a servant in my household will be my heir." 15:4 Then the word of the Lord came to him: "This man will not be your heir, but a son who is your own flesh and blood will be your heir." 15:5 He took him outside and said, "Look up at the sky and count the stars—if indeed you can count them." Then he said to him, "So shall your offspring be." 15:6 Abram believed the Lord, and he credited it to him as righteousness. 15:7 He also said to him, "I am the Lord, who brought you out of Ur of the Chaldeans to give you this land to take possession of it." 15:8 But Abram said, "Sovereign Lord, how can I know that I will gain possession of it?" 15:9 So the Lord said to him, "Bring me a heifer, a goat and a ram, each three years old, along with a dove and a young pigeon." 15:10 Abram brought all these to him, cut them in two and arranged the halves opposite each other; the birds, however, he did not cut in half. 15:11 Then birds of prey came down on the carcasses, but Abram drove them away. 15:12 As the sun was setting, Abram fell into a deep sleep, and a thick and dreadful darkness came over him. 15:13 Then the Lord said to him, "Know for certain that for four hundred years your descendants will be strangers in a country not their own and that they will be enslaved and mistreated there. 15:14 But I will punish the nation they serve as slaves, and afterward they will come out with great possessions. 15:15 You, however, will go to your ancestors in peace and be buried at a good old age. 15:16 In the fourth generation your descendants will come back here, for the sin of the Amorites has not yet reached its full measure." 15:17 When the sun had set and darkness had fallen, a smoking firepot with a blazing torch appeared and passed between the pieces. 15:18 On that day the Lord made a covenant with Abram and said, "To your descendants I give this land, from the Wadi of Egypt to the great river, the Euphrates— 15:19 the land of the Kenites, Kenizzites, Kadmonites, 15:20 Hittites, Perizzites, Rephaites, 15:21 Amorites, Canaanites, Girgashites and Jebusites."

16:1 Now Sarai, Abram's wife, had borne him no children. But she had an Egyptian slave named Hagar; 16:2 so she said to Abram, "The Lord has kept me from having children. Go, sleep with my slave; perhaps I can build a family through her." Abram agreed to what Sarai said. 16:3 So after Abram had been living in Canaan ten years, Sarai his wife took her Egyptian slave Hagar and gave her to her husband to be his wife. 16:4 He slept with Hagar, and she conceived. When she knew she was pregnant, she began to despise her mistress. 16:5 Then Sarai said to Abram, "You are responsible for the wrong I am suffering. I put my slave in your arms, and now that she knows she is pregnant, she despises me. May the Lord judge between you and me." 16:6 "Your slave is in your hands," Abram said. "Do with her whatever you think best." Then Sarai mistreated Hagar; so she fled from her. 16:7 The angel of the Lord found Hagar near a spring in the desert; it was the spring that is beside the road to Shur. 16:8 And he said, "Hagar, slave of Sarai, where have you come from, and where are you going?" "I'm running away from my mistress Sarai," she answered. 16:9 Then the angel of the Lord told her, "Go back to your mistress and submit to her." 16:10 The angel added, "I will increase your descendants so much that they will be too numerous to count." 16:11 The angel of the Lord also said to her: "You are now pregnant and you will give birth to a son. You shall name him Ishmael, for the Lord has heard of your misery. 16:12 He will be a wild donkey of a man; his hand will be against everyone and everyone's hand against him, and he will live in hostility toward all his brothers." 16:13 She gave this name to the Lord who spoke to her: "You are the God who sees me," for she said, "I have now seen the One who sees me." 16:14 That is why the well was called Beer Lahai Roi; it is still there, between Kadesh and Bered. 16:15 So Hagar bore Abram a son, and Abram gave the name Ishmael to the son she had borne. 16:16 Abram was eighty-six years old when Hagar bore him Ishmael.

17:1 When Abram was ninety-nine years old, the Lord appeared to him and said, "I am God Almighty; walk before me faithfully and be blameless. 17:2 Then I will make my covenant between me and you and will greatly increase your numbers." 17:3 Abram fell facedown, and God said to him, 17:4 "As for me, this is my covenant with you: You will be the father of many nations. 17:5 No longer will you be called Abram; your name will be Abraham, for I have made you a father of many nations. 17:6 I will make you very fruitful; I will make nations of you, and kings will come from you. 17:7 I will establish my covenant as an everlasting covenant between me and you and your descendants after you for the generations to come, to be your God and the God of your descendants after you. 17:8 The whole land of Canaan, where you now reside as a foreigner, I will give as an everlasting possession to you and your descendants after you; and I will be their God." 17:9 Then God said to Abraham, "As for you, you must keep my covenant, you and your descendants after you for the generations to come. 17:10 This is my covenant with you and your descendants after you, the covenant you are to keep: Every male among you shall be circumcised. 17:11 You are to undergo circumcision, and it will be the sign of the covenant between me and you. 17:12 For the generations to come every male among you who is eight days old must be circumcised, including those born in your household or bought with money from a foreigner—those who are not your offspring. 17:13 Whether born in your household or bought with your money, they must be circumcised. My covenant in your flesh is to be an everlasting covenant. 17:14 Any uncircumcised male, who has not been circumcised in the flesh, will be cut off from his people; he has broken my covenant." 17:15 God also said to Abraham, "As for Sarai your wife, you are no longer to call her Sarai; her name will be Sarah. 17:16 I will bless her and will surely give you a son by her. I will bless her so that she will be the mother of nations; kings of peoples will come from her." 17:17 Abraham fell facedown; he laughed and said to himself, "Will a son be born to a man a hundred years old? Will Sarah bear a child at the age of ninety?" 17:18 And Abraham said to God, "If only Ishmael might live under your blessing!" 17:19 Then God said, "Yes, but your wife Sarah will bear you a son, and you will call him Isaac. I will establish my covenant with him as an everlasting covenant for his descendants after him. 17:20 And as for Ishmael, I have heard you: I will surely bless him; I will make him fruitful and will greatly increase his numbers. He will be the father of twelve rulers, and I will make him into a great nation. 17:21 But my covenant I will establish with Isaac, whom Sarah will bear to you by this time next year." 17:22 When he had finished speaking with Abraham, God went up from him. 17:23 On that very day Abraham took his son Ishmael and all those born in his household or bought with his money, every male in his household, and circumcised them, as God told him. 17:24 Abraham was ninety-nine years old when he was circumcised, 17:25 and his son Ishmael was thirteen; 17:26 Abraham and his son Ishmael were both circumcised on that very day. 17:27 And every male in Abraham's household, including those born in his household or bought from a foreigner, was circumcised with him.

18:1 The Lord appeared to Abraham near the great trees of Mamre while he was sitting at the entrance to his tent in the heat of the day. 18:2 Abraham looked up and saw three men standing nearby. When he saw them, he hurried from the entrance of his tent to meet them and bowed low to the ground. 18:3 He said, "If I have found favor in your eyes, my lord, do not pass your servant by. 18:4 Please let a little water be brought, and wash your feet, and rest yourselves under the tree. 18:5 I will bring a piece of bread, that you may refresh your heart. After that you may pass by, inasmuch as you have come to your servant." They said, "Do as you have said." 18:6 So Abraham hurried into the tent to Sarah and said, "Quickly, make ready three measures of fine meal; knead it and make cakes."18:7 So Abraham rushed to the herd, picked a young, tender and good calf, and gave it to one of the young men. The man hurried to prepare it. 18:8 Then Abraham took butter, milk, and the calf he had prepared, and set it all before them. He then stood by them under the tree as they ate. 18:9 They asked him, "Where's your wife, Sarah?" He responded, "She's in the tent." 18:10 And he said, "I will surely come back to you around this time next year, and Sarah, your wife, will have a son." Sarah overheard it at the tent entrance, which was behind him. 18:11 Now Abraham and Sarah were quite old, well advanced in age; and Sarah had stopped having her womanly periods. 18:12 So, Sarah laughed to herself, thinking, "Now that I'm worn out and my husband is old, will I have pleasure?" 18:13 The LORD said to Abraham, "Why did Sarah laugh, saying, 'Can I really bear a child now that I'm old?' 18:14 Is anything too difficult for the LORD? At the appointed time I will return to you, around this time next year, and Sarah will have a son." 18:15 But Sarah denied it, saying, "I didn't laugh" because she was afraid. He replied, "No, you did laugh." 18:16 Then the men got up from there, looked out toward Sodom, and Abraham went along with them to send them off. 18:17 And the LORD said, "Should I hide from Abraham what I'm going to do? 18:18 Seeing that Abraham will surely become a great and mighty nation, and all the nations of the earth will be blessed through him? 18:19 For I have chosen him, so that he will direct his children and his household after him to keep the way of the LORD by doing what is right and just, so that the LORD will bring about for Abraham what he has promised him." 18:20 And the LORD said, "The outcry against Sodom and Gomorrah is so great, and their sin so grievous, 18:21 I'm going down now to see if what they have done is as bad as the outcry that has reached me. If not, I'll know." 18:22 The men turned and went toward Sodom, but Abraham remained standing before the LORD. 18:23 And Abraham approached and said, "Will you really sweep away the righteous with the wicked? 18:24 Suppose there are fifty righteous people within the city; will you really sweep it away and not spare the place for the sake of the fifty righteous people in it? 18:25 It would be unthinkable for you to do such a thing, to kill the righteous with the wicked, treating the righteous and the wicked alike. It would be unthinkable! Won't the Judge of all the earth do right?" 18:26 The LORD said, "If I find fifty righteous people in the city of Sodom, I'll spare the whole place for their sake." 18:27 Then Abraham replied, "Now that I've been so bold as to speak to the LORD, even though I'm nothing but dust and ashes, 18:28 what if the number of the righteous is five less than fifty? Will you destroy the whole city for lack of five people?" He said, "If I find forty-five there, I won't destroy it." 18:29 Once again he spoke to him, "What if only forty are found there?" He said, "For the sake of forty, I won't do it." 18:30 Then he said, "May the LORD not be angry, but let me speak. What if only thirty can be found there?" He answered, "I won't do it if I find thirty there." 18:31 He said, "Now that I've been so bold as to speak to the LORD, what if only twenty can be found there?" He said, "For the sake of twenty, I won't destroy it." 18:32 Then he said, "May the LORD not be angry, but let me speak just once more. What if only ten can be found there?" He answered, "For the sake of ten, I won't destroy it." 18:33 When the LORD had finished speaking with Abraham, he left, and Abraham returned home. 19:1 That evening two angels arrived in Sodom. Lot was sitting at the city gate and when he saw them, he got up to meet them and bowed down with his face to the ground. 19:2 "My lords," he said, "please come to your servant's house. You can wash your feet and spend the night and then go on your way early in the morning." But they said, "No, we will spend the night in the square." 19:3 But he insisted so strongly that they followed him and went into his house. He prepared a feast for them, baking bread without yeast, and they ate. 19:4 Before they had gone to bed, all the men from every part of the city of Sodom, both young and old, surrounded the house. 19:5 They called to Lot, "Where are the men who came to you tonight? Bring them out to us so that we can know them intimately." 19:6 Lot went outside to meet them and shut the door behind him 19:7 and said, "No, my brothers! Don't act so wickedly. 19:8 Look, I have two daughters who've never slept with a man. I'll bring them out to you, and you can do what you like with them. But don't do anything to these men, for they have come under the protection of my roof." 19:9 "Get out of the way!" they replied, and they said, "This fellow came to live here as a foreigner, and now he wants to play the judge! We'll treat you worse than them." They pushed Lot back and moved to break down the door. 19:10 But the men inside reached out, pulled Lot back into the house, and shut the door. 19:11 Then they struck the men at the door of the house, young and old, with blindness so that they couldn't find the door. 19:12 The men said to Lot, "Do you have anyone else here? Sons-in-law, sons or daughters, or anyone else in the city who belongs to you? Get them out of here. 19:13 We're about to destroy this place, because the outcry against its people has become so great before the LORD, and the LORD has sent us to destroy it." 19:14 So Lot went out and spoke to his sons-in-law, who were pledged to marry his daughters. He said, "Hurry and get out of this place, because the LORD is about to destroy the city!" But his sons-in-law thought he was joking. 19:15 As dawn broke, the angels urged Lot, saying, "Get up! Take your wife and your two daughters who are here, or you'll be swept away when the city is punished." 19:16 But he hesitated, so the men seized his hand and the hands of his wife and his two daughters and led them safely out of the city, for the LORD was merciful to them. 19:17 Once they had brought them out, one of them said, "Flee for your lives! Don't look back, and don't stop anywhere in the plain! Flee to the mountains or you will be swept away!" 19:18 But Lot said to them, "No, my lords, please! 19:19 Your servant has found favor in your eyes, and you have shown great kindness to me in sparing my life. But I can't flee to the mountains; this disaster will overtake me, and I'll die. 19:20 Look, there is a town near enough to run to, and it is small. Let me flee to it—it is very small, isn't it? Then my life will be spared." 19:21 He said to him, "Very well, I will grant this request too; I will not overthrow the town you speak of. 19:22 But flee there quickly, because I cannot do anything until you reach it." That is why the town was called Zoar (which means "small"). 19:23 By the time Lot reached Zoar, the sun had risen over the land. 19:24 Then the LORD rained down burning sulfur on Sodom and Gomorrah—from the LORD out of the heavens. 19:25 Thus he overthrew those cities and the entire plain, destroying all those living in the cities—and also the vegetation in the land. 19:26 But Lot's wife looked back, and she became a pillar of salt. 19:27 Early the next morning Abraham got up and returned to the place where he had stood before the LORD. 19:28 He looked down toward Sodom and Gomorrah, toward all the land of the plain, and he saw dense smoke rising from the land, like smoke from a furnace. 19:29 So when God destroyed the cities of the plain, he remembered Abraham, and he brought Lot out of the catastrophe that overthrew the cities where Lot had lived. 19:30 Lot and his two daughters left Zoar and settled in the mountains, for he was afraid to stay in Zoar. He and his two daughters lived in a cave. 19:31 One day the older daughter said to the younger, "Our father is old, and there is no man around here to give us children—as is the custom all over the earth. 19:32 Let's get our father to drink wine and then sleep with him and preserve our family line through our father." 19:33 That night they got their father to drink wine, and the older daughter went in and slept with him. He was not aware of it when she lay down or when she got up. 19:34 The next day the older daughter said to the younger, "Last night I slept with my father. Let's get him to drink wine again tonight, and you go in and sleep with him so we can preserve our family line through our father." 19:35 So they got their father to drink wine that night also, and the younger daughter went in and slept with him. Again he was not aware of it when she lay down or when she got up. 19:36 So both of Lot's daughters became pregnant by their father. 19:37 The older daughter had a son, and she named him Moab; he is the father of the Moabites of today. 19:38 The younger daughter also had a son, and she named him Ben-Ammi; he is the father of the Ammonites of today. 20:1 Abraham then moved south and settled between Kadesh and Shur, in Gerar. 20:2 Abraham introduced Sarah, his wife, as his sister, so Abimelech, the king of Gerar, took Sarah. 20:3 However, God visited Abimelech in a dream and told him he was as good as dead for taking another man's wife. 20:4 Abimelech, who hadn't touched Sarah, asked God if he would punish an innocent nation. 20:5 He argued that both Abraham and Sarah had said they were siblings, so he had acted without wrong intention. 20:6 God acknowledged in the dream that Abimelech's intentions were pure and that's why he had kept him from sinning. 20:7 God told him to return Sarah to Abraham since Abraham was a prophet who would pray for Abimelech's life. If he didn't, he and his people would surely die. 20:8 So, Abimelech woke up early, told his servants what happened, and they were terrified. 20:9 Abimelech confronted Abraham about his deceit and accused him of bringing a big problem on his kingdom, through actions that should never have been done. 20:10 Abimelech asked Abraham why he had done such a thing. 20:11 Abraham replied that he thought there was no fear of God in Gerar and that they would kill him for his wife. 20:12 He explained that technically Sarah was his sister, sharing the same father but not the same mother, and she had become his wife. 20:13 When God had led him away from his family home, Abraham asked Sarah to do him a favor and call him her brother wherever they went. 20:14 Abimelech gave Abraham sheep, oxen, male and female servants, and returned Sarah to him. 20:15 Abimelech told Abraham he could live wherever he liked in his land. 20:16 To Sarah, he said he gave her "brother" a thousand pieces of silver to serve as her vindication to everyone with her. 20:17 Abraham prayed to God and God healed Abimelech, his wife, and his servants so they could have children again. 20:18 God had previously made all the women in Abimelech's house infertile because of Sarah. 21:1 Then, God did as he had promised, and helped Sarah conceive. 21:2 Sarah gave birth to a son for Abraham in his old age, just as God had said she would. 21:3 Abraham named his son Isaac. 21:4 When Isaac was eight days old, Abraham circumcised him, as God had instructed. 21:5 Abraham was a hundred years old when Isaac was born. 21:6 Sarah was overjoyed, saying that God had given her a reason to laugh and everyone who heard about it would laugh with her. 21:7 She said, "Who would have thought that I, Sarah, would nurse a child in my old age? But I have given Abraham a son!" 21:8 As Isaac grew and was weaned, Abraham threw a big party. 21:9 But Sarah saw Hagar's son, whom Hagar had given birth to for Abraham, making fun of Isaac. 21:10 So, Sarah told Abraham to kick out Hagar and her son, as she didn't want Hagar's son to inherit anything with Isaac. 21:11 This upset Abraham greatly because it concerned his son. 21:12 But God told Abraham not to worry about the boy and his mother and to do what Sarah wanted, as it would be through Isaac that his descendants would be counted. 21:13 God also promised to make the son of the slave woman into a nation, since he was Abraham's offspring. 21:14 So, the next morning, Abraham gave Hagar some bread and water and sent her away with her son. They wandered in the desert of Beersheba. 21:15 When the water was gone, Hagar put her son under a bush. 21:16 She sat a little way off, not wanting to watch her son die. She cried out in distress. 21:17 But God heard the boy crying, and an angel called to Hagar from heaven. The angel reassured her not to worry and that God had heard her son. 21:18 The angel told her to get up, take her son and hold him, because he would become a great nation. 21:19 Then God showed her a well, and she went and filled her bottle and gave her son a drink. 21:20 God was with the boy as he grew up. He lived in the desert and became an archer. 21:21 He lived in the Paran desert, and his mother arranged a marriage for him with an Egyptian woman. 21:22 At this time, Abimelech and the commander of his army told Abraham that God was clearly with him in everything he did. 21:23 They asked Abraham to swear to deal honestly with them and their descendants, as they had treated him kindly during his stay in their land. 21:24 Abraham agreed to swear. 21:25 But he also confronted Abimelech about a well that Abimelech's servants had stolen. 21:26 Abimelech said he didn't know anything about it and that it was the first he'd heard of it. 21:27 To seal their agreement, Abraham gave Abimelech some sheep and oxen. 21:28 Abraham set aside seven female lambs. 21:29 When Abimelech asked why, 21:30 Abraham said they were to serve as his proof that he had dug the well. 21:31 They named that place Beersheba, because that's where they both swore an oath. 21:32 After making their agreement in Beersheba, Abimelech and the commander of his army went back to their land. 21:33 Abraham planted a tree in Beersheba and called on the name of the Lord, the Eternal God. 21:34 He lived in the Philistines' territory for a long time. 22:1 After these events, God tested Abraham's faith. God called to him, and Abraham answered, "Here I am." 22:2 God instructed him to take his son Isaac, whom he loved, to the region of Moriah and sacrifice him as a burnt offering on a mountain God would show him. 22:3 The next morning, Abraham packed up, took two of his servants and his son Isaac, and chopped the wood for the burnt offering. They set off for the place God had told him about. 22:4 On the third day, Abraham looked up and saw the place in the distance. 22:5 He told his servants to stay with the donkey while he and Isaac went to worship, and that they would come back to them. 22:6 Abraham took the wood for the burnt offering and gave it to Isaac to carry. He carried the fire and the knife. The two of them went on together. 22:7 Isaac said to his father Abraham, "Father?" "Yes, my son," Abraham replied. "We have the fire and the wood, but where is the lamb for the burnt offering?" 22:8 Abraham answered, "God himself will provide the lamb for the burnt offering, my son." And the two of them went on together. 22:9 When they reached the place God had told him about, Abraham built an altar there and arranged the wood. He bound his son Isaac and laid him on the altar, on top of the wood. 22:10 Then he reached out his hand and took the knife to kill his son. 22:11 But the angel of the Lord called out to him from heaven, "Abraham! Abraham!" "Here I am," he replied. 22:12 The angel said, "Do not lay a hand on the boy," he said. "Do not do anything to him. Now I know that you fear God, because you have not withheld from me your son, your only son." 22:13 Abraham looked up and saw a ram caught by its horns in a thicket. So he took the ram and sacrificed it as a burnt offering instead of his son. 22:14 Abraham named that place The Lord Will Provide, and it is said to this day, "On the mountain of the Lord it will be provided." 22:15 The angel of the Lord called to Abraham from heaven a second time, 22:16 and said, "I swear by myself, declares the Lord, that because you have done this and have not withheld your son, your only son, 22:17 I will surely bless you and make your descendants as numerous as the stars in the sky and as the sand on the seashore. Your descendants will take possession of the cities of their enemies, 22:18 and through your offspring all nations on earth will be blessed, because you have obeyed me." 22:19 Abraham returned to his servants, and they set off together for Beersheba. And Abraham stayed in Beersheba. 22:20 Some time later, Abraham was told, "Milcah is also a mother; she has borne sons to your brother Nahor: 22:21 Uz the firstborn, Buz his brother, Kemuel (the father of Aram), 22:22 Chesed, Hazo, Pildash, Jidlaph, and Bethuel." 22:23 Bethuel became the father of Rebekah. These eight Milcah bore to Abraham's brother Nahor. 22:24 His concubine, whose name was Reumah, also had sons: Tebah, Gaham, Tahash, and Maacah. 23:1 Sarah lived to be 127 years old. That was her entire lifespan. 23:2 Sarah passed away in Kirjatharba, which is now known as Hebron, in Canaan. Abraham was really broken up about it, mourning and crying for her. 23:3 Then, Abraham, grieving his wife, started negotiating with the local Heth people. He said, "23:4 I'm just a visitor here, not a resident. I need to buy a plot to bury my wife. Please help me." 23:5 The Heth community responded to Abraham, telling him, "23:6 Listen, sir, you're respected here. You can bury your wife in any of our finest grave sites. No one's going to stop you." 23:7 Abraham acknowledged their kindness, showing his respect to the Heth people. 23:8 He made a request, saying, "If you agree that I can bury my wife here, please negotiate on my behalf with Ephron, son of Zohar, 23:9 so he will sell me his cave of Machpelah at the edge of his field. I'll pay full price for it to ensure I have a place to bury my dead." 23:10 Ephron, who lived among the Heth people, overheard the conversation. He responded to Abraham while everyone was listening, "23:11 No, my lord, I couldn't possibly take your money. I'll give you the field and the cave. In the presence of my people, I give it to you. Go ahead, bury your wife." 23:12 Abraham showed his respect to the people once again. 23:13 He addressed Ephron and the crowd, saying, "If you really mean it, please let me pay you for the field. That way, I can bury my wife there." 23:14 Ephron replied, "23:15 Sir, listen to me. The field is worth 400 silver shekels. What's that between friends? Go ahead, bury your wife." 23:16 Abraham agreed to Ephron's terms and paid the full amount, 400 silver shekels, as everyone watched. 23:17 So, Abraham ended up buying Ephron's field in Machpelah, near Mamre. The field, the cave, and all the trees around it, 23:18 were officially his. The deal was made in front of the Heth people and everyone at the city gate. 23:19 After all this, Abraham buried his wife Sarah in the cave in Machpelah, near Mamre, which is Hebron, in Canaan. 23:20 So the field and the cave in it were secured by Abraham as a burial site from the Heth people. 24:1 Abraham was getting on in years, but God had blessed him in every way. 24:2 He told his most trusted servant, the one who managed all his affairs, "Put your hand under my thigh. 24:3 I want you to promise by God, the God of heaven and earth, that you will not let my son marry a Canaanite woman. 24:4 Instead, go back to my homeland and find a wife for my son Isaac there." 24:5 The servant asked, "What if the woman refuses to follow me back to this land? Should I bring Isaac to your homeland?" 24:6 But Abraham warned him, "Never take my son back there!" 24:7 God, who brought me from my father's house and my native land, who spoke to me and promised me, 'I will give this land to your descendants,' will send his angel ahead of you, and you will find a wife for my son there. 24:8 If the woman refuses to come back with you, then you're released from this oath. Just never take my son back there." 24:9 The servant swore to Abraham about this matter. 24:10 He took ten camels from his master's herds and packed up some of Abraham's wealth. Then he left for Mesopotamia, heading for Nahor's hometown. 24:11 He had the camels kneel by a well outside the city at evening, when women go out to draw water. 24:12 He prayed, "God of my master Abraham, make things go smoothly for me today, and show kindness to my master Abraham. 24:13 I'm standing by this spring, and the women of the town are coming out to draw water. 24:14 When I say to a girl, 'Please lower your jug so I may have a drink,' and she says, 'Sure, have a drink, and I'll water your camels too!' - let her be the one you've selected for Isaac. That will show that you're gracious to my master." 24:15 Even before he finished praying, Rebekah, the daughter of Bethuel, son of Milcah (who was the wife of Abraham’s brother Nahor), came out with a water jar on her shoulder. 24:16 Now, Rebekah was very beautiful, a virgin and no man had been with her. She went down to the well, filled her jar, and came back up. 24:17 Abraham's servant rushed over to meet her and asked, "Can you give me a sip of water from your jar?" 24:18 "Drink, sir," she replied, and quickly lowered her jar to give him a drink. 24:19 Once he had finished drinking, she said, "I'll draw water for your camels too, until they've had enough." 24:20 So, she quickly emptied her jar into the trough and ran back to the well to draw water for all his camels. 24:21 The man watched her in silence, wondering if his journey had been successful or not. 24:22 After the camels had finished drinking, he took out a gold earring weighing half a shekel and two gold bracelets weighing ten shekels. 24:23 He asked her, "Whose daughter are you? Please tell me. Is there room in your father's house for us to stay the night?" 24:24 She replied, "I am the daughter of Bethuel, the son of Milcah, who she bore to Nahor." 24:25 She added, "We have plenty of straw and feed, and a place for you to spend the night." 24:26 The man then bowed his head and worshiped the LORD. 24:27 He said, "Praise the LORD, the God of my master Abraham, who has not abandoned his kindness and faithfulness to my master. The LORD has led me right to my master's relatives." 24:28 Then Rebekah ran to tell her family about these events. 24:29 Now Rebekah had a brother named Laban, and Laban ran out to meet the man at the well. 24:30 As soon as he saw the earring and the bracelets on his sister's arms, and heard Rebekah tell what the man had said, he went out to him, who was still standing with the camels near the well. 24:31 Laban said, "Come in, you who are blessed by the LORD! Why are you standing out here? I've prepared the house and made room for the camels." 24:32 So the man went to the house, and Laban unloaded the camels, gave them straw and feed, and provided water to wash the man's feet and the feet of his companions. 24:33 But when food was set before him, he said, "I won't eat until I've said what I have to say." Laban responded, "Go ahead and speak." 24:34 The servant said, "I am Abraham's servant. 24:35 The LORD has blessed my master abundantly, and he has become very wealthy. He's been given flocks and herds, silver and gold, male and female servants, camels and donkeys. 24:36 And Sarah, my master's wife, bore a son to my master in her old age, and he has given him everything he owns. 24:37 My master made me swear an oath. He said, 'You must not get a wife for my son from the Canaanite women in whose land I live. 24:38 Instead, go to my father's family and to my own clan to get a wife for my son.' 24:39 I asked my master, 'What if the woman won't come with me?' 24:40 And he replied, 'The LORD, in whose presence I've lived, will send his angel with you and make your journey successful. You will get a wife for my son from my own relatives and from my father's family. 24:41 Only then will you be free from my oath. When you get to my relatives, if they refuse to give her to you, you'll be free from my oath.' 24:42 "So today, I came to the well and said, 'O LORD, God of my master Abraham, if you will, please grant success to my journey. 24:43 Here I am, standing beside this water spring. If a young woman comes out to draw water and I say to her, 'Please let me drink a little water from your jar,' 24:44 and she says to me, 'Drink, and I'll also draw for your camels,' let her be the one you've chosen for your servant Isaac. This way, I'll know you've shown kindness to my master." 24:45 "Even before I finished praying in my heart, Rebekah came out with her jar on her shoulder. She went down to the spring to draw water, and I said to her, 'Please give me a drink.' 24:46 "She quickly lowered her jar from her shoulder and said, 'Drink, and I'll water your camels too.' So I drank, and she watered the camels too. 24:47 "I asked her, 'Whose daughter are you?' And she said, 'I am the daughter of Bethuel, Nahor's son, whom Milcah bore to him.' So I put the earring on her nose and the bracelets on her arms. 24:48 "Then I bowed down and worshiped the LORD and blessed the LORD, the God of my master Abraham, who had led me on the right path to get the daughter of my master's relative for his son. 24:49 Now if you will show kindness and faithfulness to my master, tell me. And if not, tell me, so I may know which way to turn." 24:50 Laban and Bethuel answered, "This is from the LORD; we can't say anything to you one way or the other. 24:51 Here is Rebekah; take her and go, and let her become the wife of your master's son, as the LORD has directed." 24:52 When Abraham's servant heard their words, he bowed down to the ground before the LORD. 24:53 Then the servant brought out gold and silver jewelry and clothes and gave them to Rebekah. He also gave costly gifts to her brother and mother. 24:54 Then he and the men with him ate and drank and spent the night there. When they got up the next morning, he said, "Send me back to my master." 24:55 But her brother and mother replied, "Let the girl stay with us for about ten more days; then you can go." 24:56 But he said to them, "Don't delay me, now that the LORD has made my journey successful. Let me go so I can return to my master." 24:57 Then they said, "Let's call Rebekah and ask her about it." 24:58 So they called Rebekah and asked her, "Will you go with this man?" "I will go," she said. 24:59 So they sent their sister Rebekah on her way, along with her nurse and Abraham's servant and his men. 24:60 And they blessed Rebekah and said to her, "Our sister, may you increase to thousands upon thousands; may your offspring possess the cities of their enemies." 24:61 Then Rebekah and her maids got ready and mounted the camels and went back with the man. So the servant took Rebekah and left. 24:62 Now Isaac had come from Beer Lahai Roi, for he was living in the Negev. 24:63 He went out to the field one evening to meditate, and as he looked up, he saw camels approaching. 24:64 Rebekah also looked up and saw Isaac. She quickly got down from her camel 24:65 and asked the servant, "Who is that man in the field coming to meet us?" "He is my master," the servant answered. So she took her veil and covered herself. 24:66 Then the servant told Isaac all he had done. 24:67 Isaac brought her into the tent of his mother Sarah, and he married Rebekah. She became his wife, and he loved her. So Isaac was comforted after his mother's death.

25:1 Abraham married again, and his new wife was named Keturah. 25:2 They had six sons: Zimran, Jokshan, Medan, Midian, Ishbak, and Shuah. 25:3 Jokshan fathered Sheba and Dedan, and Dedan's sons were Asshurim, Letushim, and Leummim. 25:4 Midian's sons were Ephah, Epher, Hanoch, Abidah, and Eldaah. All these children came from Keturah. 25:5 Abraham gave everything he owned to his son Isaac. 25:6 To his other sons, the ones he had with his concubines, Abraham gave gifts and sent them away from Isaac, while he was still alive, towards the east. 25:7 Abraham lived for 175 years. 25:8 Then Abraham died at a ripe old age, having lived a long and full life. He was laid to rest with his people. 25:9 His sons, Isaac and Ishmael, buried him in the cave of Machpelah, in the field of Ephron, Zohar the Hittite's son, near Mamre. 25:10 This was the field Abraham bought from the Hittites, where Abraham and his wife Sarah were buried. 25:11 After Abraham's death, God blessed his son Isaac, who lived near the well of Lahairoi.

25:11 After Abraham passed away, God blessed his son Isaac. Isaac lived near the well of Lahairoi.

25:12 Here's the lineage of Ishmael, Abraham's son, whom Hagar the Egyptian, Sarah's maid, bore to Abraham: 25:13 These are the names of Ishmael's sons, in order of their birth: Nebajoth, Kedar, Adbeel, Mibsam, 25:14 Mishma, Dumah, Massa, 25:15 Hadar, Tema, Jetur, Naphish, and Kedemah. 25:16 These are the sons of Ishmael, and these are their names, by their towns and their fortresses; twelve chiefs according to their tribes.

25:17 Ishmael lived for 137 years. He took his last breath and passed away; he was joined with his ancestors.

25:18 His descendants lived from Havilah to Shur, near Egypt, all the way to Assyria. He settled near all his relatives.

25:19 Here's the lineage of Isaac, Abraham's son: Abraham fathered Isaac. 25:20 Isaac was 40 years old when he married Rebekah, the daughter of Bethuel the Syrian from Padanaram and the sister of Laban the Syrian.

25:21 Isaac prayed to the Lord on behalf of his wife because she couldn't have children. The Lord heard his plea, and Rebekah, his wife, became pregnant.

25:22 The children inside her struggled with each other; she said, "Why is this happening to me?" So she went to ask the Lord.

25:23 The Lord told her, "Two nations are in your womb, and two peoples will be divided from within you; one people will be stronger than the other, and the older will serve the younger."

25:24 When her time to give birth arrived, there were twins in her womb.

25:25 The first one came out red, completely covered in hair, like a fur coat, so they named him Esau.

25:26 After that, his brother came out, gripping Esau’s heel; so he was named Jacob. Isaac was 60 years old when they were born.

25:27 As the boys grew up, Esau became a skilled hunter, a man of the outdoors, but Jacob was a quiet man who stayed at home.

25:28 Isaac loved Esau because he had a taste for wild game, but Rebekah loved Jacob.

25:29 One day, Jacob was cooking stew. Esau came in from the field, and he was famished. 25:30 Esau said to Jacob, "Let me eat some of that red stew, because I'm exhausted." This is why he was also named Edom.

25:31 Jacob replied, "First sell me your birthright."

25:32 Esau said, "I'm about to die; what use is a birthright to me?" 25:33 Jacob said, "First, swear to me." So he swore to him, and sold his birthright to Jacob.

25:34 Jacob gave Esau bread and lentil stew; he ate and drank, then got up and left. So Esau despised his birthright.

26:1 There was a famine in the land—different from the previous famine that occurred during the days of Abraham. Isaac went to King Abimelech of the Philistines, in Gerar.

26:2 The Lord appeared to him and said, "Do not go down to Egypt; live in the land I will show you. 26:3 Stay in this land, and I will be with you and bless you; I will give all these territories to you and your descendants, and I will uphold the oath that I swore to your father Abraham. 26:4 I will multiply your descendants like the stars of heaven, and will give to your descendants all these lands; and all the nations of the earth will be blessed in your offspring, 26:5 because Abraham listened to my voice and kept my charge, my commandments, my statutes, and my laws."

26:6 So Isaac lived in Gerar. 26:7 When the local men asked about his wife, he said, "She's my sister," because he was afraid to say, "She's my wife." He thought, "The men of this place might kill me on account of Rebekah, because she is beautiful."

26:8 When he had been there a long time, King Abimelech of the Philistines looked out of a window and saw Isaac fondling his wife Rebekah.

26:9 Abimelech called for Isaac and said, "She is definitely your wife! So why did you say, 'She is my sister?'" Isaac replied to him, "Because I thought I might die because of her."

26:10 Abimelech said, "What have you done to us? One of the people might have slept with your wife, and you would have brought guilt on us." 26:11 Then Abimelech instructed all the people, "Whoever touches this man or his wife will certainly be put to death."

26:12 Isaac planted crops in that land, and in that year he harvested a hundred times what he planted because the Lord blessed him. 26:13 The man became rich and his wealth continued to grow until he became very wealthy. 26:14 He had so many flocks and herds and servants that the Philistines envied him.

26:15 So all the wells that his father’s servants had dug in the days of his father Abraham, the Philistines stopped up by filling them with earth. 26:16 Then Abimelech said to Isaac, "Move away from us, for you have become much too powerful for us."

26:17 So Isaac moved away from there and camped in the Valley of Gerar and settled there.

26:18 Isaac reopened the wells that had been dug in the days of his father Abraham, which the Philistines had stopped up after Abraham died. He gave them the same names his father had given them.

26:19 Isaac’s servants dug in the valley and found a well of fresh water there.

26:20 But the herders of Gerar quarreled with Isaac’s herders, saying, "The water is ours!" So he named the well Esek, because they disputed with him.

26:21 Then they dug another well, and they quarreled over that one also; so he named it Sitnah.

26:22 He moved on from there and dug another well, and they did not quarrel over it; so he named it Rehoboth, saying, "For now the Lord has made room for us, and we will be fruitful in the land."

26:23 From there he went up to Beersheba.

26:24 That night the Lord appeared to him and said, "I am the God of your father Abraham. Do not be afraid, for I am with you; I will bless you and will increase the number of your descendants for the sake of my servant Abraham."

26:25 So he built an altar there and called on the name of the Lord. He pitched his tent there, and there Isaac’s servants dug a well.

26:26 Meanwhile, Abimelech had come to him from Gerar, with Ahuzzath his personal adviser and Phicol the commander of his forces.

26:27 Isaac asked them, "Why have you come to me, since you were hostile to me and sent me away?"

26:28 They answered, "We saw clearly that the Lord was with you; so we said, 'Let there be a sworn agreement between us'—between us and you. Let us make a treaty with you 26:29 that you will do us no harm, just as we did not harm you but always treated you well and sent you away peacefully. And now you are blessed by the Lord."

26:30 Isaac then made a feast for them, and they ate and drank.

26:31 Early the next morning the men swore an oath to each other. Then Isaac sent them on their way, and they went away peacefully.

26:32 That same day Isaac’s servants came and told him about the well they had dug. They said, "We’ve found water!"

26:33 He called it Shibah, and to this day the name of the town has been Beersheba.

26:34 When Esau was forty years old, he married Judith daughter of Beeri the Hittite, and also Basemath daughter of Elon the Hittite.

26:35 They were a source of grief to Isaac and Rebekah.

27:1 When Isaac was old and his eyes were so weak that he could no longer see, he called for Esau his older son and said to him, "My son." "Here I am," he answered.

27:2 Isaac said, "I am now an old man and don’t know the day of my death.

27:3 Now then, get your equipment—your quiver and bow—and go out to the open country to hunt some wild game for me.

27:4 Prepare me the kind of tasty food I like and bring it to me to eat, so that I may give you my blessing before I die."


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