Genesis 26

1 And there was a famine in the land, beside the first famine that was in the days of Avraham. And Isaac (Yitschaq) went unto Abimelech (Avimelekh) king of the Philistines unto Gerar.

2 And יהוה appeared unto him, and said, “Go not down into Egypt (Mitsrayim); dwell in the land which I shall tell you of.

3 Sojourn in this land, and I will be with you, and will bless you; for unto you, and unto your seed, I will give all these countries, and I will perform the oath which I sware unto Avraham your father;

4 And I will make your seed to multiply as the stars of heaven, and will give unto your seed all these countries; and in your seed shall all the nations of the earth be blessed;

5 Because that Avraham obeyed My voice, and kept My charge, My commandments, My statutes, and My laws.”

6 And Isaac (Yitschaq) dwelt in Gerar.

7 And the men of the place asked him of his wife; and he said, “She is my sister: for he feared to say, “She is my wife; lest,” said he, “the men of the place should kill me for Rebekah, because she was fair to look upon.”

8 And it came to pass, when he had been there a long time, that Abimelech (Avimelekh) king of the Philistines looked out at a window, and saw, and, behold, Isaac (Yitschaq) was sporting with Rebekah his wife.

9 And Abimelech (Avimelekh) called Isaac (Yitschaq), and said, “Behold, of a surety she is your wife; and how saidst you, ‘She is my sister’?” And Isaac (Yitschaq) said unto him, “Because I said, ‘Lest I die for her.’”

10 And Abimelech (Avimelekh) said, “What is this you have done unto us? One of the people might lightly have lien with your wife, and you shouldest have brought guiltiness upon us.”

11 And Abimelech (Avimelekh) charged all his people, saying, “He that toucheth this man or his wife shall surely be put to death.”

12 Then Isaac (Yitschaq) sowed in that land, and received in the same year a hundredfold; and יהוה blessed him.

13 And the man waxed great, and went forward, and grew until he became very great;

14 For he had possession of flocks, and possession of herds, and great store of servants; and the Philistines envied him.

15 For all the wells which his father’s servants had digged in the days of Avraham his father, the Philistines had stopped them, and filled them with earth.

16 And Abimelech (Avimelekh) said unto Isaac (Yitschaq), “Go from us; for you are much mightier than we.”

17 And Isaac (Yitschaq) departed thence, and pitched his tent in the valley of Gerar, and dwelt there.

18 And Isaac (Yitschaq) digged again the wells of water, which they had digged in the days of Avraham his father; for the Philistines had stopped them after the death of Avraham; and he called their names after the names by which his father had called them.

19 And Isaac (Yitschaq)’s servants digged in the valley, and found there a well of springing water.

20 And the herdmen of Gerar did strive with Isaac (Yitschaq)’s herdmen, saying, “The water is ours.” And he called the name of the well Esek, because they strove with him.

21 And they digged another well, and strove for that also; and he called the name of it Sitnah.

22 And he removed from thence, and digged another well; and for that they strove not: and he called the name of it Rehoboth; and he said, “For now יהוה hath made room for us, and we shall be fruitful in the land.”

23 And he went up from thence to Beer-Sheva.

24 And יהוה appeared unto him the same night, and said, “I am the God (Elohim) of Avraham your father; fear not, for I am with you, and will bless you, and multiply your seed for My servant Avraham’s sake.”

25 And he builded an altar there, and called upon the name of יהוה, and pitched his tent there; and there Isaac (Yitschaq)’s servants digged a well.

26 Then Abimelech (Avimelekh) went to him from Gerar, and Ahuzzath one of his friends, and Phichol the chief captain of his army.

27 And Isaac (Yitschaq) said unto them, “Wherefore come you to me, seeing you hate me, and have sent me away from you?”

28 And they said, “We saw certainly that יהוה was with you; and we said, ‘Let there be now an oath betwixt us, even betwixt us and you, and let us make a covenant with you;

29 That you wilt do us no hurt, as we have not touched you, and as we have done unto you nothing but good, and have sent you away in peace. You are now the blessed of יהוה.’”

30 And he made them a feast, and they did eat and drink.

31 And they rose up betimes in the morning, and sware one to another: and Isaac (Yitschaq) sent them away, and they departed from him in peace.

32 And it came to pass the same day, that Isaac (Yitschaq)’s servants came, and told him concerning the well which they had digged, and said unto him, “We have found water.”

33 And he called it Shevah. Therefore the name of the city is Beer-Sheva unto this day.

34 And Esaw was forty years old when he took to wife Yudit the daughter of Beeri the Hittite, and Bashemath the daughter of Elon the Hittite;

35 Which were a grief of mind unto Isaac (Yitschaq) and to Rebekah.