Genesis 25-27

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Genesis 25

And Abraham took another wife, and her name was Keturah. 2 And she bare him Zimran, and Jokshan, and Medan, and Midian, and Ishbak, and Shuah. 3 And Jokshan procreated Sheba, and Dedan. And the sons of Dedan were Asshurim, and Letushim, and Leummim. 4 And the sons of Midian: Ephah, and Epher, and Hanoch, and Abida, and Eldaah. All these were the children of Keturah. 5 And Abraham gave all that he had unto Isaac. 6 But unto the sons of the concubines, which Abraham had, Abraham gave gifts, and he sent them away from Isaac his son, while he yet lived, eastward, unto the east country. 7 And these are the days of the years of Abraham’s life which he lived, a hundred seventy-five years. 8 Then Abraham gave up the Spirit, and died in a good old age, an old man, and full of years, and was gathered to his people. 9 And Isaac and Ishmael his sons buried him in the cave of Machpelah, in the field of Ephron the son of Zohar the Hittite, which is before Mamre; 10 The field which Abraham purchased of the children of Heth: there was Abraham buried, and Sarah his wife. 11 And it came to pass after the death of Abraham, that Elohim blessed Isaac his son: and Isaac dwelt by Beer-la-hai-roi.


12 Now these are the generations of Ishmael, Abraham’s son, whom Hagar the Egyptian, Sarah’s handmaid, bare unto Abraham: 13 And these are the names of the sons of Ishmael, by their names, according to their generations: the first-born of Ishmael, Nebaioth; and Kedar, and Adbeel, and Mibsam, 14 And Mishma, and Dumah, and Massa, 15 Hadad, and Tema, Jetur, Naphish, and Kedemah: 16 These are the sons of Ishmael, and these are their names, by their villages, and by their encampments; twelve princes according to their nations. 17 And these are the years of the life of Ishmael, a hundred and thirty and seven years: and he gave up the Spirit and died, and was gathered unto his people. 18 And they dwelt from Havilah unto Shur that is before Egypt, as you go toward Assyria: he remained over against all his brethren.


19 And these are the generations of Isaac, Abraham’s son: Abraham procreated Isaac: 20 And Isaac was forty years old when he took Rebekah, the daughter of Bethuel the Syrian of Paddanaram, the sister to Laban the Syrian, to be his wife. 21 And Isaac prayed to Yahweh for his wife, because she was barren: and Yahweh was entreated of him, and Rebekah his wife conceived. 22 And the children struggled together within her; and she said, If it be so, why do I live? And she went to inquire of Yahweh. 23 And Yahweh said unto her,

Two nations are in your womb,

and two peoples shall be separated from your bowels:

And the one people shall be stronger than the other people;

And the elder shall serve the younger.


24 And when her days to be delivered were fulfilled, behold, there were twins in her womb. 25 And the first came forth red, all over like an hairy garment; and they called his name Esau. 26 And after that came forth his brother, and his hand had hold on Esau’s heel; and his name was called Jacob: and Isaac was sixty years old when she bare them.


27 And the boys grew: and Esau was a skillful hunter, a man of the field; and Jacob was a quiet man, dwelling in tents. 28 Now Isaac loved Esau, because he ate of his venison: and Rebekah loved Jacob. 29 And Jacob boiled stew: and Esau came in from the field, and he was faint: 30 And Esau said to Jacob, Feed me, I pray you, with that same red stew; for I am faint: therefore was his name called Edom. 31 And Jacob said, Sell me first your birthright. 32 And Esau said, Behold, I am about to die: and what profit shall the birthright do to me? 33 And Jacob said, Swear to me first: and he swore unto him: and he sold his birthright unto Jacob. 34 And Jacob gave Esau bread and lentil stew; and he ate and drank, and rose up, and went his way: so Esau despised his birthright.



Genesis 26

And there was a famine in the land, beside the first famine that was in the days of Abraham. And Isaac went unto Abimelech king of the Philistines unto Gerar. 2 And Yahweh appeared unto him, and said, Go not down into Egypt; 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 lands, and I will establish the oath which I swore unto Abraham your father; 4 And I will multiply your seed as the stars of heaven, and will give unto your seed all these lands; and in your seed shall all the nations of the earth be blessed; 5 Because Abraham obeyed my voice, and kept my charge, my commandments, my statutes, and my laws. 6 And Isaac 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, 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 king of the Philistines looked out at a window, and saw, and, behold, Isaac was sporting with Rebekah his wife. 9 And Abimelech called Isaac, and said, Behold, surely she is your wife: and why did you say, She is my sister? And Isaac said unto him, Because I said, Lest I die because of her. 10 And Abimelech said, What is this you have done unto us? One of the people might easily have lain with your wife, and you would have brought guiltiness upon us. 11 And Abimelech charged all people, saying, He that touches this man or his wife shall surely be put to death.


12 And Isaac sowed in that land, and found in the same year a hundredfold: and Yahweh blessed him. 13 And the man became great, and grew more and more until he became very great: 14 And he had possession of flocks, and possession of herds, and great household: and the Philistines envied him. 15 Now all the wells which his father’s servants had dug in the days of Abraham his father, the Philistines had stopped, and filled with earth. 16 And Abimelech said unto Isaac, Go from us; for you are much mightier than we. 17 And Isaac departed from there, and encamped in the valley of Gerar, and dwelt there.


18 And Isaac dug again the wells of water, which they had dug in the days of Abraham his father; for the Philistines had stopped them after the death of Abraham: and he called their names after the names by which his father had called them. 19 And Isaac’s servants dug in the valley, and found there a well of springing water. 20 And the herdsmen of Gerar fought with Isaac’s herdsmen, saying, The water is ours: and he called the name of the well Esek; because they contended with him. 21 And they dug another well, and fought for that also: and he called the name of it Sitnah. 22 And he moved from there, and dug another well; and for that they fought not: and he called the name of it Rehoboth; and he said, For now Yahweh has made room for us, and we shall be fruitful in the land.


23 And he went up from there to Beer-sheba. 24 And Yahweh appeared unto him the same night, and said, I am the Elohim of Abraham your father: fear not, for I am with you, and will bless you, and multiply your seed for my servant Abraham’s sake. 25 And he built an altar there, and called upon the name of Yahweh, and pitched his tent there: and there Isaac’s servants dug a well.


26 Then Abimelech went to him from Gerar, and Ahuzzath his friend, and Phicol the captain of his host. 27 And Isaac said unto them, Why have you come unto me, since you hate me, and have sent me away from you? 28 And they said, We saw plainly that Yahweh was with you: and we said, Let there now be an oath between us, even between us and you, and let us make a covenant with you; 29 That you will do us no hurt, as we have not touched you, as we have done unto you nothing but good, and have sent you away in peace: you are now the blessed of Yahweh. 30 And he made them a feast, and they ate and drank. 31 And they rose up when necessary in the morning, and swore one to another: and Isaac sent them away, and they departed from him in peace. 32 And it came to pass the same day, that Isaac’s servants came, and told him concerning the well which they had dug, and said unto him, We have found water. 33 And he called it Shibah: therefore the name of the city is Beer-sheba unto this day.


34 And when Esau was forty years old he took to wife Judith the daughter of Beeri the Hittite, and Basemath the daughter of Elon the Hittite: 35 And they were a grief of mind unto Isaac and to Rebekah.



Genesis 27

And it came to pass, that when Isaac was old, and his eyes were dim, so that he could not see, he called Esau his eldest son, and said unto him, My son: and he said unto him, Here I am. 2 And he said, Behold now, I am old, I know not the day of my death: 3 Now therefore take, I pray you, your weapons, your quiver and your bow, and go out to the field, and take me venison; 4 And make me savory food, such as I love, and bring it to me, that I may eat; that my soul may bless you before I die.


5 And Rebekah heard when Isaac spoke to Esau his son. And Esau went to the field to hunt for venison, and to bring it. 6 And Rebekah spoke to Jacob her son, saying, Behold, I heard your father speak to Esau your brother, saying, 7 Bring me venison, and make me savory food, that I may eat, and bless you before Yahweh before my death. 8 Now therefore, my son, obey my voice according to that which I command you. 9 Go now to the flock, and bring me from there two good kids of the goats; and I will make them savory food for your father, such as he loves: 10 And you shall bring it to your father, that he may eat, so that he may bless you before his death. 11 And Jacob said to Rebekah his mother, Behold, Esau my brother is a hairy man, and I am a smooth man: 12 My father perhaps will feel me, and I shall seem to him as a deceiver; and I shall bring a curse upon me, and not a blessing. 13 And his mother said unto him, Upon me be your curse, my son: only obey my voice, and go bring me them. 14 And he went, and brought them to his mother: and his mother made savory food, such as his father loved. 15 And Rebekah took the good garments of Esau her eldest son, which were with her in the house, and put them upon Jacob her younger son: 16 And she put the skins of the kids of the goats upon his hands, and upon the smooth of his neck: 17 And she gave the savory food and the bread, which she had prepared, into the hand of her son Jacob.


18 And he came unto his father, and said, My father: and he said, Here am I; who are you, my son? 19 And Jacob said unto his father, I am Esau your first-born; I have done according as you bid me: arise, I pray you, sit and eat of my venison, that your soul may bless me. 20 And Isaac said unto his son, How is it that you have found it so quickly, my son? And he said, Because Yahweh your Elohim sent me good speed. 21 And Isaac said unto Jacob, Come near, I pray you, that I may feel you, my son, whether you be my very son Esau or not. 22 And Jacob went near unto Isaac his father; and he felt him, and said, The voice is Jacob’s voice, but the hands are the hands of Esau. 23 And he discerned him not, because his hands were hairy, as his brother Esau’s hands: so he blessed him. 24 And he said, Are you my very son Esau? And he said, I am. 25 And he said, Bring it near to me, and I will eat of my son’s venison, that my soul may bless you. And he brought it near to him, and he ate: and he brought him wine, and he drank. 26 And his father Isaac said unto him, Come near now, and kiss me, my son. 27 And he came near, and kissed him: and he smelled the smell of his raiment, and blessed him, and said,

See, the smell of my son

is as the smell of a field which Yahweh has blessed:

28 And Elohim give you of the dew of heaven,

and the fatness of the earth,

and plenty of grain and new wine:

29 Let people serve you,

and nations bow down to you:

be mighty over your brethren,

and let your mother’s sons bow down to you:

Cursed be every one that curses you,

and blessed be every one that blesses you.


30 And it came to pass, as soon as Isaac had made an end of blessing Jacob, and Jacob was yet scarcely gone out from the presence of Isaac his father, that Esau his brother came in from his hunting. 31 And he also had made savory food, and brought it unto his father, and said unto his father, Let my father arise, and eat of his son’s venison, that your soul may bless me. 32 And Isaac his father said unto him, Who are you? And he said, I am your son, your first-born Esau. 33 And Isaac trembled violently, and said, Who then is he that has taken venison, and brought it me, and I have eaten of all before you came, and have blessed him? yes, and he shall be blessed. 34 When Esau heard the words of his father, he cried with a great and very bitter cry, and said unto his father, Bless me, even me also, O my father. 35 And he said, Your brother came with deceit, and has taken away your blessing. 36 And he said, Is not he rightly named Jacob? for he has supplanted me these two times: he took away my birthright; and, behold, now he has taken away my blessing. And he said, Have you not reserved a blessing for me? 37 And Isaac answered and said unto Esau, Behold, I have made him your superior, and all his brethren have I given to him for servants; and with grain and new wine have I sustained him: and what shall I do for you, my son? 38 And Esau said unto his father, Have you but one blessing, my father? bless me, even me also, O my father. And Esau lifted up his voice, and wept. 39 And Isaac his father answered and said unto him, Behold, of fatness of the earth shall be your dwelling, and of the dew of heaven from above; 40 And by your sword shall you live, and shall serve your brother; and it shall come to pass when you shall break loose, that you shall shake his yoke from off your neck.


41 And Esau hated Jacob because of the blessing with which his father blessed him: and Esau said in his heart, The days of mourning for my father are at hand; then will I slay my brother Jacob. 42 And these words of Esau her elder son were told to Rebekah: and she sent and called Jacob her younger son, and said unto him, Behold, your brother Esau, as concerning you, does comfort himself, purposing to kill you. 43 Now therefore, my son, obey my voice; and arise, flee you to Laban my brother to Haran; 44 And stay with him a few days, until your brother’s fury turn away; 45 Until your brother’s anger turn away from you, and he forgets that which you have done to him: then I will send, and bring you from there: why should I be robbed of you both in one day?


46 And Rebekah said to Isaac, I am weary of my life because of the daughters of Heth: if Jacob take a wife of the daughters of Heth, such as these of the daughters of the land, what good shall my life do me?

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