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The Philistines envy Isaac. CHAP. XXVII. He covenants wrth Abimelech. king of the Philistines looked out at a called upon the name of the Lord, and window, and saw, and behold, Isaac was pitched his tent there: and there Isaac's sporting with Rebekah his wife.

servants digged a well. . And Abimelech called Isaac, and 26 | Then Abimelech went to him from said, Behold, of a surety she is thy wife: Gerar, and Ahuzzath one of his friends, and how saidst thou, She is my sister ? And and Phichol the chief captain of his army. Isaac said unto him, Because I said, Lest 27 And Isaac said unto them, WhereI die for her.

fore come ye to me, seeing ye hate me, 10 And Abimelech said, What is this and have sent me away from you ? thou hast done unto us ? one of the people 28 And they said, We saw certainly might lightly have lain with thy wile, and that the LORD was with thee : and we thou shouldest have brought guiltiness said, Let there be now an oath betwixt us, upon us.

even betwixt us and thee, and let us make 11 And Abimelech charged all his peo- a covenant with thee: ple, saying, He that toucheth this man or 29 That thou wilt do us no hurt, as we fiis wife shall surely be put to death. have not touched thee, and as we have

12 Then Isaac sowed in that land, and done unto ihee nothing but good, and have received in the same year a hundred- sent thee away in peace: thou art now fold: and the Lord blessed him:

the blessed of the LORD. 13 And the man waxed great, and went 30 And he made thum a feast, and they forward, and grew until he became very did eat and drink. great:

31 And they rose up betimes in the 14 For he had possession of flocks, and morning, and sware one to another · and possession of herds, and great store of ser. Isaac sent them away, and they departed vants : And the Philistines envied him.

from him in peace. 15 For all the wells which his father's 32 And it came to pass the same day, servants had digged in the days of Abra- tnat Isaac's servants canie and told him ham bis father, the Philistines had stopped concerning the well which they had dig. them, and filled them with earth. ged, and said unto him, We have found

16 And Abimelech said unto Isaac, Go water. from us: for thou art much mightier than we. 33 And he called it Shebah : therefore

17 | And Isaac departed thence, and the name of the city is Beer-sheba unto pitched his tent in the valley of Gerar, and this day: dwelt there.

34 | And Esau was forty years old when 18 And Isaac digged again the wells of he took to wife Judith the daughter of water which they had digged in the days Beeri the Hittite, and Bashemath the of Abraham his father; for the Philistines daughter of Elon the Hittite : had stopped them after the death of Abra 35 Which were a grief of mind unto ham: and be called their names after the Isaac and to Rebekah. names by which his father had called them.

CHAP. XXVII. nes And Isaac's servants digged in the A vasosd, and his eyes were dim, so valley, and found there a well of springing water.

that he could not see, he called Esau his 20 And the herdmen of Gerar did strive eldest son, and said unto him, My son : with Isaac's herdmen, saying, The water and he said unto him, Behold, here am I. is ours: and he called the name of the well 2 And he said, Behold now, I am old, I Esek ; because they strove with him. know not the day of my

death : 21 And they digged another well, and 3 Now therefore take,l pray thee, thy strove for that also: and he called the weapons, thy quiver and thy bow, and

go name of it Sitnah.

out to the field, and take me some venison ; 22 And he removed from thence, and 4 And make me savoury nieat, such as digged another well; and for that they I love, and bring it to me, that I may eat; strove not: and be called the name of it that my soul may bless thee before I die. Rehoboth; and he said, For now the 5 And Rebekah heard when Isaac spake Loro batb made room for us, and we shall to Esau bis son: and Esau went to the be fruitful in the land.

field to hunt for venison, and to bring it. 23 And he went up from thence to 6 7 And Rebekah spake unto Jacob her Beer-sheba.

son, saying, Bekold, I heard thy father 24 And the LORD appeared unto him speak unto Esau thy brother, saying, the same night, and said, I am the God of 7 Bring me venison, and inake me saAbraham thy father: fear not, for I am voury meat, that I may eat, and bless thee with thee, and will bless thee, and multi- before the LORD, before my death. ply thy seed for my servant' Abraham's 8 Now therefore, my son, obey my voice, sake.

according to that which I command thee. 25 And he builded an altar there, and 9 Go now to the flock, and fetch me

Isaac sends Esau for venison. GENESIS. Jacob obrains a blessing. from thence two good kids of the goats ; of my son is as the smell of a field whick and I will make them savoury meat for thy the Lord hath blessed: father, such as he loveth :

28 Therefore God give thee of the dew 10 And thou shalt bring it to thy father, of heaven, and the fatness of the earth, that he may eat, and that he may bless and plenty of corn and wine : thee before his death.

29 Let people serve thee, and nations 11 And Jacob said to Rebekah his mo-bow down to thee; be lord over thy brethther, Behold, Esau my brother is a hairy ren, and let thy mother's sons bow down man, and I am a smooth man:

to thee: cursed be every one that curs12 My father peradventure will feel me, eth thee, and blessed be he that blesseth and I shall seem to him as a deceiver; and thee. I shall bring a curse upon me, and not a 30 | And it came to pass, as soon as blessing.

Isaac had made an end of blessing Jacob, 13 And his mother said unto him, Upon and Jacob was yet scarce gone out from me be thy curse, my son ; only obey my the presence of Isaac his father, that Esau voice, and go fetch me them.

his brother came in from his hunting. 14 And he went, and fetched, and 31 And he also had made savoury meat, brought them to bis mother: and his mo- and brought it unto his father; and said ther made savoury meat, such as his father unto his father, Let my father arise, and loved.

eat of his son's venison, that thy soul may 15 And Rebekah took goodly raiment bless me. of her eldest son Esau, which were with 32 And Isaac his father said unto him, her in the house, and put them upon Ja-Who art thou? And he said, I am thy cob her younger son:

son, thy first-born, Esau. 16 And she put the skins of the kids of 33 And Isaac trembled very exceedingthe goats upon his hands, and upon the ly, and said, Who? where is he that hath smooth of his neck :

taken venison, and brought it me, and I 17 And she gave the savoury meat and have eaten of all before thou camest, and the bread,which she had prepared, into have blessed him? 'yea, and he shall be the hand of her son Jacob.

blessed. 18 | And he came unto his father, and 34 And when Esau heard the words of said, My father. And he said, Here am I ; his father, he cried with a great and exwho ari thou, my son ?

ceeding bitter cry, and said unto his fa19 And Jacob said unto his father, I am ther, Bless me, even me also, O my Esau thy first-born; I have done accord- father! ing as thou badest me: arise, I pray thee, 35 And he said, Thy brother came with sit and eat of my venison, that thy soul subtilty, and hath taken away thy blessing: may bless me.

36 And he said, Is not he rightly named 20 And Isaac said unto his son, How Jacob? for he hath supplanted me these is it that thou hast found it so quickly, my two times : he took away my birth-right; son? And he said, Because the LORD thy and behoid, now he hath taken away my God brought it to me.

blessing. And he said, Hast thou not re21 And Isaac, said unto Jacob, Come served a blessing for me? near, I pray thee, that I may feel thee, 37 And Isaac answered and said unto my son, whether thou be my very son Esau, Esau, Behold, I have made him thy lord, or not.

and all his brethren have I given to him And Jacob went near unto Isaac his for servants; and with corn and wine have father; and he felt him, and said, The I sustained him : and what shall I do now voice is Jacob's voice, but the bands are unto thee, n.y son ? the hands of Esau.

38 And Esau said unto his father, Hast 23 And he discerned him not, because thou but one blessing, my father ? bless his hands were hairy, as his brother Esau's me, even me also, O my father ! And Esau hands: so be blessed him.

lifted up his voice, and wept. 24 And he said, Art thou my very son 39 And Isaac his father answered, and Esau ? And he said, I am.

said unto him, Behold, thy dwelling shall 25 And he said, Bring it near to me, be the fatness of the earth, and of the dew and I will eat of my son's venison, that my of heaven from above; soul may bless thee. And he brought it 40 And by thy sword shalt thou live, near to him, and he die eat: and he and shalt serve thy brother: and it shall brought hiin wine, and he drank.

come to pass when thou shalt have the do26 And his father Isaac said unto him, minion, that thou shalt break his yoke from Come near now, and kiss me, my son. off thy neck.

27 And he came near, and kissed him : 41 | And Esau hated Jacob because of and he smelled the smell of his raiment, the blessing wherewith his father blessed and blessed hiin, and said, See, the smell him and Esau said in his heart, The days

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