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pered my way; send me away, that and Eldaah. All these were the I may go unto my master.

children of Keturah. 62 And they said, We will call the 5 And Abraham gave all that he damsel and enquire at her mouth. had unto Isaac.

63 And they called Rebekah, and 6 But unto the sons of the concusaid unto her, Wilt thou go with this bines, which Abraham bad, Abraham man?

gave gifts, and sent them away from 64 And she said, I will go. And Isaac his son, while he yet lived, eastthey sent away Rebekah their sister, ward, unto the cast country, and her nurse, and Abraham's sery- 7 And these are the number of the ant, and his men.

years of Abraham's life, which he 65 And they blessed Rebekah, and lived, a hundred threescore and fifteen said unto her, O thou, our sister, be years. thou blessed of thousands-of mil- 8 Then Abraham gave up the ghost, lions; and let thy seed possess the and died in a good old age, an old gate of those who hate them.

man, and full of years; and was 66 And Rebekah arose, and her gathered to his people. damsels, and they rode upon the 9 And his sons Isaac and Ishmael canels, and followed the man; and buried him in the cave of Machpelah, the servant took Rebekah and went in the field of Ephron the son of his way.

Zohar the Hittite, which is before 67 And Isaac came from the way | Mamre; of the well La-hai-roi; for be dwelt in 10 The field which Abraham purthe south country.

chased of the sons of lleth ; there was 65 And Isaac went out to meditate Abrabam buried, and Sarah his wife. in the field at eventide : and he lifted

11 And it came to pass after the up his eyes, and saw, and behold the death of Abraham, that God blessed camels coming.

his son Isaac; and Isaac dwelt by 69 And Rebekah lifted UD


eyes, the well La-hai-roi. and when she saw Isaac, she lighted 12 Now these are the generations of off the camel ; for she said unto the Ishmael, Abraham's son, whom Ilagar servant, What man is this that walk- the Egyptian, Sarah's hand-maid, eth in the field to meet us?

bare unto Abraham ; 70 And the servant said, It is my 13 And these are the names of the master: therefore she took a veil and sons of Ismael, by their names, covered herself.

according to their generations; the 71 And the servant told Isaac all tirst-born of Ishmael, Nebajoth; and things that he had done.

Kedar, and Albeel, and Mibxam. 72 And Isaac brought her into his 14 And Mishma, and Dumah, and mother Sarah's tent, and took Re- Massa. bekah, and she became his wife; and 15 Hadar, and Tema, Jetur, Nabe loved her.

phish, and Kedemah ; 73 And Isaac was comforted after 16 These are the sons of Ishmael, his mother's death.

and these are their names, by their CHAPTER XXV.

towns, and by their castles: twelve Abraham marrith ktural-His death

The generatims of Bemuel His cleath=princes according to their nations. The larth of Esau and Jacobs--Esau selleth

17 And these are the number of the his birthright.

years of the life of Ishmael, a hundred VEX again Abraham took a wife, and thirty and seven years; and he

gave up the ghost and died, and was 2 And she bare him Zimran, and gathered unto his people. Jokshan, and Medan, and Midian, 18 And they dwelt from Ilavilah and Ishbak, and Shuah.

unto Shur, that is before Egypt, as 3 And Joksban begat Sheba, and thou goest toward Assyria ; and be Dedan. And the of Dedan died in the presence of all his were Asshurim, and Letushim, and brethren. Leummim.

19 And these are the generations of 4 And the sons of Midian ; Ephah, Isaac, Abraham's son; Abraham beand Epher, and Hanoch, and Abidah, / gat Isaac;

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21 And Isaac entreated the Lord A Tand, besides the first famine

20 And Isaac was forty years old his way. Thus Esau despised his when he took Rebekah to wise, the birthright. daughter of Bethuel the Syrian of

CHAPTER XXVI. Padan-aram, the sister to Laban the

Isaac goeth to Gerar-God blesseth him-He Syrian.

denicth his wife-Esau marrieth.

ND there was a famine in the for his wife, that she might bare children, because she was barren. that was in the days of Abraham. And the Lord was entreated of him, And Isaac went unto Abimelech king and Rebekah his wife conceived. of the Philistines unto Gerar.

22 And the children struggled to- 2 And the Lord appeared unto him, gether within her womb; and she and said, Go not down into Egypt; said, If I am with child, why is it dwell in the land which I shall tell thus with me? And she went to thee of. enquire of the Lord.

3 Sojourn in this land, and I will 23 And the Lord said unto her, Two be with thee, and will bless thee; for nations are in thy womb, and two unto thee, and unto thy seed, I will manner of people shall be separated give all these countries, and I will from thy bowels; and the one people perform the oath which I sware unto shall be stronger than the other Abraham thy father; people; and the elder sball serve the 4 And I will make thy seed to mulyounger.

tiply as the stars of heaven, and will 24 And when her days to be de- give unto thy seed all these countries; livered wore fulfilled, behold, there and in thy sced shall all the nations were twins in her womb,

of the earth be blessed : 25 And the first came out red, all 5 Because that Abrabam obeyed my over like a hairy garment; and they voice, and kept my charge, my comcalled his name Esau.

mandments, my statutes, and my laws. 26 And after that came his brother 6 And Isaac dwelt in Gerar. out, and bis hand took hold on Esau's 7 And the men of the place asked heel; and his name was called Jacob; him concerning his wife: and he and Isaac was threescore years old said, She is my sister; for he feared when she hare them.

to say, She is my wife : lest, the men 27 And the boys grew; and Esau of the place should kill him for to was a cunning hunter, a man of the get Rebekah; because she was fair to field; and Jacob was a plain man, look upon. dwelling in tents.

8 And it came to pass, when he had 28 And Isaac loved Esau, because been there a long time, that Abimehe did eat of his venison; but Re- lech king of the Philistines looked bekah loved Jacob.

out at a window, and saw, and, he29 And Jacoh sod pottage ; and hold, Isaac was sporting with RebeEsau came from the field, and he was kab his wife. faint:

9 And Abimelech called Isaac, and 30 And Esau said to Jacob, Feed | said, Behold, of a surety Rebekah is me, pray thee, with that same red thy wife; and how saidst thou she pottage; for I am faint; therefore is thy sister? And Isaac said unto was his name called Edom.

him, I said it because I feared lest I 31 And Jacob said, Sell me this die for her. day thy birthright.

10 And Abimelech said, What is 32 And Esau said, Behold, I am at this thou hast done unto us? one of the point of dying; and what shall the people might lightly have lain this birthright profit me?

with thy wife, and thou shouldest 33 And Jacob said, Swear to me have brought guiltiness upon us. this day; and he swore unto him ; 11 And Abimelech charged all his and be sold his birthright unto people, saying, He that toucheth this Jacob.

man or his wife shall surely be put 34 Then Jacob gave Esau bread to death. and pottage of lentiles; and he did 12 Then Isaac sowed in that land, eat and drink, and rose up, and went and received in the same year a hun.

dred-fold; and the Lord blessed him. / friends, and Phichol the chief captain

13 And the man waxed great, and of his army. vent forward, and grew until be be- 27 And Isaac said unto them, came very great:

Wherefore come ye to me, seeing ye 14 For he had possession of flocks, hate me, and have sent me away and posseesion of herds, and great from you? store of servants; and the Philistines 28 And they said, We saw certainly envied bim.

that the Lord was with thee; and we 15 For all the wells which his fa- said, Let there be now an oath bether's servants bad digged in the twixt us, even betwixt us and thee, days of Abraham his father, the 1 and let us make a covenant with Philistines had stopped them, and thee; filled them with earth.

29 That thou wilt do us no hurt, 16 And Abimelech said unto Isaac, as we have not touched thee, and as Gofrom us; for thou art much might- we have done unto thee nothing but ier than we.

good, and have sent thee away in 17 And Izaac departed thence, and peace; thou art now the blessed of pitched his tent in the valley of Gerar, The Lord. and dweit there.

30 And he made them a feast, and 18 And Isaac digged again the they did eat and drink. wells of water, which they had digged 31 And they rose up betimes in the in the days of Abraham his father; morning, and sware one to another; for the Philistines bad stopped them and Isaac sent them away, and they arter the death of Abrabam; and he departed from him in peace. called their names after the names 32 And it came to pass the same by wbieb his father had called them. day, that Isaac's servants came, and

12 And Isaac's servants digged in told him concerning the well which the valley, and found there a well of they had digged, and said unto him, springing water.

We have found water. 20 And the herdman of Gerar did 33 And he called it Sheba; therestrive with Isaac's berdmen, saying, fore the name of the city is BeerThe water is ours ; and be called the sheba unto this day. Date of the well Esek; because they 34 And Esau was forty years old strore with him.

when he took to wife Judith the 21 And they digged another well, daughter of Beeri the Hittite, and and sise for that also; and he Bashemath the daughter of Elon the called f',e name of it Sitnah.

Hittite : 22 And be removed from thence, 35 Which were a grief of mind unto and digged another well; and for Isaac and to Rebekah. that they strove not; and he called

CHAPTER XXVIT. the name of it Rehoboth: and he

Jacob iny stratagem obtaineth the blessing. said, For now the Lord bath made ND it came to pass, that when room for 18, and we shall be fruitful Isaac was old, and his eyes were in the land.

dim, so that he could not see, he call23 And he went up from thence to ed Esan his eldest son, and said unto Beer-sbeba.

him, My son; and he said unto him, 24 And the Lord appeared unto Behold, here am I. bim the same night, and said, I am

2 And he said, Behold now, I am the God of Abraham thy father; fear old, I know not the day of my death; not, for I am with thee, and will bless 3 Now therefore take, I pray thee, thee, and multiply thy seed for my thy weapons, thy quiver and thy bow, Servant Abraham's sake.

and go out to the field, and take me 25 And he builded an altar there, some venison ; and called upon the naine of the 4 And make me savoury meat, such Lord, and pitched bis tent there ; as I love, and bring it to me, that I and there Isaac's servants digged a may eat; that my soul may bless thee well.

before I die. 26 Then Abimelech went to him 5 And Rebekah heard when Isaac from Gerar, and Ahuzzath one of his / spake to Esau his son. And Esau


went to the field to hunt for venison, cause the Lord thy God brought it and to bring it.

to me. 6 And Rebekat spake unto Jacob 21 And Isaac said unto Jacob, her son, saying, Behold, I heard thy Come near, I pray thee, that I may father speak unto Esau thy brother, feel thee, my son, whether thou be saying,

iny very son Esau or not. 7 Bring me venison, and make me 22 And Jacob went near unto Isaao savoury meat, that I may eat, and his father; and he felt him, and said, bless thee before the Lord before my The voice is Jacob's voice, but the death.

hands are the hands of Esau. 8 Now therefore, my son, obey my 23 And he discerned him not, bevoice according to that which I com- cause his hands were hairy, as his mand thee.

brother Esau's hands; so he blessed 9 Go now to the flock, and fetch him. me from thence two good kids of the 24 And he said, Art thou my very goats; and I will make them savoury son Esau?

And he said, I ain. meat for thy father, such as he 25 And he said, Bring it near to loveth;

me, and I will eat of my son's veni10 And thou shalt bring it to thy son, that my soul may bless thee. father, that he may eat, and that he And he brought it near to him, and may bless thee before his death. he did eat; and he brought him wine,

11 And Jacob said to Rebekah his and he drank. mother, Behold, Esau my brother is 26 And his father Isaac said unto a hairy man, and I am a smooth him, Come near now, and kiss me, man:

my son. 12 My father peradventure will feel 27 And he came near, and kissed me, and I shall seem to him as a de- him; and he smelled the smell of his ceiver; and I shall bring a curse raiment, and blessed him, and said, upon me, and not a blessing.

See, the smell of my son is as the 13 And bis mother said unto him, siell of a field which the Lord hath Upon me be thy curse, my son; only blessed; obey my voice, and go fetch me 28 Therefore God give thee of the them.

dew of heaven, and the fatness of 14 And he went, and fetched, and the earth, and plenty of corn and brought them to his mother; and his wine; mother made savoury meat, such as 29 Let people serve thee, and nahis father loved.

tions bow down to thee; be lord over 15 And Rebekah took goodly rai- thy brethren, and let thy mother's ment of her eldest son Esau, which sons bow down to thee; cursed be were with her in the house, and put every one that curseth thee, and them upon Jacob her younger son:

blessed be be that blesseth thee. 16 And she put the skins of the 30 And it came to pass, as soon as kids of the goats upon his hands, Isaac had made an end of blessing and upon the smooth of his neck ; Jacob, and Jacob was yet scarce

17 And she gave the savoury meat gone out from the presence of Isaac and the bread, which she had pre his father, that Esau his brother pareil, into the hand of her son Ja- came in from his hunting. coh.

31 And he also bad made savoury 18 And he came unto his father, meat, and brought it unto his father, and said, My father; and he said, and said unto his father, Let my Here am I; who art thou, my son ? t'ather arise, and eat of his son's 19 And Jacob said unto his father, venison, that thy soul

may bless I am Esau thy first-born: I have done according as thou badest me; arise, I 32 And Isaac his father said unto pray thee, sit and eat of my venison, bim, Who art thou? And he said, that thy soul may bless me.

I am thy son, thy tirst-boru, Esau. 20 And Isaac said unto his son, 33 And Isaac trembled very exHow is it that thou hast found it so i ceedingly, and said. Who? where is quickly, my son? And he said, Be- he that hath taken venison, and

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brought it me, and I have eaten of until thy brother's fury turn away; all before thou camest, and have 45 Until thy brother's anger turn blessed him? yea, and he shall be away from thee, and he forget that blessed.

which thou hast done to him; then 34 Aud when Esau heard the words I will send, and fetch thee from of his father, he cried with a great thence; why should I be deprived and exceeding bitter cry, and said also of you both in one day? unto his father, Bless me, even me 46 And Rebekah said to Isaac, I also, O my father.

am weary of my life because of the 35 And he said, Thy brother came daughters of Heth; if Jacob take a with subtilty, and hath taken away wife of the daughters of Heth, such tby blessing.

as these which are of the daughters :36 And he said, Is not he rightly of the land, what good shall my life nained Jacob? for he hath supplanted do me? ne these two times; he took away

CHAPTER XXVIII. my birthright; and, behold, now he Isaac blesseth Jacob--Esau marrieth Maha bath taken away my blessing. And

laih- The risiin of Jacobi's laulder--The be said, Hast thou not reserved a stme of Beth-el-Jacob's vow. blesaing for me?

ND Isaac called Jacob, and Bi And Isaac answered and said


blessed him, and charged him, upto Esau, Behold, I have made him and said unto him, Thou shalt not thy lord, and all his brethren have I take a wife of the daughters of Canaan. given to him for servants; and with 2 Arise, go to Padan-aram, to the corn and wine have I sustained him; house of Bethuel thy mother's father; and what shall I do now unto thee, and take thee a wife from thence of

the daughters of Laban thy mother's 38 And Esau said unto his father, brother. last thou but one blessing, my fa- 3 And God Almighty bless thee. ther? bless me, even me also, O my anci make thee fruitful, and multiply father. And Esau lifted up his voice, thee, that thou mayest be a multitude

of people; 31 And Isaac his father answered 4 And give thee the blessing of and said unto him, Behold, thy Abraham, to thee, and to thy seed daelling shall be the fatness of the with thee; that thou mayest inherit earth, and of the dew of heaven the land wherein thou art a stranger, frora above;

which God gave unto Abraham. 40 And by thy sword shalt thou 5 And Isaac sent away Jacob; and live, and shalt serve thy brother; he went to Padan-aram unto Laban, shall come


when son of Bethuel the Syrian, the brothon whalt have the dominion, that ther of Rebekah, Jacob's and Esau's thou sbalt break his yoke from ofl mother. thy neck.

6 When Esau saw that Isaac had 41 Aud Esau bated Jacob because blessed Jacob, and sent him away to of the blessing wherewith his father Padan-aram, to take him a wife from blessed bim; and Esau said in his tbence; and that as he blessed hiin heart, The days of mourning for my he gave him a charge, saying, Thou saiber are at hand; then will I slay shalt not take a wife of the daughters my brother Jacob.

of Canaan; 42 And tbese words of Esau ber 7 And that Jacob obeyed his father elder 800 were told to Rebekah; and and his mother, and was gone to she sent and called Jacob her younger Padan-aram ; son, and said unto him, Behold, thy 8 And Esau seeing that the daughbrother Esau, as touching thee, doth ters of Canaan pleased not Isaac his comfort himself, purposing to kill father; tbee,

9 Then went Esau unto Ishmael, 43 Now therefore, my son, obey my and took unto the wives which he voice; and arise, flee thou to Laban had Mahalath the daughter of Ishtoy brother, to Haran :

mael Abraham's son, the sister of 44 Aud tarry with him a few days, | Nebajoth, to be his wife.

and wept.


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