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Genesis


Chapter 21

1 And the LORD visited Sarah as he had said, and the LORD did unto Sarah as he had spoken.
2 For Sarah conceived, and bare Abraham a son in his old age, at the set time of which God had spoken to him.
3 And Abraham called the name of his son that was born unto him, whom Sarah bare to him, Isaac.
4 And Abraham circumcised his son Isaac being eight days old, as God had commanded him.
5 And Abraham was an hundred years old, when his son Isaac was born unto him.
6 And Sarah said, God hath made me to laugh, so that all that hear will laugh with me.
7 And she said, Who would have said unto Abraham, that Sarah should have given children suck? for I have born him a son in his old age.
8 And the child grew, and was weaned: and Abraham made a great feast the same day that Isaac was weaned.
9 And Sarah saw the son of Hagar the Egyptian, which she had born unto Abraham, mocking.
10 Wherefore she said unto Abraham, Cast out this bondwoman and her son: for the son of this bondwoman shall not be heir with my son, even with Isaac.
11 And the thing was very grievous in Abraham's sight because of his son.
12 And God said unto Abraham, Let it not be grievous in thy sight because of the lad, and because of thy bondwoman; in all that Sarah hath said unto thee, hearken unto her voice; for in Isaac shall thy seed be called.
13 And also of the son of the bondwoman will I make a nation, because he is thy seed.
14 And Abraham rose up early in the morning, and took bread, and a bottle of water, and gave it unto Hagar, putting it on her shoulder, and the child, and sent her away: and she departed, and wandered in the wilderness of Beersheba.
15 And the water was spent in the bottle, and she cast the child under one of the shrubs.
16 And she went, and sat her down over against him a good way off, as it were a bow shot: for she said, Let me not see the death of the child. And she sat over against him, and lift up her voice, and wept.
17 And God heard the voice of the lad; and the angel of God called to Hagar out of heaven, and said unto her, What aileth thee, Hagar? fear not; for God hath heard the voice of the lad where he is.
18 Arise, lift up the lad, and hold him in thine hand; for I will make him a great nation.
19 And God opened her eyes, and she saw a well of water; and she went, and filled the bottle with water, and gave the lad drink.
20 And God was with the lad; and he grew, and dwelt in the wilderness, and became an archer.
21 And he dwelt in the wilderness of Paran: and his mother took him a wife out of the land of Egypt.
22 And it came to pass at that time, that Abimelech and Phichol the chief captain of his host spake unto Abraham, saying, God is with thee in all that thou doest:
23 Now therefore swear unto me here by God that thou wilt not deal falsely with me, nor with my son, nor with my son's son: but according to the kindness that I have done unto thee, thou shalt do unto me, and to the land wherein thou hast sojourned.
24 And Abraham said, I will swear.
25 And Abraham reproved Abimelech because of a well of water, which Abimelech's servants had violently taken away.
26 And Abimelech said, I wot not who hath done this thing; neither didst thou tell me, neither yet heard I of it, but to day.
27 And Abraham took sheep and oxen, and gave them unto Abimelech; and both of them made a covenant.
28 And Abraham set seven ewe lambs of the flock by themselves.
29 And Abimelech said unto Abraham, What mean these seven ewe lambs which thou hast set by themselves?
30 And he said, For these seven ewe lambs shalt thou take of my hand, that they may be a witness unto me, that I have digged this well.
31 Wherefore he called that place Beersheba; because there they sware both of them.
32 Thus they made a covenant at Beersheba: then Abimelech rose up, and Phichol the chief captain of his host, and they returned into the land of the Philistines.
33 And Abraham planted a grove in Beersheba, and called there on the name of the LORD, the everlasting God.
34 And Abraham sojourned in the Philistines' land many days.
   


Chapter 22

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1 And it came to pass after these things, that God did tempt Abraham, and said unto him, Abraham: and he said, Behold, here I am.  
2 And he said, Take now thy son, thine only son Isaac, whom thou lovest, and get thee into the land of Moriah; and offer him there for a burnt offering upon one of the mountains which I will tell thee of.  
3 And Abraham rose up early in the morning, and saddled his ass, and took two of his young men with him, and Isaac his son, and clave the wood for the burnt offering, and rose up, and went unto the place of which God had told him.  
4 Then on the third day Abraham lifted up his eyes, and saw the place afar off.  
5 And Abraham said unto his young men, Abide ye here with the ass; and I and the lad will go yonder and worship, and come again to you.  
6 And Abraham took the wood of the burnt offering, and laid it upon Isaac his son; and he took the fire in his hand, and a knife; and they went both of them together.  
7 And Isaac spake unto Abraham his father, and said, My father: and he said, Here am I, my son. And he said, Behold the fire and the wood: but where is the lamb for a burnt offering?  
8 And Abraham said, My son, God will provide himself a lamb for a burnt offering: so they went both of them together.  
9 And they came to the place which God had told him of; and Abraham built an altar there, and laid the wood in order, and bound Isaac his son, and laid him on the altar upon the wood.  
10 And Abraham stretched forth his hand, and took the knife to slay his son.  
11 And the angel of the LORD called unto him out of heaven, and said, Abraham, Abraham: and he said, Here am I.  
12 And he said, Lay not thine hand upon the lad, neither do thou any thing unto him: for now I know that thou fearest God, seeing thou hast not withheld thy son, thine only son from me.  
13 And Abraham lifted up his eyes, and looked, and behold behind him a ram caught in a thicket by his horns: and Abraham went and took the ram, and offered him up for a burnt offering in the stead of his son.  
14 And Abraham called the name of that place Jehovahjireh: as it is said to this day, In the mount of the LORD it shall be seen.  
15 And the angel of the LORD called unto Abraham out of heaven the second time,  
16 And said, By myself have I sworn, saith the LORD, for because thou hast done this thing, and hast not withheld thy son, thine only son:  
17 That in blessing I will bless thee, and in multiplying I will multiply thy seed as the stars of the heaven, and as the sand which is upon the sea shore; and thy seed shall possess the gate of his enemies;  
18 And in thy seed shall all the nations of the earth be blessed; because thou hast obeyed my voice.  
19 So Abraham returned unto his young men, and they rose up and went together to Beersheba; and Abraham dwelt at Beersheba.  
20 And it came to pass after these things, that it was told Abraham, saying, Behold, Milcah, she hath also born children unto thy brother Nahor;  
21 Huz his firstborn, and Buz his brother, and Kemuel the father of Aram,  
22 And Chesed, and Hazo, and Pildash, and Jidlaph, and Bethuel.  
23 And Bethuel begat Rebekah: these eight Milcah did bear to Nahor, Abraham's brother.  
24 And his concubine, whose name was Reumah, she bare also Tebah, and Gaham, and Thahash, and Maachah.  
     

Chapter 23

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1 And Sarah was an hundred and seven and twenty years old: these were the years of the life of Sarah.  
2 And Sarah died in Kirjatharba; the same is Hebron in the land of Canaan: and Abraham came to mourn for Sarah, and to weep for her.  
3 And Abraham stood up from before his dead, and spake unto the sons of Heth, saying,  
4 I am a stranger and a sojourner with you: give me a possession of a buryingplace with you, that I may bury my dead out of my sight.  
5 And the children of Heth answered Abraham, saying unto him,  
6 Hear us, my lord: thou art a mighty prince among us: in the choice of our sepulchres bury thy dead; none of us shall withhold from thee his sepulchre, but that thou mayest bury thy dead.  
7 And Abraham stood up, and bowed himself to the people of the land, even to the children of Heth.  
8 And he communed with them, saying, If it be your mind that I should bury my dead out of my sight; hear me, and intreat for me to Ephron the son of Zohar,  
9 That he may give me the cave of Machpelah, which he hath, which is in the end of his field; for as much money as it is worth he shall give it me for a possession of a buryingplace amongst you.  
10 And Ephron dwelt among the children of Heth: and Ephron the Hittite answered Abraham in the audience of the children of Heth, even of all that went in at the gate of his city, saying,  
11 Nay, my lord, hear me: the field give I thee, and the cave that is therein, I give it thee; in the presence of the sons of my people give I it thee: bury thy dead.  
12 And Abraham bowed down himself before the people of the land.  
13 And he spake unto Ephron in the audience of the people of the land, saying, But if thou wilt give it, I pray thee, hear me: I will give thee money for the field; take it of me, and I will bury my dead there.  
14 And Ephron answered Abraham, saying unto him,  
15 My lord, hearken unto me: the land is worth four hundred shekels of silver; what is that betwixt me and thee? bury therefore thy dead.  
16 And Abraham hearkened unto Ephron; and Abraham weighed to Ephron the silver, which he had named in the audience of the sons of Heth, four hundred shekels of silver, current money with the merchant.  
17 And the field of Ephron which was in Machpelah, which was before Mamre, the field, and the cave which was therein, and all the trees that were in the field, that were in all the borders round about, were made sure  
18 Unto Abraham for a possession in the presence of the children of Heth, before all that went in at the gate of his city.  
19 And after this, Abraham buried Sarah his wife in the cave of the field of Machpelah before Mamre: the same is Hebron in the land of Canaan.  
20 And the field, and the cave that is therein, were made sure unto Abraham for a possession of a buryingplace by the sons of Heth.  
     

Chapter 24

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1 And Abraham was old, and well stricken in age: and the LORD had blessed Abraham in all things.  
2 And Abraham said unto his eldest servant of his house, that ruled over all that he had, Put, I pray thee, thy hand under my thigh:  
3 And I will make thee swear by the LORD, the God of heaven, and the God of the earth, that thou shalt not take a wife unto my son of the daughters of the Canaanites, among whom I dwell:  
4 But thou shalt go unto my country, and to my kindred, and take a wife unto my son Isaac.  
5 And the servant said unto him, Peradventure the woman will not be willing to follow me unto this land: must I needs bring thy son again unto the land from whence thou camest?  
6 And Abraham said unto him, Beware thou that thou bring not my son thither again.  
7 The LORD God of heaven, which took me from my father's house, and from the land of my kindred, and which spake unto me, and that sware unto me, saying, Unto thy seed will I give this land; he shall send his angel before thee, and thou shalt take a wife unto my son from thence.  
8 And if the woman will not be willing to follow thee, then thou shalt be clear from this my oath: only bring not my son thither again.  
9 And the servant put his hand under the thigh of Abraham his master, and sware to him concerning that matter.  
10 And the servant took ten camels of the camels of his master, and departed; for all the goods of his master were in his hand: and he arose, and went to Mesopotamia, unto the city of Nahor.  
11 And he made his camels to kneel down without the city by a well of water at the time of the evening, even the time that women go out to draw water.  
12 And he said O LORD God of my master Abraham, I pray thee, send me good speed this day, and shew kindness unto my master Abraham.  
13 Behold, I stand here by the well of water; and the daughters of the men of the city come out to draw water:  
14 And let it come to pass, that the damsel to whom I shall say, Let down thy pitcher, I pray thee, that I may drink; and she shall say, Drink, and I will give thy camels drink also: let the same be she that thou hast appointed for thy servant Isaac; and thereby shall I know that thou hast shewed kindness unto my master.  
15 And it came to pass, before he had done speaking, that, behold, Rebekah came out, who was born to Bethuel, son of Milcah, the wife of Nahor, Abraham's brother, with her pitcher upon her shoulder.  
16 And the damsel was very fair to look upon, a virgin, neither had any man known her: and she went down to the well, and filled her pitcher, and came up.  
17 And the servant ran to meet her, and said, Let me, I pray thee, drink a little water of thy pitcher.  
18 And she said, Drink, my lord: and she hasted, and let down her pitcher upon her hand, and gave him drink.  
19 And when she had done giving him drink, she said, I will draw water for thy camels also, until they have done drinking.  
20 And she hasted, and emptied her pitcher into the trough, and ran again unto the well to draw water, and drew for all his camels.  
21 And the man wondering at her held his peace, to wit whether the LORD had made his journey prosperous or not.  
22 And it came to pass, as the camels had done drinking, that the man took a golden earring of half a shekel weight, and two bracelets for her hands of ten shekels weight of gold;  
23 And said, Whose daughter art thou? tell me, I pray thee: is there room in thy father's house for us to lodge in?  
24 And she said unto him, I am the daughter of Bethuel the son of Milcah, which she bare unto Nahor.  
25 She said moreover unto him, We have both straw and provender enough, and room to lodge in.  
26 And the man bowed down his head, and worshipped the LORD.  
27 And he said, Blessed be the LORD God of my master Abraham, who hath not left destitute my master of his mercy and his truth: I being in the way, the LORD led me to the house of my master's brethren.  
28 And the damsel ran, and told them of her mother's house these things.  
29 And Rebekah had a brother, and his name was Laban: and Laban ran out unto the man, unto the well.  
30 And it came to pass, when he saw the earring and bracelets upon his sister's hands, and when he heard the words of Rebekah his sister, saying, Thus spake the man unto me; that he came unto the man; and, behold, he stood by the camels at the well.  
31 And he said, Come in, thou blessed of the LORD; wherefore standest thou without? for I have prepared the house, and room for the camels.  
32 And the man came into the house: and he ungirded his camels, and gave straw and provender for the camels, and water to wash his feet, and the men's feet that were with him.  
33 And there was set meat before him to eat: but he said, I will not eat, until I have told mine errand. And he said, Speak on.  
34 And he said, I am Abraham's servant.  
35 And the LORD hath blessed my master greatly; and he is become great: and he hath given him flocks, and herds, and silver, and gold, and menservants, and maidservants, and camels, and asses.  
36 And Sarah my master's wife bare a son to my master when she was old: and unto him hath he given all that he hath.  
37 And my master made me swear, saying, Thou shalt not take a wife to my son of the daughters of the Canaanites, in whose land I dwell:  
38 But thou shalt go unto my father's house, and to my kindred, and take a wife unto my son.  
39 And I said unto my master, Peradventure the woman will not follow me.  
40 And he said unto me, The LORD, before whom I walk, will send his angel with thee, and prosper thy way; and thou shalt take a wife for my son of my kindred, and of my father's house:  
41 Then shalt thou be clear from this my oath, when thou comest to my kindred; and if they give not thee one, thou shalt be clear from my oath.  
42 And I came this day unto the well, and said, O LORD God of my master Abraham, if now thou do prosper my way which I go:  
43 Behold, I stand by the well of water; and it shall come to pass, that when the virgin cometh forth to draw water, and I say to her, Give me, I pray thee, a little water of thy pitcher to drink;  
44 And she say to me, Both drink thou, and I will also draw for thy camels: let the same be the woman whom the LORD hath appointed out for my master's son.  
45 And before I had done speaking in mine heart, behold, Rebekah came forth with her pitcher on her shoulder; and she went down unto the well, and drew water: and I said unto her, Let me drink, I pray thee.  
46 And she made haste, and let down her pitcher from her shoulder, and said, Drink, and I will give thy camels drink also: so I drank, and she made the camels drink also.  
47 And I asked her, and said, Whose daughter art thou? And she said, the daughter of Bethuel, Nahor's son, whom Milcah bare unto him: and I put the earring upon her face, and the bracelets upon her hands.  
48 And I bowed down my head, and worshipped the LORD, and blessed the LORD God of my master Abraham, which had led me in the right way to take my master's brother's daughter unto his son.  
49 And now if ye will deal kindly and truly with my master, tell me: and if not, tell me; that I may turn to the right hand, or to the left.  
50 Then Laban and Bethuel answered and said, The thing proceedeth from the LORD: we cannot speak unto thee bad or good.  
51 Behold, Rebekah is before thee, take her, and go, and let her be thy master's son's wife, as the LORD hath spoken.  
52 And it came to pass, that, when Abraham's servant heard their words, he worshipped the LORD, bowing himself to the earth.  
53 And the servant brought forth jewels of silver, and jewels of gold, and raiment, and gave them to Rebekah: he gave also to her brother and to her mother precious things.  
54 And they did eat and drink, he and the men that were with him, and tarried all night; and they rose up in the morning, and he said, Send me away unto my master.  
55 And her brother and her mother said, Let the damsel abide with us a few days, at the least ten; after that she shall go.  
56 And he said unto them, Hinder me not, seeing the LORD hath prospered my way; send me away that I may go to my master.  
57 And they said, We will call the damsel, and enquire at her mouth.  
58 And they called Rebekah, and said unto her, Wilt thou go with this man? And she said, I will go.  
59 And they sent away Rebekah their sister, and her nurse, and Abraham's servant, and his men.  
60 And they blessed Rebekah, and said unto her, Thou art our sister, be thou the mother of thousands of millions, and let thy seed possess the gate of those which hate them.  
61 And Rebekah arose, and her damsels, and they rode upon the camels, and followed the man: and the servant took Rebekah, and went his way.  
62 And Isaac came from the way of the well Lahairoi; for he dwelt in the south country.  
63 And Isaac went out to meditate in the field at the eventide: and he lifted up his eyes, and saw, and, behold, the camels were coming.  
64 And Rebekah lifted up her eyes, and when she saw Isaac, she lighted off the camel.  
65 For she had said unto the servant, What man is this that walketh in the field to meet us? And the servant had said, It is my master: therefore she took a vail, and covered herself.  
66 And the servant told Isaac all things that he had done.  
67 And Isaac brought her into his mother Sarah's tent, and took Rebekah, and she became his wife; and he loved her: and Isaac was comforted after his mother's death.  
     

Chapter 25

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1 Then again Abraham took a 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 begat 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 Abidah, 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 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, an hundred threescore and fifteen years.  
8 Then Abraham gave up the ghost, and died in a good old age, an old man, and full of years; and was gathered to his people.  
9 And his sons Isaac and Ishmael 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 sons of Heth: there was Abraham buried, and Sarah his wife.  
11 And it came to pass after the death of Abraham, that God blessed his son Isaac; and Isaac dwelt by the well Lahairoi.  
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 firstborn of Ishmael, Nebajoth; and Kedar, and Adbeel, and Mibsam,  
14 And Mishma, and Dumah, and Massa,  
15 Hadar, and Tema, Jetur, Naphish, and Kedemah:  
16 These are the sons of Ishmael, and these are their names, by their towns, and by their castles; twelve princes according to their nations.  
17 And these are the years of the life of Ishmael, an hundred and thirty and seven years: and he gave up the ghost and died; and was gathered unto his people.  
18 And they dwelt from Havilah unto Shur, that is before Egypt, as thou goest toward Assyria: and he died in the presence of all his brethren.  
19 And these are the generations of Isaac, Abraham's son: Abraham begat Isaac:  
20 And Isaac was forty years old when he took Rebekah to wife, the daughter of Bethuel the Syrian of Padanaram, the sister to Laban the Syrian.  
21 And Isaac intreated the LORD for his wife, because she was barren: and the LORD was intreated of him, and Rebekah his wife conceived.  
22 And the children struggled together within her; and she said, If it be so, why am I thus? And she went to enquire of the LORD.  
23 And the LORD said unto her, Two nations are in thy womb, and two manner of people shall be separated from thy 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 out red, all over like an hairy garment; and they called his name Esau.  
26 And after that came his brother out, and his hand took hold on Esau's heel; and his name was called Jacob: and Isaac was threescore years old when she bare them.  
27 And the boys grew: and Esau was a cunning hunter, a man of the field; and Jacob was a plain man, dwelling in tents.  
28 And Isaac loved Esau, because he did eat of his venison: but Rebekah loved Jacob.  
29 And Jacob sod pottage: and Esau came from the field, and he was faint:  
30 And Esau said to Jacob, Feed me, I pray thee, with that same red pottage; for I am faint: therefore was his name called Edom.  
31 And Jacob said, Sell me this day thy birthright.  
32 And Esau said, Behold, I am at the point to die: and what profit shall this birthright do to me?  
33 And Jacob said, Swear to me this day; and he sware unto him: and he sold his birthright unto Jacob.  
34 Then Jacob gave Esau bread and pottage of lentiles; and he did eat and drink, and rose up, and went his way: thus Esau despised his birthright.  
     

Chapter 26

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1 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 the LORD appeared unto him, and said, Go not down into Egypt; dwell in the land which I shall tell thee of:  
3 Sojourn in this land, and I will be with thee, and will bless thee; for unto thee, and unto thy seed, I will give all these countries, and I will perform the oath which I sware unto Abraham thy father;  
4 And I will make thy seed to multiply as the stars of heaven, and will give unto thy seed all these countries; and in thy seed shall all the nations of the earth be blessed;  
5 Because that 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, 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 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, of a surety she is thy wife; and how saidst thou, She is my sister? And Isaac said unto him, Because I said, Lest I die for her.  
10 And Abimelech said, What is this thou hast done unto us? one of the people might lightly have lien with thy wife, and thou shouldest have brought guiltiness upon us.  
11 And Abimelech charged all his people, saying, He that toucheth this man or his wife shall surely be put to death.  
12 Then Isaac sowed in that land, and received in the same year an hundredfold: and the LORD 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 Abraham his father, the Philistines had stopped them, and filled them with earth.  
16 And Abimelech said unto Isaac, Go from us; for thou art much mightier than we.  
17 And Isaac departed thence, and pitched his tent in the valley of Gerar, and dwelt there.  
18 And Isaac digged again the wells of water, which they had digged 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 digged in the valley, and found there a well of springing water.  
20 And the herdmen of Gerar did strive with Isaac'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 the LORD hath made room for us, and we shall be fruitful in the land.  
23 And he went up from thence to Beersheba.  
24 And the LORD appeared unto him the same night, and said, I am the God of Abraham thy father: fear not, for I am with thee, and will bless thee, and multiply thy seed for my servant Abraham's sake.  
25 And he builded an altar there, and called upon the name of the LORD, and pitched his tent there: and there Isaac's servants digged a well.  
26 Then Abimelech went to him from Gerar, and Ahuzzath one of his friends, and Phichol the chief captain of his army.  
27 And Isaac said unto them, Wherefore come ye to me, seeing ye hate me, and have sent me away from you?  
28 And they said, We saw certainly that the LORD was with thee: and we said, Let there be now an oath betwixt us, even betwixt us and thee, and let us make a covenant with thee;  
29 That thou wilt do us no hurt, as we have not touched thee, and as we have done unto thee nothing but good, and have sent thee away in peace: thou art now the blessed of the LORD.  
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 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 digged, and said unto him, We have found water.  
33 And he called it Shebah: therefore the name of the city is Beersheba unto this day.  
34 And Esau was forty years old when he took to wife Judith the daughter of Beeri the Hittite, and Bashemath the daughter of Elon the Hittite:  
35 Which were a grief of mind unto Isaac and to Rebekah.  
     

Chapter 27

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1 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, Behold, here am I.  
2 And he said, Behold now, I am old, I know not the day of my death:  
3 Now therefore take, I pray thee, thy weapons, thy quiver and thy bow, and go out to the field, and take me some venison;  
4 And make me savoury meat, such as I love, and bring it to me, that I may eat; that my soul may bless thee before I die.  
5 And Rebekah heard when Isaac spake to Esau his son. And Esau went to the field to hunt for venison, and to bring it.  
6 And Rebekah spake unto Jacob her son, saying, Behold, I heard thy father speak unto Esau thy brother, saying,  
7 Bring me venison, and make me savoury meat, that I may eat, and bless thee before the LORD before my death.  
8 Now therefore, my son, obey my voice according to that which I command thee.  
9 Go now to the flock, and fetch me from thence two good kids of the goats; and I will make them savoury meat for thy father, such as he loveth:  
10 And thou shalt bring it to thy father, that he may eat, and that he may bless thee 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 peradventure 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 thy curse, my son: only obey my voice, and go fetch me them.  
14 And he went, and fetched, and brought them to his mother: and his mother made savoury meat, such as his father loved.  
15 And Rebekah took goodly raiment of her eldest son Esau, 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 savoury meat 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 art thou, my son?  
19 And Jacob said unto his father, I am Esau thy first born; I have done according as thou badest me: arise, I pray thee, sit and eat of my venison, that thy soul may bless me.  
20 And Isaac said unto his son, How is it that thou hast found it so quickly, my son? And he said, Because the LORD thy God brought it to me.  
21 And Isaac said unto Jacob, Come near, I pray thee, that I may feel thee, my son, whether thou 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, Art thou 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 thee. And he brought it near to him, and he did eat: 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 the LORD hath blessed:  
28 Therefore God give thee of the dew of heaven, and the fatness of the earth, and plenty of corn and wine:  
29 Let people serve thee, and nations bow down to thee: be lord over thy brethren, and let thy mother's sons bow down to thee: cursed be every one that curseth thee, and blessed be he that blesseth thee.  
30 And it came to pass, as soon as Isaac had made an end of blessing Jacob, and Jacob was yet scarce gone out from the presence of Isaac his father, that Esau his brother came in from his hunting.  
31 And he also had made savoury meat, and brought it unto his father, and said unto his father, Let my father arise, and eat of his son's venison, that thy soul may bless me.  
32 And Isaac his father said unto him, Who art thou? And he said, I am thy son, thy firstborn Esau.  
33 And Isaac trembled very exceedingly, and said, Who? where is he that hath taken venison, and brought it me, and I have eaten of all before thou camest, and have blessed him? yea, and he shall be blessed.  
34 And when Esau heard the words of his father, he cried with a great and exceeding bitter cry, and said unto his father, Bless me, even me also, O my father.  
35 And he said, Thy brother came with subtilty, and hath taken away thy blessing.  
36 And he said, Is not he rightly named Jacob? for he hath supplanted me these two times: he took away my birthright; and, behold, now he hath taken away my blessing. And he said, Hast thou not reserved a blessing for me?  
37 And Isaac answered and said unto Esau, Behold, I have made him thy lord, and all his brethren have I given to him for servants; and with corn and wine have I sustained him: and what shall I do now unto thee, my son?  
38 And Esau said unto his father, Hast thou 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, thy dwelling shall be the fatness of the earth, and of the dew of heaven from above;  
40 And by thy sword shalt thou live, and shalt serve thy brother; and it shall come to pass when thou shalt have the dominion, that thou shalt break his yoke from off thy neck.  
41 And Esau hated Jacob because of the blessing wherewith 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, thy brother Esau, as touching thee, doth comfort himself, purposing to kill thee.  
43 Now therefore, my son, obey my voice; arise, flee thou to Laban my brother to Haran;  
44 And tarry with him a few days, until thy brother's fury turn away;  
45 Until thy brother's anger turn away from thee, and he forget that which thou hast done to him: then I will send, and fetch thee from thence: why should I be deprived also 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 which are of the daughters of the land, what good shall my life do me?  
     

Chapter 28

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1 And Isaac called Jacob, and blessed him, and charged him, and said unto him, Thou shalt not take a wife of the daughters of Canaan.  
2 Arise, go to Padanaram, to the house of Bethuel thy mother's father; and take thee a wife from thence of the daughers of Laban thy mother's brother.  
3 And God Almighty bless thee, and make thee fruitful, and multiply thee, that thou mayest be a multitude of people;  
4 And give thee the blessing of Abraham, to thee, and to thy seed with thee; that thou mayest inherit the land wherein thou art a stranger, which God gave unto Abraham.  
5 And Isaac sent away Jacob: and he went to Padanaram unto Laban, son of Bethuel the Syrian, the brother of Rebekah, Jacob's and Esau's mother.  
6 When Esau saw that Isaac had blessed Jacob, and sent him away to Padanaram, to take him a wife from thence; and that as he blessed him he gave him a charge, saying, Thou shalt not take a wife of the daughers of Canaan;  
7 And that Jacob obeyed his father and his mother, and was gone to Padanaram;  
8 And Esau seeing that the daughters of Canaan pleased not Isaac his father;  
9 Then went Esau unto Ishmael, and took unto the wives which he had Mahalath the daughter of Ishmael Abraham's son, the sister of Nebajoth, to be his wife.  
10 And Jacob went out from Beersheba, and went toward Haran.  
11 And he lighted upon a certain place, and tarried there all night, because the sun was set; and he took of the stones of that place, and put them for his pillows, and lay down in that place to sleep.  
12 And he dreamed, and behold a ladder set up on the earth, and the top of it reached to heaven: and behold the angels of God ascending and descending on it.  
13 And, behold, the LORD stood above it, and said, I am the LORD God of Abraham thy father, and the God of Isaac: the land whereon thou liest, to thee will I give it, and to thy seed;  
14 And thy seed shall be as the dust of the earth, and thou shalt spread abroad to the west, and to the east, and to the north, and to the south: and in thee and in thy seed shall all the families of the earth be blessed.  
15 And, behold, I am with thee, and will keep thee in all places whither thou goest, and will bring thee again into this land; for I will not leave thee, until I have done that which I have spoken to thee of.  
16 And Jacob awaked out of his sleep, and he said, Surely the LORD is in this place; and I knew it not.  
17 And he was afraid, and said, How dreadful is this place! this is none other but the house of God, and this is the gate of heaven.  
18 And Jacob rose up early in the morning, and took the stone that he had put for his pillows, and set it up for a pillar, and poured oil upon the top of it.  
19 And he called the name of that place Bethel: but the name of that city was called Luz at the first.  
20 And Jacob vowed a vow, saying, If God will be with me, and will keep me in this way that I go, and will give me bread to eat, and raiment to put on,  
21 So that I come again to my father's house in peace; then shall the LORD be my God:  
22 And this stone, which I have set for a pillar, shall be God's house: and of all that thou shalt give me I will surely give the tenth unto thee.  
     

Chapter 29

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1 Then Jacob went on his journey, and came into the land of the people of the east.  
2 And he looked, and behold a well in the field, and, lo, there were three flocks of sheep lying by it; for out of that well they watered the flocks: and a great stone was upon the well's mouth.  
3 And thither were all the flocks gathered: and they rolled the stone from the well's mouth, and watered the sheep, and put the stone again upon the well's mouth in his place.  
4 And Jacob said unto them, My brethren, whence be ye? And they said, Of Haran are we.  
5 And he said unto them, Know ye Laban the son of Nahor? And they said, We know him.  
6 And he said unto them, Is he well? And they said, He is well: and, behold, Rachel his daughter cometh with the sheep.  
7 And he said, Lo, it is yet high day, neither is it time that the cattle should be gathered together: water ye the sheep, and go and feed them.  
8 And they said, We cannot, until all the flocks be gathered together, and till they roll the stone from the well's mouth; then we water the sheep.  
9 And while he yet spake with them, Rachel came with her father's sheep; for she kept them.  
10 And it came to pass, when Jacob saw Rachel the daughter of Laban his mother's brother, and the sheep of Laban his mother's brother, that Jacob went near, and rolled the stone from the well's mouth, and watered the flock of Laban his mother's brother.  
11 And Jacob kissed Rachel, and lifted up his voice, and wept.  
12 And Jacob told Rachel that he was her father's brother, and that he was Rebekah's son: and she ran and told her father.  
13 And it came to pass, when Laban heard the tidings of Jacob his sister's son, that he ran to meet him, and embraced him, and kissed him, and brought him to his house. And he told Laban all these things.  
14 And Laban said to him, Surely thou art my bone and my flesh. And he abode with him the space of a month.  
15 And Laban said unto Jacob, Because thou art my brother, shouldest thou therefore serve me for nought? tell me, what shall thy wages be?  
16 And Laban had two daughters: the name of the elder was Leah, and the name of the younger was Rachel.  
17 Leah was tender eyed; but Rachel was beautiful and well favoured.  
18 And Jacob loved Rachel; and said, I will serve thee seven years for Rachel thy younger daughter.  
19 And Laban said, It is better that I give her to thee, than that I should give her to another man: abide with me.  
20 And Jacob served seven years for Rachel; and they seemed unto him but a few days, for the love he had to her.  
21 And Jacob said unto Laban, Give me my wife, for my days are fulfilled, that I may go in unto her.  
22 And Laban gathered together all the men of the place, and made a feast.  
23 And it came to pass in the evening, that he took Leah his daughter, and brought her to him; and he went in unto her.  
24 And Laban gave unto his daughter Leah Zilpah his maid for an handmaid.  
25 And it came to pass, that in the morning, behold, it was Leah: and he said to Laban, What is this thou hast done unto me? did not I serve with thee for Rachel? wherefore then hast thou beguiled me?  
26 And Laban said, It must not be so done in our country, to give the younger before the firstborn.  
27 Fulfil her week, and we will give thee this also for the service which thou shalt serve with me yet seven other years.  
28 And Jacob did so, and fulfilled her week: and he gave him Rachel his daughter to wife also.  
29 And Laban gave to Rachel his daughter Bilhah his handmaid to be her maid.  
30 And he went in also unto Rachel, and he loved also Rachel more than Leah, and served with him yet seven other years.  
31 And when the LORD saw that Leah was hated, he opened her womb: but Rachel was barren.  
32 And Leah conceived, and bare a son, and she called his name Reuben: for she said, Surely the LORD hath looked upon my affliction; now therefore my husband will love me.  
33 And she conceived again, and bare a son; and said, Because the LORD hath heard I was hated, he hath therefore given me this son also: and she called his name Simeon.  
34 And she conceived again, and bare a son; and said, Now this time will my husband be joined unto me, because I have born him three sons: therefore was his name called Levi.  
35 And she conceived again, and bare a son: and she said, Now will I praise the LORD: therefore she called his name Judah; and left bearing.  
     

Chapter 30

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1 And when Rachel saw that she bare Jacob no children, Rachel envied her sister; and said unto Jacob, Give me children, or else I die.  
2 And Jacob's anger was kindled against Rachel: and he said, Am I in God's stead, who hath withheld from thee the fruit of the womb?  
3 And she said, Behold my maid Bilhah, go in unto her; and she shall bear upon my knees, that I may also have children by her.  
4 And she gave him Bilhah her handmaid to wife: and Jacob went in unto her.  
5 And Bilhah conceived, and bare Jacob a son.  
6 And Rachel said, God hath judged me, and hath also heard my voice, and hath given me a son: therefore called she his name Dan.  
7 And Bilhah Rachel's maid conceived again, and bare Jacob a second son.  
8 And Rachel said, With great wrestlings have I wrestled with my sister, and I have prevailed: and she called his name Naphtali.  
9 When Leah saw that she had left bearing, she took Zilpah her maid, and gave her Jacob to wife.  
10 And Zilpah Leah's maid bare Jacob a son.  
11 And Leah said, A troop cometh: and she called his name Gad.  
12 And Zilpah Leah's maid bare Jacob a second son.  
13 And Leah said, Happy am I, for the daughters will call me blessed: and she called his name Asher.  
14 And Reuben went in the days of wheat harvest, and found mandrakes in the field, and brought them unto his mother Leah. Then Rachel said to Leah, Give me, I pray thee, of thy son's mandrakes.  
15 And she said unto her, Is it a small matter that thou hast taken my husband? and wouldest thou take away my son's mandrakes also? And Rachel said, Therefore he shall lie with thee to night for thy son's mandrakes.  
16 And Jacob came out of the field in the evening, and Leah went out to meet him, and said, Thou must come in unto me; for surely I have hired thee with my son's mandrakes. And he lay with her that night.  
17 And God hearkened unto Leah, and she conceived, and bare Jacob the fifth son.  
18 And Leah said, God hath given me my hire, because I have given my maiden to my husband: and she called his name Issachar.  
19 And Leah conceived again, and bare Jacob the sixth son.  
20 And Leah said, God hath endued me with a good dowry; now will my husband dwell with me, because I have born him six sons: and she called his name Zebulun.  
21 And afterwards she bare a daughter, and called her name Dinah.  
22 And God remembered Rachel, and God hearkened to her, and opened her womb.  
23 And she conceived, and bare a son; and said, God hath taken away my reproach:  
24 And she called his name Joseph; and said, The LORD shall add to me another son.  
25 And it came to pass, when Rachel had born Joseph, that Jacob said unto Laban, Send me away, that I may go unto mine own place, and to my country.  
26 Give me my wives and my children, for whom I have served thee, and let me go: for thou knowest my service which I have done thee.  
27 And Laban said unto him, I pray thee, if I have found favour in thine eyes, tarry: for I have learned by experience that the LORD hath blessed me for thy sake.  
28 And he said, Appoint me thy wages, and I will give it.  
29 And he said unto him, Thou knowest how I have served thee, and how thy cattle was with me.  
30 For it was little which thou hadst before I came, and it is now increased unto a multitude; and the LORD hath blessed thee since my coming: and now when shall I provide for mine own house also?  
31 And he said, What shall I give thee? And Jacob said, Thou shalt not give me any thing: if thou wilt do this thing for me, I will again feed and keep thy flock.  
32 I will pass through all thy flock to day, removing from thence all the speckled and spotted cattle, and all the brown cattle among the sheep, and the spotted and speckled among the goats: and of such shall be my hire.  
33 So shall my righteousness answer for me in time to come, when it shall come for my hire before thy face: every one that is not speckled and spotted among the goats, and brown among the sheep, that shall be counted stolen with me.  
34 And Laban said, Behold, I would it might be according to thy word.  
35 And he removed that day the he goats that were ringstraked and spotted, and all the she goats that were speckled and spotted, and every one that had some white in it, and all the brown among the sheep, and gave them into the hand of his sons.  
36 And he set three days' journey betwixt himself and Jacob: and Jacob fed the rest of Laban's flocks.  
37 And Jacob took him rods of green poplar, and of the hazel and chesnut tree; and pilled white strakes in them, and made the white appear which was in the rods.  
38 And he set the rods which he had pilled before the flocks in the gutters in the watering troughs when the flocks came to drink, that they should conceive when they came to drink.  
39 And the flocks conceived before the rods, and brought forth cattle ringstraked, speckled, and spotted.  
40 And Jacob did separate the lambs, and set the faces of the flocks toward the ringstraked, and all the brown in the flock of Laban; and he put his own flocks by themselves, and put them not unto Laban's cattle.  
41 And it came to pass, whensoever the stronger cattle did conceive, that Jacob laid the rods before the eyes of the cattle in the gutters, that they might conceive among the rods.  
42 But when the cattle were feeble, he put them not in: so the feebler were Laban's, and the stronger Jacob's.  
43 And the man increased exceedingly, and had much cattle, and maidservants, and menservants, and camels, and asses.  
     


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