Bible: 1 John 2:4-11; 3:10-11; 13-24; 4:7-11
2:7 Dear friends, I am not writing a new commandment to you, but an old commandment which you have had from the beginning. 8 The old commandment is the word that you have already 9 heard. 2:8 On the other hand, I am writing a new commandment to you which is true in him 10 and in you, because 11 the darkness is passing away and the true light is already shining. 12 2:9 The one who says he is in the light but still hates 13 his fellow Christian 14 is still in the darkness. 2:10 The one who loves his fellow Christian 15 resides in the light, and there is no cause for stumbling in him. 16 2:11 But the one who hates his fellow Christian 17 is in the darkness, walks in the darkness, and does not know where he is going, because the darkness has blinded his eyes. 18
Abram’s Solution to the Strife
13:3 And he journeyed from place to place 5 from the Negev as far as Bethel. 6 He returned 7 to the place where he had pitched his tent 8 at the beginning, between Bethel and Ai. 13:4 This was the place where he had first built the altar, 9 and there Abram worshiped the
13:5 Now Lot, who was traveling 11 with Abram, also had 12 flocks, herds, and tents. 13:6 But the land could 13 not support them while they were living side by side. 14 Because their possessions were so great, they were not able to live 15 alongside one another. 13:7 So there were quarrels 16 between Abram’s herdsmen and Lot’s herdsmen. 17 (Now the Canaanites and the Perizzites were living in the land at that time.) 18
13:8 Abram said to Lot, “Let there be no quarreling between me and you, and between my herdsmen and your herdsmen, for we are close relatives. 19 13:9 Is not the whole land before you? Separate yourself now from me. If you go 20 to the left, then I’ll go to the right, but if you go to the right, then I’ll go to the left.”
13:10 Lot looked up and saw 21 the whole region 22 of the Jordan. He noticed 23 that all of it was well-watered (before the
So the relatives separated from each other. 28 13:12 Abram settled in the land of Canaan, but Lot settled among the cities of the Jordan plain 29 and pitched his tents next to Sodom. 13:13 (Now 30 the people 31 of Sodom were extremely wicked rebels against the
13:14 After Lot had departed, the
The Blessing of Victory for God’s People
14:1 At that time 42 Amraphel king of Shinar, 43 Arioch king of Ellasar, Kedorlaomer king of Elam, and Tidal king of nations 44 14:2 went to war 45 against Bera king of Sodom, Birsha king of Gomorrah, Shinab king of Admah, Shemeber king of Zeboiim, and the king of Bela (that is, Zoar). 46 14:3 These last five kings 47 joined forces 48 in the Valley of Siddim (that is, the Salt Sea). 49 14:4 For twelve years 50 they had served Kedorlaomer, but in the thirteenth year 51 they rebelled. 52 14:5 In the fourteenth year, Kedorlaomer and the kings who were his allies came and defeated 53 the Rephaites in Ashteroth Karnaim, the Zuzites in Ham, the Emites in Shaveh Kiriathaim, 14:6 and the Horites in their hill country of Seir, as far as El Paran, which is near the desert. 54 14:7 Then they attacked En Mishpat (that is, Kadesh) again, 55 and they conquered all the territory of the Amalekites, as well as the Amorites who were living in Hazazon Tamar.
14:8 Then the king of Sodom, the king of Gomorrah, the king of Admah, the king of Zeboiim, and the king of Bela (that is, Zoar) went out and prepared for battle. In the Valley of Siddim they met 56 14:9 Kedorlaomer king of Elam, Tidal king of nations, 57 Amraphel king of Shinar, and Arioch king of Ellasar. Four kings fought against 58 five. 14:10 Now the Valley of Siddim was full of tar pits. 59 When the kings of Sodom and Gomorrah fled, they fell into them, 60 but some survivors 61 fled to the hills. 62 14:11 The four victorious kings 63 took all the possessions and food of Sodom and Gomorrah and left. 14:12 They also took Abram’s nephew 64 Lot and his possessions when 65 they left, for Lot 66 was living in Sodom. 67
14:13 A fugitive 68 came and told Abram the Hebrew. 69 Now Abram was living by the oaks 70 of Mamre the Amorite, the brother 71 of Eshcol and Aner. (All these were allied by treaty 72 with Abram.) 73 14:14 When Abram heard that his nephew 74 had been taken captive, he mobilized 75 his 318 trained men who had been born in his household, and he pursued the invaders 76 as far as Dan. 77 14:15 Then, during the night, 78 Abram 79 divided his forces 80 against them and defeated them. He chased them as far as Hobah, which is north 81 of Damascus. 14:16 He retrieved all the stolen property. 82 He also brought back his nephew Lot and his possessions, as well as the women and the rest of 83 the people.
14:17 After Abram 84 returned from defeating Kedorlaomer and the kings who were with him, the king of Sodom went out to meet Abram 85 in the Valley of Shaveh (known as the King’s Valley). 86 14:18 Melchizedek king of Salem 87 brought out bread and wine. (Now he was the priest of the Most High God.) 88 14:19 He blessed Abram, saying,
“Blessed be Abram by 89 the Most High God,
14:20 Worthy of praise is 92 the Most High God,
who delivered 93 your enemies into your hand.”
Abram gave Melchizedek 94 a tenth of everything.
14:21 Then the king of Sodom said to Abram, “Give me the people and take the possessions for yourself.” 14:22 But Abram replied to the king of Sodom, “I raise my hand 95 to the
The Cutting of the Covenant
15:2 But Abram said, “O sovereign
15:4 But look, 112 the word of the
15:12 When the sun went down, Abram fell sound asleep, 135 and great terror overwhelmed him. 136 15:13 Then the
15:17 When the sun had gone down and it was dark, a smoking firepot with a flaming torch 148 passed between the animal parts. 149 15:18 That day the
The Birth of Ishmael
16:1 Now Sarai, 155 Abram’s wife, had not given birth to any children, 156 but she had an Egyptian servant 157 named Hagar. 158 16:2 So Sarai said to Abram, “Since 159 the
16:3 So after Abram had lived 163 in Canaan for ten years, Sarai, Abram’s wife, gave Hagar, her Egyptian servant, 164 to her husband to be his wife. 165 16:4 He had sexual relations with 166 Hagar, and she became pregnant. 167 Once Hagar realized she was pregnant, she despised Sarai. 168 16:5 Then Sarai said to Abram, “You have brought this wrong on me! 169 I allowed my servant to have sexual relations with you, 170 but when she realized 171 that she was pregnant, she despised me. 172 May the
16:9 Then the
“You are now 186 pregnant
and are about to give birth 187 to a son.
You are to name him Ishmael, 188
16:12 He will be a wild donkey 190 of a man.
He will be hostile to everyone, 191
and everyone will be hostile to him. 192
He will live away from 193 his brothers.”
16:13 So Hagar named the
The Sign of the Covenant
17:1 When Abram was 99 years old, 203 the
17:3 Abram bowed down with his face to the ground, 211 and God said to him, 212 17:4 “As for me, 213 this 214 is my covenant with you: You will be the father of a multitude of nations. 17:5 No longer will your name be 215 Abram. Instead, your name will be Abraham 216 because I will make you 217 the father of a multitude of nations. 17:6 I will make you 218 extremely 219 fruitful. I will make nations of you, and kings will descend from you. 220 17:7 I will confirm 221 my covenant as a perpetual 222 covenant between me and you. It will extend to your descendants after you throughout their generations. I will be your God and the God of your descendants after you. 223 17:8 I will give the whole land of Canaan – the land where you are now residing 224 – to you and your descendants after you as a permanent 225 possession. I will be their God.”
17:9 Then God said to Abraham, “As for you, you must keep 226 the covenantal requirement 227 I am imposing on you and your descendants after you throughout their generations. 17:10 This is my requirement that you and your descendants after you must keep: 228 Every male among you must be circumcised. 229 17:11 You must circumcise the flesh of your foreskins. This will be a reminder 230 of the covenant between me and you. 17:12 Throughout your generations every male among you who is eight days old 231 must be circumcised, whether born in your house or bought with money from any foreigner who is not one of your descendants. 17:13 They must indeed be circumcised, 232 whether born in your house or bought with money. The sign of my covenant 233 will be visible in your flesh as a permanent 234 reminder. 17:14 Any uncircumcised male 235 who has not been circumcised in the flesh of his foreskin will be cut off 236 from his people – he has failed to carry out my requirement.” 237
17:15 Then God said to Abraham, “As for your wife, you must no longer call her Sarai; 238 Sarah 239 will be her name. 17:16 I will bless her and will give you a son through her. I will bless her and she will become a mother of nations. 240 Kings of countries 241 will come from her!”
17:17 Then Abraham bowed down with his face to the ground and laughed 242 as he said to himself, 243 “Can 244 a son be born to a man who is a hundred years old? 245 Can Sarah 246 bear a child at the age of ninety?” 247 17:18 Abraham said to God, “O that 248 Ishmael might live before you!” 249
17:19 God said, “No, Sarah your wife is going to bear you a son, and you will name him Isaac. 250 I will confirm my covenant with him as a perpetual 251 covenant for his descendants after him. 17:20 As for Ishmael, I have heard you. 252 I will indeed bless him, make him fruitful, and give him a multitude of descendants. 253 He will become the father of twelve princes; 254 I will make him into a great nation. 17:21 But I will establish my covenant with Isaac, whom Sarah will bear to you at this set time next year.” 17:22 When he finished speaking with Abraham, God went up from him. 255
17:23 Abraham took his son Ishmael and every male in his household (whether born in his house or bought with money) 256 and circumcised them 257 on that very same day, just as God had told him to do. 17:24 Now Abraham was 99 years old 258 when he was circumcised; 259 17:25 his son Ishmael was thirteen years old 260 when he was circumcised. 17:26 Abraham and his son Ishmael were circumcised on the very same day. 17:27 All the men of his household, whether born in his household or bought with money from a foreigner, were circumcised with him.
Three Special Visitors
18:3 He said, “My lord, 272 if I have found favor in your sight, do not pass by and leave your servant. 273 18:4 Let a little water be brought so that 274 you may all 275 wash your feet and rest under the tree. 18:5 And let me get 276 a bit of food 277 so that you may refresh yourselves 278 since you have passed by your servant’s home. After that you may be on your way.” 279 “All right,” they replied, “you may do as you say.”
18:6 So Abraham hurried into the tent and said to Sarah, “Quick! Take 280 three measures 281 of fine flour, knead it, and make bread.” 282 18:7 Then Abraham ran to the herd and chose a fine, tender calf, and gave it to a servant, 283 who quickly prepared it. 284 18:8 Abraham 285 then took some curds and milk, along with the calf that had been prepared, and placed the food 286 before them. They ate while 287 he was standing near them under a tree.
18:9 Then they asked him, “Where is Sarah your wife?” He replied, “There, 288 in the tent.” 18:10 One of them 289 said, “I will surely return 290 to you when the season comes round again, 291 and your wife Sarah will have a son!” 292 (Now Sarah was listening at the entrance to the tent, not far behind him. 293 18:11 Abraham and Sarah were old and advancing in years; 294 Sarah had long since passed menopause.) 295 18:12 So Sarah laughed to herself, thinking, 296 “After I am worn out will I have pleasure, 297 especially when my husband is old too?” 298
Abraham Pleads for Sodom
18:16 When the men got up to leave, 304 they looked out over 305 Sodom. (Now 306 Abraham was walking with them to see them on their way.) 307 18:17 Then the
18:20 So the
18:22 The two men turned 322 and headed 323 toward Sodom, but Abraham was still standing before the
18:26 So the
18:27 Then Abraham asked, “Since I have undertaken to speak to the Lord 328 (although I am but dust and ashes), 329 18:28 what if there are five less than the fifty godly people? Will you destroy 330 the whole city because five are lacking?” 331 He replied, “I will not destroy it if I find forty-five there.”
18:31 Abraham 337 said, “Since I have undertaken to speak to the Lord, what if only twenty are found there?” He replied, “I will not destroy it for the sake of the twenty.”
18:32 Finally Abraham 338 said, “May the Lord not be angry so that I may speak just once more. What if ten are found there?” He replied, “I will not destroy it for the sake of the ten.”
The Destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah
19:2 He said, “Here, my lords, please turn aside to your servant’s house. Stay the night 344 and wash your feet. Then you can be on your way early in the morning.” 345 “No,” they replied, “we’ll spend the night in the town square.” 346
19:3 But he urged 347 them persistently, so they turned aside with him and entered his house. He prepared a feast for them, including bread baked without yeast, and they ate. 19:4 Before they could lie down to sleep, 348 all the men – both young and old, from every part of the city of Sodom – surrounded the house. 349 19:5 They shouted to Lot, 350 “Where are the men who came to you tonight? Bring them out to us so we can have sex 351 with them!”
19:6 Lot went outside to them, shutting the door behind him. 19:7 He said, “No, my brothers! Don’t act so wickedly! 352 19:8 Look, I have two daughters who have never had sexual relations with 353 a man. Let me bring them out to you, and you can do to them whatever you please. 354 Only don’t do anything to these men, for they have come under the protection 355 of my roof.” 356
19:9 “Out of our way!” 357 they cried, and “This man came to live here as a foreigner, 358 and now he dares to judge us! 359 We’ll do more harm 360 to you than to them!” They kept 361 pressing in on Lot until they were close enough 362 to break down the door.
19:10 So the men inside 363 reached out 364 and pulled Lot back into the house 365 as they shut the door. 19:11 Then they struck the men who were at the door of the house, from the youngest to the oldest, 366 with blindness. The men outside 367 wore themselves out trying to find the door. 19:12 Then the two visitors 368 said to Lot, “Who else do you have here? 369 Do you have 370 any sons-in-law, sons, daughters, or other relatives in the city? 371 Get them out of this 372 place 19:13 because we are about to destroy 373 it. The outcry against this place 374 is so great before the
19:14 Then Lot went out and spoke to his sons-in-law who were going to marry his daughters. 376 He said, “Quick, get out of this place because the
19:15 At dawn 379 the angels hurried Lot along, saying, “Get going! Take your wife and your two daughters who are here, 380 or else you will be destroyed when the city is judged!” 381 19:16 When Lot 382 hesitated, the men grabbed his hand and the hands of his wife and two daughters because the
19:18 But Lot said to them, “No, please, Lord! 389 19:19 Your 390 servant has found favor with you, 391 and you have shown me great 392 kindness 393 by sparing 394 my life. But I am not able to escape to the mountains because 395 this disaster will overtake 396 me and I’ll die. 397 19:20 Look, this town 398 over here is close enough to escape to, and it’s just a little one. 399 Let me go there. 400 It’s just a little place, isn’t it? 401 Then I’ll survive.” 402
19:21 “Very well,” he replied, 403 “I will grant this request too 404 and will not overthrow 405 the town you mentioned. 19:22 Run there quickly, 406 for I cannot do anything until you arrive there.” (This incident explains why the town was called Zoar.) 407
19:23 The sun had just risen 408 over the land as Lot reached Zoar. 409 19:24 Then the
19:27 Abraham got up early in the morning and went 417 to the place where he had stood before the
19:29 So when God destroyed 421 the cities of the region, 422 God honored 423 Abraham’s request. He removed Lot 424 from the midst of the destruction when he destroyed 425 the cities Lot had lived in.
19:30 Lot went up from Zoar with his two daughters and settled in the mountains because he was afraid to live in Zoar. So he lived in a cave with his two daughters. 19:31 Later the older daughter said 426 to the younger, “Our father is old, and there is no man anywhere nearby 427 to have sexual relations with us, 428 according to the way of all the world. 19:32 Come, let’s make our father drunk with wine 429 so we can have sexual relations 430 with him and preserve 431 our family line through our father.” 432
19:33 So that night they made their father drunk with wine, 433 and the older daughter 434 came and had sexual relations with her father. 435 But he was not aware that she had sexual relations with him and then got up. 436 19:34 So in the morning the older daughter 437 said to the younger, “Since I had sexual relations with my father last night, let’s make him drunk again tonight. 438 Then you go and have sexual relations with him so we can preserve our family line through our father.” 439 19:35 So they made their father drunk 440 that night as well, and the younger one came and had sexual relations with him. 441 But he was not aware that she had sexual relations with him and then got up. 442
19:36 In this way both of Lot’s daughters became pregnant by their father. 19:37 The older daughter 443 gave birth to a son and named him Moab. 444 He is the ancestor of the Moabites of today. 19:38 The younger daughter also gave birth to a son and named him Ben-Ammi. 445 He is the ancestor of the Ammonites of today.
Abraham and Abimelech
20:1 Abraham journeyed from there to the Negev 446 region and settled between Kadesh and Shur. While he lived as a temporary resident 447 in Gerar, 20:2 Abraham said about his wife Sarah, “She is my sister.” So Abimelech, king of Gerar, sent for Sarah and took her.
20:4 Now Abimelech had not gone near her. He said, “Lord, 451 would you really slaughter an innocent nation? 452 20:5 Did Abraham 453 not say to me, ‘She is my sister’? And she herself said, 454 ‘He is my brother.’ I have done this with a clear conscience 455 and with innocent hands!”
20:6 Then in the dream God replied to him, “Yes, I know that you have done this with a clear conscience. 456 That is why I have kept you 457 from sinning against me and why 458 I did not allow you to touch her. 20:7 But now give back the man’s wife. Indeed 459 he is a prophet 460 and he will pray for you; thus you will live. 461 But if you don’t give her back, 462 know that you will surely die 463 along with all who belong to you.”
20:8 Early in the morning 464 Abimelech summoned 465 all his servants. When he told them about all these things, 466 they 467 were terrified. 20:9 Abimelech summoned Abraham and said to him, “What have you done to us? What sin did I commit against you that would cause you to bring such great guilt on me and my kingdom? 468 You have done things to me that should not be done!” 469 20:10 Then Abimelech asked 470 Abraham, “What prompted you to do this thing?” 471
20:11 Abraham replied, “Because I thought, 472 ‘Surely no one fears God in this place. They will kill me because of 473 my wife.’ 20:12 What’s more, 474 she is indeed my sister, my father’s daughter, but not my mother’s daughter. She became my wife. 20:13 When God made me wander 475 from my father’s house, I told her, ‘This is what you can do to show your loyalty to me: 476 Every place we go, say about me, “He is my brother.”’”
20:14 So Abimelech gave 477 sheep, cattle, and male and female servants to Abraham. He also gave his wife Sarah back to him. 20:15 Then Abimelech said, “Look, my land is before you; live wherever you please.” 478
20:17 Abraham prayed to God, and God healed Abimelech, as well as his wife and female slaves so that they were able to have children. 20:18 For the
The Birth of Isaac
21:6 Sarah said, “God has made me laugh. 493 Everyone who hears about this 494 will laugh 495 with me.” 21:7 She went on to say, 496 “Who would 497 have said to Abraham that Sarah would nurse children? Yet I have given birth to a son for him in his old age!”
21:8 The child grew and was weaned. Abraham prepared 498 a great feast on the day that Isaac was weaned. 499 21:9 But Sarah noticed 500 the son of Hagar the Egyptian – the son whom Hagar had borne to Abraham – mocking. 501 21:10 So she said to Abraham, “Banish 502 that slave woman and her son, for the son of that slave woman will not be an heir along with my son Isaac!”
21:11 Sarah’s demand displeased Abraham greatly because Ishmael was his son. 503 21:12 But God said to Abraham, “Do not be upset 504 about the boy or your slave wife. Do 505 all that Sarah is telling 506 you because through Isaac your descendants will be counted. 507 21:13 But I will also make the son of the slave wife into a great nation, for he is your descendant too.”
21:14 Early in the morning Abraham took 508 some food 509 and a skin of water and gave them to Hagar. He put them on her shoulders, gave her the child, 510 and sent her away. So she went wandering 511 aimlessly through the wilderness 512 of Beer Sheba. 21:15 When the water in the skin was gone, she shoved 513 the child under one of the shrubs. 21:16 Then she went and sat down by herself across from him at quite a distance, about a bowshot 514 away; for she thought, 515 “I refuse to watch the child die.” 516 So she sat across from him and wept uncontrollably. 517
21:17 But God heard the boy’s voice. 518 The angel of God called to Hagar from heaven and asked her, “What is the matter, 519 Hagar? Don’t be afraid, for God has heard 520 the boy’s voice right where he is crying. 21:18 Get up! Help the boy up and hold him by the hand, for I will make him into a great nation.” 21:19 Then God enabled Hagar to see a well of water. 521 She went over and filled the skin with water, and then gave the boy a drink.
21:22 At that time Abimelech and Phicol, the commander of his army, said to Abraham, “God is with you 524 in all that you do. 21:23 Now swear to me right here in God’s name 525 that you will not deceive me, my children, or my descendants. 526 Show me, and the land 527 where you are staying, 528 the same loyalty 529 that I have shown you.” 530
21:24 Abraham said, “I swear to do this.” 531 21:25 But Abraham lodged a complaint 532 against Abimelech concerning a well 533 that Abimelech’s servants had seized. 534 21:26 “I do not know who has done this thing,” Abimelech replied. “Moreover, 535 you did not tell me. I did not hear about it until today.”
21:27 Abraham took some sheep and cattle and gave them to Abimelech. The two of them made a treaty. 536 21:28 Then Abraham set seven ewe lambs apart from the flock by themselves. 21:29 Abimelech asked Abraham, “What is the meaning of these 537 seven ewe lambs that you have set apart?” 21:30 He replied, “You must take these seven ewe lambs from my hand as legal proof 538 that I dug this well.” 539 21:31 That is why he named that place 540 Beer Sheba, 541 because the two of them swore 542 an oath there.
21:32 So they made a treaty 543 at Beer Sheba. Then Abimelech and Phicol, the commander of his army, returned 544 to the land of the Philistines. 545 21:33 Abraham 546 planted a tamarisk tree 547 in Beer Sheba. There he worshiped the
The Sacrifice of Isaac
22:1 Some time after these things God tested 550 Abraham. He said to him, “Abraham!” “Here I am!” Abraham 551 replied. 22:2 God 552 said, “Take your son – your only son, whom you love, Isaac 553 – and go to the land of Moriah! 554 Offer him up there as a burnt offering 555 on one of the mountains which I will indicate to 556 you.”
22:3 Early in the morning Abraham got up and saddled his donkey. 557 He took two of his young servants with him, along with his son Isaac. When he had cut the wood for the burnt offering, he started out 558 for the place God had spoken to him about.
22:4 On the third day Abraham caught sight of 559 the place in the distance. 22:5 So he 560 said to his servants, “You two stay 561 here with the donkey while 562 the boy and I go up there. We will worship 563 and then return to you.” 564
22:6 Abraham took the wood for the burnt offering and put it on his son Isaac. Then he took the fire and the knife in his hand, 565 and the two of them walked on together. 22:7 Isaac said to his father Abraham, 566 “My father?” “What is it, 567 my son?” he replied. “Here is the fire and the wood,” Isaac said, 568 “but where is the lamb for the burnt offering?” 22:8 “God will provide 569 for himself the lamb for the burnt offering, my son,” Abraham replied. The two of them continued on together.
22:9 When they came to the place God had told him about, Abraham built the altar there 570 and arranged the wood on it. Next he tied up 571 his son Isaac and placed him on the altar on top of the wood. 22:10 Then Abraham reached out his hand, took the knife, and prepared to slaughter 572 his son. 22:11 But the
22:13 Abraham looked up 578 and saw 579 behind him 580 a ram caught in the bushes by its horns. So he 581 went over and got the ram and offered it up as a burnt offering instead of his son. 22:14 And Abraham called the name of that place “The
22:20 After these things Abraham was told, “Milcah 596 also has borne children to your brother Nahor – 22:21 Uz the firstborn, his brother Buz, Kemuel (the father of Aram), 597 22:22 Kesed, Hazo, Pildash, Jidlaph, and Bethuel.” 22:23 (Now 598 Bethuel became the father of Rebekah.) These were the eight sons Milcah bore to Abraham’s brother Nahor. 22:24 His concubine, whose name was Reumah, also bore him children – Tebah, Gaham, Tahash, and Maacah.
The Death of Sarah
23:3 Then Abraham got up from mourning his dead wife 602 and said to the sons of Heth, 603 23:4 “I am a temporary settler 604 among you. Grant 605 me ownership 606 of a burial site among you so that I may 607 bury my dead.” 608
23:5 The sons of Heth answered Abraham, 609 23:6 “Listen, sir, 610 you are a mighty prince 611 among us! You may bury your dead in the choicest of our tombs. None of us will refuse you his tomb to prevent you 612 from burying your dead.”
23:7 Abraham got up and bowed down to the local people, 613 the sons of Heth. 23:8 Then he said to them, “If you agree 614 that I may bury my dead, 615 then hear me out. 616 Ask 617 Ephron the son of Zohar 23:9 if he will sell 618 me the cave of Machpelah that belongs to him; it is at the end of his field. Let him sell it to me publicly 619 for the full price, 620 so that I may own it as a burial site.”
23:10 (Now Ephron was sitting among the sons of Heth.) Ephron the Hethite 621 replied to Abraham in the hearing 622 of the sons of Heth – before all who entered the gate 623 of his city – 23:11 “No, my lord! Hear me out. I sell 624 you both the field and the cave that is in it. 625 In the presence of my people 626 I sell it to you. Bury your dead.”
23:12 Abraham bowed before the local people 23:13 and said to Ephron in their hearing, “Hear me, if you will. I pay 627 to you the price 628 of the field. Take it from me so that I may 629 bury my dead there.”
23:16 So Abraham agreed to Ephron’s price 632 and weighed 633 out for him 634 the price 635 that Ephron had quoted 636 in the hearing of the sons of Heth – 400 pieces of silver, according to the standard measurement at the time. 637
23:17 So Abraham secured 638 Ephron’s field in Machpelah, next to Mamre, including the field, the cave that was in it, and all the trees that were in the field and all around its border, 23:18 as his property in the presence of the sons of Heth before all who entered the gate of Ephron’s city. 639
23:19 After this Abraham buried his wife Sarah in the cave in the field of Machpelah next to Mamre (that is, Hebron) in the land of Canaan. 23:20 So Abraham secured the field and the cave that was in it as a burial site 640 from the sons of Heth.
The Wife for Isaac
24:1 Now Abraham was old, well advanced in years, 641 and the
24:6 “Be careful 651 never to take my son back there!” Abraham told him. 652 24:7 “The
24:10 Then the servant took ten of his master’s camels and departed with all kinds of gifts from his master at his disposal. 660 He journeyed 661 to the region of Aram Naharaim 662 and the city of Nahor. 24:11 He made the camels kneel down by the well 663 outside the city. It was evening, 664 the time when the women would go out to draw water. 24:12 He prayed, “O
24:15 Before he had finished praying, there came Rebekah 671 with her water jug on her shoulder. She was the daughter of Bethuel son of Milcah (Milcah was the wife of Abraham’s brother Nahor). 672 24:16 Now the young woman was very beautiful. She was a virgin; no man had ever had sexual relations with her. 673 She went down to the spring, filled her jug, and came back up. 24:17 Abraham’s servant 674 ran to meet her and said, “Please give me a sip of water from your jug.” 24:18 “Drink, my lord,” she replied, and quickly lowering 675 her jug to her hands, she gave him a drink. 24:19 When she had done so, 676 she said, “I’ll draw water for your camels too, until they have drunk as much as they want.” 24:20 She quickly emptied 677 her jug into the watering trough and ran back to the well to draw more water until she had drawn enough for all his camels. 24:21 Silently the man watched her with interest to determine 678 if the
24:22 After the camels had finished drinking, the man took out a gold nose ring weighing a beka 680 and two gold bracelets weighing ten shekels 681 and gave them to her. 682 24:23 “Whose daughter are you?” he asked. 683 “Tell me, is there room in your father’s house for us to spend the night?”
24:24 She said to him, “I am the daughter of Bethuel the son of Milcah, whom Milcah bore to Nahor. 684 24:25 We have plenty of straw and feed,” she added, 685 “and room for you 686 to spend the night.”
24:26 The man bowed his head and worshiped the
24:28 The young woman ran and told her mother’s household all about 691 these things. 24:29 (Now Rebekah had a brother named Laban.) 692 Laban rushed out to meet the man at the spring. 24:30 When he saw the bracelets on his sister’s wrists and the nose ring 693 and heard his sister Rebekah say, 694 “This is what the man said to me,” he went out to meet the man. There he was, standing 695 by the camels near the spring. 24:31 Laban said to him, 696 “Come, you who are blessed by the
24:32 So Abraham’s servant 699 went to the house and unloaded 700 the camels. Straw and feed were given 701 to the camels, and water was provided so that he and the men who were with him could wash their feet. 702 24:33 When food was served, 703 he said, “I will not eat until I have said what I want to say.” 704 “Tell us,” Laban said. 705
24:34 “I am the servant of Abraham,” he began. 24:35 “The
24:45 “Before I finished praying in my heart, 720 along came Rebekah 721 with her water jug on her shoulder! She went down to the spring and drew water. So I said to her, ‘Please give me a drink.’ 24:46 She quickly lowered her jug from her shoulder and said, ‘Drink, and I’ll give your camels water too.’ So I drank, and she also gave the camels water. 24:47 Then I asked her, ‘Whose daughter are you?’ She replied, ‘The daughter of Bethuel the son of Nahor, whom Milcah bore to Nahor.’ 722 I put the ring in her nose and the bracelets on her wrists. 24:48 Then I bowed down and worshiped the
24:50 Then Laban and Bethuel replied, “This is the
24:52 When Abraham’s servant heard their words, he bowed down to the ground before the
When they got up in the morning, he said, “Let me leave now so I can return to my master.” 731 24:55 But Rebekah’s 732 brother and her mother replied, “Let the girl stay with us a few more days, perhaps ten. Then she can go.” 24:56 But he said to them, “Don’t detain me – the
24:59 So they sent their sister Rebekah on her way, accompanied by her female attendant, with Abraham’s servant and his men. 24:60 They blessed Rebekah with these words: 737
“Our sister, may you become the mother 738 of thousands of ten thousands!
May your descendants possess the strongholds 739 of their enemies.”
24:62 Now 742 Isaac came from 743 Beer Lahai Roi, 744 for 745 he was living in the Negev. 746 24:63 He 747 went out to relax 748 in the field in the early evening. 749 Then he looked up 750 and saw that 751 there were camels approaching. 24:64 Rebekah looked up 752 and saw Isaac. She got down from her camel 24:65 and asked 753 Abraham’s servant, 754 “Who is that man walking in the field toward us?” “That is my master,” the servant replied. 755 So she took her veil and covered herself.
24:66 The servant told Isaac everything that had happened. 24:67 Then Isaac brought Rebekah 756 into his mother Sarah’s tent. He took her 757 as his wife and loved her. 758 So Isaac was comforted after his mother’s death. 759
4:9 Then the