Bible: John 15:1-6; 26-27
The Vine and the Branches
15:1 “I am the true vine 1 and my Father is the gardener. 2 15:2 He takes away 3 every branch that does not bear 4 fruit in me. He 5 prunes 6 every branch that bears 7 fruit so that it will bear more fruit. 15:3 You are clean already 8 because of the word that I have spoken to you. 15:4 Remain 9 in me, and I will remain in you. 10 Just as the branch cannot bear fruit by itself, 11 unless it remains 12 in 13 the vine, so neither can you unless you remain 14 in me.
15:5 “I am the vine; you are the branches. The one who remains 15 in me – and I in him – bears 16 much fruit, 17 because apart from me you can accomplish 18 nothing. 15:6 If anyone does not remain 19 in me, he is thrown out like a branch, and dries up; and such branches are gathered up and thrown into the fire, 20 and are burned up. 21
Isaac and Abimelech
26:1 There was a famine in the land, subsequent to the earlier famine that occurred 1 in the days of Abraham. 2 Isaac went to Abimelech king of the Philistines at Gerar. 26:2 The
26:7 When the men of that place asked him about his wife, he replied, “She is my sister.” 15 He was afraid to say, “She is my wife,” for he thought to himself, 16 “The men of this place will kill me to get 17 Rebekah because she is very beautiful.”
26:8 After Isaac 18 had been there a long time, 19 Abimelech king of the Philistines happened to look out a window and observed 20 Isaac caressing 21 his wife Rebekah. 26:9 So Abimelech summoned Isaac and said, “She is really 22 your wife! Why did you say, ‘She is my sister’?” Isaac replied, “Because I thought someone might kill me to get her.” 23
26:10 Then Abimelech exclaimed, “What in the world have you done to us? 24 One of the men 25 might easily have had sexual relations with 26 your wife, and you would have brought guilt on us!” 26:11 So Abimelech commanded all the people, “Whoever touches 27 this man or his wife will surely be put to death.” 28
26:12 When Isaac planted in that land, he reaped in the same year a hundred times what he had sown, 29 because the
26:16 Then Abimelech said to Isaac, “Leave us and go elsewhere, 38 for you have become much more powerful 39 than we are.” 26:17 So Isaac left there and settled in the Gerar Valley. 40 26:18 Isaac reopened 41 the wells that had been dug 42 back in the days of his father Abraham, for the Philistines had stopped them up 43 after Abraham died. Isaac 44 gave these wells 45 the same names his father had given them. 46
26:19 When Isaac’s servants dug in the valley and discovered a well with fresh flowing 47 water there, 26:20 the herdsmen of Gerar quarreled 48 with Isaac’s herdsmen, saying, “The water belongs to us!” So Isaac 49 named the well 50 Esek 51 because they argued with him about it. 52 26:21 His servants 53 dug another well, but they quarreled over it too, so Isaac named it 54 Sitnah. 55 26:22 Then he moved away from there and dug another well. They did not quarrel over it, so Isaac 56 named it 57 Rehoboth, 58 saying, “For now the
26:23 From there Isaac 59 went up to Beer Sheba. 26:24 The
26:26 Now Abimelech had come 62 to him from Gerar along with 63 Ahuzzah his friend 64 and Phicol the commander of his army. 26:27 Isaac asked them, “Why have you come to me? You hate me 65 and sent me away from you.” 26:28 They replied, “We could plainly see 66 that the
26:32 That day Isaac’s servants came and told him about the well they had dug. “We’ve found water,” they reported. 80 26:33 So he named it Shibah; 81 that is why the name of the city has been Beer Sheba 82 to this day.
26:34 When 83 Esau was forty years old, 84 he married 85 Judith the daughter of Beeri the Hittite, as well as Basemath the daughter of Elon the Hittite. 26:35 They caused Isaac and Rebekah great anxiety. 86
Jacob Cheats Esau out of the Blessing
27:1 When 87 Isaac was old and his eyes were so weak that he was almost blind, 88 he called his older 89 son Esau and said to him, “My son!” “Here I am!” Esau 90 replied. 27:2 Isaac 91 said, “Since 92 I am so old, I could die at any time. 93 27:3 Therefore, take your weapons – your quiver and your bow – and go out into the open fields and hunt down some wild game 94 for me. 27:4 Then prepare for me some tasty food, the kind I love, and bring it to me. Then 95 I will eat it so that I may bless you 96 before I die.”
27:5 Now Rebekah had been listening while Isaac spoke to his son Esau. 97 When Esau went out to the open fields to hunt down some wild game and bring it back, 98 27:6 Rebekah said to her son Jacob, “Look, I overheard your father tell your brother Esau, 27:7 ‘Bring me some wild game and prepare for me some tasty food. Then I will eat 99 it and bless you 100 in the presence of the
27:11 “But Esau my brother is a hairy man,” Jacob protested to his mother Rebekah, “and I have smooth skin! 108 27:12 My father may touch me! Then he’ll think I’m mocking him 109 and I’ll bring a curse on myself instead of a blessing.” 27:13 So his mother told him, “Any curse against you will fall on me, 110 my son! Just obey me! 111 Go and get them for me!”
27:14 So he went and got the goats 112 and brought them to his mother. She 113 prepared some tasty food, just the way his father loved it. 27:15 Then Rebekah took her older son Esau’s best clothes, which she had with her in the house, and put them on her younger son Jacob. 27:16 She put the skins of the young goats 114 on his hands 115 and the smooth part of his neck. 27:17 Then she handed 116 the tasty food and the bread she had made to her son Jacob.
27:18 He went to his father and said, “My father!” Isaac 117 replied, “Here I am. Which are you, my son?” 118 27:19 Jacob said to his father, “I am Esau, your firstborn. I’ve done as you told me. Now sit up 119 and eat some of my wild game so that you can bless me.” 120 27:20 But Isaac asked his son, “How in the world 121 did you find it so quickly, 122 my son?” “Because the
“Yes, 136 my son smells
like the scent of an open field
27:28 May God give you
the dew of the sky 137
and the richness 138 of the earth,
and plenty of grain and new wine.
27:29 May peoples serve you
and nations bow down to you.
and the sons of your mother will bow down to you. 141
May those who curse you be cursed,
and those who bless you be blessed.”
27:30 Isaac had just finished blessing Jacob, and Jacob had scarcely left 142 his father’s 143 presence, when his brother Esau returned from the hunt. 144 27:31 He also prepared some tasty food and brought it to his father. Esau 145 said to him, “My father, get up 146 and eat some of your son’s wild game. Then you can bless me.” 147 27:32 His father Isaac asked, 148 “Who are you?” “I am your firstborn son,” 149 he replied, “Esau!” 27:33 Isaac began to shake violently 150 and asked, “Then who else hunted game and brought it to me? I ate all of it just before you arrived, and I blessed him. 151 He will indeed be blessed!”
27:34 When Esau heard 152 his father’s words, he wailed loudly and bitterly. 153 He said to his father, “Bless me too, my father!” 27:35 But Isaac 154 replied, “Your brother came in here deceitfully and took away 155 your blessing.” 27:36 Esau exclaimed, “‘Jacob’ is the right name for him! 156 He has tripped me up 157 two times! He took away my birthright, and now, look, he has taken away my blessing!” Then he asked, “Have you not kept back a blessing for me?”
27:37 Isaac replied to Esau, “Look! I have made him lord over you. I have made all his relatives his servants and provided him with grain and new wine. What is left that I can do for you, my son?” 27:38 Esau said to his father, “Do you have only that one blessing, my father? Bless me too!” 158 Then Esau wept loudly. 159
27:39 So his father Isaac said to him,
“Indeed, 160 your home will be
away from the richness 161 of the earth,
and away from the dew of the sky above.
27:40 You will live by your sword
but you will serve your brother.
When you grow restless,
you will tear off his yoke
from your neck.” 162
27:41 So Esau hated 163 Jacob because of the blessing his father had given to his brother. 164 Esau said privately, 165 “The time 166 of mourning for my father is near; then I will kill 167 my brother Jacob!”
27:42 When Rebekah heard what her older son Esau had said, 168 she quickly summoned 169 her younger son Jacob and told him, “Look, your brother Esau is planning to get revenge by killing you. 170 27:43 Now then, my son, do what I say. 171 Run away immediately 172 to my brother Laban in Haran. 27:44 Live with him for a little while 173 until your brother’s rage subsides. 27:45 Stay there 174 until your brother’s anger against you subsides and he forgets what you did to him. Then I’ll send someone to bring you back from there. 175 Why should I lose both of you in one day?” 176
27:46 Then Rebekah said to Isaac, “I am deeply depressed 177 because of these daughters of Heth. 178 If Jacob were to marry one of these daughters of Heth who live in this land, I would want to die!” 179