Bible: Genesis 25-26

The Death of Abraham

25:1 Abraham had taken 1  another 2  wife, named Keturah. 25:2 She bore him Zimran, Jokshan, Medan, Midian, Ishbak, and Shuah. 25:3 Jokshan became the father of Sheba and Dedan. 3  The descendants of Dedan were the Asshurites, Letushites, and Leummites. 25:4 The sons of Midian were Ephah, Epher, Hanoch, Abida, and Eldaah. All these were descendants 4  of Keturah.

25:5 Everything he owned Abraham left to his son Isaac. 25:6 But while he was still alive, Abraham gave gifts to the sons of his concubines 5  and sent them off to the east, away from his son Isaac. 6 

25:7 Abraham lived a total of 7  175 years. 25:8 Then Abraham breathed his last and died at a good old age, an old man who had lived a full life. 8  He joined his ancestors. 9  25:9 His sons Isaac and Ishmael buried him in the cave of Machpelah 10  near Mamre, in the field of Ephron the son of Zohar, the Hethite. 25:10 This was the field Abraham had purchased from the sons of Heth. 11  There Abraham was buried with his wife Sarah. 25:11 After Abraham’s death, God blessed 12  his son Isaac. Isaac lived near Beer Lahai Roi. 13 

The Sons of Ishmael

25:12 This is the account of Abraham’s son Ishmael, 14  whom Hagar the Egyptian, Sarah’s servant, bore to Abraham.

25:13 These are the names of Ishmael’s sons, by their names according to their records: 15  Nebaioth (Ishmael’s firstborn), Kedar, Adbeel, Mibsam, 25:14 Mishma, Dumah, Massa, 25:15 Hadad, Tema, Jetur, Naphish, and Kedemah. 25:16 These are the sons of Ishmael, and these are their names by their settlements and their camps – twelve princes 16  according to their clans.

25:17 Ishmael lived a total of 17  137 years. He breathed his last and died; then he joined his ancestors. 18  25:18 His descendants 19  settled from Havilah to Shur, which runs next 20  to Egypt all the way 21  to Asshur. 22  They settled 23  away from all their relatives. 24 

Jacob and Esau

25:19 This is the account of Isaac, 25  the son of Abraham.

Abraham became the father of Isaac. 25:20 When Isaac was forty years old, he married Rebekah, 26  the daughter of Bethuel the Aramean from Paddan Aram and sister of Laban the Aramean. 27 

25:21 Isaac prayed to 28  the Lord on behalf of his wife because she was childless. The Lord answered his prayer, and his wife Rebekah became pregnant. 25:22 But the children struggled 29  inside her, and she said, “If it is going to be like this, I’m not so sure I want to be pregnant!” 30  So she asked the Lord, 31  25:23 and the Lord said to her,

“Two nations 32  are in your womb,

and two peoples will be separated from within you.

One people will be stronger than the other,

and the older will serve the younger.”

25:24 When the time came for Rebekah to give birth, 33  there were 34  twins in her womb. 25:25 The first came out reddish 35  all over, 36  like a hairy 37  garment, so they named him Esau. 38  25:26 When his brother came out with 39  his hand clutching Esau’s heel, they named him Jacob. 40  Isaac was sixty years old 41  when they were born.

25:27 When the boys grew up, Esau became a skilled 42  hunter, a man of the open fields, but Jacob was an even-tempered man, living in tents. 43  25:28 Isaac loved Esau because he had a taste for fresh game, 44  but Rebekah loved 45  Jacob.

25:29 Now Jacob cooked some stew, 46  and when Esau came in from the open fields, he was famished. 25:30 So Esau said to Jacob, “Feed 47  me some of the red stuff – yes, this red stuff – because I’m starving!” (That is why he was also called 48  Edom.) 49 

25:31 But Jacob replied, “First 50  sell me your birthright.” 25:32 Look,” said Esau, “I’m about to die! What use is the birthright to me? 51  25:33 But Jacob said, “Swear an oath to me now.” 52  So Esau 53  swore an oath to him and sold his birthright 54  to Jacob.

25:34 Then Jacob gave Esau some bread and lentil stew; Esau ate and drank, then got up and went out. 55  So Esau despised his birthright. 56 

Isaac and Abimelech

26:1 There was a famine in the land, subsequent to the earlier famine that occurred 57  in the days of Abraham. 58  Isaac went to Abimelech king of the Philistines at Gerar. 26:2 The Lord appeared to Isaac and said, “Do not go down to Egypt; 59  settle down in the land that I will point out to you. 60  26:3 Stay 61  in this land. Then I will be with you and will bless you, 62  for I will give all these lands to you and to your descendants, 63  and I will fulfill 64  the solemn promise I made 65  to your father Abraham. 26:4 I will multiply your descendants so they will be as numerous as the stars in the sky, and I will give them 66  all these lands. All the nations of the earth will pronounce blessings on one another using the name of your descendants. 67  26:5 All this will come to pass 68  because Abraham obeyed me 69  and kept my charge, my commandments, my statutes, and my laws.” 70  26:6 So Isaac settled in Gerar.

26:7 When the men of that place asked him about his wife, he replied, “She is my sister.” 71  He was afraid to say, “She is my wife,” for he thought to himself, 72  “The men of this place will kill me to get 73  Rebekah because she is very beautiful.”

26:8 After Isaac 74  had been there a long time, 75  Abimelech king of the Philistines happened to look out a window and observed 76  Isaac caressing 77  his wife Rebekah. 26:9 So Abimelech summoned Isaac and said, “She is really 78  your wife! Why did you say, ‘She is my sister?” Isaac replied, “Because I thought someone might kill me to get her.” 79 

26:10 Then Abimelech exclaimed, “What in the world have you done to us? 80  One of the men 81  might easily have had sexual relations with 82  your wife, and you would have brought guilt on us! 26:11 So Abimelech commanded all the people, “Whoever touches 83  this man or his wife will surely be put to death.” 84 

26:12 When Isaac planted in that land, he reaped in the same year a hundred times what he had sown, 85  because the Lord blessed him. 86  26:13 The man became wealthy. 87  His influence continued to grow 88  until he became very prominent. 26:14 He had 89  so many sheep 90  and cattle 91  and such a great household of servants that the Philistines became jealous 92  of him. 26:15 So the Philistines took dirt and filled up 93  all the wells that his father’s servants had dug back in the days of his father Abraham.

26:16 Then Abimelech said to Isaac, “Leave us and go elsewhere, 94  for you have become much more powerful 95  than we are.” 26:17 So Isaac left there and settled in the Gerar Valley. 96  26:18 Isaac reopened 97  the wells that had been dug 98  back in the days of his father Abraham, for the Philistines had stopped them up 99  after Abraham died. Isaac 100  gave these wells 101  the same names his father had given them. 102 

26:19 When Isaac’s servants dug in the valley and discovered a well with fresh flowing 103  water there, 26:20 the herdsmen of Gerar quarreled 104  with Isaac’s herdsmen, saying, “The water belongs to us!” So Isaac 105  named the well 106  Esek 107  because they argued with him about it. 108  26:21 His servants 109  dug another well, but they quarreled over it too, so Isaac named it 110  Sitnah. 111  26:22 Then he moved away from there and dug another well. They did not quarrel over it, so Isaac 112  named it 113  Rehoboth, 114  saying, “For now the Lord has made room for us, and we will prosper in the land.”

26:23 From there Isaac 115  went up to Beer Sheba. 26:24 The Lord appeared to him that night and said, “I am the God of your father Abraham. Do not be afraid, for I am with you. I will bless you and multiply your descendants for the sake of my servant Abraham.” 26:25 Then Isaac built an altar there and worshiped 116  the Lord. He pitched his tent there, and his servants dug a well. 117 

26:26 Now Abimelech had come 118  to him from Gerar along with 119  Ahuzzah his friend 120  and Phicol the commander of his army. 26:27 Isaac asked them, “Why have you come to me? You hate me 121  and sent me away from you.” 26:28 They replied, “We could plainly see 122  that the Lord is with you. So we decided there should be 123  a pact between us 124  – between us 125  and you. Allow us to make 126  a treaty with you 26:29 so that 127  you will not do us any harm, just as we have not harmed 128  you, but have always treated you well 129  before sending you away 130  in peace. Now you are blessed by the Lord.” 131 

26:30 So Isaac 132  held a feast for them and they celebrated. 133  26:31 Early in the morning the men made a treaty with each other. 134  Isaac sent them off; they separated on good terms. 135 

26:32 That day Isaac’s servants came and told him about the well they had dug. “We’ve found water,” they reported. 136  26:33 So he named it Shibah; 137  that is why the name of the city has been Beer Sheba 138  to this day.

26:34 When 139  Esau was forty years old, 140  he married 141  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. 142 

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