26b-Isaac’s Wells

Genesis 26:12-33

Isaac sowed in that land, and received in the same year a hundredfold: and the Lord blessed him.

Isaac became very great man. He had possession of flocks and herds and many servants. The Philistines envied Isaac.

After the death of Abraham his father, the Philistines had stopped all the wells, which his father’s servants had dug, and filled them with dirt.

Abimelech (to Isaac): Go from us, for you are much mightier than we.

Isaac departed, and pitched his tent in the valley of Gerar, and dwelt there.

Isaac dug again the wells of water, which they had dug in the days of Abraham his father, and he called their names after the names by which his father had called them.

Isaac’s servants also dug in the valley, and found there a well of springing water.

The herdsmen of Gerar strove with Isaac’s herdsmen.

The herdsmen of Gerar: The water is ours.

Isaac called the name of the well Esek; because they strove with him.

Isaac’s servants dug another well, and strove for that also. Isaac called the name of it Sitnah.

Isaac moved from there, and dug another well. They did not strive for this well. Isaac called the name of it Rehoboth.

Isaac: Now the Lord has made room for us, and we shall be fruitful in the land.

Isaac went up to Beer–sheba and the Lord appeared to him the same night.

The Lord (to Isaac): I am the God of Abraham your father. Fear not, for I am with you, and I will bless you, and multiply your seed for my servant Abraham’s sake.

Isaac built an altar there, and called on the name of the Lord. He pitched his tent there, and his servants dug a well.

Abimelech, his friend Ahuzzath, and Phichol the chief captain of his army went to Isaac from Gerar.

Isaac: Why have you come to me, seeing you hate me and have sent me away from you?

Abimelech: We saw that the Lord was certainly with you: and we said, Let there be now an oath between us and you. Let us make a covenant with you, that you will do us no hurt, as we have not touched you, and as we have done nothing but good to you, and have sent you away in peace. You are now the blessed of the Lord.

Isaac made them a feast, and they ate and drank.

They rose up early in the morning, and swore one to another. Isaac sent them away, and they departed from him in peace.

The same day, Isaac’s servants came, and told him concerning the well which they had dug.

Isaac’s servants: We have found water.

Isaac called the well Shebah: therefore the name of the city is Beer–sheba to this day.


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