Looking to help your church and family stay connected to the Word while social distancing?
Check out our free church library, church online resources, and family resources.
You have not started any reading plans.
26 Now there was a famine in the lands—besides the previous famine in Abraham’s time—and Isaac went to Abimelek king of the Philistinest in Gerar.u 2 The Lord appearedv to Isaac and said, “Do not go down to Egypt;w live in the land where I tell you to live.x 3 Stay in this land for a while,y and I will be with youz and will bless you.a For to you and your descendants I will give all these landsb and will confirm the oath I swore to your father Abraham.c 4 I will make your descendantsd as numerous as the stars in the skye and will give them all these lands,f and through your offspringa all nations on earth will be blessed,b g 5 because Abraham obeyed meh and did everything I required of him, keeping my commands, my decreesi and my instructions.j” 6 So Isaac stayed in Gerar.k
7 When the men of that place asked him about his wife, he said, “She is my sister,l” because he was afraid to say, “She is my wife.” He thought, “The men of this place might kill me on account of Rebekah, because she is beautiful.”
8 When Isaac had been there a long time, Abimelek king of the Philistinesm looked down from a window and saw Isaac caressing his wife Rebekah. 9 So Abimelek summoned Isaac and said, “She is really your wife! Why did you say, ‘She is my sister’?n”
Isaac answered him, “Because I thought I might lose my life on account of her.”
10 Then Abimelek said, “What is this you have done to us?o One of the men might well have slept with your wife, and you would have brought guilt upon us.”
12 Isaac planted crops in that land and the same year reaped a hundredfold,r because the Lord blessed him.s 13 The man became rich, and his wealth continued to grow until he became very wealthy.t 14 He had so many flocks and herds and servantsu that the Philistines envied him.v 15 So all the wellsw that his father’s servants had dug in the time of his father Abraham, the Philistines stopped up,x filling them with earth.
17 So Isaac moved away from there and encamped in the Valley of Gerar,a where he settled. 18 Isaac reopened the wellsb that had been dug in the time of his father Abraham, which the Philistines had stopped up after Abraham died, and he gave them the same names his father had given them.
19 Isaac’s servants dug in the valley and discovered a well of fresh water there. 20 But the herders of Gerar quarreledc with those of Isaac and said, “The water is ours!”d So he named the well Esek,c because they disputed with him. 21 Then they dug another well, but they quarrelede over that one also; so he named it Sitnah.d 22 He moved on from there and dug another well, and no one quarreled over it. He named it Rehoboth,e f saying, “Now the Lord has given us roomg and we will flourishh in the land.”
23 From there he went up to Beersheba.i 24 That night the Lord appeared to him and said, “I am the God of your father Abraham.j Do not be afraid,k for I am with you;l I will bless you and will increase the number of your descendantsm for the sake of my servant Abraham.”n
26 Meanwhile, Abimelek had come to him from Gerar, with Ahuzzath his personal adviser and Phicol the commander of his forces.r 27 Isaac asked them, “Why have you come to me, since you were hostile to me and sent me away?s”
28 They answered, “We saw clearly that the Lord was with you;t so we said, ‘There ought to be a sworn agreement between us’—between us and you. Let us make a treatyu with you 29 that you will do us no harm,v just as we did not harm you but always treated you well and sent you away peacefully. And now you are blessed by the Lord.”w
About The New International Version
The NIV is the world’s most read and trusted contemporary English Bible translation. It follows the principle of "dynamic equivalence" to ensure crystal clear understandable English. The NIV is the most readable English Bible ever produced.
Copyright 1973, 1978, 1984, 2011 Biblica, Inc.™
Used by Permission. All rights reserved worldwide.
“New International Version” and “NIV” are registered trademarks of Biblica, Inc.™ Used by permission.
The NIV® text may be quoted in any form (written, visual, electronic or audio), up to and inclusive of five hundred (500) verses without the express written permission of the publisher, providing the verses quoted do not amount to a complete book of the Bible nor do the verses quoted account for twenty-five percent (25%) or more of the total text of the work in which they are quoted.
Notice of copyright must appear on the title or copyright page as follows:
“Scripture quotations taken from The Holy Bible, New International Version® NIV®. Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984, 2011 by Biblica, Inc.™Used by permission. All rights reserved worldwide.”
The “NIV” and “New International Version” are trademarks registered in the United States Patent and Trademark Office by Biblica, Inc.™
When quotations from the NIV® text are used by a local church in non-saleable media such as church bulletins, orders of service, posters, overhead transparencies, or similar materials, a complete copyright notice is not required, but the initials (NIV®) must appear at the end of each quotation.
Any commentary or other biblical reference work produced for commercial sale, that uses the NIV® text must obtain written permission for use of the NIV® text.
Permission requests for commercial use within the USA and Canada that exceeds the above guidelines must be directed to, and approved in writing by The Zondervan Corporation, 5300 Patterson Ave. SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49530, USA. www.Zondervan.com
Permission requests for commercial use within the UK, EU and EFTA that exceeds the above guidelines must be directed to, and approved in writing by Hodder & Stoughton Limited, 338 Euston Road, London NW1 3BH, United Kingdom. www.Hodder.co.uk
Permission requests for non-commercial use that exceeds the above guidelines must be directed to, and approved in writing by Biblica US, Inc., 1820 Jet Stream Drive, Colorado Springs, CO 80921, USA. www.Biblica.com
Any Internet addresses (websites, blogs, etc.) and telephone numbers printed in this Bible are offered as a resource. They are not intended in any way to be or imply an endorsement by Zondervan, nor does Zondervan vouch for the content of these sites and numbers for the life of the Bible.