Genesis 26 New English Translation (NET Bible)
Isaac and Abimelech
26 There was a famine in the land, subsequent to the earlier famine that occurred[a] in the days of Abraham.[b] Isaac went to Abimelech king of the Philistines at Gerar. 2 The Lord appeared to Isaac and said, “Do not go down to Egypt;[c] settle down in the land that I will point out to you.[d] 3 Stay[e] in this land. Then I will be with you and will bless you,[f] for I will give all these lands to you and to your descendants,[g] and I will fulfill[h] the solemn promise I made[i] to your father Abraham. 4 I will multiply your descendants so they will be as numerous as the stars in the sky, and I will give them[j] all these lands. All the nations of the earth will pronounce blessings on one another using the name of your descendants.[k] 5 All this will come to pass[l] because Abraham obeyed me[m] and kept my charge, my commandments, my statutes, and my laws.”[n] 6 So Isaac settled in Gerar.
7 When the men of that place asked him about his wife, he replied, “She is my sister.”[o] He was afraid to say, “She is my wife,” for he thought to himself,[p] “The men of this place will kill me to get[q] Rebekah because she is very beautiful.”
8 After Isaac[r] had been there a long time,[s] Abimelech king of the Philistines happened to look out a window and observed[t] Isaac caressing[u] his wife Rebekah. 9 So Abimelech summoned Isaac and said, “She is really[v] your wife! Why did you say, ‘She is my sister’?” Isaac replied, “Because I thought someone might kill me to get her.”[w]
10 Then Abimelech exclaimed, “What in the world have you done to us?[x] One of the men[y] nearly took your wife to bed,[z] and you would have brought guilt on us!” 11 So Abimelech commanded all the people, “Whoever touches[aa] this man or his wife will surely be put to death.”[ab]
12 When Isaac planted in that land, he reaped in the same year a hundred times what he had sown,[ac] because the Lord blessed him.[ad] 13 The man became wealthy.[ae] His influence continued to grow[af] until he became very prominent. 14 He had[ag] so many sheep[ah] and cattle[ai] and such a great household of servants that the Philistines became jealous of[aj] him. 15 So the Philistines took dirt and filled up[ak] all the wells that his father’s servants had dug back in the days of his father Abraham.
16 Then Abimelech said to Isaac, “Leave us and go elsewhere,[al] for you have become much more powerful[am] than we are.” 17 So Isaac left there and settled in the Gerar Valley.[an] 18 Isaac reopened[ao] the wells that had been dug[ap] back in the days of his father Abraham, for the Philistines had stopped them up[aq] after Abraham died. Isaac[ar] gave these wells[as] the same names his father had given them.[at]
19 When Isaac’s servants dug in the valley and discovered a well with fresh flowing[au] water there, 20 the herdsmen of Gerar quarreled[av] with Isaac’s herdsmen, saying, “The water belongs to us!” So Isaac[aw] named the well Esek[ax] because they argued with him about it.[ay] 21 His servants[az] dug another well, but they quarreled over it too, so Isaac named it[ba] Sitnah.[bb] 22 Then he moved away from there and dug another well. They did not quarrel over it, so Isaac[bc] named it[bd] Rehoboth,[be] saying, “For now the Lord has made room for us, and we will prosper in the land.”
23 From there Isaac[bf] went up to Beer Sheba. 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.” 25 Then Isaac built an altar there and worshiped[bg] the Lord. He pitched his tent there, and his servants dug a well.[bh]
26 Now Abimelech had come[bi] to him from Gerar along with[bj] Ahuzzah his friend[bk] and Phicol the commander of his army. 27 Isaac asked them, “Why have you come to me? You hate me[bl] and sent me away from you.” 28 They replied, “We could plainly see[bm] that the Lord is with you. So we decided there should be[bn] a pact between us[bo]—between us[bp] and you. Allow us to make[bq] a treaty with you 29 so that[br] you will not do us any harm, just as we have not harmed[bs] you, but have always treated you well[bt] before sending you away[bu] in peace. Now you are blessed by the Lord.”[bv]
32 That day Isaac’s servants came and told him about the well they had dug. “We’ve found water,” they reported.[ca] 33 So he named it Shibah;[cb] that is why the name of the city has been Beer Sheba[cc] to this day.
34 When[cd] Esau was forty years old,[ce] he married[cf] Judith the daughter of Beeri the Hittite, as well as Basemath the daughter of Elon the Hittite. 35 They caused Isaac and Rebekah great anxiety.[cg]