the younger

Abraham's death and burial. CHAP. XXVI. The birth of Esau and Jacob.

4 And the sons of Midian; Ephah, and! 23 And the LORD said unto her, Two naEpher, and Hanoch, and Abidah, and El- tions are in thy womb, and two manner of daah. All these were the children of Ke- people shall be separated from thy boʻvels : turah.

and the one people shall be stronger than 5 And Abraham gave all that he had the other people; and the elder shall serve unto Isaac.

6 But unto the sons of the concubines 24 | And when her days to be delivered which Abraham had, Abraham gave gifts, were fulfilled, behold, there were twins in her and sent them away from Isaac his son womb. (while he yet lived) eastward, unto the east 25 And the first came out red, all over country.

like an hairy garment: and they called his 79 And these are the days of the years of name Esau. Abraham's life which he lived, an hundred 26 And after that came his brother out, threescore and fifteen years.

and his hand took hold on Esau's heel; and 8 Then Abraham gave up the ghost, and his name was called Jacob: and Isaac was died in a good old age, an old man, and full threescore years old when she bare them. of years; and was gathered to his people. 27 And the boys grew: and Esau was a

9 And his sons Isaac and Ishmael buried cunning hunter, a man of the field; and him in the care of Machpelah, in the field Jacob was a plain man dwelling in tents. of Ephron the Son of Zohar the Hittite, 28 And Isaac loved Esau, because he did which is before Mamre;

eat of his venison : but Rebekah loved Ja10 The field which Abraham purchased cob. of the sons of Heth: there was Abraham 29 1 And Jacob sod pottage: and Esau buried, and Sarah his wife.

came from the field, and he was faint. 11 1 And it came to pass after the death 30 And Esau said to Jacob, Feed me, I of Abraham, that God blessed his son Isaac: pray thee, with that same red pottage ; for and Isaac dwelt by the well Lahai-roi. I am faint: therefore was his name called

12 ? Now these are the generations of Edom. Ishmael, Abraham's son, whom Hagar the 31 And Jacob said, Sell me this day thy Egyptian, Sarah's handmaid, bare unto birthright. Abraham.

32 And Esau said, Behold, I am at the 13 And these are the names of the sons point to die: and what profit shall this birthof Ishmael, by their names, according to right do to me? their generations: the first-born of Ishmael, 33 And Jacob said, Swear to me this day; Nebajoth; and Kedar, and Adbeel, and and he sware unto him: and he sold his Mibsam,

birthright unto Jacob. 14 And Mishma, and Dumah, and Mas- 34 Then Jacob gave Esau bread and sa,

pottage of lentiles; and he did eat and 15 Hadar, and Tema, Jetur, Naphish, drink, and rose up, and went his way: thus and Kedernah :

Esau despised his birthright. 16 These are the sons of Ishmael, and


beside the first famine that was in to their nations.

the days of Abraham. And Isaac went 17 And these are the years of the life of unto Abimelech king of the Philistines unto Ishmael, an hundred and thirty and seven Gerar. years: and he gave up the ghost and died, 2 1 And the Lord appeared unto him, and and was gathered unto his people. said, Go not down into Egypt: dwell in the

18 And they dwelt from Havilah unto land which I shall tell thee of. Shur, that is before Egypt, as thou goest 3 Sojourn in this land, and I will be with towards Assyria : and he died in the pre- thee, and will bless thee: for unto thee, and sence of all his brethren.

unto thy seed I will give all these countries, 19 C And these are the generations of and I will perform the oath which I swear Isaac, Abraham's son: Abraham begat unto Abraham thy father; Isaac:

4 And I will make thy seed to multiply 20 And Isaac was forty years old when as the stars of heaven, and will give unto he took Rebekah to wife, the daughter of thy seed all these countries: and in thy Bethuel the Syrian of Padan-aram, the sis- seed shall all the nations of the earth be ter to Laban the Syrian.

blessed: 21 1 And Isaac entreated the LORD for 5 Because that Abraham obeyed my his wife, because she was barren: and the voice, and kept my charge, my commandLORD was entreated of him, and Rebekah ments, my statutes, and my laws. his wife conceived.

6 1 And Isaac dwelt in Gerar: 22 And the children struggled together 7 And the men of the place asked him within her: and she said, If it be so, why of his wife; and he said, She is my sister : am I thus? And she went to inquire of the for he feared to say, She is my wife; lest, LORD.

said he, the men of the place should kill

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The Philistines envy Isaac. GENESIS. He covenants with Abimelech. me for Rebekah; because she was fair to called upon the name of the LORD, and

pitched his tent there: and there Isaac's 8 And it came to pass when he had been servants digged a well. there a long time, that Abimelech king of 26 1 Then Abimelech went to him from the Philistines looked out at a window, and Gerar, and Ahuzzath one of his friends, and saw, and behold, Isaac was sporting with Phichol the chief captain of his army. Rebekah his wife.

27 And Isaac said unto them, Wherefore 9 And Abimelech called Isaac, and said, come ye to me, seeing ye hate me, and have Behold, of a surety she is thy wife: and how sent me away from you ? saidst thou, She is my sister ? and Isaac 28 And they said, We saw certainly that said unto him, Because I said, Lest I die for the LORD was with thee: and we said, Let her.

there be now an oath betwixt us, even be10 And Abimelech said, What is this thou twixt us and thee, and let us make a covehast done unto us ? one of the people might nant with thee: lightly have lien with thy wife, and thou 29 That thou wilt do us no hurt, as we shouldest have brought guiltiness upon us. have not touched thee, and as we have done

11 And Abimelech charged all his peo- unto thee nothing but good, and have sent ple, saying, He that toucheth this man or his thee away in peace : thou art now the blesswife shall surely be put to death.

ed of the LORD. 12 1 Then Isaac sowed in that land, and 30 And he made them a feast, and they received in the same year an hundred-fold: did eat and drink. and the Lord blessed him:

31 And they rose up betimes in the 13 And the man waxed great, and went morning, and sware one to another : and forward, and grew until he became very Isaac sent them away, and they departed great :

from him in peace. 14 For he had possession of flocks, and 32 And it came to pass the same day, possession of herds, and great store of ser- that Isaac's servants came and told him convants: And the Philistines envied him. cerning the well which they had digged,

15 For all the wells which his father's ser- and said unto him, We have found water. vanis had digged in the days of Abraham 33 And he called it Shebah: therefore his father, the Philistines had stopped them, the name of the city is Beer-sheba unto this and filled them with earth.

day. 16 And Abimelech said unto Isaac, Go 34 ! And Esau was forty years old when from us : for thou art much mightier than we. he took to wife Judith the daughter of Beeri

17 And Isaac departed thence, and pitch- the Hittite, and Bashemath the daughter of ed his tent in the valley of Gerar, and dwelt Elon the Hittite: there.

35 Which were a grief of mind unto 18 1 And Isaac digged again the wells of Isaac and to Rebekah. water which they had digged in the days of

CHAP. XXVII. Abraham his father; for the Philistines had

. A ND it came to pass, that when Isaac

was old, and his eyes were dim, so and he called their names after the names by that he could not see, he called Esau his which his father had called them. eldest son, and said unto him, My son: and

19 And Isaac's servants digged in the he said unto him, Behold, here am I. valley, and found there a well of springing 2 And he said, Behold now, I am old, I water.

know not the day of my death : 20 And the herdmen of Gerar did strive 3 Now therefore take, I pray thee, thy with Isaac's herdmen, saying, The water is weapons, thy quiver and thy bow, and go ours : and he called the name of the well out to the field, and take me some venison; Esek; because they strove with him. 4 And make me savoury meat, such as

21 And they digged another well, and love, and bring it to me, that I may eat; strove for that also: and he called the name that my soul may bless thee before I die. of it Sitnah.

5 And Rebekah heard when Isaac spake 22 And he removed from thence, and dig- to Esau his son: and Esau went to the field ged another well; and for that they strove to hunt for venison, and to bring it. not: and he called the name of it Rehoboth; 6 1 Ånd Rebekah spake unto Jacob ber and he said, For now the LORD hath made son, saying, Behold, I heard thy father room for us, and we shall be fruitful in the speak unto Esau thy brother, saying, land.

7 Bring me venison, and make me sa23 | And he vent up from thence to Beer-voury meat, that I may eat, and bless thee sheba.

before the LORD, before my death. 24 And the Lond appeared unto him the 8 Now therefore, my son, obey my voice, same night, and said, I am the God of Abra- according to that which I command thee. ham thy father: fear not, for I am with thee, 9 Go now to the flock, and fetch me from and will bless thee, and multiply thy seed thence two good kids of the goats; and I for my servant Abraham's sake.

will make them savoury meat for thy father, 25 And he builded an altar there, and such as he loveth:


Isaac blesses Jacob.

CHAP. XXVII. Esau obtains a blessing. 10 And thou shalt bring it to thy father, thren, and let thy mother's sons bow down to that he may eat, and that he may bloss thee thee: cursed be every one that curseth thee, before his death.

and blessed be he that blesseth thee. 11 And Jacob said to Rebekah his mo- 30 s And it came to pass, as soon as ther, Behold, Esau my brother is a hairy Isaac had made an end of blessing Jacob, man, and I am a smooth man:

and Jacob was yet scarce gone out from the 12 My father peradventure will feel me, presence of Isaac his father, that Esau his and I shall seem to him as a deceiver; and brother came in from his hunting. I shall bring a curse upon me, and not a

31 And he also had made savoury meat, blessing.

and brought it unto his father; and said 13 And his mother said unto him, Upon unto his father, Let my father arise, and eat me be thy curse, my son; only obey my of his son's venison, that thy soul may bless Foice, and go fetch me them.

14 And he went, and fetched, and brought 32 And Isaac his father said unto him, them to his mother: and his mother made Who art thou? And he said, I am thy son, savoury meat, such as his father loved. thy first-born Esau.

15 And Rebekah took goodly raiment of 33 And Isaac trembled very exceedingly, her eldest son Esau, which were with her in and said, Who? where is he that hath taken the house, and put them upon Jacob her venison, and brought it me, and I have eaten younger son:

of all before thou camest, and have blessed 16 And she put the skins of the kids of him ? yea, and he shall be blessed. the goats upon his hands, and upon the 34 | And when Esau heard the words of smooth of his neck:

his father, he cried with a great and exceed17 And she gave the savoury meat, and sing bitter cry, and said unto his father, Bless the bread which she had prepared, into the me, even me also, O my father. hand of her son Jacob.

35 And he said, Thy brother came with 18 1 And he came unto his father, and subtilty, and hath taken away thy bless said, My father. And he said, Here am I; ing. who art thou, my son!

36 And he said, Is not he rightly named 19 And Jacob said unto his father, I am Jacob? for he hath supplanted me these Esau thy first-born; I have done according two times: he took away my birth-right; as thou badest me: arise, I pray thee, sit and and behold, now he hath taken away my eat of my venison, that 'thy soul may bless blessing. And he said, Hast thou not reme.

served a blessing for me? 20 And Isaac said unto his

37 And Isaac answered and said unto it that thou hast found it so quickly, my Esau, Behold, I have made him thy lord, son ? And he said, Because the LORD thy and all his brethren have I given to him for God brought it to me.

servants; and with corn and wine have I 21 And Isaac said unto Jacob, come near, sustained him: and what shall I do now unto I pray thee, that I may feel thee, my son, thee, my son ? whether thou be my very son Esau, or not. 38 And Esau said unto his father, Hast

22 And Jacob went near unto Isaac his thou but one blessing, iny father ? bless me, father; and he felt him, and said, The voice even me also, O my father. And Esau liftis Jacob's voice, but the hands are the hands ed up his voice, and wept. of Esau.

39 And Isaac his father answe

wered, and 23 And he discerned him not, because said unto him, Behold, thy dwelling shall his hands were hairy, as his brother Esau's be the fatness of the earth, and of the dew hands : so he blessed him.

of heaven from above; 24 And he said, Art thou my very son 40 And by thy sword shalt thou live, and Esau ! And he said, I am.

shalt serve thy brother: and it shall come 25 And he said, Bring it near to me, and to pass when thou shalt have the dominion, I will eat of my son's venison, that my soul that thou shalt break his yoke from off thy may bless thee. And he brought it near to neck. him, and he did eat: and he brought him 41 1 And Esau hated Jacob, because of wine, and he drank.

the blessing wherewith his father blessed 26 And his father Isaac said unto him, him: and Esau said in his heart, the days Come near now, and kiss me,

of mourning for my father are at hand, then 27 And he came near, and kissed him : will I slay my brother Jacob. and he smelled the smell of his raiment, and 42 And these words of Esau her elder blessed him, and said, See the smell of my son were told to Rebekah: and she sent son is as the smell of a field which the LORD and called Jacob her younger son, and said hath blessed:

unto him, Behold, thy brother Esau, as 28 Therefore God give thee of the dew touching thee, doth comfort himself, purof heaven, and the fatness of the earth, and posing to kill thee. plenty of corn and wine:

43 Now therefore, my son, obey my 29 Let people serve thee, and nations voice: and arise, flee thou to Laban my bow down to thee; be lord over thy bre- brother to Haran;

son, How is

my son.

Jacob is sent to Padan-aram. GENESIS.

His vision and vou. 44 And tarry with him a few days, untils and to the south: and in thee and in thy thy brother's fury turn away;

seed shall all the families of the earth be 45 Until thy brother's anger turn away blessed. from thee, and he forget that which thou 15 And behold, I am with thee, and will hast done to him: then I will send, and keep thee in all places whither thou goest, fetch thee from thence. Why should I be and will bring thee again into this land: for deprived also of you both in one day? I will not leave thee, until I have done that

46 And Rebekah said to Isaac, I am which I have spoken to thee of. weary of my life, because of the daughters 16 | And Jacob awaked out of his of Heth: if Jacob take a wife of the daugh- sleep, and he said, Surely the LORD is in ters of Heth, such as these which are of the this place; and I knew it not. daughters of the land, what good shall my 17 And he was afraid, and said, How life do me?

dreadful is this place! this is none other but CHAP. XXVIII.

the house of God, and this is the gate of AND Isaac called Jacob, and blessed of heaven.

18 And Jacob rose up early in the mornhim, Thou shalt not take a wife of the ing, and took the stone that he had put for daughters of Canaan.

his pillows, and set it up for a pillar, and 2 Arise, go to Padan-aram, to the house poured oil upon the top of it. of Bethuel thy mother's father; and take 19 And he called the name of that place thee a wife from thence of the daughters of Beth-el: but the name of that city was callLaban thy mother's brother.

ed Luz at the first. 3 And God Almighty bless thee, and 20 | And Jacob vowed a vow, saying, If make thee fruitful, and multiply thee, that God will be with me, and will keep me in thou mayest be a multitude of people; this way that I go, and will give me bread

4 And give thee the blessing of Abra- to eat, and raiment to put on, ham, to thee, and to thy seed with thee; 21 So that I come again to my father's that thou mayest inherit the land wherein house in peace; then shall the Lord be my thou art a stranger, which God gave unto God: Abraham.

22 And this stone, which I have set for 5 And Isaac sent away Jacob: and he a pillar, shall be God's house: and of all Went to Padan-aram unto Laban, son of that thou shalt give me, I will surely give Bethuel the Syrian, the brother of Rebe- the tenth unto thee. kah, Jacob's and Esau's mother.

CHAP. XXIX. of when Esau saw that Isaac had bless- THE Jacob went

on his journey, and

into the aram, to take him a wife from thence; and the east. that as he blessed him, he gave him a 2 And he looked, and behold, a well in charge, saying, Thou shalt not take a wife the field, and lo, there were three flocks of of the daughters of Canaan;

sheep lying by it; for out of that well they 7 And that Jacob obeyed his father, and watered the flocks: and a great stone was his mother, and was gone to Padan-aram; upon the well's mouth.

8 And Ésau seeing that the daughters of 3 And thither were all the flocks gatherCanaan pleased not Isaac his father ; ed: and they rolled the stone from the well's

9 Then went Esau unto Ishmael, and mouth and watered the sheep, and put the took unto the wives which he had, Maha- stone again upon the well's mouth in his lath the daughter of Ishmael, Abraham's place. son, the sister of Nebajoth, to be his wife. 4 And Jacob said unto them, My bre

10 I And Jacob went out from Beer-thren, whence be ye? And they said, Of sheba, and went towards Haran.

Haran are we. 11 And he lighted upon a certain place,. 5 And he said unto them, Know ye Laand tarried there all night, because the sun ban the son of Nahor? And they said, We was set: and he took of the stones of that know him. place, and put them for his pillows, and lay 6 And he said unto them, Is he well? down in that place to sleep.

And they said, He is well: and behold, 12 And he dreamed, and behold, a lad- Rachel his daughter cometh with the sheep. der set up on the earth, and the top of it 7 And he said, Lo, it is yet high day, reached to heaven: and behold, the angels neither is it time that the cattle should be of God ascending and descending on it. gathered together: water ye the sheep, and

13 And behold, the LORD stood above it, go and feed them. and said, I am the LORD God of Abraham 8 And they said, We cannot, until all the thy father, and the God of Isaac: the land flocks be gathered together, and till they whereon thou liest, to thee will I give it, and roll the stone from the well's mouth; then to thy seed.

we water the sheep. 14 And thy seed shall be as the dust of 9 1 And while he yet spake with them, the earth; and thou shalt spread abroad to Rachel came with her father's sheep: for the west, and to the east, and to the north, she kept them.

love me.

Jacob is entertained by Laban. CHAP. XXX. He serves for Leah and Rachel.

10 And it came to pass, when Jacob saw and served with him yet seven other years. Rachel the daughter of Laban his mother's 31 | And when the LORD saw that Leah brother, and the sheep of Laban his mo- was hated, he opened her womb: but Rather's brother; that Jacob went near, and chel was barren. rolled the stone from the well's mouth, and 32 And Leah conceived, and bare a son, watered the flock of Laban his mother's and she called his name Reuben: for she brother.

said, Surely the LORD hath looked upon my 11 And Jacob kissed Rachel, and lifted affliction; now therefore my husband will up his voice, and wept.

12 And Jacob told Rachel that he was 33 And she conceived again, and bare a her father's brother, and that he was Rebe- son; and said, Because the LORD hath kah's son; and she ran and told her father. heard that I was hated, he hath therefore

13 And it came to pass when Laban given me this son also: and she called his heard the tidings of Jacob his sister's son, name Simeon. that he ran to meet him, and embraced 34 And she conceived again, and bare a him, and kissed him, and brought him to son; and said, Now this time will my hushis house. And he told Laban all these band be joined unto me, because I have things.

born him three sons: therefore was his 14 And Laban said to him, Surely thou name called Levi. art my bone and my flesh: and he abode 35 And she conceived again, and bare a with him the space of a month.

son : and she said, Now will I praise the 15 S And Laban said unto Jacob, Because LORD: therefore she called his name Juthou art my brother, shouldest thou there- dah, and left bearing. fore serve me for nought ? tell me, what

CHAP. XXX. shall thy wages be?


when Rachel saw that she bare 16 And Laban had two daughters: the name of the elder was Leah, and the name sister; and said unto Jacob, Give me chilof the younger was Rachel.

dren, or else I die. 17 Leah was tender-eyed, but Rachel 2 And Jacob's anger was kindled against was beautiful and well-favoured.

Rachel; and he said, Am I in God's stead, 18 And Jacob loved Rachel; and said, who hath withheld from thee the fruit of I will serve thee seven years for Rachel thy the womb ? younger daughter.

3 And she said, Behold my maid Bilhah, 19 And Laban said, It is better that I go in unto her; and she shall bear upon my give her to thee, than that I should give her knees, that I may also have children by to another man: abide with me.

her. 20 And Jacob served seven vears for Ra- 4 And she gave him Bilhah her handchel; and they seemed unto him but a few maid to wife; and Jacob went in unto her. days, for the love he had to her.

5 ( And Bilhah conceived, and bare Jacob 21 9 And Jacob said unto Laban, Give a son. me my wife, (for my days are fulfilled) that 6 And Rachel said, God hath judged me, I may go in unto her.

and hath also heard my voice, and hath 22 And Laban gathered together all the given me a son : therefore called she his men of the place, and made a feast. name Dan.

23 And it came to pass in the evening, 7 And Bilhah Rachel's maid conceived that he took Leah his daughter, and brought again, and bare Jacob a second son. her to him; and he went in unto her. 8 And Rachel said, With great wrestlings

24 And Laban gave unto his daughter have I wrestled with my sister, and I have Leah Zilpah his maid for an handmaid. prevailed : and she called his name Naph25 And it came to pass, that in the morn-tali

. ing, behold, it was Leah: and he said to 9 When Leah saw that she had left bearLaban, What is this thou hast done unto ing, she took Zilpah her maid, and gave her me? did not I serve with thee for Rachel ? Jacob to wife. wherefore then hast thou beguiled me? 10 And Zilpah Leah's maid bare Jacob

26 And Laban said, It must not be so a son. done in our country, to give the younger 11 And Leah said, A troop cometh: and before the first-born.

she called his name Gad. 27 Fulfil her week, and we will give thee 12 And Zilpah Leah's maid bare Jacob this also, for the service which thou shalt a second son. serve with me yet seven other years. 13 And Leah said, Happy am I, for the

28 1 And Jacob did so, and fulfilled her daughters will call me blessed: and she week: and he gave him Rachel his daugh- called his name Asher. ter to wife also.

14 1 And Reuben went in the days of 29 And Laban gave to Rachel his daugh- wheat harvest, and found mandrakes in the ter Bilbah his handmaid, to be her maid. field, and brought them unto his mother

30 And he went in also unto Rachel, Leah. Then Rachel said to Leah, Give and he loved also Rachel more than Leah, ine, I pray thee, of thy son's mandrakes.

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